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“Secluded hideaway in a beautiful spot” 4 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 2 Hotels in Isla Solarte
Austin, Texas
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“Secluded hideaway in a beautiful spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

The Garden of Eden in Bocas del Toro is a hidden, pristine and very private getaway, that feels very remote in this archipelago of ten islands on the Caribbean coast of Panama - yet it is easily accessible. Only a few places around the world have been able to retain the particular atmosphere and authenticity of Bocas del Toro: seductive, primitive and unforgettable. It is a haven for snorkelers and divers, with crystal-clear impossibly turquoise waters and rainforest ecology; it's also one of the most multi-cultural places in Panama. In Bocas, you have the option of staying on the main island, Isla Colon - the site of the only real town, Bocas Town, and its selection of bars, restaurants and shops. Although Bocas del Toro has become quite popular with indie travelers in recent years, relatively low-key development has left an authenticity an unpolished vibe that is highly appealing to those looking to escape beach destinations full of mega-resorts.

Or, you can take a water taxi out to one of the other islands which are quieter and more secluded - some more than others. A 20 minute water taxi ride from Bocas Town will bring you to the Garden of Eden on Isla Solarte - a small three-room property that offers a true getaway-from-it-all in paradise. Technically, Garden of Eden is not even an actual part of Isla Solarte, but its own tiny island connected to Solarte by mangroves.

Stepping out of the boat onto the Garden of Eden dock, you will likely be met by Kip the owner and Zeus, the exuberant dog. The grounds are small but lush and gorgeous, with little paths that wind up to the rooms, dining area, pool, game room, and also down to a boat dock on the back side that is good for swimming and kayaking.

The three rooms are simple but comfortable, and offer private decks with that essential island item: hammocks. At Garden of Eden you can have all the remote downtime you want; but it's also relatively easy to make your way around the Bocas archipelago to do activities. Keep in mind that it's a 20-minute water taxi ride to Bocas Town if you want some shopping or nightlife, and you need to arrange for a ride ahead of time. You can also take boats to neighboring islands for beaches and other restaurants, or if you're up to a 30-45 minute kayak trip you can take the property kayaks across to Isla Bastimentos where there is a marina, restaurants and several beaches. Isla Bastimentos is also home to the Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos, Panama’s oldest marine park. Tours of all sorts are available for snorkeling, diving, fishing, jungle exploration and cultural experiences with indigenous villages.

And of course, just hanging at the peaceful Garden of Eden or swimming in the pool are laudable pastimes. The property is Adults Only, and with just three bungalows it's easy to rent the whole place with a few friends. The Garden of Eden offers quiet, upscale accommodations , free hi-speed internet access, and a full service bar and restaurant. Two cabanas are located adjacent to the pool, with queen size beds and a futon that can open to a full size bed; private bathroom with hot and cold rain water showers; and a veranda with a hammock and chairs to enjoy a fabulous panoramic view of the bay. The third room is a suite with both a king and a queen sized bed, private bathroom with hot and cold rain water shower, and a large deck with a hammock, lounge chairs and a ceiling fan.

Rates are $150-170 per night for two people, including continental breakfast.

http://www.gardenofedenbocaspanama.com/

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Nomen est Omen: In Garden of Eden you feel like entering a new world with untouched water, flora and fauna everywhere. What's more, the managers were extremely helpful and friendly, helping us with basically everything - including the booking of nice snorkeling tours and trips to the area's top beaches and islands. The room was very clean and the view from the balcony just amazing. Last but not least, the food in the hotel-own little restaurant was very delicious and carefully prepared and served. There is literally nothing we could complain about, and our expectations have been exceeded on all fronts. We would thus highly recommend this wonderful place!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

If you want to escape the party people and happy hours on Isla Colon...then you have to go to the Garden of Eden on Isla Solarte. On this private island are 3 beautiful cabins with nice seaviews, hammoc and fan. There is a pool, nice garden. Or you can snorkle, kayak and swim around the island. Everything you need is here; food, drinks, sun, relaxing. You can also do some nice trips. And the best is the hospitality from the happy dog Zeus. He makes your stay complete.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Garden of Eden is a great place to just get away from it all. There is a lovely pool, music, game room, and sitting area to read and chat in. The cold drinks are available which make relaxing so much easier and the meals prepared for us there were delicious. My one problem was our room and Kipp said he was working on it. The cabana we stayed in was fairly boring, it lacked personal touches. Also, there were a lot of Mosquitos and "no see em" so one room had a mosquito net but ours did not. I would have been much more comfortable with one and didn't sleep well at night because of this issue. Other than that, take some Deet and you will love this place because it is wonderful.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Laguna Beach, California
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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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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
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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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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): $$
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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