This is located in a beautiful location but beware the time of year you book here. Late December is still the rainy season and it's not much fun in the lashing rain hold up in what is essentially an outdoor orientated lodge. This is marketed as an eco lodge / resort but there is a lot of tokenism going here. If one pays for a full bar all inclusive package then one should have the expectation that you don't have to go Oliver Twist style looking for a drink at the bar. It was X-mas and the hosts had friends around (who were very nice) but guests seemed expected to leave the party after the meals was communally served so management could get on with entertaining. The management are not running a budget hostel here, the opposite is in fact the case as they are charging big bucks but seem to want to do things on their terms while getting guest to pay an eco premium. Given the money they are charging here a little bit of a housekeeping service would be in order, for example a change of towels every so often, particularly if it raining solid for 3 days with little chance of drying. Potential guests should also know that the beach in front is not ideal for swimming as the bed is covered in seaweed / sea grass and potential dangers like sea urchins exist. To summaries if the sun were to shine it could be idyllic for location alone but they charging a huge price premium to enjoy it, one which all things considered is over the top given what else is available in nearby areas and up the coast in Costa Rica. Not good value for money.
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- Also Known As:
- Al Natural Hotel Isla Bastimentos
- Al Natural Resort Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro