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7 Bedroom 8 Bathroom Luxury Villa on Isla Taboga, Panama
Isla Taboga is a charming island only 12 kilometers from Panama City, also known as the “Island of the Flowers”. The island has a rich history, discovered in the 16th century by Spanish explorer, Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
Nestled in the warm tropical waters of the Bay of Panama, Isla Taboga is less than an hour’s boat ride from bustling Panama City, and easily accessible by daily ferry service from Amador Causeway.
When you come to Panama, escape the city for some R&R at Villa Caprichosa. Come to Isla Taboga where there are few cars, no consumer price tags, and no push and shove… just peace & quiet and a place to call home. It’s the Island of Flowers, an island of perennial blossoms, humble people, and a very special paradise.
Villa Caprichosa offers a large villa comprising of 5 bedrooms in total. All rooms are very private and we offer flexible accommodation for different group sizes. See descriptions below, and feel free to contact us for more information.
The Pool Suite ($300 - 375/night)
Truly the gem of the entire villa, the Pool Suite provides guests with the entire pool floor to themselves. The gorgeous pool has an incredible view with a cozy surrounding lounge area. There’s a full kitchen and a spacious living/dining room. Double doors lead to the main bedroom on the pool floor with 2 bathrooms. The perfect place for sunbathing, cooling off in pool, reading and relaxing, cooking, and having cocktails. Picturesque views of Taboga town and the ocean. Bedroom suite has one comfortable queen bed with fan and air conditioning.
There is also an outdoor pavilion area off of the living room with a large grill perfect for a BBQ. The Pool Suite is very comfortable for entertaining while hanging around the indoor or outdoor seating area.
The Sea Suite ($150 - 200/night)
This room has a charming sea blue and white striped backdrop, provides a comfortable queen bed, private bathroom, spacious closet kitchenette for preparing coffee and mini fridge, TV w/ Sky Cable, air conditioning, fan, and large terrace with dining table and incredible view of the ocean. Both guest rooms on this level share the large terrace with over sized Luschen’s sofa and chairs (each room is very private). Incredible ocean view from the spacious terrace.
The Garden Suite ($150 - 200/night)
This lovely garden room has murals hand painted by my artist from New York, who has been published many times in Architectural Digest Magazine. Like the Sea Room, this room provides a comfortable queen bed, private bathroom, spacious closet kitchenette for preparing coffee and mini fridge, TV w/ Sky Cable, air conditioning, fan, and large terrace with dining table and incredible view of the ocean. The room is amidst lush foliage from garden with all the same conveniences as Sea Room Suite with which it shares a large terrace (each room is very private)
La Choza Private Guest House ($250 - 300/night)
Featured in Architectural Digest – La Choza guest house is detached from the main villa and offers self contained accommodations consisting of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large kitchen, living room, large sea view terraces with sitting and dining areas.
There a two large terraces offering comfortable couches with banquet and dining tables overlooking a lovely sea view, the village of Taboga, and Panama City’s skyline in the distance on a clear day. Each bedroom has a comfortable queen bed, one of the rooms has a TV with Sky, and there is air conditioning and fans in both rooms. The living room has a single daybed for additional guest if needed, ideal for child.
You can eat inside at the large breakfast table in the spacious full kitchen, or outside on the beautiful terrace covered with a pergola full of lovely vines. Below the terrace is a lovely garden with the soothing sound of the fountain.
Beautiful ocean view studio with own balcony, overlooking the ocean, offers a kitchenette, En-Suite Bathroom Full Size bed, flatscreen TV.
Superior Studio ($125-$175/night)
Sleep Studio comfortably accommodates 4 people, featuring private terrace, kitchenette, en suite bathroom and balcony.
Entire Villa Jan 28 - Jan 1, 2015 2 night min stay
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There is the 2nd oldest church in the Western hemisphere in the village, several 'bird watching spots, several paths and a hike up to a huge cross on the mountain. A select few restaurants, and beach with umbrellas and chairs and kayaks for rent. Also soon to open is a zip line on the island.
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: Diane Burn, an internationally renowned designer has been featured in AD and numerous books for her design work in Rome, Porto Ercole, Paris, San Francisco, New York and many other locations. She has now created this magical, peaceful island retreat just 30 minutes from the hectic, busy metropolis of Panama City.
For anyone looking to imbue a home with the feel of 18th-century Europe, Diane Burn is the answer. Her interiors evoke “romance ” and “fantasy,” she says, and she achieves her Old World look through the use of painted nishes, boiserie, marble and wood ooring, elaborate wallcoverings and Louis XVI furnishings.
“What inspires me most is 18th-century France and ancient Egyptian architecture and artifacts,” she says. “ More recently, I have become fascinated with Moroccan and West Indian inuences as well as textiles and handmade accessories from Latin America.” Now based in Panama, Burn finds her BlackBerry to be an invaluable tool in communicating with her wide-ranging clients. “The ability to instantly e-mail photographs from my international buying trips is my main change in technology since starting out as a designer,” she says. Burn has just completed designing a boutique hotel on Isla Taboga and a hotel in Panama City.
Diane Burn AD TOP 100 Designers.
Why the Owner Chose Taboga Island: The first international nomad to visit Isla Taboga, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, the European discoverer of the Pacific, arrived on the island in 1513. Designer Diane Burn arrived nearly a half-millennium later, traveling to the lovely but small mountainous island 12 miles south of Panama City, in the Bay of Panama, to see an artist friend. Visiting from New York, she also wanted to survey the country’s real estate boom, an environment, Burn recalls, “brimming with opportunities—like in the days of the Gold Rush.”
She was enchanted by the seductively sleepy and picturesque town of San Pedro, with its main square boasting a charming Spanish colonial church founded in 1524 and its sweeping views across the bay to the capital city. Nothing, however, turned out to be for sale except an unprepossessing little shack planted on a disproportionately fine piece of hillside property overlooking the town. Not at all surprisingly, Burn bought it. Her stated motivation behind the colorful international life she leads as a designer is her passion for discovering “a basic ruin in great need of renovation which could be restored to become something magical.”
With a determination rivaling that of Francisco Pizzaro, who paused on Isla Taboga before setting out to conquer Peru, Burn set out to transform the shack (la choza in Spanish) into the now wildly romantic and sophisticated villa Casa la Choza.
The first of many unpredictable steps was the rental of a town house in the historic Casco Viejo district of Panama City to serve as Burn’s design studio and the staging center for the renovation. As nothing even distantly related to interior design is available on the island of Taboga, the studio also conveniently housed furnishings, accessories, textiles, architectural details and antique woodwork—all of which would play their roles in the creation of Casa la Choza.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: A Louis XVI baldachin found in France and two 18th-century polychrome carved wood angels from Rouen, textiles discovered in the village market of Porto Ercole on the Italian coast (where Burn had a villa), more textiles and wood masks from Guatemala, tile panels from Nove outside Venice, tables from India and 19th-century architectural elements from local deconstruction sites in Casco Viejo were massed into formation, awaiting their journey to Isla Taboga.
“I’ve led a nomadic life and take my antiques with me,” says the designer, who has lived in and restored homes everywhere from San Francisco to Rome, Paris, New York and South Florida and who is as likely to be spotted shopping in the market of Chichicastenango in Guatemala or on West Palm Beach’s Dixie Highway Antique Row as on the quai Voltaire, the Via Margutta or Portobello Road.
The missing ingredient was a Tabogan partner in building who could understand non-Spanish-speaking Diane Burn’s “only means of communication,” she explains, “which was with sign language and my own little sketches.” Miraculously, she says, “I found a marvelously gifted local craftsman-builder—Armando Lopez. There’s nothing he can’t do single-handedly.
“Even then,” Burn relates, “it was an amazingly challenging process adapting every idea to suit the Panamanian climate, importing everything by ferry-boat, using unfamiliar materials and new-to-me stronger colors suited to the tropics, as well as exploring the extraordinary possibilities offered by the ethnic cultures of Central America.”
Burn’s mastery of the painted finish gives the almost wholly new structure a timelessness that fits its location and the eclectic mélange of periods and cultures found in its décor.
The distressed finishes that Burn applied to the new ceiling fans were so convincing that the local electrician took one look at their meticulously faux-rusted blades and suggested that “the señora might want to paint the old fans before I hang them.”