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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Taboga Island villa description
5 Bedroom 6 bathroom luxury villa in Isla Taboga Panama.
Isla Taboga, a charming island, is only 12 kilometres from Panama city and easily accessible by daily ferry boats. The island has an interesting history ranging from early pirates such as Henry Morgan using the island to well known artist such as Paul Gauguin.
Nestled in the warm tropical waters of the Bay of Panama and within an hour’s boat ride from bustling Panama City is a small island with a rich and colorful history and a humble little town.
When you come to Panama, escape Panama City for a day, or longer. Come to Isla Taboga where there are no cars, no consumer price tags, no push and shove, just peace and 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 large villa and guest rooms comprising of 5 bedrooms Listed bellow. All very private and offering flexible accommodation
The Pool room
Double doors lead to the main bedroom on the pool floor with 2 bathrooms. large open plan kitchen, and wonderful reception/dining room giving on to the main terrace and pool. BBQ terrace leads off the main living room.
This lovely “mini’villa” is on one level it provides the pool, with overstuffed banquetes and seating , perfect place for sunbathing, cooling off in pool, and cocktails at night (or day) Picturesque views of Taboga and the sea side. it has full large kitchen, living room with tall glass and iron doors opening onto the pool. a serene , peaceful bedroom suite, queen bed and two bathrooms (his and hers).
There is a “Pavilion” type BBQ , off the living room also with a large terrace and banquets -very comfortable for entertaining and cooking with BBQ, while chatting around the seating area.
The Sea Room
This charming sea blue, and white striped backdrop, provides queen bed, bathroom, spacious closet kitchenette for preparing coffee and mini fridge. TV with Sky, AC, Fan , large terrace with dining table and spectacular sea view again. both guest rooms on this level share the large terrace also with over sized Luschen’s sofa and chairs.
The Garden Room
This garden suite has murals (hand painted by my artist from New York, she also has been published many times in Architectural Digest Magazine) and is amidst much foliage from garden all the same conveniences as sea room which it shares a terrace with. .
Detached Guest rooms
Featured in Architectural Digest – La Choza guest house is detached from the main villa and offers self contained accommodation consisting of, 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, large sea view terraces with sitting and dining areas.
There a two large terraces offering seating for many with banquet and dining tables, have lovely sea views overlooking the Bahia de Panama, village of Taboga, and with Panama City’s skyline in the distance. Each bedroom has a comfortable queen bed, One of the rooms befits from a TV with sky movies and news. and there is air conditioners in all rooms, and fans. The Living room has a single daybed, can be used for the child.
You can eat inside at the large breakfast table our on the beautiful terrace, covered with a pergola full of lovely vines. below is a fountain and gardens and a garage
- 3200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Car Available
- Private Chef
- Pets Considered:
- Smoking Allowed:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Senior Adults Only Community
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 5-11
Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Pantry Items
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- Visit our website www.villacaprichosa.com
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Ocean View
- Mountain View
- Car Not Necessary
- Mountain Biking
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Pier Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Whale Watching
- Paddle Boating
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
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Paradise in Panama
Paradise in Panama
From the moment you step up to the Villa to the moment you leave, it is just pure relaxation. The Villa is designed with such taste and a real chic feel it truly sets it apart from anything I have rented before. Diane the owner is so warm and welcoming and you can tell she knows how to set up a home, I don’t there was a single thing not well thought out in the Villa. The home is arranges over different levels so everyone has their privacy, the is terraces for each level and plenty of outdoor space. The rooms are beautifully designed and a great size with high quality beds and bedding, large amount of closet space, the Pool suite has a large living room and kitchen, the other suites have their own small kitchen area. We went as a group and villa is designed in such a way that we felt we could be together when we wanted or very separate and private. This is a must go to if you visit Panama.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 09/28/13
- Review Submitted 10/03/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car.
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|My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 1 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $200
- Pet Fee: $25
- Property Damage Protection: $49
- Tax Rate 10%
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- Nearest Airport: Panama City at 20 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Taboga at 250 Metres
- Nearest Beach: Taboga at 250 Metres
- Nearest Barpub: Hotel Vereda Tropical at 100 Metres
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.”
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