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Ira O
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Breathtaking sea and sky view

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 Mar 2024
One of the most spectacular views I've seen. Breathtaking. Never gets old. From the terrace and infinity pool you are looking down at an island bejeweled sea in shades of turquoise, green, and blue. Erika and Herbie went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and special. We loved our casita, private, spacious, and comfortable with a really useful microwave and fridge. Breakfast was delicious, generous, and varied. The internet was super and enabled me to work from a remote and beautiful location. A special property.
Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 25 Mar 2024
Many thanks Ira for the great review
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      Reviewed 6 February 2024 via mobile

      Sitting high atop Boca Chica in the Chiriqui Province of Panama, the view takes your breath away first and foremost.

      My room was clean, large, spacious, and had all the amenities.

      The shower view speaks for itself, the water was ultra hot and the water pressure felt like I was bathing under a waterfall (a must in my opinion).

      The bed? Firm, supportive, and comfortable. This is another crucial must have when fishing 12 hours a day!

      Hammocks, an infinity pool, huge kitchen and beautiful grounds complete the package.

      Date of stay: February 2024
      Trip type: Travelled solo
      Thank rosemary w
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      HErbie Ellison, General Manager at Boca Chica Bay Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2024

      Dearest Rosemary,
      Many thanks for your wonderful review and for your consistent and infectious ebullience - we so enjoyed hosting you.
      Fondest Regards,
      HErbie and ErikA❣️

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      Reviewed 7 August 2023

      Our gracious hosts greeted us personally. We were taken aback immediately by the views. The resort is very beautiful and well maintained. The infinity pool was one of our our favorite places to be. Hummingbirds zoomed by us on the mirador. There were more hummingbirds than I’ve ever seen in one place before. We awoke to birds and howler monkeys. It is a magical place to experience the best of the natural beauty of Boca Chica.

      Date of stay: August 2023
      Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      2  Thank Rhonda M
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      HErbie Ellison, Owner at Boca Chica Bay Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2023

      Dearest Rhonda, We really enjoyed meeting and getting to know both You and Vern - so glad that you were so happy with your stay here with us and look forward to welcoming you back. Kindest Regards, HErbie and ErikA

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      Reviewed 25 April 2023

      This place is absolutely beautiful. The rooms are clean, the pool area is incredible. We could watch the hummingbirds in the trees and it truly is a place to relax. HErbie was always available via email or whatsapp and organized an island tour for us which was also really nice. Boca chica is a place to relax, there is a nice restaurant just a few steps away so if you look for nature and calm hours at the pool you should spend some nights with Herbie and Erika. Herbie even offered to drive us to our next hotel in boquete (2h drive) for a way cheaper fare than other taxis would have offered which was nice.

      One thing I want to mention is that I do have to agree with some of the reviews about the very strict vibe that Herbie creates in his home. Maybe they had some bad experiences how other people behaved but we were a bit surprised. There are two big open kitchen and we wanted to cut open a fruit we bought at a shop and appearently we were not supposed to touch the dishes. Since this house is in the middle of nowhere I would have expected this not to be a problem as long as we clean up. Also on our first morning we suggested having breakfast outside (where there are also tables 2 meters away from the kitchen) which was actually denied since the table was already set up inside. If you offer a beautiful view like that I would actually expect some flexibility when it comes to that. What I found actually most disturbing is that in our two days Herbie frequently harshly talked to Erika which gave us a weird feeling when laying in a hammock and listening to them "argue" but maybe it was just a coincidence and bad timing.

      To summarize: Highly recommend spending some days at the lodge but it would be great if the hosts would be a bit more flexible.

      Date of stay: April 2023
      • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      1  Thank Magdalena K
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      HErbie Ellison, Owner at Boca Chica Bay Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2023

      Hi Magdalena

      So sorry that it now appears that you did not understand that you did not select a backpackers facility with shared bathrooms and kitchens - which are clearly demarcated as private and that being in the middle of the jungle we do have to take the utmost care against infestations and have strict health and cleanliness restrictions against guests simply using the facilities in this shared home environment - would you be okay with us in your home and just helping ourselves? We clearly state that if you wish to have access to any kitchen items ask and we will assist as we have different sets of suitable plates and cutting boards for this purpose

      It is disturbing that you were eavesdropping on our personal conversations and had no idea about the context with someone I have known for almost 40 years! I am by nature loud speaking and unashamedly have a Mediterranean temperament and thus very vocal - this was about the same time that Erika's Cousin had been tortured and Uncle had died after a brutal farm attack in South Africa and I was incredibly upset - now that you have had to mention this, in a public space ... is unfortunate

      We are flexible in so many ways that you cannot even imagine and advise that any prospective guest should decide as to what accommodation type would best suit them - self-catering, bed and breakfast, bungalows or an impersonal HOTEL

      This is also why we will now totally move away from accepting any direct bookings as the policies and guidelines are clearly stated in the TERMS and CONDITIONS of the booking platforms on which we rely

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      Reviewed 11 April 2023

      A very beautiful lodge with an amazing view, everything is very well maintained and spotless clean. The owners Erika and Herbie are very friendly people and extremely helpful. They prepare fresh breakfast for everyone according to their taste and do it with great pleasure. From the pool you have a fantastic view over the bay and you can watch all kinds of birds. It's quiet, peaceful and very relaxing. But if you're looking for parties, this isn't the right place for you.

      Date of stay: March 2023
      • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      1  Thank Yvonne Anita O
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      HErbie Ellison, Owner at Boca Chica Bay Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2023

      Dearest Yvonne, It was lovely to have you and Pip both stay with us, Thank you so very much for the kind words and "YES!" this is a sanctuary - so no noise from music let alone parties ! Kindest Regards, HErbie and ErikA

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      Reviewed 6 April 2023

      The view is AMAZING, the rooms are extremely comfortable. This is a great place to relax and relieve all the stress you might have. Erika and Herbie are outstanding hosts and they serve delicious and more than complete breakfast every morning. We will come back next year for sure!

      Date of stay: March 2023
      Trip type: Travelled as a couple
      Review collected in partnership with this hotel
      Thank Maria Gabriela V
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      HErbie Ellison, Owner at Boca Chica Bay Eco Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2023

      Dearest Maria, It was la pleasure to have stay with us, Thank you so very much for the kind words and look forward to your return ! Warmest Regards, HErbie and ErikA

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