Homemade bacon. Those two words should tell you everything you need to know about how the Coconut Lodge treats their guests and their attention to details. Because nothing says "We care" like homemade bacon. We spent four nights there in June and had a wonderful time. Nancy, Mike and Melissa couldn't have been nicer. It was more like staying with family than at a hotel.
We stayed in the Cafe con Leche room. The room was tastefully decorated and the bed very comfortable. There was a well stocked mini-bar in the room with reasonably priced drinks. The air conditioning worked great too.
The grounds around the hotel were beautifully landscaped. I spent every morning birdwatching around the property and the neighborhood. The neighborhood itself is very clean, safe and quiet. We also spent time in the nice, new pool. One afternoon, Mike even gave us fresh coconuts with ice and rum.
If you choose to eat dinner there, it's $18/person. This includes a multi-course meal and a wine pour. Even though we had a rental car, there aren't many options close by for dinner, so eating there was a great value and convenience. The meals were all expertly prepared by Mike with fresh ingredients and clever menus. Courses included eggplant caviar, fruit dessert (with rum), whole fried fish, ceviche, shrimp, and more. We're hoping he will share his eggplant caviar recipe. :-)
Nancy arranged a canal tour for us and that worked out great. She even arranged for me to meet a guide, who was able to help me see a lot of different birds, at the Rainforest Discovery Center. She also gave us a local cell phone to use in case we ever needed help.
So finally we get to Mike's breakfast and the homemade bacon. Breakfast every morning was just awesome. It included fresh fruits, juice, coffee, toast, plus whatever the main dish would be. On the two days we ate breakfast there, it was scrambled eggs and french toast. Mike cures and smokes his own bacon on the property and it's phenomenal. On the mornings when we had to leave early for tours, they would leave out a continental breakfast for us.
Needless to say, we really enjoyed our stay at the Coconut Lodge and wouldn't hesitate to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We like to think of Coconut Lodge as a mini-resort without the crowds. With only four rooms, Coconut Lodge is an intimate and private Lodge designed to please and satisfy your every vacation need and want. Forget about work, stress, and an accelerated lifestyle. Enjoy the warm tropical breeze, laze in our pool while sipping a Pina Colada, challenge yourself to a game of tennis and enjoy life the way it is truly meant to be lived. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Coconut Lodge Panama/Panama City