Oceanfront Bluff Beach Retreat - Spectacular 65 Ft Swimming Pool
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- Wheel chair accessible:No
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, the 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 our new Pina Casita, a luxury one-bedroom home - capable of sleeping two. You may rent one or more 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 new 65 foot lap pool & terrazza is now complete.
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, surfing lessons and guided jungle hikes through our 165 acre farm which is located nearby. 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 house 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 $125-$225 per day for Las Palmas Casita - rates range from $175-$295 per day for La Pina Casita - rates range from $350-$695 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!
Keywords: Luxury, Beach, Villa, Private, Pool, B&B, Adventure, Romantic, Honeymoon, horseback riding, surfing,
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 2-13
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)
Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Music Library:
- Video Library:
- DVD Player
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Leatherback Sea Turtles & Bird watching
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“Bocas Paradise”Guest comment entered by owner
Our family of 5 stayed in the Main house at Bluff Beach Retreat and loved every minute. The views of the beach were fantastic and the house is extremely comfortable. The beach is virtually deserted so you don't feel like you are fighting for space to sit out. The only downside to the Bluff Beach area is that the ocean at this spot is barely swimmable. If you are very comfortable in rough water, don't let it scare you away, but if your children are not, you will be traveling a long way for beach time. We had great fun battling the huge waves. We were able to truly relax while we were there - lounging in hammocks on the porch, swimming in the pool or just playing games late into the night then falling asleep to the sound of the waves. The owner was not there but had a very friendly and knowledgeable couple taking care of the property in his absence. Steve and Karen were able to arrange for some wonderful tours (river & cave tour, and private snorkeling). We enjoyed learning about the islands and the history associated with the culture. The only downside that I will mention is the long cab ride to town over the very bumpy dirt road. It was probably especially bad due to the rains that came daily while we were there. Otherwise, perfect!
- Guest Suzanne
- Date of stay 12/27/12
- Review Submitted 01/25/13
“exactly what we wanted and had hoped for!”Guest comment entered by owner
“exactly what we wanted and had hoped for!”
From TripAdvisor....................."Bluff Beach Retreat turned out to be exactly what my husband and were looking for. We had a beautiful cabin, very nicely done and very private with a large front porch. We woke up every morning and saw white-faced monkeys in the big tree next to the porch eating their breakfast! The managers were very friendly and helpful, and we had a wonderful time in Bocas! For us, it was perfect to be set a few minutes from the town so we could easily go into town for dinner and such, but then were able to easily retreat back to our privacy. Right in front of the property is a beautiful beach which we had all to ourselves. Everything was very clean and hospitable, and we would definitely stay here again!"
- Guest Wendy
- Date of stay 12/05/12
- Review Submitted 01/25/13
“Perfect property for a family reunion”Guest comment entered by owner
“Perfect property for a family reunion”
From TripAdvisor........................."We had our first family reunion in Bocas and we rented the bluff retreat property for a big crazy family. Before the trip I was very concern with the idea of having two different families (that never met before) living together in a property… but for the surprise of everyone there, we all had the best time ever together. A big part of that success was that the property is amazing. Everything about the property was fantastic. The house is really beautiful, it is located away from town so you can experience the jungle lifestyle and the best beach in all Bocas is just steps in front of the house. It is a very long white sand beach perfect for a nice morning/ afternoon beach walk. When the waves are big is dangerous to swim because there is a big shore break, but we had many flat days that I was in the water with my kids. The swimming pool is big, supper clean and long. Some of us are surfers and we had some great surfing days at Punch Beach. We went with the bicycles and our surfboards to the surf spot (fun 10 minutes ride). The house has a big kitchen and we were cooking all the time our fresh fish that some of us were caching spare fishing. There are some cool places to fish close to the property. Just the energy of that property is so relaxing that at the end of my trip I just didn’t feel leaving the property anymore. My day were so good and so relaxing there, that there was no reason to get out of the area. Some of those relaxing days we did some yoga on the deck overlooking the jungle and the ocean. I already miss it! The hospitality of Ron and Cristina was very nice. They were having breakfast with us every morning. Liduvina is the cleaning lady and she was the one that prepared the breakfast and kept the house clean everyday. She is great! The only detail is that the deck is not very safe for kids. I have a small baby and we had to have an eye on her 24 hours a day. I mention that to Ron and maybe he will make some changes. Don’t miss going out on Fridays and Saturdays night, to dance at Barco Hundido in Bocas town. Really fun… and practice your Salsa moves before your trip!"
- Guest Paula
- Date of stay 10/03/12
- Review Submitted 01/25/13
Amazing stay in beautiful jungle B and BGuest comment entered by owner
Amazing stay in beautiful jungle B and B
Our family just got back from a wonderful visit to Bluff Beach Retreat. We booked four rooms, so had the large house to ourselves. Well, mostly to ourselves, since the kitchen is shared with the staff who make coffee (ready at 7) and breakfast (ready at 8:30). Yum to both. The facility is wonderful. We had four bedrooms, each with a private bath. The house also has a living room with books, a dvd player and a dvd library, internet, and a fifth bathroom and shower. The kitchen was well equipped -- we cooked in twice. There is a large lap pool and a killer ocean view from the porch. I imagine the place would be relaxing, but we were too busy doing all there is to do in Bocas del Toro to spend much time there. When I booked the place for five nights, I thought we'd be a little bored. However, we didn't have nearly enough time to do all we would have liked to do, or eat at all the places we would have liked trying. Our hosts (Steve and Karen, in Ron's absence) were amazing at booking activities for us, and changing them at the last minute if the kids changed their minds. We did scuba dive, surf, take the Bat Cave tour, snorkel, see Dolphin Bay, horse back ride (Ron has horses), bike ride (same) and see all kinds of wildlife, including lots of sloths, bats, birds and monkeys. We also watched a beautiful and very dramatic thunderstorm from the front deck. Cassius, the boxer, was an unexpected pleasure. Ron was very helpful in making travel arrangements. Air Panama has to be one of the strangest airlines ever, and I wouldn't want to try to make arrangements with it myself. I wholeheartedly recommend this facility and will stay again in a minute when we return to Bocas.
- Guest elise
- Date of stay 12/22/12
- Review Submitted 01/04/13
"Great place for a family vacation!!!"Guest comment entered by owner
"Great place for a family vacation!!!"
From TripAdvisor...........We just had an amazing vacation in Bocas Del Toro at the Bluff Beach Retreat. 2 kids (7 and 9) just loved it! Highlights: * great location...you don't want to stay in town if you are traveling with kids * Ron and Christine are amazing hosts and helped plan all our adventures * Restaurant right next door was amazing (Arwin was the best)...VERY kid friendly with frogs, tadpoles, humming birds, sloth, trampoline etc... * Ron helped us see the momma leatherback sea turtle lay her eggs on the beach...unforgettable! * Although there is no AC...we slept like babies with the ceiling fan on high. * Ron has a farm with horses (we went horseback riding), pigs, cows, etc... * The monkeys and sloths are right on Ron's property (we didn't see the monkeys but we heard them and other guests saw them) * The breakfast is included and amazing...the staff is so nice and helpful (especially Linabida) * Cassius the boxer was a BIG hit with the kids * The pool was a huge hit with the kids (and me)...beautiful view of the beach from the pool. * The kids loved the creatures (geccos, frogs, butterflies, lizards) I really can't think of anything we didn't like...other than if you are looking for a luxury hotel experience like Westin this may not be for you...but if you are looking for adventure, meeting great interesting people and getting disconnected from your "real life"...this is the place for you. 100% recommend it! Very Eco Friendly!
- Guest Kristen N
- Date of stay 03/27/12
- Review Submitted 09/03/12
"Bluff Beach is Incredible!"Guest comment entered by owner
"Bluff Beach is Incredible!"
From TripAdvisor..........Bluff Beach retreat is so well thought out in every detail. We were very impressed with the main house and how beautifully it was designed and built. Ron is very good at what he does and he has all the right connections for fun day trips at a reasonable cost for a family of 5. The food here is so delicious and a little different every day. We found lots of sea shells on the beach and saw the leatherback turtles lay eggs at night. We rode Ron's horses to the cove and it was lovely. My husband and son went fishing with Roberto and caught many fish. Roberto is a great guide...he also took our family snorkeling and to the cacao farm. I highly recommend the cacao farm if you have a strong appreciation for flora and fauna...you could stay there all day. Cassius the boxer is a trippy, funny dog and super sweet. If staying in Bocas, this is the best place by far! We will go back again.
- Guest Jill S
- Date of stay 03/29/12
- Review Submitted 09/03/12
"Absolutely Perfect"Guest comment entered by owner
From TripAdvisor......My husband and I stayed at Bluff Beach in February for a getaway without our kids. Bluff Beach Retreat was everything we wanted and more. If you want perfect accommodations, a most gracious host, and a pristine setting, look no further. This is no doubt the best place to stay in Bocas. You're just far enough away from it all to relax, while being close enough to the town to enjoy some of it's life (though in our experience Ron has the best customer service sensibilities of anyone in Bocas). Ron is available to help plan any activities that you may want to do, to make dinner reservations, etc... Truly, you could not have a better host. The pool is amazing, the setting is breathtaking. We did a few activities, and toward the end of our stay sat on the beach under the shade of palm trees, reading books and listening to the awesome power of the waves. You'll be glad you stopped your search for the perfect vacation when you book Bluff Beach Retreat. We stayed in the Pina Casita, and it was beautiful - the pictures don't do the whole thing justice.
- Guest Annie S
- Date of stay 02/18/12
- Review Submitted 09/03/12
"Family Vacation Perfection - Brilliant!!!!!"Guest comment entered by owner
"Family Vacation Perfection - Brilliant!!!!!"
From TripAdvisor.....We have just spent nine of the most amazing, relaxing, fun-filled days at Bluff Beach. We rented out the whole beach house for three children, parents and both sets of grandparents. The beach house is perfect for a group this size with plenty of space and great rooms for all. We also had Ron's chef, Nicole, cook lunch and dinner each day of the stay; she made one of the toughest parts of a large family holiday the easiest. Every single meal was delicious and also catered for the kids making meal times completely stress free and great value for money. That was on top of the great breakfasts provided each morning! Ron helped organise several fantastic day trips including; snorkelling, surfing, zip-lining (some very shaky legged grandparents!), cacao farm, horse riding, watching leatherback turtles lay eggs at midnight. Each activity was brilliant and all the arrangements for them, taxi's-boats-tickets etc- ran like clockwork. Oh and Nicole prepared a cooler for lunch on trip days with the usual great food and cold beers! The house is what beach bums dream of- fantastically laid out, huge swimming pool, right on an essentially deserted beach with easy access to explore the surrounding area on foot or one of Ron's bikes. When not busy the kids, three girls, were entertained playing with Cassius (Ron's boxer dog) on the beach, splashing about with the bodyboards and floats in the pool or just hanging out watching movies and reading. Ron was always happy to give whoever fancied a stroll around Bocas town a ride in when he was going and a ride back if timings worked out. Very simply a brilliant vacation in a beautiful part of the world in an equally beautiful house. Go!
- Guest Chris H
- Date of stay 04/03/12
- Review Submitted 09/03/12
Beautiful Bluff Beach!Guest comment entered by owner
Beautiful Bluff Beach!
