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“Relaxing days in a tropical paradise”

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Villa Perezoso Del Mar
Reviewed August 3, 2010

The facilities at Casa Selva del Mar where just as expected and explained through their website...only better! The landscaping and views off the porch were just amazing. We partook in dinner cooked by Susan one evening - which was just delicious. They delivered muffins or breads and fruit each morning for breakfast.

The owners took care that our needs were met for water transportation to Bocas for diving and a little alcove for brick oven pizza from an Austrian chef! We utilized the kayaks and snorkeled the reef right off the dock. Leaf-cutter ants, sloths, toucans, parrots, stingrays, and various reef fish were animals that our family enjoyed observing.

Do go heavy on the bug spray, as the no-see-ums (as we call them in Florida) are terrible at certain times - we hit one of those times!

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

To put it simply, my wife and I had a wonderful 2 nights stay with Susan and Izzy at Casa Selva de Mar, on Isla Cristobal, a stones throw by water from Bocas Town. We stayed in one of two villas, large detached bungalows, set on a substantial rise overlooking Bocas sound. Quiet with great fauna and flora – beautiful flowers and landscape, with the evening toucan visit just off the porch. Open, breezy and well designed and maintained. Lots of fresh water and a welcome shower at the end of the day. About a 12 minute boat ride from Bocas Town, and a singular late night rescue from Bocas back to Casa by Izzy in a forbidding storm – a story forever.

Easy arrangement of a pickup at the Casa for a ‘tour’ that turned out to be the 2 of us and dolphins, beaches, snorkeling and a beautiful sunny day – you get it. Arrived by air, met by Susan and the drop off by Izzy at Almirante for a cab over the hills inland. A great visit to Bocas, wonderful hosts and a great stay at Casa Selva del Mar.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank darwinstwin
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Reviewed April 11, 2010

Casa Selva del Mar is great get-a-way that is out-of-the-way, without being too-far-away. Susan and Izzy has two beautifully designed and made cabins that are spacious, comfortable, well-appointed with spectacular views. Casa Selva del Mar is a quick boat ride away from Bocas Town. We had a wonderful time!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 28, 2010

We booked Selva through internet. Response from the owners came very fast and so was our reservation request handled. Upon arrival in Bocas we were greeted at the airport by Izzy and taken to the lodge by boat. Both Izzy and Susan were very polite and friendly.
The two houses on offer are fantastic: Big and spacious, independent from each other thus offering this unique privacy and peace one could only dream of during a romantic holiday. They are very well equiped and maintained. Fully equiped kitchen, nice lounge, big bedroom and bathroom with shower. Verandah surrounding the house with fantastic views of the caribbean. A very quiet location in nature. Bocas town only accessible by boat and we would not recommend traveling at night as this could be dangerous. So if you are in for a noisy night life, this is not the place for you. Hi speed internet in each hosue free of charge. There is also one laptop in each house for free use, tv, dvd etc so leave your gadgets behind (needless to say that we did not turn the tv on)
We really enjoyed our stay there so much that we decided to extend for 3 days, totalling 9. Wish we could stay longer... Susan helped out with all questions and requests and arranged everything we asked for (eg excursions, boat trips etc). Owners travel regularly to Bocas town on their boat so they can drop you off for shoping and bring you back safely. I appreciated Izzy's driving skills! Nonseeums could be a nuisance so be prepared! Avoid full moon nights. After all you are in the forest!!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2010

I like Casa Selva del Mar so much that I've visited twice--once with an adult child in March 2007 and then with my significant other in December 2008. The villas are beautifully appointed with everything one needs for a relaxing stay and the view over the Almirante Bay is breathtaking--wonderful spot for gorgeous sunset photography. We spotted 33 species of birds from our villa, including 3 species of toucans. Kayaks for touring the mangroves are available, and there's a coral reef 50 yards from the dock. Susan and Izzy are lovely hosts, either buying your groceries before you arrive or taking your grocery shopping between the airport and boarding their boat for the island. Dinner at their home is good and reasonably priced. My only warning would be that the area can be kind of buggy (it's the jungle), but that is a small price to pay for the experience. Take the tour that Susan and Izzy can arrange to go dolphin watching, snorkeling, and ocean bathing. Computer access, but who'd want to work with his and her hammocks on the screened veranda?

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2010

The villa was beautiful and very comfortable with all the comforts of home. Tours can be arranged through the proprietors. Breakfast was provided with very yummy muffins and delicious dinners were also available on request. The grounds are very well kept with beautiful flowers everywhere. The opportunity to enjoy the ocean was a few steps away with snorkeling and kayaks available for free. We can't stop talking about it and would definately consider going back to this place again.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2010

If you want sun, sea and solitude this is it. The most idealic place to stay, nothing was to much trouble Susan and Izzy made us feel very welcome they have a wonderful place in paradise.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa Perezoso Del Mar

Address: Frente Mar | Isla Cristobal, Isla San Cristobal, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla San Cristobal
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Isla San Cristobal
Price Range: $125 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A private villa bed-and-breakfast on a rainforested island overlooking the sea. Located on Isla San Cristobal in the Bocas del Toro archipelago of Panama, 15 minutes from Bocas Town by boat. Two 1-bedroom solar-powered villas each with kitchen, luxurious furnishings, satellite TV, wireless internet. Each perfect for a couple, but can sleep up to 4. Coral reef 150 feet from shore, free use of snorkels, fins, kayaks. Property Manager lives on site nearby, service 24/7. ... more   less 
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Villa Perezoso Del Mar Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla San Cristobal

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