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“An oasis!”
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Coconut Lodge
Ranked #2 of 2 Las Cumbres B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

The Coconut Lodge is an oasis:

- it's an oasis where yo it'll find BEAUTY. Nested away from the Panama City traffic and street pollution, the Lodge gave us with a stunning and quiet place to start and end our days. The impeccably kept grounds, pool and landscaping provide a memorable backdrops to morning breakfasts and afternoon wine tasting. Simply beautiful!

Also, if you stay - like we did - in Casco Viejo - for few days you'll get to appreciate how safe you feel where the Lodge is located.

- it's an oasis where you'll find disarming KINDNESS. There are things money does buy and those are valuable and well-deserved and then there are others that only genuine kindness can provide - you'll find them all with the way Mike, Nancy, Melissa and Jean embrace you as a guest.
Nancy was two steps ahead of us in organizing our days and that, as you'll discover getting to be Panama, is everything but easy. She made our stay effortless! Mike, passionate about cooking and trained as a Chef in Italy, will delight your taste buds! Eating at the Westin in Playa Bonita restaurant was a mediocre experience compared to the excellence Mike offers. Melissa, their daughter, opens us your eyes to what Panama is all about. ONE ADVISE: listen to her! If it wasn't for her we would have never swam in this paradisiac waterfall by the Empera reserve! And finally Jean whose care, patience and attention will make you enjoy your day more than you ever expected.

BTW, they speak fluent English, French and Spanish!

- it's an oasis where life is shaped around YOU. Most of the tours they organize are private. The prices they offer are competitive with others - not inexpensive either - but the advantage we realized the Coconut Lodge provided us is that we did not have to wait for others to pick us up or wait to drop off others: everything revolved around us. Traffic is horrific enough in Panama, I can not even imagine if we had to join crowded tour companies! One company we reached out to (for a tour we ended up not taking) told us that we would be picked up 'sometimes between 5 and 6 am'. Seriously? No thanks. Instead EVERY time we took a tour thru the Coconut Lodge somebody from the Lodge was ready 15 minutes before us! Before!!! AND we extended, changed and personalized the tour as we wishes making the most out of them!

ALSO, personalization applies to everything with them including breakfast and dinner. As much as I like hotels like the W, our food preferences never really work in our favor there. Mike and Nancy instead made every single meal an event tailored to what each of us liked. No garlic, lots of Nutella!!!

Finally book Casa Bambu' if you can: it's right by the pool with plenty of space and privacy.

The only minor cons is that wi:fi is a little jumpy. Tip iPhone users: stay on the third step from the bottom on the stairs from the pool to the breakfast balcony if you have trouble connecting to the wi:fi network.

BOTTOM LINE: the Coconut Lodge is an oasis where beauty meets kindness and everything is shaped just so that your time in Panama is just the way you dreamed it to be!

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2013

Thank you so very much for sharing your opinion of Coconut Lodge. We really appreciate your opening statement: "The Coconut Lodge is an oasis": of beauty, quietude, safety, kindness, and passion. We thank you for taking the time to share in detail what future travelers can expect and for reaffirming the opinions of past travelers but in great detail. Most importantly, we are grateful for your concluding phrase: BOTTOM LINE: the Coconut Lodge is an oasis where beauty meets kindness and everything is shaped just so that your time in Panama is just the way you dreamed it to be! As hosts, what more could we have asked for. We are privileged to have had the opportunity to have greeted you and to have been able to make your stay as pleasurable as possible.

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Wonderful service, great place, with very good food. Nancy, Mike, and Melissa took excellent care of us and we wish we would have had more time to stay. The hard working staff was very attentive and went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect. For example, our flight from Bocas Del Toro was delayed and we got in late. Nancy kept her staff over so that the four of us could have a very nice dinner. Need anything - just ask - tour of the canal and city, VERY EARLY ride to the airport, etc, - all arranged with a smile. A memorable stay!

Room Tip: We stayed at the Casa Bambu which was very comfortable for us four adults.
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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing your invaluable opinion on TripAdvisor. We are glad you enjoyed your stay so much that you wish you had more time. It was a pleasure to read that your feedback on the service, the location, meals and smiles. Lastly, thank you for your concluding statement: “A memorable stay!” That is what we aim for at Coconut Lodge.

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Coconut Lodge will truely be the place you long for. Mike and Nancy made us feel like family from the very first moment we meet. The tours that John provided are a tremendous value and great fun. The meals are always 5 star quality from the service to the presentation I cannot say enough good things. If you can get to Coconut Lodge don't miss your oportunity to meet some wonderful people and make lifelong friends.
Sincerly, Jay and Kathy Low

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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2013

We generally never use guest names but as you signed off with your names and have since been adopted into our family, we start our thank you with Dear Jay and Kathy. First, thank you for having chosen Coconut Lodge for your stopover in Panama. As a veteran traveler, having been chosen as your number one choice for accommodations in Panama City was a pleasure and an honor. Second, thank you for your feedback as to the value and quality of services and meals offered. Your comments are heartwarming. For a small family-run B&B, your opening statement is invaluable: “Coconut Lodge will truely be the place you long for”. Thank you to the both of you. Please do return soon.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Spent 4 nights here and then returned for last night before departing from PTY. A wonderful home base for exploring Panama City and Canal Zone. Nancy and Melissa are so kind and helpful. Nancy provided expert assistance prior to and during our travels. Her attention to detail made our travels much easier and more enjoyable. Melissa is a terrific tour guide and is wise beyond her years. Mike plied us with sugarcane shots, prepared incredible dinners and filling breakfasts. Such warm hospitality from the family and staff! Very clean, well stocked comfortable accommodations. The pool and patio gardens are a cool and calming respite. A perfect inn for first visits or Panama veterans.

Room Tip: All rooms are very nice, but especially enjoyed Casa Bamboo as it is a stand alone unit fronting the...
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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2013

Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your opinion on TripAdvisor. As you can imagine, you opinion is invaluable us as hosts as well as to future travelers. We appreciate the feedback with regards to our level of service and knowledge as well as attention to detail and hospitality. We are pleased you enjoyed the breakfasts and dinners as well as the cleanliness, comfort, and calmness of Coconut Lodge. A special note of appreciation goes out for your concluding statement on Coconut Lodge: “A perfect inn for first visits or Panama veterans.” Thank you so very much. We hope you will be back soon again.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Nancy and her husband have created a wonderful place. Coconut lodge is not only a beautiful place to stay but a culinary experience not to be missed. From pickup at the airport to our travel arrangements to Colon to pick up our cruise Nancy and the staff have created a little peace of paradise at Coconut Lodge. The grounds are beautiful. Nancy and the staff welcomed us as if we were old friends. The breakfast and the dinners are not to be missed dinner was the high light every night with candle lite table and soft music playing in the background, dinner was more of intimate dinner party with close friends then anything else. Nancy and her husband (chief) watched over every detail and made sure everyone had a wonderful time. Let Nancy know before hand if you have any dietary preferences or restrictions and they will be more then happy to accommodate. Coconut Lodge is located in a quiet and safe area on the edge of a rain forest. Panama City is vibrant and a tour of the city is recommended. Coconut Lodge after the tour is a welcome reprieve from the large city.

I will be returning to Coconut Lodge in the spring for a long weekend. I have know hesitation recommending Coconut Lodge.

Room Tip: Have dinner at Coconut Lodge, it was the best culinary experience we have had in a long time.
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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2013

We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and that we were able to provide you a peace of paradise and welcome you the way you deserve to be welcomed, as old friends. As you mentioned, we strive to create an environment of intimacy, and peace. It was a blessing to greet the two of you and to spend time, discussing, learning from one another, one on one, and as a group. Thank you for the feedback with regards to the beauty of the grounds, the meals, and the safety and location of Coconut Lodge. We are really pleased you will be back in the spring. Thank you for the following statement: “Coconut lodge is not only a beautiful place to stay but a culinary experience not to be missed”. What a pleasure to read. See you soon again. Until then, safe travels.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's worth going to Panama just to stay at Coconut Lodge. Nancy helped my daughter and me even before we reached Panama by replying to our emails almost instantly with suggestions and advice. She and Mike welcomed me, my daughter and granddaughter with great warmth to their beautiful lodge. Nancy's ability to stay calm and flexible no matter how many times we changed our plans to fit our toddler's schedule was remarkable. Mike's meals were wonderful, the rooms spotless and comfortable and the grounds with its tropical flowers and trees so beautiful. The three separate tours, each expertly led by Nancy, Mike and Jean, were highlights of our stay. Both my daughter and I have such happy memories of our stay and highly recommend Coconut Lodge to everyone going to Panama.

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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your opinion on TripAdvisor. We are very grateful for your opening statement, “It's worth going to Panama just to stay at Coconut Lodge.” This is the best comment one could expect to read. We are really happy that we could adapt to the needs of your family. Thank you also for the feedback with regards to the cleanliness of the rooms, the comfort, the beauty of the surrounding flora, as well as the meals. Last, but not least, thank you for recommending Coconut Lodge to all who plan to travel to Panama City. We hope you will be back soon.

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

We stayed At the Coconut Lodge at the beginning and then the end of our trip to Panama. While traveling with twin little boys, we often find that our schedule is never predictable. Nancy and Mike truly went out of their way to accommodate us. The boys loved it so much, they asked for weeks after our return when we are going back. The breakfasts were exactly what we all needed to start the day, delicious and fresh. The pool was a wonderful way to unwind at the end of our days. We took one tour with Nancy. Knowing that we would be renting a car and wanted the lay of the land, she planned the tour around what we needed. Nancy and Mike help you feel like family without being intrusive. They are unendingly helpful and kind. We thank them for such a lovely stay.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor. Your opinion as a guest is invaluable. We are glad that we were able to accommodate your family. We are really happy that you had a lovely stay but even more importantly that your boys want to come back. Nothing beats that! As all of our guests agreed, your boys are extremely bright and adorable. We appreciate the great feedback on the breakfast, the pool, and the tour. Last but not least, thank you for the precious words: “They are unendingly helpful and kind.” You were a blessing to host. We hope you do come back soon.

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Additional Information about Coconut Lodge

Address: Las Sauces, Las Cumbres, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City > Las Cumbres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Las Cumbres
Price Range: $108 - $148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We like to think of Coconut Lodge as a mini-resort without the crowds. With only four rooms, Coconut Lodge is an intimate and private Lodge designed to please and satisfy your every vacation need and want. Forget about work, stress, and an accelerated lifestyle. Enjoy the warm tropical breeze, laze in our pool while sipping a Pina Colada, challenge yourself to a game of tennis and enjoy life the way it is truly meant to be lived. ... more   less 
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