From TripAdvisor..........Before we even made it to the Bluff Beach Retreat, we knew it was a great place. We decided to take 2 days at another bed and breakfast then switch it up to BBR for a change of pace. The owner of the first spot made the plans for us to meet up Ron in Bocas for our transfer and had wonderful things to say about BBR. William (the best!) met us there for a free ride to paradise! I would recommend having William stop at one of the convenience stores to pick up any supplies, food and drinks you want or might need as going back into town will run you around $30 a trip, however, William is happy to do it. Upon arrival at BBR we couldn't believe how beautiful it was! The pool is a fantastic asset but the beach is only steps away. The beach is wonderful and Cassius (gentle guard dog) will be happy to escort you. The waves are great to play in, grab a boogie board and have fun but be careful, these waves are tough. Later that evening we were greeting with homemade pina coladas! The casita that we stayed in was comfy with plenty of room for 4 people. It was nice to have the kitchen in case we did want to store food or drinks. A bottle of water was supplied for us. We were served a delicious breakfast everyday with plenty of fruit, eggs and pastries. If you do want to venture down the road a bit, there is a beach bar at the neighboring resort. The owners are very nice and serve up a great menu with plenty of drinks, I recommend the chicken croquettes. We took the bikes one afternoon and headed up the road to find some other beaches and explore. Another day we went to see the adjoining farm where baby animals were everywhere, including a sloth with her young in tow. We got to see lots of fruit plants (pineapples grow out of the ground!?!?) and enjoyed the trek! We would love to come back and bring a group to the larger house, it looked beautiful! Upon leaving, Ron knew we were going back into Panama City and made arrangements for us to be picked up at the airport (something he most certainly did not have to do but was happy to help). The driver was fantastic and took us all around the city to see things that we otherwise would have never known about! Very accommodating and enjoyable, thanks so much!
- Guest Megan S
- Date of stay 06/18/12
- Review Submitted 09/03/12
Fantastic Beach Retreat!
Fantastic Beach Retreat!
We went to Bluff Beach Retreat in April 2010 (now getting around to writing the review) and I have to say it was a wonderful experience. From the flight into Bocas del Toro to the 4 wheel drive journey to BBR. It got better when we arrived at BBR. It's located on a beautiful tropical beach with no visible neighbors, the lodging is immaculate and Ron is the icing on the cake. He was extremely helpful planning our daily travels (snorkeling, cacao tour, sight seeing, etc.) and dinner at various B & B's at night. I had doubts about going to Panama but this place rocks. All question marks were erased! And, it was not too hot. There were nice ocean breezes at night and you can hear the pounding surf. If you are looking for a very nice place, great value, something off the beaten track, this is it. I HIGHLY recommend BBR.
- Guest weaver2713
- Date of stay 04/10/10
- Review Submitted 04/28/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Rates for 2 people begin at $125 - $ 325 per night Minimum 3 night stay. Rates for 2 people from $ 695 per week Low Season - $ 1095 per week High Season We have hosted family celebrations, Yoga retreats, and business groups. It's a great place for groups to relax & enjoy all Bocas del Toro has to offer. Your own private cook & helper is available upon request.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Christine & I have lived in Toronto all of our lives. After many years of running busy restaurants, we decided it was time for a change.
Why the Owner Chose Bocas del Toro:
We fell in love with Bluff Beach & Bocas del Toro at first sight. Bocas' unique Caribbean flavour, its' warm & friendly people and stunning Bluff Beach were irresistable.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The tranquility of our beautiful property and the daily adventures of Bocas del Toro are a wonderful tonic for our guests.
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The Beach House at Bluff Beach Retreat - Panama
Step out onto Bluff Beach. Watch out for the crowds!
Relax on one of our hammocks.
Beach House Bathroom - Colombian marble with local rustic touches
Your hammock is close by
Beautiful games table on the porch of the Beach House - overlooks Bluff Beach
This cute Sloth let us get very close before he sped off
Dine on the porch of Las Palmas casita
La Pina Casita - open concept interior
Newest addition to our 165 acre farm - Caramelo & Junio - two of our 15 horses
Chris & Rebecca at nearby Starfish Beach, Panama
Fresh limes from our farm. We serve freshly grown bananas, pineapples & limes.
The spectacular view from the Beach House
The Beach House - Pool - Our lush grounds
Porch of the Beach House - a great space to entertain - overlooks Bluff Beach
Living Room Beach House - comfortable & spacious
Olas Master Suite in the Beach House
Allie & Chris snorkeling - crystal clear water - colorful coral - amazing!
These monkeys wanted to join us for breakfast one morning
La Pina Casita - front porch
La Pina Casita - open bar
Relax on the porch of Las Palmas Casita. You may never want to leave!
Step onto Bluff Beach, Panama - Giant Leatherback turtles nest here
Tortuga Suite in the Beach House - walk out to our new 65 foot Lap Pool
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