Free Spirit Inn has a lovely setting up the hill on Bastimentos.
Calvin has built 2 units with a veranda, and a common dining area below, along with lovely well kept grounds – a meditation hut, meeting table, & reading room. The décor is woods with thatched roof which fits in beautifully with the verdant surroundings. Nice touches are added with artwork, pillows, masks, etc from Calvins travels. Ensuite bathroom has a shower with mosaic pebble floor, and stone?sink. Every inch of the property has been thought out by Calvin. Shells placed here and there, art pieces etc. The free welcome drink of coconut juice is very refreshing.
Suites have a very comfortable bed with a nice wood frame for a quiet and peaceful nights sleep. No air-conditioning but, the fans were fine to keep us cool.
Breakfast is fresh juice, a healthy granola, yogurt, bananas, teas, and regular coffee – but if you want a special Panamanian organic one its $2 extra. Also you can order an omelette or pancakes if you want for $6-8.
Calvin is a very welcoming and generous host with explaining the area, local customs/culture, restaurant and activity recommendations (hike up the hill through the jungle to the cafe and then on to Wizard Beach). The communal kitchen area below the suites (with refrigerator, heating element, sink) is perfect for fixing a drink, light meal etc and relaxing and exchanging experiences, ideas and stories. If you want to eat in and fix light fare in the basic kitchen- get groceries in Bocas Town at Super Gourmet.
Perfectly priced for Bastimentos – and not a hostel, but not a high priced all-inclusive resort, so a great alternative.
Cavin gets the Best Host award on our entire trip!
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