My recent visit to this hotel was one of the best hotel experiences of my life! I went with two of my colleagues and friends. We drove "the scenic route", which I highly recommend, going through Anton's Valley (El Valle de Anton), past Chorro El Macho, left turn past Las Nubes and follow that breathtaking road through all it's ups and downs, through the low clouds, across several small rivers (4WD required) and finally we arrived to our destination, which was far more beautiful than we ever imagined.
We were informed by the hotel's front desk that the fee for visiting the waterfall was $3 per person. It sounded reasonable at the time but it was not until we arrived to the waterfall that we realized what a bargain we had received. The hotel has built a path complete with railings for a safe walk through the forest to a landing where we observed one of the most beautiful natural waterfalls that we had seen. There are benches for comfortable sitting and you can swim in the beautiful waters beneath the waterfall. The mist coming off the waterfall is charged with negative ions, the breathing of which helps the body to detoxify itself (since most toxins are positively charged, they marry together with these negative ions from the waterfall and the newlywed couple are easily flushed from the body). The area is kept immaculately clean by the hotel staff.
After swimming and lounging in and around the waterfall for about two hours, we hicked back up the path to the large gazebo that overlooks the falls. The gazebo contains a wet bar and two bathrooms, and several hammocks. We spotted some rare fruits near the hammock and we asked the hotel staff if we could pick some and taste them. The staff member was happy to help us pick the ripest ones and we delighted in the flavor that we had never before enjoyed.
We then spotted an herb garden filled with fresh basil and oregano and rosemary and several other varieties of culinary and medicinal herbs. The staff was happy to offer us a sample of each one. Just then a gentleman calmly approached and identified himself as Alfonso. He was extremely polite and kind and very humble. We would not have guessed that he was the owner of the hotel because he made no arrogant show of authority nor did he act in any way annoyed at the fact that we had only paid $3 to enjoy such a beautiful piece of paradise, built and maintained by himself and his staff. On the contrary, he offered us beverages, use of the gazebo's bathrooms and hammocks, a tour of the grounds, and best of all, a pleasant conversation in which he shared his knowledge of organic farming and best construction practices, which are both interesting topics to my colleagues and I, since we are in the same business as he. He even spoke very highly of other hotels and hotel owners in Anton's Valley.
Alfonso's staff showed us the spa at the hotel and Alfonso himself took us on a tour of the two suites near the gazebo, which overlook the waterfall. Each of these decadent suites has a private kitchen and a private shower that looks directly to the waterfall. These are my favorite hotel rooms in all of Panama! I like them even more than my own hotel!
If you have the chance to visit the hotel, please do so. You will not regret it. You most certainly will not forget it! It is an experience of a lifetime.
- Also Known As:
- Posada Ecologica Cerro La Vieja Hotel Penonome
- Posada Ecologica Cerro La Vieja Panama/Penonome