Thank you so much to Angie and Steve and their boys. The Experience here at their wonderful bed and breakfast has been peaceful, adventurous, relaxing, and stimulating all at the same time. They have been very accommodating and resourceful with there network of reliable people and the with the use of the facilities including the pool and the bikes that have allowed us to have a full and diverse experience , not to mention the fabulous boat tour that Wesley (their son) had taken us out on to check out some of the other beaches and Islands.
It has been a clean safe and wonderful experience. We will stay here the next time we come back for sure!
Krisstael and Gabriel
My wife and I travel alot. We came to Panama for a five week vacation and rented a house in Altos del Maria for that period of time. However, gypsies at heart,we decided to visit Farallon, Boquete and Bocas del Toro to get to know more of this extraordinary country.
We appreciate boutique style rentals whether hotel, bed and breakfast or private guest houses. We look for properties that are well-maintained, well-managed and which offer additional value-added services to their guests. Additionally, we require secure properties where we and our personal property are not at risk.
We stayed at Villa Winona, the poolside guesthouse of Villa Paraiso's Main Villa.
This rental is ideal for couples and provides everything most couples could ever want including two kayaks, matching his and hers bikes and your very own boat and boat captain available at the beachfront dock 50 meters away. We went out and enjoyed some of Bocas' finest restaurants but were offered excellent local catering services with delivery to our Villa.
This property is better than its photos and website suggest and is very secure. It is truly postcard perfect and offered a respite from the hustle and bustle of our workaday world. The sun rises are spectacular, the island pace intoxicating and sleeping in that bed was an elixir for harried minds and tired bodies. In three days we never used the air conditioner even once as the ceiling fans provided all the cooling necessary.
It's hard not to go on about the property and its owners. Steve, his wife Angie and now their sons personally manage the property and it's obviously their labor of love. Everything is meticulously maintained and we felt comfortable at all times. The bed, towels and linens were of noteworthy quality and although the Main Villa is Steve and Angie's home, we never saw them during our stay and the entire covered porch,recreational area, pool and beach were exclusively ours.
We were impressed with the property, its amenities and administration. We will definitely visit again and will highly recommend it to others.
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!