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You can see where the name, Vista Azul Lodge came from :)

You can see where the name, 
Vista Azul Lodge came from :) Vista Azul Lodge is a few minutes by boat to Bocas town and airport. Local fishing charters are also available Just relax and enjoy :) Dining room, kitchen, bar, nook and double ceiling high glass wall. Upstairs Living Area opens to large verandah w/views of the headland and water. Open Living Room Views to the Kitchen, Dining and Cozy Nook w/back jungle views. 5 Master Suites with private terrace & ocean views + Loft room. Sleeps 14. Cozy nook, perfect for reading, gazing or conversing. Dine with views to the jungle in one direction & ocean views in the other. Local divers paddle to the beach in front of the lodge with the daily catch. The heart of the house, the kitchen, dinning room and bar. Enjoy, snorkeling, surfing in clean crystal clear water. Enjoy the sunrise, building sand castles, beach bonfires, sun bathing, Crockett. The upper main terrace offers spectacular vistas. The mainland mountains and Volcan Baru as a back drop offers a dramatic setting.

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  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Carenero Island house description

Vista Azul Lodge on Isla Carenero in the archipelago Islands of Bocas del Toro is the ideal destination for a unique vacation experience. Located outside the hurricane zone with countless different fun activities to do around the islands. The Lodge and the Bocas islands provide a safe, healthy and thrilling vacation for everyone. Guests can discover the underwater world of the Caribbean Sea, explore the exotic wildlife, experience the adventures of island living or choose to relax on the magnificent white sandy beaches. Located just five minutes away from the main town of Bocas, guests can easily enjoy local dining with some of the freshest seafood and fruits, as well as nightlife and an endless array of daytime activities from world-class snorkeling to surfing.

The Lodge combines creativity with practicality while always taking advantage of the natural ambiance of the Caribbean. The 5,000 sq. ft. Lodge includes five master bedrooms each with a private terrace, a king-sized bed and en-suit bathroom. With the additional lofted bedroom, the Lodge can accommodate a total of 14 guests. All rooms are equipped with high-speed wireless Internet. A 42' TV to enjoy movies and the use of a local cellular phone during your stay.

In addition to the exciting local attractions and charming accommodations, the Lodge and Bocas del Toro are just a 45 minute plane ride away from Panama City. Visit one of the great wonders of the world, the Panama Canal. Guests can depart in the morning from Bocas and enjoy the canal while having lunch at the Mira Flores Locke's.

Keywords: Tropical, Caribbean, Beachfront, Waterfront, Catering available, Warm, Jungle, Surfing, Snorkeling, Diving, Fishing, Boating, Yachts, On site Caretaker, Birds, Animals, Airport, Island, Nature Park, Swim, Hike, Surf.

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome:

                Children's toys, Legos, DVD movies, crib, high chair and water toys are available to enjoy. Please arrange ahead of time....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

              Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Catering Available:

                must be prearranged, but various options for catering, cook and/or food delivery may be arranged per your needs....moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Gas Stove, electric oven, side-by-side stainless refrigerator w/ice maker. toaster, coffee maker, juicer....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Copper base pots and pans, a wok and teflon pans for various cooking....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Side by side w/ice maker....moreless

              Amenities

              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                Dock for boat access. Boat rental with captain available for hire....moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                in the private laundry room...moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                in a private laundry room....moreless

              • Air Conditioning:

                Every bedroom has an A/C...moreless

              • Linens Provided
              • Babysitter

              Other Amenities

                  • Property manager is available and there during your stay. Groceries, organic, fresh seafood, etc. available with prior arrangements. Spa treatments, massage, facials, manicures and other services available with reservations....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Stereo

                  Communications

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Available throughout the Lodge....moreless

                  • Telephone
                  • Free Long Distance
                  • Broadband Access

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Jetted Tub:

                        One master bedroom has a jetted bath tub....moreless

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Balcony:

                        5 bedrooms with private balconies....moreless

                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Location & View

                      • Beachfront:

                        Walk out the front door to swim, snorkel, surf or sunbathe. Enjoy the outdoor shower before entering the home....moreless

                      • Mountain View:

                        The distant views of the Costa Rican and Panamanian mountains are there to enjoy....moreless

                      • Oceanfront

                      Car

                          • Not Necessary

                          Activities

                          • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                          • Pier Fishing
                          • Snorkeling
                          • Whitewater Rafting
                          • Water Tubing
                          • Fly Fishing
                          • Laundromat
                          • Hospital
                          • Massage Therapist
                          • Deepsea Fishing
                          • Medical Services
                          • Swimming
                          • Kayaking
                          • Wind-Surfing
                          • Jet Skiing
                          • Surfing
                          • Sailing
                          • Cycling
                          • Hiking
                          • Basketball Court
                          • Water Skiing
                          • Fishing
                          • Snorkeling/Diving
                          • Beachcombing
                          • Museums
                          • Bird Watching
                          • Gambling Casinos
                          • Eco Tourism
                          • Restaurants
                          • Churches
                          • Botanical Garden
                          • Marina
                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Playground
                          • Paddle Boating
                          • Boating
                          • Shopping
                          • Fitness Center
                          • Groceries
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Wildlife Viewing
                          • Walking
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Shelling
                          • Antiquing

                          Other Activities

                              • Dolphin watching at Dolphin Bay, Yoga, Spa, Facials, Massage, Manicures, Pedicure, Garden Club, Smithsonian Club, Spanish Schools, Dance Lessons, Local Tours, Treasure hunting (remember the pirates were here too), visit the indigenous communities, volunteer opportunities, birdwatching,......moreless
                               

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                              • Family vacation on Carenero Island

                                Family vacation on Carenero Island

                                • Guest Diane K.
                                • Date of stay 04/12/14
                                • Review Submitted 04/21/14
                                We had 1 week of gorgeous weather and few bugs! The Lodge is lovely, comfortable and on a beautiful piece of beach, with sand bottom ocean. No rocks...Armodio made sure of that! The water front is perfect for all ages. There is plenty to do if one desires: snorkle/sailing for the day, zip lining on Bastimentos Island, scuba diving...we did it all. Also, Bibi's is conveniently located a few minutes walk away. We rented kayaks and paddle boards throughout our stay. My favorite part of the Lodge is the 2nd floor porch. We spent many evenings here after a day in the sun.

                                Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, romantic getaway.

                                Owner response: From all of us at Vista Azul Lodge we are pleased to hear you had a wonderful time in Bocas. It sounds like you enjoyed all the fun activities available in Bocas and maximized your stay. We look forward to accommodating you again in the future. Warm regards, Andrea and Peter.

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                              • Wonderful vacation.....This home is wondrful...you will be so happy

                                Wonderful vacation.....This home is wondrful...you will be so happy

                                • Guest Lisa L.
                                • Date of stay 02/14/14
                                • Review Submitted 03/03/14
                                Well what can is say...Location, Location Location.. We had the wonderful privilege of renting this home for 8 days in February 2014. The house is bigger than stated and the bedrooms are lovely. All of the rooms have their own balcony, full baths & lots of space. All of the corner rooms have wonderful views...and the beds are actually comfortable !!!!! for the cost of this house you will be so happy for what you get...it is perfect. And Peter was wonderful to work with answered all of my questions...and did not leave anything out...no surprises when we arrived....very nice. This house is bar none the best house on the island, best beach, best view and Location..you are at the end of the island so really you do not have any neighbors...now you will occasionally have people come right up to the front door...but that is only because they think it is a hotel!!!!! There will be people using the beach area...now most people respect the signs posted ...but not everyone dose...but it really is not a bother..in fact it makes for some really good people watching. Water Taxis are a dime a dozen and you can set up some really good Island tours for around $ 20.00 -30. 00 person. The islands are lovely so go & check them out...it makes for a nice day on the water. The staff was perfect, Maribel is a wonderful cook and make the best Creole sauce ever...just try to get the recipe from her !!!!!!! We opted Breakfast & dinner and were not disappointed...she was on time every day & the meals were simple but wonderful. The cleaning staff was also very punctual and keep the house very clean...making for a relaxing vacation for our whole group of 8. The only problem any of us had we the Sand Flees and No Se Me's...they are bad but keep a Deet based spray on and you will be fine.....some of the group did not have any problems & some got chewed up !!!! It just depends on you..but do not let this stop you it is only a minor issues. If you rent this home you will not be unhappy...it is wonderful and would go back in a heartbeat :) It is a little piece of heaven...and you should not miss it...kick back & enjoy the peace & beauty of the islands. So lucky we had the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful home Lisa Legris & Reed Messner Madison, WI

                                Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, girls getaway, sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.

                                Owner response: Hello Lisa and Reed, What joy to read your feedback and review. We are pleased you enjoyed our home and your vacation. We hope you were able to hike about the island for further views, especially up on the headland. A tip about the no-see-ums or Chitres, THE PICKLED PARROT has an oil which works well (in case one forgets their repellent) and it smells good too. Plus, if you are lucky, The Pickled Parrot is known for their BBQ burger and smoked pork (when available). Warmly, Andrea and Peter.

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                              • Perfection at its finest

                                Perfection at its finest

                                • Guest Blas G.
                                • Date of stay 12/09/13
                                • Review Submitted 12/20/13
                                If I was asked to describe vista azul lodge in one word it would definitely be "magnificent". The beauty of the house can not be described. When you take your first look of the house from the deck you already ask yourself if it is a dream or if you are actually going to stay in that place. Once you get into the house you keep leaving a dream, is that kind of house that you see in movies ; totally made of wood, the house is an architectural achievement. When you get to see the rooms it is hard to decide which one is the best because each one has a unique thing. Simply, the accommodations of the house and the house itself is something out of this world. Something that also makes vista azul lodge unique is that you have a beach just ten meters from the entrance. So each morning you can easily go for a swim. A funny thing is that during our stay many people came to us asking how much was the night in that "hotel"; the house is so incredible that people hardly believe it is a private property (even though there is a huge sign that says it is in fact private property). Regarding the service, vista azul lodge personnel receives from us a 10 out of 10 qualification. Ely is a great woman that is there for you for anything you need. Armodio, the house keeper, is one of the most helpful persons I have ever met; every morning he was there asking if we had any problem or if we needed something. Fabian, the boat captain, is a very responsible man that was available 24 hours of the day for us. Also the house cooker is incredible, I strongly recommend anyone going to vista azul to ask for the pescado frito with cocunut rice and patacones (everything for a very low price) To the perfection of vista azul lodge you have to add the incredible and unbelievable views, people and life of Bocas Del Toro. It is just a wonderful place with beautiful beaches, chill people and a lot of activities to do. Every one in the family will find something enjoyable in bocas Del toro. A paradise that offers everything; because in bocas you will find the beauty of nature at its finest and also a very good night life. And probably the best thing of bocas is its people, everyone is extremely friendly in bocas. Be prepare for a lot of mosquitoes, which the only "negative" thing that I can mention about vista azul; but besides that there are no complains from our 10 people group. We are looking forward to come back again to this marvelous place, without a doubt one of the greatest vacations

                                Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.

                                Owner response: On behalf of all the staff at Vista Azul Lodge we thank you very much for your kind words. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and appreciated all the hard work and thought that went into creating the home. We look forward very much to accommodating you and your family again in the near future. Warm regards from all of us at Vista Azul Lodge.

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                              • BEAUTIFUL HOUSE ON THE BEACH!

                                BEAUTIFUL HOUSE ON THE BEACH!

                                • Guest egn (Michigan)
                                • Date of stay 08/18/13
                                • Review Submitted 09/04/13
                                This is not a lodge, it is a mini beach mansion. The space is enormous with 7 large bedrooms, most with private baths (one even has a urinal and outdoor shower, AHH). The beach outside is amazing as well, you will have other visitors envying your accommodations on a regular basis. Couple things of note: Pros: Awesome beach, Impeccable staff (cook, water taxi, cleaning lady), Huge rooms, and Amazing community space for gatherings Cons: Amt of water can be an issue (it's rain water so just don't take 20 min showers), bugs on the patio can be bad (bring repellant or buy some next door at the bar) Best house in Bocas - no question!

                                Owner response: On behalf of all the Vista Azul staff thank you very much for your posting :) We added another 1,000 gal. water tank that brings the total capacity to around 8,000. We are also now connected to the town water supply which only fills the tanks in the night. But it is still Island living so kick off those shoes and enjoy :)

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                              • a slice of heaven

                                a slice of heaven

                                • Guest dr judi (los Angeles)
                                • Date of stay 03/31/13
                                • Review Submitted 04/12/13
                                Vista Azul is the kind of home you see in a magazine but rarely get to experience firsthand. From the moment the water taxi unloads you at the private dock, you feel relaxed and overwhelmed at the beauty of the home and the surrounding area. There is a gorgeous white sandy beach right outside your front door and lush green jungle just outside your back door. The bedrooms are spacious, well appointed and comfortable. The surrounding decks upstairs and downstairs are so comfortable you never really want to leave. We had to draw straws to see who would win the hanging hammock. The kitchen is fully equipped to prepare any type of meal and Bibi's restaurant is just a short walk down the beach. Bocas town is a 2 minute boat ride away. There is a wonderful grounds keeper living nearby who checks on you regularly to see if there is anything you might need. We had a fantastic trip and are already planning a return visit to Vista Azul later this year.

                                Recommended for: Families with teenagers, girls getaway, families with young children, romantic getaway, tourists without a car.

                                Owner response: On behalf of the Vista Azul Lodge staff, we are all very pleased you had a wonderful relaxing and hard working stay at the Lodge. We would also like to thank you for your very generous volunteer work with the 'floating doctors', excellent work, which the locals fully appreciate. Thank you very much and we look forward to your next visit.

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                              • Breathtaking Lodge with amazing views and location

                                Breathtaking Lodge with amazing views and location

                                • Guest DCC (Northern California)
                                • Date of stay 02/23/13
                                • Review Submitted 04/12/13
                                The VAL was a stunning vacation spot - perfect for a large group (5+) who just want to chill, swim in the sea, and take in the local culture. Bocas del Toro is not for people who are looking for upscale amenities, but rather experienced travelers who are used international wear and tear. It is surprising to me for instance, when travelers mention the sand fleas in their reviews and then hold the lodge accountable for their misery. Yes, the sand fleas are worth mentioning to warn other vacationers to take the necessary (though usually futile) precautions - but it is not VAL's fault that there are sand fleas on Isla de Carneros. The caretakers/ cooks/ housekeeper were all fantastic people who were always available to provide quality service. Our group opted for the cleaning lady to visit every other day and we took advantage of the local cooking by opting for Maribel to prepare an authentic Panamanian style meal almost every evening. These meals were the best we had in all of Bocas Del Toro and Maribel was friendly and charming. Armodio, the caretaker, was also extremely helpful and displayed a genuine concern for the well being of our group. Although his English is limited, we learned during our stay that his mother was sick, and he nevertheless remained at VAL to ensure the property was maintained and we were very grateful for his time and attention. The only negative I might mention - and again not Vista Azul's fault - the wifi was very spotty during our stay. Several persons in our group had a hard time "staying connected," but we understood that after the rainstorms, the connectivity was impacted on the island of Carneros and there was not much one could do to solve this problem other than take the short boat ride to Colon and hook in there. Finally, one update to fellow travelers: most of the information in tour books and on the internet indicate the boat rides to/ from Colon and Carneros are one dollar per person - but blame the economy - when we were there it was up to $2 pp one way.

                                Recommended for: Girls getaway, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.

                                Owner response: Thank you very much for your posting. Your words are perfect in every sense of the meaning. Very much appreciated. Warm regards.

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                              • Christmas 2012

                                Christmas 2012

                                • Guest MexEd (Mexico City, Mexico)
                                • Date of stay 12/22/12
                                • Review Submitted 03/18/13
                                Our 2 families have been taking sunny Christmas holidays together for 4 years. The household staff was able to provide a small artificial Christmas tree and some decorations as well as a piñata for the grandkids. We covered the cost of these items, and hopefully they will be used again in coming years. This was the first house we stayed in where there were not some holiday decorations. Unfortunately the cooking service was very basic, with no sample menus to choose from. Cleaning, other than sweeping the sand off the floor once a day was hit and miss. The waste baskets in the upstairs bedrooms were not emptied until the end of the week and 3 of the bedrooms had no hot water. Apparently a new hot water heater for that side of the property was pending. Neither the dishwasher nor the washing machine worked. With children, and rainy season still hanging on the washer and dryer were important. Fortunately the AC in the bedrooms worked well and the video library and supply of games are extensive. The view is beautiful but it was not possible to sit on the front porch because of the "no seems". Screens on the windows and screened in porches would be an upgrade. Even the local bug repellant and citronella candles were not sufficient to keep them at bay. The private beach and dock were filled with uninvited guests during the day. They were not daunted by the privacy signs nor the caretaker asking them to leave.

                                Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, adventure seekers.

                                Owner response: Thank you very much for your posting. We shall propose to the lady who offers her cooking services, to put together menu samples. Housekeeping service is intended, for a person to help around the house under the guests instructions. ie. some guests like to cook but not clean and some like to clean but not cook. So housekeeping is there to help where needed. Housekeeping is $35 for 'the day' not 'per hour', so future guests should not expect too much. The hot water heater has been installed as well as a new dish washer, dryer and cloths washer. Although we never have advertised a dish washer. We personally do not like screens as they reduce the quality of the views, plus the screen does not stop 'no see'ms' (hence the name) as they are so small. So at times when they do come out, we recommend closing the doors and putting on the A/C and fans. We do not advertise the beach as being 'private', there are very few beaches in the World that are private, especially if located only five minutes away from a town. As you were staying at the Lodge during Christmas the beach must have been much busier than normal. We thank you for bringing up this point to let anyone know, who is thinking of booking. We appreciate very much your words of advise. Kind regards.

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                              • Fabulous Experience

                                Fabulous Experience

                                • Guest Mango (Frazer, PA USA)
                                • Date of stay 02/01/13
                                • Review Submitted 02/19/13
                                We were a group of 4 couples and had a fantastic time at the lodge. Rather than echo all the other commenter’s praise about how gorgeous the setting is and how expansive the house is, I’ll comment on another reason why you should rent this house. It was the service provide by the Owner’s (Peter’s) staff. It’s not just that they were there to handle any and all questions, or fix problems at the drop of a hat, or help with arrangements, or grocery shop before our arrival, or clean the entire house, or cook a tasty meal, or provide diligent security, or take us to the airport at 5:55 AM with a smile, or come get us via water taxi in less time than it takes to put on your flip-flops. It was the pride the staff personally took in making sure our week was the best it could be. Each one of them. Clearly Peter sets high standards for service that were reflected in the attention to detail his lodge staff provided. I should also mention that I had a bazillion questions for Peter as our travel plans to the lodge evolved. In all cases he provided timely detailed responses that made planning our trip a pleasant experience. Two other tid-bits I should mention, one is the second floor boom-box. If you like music, it’s wonderful. Don’t attempt to move it. Leave it on the second floor where it’s at. Its acoustically perfect up there and provides a nice powerful smooth sound from the supplied iPad/iPod docking station. The other item is the stars. If you come home from Bocus del Toro at night, be sure and stick your head out the side of the water taxi roof cover. They will amaze you. The Milky Way is so thick with stars that you have trouble picking out constellations that overlap it. Or go out to the end of the Lodge’s dock. Even with the house lights the sky will amaze you (better than the big island in Hawaii, or a south Utah national park). One other item. If you see a pitcher of water in the fridge, look closely before you make coffee with it. It may be coconut water left there by the cook. If so, it makes for some rather interesting tasting Java.

                                Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.

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                              • Not as Great as Described

                                Not as Great as Described

                                • Guest Daphne (Denver, Colorado, USA)
                                • Date of stay 12/13/12
                                • Review Submitted 12/22/12
                                I have just returned from spending a week with my family at Vista Azul. My sister leased the house with the idea of a great adventure for our annual family reunion. The entire family was so excited and couldn't wait to get there. We traveled from locations all over the United States to be together here. Upon our arrival, we were informed that the dishwasher did not work nor did the washer. We were assured that the washer would be running in a day or two. It is advertised as accommodating up to 14 people but there were not enough pillows or towels for that many people. Add to that a washer that wasn't working and it was not a great situation. They did get the washer running but it is so old that we had to run the spin cycle several times to get things ready to dry. In addition, bats are a major problem and are in most of the upstairs areas. Based on the description provided, it seems like there will be someone available to get you places. We did not know there would be an additional per head charge for this service every time. This adds up quickly. We were all bitten by sand fleas and found it impossible to use the beach in front of the house because of this. We all used the insect repellent recommended but it did not seem to prevent bites but maybe lessened the severity. On a positive note, the zip lining at Red Frog was great. Overall it is truly a beautiful house but the maintenance is an issue.

