Caldera ranch, caldera, boquete (April 2012)
We were expecting great things from this place but to be honest we were a little disappointed. The reception that we received from the owner (Gina) throughout our stay was neither warm nor friendly. Refreshingly, Craig (the renowned chef), as well as all the other staff, were the complete the opposite. we came away feeling that perhaps this place would be 10 times better if Craig was running it.
So most other reviews rave about the food. Being foodies ourselves this was the reason we booked in here so we were looking forward to this part of our trip. Whilst the food was very good and straight from the source (organic gardens on the ranch) the set dinner (which is advertised at $20 to 25) was charged at $30 at check out! To be honest the food offered in our next accommodation (la loma jungle lodge) rivaled that presented to us at caldera ranch.
On the plus side the rooms were spacious, had hot powerful showers, but lacked the finishing touches we expected from paying $150 per night. Oh and the breakfast was the worst we had in all the places we stayed in panama - a couple of frozen muffins placed in your room freezer the day before and some fruit (which was forgotten on our first morning).
Overall a great location but could be so much better....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Favorite destination in Boquete and west Panama for affordable, luxurious, nature friendly Green Globe tropical eco-vacations in a beautiful small boutique eco-resort running on solar, water and wind. Guests love the family atmosphere and rave about our gourmet cuisine, provided by internationally acclaimed Chef Craig Miller. Our on-site restaurant Madre Tierra offers one of Panama's finest gourmet cuisines in a beautiful ambiance overlooking the green hills of Boquete. Please take a look at what guests are saying and see for yourself. Relax, go horseback riding to the hot springs or swim in our beautiful crystal clear 'infinity' pool - solar powered and chlorine free. Spacious terraced villa suites with bamboo floors provide everything you need to be comfortable, including automatic Cuisinart coffee brewers, iPod docking stations, a/c, fans, refrigerators, wall to wall panorama windows and free WiFi. Yoga fans, clubs and workshop leaders appreciate our cozy meeting rooms. Soon you can use our beautiful new outdoor pavilion as well. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rancho De Caldera Eco Hotel Caldera
- Rancho De Caldera Eco-Resort And Hotel