One of my favorite places. We stayed in one of the new tents. Tents are awesome: large, clean and comfortable even when it rains the whole time... (which probably is the case most of the time).
The whole complex is right at the beach but also in the middle of the jungle which is awesome. We took the boat they recommended, but the guy tried to charge us more than he should, and on the way back we waited for half an hour until the boat arrived.
When we arrived at Isla Bastimientos there was an employee waiting for us to greet, show the way to the complex and help with luggage. The beach is very beautiful, although the red frogs a little disappointing - we just found one frog and it turns out they are very little (about 1 inch long). But the parrot made up for this minor disappointment :)
The staff is friendly and helpful and for about $7 per person they make dinner. The whole idea of nice tents in the jungle just next to the beach is just amazing and it really lives up to the expectations, even though I have stayed in quite a few similar places in the past. It was also one of the most affordable options on Isla Bastimientos. The bar offers good drinks, great company and a lot of board games - a lot of fun.
I would give 5 stars but I want to motivate you to keep up the good work and improve your offer even more. It would be nice if you would offer more local attractions, for example: happy hour for local drinks at the bar, fishing trips and cooking of caught fish, dinners could also be more local cuisine.
To sum up - great experience, it really lives up to the expectations of staying in a tent in the jungle!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palmar Tent Lodge has eco-friendly, affordable beachfront accommodations that are one of a kind in Bocas del Toro. Spend your days on the beach and your nights falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle and ocean. Accommodations range from comfortable private safari style tents to shared dorm safari tents, a cabin-style tent, and a two-story jungalow. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Palmar Tent Lodge Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro