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“Resort for those who steer clear of resorts!” 5 of 5 stars
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Koko Resort
Las Cabanas, Isla Colon, Panama   |  
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Ranked #1 of 24 hotels in Isla Colon
Satellite Beach, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Resort for those who steer clear of resorts!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

By staying at KoKo Resort you get the Bocas experience on a neighborhood level instead of the Key West/Duval Street feeling you have staying in a downtown hotel. You can have all the city action after a 5 minute stroll into town or walk the opposite direction to get away from it all. Taxis are easily flagged down and the fee to get anywhere is a mere 60 cents. Panama makes it easy for American tourists as the US dollar is spendable anywhere and on par with the Balboa dollar. No math required. Jack's breakfasts are lovely and I'm not surprised he likes a nap after cooking for a full house. Our thanks to both Jack and Lee for their hospitality. Staying with them is like staying with friends.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

Really enjoyed our stay and the breakfasts were amazing. Staff were friendly and the owners Jack and Linda were helpful on directing us on places to check out during our 5 day stay. The cabins have kitchens in them and there is a good little grocery store that is a 3 minute walk away.
They had kayaks for us to borrow to go and explore the mangroves and other little beaches near by.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I think this has got to be my favorite place ever. Jack and Lee are fabulous people. Poor Jack waited for us 2 hours at the marina before going back. We were coming from Costa Rica and it took forever to cross the border. We staying here 3 nights out of our 11 day trip (rest in Costa Rica)... My only complaint is they didn't tell us we'd love it so much ... 3 nights was not enough.

Lee showed us our beautiful dolphin cabin. Told us everything we needed to know and when I asked we need to go back to sign papers and show passports she said, "I believe you are who you say". How lovely. She told us where the supermarket was as it was time for a bear and she offered to sell us a beer for a $1 but did say you could probably get it cheaper at the supermarket. We just came from Costa Rica where things were a bit more pricey so we were thrilled with the offer.

Our dolphin room was just lovely. It was just as nice or even better than the photos. It had a big fridge and stove with everything you need to cook a meal. There is an AC but it's so wonderful to open the windows and have the breeze. We spent alot of time on the deck. Such a beatiful view.

Jack's breakfast are not only beautiful but sooooooooooo tasty. He's a great guy too. Every morning he asked what did we want to do and arranged everything for us. He is well respected in the area. I did email them prior as I was overwhelmed with what tour to book as dolphin bay was a must for me and they told me to wait. Sure glad I did. He made a phone call and we were off to Jampan tours. We were told we'd be the only two. A couple of woman showed up and wanted to join our tour and Jampan said no since this was Jack.

Next day we were off to Drago beach. My boyfriend is from Cuba where there are beautiful turquoise waters and very calm and swimable. Jack and Lee both told as about Drago beach. He was thrilled. Had we been another day he wanted to go back. Jack set us up with a taxi - Bosco. What a nice man.

They have kayaks for your use and this was so beautiful to kayak on the bay. One of the many highlights of our trip.

The town of Bocas is a 15 minute walk and you can safely do it at night (again just came from Costa Rica where you couldn't do this).

You are located right with the locals. The house next door may not be what your used to at home. If this bothers you ....really this place is not for you. The people were very friendly. Even small children smiled and said Hola. Nobody ...not a sole - begged or bothered you. The locals do go on with their lives in the morning and the dogs to bark to each other. If this bothers you ...this place is not for you.

To sum it up.... loved it! Must return and wouldn't even consider another spot. Jack and Lee are the best.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Panama City, Panama
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed in Koko almost for a week. Our dolphin cabin on the water was completely self-contained and counted with everything we could think of. The place is quiet and relaxing, with wonderful views. The owners were extremely nice and caring! They helped us to made the best of our trip with great recommendations and facilitating anything we could need. Besides, Jack´s breakfast is still in our minds!!! Freshly made, every day a different dish and soooo yammy! Highly recommended!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We stayed on our panamericana trip for three nights in one of the six cabins on the water and would come back immediatly. These little houses have all you need and a beautiful view on the water. And the breakfast from jack was very american (heavy) but very delicious!!!! The only negative thing is the walking distance into town, but otherwise it's very quiet in the night... Thanks again for these super cool days!!!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

iI was extremely excited to stay at Koko resort because I always wanted to stay at a place that was on the water. Koko resort did not disappoint. The cabins were comfortable, roomy and fully stocked. The owners were knowledgeable about activities on the island and really provided information that allowed us to get the best out of the vacation. The breakfast was good and long lasting. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

The place was great, read the other reviews.

What was really good for us was they knew the right people to arrange tours for us that were top notch. He arranged for real nice local ex-lobster fisherman to take us in his own boat for 2 day trips (the first was so good we did it again), just wife, baby and I, for 100 bucks all day. Pick up right at the hotel. It was much better than a typical commercial tour and more flexible to our needs. On the second trip out the guide brought along fishing gear for trawling, line fishing and lobster catching and we had a go at that, as well as going to beautiful islands (think cast-a-away type places) and snorkling around in perfect still waters with the baby sitting on my back.

Thanks Koko Resort

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Koko Hotel
Koko Hotel Isla Colon
Koko Resort Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon
Address: Las Cabanas, Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Isla Colon
#2 Romantic Hotel in Isla Colon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Like a picture postcard. Cabins built over the water of a beautiful bay. Various size houses. Steps from the beach. 5 minutes to town. Fantastic sunsets from the dock and lit up fish viewing at night. Full kitchens, AC, fans, maid and laundry service. Full time security, Safety boxes in rooms. Wireless Internet. Kayaks, bikes, snorkel masks free. Grocery delivery. We speak English and Spanish and will help you with arrangements for a perfect vacation. ... more   less 

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