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Cala Mia Island Resort

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#1 of 2 hotels in Isla Boca Brava
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2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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This magical small boutique Island Resort resort is located in Panama on the tip of a pristine island that runs into the Pacific Ocean, flanked by untouched tropical palm-lined beaches. At a 15-minute boat-ride from Boca Chica, bordering on the unspoiled, for-you-to-discover Panama's Marine Park "Archipielago de Chiriqui", Cala Mia is the perfect jumping-off point to world renowned sport fishing grounds: Coiba's Hannibal Bank or Islas Las Secas; Islas Los Ladrones for scuba diving and for surfing: Moro Negrito and Isla Afuera! Luxury hotel Cala Mia consists of 11 beautiful Bungalows, or suites, each with its own thatched roof rancho and all within 10 meters from the ocean or the beach/bay-side. Furniture, materials and woodwork are home designed and handcrafted by local artisans blending aesthetics, art, quality and functionality into a new standard!.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Boating
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Yoga room
Personal trainer
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Poolside bar
Canoeing
Diving
Game room
Hiking
Horseback riding
Squash
Water sport equipment rentals
Canoeing offsite
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Table tennis
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Spa
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Convenience store
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Dining area
Private balcony
Safe
Extra long beds
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Seating area
VIP room facilities
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
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Ocean view
Suites
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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B W wrote a review Apr 2020
Zurich, Switzerland4 contributions
Qualifier: My buddy and I were are the resort mainly for fishing so I cannot give any feedback on any adventure topics such as diving, horseback riding, kayaking, snorkeling, etc. Pre-trip: My fishing buddy and I planned this trip 6 months in advance to our mid-March 2020 trip to Cala Mia. During that time, any questions we had were promptly answered. We scheduled a five night stay all inclusive with three full days off-shore fishing with our main target of marlin, sailfish, and tuna. Rooms:Great Captain and crew:Great Fishing:Great (over 2,000lbs of yellow fin tuna) Food:Great Staff:Great Fishing: Each day we started with a quick breakfast at 6:00am and on the boat by latest 6:30am. Our captain and his crewman had everything ready to go well in advance of us showing up at the boat. All we had to do was walk down the dock and jump on board. We were out until 5-5:30pm each day. Plenty of bait fish and the whole fishing area is full of life (turtles, stingrays, sailfish, tuna,) it is a fishing paradise (just couldnt get a marlin on the line)...maybe next time! Final result: I would definitely stay at Cala Mia again and definitely come back for fishing! Good luck to all the Cala Mia staff, stay safe from the corona virus and hopefully things get back to normal for tourism to Panama.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Victoria L wrote a review Mar 2020
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My boyfriend and I stayed at Cala Mia for 4 nights February 2020 .We could not have been more pleasantly surprised with the wonderful staff and beautiful resort. They were easy to communicate with during the planning time and made all of the arrangements to pick us up from the airport and getting us on the ferry to the island . It was all very fluid and went smoothly. The cab driver was very pleasant and was a big fan of American Music so we had plenty to talk about on the ride to Cala Mia. First off , the staff. At Cala Mia they absolutely go above and beyond to make sure you feel like a VIP. The resort is small in size but big in heart and in a sense of family. There was no sense of hierarchy here, just family working together to help the guests live the best experience . We have to give a huge thank you to Joel who is truly dedicated to ensuring your experience is everything you dreamed. He is so helpful, kind and caring and wants to make sure you are comfortable. His recommendations were always on point , as if he knew exactly what we were thinking. We also want to make a shout out to Alex, the bartender, who is an outstanding mixologist . His tiki drinks were delicious and he’s so attentive to his guests that he remembered everyone’s drink orders. His relaxed demeanor was also refreshing considering we were on island time . David (owner) was fantastic; my boyfriend is an avid boater and fisherman and very interested in the resort’s power supply / boating fleet etc. and David took him on a private tour to see the fleet , which was really interesting and very nice of him. Rebecca was amazing and always so helpful in arranging times for our activities and making sure we knew when we needed to be somewhere. She also had a fantastic yoga session every morning that I regret not joining . The food was awesome. We loved how the dinner changed every night and they would highlight the catch of the day. We were able to eat the fish we caught fishing; the fish tacos were amazing!! There is a lot to choose from for breakfast and lunch and everything is served special. The pizza oven shaped like a turtle at the beach bar was a nice touch! No buffets or hot plate food here! ( something we realized when we got back to Panama City was very important to us ) The activities were a blast. We did a full day of inshore fishing (shout out to Carlos and Christian for being AMAZING captain and first mate for our fishing boat. We caught a huge rooster fish In the