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Hotel Bocas del Mar
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Boca Chica
Certificate of Excellence
Playa Coronado, Panama
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63 reviews
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“Loved that little gem.”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

My husband and I spent a few nights at Bocas del Mar Hotel at the beginning of October. As soon as we arrived, we knew we had found a very special place and rather than moving on to the Westin, we extended our stay at the Bocas del Mar. The rooms are nicely appointed and comfortable. There is lots of drawer space. We stayed in one of the jacuzzi suites overlooking the bay and it was well worth it. The service was outstanding and everybody spoke English. The food was excellent, too. We were there during whale season and Neil, the GM, set us up with a boat charter. Although it was the tail end of the season,we saw lots of them. Then we stopped at a little island where the people have a tame Cayman and feed it for entertainment. Finally we went to a large white sand beach and kicked back for a while. Great day! The pool area is beautiful and there are lots of lounge chairs. Double swings are strategically placed throughout the property so you can watch the sunset, or just sit down and stare into space. We can't wait to go back.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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HotelBocasdelMar, Manager at Hotel Bocas del Mar, responded to this review, October 21, 2012
Thank you for review.

The whole team is extremely appreciative of your comments and very happy you had a pleasant stay with us here on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. We’re glad you found our rooms so comfortable - they were specially designed to provide a lot of storage space for guests with the added extra of a walk-in closet.

We’re also pleased to read you enjoyed the activities we offer. Our beach-hopping excursion is the perfect way to discover the Gulf of Chiriqui Marine National Park in all its unspoiled beauty!

Thank you once again for choosing Bocas del Mar Hotel and we do hope to be able to welcome you again soon.

With kind regards, the Bocas del Mar team
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Kampenhout, Belgium
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

If you are tired of staying at the mega American style luxury hotels this is the place to go to. Modern bungalows, luxury rooms with a little private spatio overlooking the garden and with a view on the nearby islands of Boca Chica. It is private, quiet and relaxing and the service at the restaurant and the bar is impeccable - great food too! I enjoyed the swimming pool and finally had time to read a book after all the sightseeing around Panama City and the Canal. It is a great place to be at if you want a rest and no crowds. Apart from going on a boattrip to see the whales and some of the beach islands around, there is not much to do - but staying there for a few days when you need a rest - is paradise!

Room Tip: All bungalows/rooms are very much the same with a view to the garden.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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HotelBocasdelMar, Manager at Hotel Bocas del Mar, responded to this review, October 13, 2012
Thank your review and your comments.

It was a pleasure to have you as guests. We’re pleased the secluded and natural style of our resort was to your taste and the Bocas del Mar team is delighted with your feedback.

Relaxation is indeed a key part of a stay, however, as you mention, when a guest is looking for more activity we have many possibilities in this natural unspoilt area to visit the islands of the Gulf of Chiriqui, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, beach picnics, waterskiing, whale watching and more! On land there are hiking possibilities on the nearby island of Boca Brava or Playa Hermosa, horseback riding, plus we recommend the monkey sanctuary and Ngobe Bugle native villages for a full half day or day excursion. All information is available from the hotel.

Thank you again for your vist & your review.

With kind regards, the Bocas del Mar team.
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Boquete, Panama
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

From the time that we arrived until we departed, we were presented with the highest quality of facility, food (including presentation) management expertise and involvement, and service. What a joy to spend time in a resort that has it all dialed-in. By far the best service we have enjoyed in Panama, and we are residents of Boquete.
We will definitely return!
Thank you for a great weekend--Judith and Alberto

Room Tip: All the rooms are great--you cannot go wrong by booking at BDM Resort!!!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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HotelBocasdelMar, Manager at Hotel Bocas del Mar, responded to this review, October 13, 2012
Dear Judith and Alberto,

We’ve delighted to receive your review and glad that you had such a memorable weekend. It was a pleasure to have you as guests.

We’re very happy you chose to stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you to Hotel Bocas del Mar again soon.

With kind regards,

The Bocas del Mar team
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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

My husband and I spent a wonderful few days at the Bocas Del Mar. Our stay ended too soon even when we extended it, which makes this resort the exact right choice for us. The resort, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, is carved into a serene hillside along a small inlet on the Pacific Ocean. The grounds are well manicured and are accentuated by views of the water and of several small islands from just about every angle.
The resort is relatively new so it boasts new and modern amenities. Its layout is simplistic, contemporary and open-- The perfect blend for relaxation.
Its bungalows are bright and roomy, and are kept pristine by a very attentive staff. Each bungalow, ideally situated to capture tranquility, has its own private patio, but you'll probably chose to relax at the resort's refreshing and spacious pool, or on one of the many garden swings overlooking the river.
What makes this resort especially unforgettable is its team of attendants. Neil, the resort's manager and the hallmark of its distinctive charm, presides over a staff like none we've experienced in Panama. They are very gracious, highly efficient and pleasantly obliging. Jorge, our waiter for much of our stay, attended us with commendable skill and ease. He, along with everyone else made us very comfortable, attending promptly to our wishes and needs. They even went out of their way to prepare one of our favorite meals even though it was not on the menu, they had never heard of it and the ingredients were scarce. In retrospect, we are not at all surprised that Neil orchestrated something so special for us. Carlos, the chef, did his best to do it justice. We are very appreciative of their efforts.
The menu, though dictated by the season, was still consistent and diverse. Each dish was flavorful and each was creatively executed. We especially enjoyed the lobsters.
We strongly recommend this resort for anyone who prizes quiet relaxation, the outdoors and nature, and excellence in hospitality.
As of note, this area is well known for dolphins and whale watching, and for fishing. The hotel coordinates with Captain Brian, an excellent private tour operator and a pretty cool guy. Ask about his wife's homemade chocolate chip/coconut/macadamia nut cookies!
We will definitely return to Bocas del Mar.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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HotelBocasdelMar, Manager at Hotel Bocas del Mar, responded to this review, October 13, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit in such detail and for such a kind description of our hotel.

