Just returned from a vacation with my wife in Bocas Del Toro/Isla Colon and we stayed at Villa Paraiso. Just as the name translates to "Paradise Villa". This place is paradise! Steve, Angie and their sons go out of their way to make your stay at their place fantastic. They have several amenities at no cost that others don't offer. The pool was great after a long day of riding bikes or walking in to town. If you are planning a trip to this area give some consideration to Villa Paraiso we completely enjoyed our stay.
I cannot begin to explain what an incredible experience it was to stay at Villa Paraiso. My wife and I spent 8 days in Bocas for our Honeymoon and cannot wait to go back. Willa Wiona was the perfect secluded little getaway experience we were hoping for. It was private and seclusive with out own pool and beach area. The Cottrell's really made the entire experience for us. They were so helpful when we needed them for recommendations and directions. We genuinely felt like we were staying with family, but when we weren't asking for questions they let us have our privacy. The property felt very safe and was extremely well kept. We can't thank them enough for such a great experience that we will never forget.
A rare find!!! I loved it here. I truly felt like Villa Wynona was my own exclusive villa with full-sized pool right on the beach. I never believed I could afford something like this. It was so private and quiet, I stayed for almost 2 weeks. The gardens, birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds were beautiful. The chanting of the howler monkeys in the distance and the quiet roll of the ocean peaceful. Under-the-stars dips in the pool before bed each night added to the dreamlike environment.
All this, and it’s in a practical and convenient location. I am a woman and traveled on my own. I felt safe at all times. It was easy to get into town I just walked out to the road and flagged a taxi $2 each way – easy/safe/fast, town is just a short distance away. There’s a lot to do on the islands, with many good restaurants. I chose a quiet holiday and spent most of my time at my villa relaxing. The large covered outdoor living area was spacious, comfortable, and cool. The bedroom was also comfortable and had air-conditioning. There was a large smart TV for entertainment if you wanted, I rarely felt the need. I cooked up some great meals.
A nice convenience was the delivery service - ‘BocasTakeOut.com’ - the site has numerous restaurants to order from for delivery to the villa. It was reasonable and easy, I just ordered and paid online, I picked the ‘Cosmic Crab’, great food, not fast food. I even ordered wine. Pleasant to have a nice restaurant meal at home overlooking my pool and ocean. I also found out that I could call the ‘Supper Gourmet’ put in a full order and have it delivered. This is a deli and grocery store, that has organic fruit and veg and many items for special diets. I didn’t use the delivery service, I just went there by cab. I also got groceries at Tony’s it’s just a bike ride away and it has everything.
Had a private day tour on the boat with Wes – enjoyable – went snorkeling at Cayos Zapatilla – good time.
The Cottrell’s were always available and friendly if I needed help or information, but most of the time I rarely saw them or heard them, thus the private, quiet, feel.
Villa Wynona’s large accommodation sleeps 2 people (queen bed). The Cottrell’s also have ‘Villa Paraiso Casitas’ next door that accommodate 6 people. It is completely separate with its own pool. I thought it would be a great option to book both properties for a trip with my extended-family. FYI - I never heard the people staying in the Casitas - not a remark on my extended family :)
I highly recommend Villa Wynona, I’ll be back, for a longer stay.
Words can not describe this wonderful place! My wife and I live in Panama and have stayed at many resorts, Villa Paraiso is the best! Very private with beautiful beach! Will be coming again!
We just came back from a week at Villa Paraiso. It was heavenly! The Villa was very comfortable The air conditioning worked great! The view was spectacular. We did two boat trips with Wes that were fantastic. We saw so many sloths and starfish! He knows how to avoid the crowds to make your trip special. The Cotrell family made you feel so welcome. We will definitely be back!
What a great stay! If you want total relaxation in a stunning setting, then Village Paraiso is the place!
We visited in March after a lot of travelling in Argentina and Panama and this was the chill out bit of the holiday before returning to England. We couldn't have chosen a better place to relax!
Private pool, stunning private beach literally just a step from the gate, and comfortable accommodation - perfect paradise! Loved relaxing in the outside living area and pool watching the bird and animal life in the surrounding jungle.
Unfortunately we weren't able to get out on the boat with Wes due to high seas but the beautiful surroundings more than made up for this, and the Cottrells were more than helpful.
The villa is a short hop by taxi or bike into Bocas town where you can chill out with a cocktail in a waterside restaurant sampling fantastic fresh seafood.
Located just past Playa Tortuga Hotel, This Gated property is nicely landscaped and has a fence surrounding the property. We stayed in one of two nicely appointed rooms that share a pool and nice outdoor kitchen facilities. The pool is great after a day of exploring, and the room has a coffee maker refrige and microwave. overall very nice, The only things that were not great were no TV, (only a few DVDs and the WI FI was slow or non existant, overall Villa Parisio is very good and I would stay again.