our stay at eclypse de mar was in february 2011, but after reading some of the negative reviews i felt compelled to write. i couldn't disagree more with the negative comments. my boyfriend and i had an idyllic stay at eclypse de mar and dream of going back sometime soon.
one of the aspects i appreciated most was that the accommodations were so well equipped for guests. it seemed like the owners and staff thought of every last detail. everything from the welcome drink, to the lights on the bungalow floor you could use to attract fish in the evenings, to the ceiling fan right over the bed with a mosquito net to keep any bugs away, to the fact that you can't see other guests from your bungalow's dock. there was careful planning put into the design of the bungalows, and you really feel it while you're staying there.
i am not a nature lover or very outdoorsy and the balance of eco friendly and luxury was perfect for us. i've always wanted to stay in an over the water hut, and eclypse del mar offered that at a (extremely!) reasonable price. the quality of service and comfort we had during our stay far exceeded our expectations for the price, and for being in such a remote location.
the food at their restaurant was also very delicious. we took water taxis to eat at other restaurant, and while they were reasonably good (especially roots in bastimentos -- great location and food), the chef at eclypse del mar made us our favorite meals.
we also spent a few nights in bocas town but nothing compared to staying at eclypse. the day we spent swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding from our private deck was perfect and like a fantasy. (eclypse de mar has a kayak and paddle board that guests can use at no charge).
we also loved the aspect of flagging down water taxis -- it made it feel like you were in your own paradise.
and finally, the staff was so generous, warm and hospitable. we felt like they were there whenever we needed them, but appreciated that they were not overbearing- they gave us the perfect amount of privacy.
no complaints, and can't wait to visit again!
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- Also Known As:
- Eclypse De Mar Hotel Isla Bastimentos
- Eclypse De Mar Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro