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Garden of Eden Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Isla Solarte B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stayed only night at this beautiful little boutique resort. It was worth the short boat ride and really wished we'd planned for more, expecially after Bocas Town which was noisy and with little relaxation possible. The spot is one of the best "hideaways" we've visited and the owner, Kipp, more than gracious. The meals were the best we enjoyed on our trip - served grouper for lunch in the lovely garden setting. The room was very comfortable with a deck overlooking the sea and lovely tropical trees. It's VERY quiet and there are many locations to rest in the sun or shade. There are only a few bungalows so you have much of the time to yourself. The other guests were international and provided a wonderful conversation to have with dinner.

Room Tip: we were in the bungalow furtherest from the pool with a private view - can't remember the number...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

From the moment you call the 'Garden of Eden to make a reservation you feel at home.
And, from the moment the boat taxi arrives there, you know you will not want to leave..
From the most amazing views of every corner of this fascinating island lodge property, to laying on the hammock of your room, looking at sunset and sunrise, to swimming in the tranquil bay water, or just dong nothing, you are in blissful space.
We spent only 2 nights and wished we planned for more.
the warm welcoming of Kipp the owner and his staff, makes you feel and ease, and well taken care of in any way you need.
highly recommend to make it your destination!
Thanks Kipp, Karen, Steve, Melissa and Alvin for such a joyful visit.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Unfortunately when we came back from our trip to Bocas Del Toro we found that it had been discovered by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Hopefully those, including Kip, the owner of Garden of Eden, will not allow this piece of paradise to be developed into a place like to Rivera Maya in Mexico. I won't go into how perfect this archipelago is, but on what a find Garden of Eden is. Please realize, this is the jungle, so a five star review does not mean you will find the Ritz Carlton.

Garden of Eden is a three room inn. Breakfast of fresh fruit, local breads, eggs, etc. is included. There are two room near the pool and one closer to the water that they call a "suite." My hubby, teenager and I stayed in the suite. It had a king and a queen bed. A lovely porch with a hammock that overlooks the water. We left the doors open every night.. We went in December, during the rainy season, and it rained every day and every night, but that didn't stop us from doing things. Kip suggested many good day trips. We used his main water taxi guy Chingo (did I mention you get around by water taxi) as our private guide. It was worth it. We teamed up with the other guests to split the cost. To have Chingo stay with us for the day was about $140.00 total (plus the hubby and I had him join us for lunch and drinks). One day he took us through the calm waters of the archipelago to see dolphins, which we did. We then went through very choppy water to an outer island that is suppose to be great for snorkeling, but it was too rough. We then went snorkeling off a little dock which wasn't great, but had a lovely lunch at the restaurant on the water, Our last stop (because we were getting tired and it was going to rain...Chingo would have kept going) was in the middle of the water for a snorkel. The water was calm, warm, clear and we saw some fish, but fabulous coral.

We were at Garden of Eden for five nights. We decided that rather than taking the water taxi for $50.00 round trip to town (Bocas Del Toro) for a mediocre meal, we would stay at the hotel and eat there. Kip was very accommodating and served fish every night since I don't eat meat (tuna, shrimp, grouper) with a veggie, rice or pasta and dessert. $15.00! A bargain. It was prepared by Alvin, a wonderful man who grew up in the islands. By the way, there was always an appetizer and a drink of the day. But I forgo the drink of the dayand Kip made me one of the best margaritas I have had. There's sodas, protein bars and other items that you can buy on the honor basis while running a tab.

Other days Kip guided us to La Loma, a cocoa plantation (see my review) that was also written up in CNT. The owner, Henry took us on a tour and we could have spent the day chatting with him. In fact next time we visit, we might spend two nights truly in the jungle at his place. Chingo them taxied us to an island near Bocas for lunch. We also walked around Bocas which took about five minutes and back to Garden of Eden we went. Luckily Kip has set up many hammocks which we took full use of.

Chingo also taxied us about forty minutes to Star Fish beach where we spent the day. The water was crystal clear and there were many star fish and beach shacks that served food. I wasn't partaking of it, but my men did, said it was very good. We will see in a couple of weeks if they have parasites:)

I forgot to mention two things. The first day we arrived we took Kip's kayaks out and kayaked through the mangroves...it was calm water and deserted. We them kayaked across the bay to Red Frog Beach where it looked like spring break (but of course we did go at X-mas). It was a fun day.

