It’s hard to put into words the wonderfulness of this place. The setting, gentle and warm hospitality, and overall relaxed vibe of Popa Paradise is indescribable. You will leave a piece of your heart there – as I did.
My husband and I spent four nights at Popa Paradise to celebrate our 20th anniversary. After spending a day in Bocas Town, we took a 30-minute water taxi ride to Isla Popa. The resort is so well-blended into the jungle environment that it was hardly visible from the water. We were warmly greeted by Dyllan who is the consummate host. He showed us around the property and took us to our amazing casita which was situated directly on the beach. A bottle of champagne awaited us as well as an abundance of beautiful jungle flowers. The casita was spacious and very comfortable – lovely linens, a sitting area, mini-frige, AC, hot showers (with fabulous handmade soaps), and TV (which we never turned on). BUT, the deck…oh that magnificent deck!!! We spent many hours sitting there reading, drinking wine, watching the ocean, and listening to the waves.
Our meals were fantastic. Darion - the resident chef, yoga instructor and masseuse – served delicious, HUGE, fresh meals. Breakfasts and lunches were made to order and always included a fresh fish option and lots of vegetables.
There was a plethora of optional excursions and originally we planned to take a few, but frankly, we were so content and completely overjoyed just “being” at the resort that we didn’t want to leave even for a minute! We did kayak around the island a bit and enjoyed snorkeling at the coral reef in front of the resort. I also enjoyed walking the beaches and around the jungle. For an extra special treat, I had a massage by Darion in the resort’s new tranquil massage space beautifully tucked into the jungle (see photo!). Delightful!!!
One of the most amazing things is that Popa Paradise is completely off-grid. They are stewards of their environment and take great care to lessen the resort’s impact. If you have the great fortune to visit this marvelous place, skip the bottled water and drink the collected water. Also, bring a head-lamp or flashlight as the walkways are wonderfully dark at night
Thank you to Dyllan, Darion, and the resident beagles, Leah and Luka for an unforgettable visit. You made us feel a part of your family and we can’t wait to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Popa Paradise is an Adults-Only (18+) beach hotel located on a stunning island called Isla Popa in the Bocas del Toro archipelago, off the Panamanian coast in the Caribbean Sea. We are located about 30 minutes away from Bocas del Toro by boat. Stay with us for an unforgettable vacation where you can relax, snorkel in beautiful clear water and visit the amazing outer islands. Our chef creates a spectacular, tasty, unique and healthy menu and can cater to vegetarians and vegans, which is all included in our all inclusive rate. We have a large range of activities and excursions from diving, fishing, zip lines to the spectacular Zapatilla islands marine park or simply relax by our swimming pool and enjoy a Popa Paradise cocktail at our swim up bar, enjoy a massage in the spa or take a walk on one of our stunning beaches. Our new beach bar and restaurant "Rosie's" is great for cool drinks on the beach all day and at night beach BBQs, bonfires, and occasionally live music under the stars. Our dedicated team of professionals will take care of your every need and ensure you have a memorable stay at our boutique resort. We look forward to meeting you at Popa Paradise - barefoot luxury! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Popa Paradise Beach Hotel Isla Popa
- Popa Paradise Beach Isla