My husband and I never managed to go to a honey moon or anything like that for over 3 years into the marriage. We finally picked the Popa Paradise to be completely away from the busy life and worries and enjoy each other's company. And we were so right! It is the exact place you would want to go to unwind, relax, reflect and meditate on your own terms.
The island is easy to approach from the main Boca island. The resort sent a boat for us; we were picked up from the airport timely and had an enjoyable 25 mins boat ride to Popa island. This way we saw the Bocas del Torre islands from the sea.
Upon arrival we were nicely welcomed by Dylan (the owner), Thiago (the cutest puppy dog), and a delicious Coconut drink. We stayed in one of the casitas by the beach. The reception/joint area is a great great place to spend time in, btw.
The casita was perfectly clean, very secluded, viewed parts of the beach, while perfectly shaded by the palms too. So perfectly that I managed to yoga twice a day during the day-time without any discomfort. We had the DVD player (we watched a movie after the dinner every day, it was excellent) and the satellite TV in the room. The bed was perfect, the window/balcony were huge and the bug net prevented every bug from coming inside. We never used an AC -the open windows did a great job. The bathroom was very nice and impressively, the hot water was running consistently. We enjoyed our spacious and beautifully decorated casita every day! Especially the sea waves sound ...
The beach towels were plentiful and available around the resort; the beach was right there (2 mins walk from the casita), clean, secluded, had sun beds, showers and surely beautifully warm turquoise water!!the only downside at the wilder /jungle beaches is twofold: bugs(small and unpleasant) and the tide (the more tide -the less beach). For those who want no bugs and no salty water -there is a beautiful swimming pool with a swim-to full bar and pleasant clean water.
The food at the paradise is AMAZING! New every day, creative all the time and always the freshest fresh! Darren, the other owner, the chef, the masseuse and a fun, very open person -was doing an excellent job with keeping us full and healthy fed every day, three times a day! The cuisine was not only fresh, it was highly gourmet! We miss the food already. Thank you, Darren !
We went to the Popa village one day and it was a lovely trip to see the local people; we also went to the couple close-by islands just to see a different style of living there; we kayaked and that was a pleasure! The jungle gym is a joy and fun too -must try;) for the nature lovers -there is a wonder every step: from incredible birds to lazy sloths on trees.
All we wanted to do is just to relax and enjoy every moment of this wonderful and very sustainably managed place! We loved every moment of it!
Surely, it is not cheap- but it is absolutely worth it !
NB we felt that coming during the dry vs. rainy season would have been even a better idea! :) we had one of three days gloomy and without much sun, which is great for other activities but not for a tan :)
- 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