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Dolphin Bay Hideaway
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

My wife and I loved it here so much that we decided to stay a day longer than we originally planned. The house is stunning and well done, perched on a hill overlooking the bay. Our room was gorgeous, with dark wood and a very nice bathroom. The open common area, with comfortable seating and hammocks, is a great place to enjoy the view or read a book. The dock is perfect for the same or for taking a nap in the afternoon when the house is too warm. The grounds are really nice too, with lots of different animals roaming around (chickens, dogs, cows).

Erika and Jose were lovely hosts. Erika always found time to chat with us which we really appreciated. Their kids are adorable and though we didn't mind them at all, Erika made sure they gave us some space.

The meals and drinks were excellent. Our only suggestion would be to offer a bread basket or fruit with dinner as we were sometimes still hungry.

The Hideaway is highly secluded, peaceful, and incredibly relaxing place to be. We recommend taking the canoe out to find dolphins and making friends with Mickey, their resident parrot.

We hope to be back one day!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

Sometimes you stumble upon a place you will never forget. This hotel is one of those places. If you want to experience the tranquility and the sounds of the jungle, with dolphins swimming in the bay just outside the hotel, this is the place for you. On top of that, you get the friendliest staff and the best food in Panama (we spent 3 weeks in Panama and Costa Rica, and it was by far the best food we had on our vacation). We have travelled quite a lot all over the world and it's rare to encounter the kind of service and caring that you get here. We have so many nice things to say about this place and we can't mention them all. However, we just have to mension the owner, Erika. Everyday, she was dedicated to meet our needs, and did far more than expected to help us when we got in a little bit of distress due to a strike in Panama with road blocks and a closed border, making it difficult for us getting in to Costa Rica. Erika - you're a jewel!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

This was our first place we stayed at in the Bocas region and it was an amazing way to start! Erika, Jose and the staff were incrediably helpful and so nice! We couldn't have picked a better spot! Yes, there is no beach but they more then made up for it by the excursions they offered which could be as little as two hours all the way to a full day. The food was delicious and flavorful. You eat together with other guests so you get to meet new people and enjoy their company. If you don't feel like doing anything, there is more then enough ways to relax on the beautiful property. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

By far the most welcoming, accommodating, serene hideaway we have ever stayed at. We snorkeled, took boat rides to beaches, chased dolphins, canoed dugouts, swam off the docks, admired the starfish, and stood beneath the star-filled sky and on top of the glowing waters. This is a true place for nature-lovers and independent souls. The food was excellent too! Our recommendations: (1) Bayview suite; (2) taking the jungle hikes offered on the island (toucans, sloths, howler monkeys); (3) Zapatillos Island with Jose; (3) paddle a dugout; and (4) Hungarian toast for breakfast. Bring: rain coats, bug dope (bugs are really not bad), head lamps, and sunscreen.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

I stayed here with a friend in March of 2012 and it was beyond expectations. The views from the deck and dock are incredible. Erica and Jose are both professional and personable. They were accommodating to dietary wants and I felt they went out of their way to make you feel at home. At night the dock is a great place to check out because of the stars which abound and the bioluminescence of the water...crazy! and if you want to stay on the porch you will be very happy with the fireflies. The tours are beyond reasonable in cost and even if you are not a water person I highly recommend the snorkeling tour. You will be amazed. Not only with the fish but the beauty and the last stop in truly magical.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: Avenida Sur | Dolphin Bay, Isla San Cristobal 888 888, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla San Cristobal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Isla San Cristobal
Price Range: $195 - $300 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dolphin Bay Hideaway 2.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Here on the calmest Caribbean water, at our off-Grid Eco-lodge, our team strives to provide the absolute best travel experience. We know you work hard to earn your vacation and we want you to relax so your focus can be on all Bocas has to offer. We do our best to combine environmental sustainability and the highest levels of guest comfort. BREAKFAST and DINNER included in the room rate. ... more   less 
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