first hour, which is what was #1 on our bucket list so the pressure was off for the rest of the day. We went on to catch a good variety of fish including a cubera snapper, many pacific jack, and a huge barracuda . A special thank you to Carlos and Christian because my boyfriend told them his goal that day was to catch a rooster and cubera snapper and we caught both! We were nearing the end of the day and the wind was about to pick up, but before we made a run for home they gave us one last shot at landing a cubera snapper . The mission was accomplished. For myself and my boyfriend this was an amazing experience to be able to say we had gotten every inshore fish on our list. Any fisherman knows that is not an easy feat. Bonus; they were great photographers and we ended up asking for their pictures because they were better than ours! We also did the Islas Secas Snorkel trip which was spectacular with pan-tropical spotted dolphins jumping around the boat and frolicking near us the whole 45 minute trip to the islands. We also saw sea turtles, royal terns and diving brown boobies (Yes that’s the name of a seabird ). They took the time to try to find the whale shark spotted the day before but unfortunately we never laid eyes on the magnifying creature. What we did see under the pristine water surrounding Islas secas was an abundance of marine life and healthy reef . The spotted eagle ray was the highlight of the day for us as they are pretty elusive. Their flightiness makes them hard to catch on camera, but my boyfriend managed to get great footage! The location and grounds are really gorgeous and remote. The bird diversity was unreal, I was in heaven hearing all the different bird calls and seeing all the hummingbirds and hermits. The grounds keeper was extremely friendly and loved swapping stories with us about the wildlife and fish we had spotted that day. The cabins are very nice and they feel quite private. We felt right at home with David’s three well behaved dogs, Amber, Winfield and Draco, laying at our feet at the beach bar, as we have Labradors of our own. Everything is also quite close so you can walk to the restaurant, the two beaches, the spa, the pool, etc, all very easily. We walked the trail to the overlook on the island and saw howler money’s right off the trail. We used the paddle boards on the last day and saw a baby (tiny) hammerhead shark battling two frigate birds for the fish he had caught ! Needless to say they are not low on the wildlife encounters here. I hope we get a chance to come back to Cala Mia someday. If we do we would probably stay a few more nights than we did and go offshore fishing as well as inshore fishing . We would also partake in a snorkel trip again. Thank you to everyone for making our first international trip ( first time out of the USA for both of us ) UNFORGETTABLE. -Love Victoria and Sam
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Andrew C wrote a review Mar 2020
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My fiancé and I stayed here recently and can’t speak highly enough about our experience. The hotel is gorgeous, the food is amazing, and the staff and owner were incredibly kind and helpful. We arrived during the start of the coronavirus scare and the team did everything in their power to make us feel comfortable and ensure we had a great time. We travel quite a bit and would recommend Cala Mia to anyone looking to enjoy all of the beauty Panama has to offer
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Lou C. wrote a review Mar 2020
Saint Pete ,Florida6 contributions2 helpful votes
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Cabins we stayed in were very clean and modern,,no bugs, A C worked real good. Food was first class. Lots of fresh fish they cook. Right from the daily fishing trips. Nice bar, fun drinks. The owner is always around and runs a tight ship. On top of everything and cares for his guest. It is my second time here and definitely will come back. Came with my girlfriend. She enjoyed the fishing as well. See pic.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Judith B wrote a review Mar 2020
nyc19 contributions6 helpful votes
okay this is the first 24 hours at Cala Mia--and yes we did have to take two planes to get here. But guys-- this is probably the safest place in the world to be. EVERYONE in Panama is being so careful and Cala Mia is SO clean and pristine. it's like walking into heaven. will write more when we're back but for the moment I mean it- I think STRESS makes us prone to illness. this is one of the most stress free and beautiful places I can recommend to avoid the panic. if you have reservations here, wash your hands crazily on the plane, clean the seats and tray-- and GET HERE!!!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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PRICE RANGE
$240 - $935 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
boutique hotel chiriqui
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Cala Mia Boutique Resort
LOCATION
PanamaChiriqui ProvinceIsla Boca Brava
NUMBER OF ROOMS
13
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cala Mia Island Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Cala Mia Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Cala Mia Island Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a dining area, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Cala Mia Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Cala Mia Island Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bocas del Mar Restaurant and Bar, La Promesa, and Restaurante Roxys Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cala Mia Island Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Cala Mia Island Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Cala Mia Island Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Cala Mia Island Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cala Mia Island Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Cala Mia Island Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.