All the Hotel Bocas del Mar team is very proud to receive your comments and pleased that our commitment to customer service is so appreciated.

We always do our best to make everyone feel at home and get the best out of their stay with us.

We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

With kind regards,

The Bocas del Mar team
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

The best hotel by far in david and in the hole panama rooms really clean wifi connection is the best food very good service excellent the only thing is about one hour from david swiming pool huge you have beach view but no access!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2012
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HotelBocasdelMar, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Bocas del Mar, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Thank you for your kind review. Some more information about beach access from the hotel; from our gardens there is easy access down a short walkway to our pretty cove, which has a small private beach (except at high tide). We also offer sea access by boat at the hotel dock, just a few meters from the restaurant & swimming pool. From here it’s a simple water taxi ride to many more beaches in the beautiful Gulf of Chiriquí National Park (journey time from 10 minutes to 35 minutes). We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon.
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Roswell, Georgia
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

We selected Boca Chica as one of our vacation destinations to fulfill our desire to stay on the water (in a peaceful setting), and to give us the opportunity to take our young kids on a whale watching / island hoping excursion--that otherwise would require an inconvenient commute to the Pearl Islands.

General: The rooms were comfortable, clean and well appointed. The pool area and restaurant are very impressive. It's a boutique hotel with a bit of resort flair. I thought they did a great job with the layout and walkways. It is optimized for convenience as well as appreciation for the garden and wonderful ocean/bay views.

Staff: Neil (the Manager) was extremely accommodating and his commitment to the guests has certainly rubbed off on the rest of the staff. We had great experiences with the kitchen/serving staff, tour captain, housekeeping--even the maintenance staff were not shy to smile and greet. They are raising the bar pretty high in a notoriously average Panamanian service industry.

Restaurant: While the menu may initially look small (in the context of 4 day stay), we found all of the selections to be consistent and well executed. They were also quick to improvise for the kids which is a huge relief on vacation. They have different sauces and preparation techniques that allowed us to have new dishes daily. Breakfast and Deserts were amazing as well. But to top it all off they served great espresso/coffee. I believe it is Cafe Ruiz from Boquette and they have a very fancy machine that is sure to be European.

The entire stay was pleasant, and the whale watching and island hoping was big hit with the family. We're looking forward to coming again.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Knokke-Heist, Belgium
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

The stunning Boca Chica area may well be, but not for long anymore, one of the better kept tourist secrets of Panama. The newly opened hotel Bocas del Mar, matching and blending in to the splendor of the pacific coast, will for sure put this area more and more on the map of tourists and contribute to lifting the “unknown’ of this area. The staff and management are on a daily basis hands-on involved in bringing the best of customer service. The bungalows, which are very spacious, the interior, amenities, the pool with is top-notch water quality, kitchen and dining area …… everything is well thought thru. For example, I liked very much that every bungalow has wall-size sliding, fully tinted (look out, not in) windows, with view on the garden and Boca Chica Bay and the islands. One can enjoy from the bed or while soaking in the bathtub, in all privacy, the surroundings. Just marvelous and eco-friendly since it keeps the direct sunlight out! The meals were excellent and very well presented. In short…wish I could have stayed a couple of days longer.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Hotel Bocas del Mar
Address: | Gulf of Chiriqui, Boca Chica, Panama
Location: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boca Chica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Boca Chica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Bocas del Mar 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Bocas Del Mar, in Boca Chica, is a boutique hotel with modern, luxury features. In a privileged oceanside location on the mainland, it is perfectly positioned for a completely relaxing vacation. We were TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award Winners in 2016 for the Top Hotel for Service in Panama. Our focus is on quality customer service and attention to detail. We have 20 large contemporary-style guest bungalows that are set in tropical gardens right alongside the glistening blue water of the Gulf of Chiriqui. Open your drapes each morning and the Pacific Ocean is there to greet you! Choose from several room types; from our spacious king or queen bed bungalows through to the exceptional Premier Suite. There's a gourmet restaurant & bar on site and we have not one but TWO stunning infinity-style pools to bathe in. There is also a small beach, except at high tide, and we have our own dock to head to more local beaches via water taxi or excursion boat - we are opposite the beautiful islands of the Gulf of Chiriqui and have a full ocean and land trip program. Plus a massage studio (advance reservation required). Just 5 minutes by car or watertaxi from Boca Chica village. ... more   less 
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