We stayed in the Dolphin cabin and loved every second of it. I know that this place is marketed as something not everyone would love, but I honestly don't understand how you couldn't enjoy this spectacular resort.
We arrived early in the morning on the overnight bus from Panama City. We were exhausted, hungry, and in dire need of showers, and our cabin was still occupied. Jack and Lee were so sweet to us and our two daughters. They took us in, made us breakfast, let us use their restroom, and relax with them until our cabin was ready. Once we were able to check in (which was way earlier than check in time should've been), we found our cabin to be spotlessly clean and stocked with almost everything we could need. The dophin cabin is one of the cabins in the middle, we were worried this would impede our view with other cabins out further than us. But the way each cabin is angled made our view perfect. And the sea breeze was so nice we never used the AC the whole time we were there.
Thank goodness we didn't book any excursions ahead of arriving at Koko Resort. Jack and Lee are so well connected and so well liked by the local community that we were able to get an excellent price on a boat trip with the best captain (we love you Cristobal!). We easily would have paid 4x the price if we booked the same trip in town.
We had to leave early in the morning and Jack and Lee got up and made us a bag breakfast to take with us. Jack had set up the taxi the previous night to pick us up, but he even called again in the morning to make sure he was coming. Lee even did two loads of laundry for us. It was all this and more. Honestly it felt like staying with family. We even hugged them goodbye when we left. I mean, really, how often does that happen at other hotels?
My kids are saving their allowance money to take another trip to Bocas and stay at Koko Resort. To us it was heaven.
If you go, make sure around dusk that you look in the water under the cabins for the spotted eagle ray. It's absolutely breathtaking to watch this graceful creature glide around and eat. And feed the little calico kitty, my girls are afraid no one is. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like a picture postcard. Cabins built over the water of a beautiful bay. Various size houses. Steps from the beach. 5 Minutes to town. Fantastic sunsets from the dock and lit up fish viewing at night. Full kitchens, AC, fans, maid and laundry service. Full time security, Safety boxes in rooms. Wireless Internet. Kayaks, bikes, snorkel masks free. Grocery delivery. We speak English and Spanish and will help you with arrangements for a perfect vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koko Hotel Isla Colon
- Koko Resort Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon