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La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm

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Bahia Honda, Isla Bastimentos Panama
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#3 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Bastimentos
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Accessible only by boat, La Loma Jungle Lodge sits in the heart of the Isla Bastimentos rainforest on a 55 acre property stretching from the mangrove shores of the Bahia Honda Bay, through tropical forest and groves of fruit trees, to the highest point on Isla Bastimentos, allowing for breathtaking vistas of the jungle and bay. Lush, nectar-rich gardens attract a wide variety of unique wildlife. The land borders the spectacular National Marine Park, and idyllic white sand beaches are just a short boat journey away. All gourmet meals are included.
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Pool / beach towels
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Canoeing
Diving
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Free airport transportation
Full body massage
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Horseback riding
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Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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Jürgen H wrote a review Aug 2022
Düsseldorf, Germany92 contributions85 helpful votes
It is without question an extraordinary place with absolutely special bungalows to stay in. These are very well equipped and especially the two new, upper bungalows have a fantastic location. We were here with six people and had three bungalows. We paid a total of $6500 for 4 nights with various excursions. That is a lot of money. And that is also my point of criticism. The service is not even close to what you can and should expect for this money. The owner is a stiff, and the management is at their best when they can sell extra services. The staff is made up of interns and locals. Genuine hospitality and an excellent service ethos are in the background here. Among many things, the crowning glory was that we left the lodge at 8:00 a.m. and the manager bid us farewell in the evening with the words, "Breakfast is not served until 8:00 a.m.. We didn't even get a cup of coffee. What a lousy service for 6500 $. So if you put a lot of value on location and jungle atmosphere and can put service behind, this is the place to be.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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SanneB571 wrote a review Jul 2022
Amsterdam21 contributions7 helpful votes
We got ‘stuck’ in Bocas del Toro because of roadblocks in Panama and therefore spent six fantastic days here. Where to start? 1. This place really has stunning views. The most beautiful I’ve ever seen and I’ve travelled quite a bit. From the main reception/lounge/restaurant area you see jungle all around while overlooking a wide bay dotted with small mangrove islets, Hondia Bay. Every night at sunset the bay is bathing in different light creating stunning color combinations. Also from our cabin (Family Treetop Bungalow) the views were amazing (see picture) 2. About those cabins: the architecture of the wooden, stilted bungalows merges them into the environment, making you feel as connected to nature as possible. There are no walls between your (completely screened) bed and the jungle. You hear birds, cicades, frogs etc all the time. We loved this. The fans kept us cool enough during the nights. 3. We did two amazing trips. One to the Zapatillas islands where we saw unspoiled, white and clean beaches, and had great snorkeling on our way there. The other trip was quite a strenuous hike (12km is quite something in this climate) through the jungle and along the most beautiful beaches of Bastimentos. Roger was our helpful and friendly guide. When we were thirsty we all drank coconut water from the coconut that he cut with his machete. He also used the machete to make way in the jungle. Too bad we don’t speak Spanish very well as we may have learnt more from him. His English is limited. But this hike was a real highlight of our trip! 4. Then the food. This is literally farm to table. Delicious and beautifully presented. The first day we did the cacao tour with the very kind and funny mister Kelly and his lovely dog Zorro. We learnt a lot about all the different fruits and vegetables that you’ll later find on your plate. A lot of the food is typical for this area and not available in the Netherlands so this makes it extra special. They cater extremely well to vegetarians, which we are. Our teenage kids also liked it, but they are quite easygoing. I can imagine other kids to maybe not appreciate it as much. And let’s not forget about all the different, really special cocktails that the bartender makes here. Só good! 5. The people at the reception were extremely friendly and accommodating. Sofia and Margarida are super nice and helpful. And also the yoga teacher (forgot the name, sorry) was great. On my birthday I had a wonderful yoga practice with her and my daughters. Thank you! However, it would have been nice if there would have been somebody around with a bit more naturalist knowledge. At such an exceptional place you would expect that there is somebody (a biologist?) to tell you lots of details about all the amazing trees, plants and wildlife. There was a marine biologist volunteer and her boyfriend but they didn’t seem to know a lot about the place and were mostly just hanging around. My only critical comment to this place would be: get more knowledge of the surrounding jungle environment: either by training current staff or by hiring an expert. All in all: our stay was a dream. We sometimes felt like we were in a Rituals advertisement. The environment has a real ‘cleansing’ and quiet vibe which made us all feel so relaxed. Thank you very much!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Mateo wrote a review Jul 2022
