this resort is amazing. it took awhile for me to do this review but it definitely had to be done. my wife and i went here this past july for our honeymoon and were blown away from the second we touched down in panama.
when i initially contacted the resort it was right before new management took over. the original management was not keen on picking us up directly from the airport because we got in around 11am. they wanted us to be picked up from a local hotel at 9am, requiring us to pretty much lose a day of travel. once gabrielle came aboard he promptly fixed this and allowed us to be picked up from the airport right after we landed. we were met by our driver (his name escapes me) and he was very pleasant and helpful. we had a 20+ passenger van all to ourselves to travel. along the way he stopped at a local grocery store for us as well as an abandoned fort that was part of a panamanian revolution.
the van then takes you to the dock after about a 3 hour driver at which point you meet Jay. Jay helps run the resort and is your captain from the second you get there. after a high speed boat ride of about 30 minutes you arrive at the epitome of paradise. our first 3 days we were the only guests and had the whole resort to ourselves. for breakfast they ask you what you want for breakfast and are open to cooking anything you want. everyday for lunch and dinner we had amazing meals.
as part of our package we got a romantic dinner on the beach which was amazing and beautiful. we were also supposed to have a couples massage but unfortunately their masseuse was sick and left the resort a few days before. in lieu they gave us an excursion to the san blas islands. we recommend EVERYONE take the trip to san blas. on the way we had the best meal at the customs/immigration stop along the way. if you can head to the back of the island and theres a great little restaurant. on the way to the islands we saw a pod of wild porpoises. once we reached the stretch of islands we didn't want to leave. even on a cloudy day the water was clear as can be. jay and his crew provide snorkel gear so you can check out the reef and submerged ship.
the room we had was amazing. the deck allows you to just step out and relax, not to mention jump right into the water if you want. we had bungalow 4 and it was pretty free of rocks. either way there is a ladder to help you get in and out. when we were there there was also 2 turtles in the area that you can see occasionally pass by.
a sidenote for some, this is still very much a remote resort. we had a few small lizards in our room occasionally. we also had a bat one night as well. the roof is thatch branches so they can squeeze through. it eventually left after we opened the door and turned on the outside light. also the walk from the room to the lodge can be very daunting. it was absolute pitch black minus the deck lights. make sure to bring a flashlight as well as some off and insect repellent.
check our website www.soletstrythismarriagething.com for more pictures of the resort
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral Lodge. A quintessential eco-adventure lodge set in a pristine natural habitat. An isolated totally sustainable lodge that offers a variety of nature related adventures and a place to get away from it all. You will enjoy a diversity of natural environments, our charming over the water bungalows, a friendly low key service and our proximity to San Blas archipelago with its beautiful unspoiled islands and cultural heritage of the Kuna Indians.Diving, Reef Fishing, Snorkeling, Hobie Cat Sailing, Trekking, Kayaking, Horseback riding and relax are the activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Hotel Santa Isabel
- Coral Resort Santa Isabel
- Coral Lodge Panama/Santa Isabel