Big thanks to The Visitor/ El Visitante weekly newspaper, who wrote a feature article on Popa Paradise last week. There was a front page photo featuring our swim-up bar, and some happy guests. Inside were several more great pictures and the following article.
Popa’s Paradise – Bocas Secret Getaway
A secret (and luxurious) refuge in Bocas del Toro
Bocas does indeed have something for everyone. If you are up for a “rumba” (Panamanian vernacular for party) there is great night life in Bocas Town. For adrenaline junkies Isla Bastimentos offers a spectacular canopy tour and great surf spots. [For] Those looking for a quiet refuge, there are various resorts on the remote surrounding islands. One of these hidden paradisaical spots is Popa Paradise Beach Resort – a piece of Eden reached on a 30 minute boat ride from Isla Colon.
The boat ride itself is nothing less than spectacular. Speeding through crystalline Caribbean waters and a labyrinth of mangroves creates a feeling of being brought to some secret place. A perfect beach appears on Popa Island, the beginning of the 25 acre property of Popa Paradise Beach Resort, right in front of Islas Zapatillas.
The resort, which is just a couple of years old, is spread out over the well landscaped property with ‘casitas’ hidden among the lush tropical vegetation, far enough from each other to guarantee vacationers their privacy.
There are 8 casitas, one master suite and two junior suites. The suites are located in the house with its amazing views from the beautiful wrap-around balcony on the tip of the island, as well as a more economical option of lodge rooms facing the sea. The casitas and suites are fully equipped with hot water showers, little kitchenettes, flat screen TVs fans and AC and are beautifully furnished with tropical style furniture and king or queen size beds that face wooden porches overlooking the sea.
In the middle of the property there is a big clubhouse where guests can play pool, ping pong, read a book from the resort library, or just watch their favorite programs, or a movie from the DVD library, on the gigantic flat screen TV. Outside the club house the guests can have their meals, always fresh and always excellent, looking over the huge pool with a swim-up bar, where they can chill and order cocktails without having to get out of the water. And if you want to pamper yourself – there is a spa with massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.
For those who want to discover and be active there are enough options as well. The walk around the resort reveals diverse wildlife with regular sightings of toucans and sloths, and just 400 yards off the dock there is a great snorkeling spot with undisturbed corals and lots of colorful fish. Alternatively one can take a hike, or go by boat or sea kayak to the other side of the island that hosts indigenous villages of the Ngobes that will give you a warm welcome and show you their way of life and elaborate handicrafts. The resort also offers excursions to all of Bocas’ most popular hot spots, including Red Frog Beach, the Zapatillas, Dos Tucanes beach, snorkeling at Coral Cay, Dolphin Bay, the Chocolate Farm and more.
A New Chef
Now Popa Paradise is about to receive it’s newest member – the celebrated Chef Emily Cafazzo, who has worked in the award-winning restaurants in Portland and received national recognition in the US, including the New York Times and Gourmet Magazine. She will stay at Popa for four months, spoiling the guests with her culinary art and training the staff. The new General Managers Julie Colosso Broce and Hans Wilson are very excited about this much expected arrival.
Off Season Specials
Now in the low season, Popa Paradise Beach Resort has deals that are worth checking out in the coming weeks of continuous holidays. Whether you come alone to hide away from a busy world or with a group of good friends you are sure to spend the time of your life in this absolutely amazing place.
For more information about Popa Paradise Beach Resort and their special offers visit their web site: www.popaparadisebeachresort.com write a mail to email@example.com or call 832.1498 or 6550.2505.