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“Wish we could of stayed longer!” 5 of 5 stars
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Isla Bastimentos, Isla Bastimentos, Panama   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Wish we could of stayed longer!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Beautiful bungalows and amazing hosts!
We stayed in the honeymoon bungalow as my boyfriend had emailed to say he was going to propose. It was perfect and the owner was lovely! All the staff are friendly and helpful! The only problem was we only had 2 nights here! We will definitely be going back, maybe for our honeymoon! There was no problem with loud music and the fact that people are complaining about taxi boats makes no sense to me, you are staying in a water bungalow! What do you expect!
Please don't be put off by the few bad reviews! There are plenty of good ones!

We loved it!

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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  • 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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We spent 5 nights at Eclypse de Mar last August and it was amazing. We stayed in Two different rooms during our stay, both of which were fantastic (the original room we wanted was booked for the first 2 days but the first room was also amazing). The hotel is close enough to Bastimentos town and Bocas to make it easy to get around by water taxi (not to mention easy to get anywhere else on Bastimentos) but remote enough to be relaxing and feel like you have your own slice of Panama. They provide Kayaks and Snorkels and have a Finca behind hotel where you can do Jungle walks to view the caiman and famous red frogs. A delicious breakfast was brought to your room every morning and the staff helped coordinate activities particularly tailoring their suggestions to your interests and needs. I couldn't have asked for a better experience and would gladly go back.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Eclypse de Mar was the best of Bocas del Toro!
Where to start?
Breakfast is delicious, with a really good coffee and the best Bocas’ coconut bread with homemade jam, and fresh fruit.
The bungalows are beautiful! and very comfortable. They have a private terrace from which you can enjoy the best sunsets and from which you can swim and do some snorkeling. The best thing is that as they are over the water, so no bugs!
Another activity we really enjoyed was taking a kayak and going to a nearby reef, very close to the lodge (swimming distance too), one of the best snorkeling spots we’ve visited.
We have also enjoyed a lot of amazing walks in the Lodge’s Natural Reserve. There are paths and corridors where you can see lots of tropical birds, butterflies, red frogs and if you are lucky, a few caimans. We got a lot of beautiful photos!
The food is delicious. We enjoyed some great local and international meals, and of course the unforgettable garlic lobster!
The hosts are amazing people. Thank you guys for everything, we are definitely coming back!!

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We spent two nights at Eclypse de Mar during a busy two week backpacking trip through Costa Rica and Panama. Four of us were travelling, two couples, so each couple had a cabin, I must admit it was fun swimming to your neighbours! Malena was a wonderful host, and all of the employees were so friendly and cheerful. We walked through their reserve looking for tree frogs, best to see them at sunset. Just a short kayak trip took us to Bastimentos town, not much going on, but a couple of nice restaurants, recommended by the hotel staff. At night we relaxed to the sounds of the water and tunes from the town. Bliss!

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Springdale, Arkansas
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We spent two nights at Eclypse de Mar and would highly recommend over accommodations in Bocas Town or the outer islands. Eclypse is only a short water taxi ride away for dinners, day trips, beaches, etc.

We arrived early in the morning and were pleasantly surprised that we could check in early and head to the beach. Marlena was thorough and welcoming and arranged a water taxi to take us to Red Frog Beach for the day (the BEST beach in Bocas!). Her husband (sorry can't remember his name!) let us leave our packs at the main lodge after we checked out on our last day so we could explore the main island without our packs. He even offered to let us shower and clean up if we needed to later in the day even though we had already checked out!

Here's the many pros for Eclypse de Mar: 1) Great hosts and staff -- so accommodating and friendly! 2) Great bungalows on the water...fantastic and beautiful 4 poster bed with decorative netting and good décor. Clean and up to date bathroom. We slept with the doors and windows open each night to listen to the water and get a breeze. 3) Back docks on your bungalow have a hammock (so nice!) and chaise lounges. It was fabulous to have a bottle of wine and look at the stars each night 4) The jungle path/trek is pretty cool and we enjoyed watching the sloth at breakfast one morning 5) The property has a restaurant which we enjoyed one night for dinner (great lobster!) when we were too tired to go into town 6) Kayaks and snorkeling equipment were free and it was great to be able to snorkel off the reef near the property.

There really aren't any cons if you know what to expect but just to be sure you know what you are getting here are the things you should be aware of before booking: 1) There is no electricity during the day...this never caused us a problem because we were at the beach...just be sure to charge your iphones/ipads/cameras/etc at night! The sun comes up early (5am) so we never had an issue not being able to see 2) There is no beach at Eclypse...it's on the water and you can snorkel there but you have to take a water taxi to the beach. Again, we were fine with this for the money and location! 3) There are no other properties/restaurants/etc within walking distance...you must take a water taxi but they are easy for the staff to call and we never waited more than 15 minutes. 4) No hair dryers allowed 5) Breakfast is low key -- great toasted bread and coffee but that's it (unless you pay more). That's the one thing that would make Eclypse even stronger in my book -- a better breakfast included in the price!

Again, we highly recommend this property and would stay again if visiting Bocas!

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Spring, Texas
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The suite is beautiful and quite romantic in that it is over the water. After staying in one, I have to say the over the water has it's romance but not practicality. You have to take a water taxi to go anywhere other than the hotel's restaraunt. It was fun to feed the fish from the hole in your floor. The bed was excellent and gorgrous with it's netting. One of the nights there a disco in the nearby town which played until 3 or so in the morning. So much for tranquillity. Electricity was also an issue. The hotel turns on the electricity between the hours of 6 pm and 8pm and then again between 6:00 am and 8:00 am. We had to leave early to catch a flight so it was very annoying trying to use a flash light to make sure we collected all of our belongings. Don't expect to use a hair dryer.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Here's a charming over the water hotel just far enough from town that it is private. Charming over the water bungalows brightly painted. Nice setting, nice staff. And just a water taxi from town. You can swim just off your room dock, a real gem.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Address: Isla Bastimentos, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Isla Bastimentos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Eclypse De Mar Hotel Isla Bastimentos
Eclypse De Mar Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro

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