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“En verdad, un tesoro escondido !” 5 of 5 stars
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Bluff Beach Road | Bluff Beach, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama   |  
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“En verdad, un tesoro escondido !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We plan first to stay there just for one night, but at the end we do it for 3 nights. It is a really charming place, really relaxing with such a nice views. From the restaurant you can enjoy a great lunch with the ocean in front of you. We had our private in the second floor with our own bathroom. We used the kitchen for a couple of breakfasts and everything was working well. If you are on a budget be sure to buy all the stuff on town before taking the 20 min taxi ride to the hotel because once there you will not find a super market. If you can, try some food from the restaurant, a little bit expensive, but worth it.

It was so relaxing, going to our private beach for a while, come back and sleep in the hammock with a nice view. We loved the fact that we fall asleep each night hearing the ocean sounds (it is really close to the rooms).

The owner, Monique, is really kind, she helped us a lot. Dogs take care of each guest, and so they did with us, guiding us through the short trails to the beaches and sitting next to the belongings. We even made friends there, having great time with the couple working at that moment. Aranud cook really good food and Julie prepare great cocktails. The last day we were really sad of leaving but we went away with great memories.

Just be aware this is a hotel for relaxing, not for party. Downtown is far away, so no dance clubs or anything will be reached easily.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Windsor, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Tesoro is paradise! My husband and I have been to Tesoro Escondido twice and we loved it both times we went. The grounds are beautiful, full of greenery and raw beach. The rooms are secluded, nicely decorated and clean. It's definitely a place for people that don't mind fending for themselves a little but it also has a kitchen and bar to service anyone. Food is delicious and the owner Monique and Jim are a pleasure:)

  • Stayed October 2011, 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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Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Read some of the reviews and they say it all. Tesoro Escondido is THE perfect eco lodge. Right next to bluff beach, you can take a 3 minute walk and arrive at a spectacular beach, which I must also say, does not get crowded. It is a $10 cab ride to and from town, but you pair up with others to save $. Most of the people staying here have the same mentality: they are open-minded. Now about Monique - she is wonderful! A wonderful host, and employees the perfect crew for such an establishment. I just wish she would work with others across Panama and make high quality eco-lodges a possibility. Note: bring your own towels if you are staying a longer period of time, or get them washed (very cheaply I might add) at the lavenderia in town. Just drop of the clothes in the morning, and pick them up at the end of the day. Also, I think we booked Room 1 and got less creepy crawlies than you might find in the cabins. LOVE this place, LOVE Panama.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Muenster, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

This place is a paradise! We stayed for 4 days at the turtle cabin and it was perfect! The cabin was spacious and decorated with a lot of taste! We had a big terrace over the sea with hammocks where the time just past away! The location was also ideal because you have a 4km beautiful sand beach just around the corner! The proprietor is very nice and helps you with whatever you need and also a very good chef! The atmosphere was really nice! We are definately coming back!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

I loved staying in this place! Monique was a fantastic host, interesting to talk to and running a perfect establishment right down to the sloth who hangs out in the tree in front of the verandah looking over the sea. It is far from town (nowhere near it, in fact!) and you aren't going to attempt to walk it so you will need taxis if you want to go anywhere. We stayed in Turtle Cabin and loved it! If you want to do catering, bring food and an ice block. We decided to eat all meals in the guesthouse rather than dragging things out there ourselves just for 2 days. This place is peaceful, a great hangout, wonderful food (though they should stock up on Diet Coke!) and I'd highly recommend it. Diet Coke can be purchased in the restaurant near across from Bluff Beach, maybe a 15-20 minute walk from Monique's place. Stock up if you need the stuff!!

Only negative things are nothing to do with Monique but rather the area: I'm not a strong swimmer so I found the surf at Bluff Beach too much for me to go in there and there were a lot of very nasty sand flies around.

Room Tip: We chose Turtle Cabin as I love the sound of surf breaking against the shore.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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San Clemente, California
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

My husband and I started planning our wedding about a year before our trip. We decided on Panama but didn't know where we could find a place that would accommodate our wedding. We found Tesoro and Monique by chance. Monique said she could definitely do a ceremony and reception for us. During the several months prior to our trip, every question, every need, EVERYTHING was taken care of by Monique. I didn't have to worry about a thing. When we finally made it to Bocas, we were greeted by her wonderful, friendly staff and loving dogs and felt right at home. Our whole experience at Tesoro can be described in one word: MAGICAL. Our wedding was more than we could have imagined. Monique and the staff at Tesoro went above and beyond to make sure we had the most memorable experience. Not only was our wedding perfect, but everything about Tesoro was exactly what we were looking for. Gorgeous views, quiet serenity, vast wildlife and so much more. And the food is wonderful!!
The location is perfect if you are looking to stay away from the noise of Bocas town but the town is so easily accessible and taxis are just a phone call away. If you are looking for a non-resort type setting and on more of the eco side, this is the place for you. You will not be disappointed.
My heart broke when we had to say our goodbyes to Monique and the staff. In the short time we had stayed there (a week, not long enough), I felt like we had become a little family. I will never forget our stay at Tesoro and can't wait to plan a trip back for an upcoming anniversary. I cannot say enough about Tesoro, it was a trip of a lifetime!!
If anyone is interested in having a wedding at Tesoro, I will post pictures as soon as possible (they are not ready yet) so you can see what Monique and the staff created for us on our special day.

Room Tip: All the rooms are unique but the Dolphin has the best view by far!!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Decin, Czech Republic
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

I absolutely loved every single day I spent in this paradise. Almost all was said in previous reviews and Monique deserves 5 star rating as her creativity made this place really special without negative impact on the nature around.

Tesoro is not place for everyone. As Monique likes to say - this is not hotel, its eco-lodge. So if you like big all-inclusive resorts, parties and if you are not ready to give up a bit of your comfort due to environmental reasons (solar panels cant produce enough energy to allow A/C or fridge in your cabin), please dont go there.

But if you are searching some remote, romantic and beautiful place with wild ocean, empty beaches and jungle full of animals, you will hardly find something better. So just give Monique a call. She and her staff will do their best to make from your holiday unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: Bluff Beach Road | Bluff Beach, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rustic and charming facility with stunning beach front location. 6 rooms in main house and 3 cabinas, all with private bathrooms and kitchens. 2 small beaches are on either side of the property. Bluff Beach located 1 minute away. Within walking distance to La Curba and Dumper surf breaks. Paunch surf break is 15 minutes away. 4 miles from Bocas town. Free wireless internet in main house. Delicious prepared food available on site. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Tesoro Escondido Hotel Bocas Town
Tesoro Escondido Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town

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