Bluff Beach Retreat is a secluded property that can accommodate seven couples at the most, and it is located right on one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. It is stunning: Super-fine sand, and miles to walk in either direction. “Where is everybody?” I wonder, since there is nobody else to be seen. We have the entire beach to ourselves. The Retreat also offers an Olympic size (saltwater) pool on its tropical grounds, though, and whenever we enjoy its tranquil waters, we get to listen to an impressive concert of parrots, howler monkeys and other exotic animals in the jungle. Floating in the pool at dusk, I watch an increasing number of bats in the darkening skies, honing in on their insect prey with unbeatable precision. The only thing I do not like about Bluff Beach is that we are only here for three nights...
The caretakers Steve and Karen were absolutely great and went out of their way to accommodate us. Unfortunately, both restaurants in the vicinity were closed during our stay, but somehow we managed to always shop for food or catch a ride to the closest beach bar, a 45 minute walk away. Logistics would have been a little easier, though, if there would have been some kind of dinner offering at the retreat. (Breakfasts were wonderful and filling.) Originally, I was a little concerned about the detailed house policies emailed to me before booking, as well as the $ 100 security deposit. This turned out to be no issue at all - Ron credited the deposit back to us within days after our stay, and after seeing the property I could understand the concern for keeping it as beautiful as it is. This might not be the place for people who look for luxurious accommodation. The furnishings of the rooms are simple and practical - but the surroundings (location, beach, pool, garden, common areas) are stunningly beautiful. I am almost hesitant to write a review about the retreat, because Bluff Beach should stay a well kept secret!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Bluff Beach Retreat. Our 4 acre property is located directly on Bluff Beach, Isla Colon, in the Bocas del Toro archipelago of Panama, Panama - with miles of secluded sandy beach for you to enjoy. It is a short walk from the steps of our three homes - the Beach House - Las Palmas & La Pina Casitas to spectacular Bluff Beach. Our new 65 foot Pool & Terraza is now completed. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bluff Beach Retreat Hotel Bocas Town
- Bluff Beach Retreat Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon