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Over Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge
Deze exclusieve accommodatie bestaat uit houten huisjes op palen in het kristalheldere water. Vanaf uw privé-terras duikt u zo het water. Snorkelen kan ook. Vanaf uw serene plekje bereikt u het restaurant via een houten walkway. Op het menu: verse vis in olijfolie, groente in kokosmelk, kreeftenstoofpotje…
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KamerbeschrijvingenPunta Caracol Suite
Kingsize bed, badkamer, 2 vediepingen, terras en zeezicht.
zoals Punta Caracol Suite, ruimer en met hangmat.
zoals Luna Suite, ruimer, 2 terrassen.
Direct aan de Caraïbische Zee, op het eiland Colon.
- Kamers zijn via een loopbrug te bereiken
- Watersportmogelijkheden zoals snorkelen, duiken
- Diverse dagexcursies zoals bezoek aan Bocas, boottrips
De Bocas del Toro-archipel ligt in de Caribische zee ten noorden van Panama. Op de eilanden heerst een relaxed ‘slow down’ sfeertje, waardoor het een rustpunt is tijdens uw Panama vakantie.
"Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge"
We went about 8 years ago and it was a wonderful memory. You can sit on your own deck and watch the beautiful fish swim under without going into the warm water. However, if it is raining, there is NOTHING to do there, light is by solar so reading at night is tough. There are very few cabins so you have to hope to enjoy the company of the person you are traveling with. Food was delicious but you better like fish prepared about the same way every night! The activities did keep you busy, but again, if it is raining, it can be rough! If it all works out, it is an amazing vacation.
This would have been one of the finest places to stay if due to global warming the corals would not have been completely destroyed. All the corals are gone and with that the colorful flora and fauna. The property has had its best days and is lacking maintenance. The little house we occupied was shaking on its piles. Food is of mediocre quality and absolutely overpriced so is the hotel rate too high. There is no competition hence choice here.
If you're the kind of person who likes to be constantly busy with activities and stimulation, this is not your kind of place. If you want to relax and take it easy, read, snorkel, you'll love it. It's gorgeous. Water's very clear. It's hot and humid, but manageable with a breeze off the water. It rains a lot. Sheets feel damp because of the humidity. Staff is really wonderful. Food is excellent, but I would not classify it as gourmet (but it's not supposed to be).
"What A Vacation Should Be"
In reading other reviews, it seems that people come to Punta Caracol thinking it is like the Four Seasons in Bora Bora, which apparently skews their opinion of this Caribbean gem. My husband and I recently had a 7 night stay at Punta Caracol and we will absolutely go again. The other reviews are correct in that it does not have air conditioning, but the website clearly states that the huts are run from solar as the goal behind this lodge is to allow guests to enjoy a relaxing stay while leaving as little impact on the beauty that surrounds it. I also read reviews where people were not terribly pleased with the lack of schedule or the service; however, I have to respectfully disagree. The owner and his mother were there literally every day to ensure quality of service, and they make it a point to ensure that at least two staff members greet you and see you off. Every staff member truly cares that you have a great experience, they meet your every request, and the lack of schedule is to allow you to forget time and actually RELAX. This level of service extends to everyone on staff, including the boat capitans and maintenance crew. In fact, Lionel, our boat capitan, taught us more about the island, its culture, and its inhabitants more than any guided tour, concierge, or activity could. I also noticed a very high turn over as guests seemed to stay only 2-4 days; however, such a brief stay doesn't allow you enough time to truly enjoy the riches of Punta Caracol. Every day on the reef is different, and it took us a good 2 days just to adjust to the pace since we have become so used to being in our stressful and fast-paced world. In short, if you are looking for a tourist-type hotel where activities are scheduled, hairdryers are provided, and you can watch the news on your flat screen while staring at the ocean from inside your hut...this isn't the place. If you are seeking an escape from reality while truly enjoying the beauty of nature to decompress from time and reality, THIS is the place to visit.
"Great resort for families "
We sought out Punta Caracol for a relatively affordable over the water option. I agree with some prior reviews that compare this to glamping. The price is for the location - not for high end luxury. Our arrival was smooth- the resort has a driver pick you up at the airport and take you to the resorts dock. From there it is a pretty short 10-15 minute boat ride to the resort. No issues. The room. We stayed in Luna 3- which is the farthest from the restaurant. We liked being on the end and having another cabin only on one side. The beds are adequately comfortable. There is power for languid ceiling fans and small lamps from solar but not enough to charge any devices- all charging and wifi happens at restaurant. There is no AC and the breeze does not reach well into the bedroom due to the very small window and heavy thatched roof. We tried to mitigate the fact that the bug nets block most of any residual breeze but found that tiny biting gnats fly right through the standard mosquito nets we bought. The tight weave blocks the no see ups but also the breeze. We had read about this so we also brought a mini air conditioner that charges on solar power and blows air across an ice pack. This was also a fail as the resort did not have a freezer as we inquired prior to the trip. They have an ice chest/box - so our gel pack wouldn't freeze. Anyway- it cooled off during the night so it was only uncomfortable during initial falling asleep. Of note - the showers also are mixed fresh and salt water but didn't leave you feeling too sticky. Overall OK. The food- great when Panamanian- ceviche, local soups, etc. Breakfast was totally solid and the fresh fruit was usually pretty good. I don't recommend any seafood we had other than ceviche- the fish and shrimp we had were super super over cooked. Desserts again were best when local/simple. Do not expect gourmet and you will probably be satisfied. The location- superb- plenty of coral and sea life. Water is clear but not crystal due to nearby mangroves, river silt. Endless safe entertainment for our teenage son. It's great to be able to relax while he amused himself for hours. The staff- mostly really nice but service is not a priority here. A couple of examples. When you email the resort - you are told that you need to pay for boat transfers to town. In fact- they don't charge you if you take one of the planned trips made by staff. However there is no schedule so you can't plan any activities in advance. In the AM they remain cagey about the return times which is a little stressful. It would be much better if the resort just had two AM trips and two PM trips on a set schedule. The staff are also a bit difficult about helping you with arrangements. For example- since they wouldn't give us a time for AM boat- I couldn't arrange pickup by Flying Pirates for ATV rental. So I asked manager to call flying pirates to coordinate once they figured it out. He was not great about it and asked me what their number was. Really- it's the top rated activity on the tiny island you run a resort in and you don't have their number on a list? The boat trip we arranged through the hotel also no showed- but they did call and get a replacement- although they seemed totally unaware of the advance arrangements we had made. Overall. 4 but not a 5 star experience. Greater happiness through lowered expectations.
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