Woodstock, New York4 contributions3 helpful votes
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Overall- Amazing lodge in the heart of the jungle! Food was delicious, staff was friendly and helpful, tours were well-organized! Book either the Rainforest King or Rainforest queen- those are the newer bungalows set high up on the hill. Rainforest Queen (where we stayed) has the best views! Some of the other cabins looked very cool as well but we’re more rustic and lower in the jungle with less views. Remember- this is jungle lodging! The bungalow is immaculate but yes, there are bugs, spiders, mosquitos and it can be hot and humid- it’s all open air “glamping” - best to know what you’re getting into. We knew this and it’s our style but some other guests seemed unprepared for this level of immersion into nature. Dining - the food was healthy, fresh and delicious! Dinners were mostly fish but they do make special arrangements if you have dietary restrictions. One minor drawback / suggestion I would have for Loma- dinner was served as “farm style family dining” where all guests sit together at a large table to dine together. While this was overall very pleasant and fun- for a couple celebrating our 10yr anniversary (two years late due to covid) we would have preferred to dine alone and have more private and intimate dinners. I would imagine most guests would prefer to dine alone considering most guests are couples. It got a little old telling the same life stories each night to new guests and sort of just making small talk with strangers each night. However, this is not a reason to not go to Loma- it was amazing all around. General Manager, Sofia was lovely and restaurant manager/bar tender, Virgilio was exceptional! He made the best cocktails and was so super friendly! Other manager, Margarida, wasn’t quite as warm and fuzzy but was very patient with my many requests prior to check in and even had our room decorated with flowers, swan-shaped towels and champagne for our anniversary. Tours- We did the Zapatilla island tour and had a great time. Started off by spotting a baby sloth along the path to the dock. Then we saw another sloth during the drive by (by boat) visit of sloth island. Then stopped at “Hollywood” where we saw so many starfish! Get it? Hollywood stars! Then stopped at two different snorkeling spots- both with awesome corals and fish and lots to see. Finally we got to Zapatilla #2 and spent 2 hours on our own exploring the island and enjoying our packed lunch they provided - delicious Lentil salad, greens, and chips and cookies- all homemade! We also did the farm tour with Sergio and it was very interesting and he knew so much about all the plants! We got to try so many spices and fruits! Finally, we braved the “red trail” on our own for a self-guided hike deep into the jungle! It was fun but slippery and I was pretty much terrified we’d see some big snakes or something! At the end we found our baby sloth friend again and watched him enjoy a leaf lunch! Great times at Loma! We stayed 3 nights and I think that was just the right amount of time! We also spent 3 nights on Red Frog beach nearby- and we think it was a nice mix of things to have some beach time and some jungle time! Go to Loma- you won’t regret it! They really do deliver fresh tea and muffins to your bungalow every morning!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Gsywanderer wrote a review Mar 2022
Guernsey, United Kingdom12 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed here for 4 nights in March 2022. This place is really magical. You really feel like you are in the middle of the jungle - but a jungle with all the “trimmings” Pros: 1: lovely staff - attentive but not in your face 2: daily interesting cocktails ($8-9). Think beetroot with gin, lemongrass and gin, rum with tumeric and ginger 3: the long hike was brilliant - it was amazing to be in the jungle and see the wonderful beaches 4: food - breakfast was fruit, yogurt, eggs, bread, lunch was a simple veggie dish (lentils, potato cakes, chickpea salad), dinner 3 courses - tuna, white fish, chicken mole and chocolate - there is chocolate with every meal! 5: the view - particularly at sunset 6: daily yoga ($15pp) 7: outside shower 8: the bioluminescence tour - unbelievable!! Book it! Cons: 1: we didn’t know the prices of the drinks - they were reasonable but it would have been nice to know up front 2: everything bites you - take good bug spray and use it all day!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Katelin wrote a review Mar 2022
St. Petersburg, Florida10 contributions3 helpful votes
Such a magical place... the surrounding grounds are breathtakingly beautiful, with tons of amazing wildlife. The structures themselves are in need of some TLC and improvements, but the staff made up for this shortcoming 100 times over. Such wonderful people. The food and drink was absolutely delicious and a definite highlight of our stay.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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taatr2017 wrote a review Jan 2022
Bergen, The Netherlands22 contributions3 helpful votes
We did not sleep at La Loma but only visited through the Palmar trip. We had an very interesting and inspiring walk with the legendary Mr Kelly, followed by a small but very smart lunch. Would love to stay there one day!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Natasha A wrote a review Nov 2021
Carlisle, PA10 contributions14 helpful votes
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Amazing 5 night getaway in the heart of Bocas Del Toro. Gorgeous accommodations and farm-to-table gourmet. I enjoyed hiking, birdwatching, and day trips to the bat cave and Red Frog Beach. The staff went above and beyond to make my stay memorable. As a solo female traveler, I always felt safe. I cannot wait to return to this piece of paradise.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Stay as long as you can and see as much as you can. Great for birdwatching and animal spotting....
