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The Ultimate Beach House (Casa Sol Y La Luna)

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This is an eco-friendly house. We have a rainwater catchment system and solar panels that provide 12 volt electricity with an inverter for 110 volt electricity. There are fans in all the bedrooms and the sitting area. There is a water filter as well so no need to buy bottled water. Often you will see monkeys, sloths and hummingbirds around the property. We cover the cost of cleaning services one time per week. We can arrange excursions to the Indian Village of Salt Creek, Bastimentos National Park, Dolphin Bay (where you will see lots of dolphins!), Snorkeling, Fishing, Hiking, etc.

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More Details

Owner
Sunanda Mehra
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, Hindi
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
August 24, 2017

About Sunanda Mehra

We are and Indian and Belgian couple who have 2 children aged 8 and 9. One of us owns and Indian restaurant called OM cafe in Bocas town and the other is the manager and chef at the Al Natural resort just a 3 minute walk from the house. You can book a dinner anytime you don't feel like cooking and the food is amazing!

Sunanda Mehra purchased this house in 2004

Why Sunanda Mehra chose Bastimentos Island

This is our personal home for most of the year but we go away on vacation annually and thought it would be a good idea to share our beautiful home with others to enjoy.

What makes this house unique

This place is so tranquil and beautiful. You sleep with the sound of the waves and wake with the singing of the birds. It´s great for bird lovers and beach lovers. It´s a wonderful place for kids. Our kids love it!!! There is virtually nobody around and it´s away from everything. It will be an unforgettable experience and will make you appreciate nature the way we do living there.

Amenities

Bastimento House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , With lovely terrace overlooking the sea.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , An additional single mattress can be provided.
  • Lovely open air bedrooms. Master bedroom has its own bathroom. The other bedrooms share a bathroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
We have a wonderful deck in the back to enjoy the jungle out back and a deck in the front of the house to enjoy the seaview. Also, we have a very nice deck over the water with deck chairs to soak in the sun or just lounge around.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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The Ultimate Beach House (Casa Sol Y La Luna)
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews
Cobourg, Ontario
5

Stunning property & wonderfully welcoming owners!

  • 5 of 5

Our time at Casa Sol Y La Luna was incredible. From the owner, Sunanda meeting us at the airport in Boca and taking us grocery shopping the evening we arrived to the hugs we got from her when we left we always felt welcome and that our needs were important to her.

The house: OMG the photos do not do the property justice. We arrived after dark so our first impression was of the home. It is lovely. the rooms are a good size and there are 2 bathrooms (one in the master).

Fans are in each bed so there was no worry of being too hot at night. Beds were also very comfortable as were the pillows (I often travel with my own pillow as I'm very particular).

When we woke our first morning we were speechless. Just a volley of "OMG" and "wow" from us all. The view is stunning, the beach is beautiful, the locals are friendly, the coconuts are delicious and the water is warm.

We saw a sloth, several monkeys and tons of birds. The peacefulness was wonderful. Even our kids (13 and 11 yo) did not want to leave.

We recommend this property whole heartedly and would return in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing House - Beautiful Natural Setting - Wonderful Owners

  • 5 of 5

We have traveled to Bocas several times and are infatuated with Old Point. While it is a bit of a boat ride from town (which we consider a positive) it is a world of its own, with beautiful beaches, water and many natural attractions. The house is really amazing with an open breezy floor plan, full kitchen and direct beach access. The English speaking owners pick you up at the airport and give you time for shopping before heading out to the house. We enjoy cooking, so we bought a bunch of supplies and cooked many of our own meals. There are also several excellent options a short walk down the beach - Al Natural has excellent food and a wonderful staff. Casa Cayuco is another dining/drinking option, but it was closed for vacation while we were there. We didn't get a chance to check out the Zapatilla keys, but they are supposed to be ideal for diving and snorkeling. We will do that next time for sure! We did walk along the many miles of lush beaches in the area - which is pretty much all we need on vacation. If you are looking for more seclusion than town - and nice beaches, this house is a great option (note that beaches are public in Panama so the occasional person walks by). Also, the owners are fabulous and honest. We booked through VRBO and everything went 100% perfect!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wow!

  • 5 of 5

We spent six weeks in Costa Rica and Panama with our two young children, and the week that we spent here was our favorite. It is an incredibly beautiful and peaceful location. While the house is open, we had the least trouble with bugs here than we did anywhere else on our trip. I can't explain it, but it is true.

The beautiful, glass-like water, perfect for swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling. There is a lovely fishing village with great, fresh bread just a stroll away.

