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“12 days and still did not want to leave” 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 2 Hotels in Isla Solarte
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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“12 days and still did not want to leave”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

When arranging our Panama trip, we wanted someplace to stay with a pool but right on the ocean, so after reading the rave reviews of Garden of Eden, I booked it for 12 days. My concern was that there might not be enough to do for that long. Well, after 12 days, we did not want to leave. The owner, Kipp, was so accommodating, arranging day trips to nearby beaches, snorkelling and dolphin tours, and trips to town and cocoa plantations. Some days we just lazed by the pool, ate amazing lunches, snorkelled off the back deck, or kayaked around the resort. Evenings were spent eating more of Miguel's great cooking, and sharing cocktails and laughter with Kipp, the very witty Samantha, and fellow guests. The reviews are spot on: everything is top notch. I will return and stay even longer.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Osnabruck, Germany
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We (German couple) stayed 3 days with Kipp (owner) and his team and we enjoyed it very much.
The atmosphere that the place has with its three guestrooms is nice, relaxing and welcoming. Rooms are beautifully decorated, spacious, clean and have a balcony with a hammock. Great, often homemade food is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a lot of times you can be part of the decision of what is served. We did not eat outside the hotel at all and even came back from a snorkel trip to have lunch there. Trip booking (snorkeling, going to other islands, visiting beaches,...) can be done in a very customized way - just ask someone of the team whatever you are up to and they will organize it for you (transfer always via boat). Bar with nice drinks and a "special of the day" (often something with rum ;-) ) has always been great and a fun place to hang. After we did an 11 day roundtrip through Costa Rica this place was perfect to relax giving you all option from being in one of the hammocks all day up to do any kind of activity you wish. Languages spoken: Spanish and English. Also a cute dog that is around most of the time belongs to the hotel - no worries - he is really nice and entertaining company :-).
We did a snorkeling trip during our stay: great corrals, sea stars and colorful fish in nice warm water. Also we stopped by "Sloth Island" - here you might find 1 or 2 sloths in the trees and are able to watch them. Furthermore we went over one afternoon to Bastimento , a nice and rather caribbean town which is not as touristic as Bocas de Toro itself on the main island.
Overall we highly recommend this place to everyone who looks for a non-touristic place with great people in the Bocas del Toro area. Thank you guys for making our stay that fantastic.
Daniel and Judith

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

We spent 2nights at garden of eden and had a wonderful stay there. Rooms are charming , food and cocktails are excellent and Kipp the owner took good care of us.definitely a place we would recommend if you are looking for a piece of eden in bocas!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We loved our stay here - Kipp, Kai, and Miguel were all incredibly welcoming, friendly, and informative. We especially liked this place because it was small and private - the perfect place to go if you want to avoid the more touristy locations in the area and appreciate personalized day-trip recommendations. Kipp and Kai provided us a lot of information about out-of-the way places to go or when to go to avoid the crowds. Miguel cooked us fresh food eat day and every meal was incredible. This place felt more like a bed and breakfast because of how friendly the staff and other guests were. The price was great - very affordable - and we ate and drank mostly on site. Would highly recommend this place to anyone who likes to be taken care of and something unique. I would give it more stars of I could

  • Stayed March 2014, 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 March 10, 2014 via mobile

My husband And I enjoyed every moment we spent at Garden of Eden: from the welcoming perfume of island flowers to the amazing sunrise And sunset views at the decks or the room balcony. The stuff is amazing, fun and very hepful. The chef is very creative And location is perfect to visit all the surrounding islands either by water taxi or kayak.
Thank You guys for the Birthday cake!
Myriam&Karim

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 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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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I spent 7 wonderful days at the Garden of Eden. The owner, Kipp, is a great host, organising day trips and making reservations for us. This B&B is small and intimate, a great place to get away from it all. We enjoyed Miguel's creative Caribbean style of cooking and Sam's bartending skill (she makes a mean infidel!). Zeus the resident security officer kept us safe. We would go back.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We stayed at Garden of Eden for three days in January of 2014. We found the accommodations charming and comfortable. Our room was surprisingly airy and comfortably cool, and the balcony in the back offered a great chance to watch birds and gaze at the ocean. The food was absolutely outstanding. Chef Miguel combined fresh local ingredients in creative ways. Additionally, the customer service was excellent. Kipp and the volunteers were always helpful and we enjoyed getting a chance to know them. As enjoyable as it is to hang around the pool in a hammock with a drink, it is also an good base to explore other beaches and activities. We will definitely try to stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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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Also Known As:
Garden Of Eden Hotel Isla Solarte
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