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“Bungalow Bliss” 4 of 5 stars
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Eclypse de Mar
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Lafayette
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Bungalow Bliss”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Our stay at Eclypse de Mar was wonderful. The over-water bungalow was as pretty as the pictures. Lovely open feel with porch deck. Enjoyed the the peaceful mornings with coffee and toasted coconut bread delivered to our room by very cheerful, Tamara. Fun to go for a swim or snorkel right off the deck. Had a local golden colored starfish visitor attached to our stairs for days.
Malena and Leonardo were welcoming and very helpful regarding tours and Internet connections.
We were the only non-honeymooners, but hung out with the lovebirds on two tours and everyone had fun.
The staff was friendly and accommodating. Our walk through the reserve looking for the famous red frogs was beautiful with a huge variety of flora and fauna.
Got too many bug bites, but otherwise, had a very memorable stay.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Our bungalow was amazing.

Waking up with the doors open, looking over the water to the forest, quite possibly one of nicest ways you can wake up. Sitting on our deck watching the sunset with a mojito even better. Being able to snorkel straight from our deck- great.

Loved this place, is a little pricey but well worth the money. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay perfect.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

This was a fantastic place to get away from it all and yet only a 10 minute, and very cheap, water taxi ride away from Bocos, beaches, restaurants and bars. We stayed in the honeymoon bungalow and could not have asked for a more beautiful place. The nature reserve behind the bungalows is good for the keen eyed naturalist. The only problem is that during the day there is little to do on location so you will need to get water taxis elsewhere for beaches etc. The hosts will give good advice and taxis are cheap. For us, we enjoyed the chance to explore.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

a truly exceptional place!
from the view out of bed through the opening double doors over the deck into the blue sky and the water, unforgettable!, to the delicious lobster dinner we had, the friendly service etc etc it was a highlight in an already great holiday.

Room Tip: with 2 big sons we could comfortably stay in the standard bungalow
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

This place was fantastic. The nature reserve was an interesting, easy trek thru the jungle. We saw red frogs, scary spiders, and beautiful flowers. They offer free use of their kayaks as well as snorkling gear! They have a hammock to use in the bungalow, both outside or inside. Being able to swim and snorkle off your private deck was fantastic. The water was mostly clear and we were able to see all kinds of fish, starfish, and coral reefs. The food was tasty (although not many choices) but the alcoholic beverages were expensive for Panama. Bocas is extremely dirty but around Eclypse de Mar, they keep the grounds incredibly clean. The owners were hospitable and the staff friendly. BUT, and it is a huge but when you are looking for a quiet getaway with your spouse, there is loud music coming from Bastimentos proper that continues until about 2am.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carmel, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

This was our favorite place we stayed while traveling in the bocas area. We ended up extending our stay from a weekend to an entire week. Everything about it was fabulous. The owners and staff are super friendly, it was always very clean and just so relaxing. Our cabina was perfect for our family of four. It would be amazing to be here also without the kids, because it's very romantic. Our kids loved walking into the ocean right from the steps off the deck. They saw lots of fish right there snorkeling and my husband saw a huge manta ray. The kids also loved feeding the fish and watching them all come at once. We went on an excursion to coral key I think it was called and our guide was also so friendly. We saw so many different types of fish, I highly recommend tours through eclypse de mar. The food in the restaurant is delicious. It's very easy to get a boat taxi to bocas, red frogs beach and carenero surf break. This was my husbands highlight of the trip. The surf was fantastic here and just a short boat ride to the break. We especially enjoyed the boat rides at night and we even saw phosphorecents in the waves on our last night. It was really magical. I loved our stay here and would came back in a heartbeat! Awesome!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Austin, Texas
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5 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Absolutely love our stay at Eclypse de Mar! The owners are an amazing family and very helpful. The staff is extremely professional and it's a perfect mix of luxury and casual comfort. The bungalows are beautifully built, clean, and very romantic. And breakfast in the bungalow is a nice treat! Loved the snorkeling right off the porch... Tons of fish, coral, and clear water. Red Frog beach is a short water taxi ride away and definitely worth visiting. This was an amazing place to stay and totally recommend for a couples getaway or honeymoon!

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Also Known As:
Eclypse De Mar Hotel Isla Bastimentos
Eclypse De Mar Hotel
Eclypse De Mar Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro
Address: Isla Bastimentos, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
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