I would highly-recommend this location to anyone looking to get away, relax and enjoy nature.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Canada
5

Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5

I can only agree with the other positive reviews on this sight. I have traveled extensively, and the Casa Sol Y La Luna is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places I have ever stayed. The house itself is beautiful with reliable hot water and 12V electricity and the location provides a feeling of seclusion while being an easy walk to the nearby resorts in case you don't want to make all of your own meals (the food at Al Natural was excellent and is a fair value considering the location and the fact that wine is included). While the "cons" listed in the previous review are mostly accurate, the type of traveler you are will determine if these facts are actually "cons" at all. If you want constant 110V electricity and the absence of all insects, then you should know better than to stay on Bestimentos in the first place - perhaps the Trump hotel in Panama City would be a better fit! The house was spotless, and is in an excellent state of repair. Sunanda and Vincent could not have been more helpful and approachable hosts. We stayed for only four nights and wished we could have stayed longer. Be warned: after staying here you may find future beach accommodations pale in comparison, and your memories of falling asleep and waking up only to the sound of the waves and the jungle will make want to return again and again! Thank you so much Sunanda and Vincent, for memories of a fabulous family vacation that will last a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Nice, but....

  • 4 of 5

As an introduction: We stayed as a family of three for two weeks during April.

First, let’s repeat the pluses: It is in general a very nice house, adjacent to a small beach, embedded in tropical rainforest nature. The sea is very calm, suitable also for small children. The owner Vincent is a very nice guy who is very responsive to all kinds of requests . Al Natural Resort is very close by and offers a fine dinner (US$ 35 pp incl. wine). Also, their kayaking and snorkeling equipment was free to use. The showers are hot and have good water pressure.

Now lets come to some minuses:

- privacy: It is not that “there is virtually nobody around”. Al Natural Resort is two minutes to the left and Hotel Casa Cayuco two minutes to the right. This leads to many tourists and locals alike to pass by the house. The four meter wide beach in front of the house is the only pathway. And they all can look into kitchen and living room.

- electricity: As described, the property is running on solar with a battery (as all of the houses on that beach). However, the result for the house is different than with the other houses: It seemed to us that the owners invested less in electricity than others. 110 V was only usable for us during daytimes, since the power was not sufficient during nighttime.

- Fans: The house has only one ceiling fan – mounted in the living room. It was usable for us only during daytime. In the master bedroom there is only a very small fan running on 12 V.

- Cleanliness: We had the feeling that the cleaning of the house had not been done in a way that is needed in such conditions. Rust, mildew (basically in all the books in the house), ants and other bugs and other things give you an impression that the house is not perfectly being looked after. Especially the fridge is really worrying (full of rust and other things).

- Bats: At night you see bats flying into and out of the house. The remains of one or more bats could be found each night on the refrigerator. This was extremely gross – and we heard that bats are not really known as the healthiest animals to human beings.

- Bugs: This house is not (and cannot be) a bug free house. It is full of ants, cockroaches, geckoes, spiders etc.

In summary, we had a nice time in the house. We just feel that some more investment of the owners might be needed (especially given the high rental price) and wanted to make other people aware of some things that are not mentioned here.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Best kept secret

  • 5 of 5

This place is addictive! Spending a week at this house and in Bastimentos Island really changed our lives!. It just made us appreciate it much more!

Sunanda was great answering all our questions and very friendly and so patience after meeting us at the airport and taking us to do some shopping.

Pictures don't do any justice. The house is beautiful and super comfortable and the view is un-be-lie-va-ble. We never thought it could be that perfect!. We felt like home since our arrival. We cannot explain the joy we had at arrival and the sadness we felt leaving that place.

There is a well equipment kitchen, very comfortable sofa and hammocks to have the best naps!, a perfect shaded porch with barbecue, three very comfortable bedrooms with fans to keep you cool looking at the ocean and two great open tiled bathrooms! I am not a bug person but this was not an issue at all!

The island is amazing in every sense. You can go for walks along the beach, visit Salt Creek village, or take a boat and see other islands or do some activities. But we loved to do nothing! It was just perfect for us…to clear our minds, to spend some quality time with great friends, to just be.

There is a resort called “all natural” five minutes walking from the house and it was the perfect complement. The food :you can have a three course delightful dinner + wine for US$ 35.00 and it is worth it. Vincent, the chef, is great in the kitchen and a great person to talk to as well! All the staff is fantastic…specially Martin and Nicole! They are very funny and great hosts. They can also organize different excursions for you if wanted and the diving with Nicole is a must!.

We will be back...very soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Car: not necessary

There is a Padi Certified Dive Centre at the Al Natural Resort next door which provides courses for diving certification or for doing fun dives.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Transfer fee $27.72

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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