                                Owner response: Hello, We apologize for any inconveniences caused by our failure to better prepare the home for your arrival. Thank you for taking the time to write your review with details so we may fully address each issue with care. After three years of only five star ratings, your three star review is a first and we look at this as an opportunity to better prepare Vista Azul for our future guests. As the Lodge is on an island one has to regulate water consumption, and as dishwashers use a lot of water and it broke we decided not to replace it. Therefor the VRBO site does not list a dishwasher. We will be sure to find a way to better communicate this for our future guests. The broken washing machine was very unfortunate timing during your time there, this may have played into the lack of towels, but, we have a new machine on order, and the additional towels, as well as pillows, are being added to prevent inconveniences for guests. Your comment regarding "someone available to get you places” and having to pay for boat tours, etc. The water taxi fees are additional, associated with labor and gas which we don’t have any control of. These are subject to each guest’s subjective needs and wishes for their personalized vacations. It was unfortunate that during your stay it rained which is when sandflies are more prominent. We were surprised to read about the bats. Living in the tropics has lovely aspects, but sometimes nature gets confused. We just dealt with the bats recently, but thanks to your letter, we have addressed this. We aim to create a home where our guests may relish their experience with wonderful memories and we take great care to ensure that these important matters be properly managed and addressed. Thank you again for taking the time to write these items down to allow us to remedy this for our guests. Warmly, Andrea and Peter Kent, Vista Azul Lodge PS..We have found out that each bed has it's 2 pillows but we are adding two more to each bed.

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                              • Beautiful Beach Get-Away

                                Beautiful Beach Get-Away

                                • Guest Erika (Kentucky, USA)
                                • Date of stay 12/26/11
                                • Review Submitted 01/21/12
                                Vista Azul Lodge is a gorgeous, spacious home with ample room for a large party. The decks on each level offer beautiful views of the water and a relaxing environment. The description of the lodge on the listing was accurate, yet exceeded our expectations. The beach is just steps away from the front of the lodge and is great for snorkeling, fishing and is especially suited for surfing. Vista Azul Lodge staff are friendly, courteous and extremely helpful. There are several restaurants walking distance from the lodge and I would recommend Bibi's for the banana pancakes for breakfast. This is a great vacation spot if you are looking to relax or fill your days with activity.

                                Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, girls getaway, families with young children, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.

                                Owner response: On behalf of the Vista Azul Lodge staff, we are all very pleased to hear you all had a wonderful stay at the Lodge. We look forward to accommodating you again :)

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                              $600 base rate p/night.  Up to 8 guests.  Mon to Thur (3 night/min)
                              $700 base rate p/night.  Up to 8 guests.  Fri to Sun  (2 night/min)
                              $3,900 weekly base rate, Up to 8 guests.
                              Each additional guest $50 per night.  Up to 14 guests total.
                              High season $10,000 & $13,000 p/week, for 14 guests (7 day min.)
                              High season period 12/21/2013 till 1/4/2014.
                              Book two weeks & receive a free all day boat trip.
                              

