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“Just Perfect, Romantic & Relaxing” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Eclypse de Mar
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Albany, New York
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Just Perfect, Romantic & Relaxing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

We spent the bulk of our honeymoon (5 nights) in our very own Cabin on the Water at Eclypse De Mar.

This was by far the most romantic place we've ever stayed. The view from the private cabins is gorgeous-- you can see Old Bank (close enough, without being too close!), the rain forested Isla Solarte, the mangroves, the beautiful mountains on the mainland, and of course the crystal clear water.

Sitting on our private deck, enjoying the complimentary breakfast & coffee (Or takeout from Roots!), enjoying floating around in the Caribbean was really an unbeatable experience.

Even in the "Standard Bungalows" you get a beautiful, canopied, King Sized bed along with two twin sized beds in a separate room that serve as a nice sitting area if and when it rains. Use of kayaks is complimentary, and we took advantage of the opportunity to paddle through the nearby mangroves-- a beautiful experience.

The owners maintain a beautiful private reserve/garden area, well worth a hike to get the panoramic view from the top of the hill. The friendly, enthusiastic staff will call a boat for you whenever you need it to take you to town ($1 to Old Bank, more to Bocas) and will keep in touch with you about tour opportunities.

The complimentary welcome cocktails were a treat, as was the surprise champagne they gave us to celebrate our honeymoon!

All of this, combined with the beauty and charm of the town and island of Bastimentos made Eclypse De Mar an absolutely perfect experience. If you are thinking about a romantic vacation in Bocas, there is no better option!

Room Tip: Bungalow 4 is the best. There is no question. It sits alone at the end of the pier and the private...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California, USA
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013 via mobile

Incredibly romantic, wonderful place. Martin showed us a mother sloth and baby sloth in a tree right behind the hotel! The rooms are well laid out and the bed was so comfortable. My only complaint is that we ate several things from the hotel restaurant and there is definitely room for improvement, but this is easy to forgive given the idyllic setting and helpful, friendly staff. It's not that the food was horrible or inedible- it was fine, just not remarkable or especially tasty. Do yourself a favor and catch a short water taxi to Old Bank for dinner at Roots or Firefly instead. If the food gets better, this would truly be heaven on earth.

Stayed May 2013
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Laguna Beach, California
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Stayed at Eclypse for two nights, we absolutely loved it here!! Beautifully appointed bungalows, wonderful deck with hammock, gorgeous tropical gardens and excellent snorkeling around the property. We enjoyed a welcome cocktail upon arrival and had a great time exploring Bastimentos during our stay. We will definitely return to Eclypse, it doesn't get much better :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Memphis, Tennessee
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171 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

Two Aussies who have travelled the world extensively stumbled on this delightful haven of azure Carribbeane delight.
The accomadation was first class , the cotton sheets,misquito nets and four poster bed and the fish feeding opening in the living area provided hours of entertainment.
Swimming at night ,no tv,no air conds,just a good book, yep this is it a tropical retreat but not for those expecting the random trappings of today's modern world.
Now if they can just get the locals sorted on some kind of commerce and reduction in the trash then it really will be perfect.

Room Tip: Walk to town from the air port or pay $1 the going rate,the locals prey on gringo,s and gouge at any...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Heiloo, The Netherlands
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18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

This is how it supposed to be. great room with fantastic view, from the terrace you just walk in the water and you can go snorcolling. There is a great reef infront of the rooms. Good service, breakfast on bed. You must go for a walk in the beautiful garden, in the early morning the birds in the evening the sining eyes of the crocodilles. The daytrips are also fantastic, dolphin spotting, bounty beaches, all amazing!

Room Tip: Pay some more money and book this experience, you won't regret...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Grand Forks
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

Beautiful, well appointed bungalows in a perfect setting. A must see, the amazing acres of tropical gardens. The resort has a very romantic vibe, and relaxing atmosphere. The hosts and thier staff were friendly and very accomodating. Day trips to the outer beaches----THE BEST.

Room Tip: All are excellent.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, MA
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

Eclypse del Mar has almost everything you want in a tropical paradise: beautifully and thoughtfully designed bungalows, a private deck where you can sunbathe and swim from, delicious food, a beautiful reserve where you can see a lot of birds, and warm and wonderful hosts. A truly beautiful place. Make sure you realize that you need a boat to get anywhere (there are no roads from the resort), and that you will hear music from the town. With these expectations properly adjusted, you will love this place.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Eclypse de Mar
Address: Isla Bastimentos, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Isla Bastimentos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Eclypse de Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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