Kip has a 14 month old dog named Zeus. We are dog lovers and played with the exuberant 90 pound doggie alot, but if you are not a dog person, Kip will make sure Zeus is not in your face.

The one place we did not go is the bat caves, but Kip will arrange a trip there for you if you would like.

I must note two things. Meliza, who works at Garden of Eden was fabulous. Lastly, be prepared for noseeums...my son and I had many, many bites even though we doused ourselves in deet and Kip had the coils burning constantly.

If you go to this untouched part of the world expecting 5 star luxury with water skiing and jet skiis, you will be disappointed. If you go and expect low key, friendly people in an idyllic setting, you will have a fabulous time.

Room Tip: The suite is worth the extra money
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We highly recommend the Garden of Eden for travelers who enjoy rest and relaxation in Paradise. We just completed five days and four nights on a trip to Panama that was just too short. There really is no need to spend too much time in the town of Bocas except for going in to enjoy an excursion with Bocas Sailing for a day of sailing and snorkeling including lunch and plenty of time with the Dolphins in Dolphin Bay. The owner and graciously attentive host, Kip, can make these arrangements for you. Elvin is their chef and prepares wonderful meals every evening poolside under the bohio. The entire staff made us feel welcome and attended to our every need. The kayaks on site provided great fun, exercise and transportation to Red Frog Beach. Our only regrets are that we would have taken advantage of this amenity earlier in our trip and that we could have stayed longer. The main reason we chose Garden of Eden was we were looking for peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle and away from the gleefully screaming children. We found what we were looking for and much more. Thank you Garden of Eden!

Room Tip: We stayed in a poolside cabin and would choose this room again. With limited rooms any choice will...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

This review has been long overdue, but I just had to make one.

Staying at the Garden of Eden is a spectacular, even life altering experience from start to finish. The welcoming owners have truly created a small piece of blissful paradise, just off Red Frog Beach right in the heart of probably one the last unspoiled corner left in the Caribbean. Visit while you still can! ;-)

The rooms were spacious and had all the ammenities of a modern day comfortable hotel room, without loosing the tropical jungle vibe. The team of charming ladies working for the hotel keep the rooms immaculately clean every single day. If you're worrying about sleeping in the jungle: i've never been bitten once even by a mosquito during 13 nights and days (and we slept with our windows wide open) Yes, it truly is paradise in every single way.

We stayed in the Suite for 5 nights and the rest in the poolside cabanas. They all are equally comfortable and well kept and have their respective benefits (f.e another view etc.)

The food is orgasmic, ranging from hyper fresh tuna sushis to juicy stake with baked potatoes and cream. Did I mention the lobster at a price you wouldn't think twice? Oh, man...

Don't think twice, just go for this gem right here. Thank me later.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

We spent five fantastic nights at the Garden of Eden Inn and our only regret is that we could not stay longer. For us (a couple in our 50's with our 21 year-old son) it was the perfect combination of rusticness and comfort, casual but attentive service and an absolutely stunning location. We stayed when the owners were away, but the temporary caretakers were FANTASTIC, and made our stay incredibly enjoyable, giving us great advice on activities and helping us arrange them. If you decide to have lunch or dinner at Garden of Eden (which is optional, but needs to be planned a bit ahead) the food is fantastic and very reasonably priced. We loved using water taxis to get back and forth to Bocas, and the ride back in the evenings was just enough of an adventure (negotiating the price, making sure they know where they're going) to be fun, but never a real hassle or problem. If you are looking for a large-scale resort with air-conditioned rooms and big restaurants you will be disappointed. But if you are looking for a beautiful place to stay that is incredibly peaceful and laidback, with access to all kinds of great adventures from snorkeling to kayaking to bat caves, this is the place to go.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Stay away from the crowd and noise. The hotel is quiet and comfortable. The owners are very welcoming but not overwhelming.

There are very few rooms so you really feel like home in the Garden of Eden.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Private island near Isla Solarte in Bocas del Toro Panama | Private Island, in Bahia Honda, Isla Solarte, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Solarte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Solarte
Price Range: $150 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small private island Bed and Breakfast located in a tropical setting of Bocas Del Toro, Panama. The resort offers a swimming pool, kayaks, snorkeling, game room with pool table, restaurant and bar. Don't go to the Caribbean to just rent a room, come here where you can rent an island. We can accommodate up to 10 adults comfortably. Sorry no guests under 18 yrs of age. Close enough to Bocas to shop yet far enough to be as private as you want to be. ... more   less 
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