We absolutely loved our stay and highly recommend it! A little white gate leads into the sumptuous tropical gardens, where the palm covered wooden cabins are dotted about. There are lots of the famous tiny red tree frogs in the gardens, if you look carefully you can also spot yellow ones too.
The cabins have lovely views, some of the bay and some through the sheltered gardens, which keep the cabins cool in the heat of the day. Inside they're made of polished wood, with good showers, very comfortable beds with nice clean bedding, and the owners provide mosquito nets, just in case. Our room had a fridge and a really quiet and powerful fan, and a little terrace with hammock and chairs to sit on.
The location is very good, in the centre of the village of Bastimentos, which is much more tranquil and pretty than neighbouring Bocas, which can be incredibly noisy and boisterous. You're just a $3 five minute boat ride away from the bigger noisier island, if and when you want a big party night out though, and the boats run all the time, day and night. I'd prefer to stay in quieter, more local Bastimentos myself though.
The place is run by Simon, a friendly English gentleman and Sandra, his vivacious Columbian wife, Sandra. They're very kind and friendly and made us feel completely at home. Simon is very interested in music, and he's well worth having a chat and a beer with; they're lovely people and great hosts, always happy to help in any way they can.
This was definitely the most enjoyable place that we stayed in Panama. We'd highly recommend it to anyone travelling through the country, and we'd love to go back one day.
Thank you Simon and Sandra! x
- Also Known As:
- Beverly`s Hill Guest House Hotel Isla Bastimentos
- Beverly's Hill Guest House Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro