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“Paradise in Bocas!” 5 of 5 stars
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Garden of Eden Inn
Private island near Isla Solarte in Bocas del Toro Panama | Private Island, in Bahia Honda, Isla Solarte, Panama   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Isla Solarte B&B and Inns
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Paradise in Bocas!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

We spent 5 days at the Garden and were thrilled with every aspect of our stay. Kipp, Kelly and Matt went out of their way to make sure we were looked after and had everything we needed. The small size of the hotel made it a very personal experience and the fact that it's removed from the noise of Bocas Town made it very relaxing.
The food was magnificent and very cheap, so were the cocktails! We were able to swim off the back pier and made use of the snorkel and kayak equipment.
I would most definitely stay here again and recommend to anyone headed to Bocas! Thanks guys!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

My husband and I travelled to Bocas for two nights. We were so pleased with our stay - we went kyaking, fed the fish at night and got a lot of relaxation in. Most of all the company was great. Thank you Kipp, Zues and Evelyn for being wonderful hosts and great dinner partners. We will definitely be back once Panama comes into our sights again!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

My wife and I recently spent 4 nights here and had a wonderful time. Kip, Steve and Karen were great hosts, and always making sure we had anything we needed. They also made sure that any excursions were arranged, and made us dinner reservations in town. The property is wonderful, we spent a lot of time next to the pool. The rooms are comfortable, it was great sleeping with the doors open and listening to the water. When we ate at the hotel, all the meals were delicious, and hosts always checked to make sure we were ok with what they were serving. It was fun eating with the other guests and enjoying a few beers after dinner and listening to our hosts tell us about the property and area.

When we arrived we met up with Chingo and saw dolphins on our ride out to the island. We also saw dolphins on a water taxi back from Red Frog beach.

Dog lovers will enjoy playing with Zeus, the resident weimaraner, who is super friendly.

We stayed in the suite, so we had a little more privacy vs the two poolside rooms. Overall, no complaints, and Garden of Eden was everything we could have hoped for.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

My friend and I stayed at GOE for 2 nights in the 'Bay View' cabin. We were looking for somewhere isolated, where we could relax and explore by ourselves. GOE was more than we'd hoped... we had an unforgettable time and regretted not staying longer. Steve, Karen, Kipp and Zeus were genuine, warm hosts and really helped us feel at home. To be more detailed, I've broken down my review into different areas and tried to include one negative:

Facilities:
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GOE is a very small operation; with only 3 cabins on a small strip of land connected to Isla Solarte by mangroves. Managed by 2-3 people (and Zeus the dog), it's a very personal experience. There aren't any fancy tour desks and the WiFi was pretty unreliable, but these are most certainly not negatives. There's a kitchen, bar, boat, pool, hammocks, snorkelling gear and kayaks. All of which you can use whenever you want.

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GOE is in an incredible location... you can barely see another building for miles! It's about 15mins by water taxi from Bocas Town (or you can arrange to be collected from GOE directly). I'd suggest not getting a water taxi as they rip you off badly. Once you're there, the water's calm... there's no-one else around... the view is spectacular and you can practically taste the relaxation. The Inn itself is built within a small garden, which is lovely, but there are no other 'grounds' to speak of.

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The 'Bay View' cabin was very large in comparison to other places we stayed. It had 2 extremely comfortable king-size beds, an ensuite bathroom and private balcony/hammock overlooking the bay at eye-level. The view was absolutely stunning (the photos prove it) and the cabin wasn't connected to the communal area, so was nice and isolated. It could easily sleep a family of 6! The other 2 cabins, from what I saw, were both connected to the communal area and had a much more elevated view of the surrounding area. There was no safe, but you genuinely didn't need one here whatsoever.

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We only met the owner, Kipp, briefly. However, Karen and Steve (the managers) were there the whole time... and were really warm and welcoming hosts. From the second we stepped onto the dock to the second we left it. We didn't feel like 'guests' as such, more like friends (who paid at the end, heh) and they really went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. They also both had a wealth of knowledge on the surrounding area... and gave us some help with directions and organising a couple of trips.

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all cooked on-site... Karen is one mean cook! The meals weren't included in the price of the room, however were great value for the quality (we're talking Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce). Proper home-cooked delicious food, all served around a communal table with the owners, managers and other guests. Even though my friend and I are working-class and a bit weird, we felt really comfortable. It was a great atmosphere.

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We only booked one tour through GOE, the Oreba Chocolate Tour. However, Steve and Karen were always available to give recommendations and help call and book anything we wanted to do. Instead, we did do a lot of snorkelling in the beautiful water around the Inn (all equipment supplied free!) and took one of the kayaks out to red frog beach on our own (again, supplied free!). It felt good to be trusted with the equipment and - with Steve's directions - we made it there and back in one piece!

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I'll be honest, GOE is quite an expensive option, however it's worth every penny. If you want a relaxing, isolated paradise... this is the place to go!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Grass Valley, California
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100 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The managers Steve and Karen were very helpful and interesting to hear them talk about their life in Bocas. Evelyn was a gem, she is traveling the world on her own and was incredible to talk to her about her experiences. The food was very good and reasonable if you choose not to venture off the isla. We actually saw a Red Dart Frog at Red Frog Beach, which was too crowded for us. The private water taxi we hired for the day through Steve was worth the $$ as he showed us so much and the National Island off the Reef was so beautiful. We had the island to ourselves for several hours before the other tour boat started showing up. It still never did get crowded. The no see-ems were a problem for both of us. We left our Deets in the trunk of our car on the mainland. Bummer for us, but would go back in a heart beat. Maybe Kip could provide bug spray for guests, as you want to leave your french doors open at night on the deck for the lush sea breeze.

Room Tip: We loved one of the two rools off the pool
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Awesome getaway....... Highly recommend "The Garden of Eden" for a peaceful weekend away if you are in Bocas Del Toro. Kip, the owner and Steve and Karen "The Management" are excellent hosts and make you feel extremely welcome (including Zeus, the pet dog...).

The Hotel is isolated on a small section of Solarte, awesome views from the bedrooms overlooking the bay to the east. Sunrise is spectacular. Breakfast is included, lunch and dinner, if you are around are extra, but certainly not expensive. Dinner is pretty much whatever is either caught that day, or whatever Steve and Karen decide to try..........(ask for the papaya crumble with vanilla ice cream and a shot of Amaretto)... There are all types of drinks available too on an honor system as well as a daily cocktail special.......

The rooms, albeit small, are comfortable and have everything you need. Others have stated some of the decor needs updating along with the towels and sheets - I agree, however, you're not in the room all that much, so I didn't find it bothered me at all. There are kayaks and snorkeling gear available. Red Frog Beach is a short kayak across the bay and worth the trip. Highly recommend an early morning kayak around the small mangrove islands at sunrise.

The situation of the pool, rancho, bar, rooms is great - fall out of bed, into to the hammock, from the hammock, to the pool, from the pool to the bar then to the hammock again.....

All in all a very pleasant experience meeting some good people and very pleasant hosts...

The cost is above average for Panama, but you will be hard pushed to find a better view and peace and quiet......

Room Tip: All rooms have hammocks, decks and face east, so sunrise is epic.......
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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48 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

The room we stayed in was very comfortable and clean. The food, all three meals were fabulous. The drinks prepared by Kip are excellent! And if you are a dog person, Zeus is a very entertaining dog, full of energy and playful! Kip does an excellent job of making you feel at home and is great to have conversations with while enjoying some of his previously mentioned drinks. The rest of his staff was equally enjoyable to share time with. Happy belated Malieza (spelling?) and thanks for the coversation over coffee in Bocas Town,

It rained for the majority of our stay at Eden, however that did not limit our enjoyment. We used the kayaks to paddle to both Red Frof Beach and to Hospital Point. In addition, a half day excursion to a nearby cave was well worth the trip! Kip's advice on paddling time and direction were spot on!

Eden is located above the water a bit and is in more of a jungle setting. There isn't much of a beach but access to the water is simple off of one of two docks. The junglish setting provided a number of sightings of a variety of critters. If you want pictures of the colorful frogs, there will be ample opportunities here, especially after some rain.

The only downside I experienced was the noseeums. I know to expect them in the tropics but as compared to other trips and other beaches in Panama, the noseeums seemed particularly fond of me here. That said, I did not use any repellent during my trip, so some of the blame can be put on me. Despite this last paragraph, I certainly would highly recommend this location and wouldn't let some little bugs discourage you too much.

Room Tip: After I booked a stay at this resort for my brother and I, I stumbled across a web page that said th...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Address: Private island near Isla Solarte in Bocas del Toro Panama | Private Island, in Bahia Honda, Isla Solarte, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Solarte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Solarte
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Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small private island Bed and Breakfast located in a tropical setting of Bocas Del Toro, Panama. The resort offers a swimming pool, kayaks, snorkeling, game room with pool table, restaurant and bar. Don't go to the Caribbean to just rent a room, come here where you can rent an island. We can accommodate up to 10 adults comfortably. Sorry no guests under 18 yrs of age. Close enough to Bocas to shop yet far enough to be as private as you want to be. ... more   less 
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