Breathtaking Views-Caribbean Island Villa at Starfish Reef
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Shepherd Island villa description
Beautiful Caribbean Island Villas for Rent in Bocas del Toro, Panama on Shepherd Island. This Villa can be rented in whole or part. In addition, we have 3 similar Villas for rent adjacent to this one. Very comfortable accommodations with orthopedic mattresses sized for Kings and Queens. Quality linens in over sized guest rooms with incredible views of the ocean, mountains, and jungle. Coral reef wall skirts sand bar rimmed salt water lagoon off of the beautiful & small manmade white sand beach. Lush jungle hiking trails produce ample sightings of butterflies, birds, frogs, lizards, flora, and fauna. Paddle Boat, cayucos, snorkel gear, water skis available for use. Chocolate tours and jungle tours on site. Tours for beachcombing, dolphin sighting, botanical gardens, fishing, diving, butterfly farms, yoga/spa treatments, Zapatilla Keys (Survivor series filmed), Red Frog Beach, Bocas town shopping, Indian Village, to the mountains (overnight tours/3-4 hr drive each way) for white water rafting and coffee tours are all available, and much much more. Or you can relax on the beach and take in the view.
In relation to Bocas town . . . we are secluded from the 24 hr noise of Bocas yet only a 20 min. taxi ride away. In addition our beach water is calm for snorkeling, floating, swimming, canoeing without breaking waves or dangerous undertow.
We can accommodate small groups for yoga retreats, weddings, dive package vacations, family reunions, corporate retreats, fishing groups, etc. We are available for planning and setting up your Destination Wedding on site. The same goes for planning yoga,corporate retreats, dive, fishing, and family reunion vacation packages.
This Villa has high quality stainless steel appliances in the full kitchen complete with coffee maker, blender, toaster, and microwave. Laundry service is available, family style meals and/or romantic gourmet dinners can be purchased with advance notice, or you can hire your own cook with 2 wks advance notice to prepare meals in your villa. There is a movie and book library, snorkel gear is available for rent, or bring your own, great swimming, snorkeling, fishing, lounging, floating, paddling, exploring, birding, boating, relaxing, resting, hiking, learning, etc.
Starfish Reef is located on beautiful Shepherd Island which is 10 minutes away from Almirante on the mainland and 20 minutes by boat away from Bocas Town in tranquil waters. There are water taxis available for transportation between island and mainland locations. This is an ACTIVE Outdoor Lifestyle community. You will get exercise unless you do not leave your villa. Our calendar is almost never full as we have several accomodations very similar. We have a 3 night minimum stay.
About Us-We are from Austin, TX where we spend time when we are not here in Panama. We have a small cabin property on Lake Travis in Austin listed on VRBO #178554. It is in a great location on the lake with a lot of fun places to go nearby.We have just recently put in small comforts as it is a small cabin. Austin is the "Live Music Capital of the World" and there is ALOT of great live music. Check it out! Email any questions on either property.
Keywords: Villa, house, beach house,casita, bungalow, flat, condo, townhouse
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The salt water swimming lagoon is max depth of 5' with gradual slope into the water and calm water. We also have shallow water snorkeling for beginners or children. Bring childrens snorkel sets & toys....moreless
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- King size beds (1) King beds are in the large bedrooms., Queen size Beds (1) The Queen sized beds are located in our Deluxe private bedrooms with private bath. These rooms also include a sofa., Twin or Single Beds (1) Whenever needed, Twins can be combined to make a King., Child Beds (1) Pack & Play for babies and toddlers., Bunk Beds (1) Can be added wherever needed....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
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Starfish Reef is a small Caribbean island eco-community. By eco we mean ecological. We are totally self sufficient with our own power plant, running water, and sewer system. Living Room only AC if needed when the generator is on. It will not be on in the night but it is typically cool at night and we have plenty of fans....moreless
Again-we are an eco island community. We conserve energy, water, and waste. Please help us conserve our resources by using the same linens for at least 4 days before requesting them to be laundered. We will provide extra if needed at charge....moreless
The washer and dryer are located in the Treehouse Villa where we will launder your clothing for $6/load separated. disclaimer-we will do our best to launder your personal laundry but cannot be responsible for any damage to your clothing...moreless
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Pool & Spa
- Private Pool:
- Communal Pool:
- Deck / Patio
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Ocean View:
- Mountain View
- Water Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
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Excellent Vacation with exercise built in!
Excellent Vacation with exercise built in!
Starfish Reef Villas are excellently appointed! The bedrooms are very comfortable. The decks are great for drinks, watching birds & just hanging out looking at the jungle. & you are up at mid tree level in their jungle. Four of us escaped the cold north lands of Texas & Ohio & went to Panama for this adventure. All of us love to cook & create wonderful food. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the stuff you could want to prepare fabulous meals. Jack & Kelly were wonderful hosts with helpful answers & ideas for adventures. Niko, the tireless grounds keeper, surprized us daily with fresh bananas, opened coconuts, papayas or bush peas. Whatever he found for us around the jungle. He also taught us some new spanish words & some words in his native Indio language. The jungle has lots flowers, huge trees, wonderful plants, birds, frogs, insects & sounds you can't identify or wonder what or who they might be coming from. The beach area is small & very private & wonderful. The snorkeling is good with lots of live corals, reef fish of all sizes, snowflake jelly fish, they don't sting just set on the bottom & lots of colorful starfish. Paddling the cayuco is a bit tricky, but you are already wet anyway. Be sure & take everything you think you want down to the beach with you. Its quite a hike both ways! Jack arranged a day trip to Crawl Caye for snorkeling, A great lunch & the on to Red Frog Beach & some much needed provisioning in Bocas Town. Be sure & make a good shopping list to start with & get everything you might want to take to Shepard Island on your first trip out. You'll be happy if you bring extra bags for your carry out goodies. Remember the beer store is an extra water taxi ride away, $10 each way. WE hope everyone enjoys their stay as much as we did. Thanks Jack & Kelly & Niko
- Guest ZekeandMarty Z. (Edom, TX)
- Date of stay 02/05/14
- Review Submitted 02/26/14
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.
Favorite Stop 5*Guest comment entered by owner
Favorite Stop 5*
Keelan reviewed 2 months ago Had an excellent time snorkeling, walking through the jungle, boating to a nearby restaurant, and just lounging around. A bit of a ride from the main island in Bocas, and you have to bring your own food, but the hostess is wonderful. If you're nice to Niko (her local helper) he'll scrounge around for a coconut, cut it up with his machete, and give it to you for a nice refreshing drink. This was my favorite stop on my trip!
- Guest Keelan
- Date of stay 09/17/13
- Review Submitted 02/23/14
“The Best Fully Appointed Villas Of All The BoutiqGuest comment entered by owner
“The Best Fully Appointed Villas Of All The Boutiq
“The Best Fully Appointed Villas Of All The Boutique Resorts” Reviewed April 26, 2013 NEW I spent 4 weeks in March touring the various islands in the Bocas Del Toro archepelago during which I visited numerous eco resorts and lodges. I stayed several days at Starfish Reef Resort which is located on Pastores Island aka Shepherd Island (English translation). The four villas were originally designed and built for resale, not as just rental units for a small resort. Think of these villas as houses that can be rented in whole or in part based upon one's needs and budget. The villas are fully appointed, multiple bathrooms, large kitchen flowing into a large living area. There are multiple bed rooms in each. There is a screened-in porch on the second floor which is the main living area and an additional open deck off the third floor where there are multiple bedrooms. The villas all have air conditioning. These are the best rental villas of the "eco islands" within Bocas Del Toro. The resort is situated on the leeward side of the island facing the mainland of Panama which is approximately 2 miles across the water. This means that the water off the dock is extremely calm 90% of the time. There is a beautiful shallow reef that surrounds the island and literally drops off in to deeper water right off the dock. So the calm water and 10-15 ft coral wall provides for excellent swimming and snorkeling especially since there is virtually no motor boat traffic, just a few local cayucos paddling by at times. There is also quality fishing off the dock. I caught and released barracuda, jacks and even a bonita (member of the tuna family) without much effort of time. I saw many schools of different fish and bait swimming by including rays as well as various reef species. Starfish Reef Resort, like the rest of the other small boutique resorts spread out among the "eco islands" of Bocas del Toro, is off the beaten path. You are isolated. There are no other amenities like restaurants, stores or bars which means you need to hire a tour boat to pick you up for touring the area or cruising to Bocas Town for dining, bar hopping or supplies. All of these boutique resorts have this in common. The tours are reasonably priced. Starfish Reef Resort can arrange any such tour. So if you are looking for a high end villa on a rainforest "eco island", with excellent aquatic entertainment right off the dock, in very quite surroundings Starfish Reef Resort is a perfect choice.
- Guest Sky
- Date of stay 03/31/13
- Review Submitted 05/02/13
“If you can dream it, it's real...”Guest comment entered by owner
“If you can dream it, it's real...”
Reviewed February 1, 2012 Was this review helpful?Yes1 WOW, can you just imagine being dropped off by a speed boat after a trip across the ocean to be left at dock set into one of the most beautiful islands of panama. Not only is this island beautiful because of the land but because of the two humans that landed here. Jack and Kelly have created an incredible environment to enjoy mother nature at her best, natural trails through out the land, paddle boats to enjoy the water, your own little swim area to basque in the sun with beach chairs... and after all that our house a feeling of luxury in a beautifully designed comfortable space to retreat to and still be right amongst the trees in nature. WOW thank you Kelly and Jack... Oh and don't forget to buy some coconut oil!!! Wow AMAZING... LOVE LOVE LOVE Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
- Guest Mel
- Date of stay 01/15/13
- Review Submitted 05/02/13
“Welcome to Paradise!”Guest comment entered by owner
“Welcome to Paradise!”
Reviewed February 27, 2013 Was this review helpful?Yes "Welcome to paradise" was what the water taxi driver said as we stepped on to the dock. Our family had a great holiday st Starfish Reef. When the villas came into sight, I immediately thought, "That is just like the pictures". The website and information provided gave us a very complete picture of what to expect. Since we had never booked accomodation via the internet, Jack and Kelly took the time to arrange a Skype call to answer our questions to make sure we understood the details. The villa was very comfortable four our family of 4. Great views off the balconies. The fully equipped kitchen was perfect for our family holiday. What a treat to swim and snorkel right off the dock. Jack gave us a very complete list of possible activities to do off the island. We combined Red Frog Beach, a zip line tour and grocery shopping in Bocas as one day off the island. Jack was always available to answer our questions and gave us a great tour and jungle walk one morning. Great place for a family holiday. Room Tip: All villas have great views, and are similarly equipped. See more room tips Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
- Guest Richard
- Date of stay 02/11/13
- Review Submitted 05/02/13
Island off the beaten path
Island off the beaten path
This property is a collection of 3 rental houses and the owners' home on an isolated island. The setting is absolutely beautiful. There is a small beach and dock from which you can snorkel. This property is not for elderly or anyone with mobility issues, as the houses are perched high above the beach and the stairs are irregular and not well maintained. The house was very nice but the living area air conditioner was broken and the ones in the bedrooms ran sporadically when the generator was running. The ceiling fans were sufficient most of the time. As stated on the website, every time we left the island it cost $10 per person each way by water taxi since it's off the main route. This makes it important to plan grocery trips carefully as there are no facilities on the island. While we were there the chitras (sand fly common in the Bocas area) were especially bad, causing us to stay indoors from 5pm to 10am. Making a fire on the beach seemed to help some. We took an excursion to La Oreba cacao farm near Almirante. Well worth the $30 (+$20 water taxi). Lunch was included. We also went to Los Monos botanical gardens (near Bocas town) for a WONDERFUL half day retreat that included a tour of the gardens, use of a private pool in a "garden of eden" setting, drinks and a delicious lunch.
- Guest Marcia E.
- Date of stay 01/22/13
- Review Submitted 02/16/13
“A delightful home”Guest comment entered by owner
“A delightful home”
Jack and Kelly have created a fabulous small group of villas, with ocean views, modern conveniences and plenty of room. This place has a wonderful mix of jungle, ocean access and just the right balance of solitude and community. The review by Bill P, below, put it well. Our family of 6 was very comfortable in the three bedroom villa. The views from the balcony and porch are spectacular. Imagine waking up to the sound of birds, the view of the water below and tranquility. We love to cook, and the kitchen was remarkably well outfitted for its remote location. We spent some days at home -- swimming and snorkeling off the dock, reading on the beach or on our porch, or making tasty meals (often incorporating what we could collect on the property, including bananas, mangos and coconuts). Some days, Kelly would arrange a boat driver for us for the day, who took us to Dolphin Bay, to Krawl Kay for lunch and snorkeling, to Zapatillos Cays for great beaches, to Red Frog Beach for body surfing, and into town. Jack and Kelly could not have been more hospitable -- available to help, schlepping our groceries from the dock up to the house, or giving advice on local sites, but never intrusive. We ended our time with a fire on the beach, a pot luck New Years Eve dinner and Kelly's Sangria. My only advice: don't wait until your last day to ask Jack to tell you some stories. Or maybe that requires a booking over New Years.
- Guest Steve
- Date of stay 01/01/12
- Review Submitted 01/15/12
“Thanks for the memories”Guest comment entered by owner
“Thanks for the memories”
The villas at Starfish reef are beautifully designed and built. The things that need to be "like home" are that. That is, the two washrooms in each villa are modern, large, clean and well laid out. In the kitchen, the appliances are top grade, with lots of cooking area. Small appliances like coffee makers and mixers are supplied. You do not have to worry about the basics. The villas have a nice "local" flavor with lots of wood and tile, and the beds are comfortable (in the master bedroom, there is a queen size, with two single beds and a bunk in the second bedroom and a double bed on the main floor). The setting is beautiful, with the jungle coming up to the villas that are set up on the hill with breathtaking views of the ocean from the main floor balcony and the upper floor balcony. We founds bananas in the jungle, and the kids drank coconut milk that they picked from the trees. There is a beach were one can relax and the ocean is warm at all times of year for swimming. One night, the family was on the upper balcony, counting shooting stars with the sounds of jungle nightlife in the background. At night, you can sleep with the windows open and the sounds and smells of the jungle coming through the screens. It does not get better than that. Jack and Kelly are wonderful. They cooked Christmas dinner for the families. Their natural warmth creates a really nice atmosphere. We met the other two families staying at the villas and this sense of small community added to the place. There are lots of day trips one can take to the different sights. However, this is the best place to call "home base". Room Tip: All the villas are identical and offer good views. See more room tips Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
- Guest Bill
- Date of stay 12/21/11
- Review Submitted 01/15/12
Peaceful getawayGuest comment entered by owner
Left on 01/09/2012 Our family enjoyed our peaceful getaway on this lovely island. Isla Pastora was a welcome change from the hustle and bustle and cold of city life in Toronto! As this was our Christmas vacation, we were lucky to have such wonderful hosts and enjoyed a tasty Christmas eve dinner at Jack and Kelly's villa surrounded by other lovely guests! I need the sangria recipe from Kelly...best sangria ever! There are many adventures available to enjoy if you wish to take day trips
- Guest Kathleen
- Date of stay 12/25/11
- Review Submitted 01/15/12
Paradise FoundGuest comment entered by owner
“paradise found” Reviewed February 28, 2011 This was not my first visit to Starfish Reef so I anxiously awaited this trip. The weather was gorgeous with the exception of 1/2 day of rain. Jack and Kelly are incredible hosts who seem to think of everything right down to the basics like rum punch and bug spray! We went with other guests to a local restaurant, snorkeled their beautiful reef, had a beach party, ate a LOT of good meals made with fresh local food. If you want to get away from it all in a tranquil environment this is the place to go. The flora and fauna (not to mention waterfall) abound. you can bird watch, check out beautiful flowers all over the property or just swim all day. I did it all with a lot more time on the beach than anything else. If you are looking for malls or disco's then maybe it's not the place for you but it brought back my sanity after a stressful few months at home in the US working. Night life is playing games with others and having a good old fashioned party. I will add beach party pictures shortly. (When someone shows me how to get them off my camera on to this site!)
- Guest Cathy
- Date of stay 02/11/11
- Review Submitted 12/10/11
3bed/3bth Villa-LOW Season $180/nt(min 3)& $1050/wk. HIGH $200/nt & $1175/wk. 2bed/2bth Villa-LOW Season $155/nt(min 3) & $900/wk, HIGH $170/nt & $975/wk. Holiday Rates 12/15-1/15 3/3 $225/nt(min 3)& $1300/wk, 2/2 $190/nt & $1100/wk. Other options are Main Floor Suite and Queen Suite-ask for rates. We also have monthly and annual rates. Any form of payment can be made thru PayPal (its easy & ask if you don't know), cash, or direct deposit to our US Chase Bank account or Banco Nacional in Panama. Discounts given for longer stays. See website for details.
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Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: Jack and I fell in love on the shores of Lake Travis in Austin, Texas and were married there in 2005. both of us were Real Estate investors looking for our next and best great adventure. Together we pursued our dream and landed on Shepherd Island in Bocas del Toro, Panama. We never had any idea we would end up multi tasking farmers growing chocolate (cacao) and other tropical fruits while creating a beautiful oasis for ourselves and others to co-habit with nature.
Why the Owner Chose Shepherd Island:
It was love at first sight for the archipelago of islands. Then, it was love again at the sight of Shepherd Island (Isla Pastor in Spanish), located within that same archipelago. We looked at many properties and kept coming back to this island where we decided on 25 acres on the leward side. In 2006, Jack and I were elated to buy beautiful lush jungle/rainforest island property surrounded by a colorful coral reef. In 2007, we began building four villas. In 2008, our first guests had come and gone and in 2009, we really enjoyed our life on this island. It is 2010 an we are busier than ever. It is beautiful here . . . a National Geographic nature experience everyday. We are here as hosts to our guests to help them learn and enjoy this incredible place as we have.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Starfish Reef, as we call it, is a small Caribbean Island Nature Retreat with eco-villas which have comfortable accomodations with orthopaedic mattresses sized for Kings and Queens. Quality linens are provided in over sized guest rooms with incredible views of the ocean, mountains, and jungle. A colorful coral reef wall skirts the lagoon. We have a beautiful private, small, and secluded manmade white sand beach from which you can enter the sand bar rimmed, family friendly, salt water swimming lagoon. Here you can put chairs in the water for a cool sunbathing experience. Lush jungle hiking trails produce ample sightings of butterflies, birds, frogs, lizards, flora, and fauna. Paddle Boat, cayucos (dugout canoes), snorkel gear, water skis are all available for use. Chocolate tours and jungle tours on site. Our own Private Tour Boat is available for custom excursions of relaxation, beachcombing, dolphin sighting, reef snorkeling, surfing, botanical gardens, fishing, diving, butterfly farms, bat caves, Zapatilla Keys, Red Frog Beach, Bocas town shopping, and a Land Rover for land tours to a model Gnobe-Bugle Indian village . . . all available and much much more . . . For larger groups, we offer Cacao to Chocolate Vacation School where groups up to 20 work on the plantation participating in the fruit harvest and following steps to creating chocolate. Also offered are Cacao to Chocolate Hiking Tours culminating with a heavenly treat made from our homegrown chocolate. Private 4 Wheel Jungle Tours for small groups available on Hibiscus, our red Kawasaki Mule. Afterward cool off on the sand bar, relax on the white sand beach, and snorkel our colorful reef. We are here to help make your Caribbean vacation as pleasant as possible.
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A Day at our Beach
Beach Night Dinner & Campfire Party with a very fun group of Argentinans or YOU
Jungle Walking Tour cacao plantation (chocolate) and other fruits and fauna
Wet weather waterfall in the back hiking area of the property
Upper Veranda Views from villas
Beach party limbo dancing-doing the crab walk
Living area of Villa Vista
Underwater beauty seen here snorkeling-purple brittle star, zoanthid, sponge
Villa Vista comfortable King Room with walk out to beautiful veranda and VIEWS!
Beach & outline of sand bar rimmed pool which has gradual slope to 5' & reef
Beautiful juvenile Eagle Ray swimming in the lagoon. They often swim close by
Cruising in one of our cayucos- still the most common form of indigenous travel
Blue star on yellow sponge in the lagoon snorkeling
A kitchen in one of our villas with modern appliances
Kids play jungle jim on ATV-used for carrying humans,luggage, groceries to villa
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