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Jessie P wrote a review Nov 2021
3 contributions3 helpful votes
La Loma is truly a one of kind experience. When you first see the lodge from the boat as you are pulling up, you can feel that it is a magical and spiritual place. The rooms are basically like staying in your private treehouse. The jungle is so alive! Mr. Kelly was our guide and there is something very special about him. He took us on a tour and we saw poison dart frogs, hummingbirds, several species of monkeys, and also amazing plants that you may never know what they look like until you see them, such a ginger, cacao, and passionflower. The lodge where you have your meals has the most breathtaking views and energy. Be prepared that you indeed are staying in the jungle with no AC and using mosquito nets at night. But the mosquito nets are more of a tent, so very comfortable and easy, and we didn't have any complaints there. Everyone that works at La Loma is proud and passionate about their lodge and it shows. Jose was our host and honestly I would go back just to see him again! He is so accommodating, well traveled, and funny. La Loma is absolutey fantastic! We opted for the jungle tour instead of the bat cave because it was raining, but I've heard that the bat cave is awesome. Highly recommend La Loma!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Ruben F wrote a review Oct 2021
Geneva, Switzerland2 contributions4 helpful votes
We are a family of 4 with a 12 and a 10 year old children. We spent a few days in La Loma and it’s one of those places that you know for sure it will stick in your memories. It’s the location (well integrated with nature), the people, the food, the atmosphere, the cocoa farm, ……., everything. Roger, the local guide, is a superstar. He can point sloths, monkeys, iguanas, etc where you can only see trees. We are extremely pleased with the experience and would definitely recommend to anyone. The only drawback is that nights in the jungle tend to be noisy, but it’s part of the experience 😉. Thanks to Jose and the team to host us in some unforgettable days in paradise.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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FrequentTraveler wrote a review Sep 2021
9 contributions3 helpful votes
Pros: Amazing biodiversity, incredible staff (especially Jose), great food, great drinks. Very relaxing. Stunning views. Cons: Very expensive for what it is. Some four star amenities are lacking (our hot water didn't work reliably, we didn't get fresh towels every day and the lights in our room didn't work correctly). The hikes and other activities were nice, but not comparable to some experiences I've had in Costa Rica and other locations (e.g., there was a lot of trash on the beach and our guide, while very nice, didn't carry binoculars or identify much flora or fauna). This is also an open air property, so it can get noisy depending on other guests. Overall an awesome experience, but we spent almost $2,000 over four nights (including drinks and activities), and I felt the experience wasn't commensurate with that expense.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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$455 - $567 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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la loma jungle lodge and chocolate farm hotel isla bastimentos
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PanamaBocas del Toro ProvinceIsla Bastimentos
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm
Which popular attractions are close to La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm?
Nearby attractions include Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos (2.6 miles), Red Frog Beach (2.5 miles), and Up In The Hill (4.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm?
Conveniently located restaurants include Up in the Hill - Coffee Shop & Organic Farm, The Firefly Restaurant & Bar, and The Sea Monkey Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Does La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm have airport transportation?
Yes, La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does La Loma Jungle Lodge and Chocolate Farm have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.