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Reviewed February 14, 2013

My partner and I visited Popa in February of 2013 and had an absolutely amazing time. The island is well kept and beautiful. The staff was extremely friendly and took great care of us. The food was exquisite and beautifully prepared. I've never had two full lobster tails for dinner before. Our ocean front casita was only feet away from the sea and we could listen to the ocean waves as we slept. The pictures of this place don't do justice to how beautiful it actually is. We were treated with a day trip on their Yacht where we snorkled two different reefs and were greeted by dolphins that swam along with the ship.

Keep in mind you will need to take a boat ride to get out to Popa island so it is a bit of a hike - but it's worth it.

My partner and I have literally traveled all around the world and this trip was definitely one of the best we have ever had.

Room Tip: Ask for the casita closest to the Ocean, the view is unbeatable.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2013

Many thanks for your great review! We are so pleased you enjoyed our piece of paradise and look forward to seeing you back here soon

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

I stayed at Popa Paradise last May and really loved the place. While I wouldn't call it a 5 star resort, it is a 5 star eco lodge and the owners do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable. The cabanas are spacious and clean and the views are incredible. I wouldn't stay for a week as it can get a bit dull at night (it's a decent boat trip from town), but 2-3 days of quiet relaxation is perfect. The staff can't be beat and Dylan and Darion are incredible hosts. Combining a few days in town with a few days on Popa is in my opinion the perfect Bocas vacation.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2013

Many thanks for your great review, we are so pleased you loved Popa Paradise. We have now opened our beach bar so there are many nights with beach BBQ's under the stars, live music and fire dancing, so now the nights can be quite and tranquil or fun filled evenings, the choice is yours!

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

My husband and I and another couple spent the last four days of our two weeks in Panama at Popa Paradise. And paradise it is! We toured Panama City for three days then spent almost a week in Bocas. By the time we got to Popa we were exhausted. This is a perfect way to end a busy holiday. It is quiet and secluded. We stayed in an ocean front casita. It was perfect and we loved listening to the sound of the ocean. The deck with two easy chairs is a great place for reading and relaxing.

We had planned to do a bit of touring from here but the resort is so lovely and relaxing we just amused ourselves right here. Did a bit of kayaking and walking to their other beaches and lazing by the pool.

What really sets this resort apart are the managers. Dyllan and Darion are the most gracious hosts you could ask for. Dylan's professionalism and Darions enthusiasm are a perfect combination. They take care of every detail and request immediately. Even emails before we arrived were answered in minutes. The food and service are outstanding. Ty is a fantastic bartender/entertainer. With great stories and drink recipes. And for all you Canadians- he makes the best Caesar going with Motts clamato! And to top it all off he is an amazing guitar player and singer.

We loved our stay here and will return

Thanks Dyllan,Darion and Ty!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2013

Many thanks for your great review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. It was interesting that you got direct flights from Canada to Panama, there seems to be more of those flights available now. Looking forward to welcoming you back to Popa Paradise soon!

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We spent 4 nights at Popa over the New Year period and had a really great time. It's a truly stunning resort, run very well by an exceptionally friendly team. As I understand it we were unlucky with the weather - we had probably 1.5 days of sunshine over the course of the 4 days and a fair amount of rain too. However, the resort in general, and our Casita in particular, are so relaxing that we weren't too fussed about the lack of sunshine.

The Casita was beautiful - a big room, four-poster bed with a balcony looking out to the sea and a couple of lazy chairs out there perfect for losing yourself in a good book (or 3). It's also great that they have floor-to-ceiling insect nets meaning you can leave the doors open and go to sleep to the sounds of the waves coming in. We had issues with hot water, but again really didn't care as we were so well looked after otherwise.

All the action centres on the clubhouse, pool and swim-up bar. There are also a couple of stunning beaches but we didn't spend any length of time on them. Ty really does look after you impecably, with creative cocktails and plenty of amusing tales.

The food was really good throughout the trip, with particular highlights being the chicken soup and also the smoked pork! Lunch could do with a little more variety although I recognise the challenges of getting food out to this remote island.

The other highlights of the trip would be: 1) New Year's Eve - the team put on a fireworks display, fire dancing and also a bit of a sing along. It was a very memorable way to bring in 2013. 2) The catamaran cruise - we went out for the day on the catamaran and it was very much as you'd expect if you've done something similar before (desert island, picnic lunch, snorkelling). There were lots of other boat cruises following a similar route but what really sets this trip apart is the opportunity to spend time getting to know the hosts Bev and Handre - both lots of fun. 3) The boat journey getting to the island!

We would thoroughly recommend a trip out to Popa, it's a beautiful resort managed by a great team.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2013

Many thanks for your great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed our New Years celebration and the activities we offer at the resort.

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Reviewed January 8, 2013

If you are looking for a slick 5* operation, all mod-cons, and loads of superficiality then don’t come here. Actually, do come here and experience what authentic hospitality is really all about.

Popa Paradise is big in heart and personality. If you like hosts with charisma, an easy going ambiance and captivating atmosphere then this is the place for you.
Everything else has been said in detail by other visitors so there is no need here to further embellish the glowing reports about food, transportation, trips and overall comfort - all of which we endorse.

We have never before felt so relaxed and content in a hotel and never so melancholy when leaving. Tears were wept – truly. Our two young children (3 & 8) are still talking about Popa Paradise –which is the best possible endorsement.

We thank the charming Dyllan for his cool and unflappable management style, the inimitable Ty for his consistent courtesy and yummy cocktails, and the phenomenal Darion – top chef,
yogo-meister and liver of life. We miss you.

Room Tip: No 6 - very close to the sea
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Many thanks for your wonderful review! It was a pleasure meeting your family and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us.

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