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                              Location

                              • Nearest Airport: Bocas Int. at 2 Miles
                              • Nearest Ferry: Bocas town at 2 Miles
                              • Nearest Motorway: On the mainland at 12 Miles
                              • Nearest Beach: In front of Lodge at 10 Metres
                              • Nearest Barpub: Pickled Parrot Restaurant at 150 Metres
                              • Nearest Restaurant: Pickled Parrot Restaurant at 150 Metres
                               

                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 1994

                              About the owner: Peter Kent, arrived in Bocas Del Toro, Panama in 1993, one of the first foreigners to settle in the area. Originally from England, he has lived in Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Costa Rica, on top of many years spent traveling the world. Throughout his life, he worked on a wide range of international construction projects, gaining experience. Peter has designed, developed and constructed numerous homes throughout the Bocas Del Toro Islands. His construction experience allows him to navigate the challenging development process of Panama, while his keen eye results in inspirational designs for each of the unique homes. Andrea Kent is originally from Northern California, but lived in Costa Rica as a teenager. Her parents own a Resort in Costa Rica, they traveled to Bocas and met Peter, became good friends and ten years later met their daughter Andrea (for the first time). Fell in love, were married and now enjoy their son Orion. The Interior Designer graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California and has since applied her unique creative talents to both commercial and residential design projects, domestically and abroad. After founding Hawking Design Group, she became a reoccurring featured designer on the Home and Garden Television Network. The Kentways homes, including Vista Azul Lodge, benefit from Andrea's ability to marry traditional Caribbean style with more contemporary design and conveniences. Not a single design element goes untouched, resulting in inspired homes, built in the islands of Bocas Del Toro.

                              Why the Owner Chose Carenero Island:
                              Peter bought the 100 acre property back in '94, 'I knew where I would eventually build my residence. I waited for my soul partner to cross my path so as to build our dream home together but the time was not yet. So I started to build, when the interior stage was upon me, I met my wife who turned out to be an interior designer'.

                              The Unique Benefits at this House:
                              The spectacular setting of the Lodge with the Caribbean sea at the doorstep and the jungle at the back door gives this property a uniqueness, plus the Lodge is just a five minute boat ride to the charming, vibrant town of Bocas. It would take six months to explore and experience the islands fully. With a multitude of local activities to keep your stay entertaining. With also access to spa treatments, a getaway for rejuvenation, away from the stress of work and home.


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                              • You can see where the name, 
Vista Azul Lodge came from :)

                                You can see where the name, Vista Azul Lodge came from :)

                              • Local fishing charters are also available

                                Local fishing charters are also available

                              • Dining room, kitchen, bar, nook and double ceiling high glass wall.

                                Dining room, kitchen, bar, nook and double ceiling high glass wall.

                              • Open Living Room Views to the Kitchen, Dining and Cozy Nook w/back jungle views.

                                Open Living Room Views to the Kitchen, Dining and Cozy Nook w/back jungle views.

                              • Cozy nook, perfect for reading, gazing or conversing.

                                Cozy nook, perfect for reading, gazing or conversing.

                              • Local divers paddle to the beach in front of the lodge with the daily catch.

                                Local divers paddle to the beach in front of the lodge with the daily catch.

                              • Enjoy, snorkeling, surfing in clean crystal clear water.

                                Enjoy, snorkeling, surfing in clean crystal clear water.

                              • The upper main terrace offers spectacular vistas.

                                The upper main terrace offers spectacular vistas.

                              • Vista Azul Lodge is a few minutes by boat to Bocas town and airport.

                                Vista Azul Lodge is a few minutes by boat to Bocas town and airport.

                              • Just relax and enjoy :)

                                Just relax and enjoy :)

                              • Upstairs Living Area opens to large verandah w/views of the headland and water.

                                Upstairs Living Area opens to large verandah w/views of the headland and water.

                              • 5 Master Suites with private terrace & ocean views + Loft room. Sleeps 14.

                                5 Master Suites with private terrace & ocean views + Loft room. Sleeps 14.

                              • Dine with views to the jungle in one direction & ocean views in the other.

                                Dine with views to the jungle in one direction & ocean views in the other.

                              • The heart of the house, the kitchen, dinning room and bar.

                                The heart of the house, the kitchen, dinning room and bar.

                              • Enjoy the sunrise, building sand castles, beach bonfires, sun bathing, Crockett.

                                Enjoy the sunrise, building sand castles, beach bonfires, sun bathing, Crockett.

                              • The mainland mountains and Volcan Baru as a back drop offers a dramatic setting.

                                The mainland mountains and Volcan Baru as a back drop offers a dramatic setting.

                              VRBO #294950

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                              5 Bedroom / 5.5 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 14

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                              California (Pacific time zone)

                              Speaks: english
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