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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 2 hotels in Isla Solarte
Laguna Beach, California
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“Heavenly garden :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Enjoyed a wonderful stay at The Garden of Eden, a beautiful property with friendly host Kip and his pal Zeus. Gorgeous views, wonderful snorkeling around the mangroves, lush foliage, excellent food by Chef Miguel (the grouper was amazing) and a refreshing pool. We stayed here 3 nights before heading to Eclypse de Mar, it is a fabulous location on Isla Solarte which is a bit further from the action but with a cocktail of the day, great food and all the activities available here you don't need to leave :)

Room Tip: We loved the privacy and large balcony of the suite
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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California
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

My friend and I spent three days at the Garden just last week and both of us were very happy with our stay there. Kipp is a wonderful host, and we lucked out with the great company of Michael and Lena from Germany, Jeff and Colleen from Chicago, and Kipp's "volunteer" assistants, Julia and Rose from Colorado. The accommodations were quiet, clean and comfortable (though as we told Kipp, the hideabed has to go), the food fantastic (Miguel is truly a wonderful chef), and while my friend spent her time kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling, I spent my time reading and relaxing in the hammock on my room's porch that overlooked the water. Who could ask for more when on vacation?

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Sydney, Australia
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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 Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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 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 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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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 Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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.

Location:
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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.

Rooms:
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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.

Staff/service:
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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.

Food:
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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.

Tours:
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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!

Price:
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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
    • 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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Grass Valley, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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 Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Private island near Isla Solarte in Bocas del Toro Panama | Private Island, in Bahia Honda, Isla Solarte, Panama
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 2 hotels in Isla Solarte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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