Bluff Beach Retreat - Bed & Breakfast on the ocean
Description from the owner
Welcome to Panama!
Our goal at Bluff Beach Retreat is to exceed your expectations and ensure that you have a wonderful holiday. We are one of Panama's highest rated Bed & Breakfast resorts on TripAdvisor - located on Bluff Beach -Isla Colon, the largest island of the Bocas Del Toro Archipelago on the Caribbean side of Panama. Imagine less than two hours after leaving Panama City you are sitting in the hot sun, on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - sipping a Mojito! Only 5 miles, or 20 minutes from the islands’ airport- we offer the perfect getaway to those looking for a more private vacation. Airlines offer many flights a day to the island and we will be there to pick you up.
Imagine getting up in the morning to the sounds of the ocean, parrots nesting nearby and seeing monkeys enjoying their breakfast. The smell of fresh-roasted locally grown organic coffee brewed in a French press wakes you. Breakfast consists of freshly squeezed orange juice or a Smoothie made from one of the papayas growing outside your window - eggs, lots of fresh fruit and fresh-baked breads!
The 4 acre property is located directly on Bluff Beach, with miles of secluded sandy beach. It is one of the few places in the world where giant Leather-Back Turtles nest! You can walk forever without seeing another person. Our property has many different varieties of trees – from limes, oranges, papaya, mangoes and bananas to beautiful palms. Wonderfully fragrant shrubs and flowers surround our homes. We have constructed three homes, Las Palmas Casita, a lovely two bedroom - capable of sleeping four, and a gorgeous, 4,500 square feet Beach House with four bedrooms and five bathrooms – capable of accommodating nine, and La Pina Casita, a luxury one-bedroom home - capable of sleeping two. You may rent one home or bedrooms depending on your needs. Our heavy-duty solar energy power allows us to run all the amenities that you might expect. The homes have been beautifully built with rich native woods, high efficiency Hunter fans, fully screened louvered windows, hotel quality mattresses, lots of hot water, fully equipped kitchens and so much space to relax and enjoy life. Attention to detail makes these homes a cut above the rest!
Our 65 foot lap pool is a fantastic compliment to your holiday.
There’s a lot to do. Enjoy walking miles of deep sandy beach, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, kayaking or use one of our bicycles. In addition, we offer horse-back riding – we have fourteen horses - and offer guided jungle hikes through our 165 acre farm which is a short walk from the retreat. We can also arrange excellent boat tours with one of our boat captains to the Bastimentos National Park, or a visit to a local Chocolate farm. How busy you want to be is up to you! If you just want to hide out and relax, the property offers wireless hi-speed satellite internet, a large library of books and DVD’s and almost any game under the sun, in addition to a fully-stocked bar. It does occasionally rain at Bluff - but you can enjoy the rain from our 1,200 square foot porch!
When you arrive at the airport, we will be there to greet you - take you grocery shopping should you prefer to cook some of your own meals, and then we are off to Bluff! The accommodation comes with a cell-phone capable of international calls (all out-going calls are your responsibility – incoming are free!). We have four full-time staff – maid service is offered 7 days per week – laundry is offered at a modest charge. There are many excellent restaurants in Bocas town and two outstanding ones about 5-15 minutes (on foot) from the property. Included in your room is a great breakfast – served on the front porch of the Beach House.
Rates range from $145-$250 per day for Las Palmas Casita - rates range from $195-$375 per day for La Pina Casita - rates range from $395-$795 per day for the Beach House - minimum 3 day stays (Low-High Season). Weekly rates are available. We offer groups a fully catered holiday as an option with your own private cook and helper. This is a totally stress-free way to enjoy the homes.
Email us your request and we will promptly get back to you. A 50% deposit is required – with the balance due 60 days prior to arrival. We accept Visa, M/C, or bank drafts.
Included in your stay:
- Transportation to Bluff Beach upon arrival
- Complimentary bicycles, boogie boards, masks & snorkels and jungle boots - use of a cell-phone
- A great breakfast!
Rare Giant Leatherback Sea Turtles are the largest living sea reptiles on our planet. They can be seen nesting on our beach from late March thru June. It is a wonderful experience to watch!...Read more
Left on 04/12/2011 for a stay in January 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 12, 2011Stayed Jan 2011
What a great two weeks. We prefer places that have that extra "something"...that bit of uniqueness that makes them special. We found it for sure at Bluff Beach Retreat.
Enough off the beaten path to make you feel like you're in a special unspoiled place, but close enough to everything you need to have a fantastic relaxing vacation.
A 30 second walk to an amazing beach (its a protected sea turtle breeding ground) with amazing surf...a couple of miles long and frequently you can be the only one on it.
Marvellous rain forest location...lush, beautiful, peaceful and full of sights and sounds...its good for the soul.
If your fortunate enough to partake of the yoga retreat option...you may never want to leave. Skillfully taught yoga classes twice a day to the sound of ocean surf and jungle birds...extrordinary!
Only 20 minutes and $15 (by taxi) from the town of Bocas, where there are lots of different types of restaurants, plenty of shopping if you wish to cook for yourself and a low key, safe atmosphere.
You can bicycle (bikes are free), you can go on a snorkelling trip (equipment is free), you can visit with the dolphins, you can tour the chocolate factory, you can walk through the rain forest and tour the bat cave (no...not that bat cave) or you can chill out and watch the day go by...its all good!
All this is accompanied by a most congenial, knowledgable and helpful host by the name of Ron Dennis who will be more than happy to recommend and book restaurants or outings and facilitate your needs in any way he can. The support staff are wonderful and the complimentary breakfasts are something to look forward to.
We both loved our time there and plan to return. If you are after something a bit different, casual, friendly, low key and away from the mass tourism resort industry...I would highly recommend you check out Bluff Beach Retreat.
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