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Ask About Special Seasonal Offers, Caribbean Paradise Beachfront Lodge w/Views

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms with a Loft 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

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.

More Details

Owner
Peter and Andrea Kent
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About Peter and Andrea Kent

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.

Peter and Andrea Kent purchased this house in 1994

Why Peter and Andrea Kent chose Central America

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'.

What makes this house unique

The spectacular setting of the creative 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow, this is a beautiful place! I feel refreshed, inspired and awake. Each morning I awake to the sun beaming over the water into our room calling me to my morning yoga. We are staying in the upstairs master suite w/the outdoor shower and jacuzzi tub, thus the outside deck is spacious enough for me to do my stretches and meditate. I keep getting distracted by the views! I went for a walk up to the headland and now understand why they call it Bocas Del Toro (mouth of the Bull). Beneath the headland point is a small cave like are carved by the waves which is the "mouth" roaring with each pounding surf (or at least that's what I think). Today I will continue my journey around Carenero to the other side of the island and do the whole loop through town.



Last night we enjoyed dinner at the Bocas Bamboo Beach Club in town. It was so pleasant to sit outside and watch the people walk by while sipping a South American wine. Tonight we head to El Picado (the sin). We heard it is a Thai fusion type place with great Sangria. We also were told to go enjoy the BBQ burgers at the Pickled Parrot down the beach from the house. Friday is the Marina. I don't want to step on a scale.



Thank you Andrea and Peter for providing our perfect vacation get-away!
Mar 2010
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Map

Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Bocas Int.
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Pickled Parrot Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Bocas town
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
On the mainland
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Pickled Parrot Restaurant
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
In front of Lodge
Car: not necessary

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, Diving, Fishing, Surf, Scuba Dive, Swim, Body Surf, Dining, Local Cultural Events, Native Cultures, Floating Doctors, Sunbathing, Crabbing, Lobster, Tropical Wonders, Bird Island, Marinas,...

Amenities

Panama House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , jetted tub , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet
  • 6.5
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king
    Loft - 2 double
  • 6 King size beds, 2 Double Beds in the loft bedroom to share as a family Suite. Baby Crib (1) Please reserve ahead of time.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Property manager is available during your stay. On-site caretaker who keeps the grounds clean and keeps an eye on security. Groceries, organic, fresh seafood, etc. available with prior arrangements. Spa treatments, massage, facials, manicures and other outside sourced services also available.

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5

One of the Best

  • 5 of 5

This was by far one of the best vacations I've ever had. The house was amazing, the staff was super helpful, and Peter was delightful in answering all my questions leading up to the trip. This is truly a unique location that provides creature comforts immersed in a beautiful natural environment. Can't imagine a better place to stay in Bocas and hope to go back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you James for your kind words. Delighted you all enjoyed your stay at Vista Azul Lodge. We look forward to accommodating you again in the future. Warm regards Andrea and Peter.
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Menomonee Falls
5

#islagonnabeagoodtime

  • 5 of 5

Thank you, Peter, Ely, Armo­dio, and Choi for eve­rything!

We rented out Vista Azul Lodge for our destination wedding. Peter agreed to let us perform the ceremony outside on the beach and it couldn't have been better. Armodio's help and experie­nce was great and our wedding day was ab­solutely perfect! Ev­en the torrential do­wn pour at the end of the night made for humorous memories! The property was in great condition, the beach was beautiful and clean, and the regular team of individuals who were available to us for any and every situation was invaluable. If I ever come back to Bocas with a large group again, I know exactly where I'm going to be staying!!

One side note, however, be prepared for sand flies! Completely out of the control of any homeowner/property manager, but it is a reality that one must come prepared for. They were only bad at dusk and night outside.

Peter was a great host and was always available for any questions prior to our arrival. Ely was our go-to for any questions regarding the property or the town. Armodio is a great, caring, funny, and hardworking man who is at your doorstep when you need any help at the house. Choi and his sons were extremely reliable and prompt water transportation.

We appreciate the constant help and service from everyone involved with Vista Azul Lodge that made our dream wedding vacation a reality.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: CONGRATULATIONS !! Mr & Mrs... get used to it :) Wonderful that your wedding went smooth and everyone did their part in making it "the perfect day". We too had our wedding on the beach in front of Vista Azul some 13 years ago. Look forward to seeing the photos when ready. Have a fabulous life together. Warm regards from the whole team.
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Houston, Tx
5

Awesome Week!

  • 5 of 5

Vista Azul has views from a post card. Unbelievable and breathtaking, the clear Caribbean waters, open ocean, and the nearby islands make every view spectacular. You walk out of the house onto a gorgeous beach with calm waters. The house has air conditioned bedrooms for comfort and sea breezes to keep comfortable in the living areas of the house. The staff is great and can prepare some really great local cuisine. Easy to get to Bocas Town via water taxi or just walk down the beach to a couple local restaurants. Huge glass windows on the back of the house allow birders and nature lovers to take in a little jungle view with sloths and a variety of birds from the comforts of the house. All the staff from the airport and back to the airport and everything in between are courteous and friendly. We will return! Thanks Peter and Andrea and all your great staff!!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mr. Kaldis, Thank you very much for your posting. What comes to mind is quite simply... "Ditto" ! Our sentiments too. Look forward to accommodating you and your party again in October. Saludos, Andrea and Peter.
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5

Best residence for large groups on Carenero Island! Step off front steps to the sea!

  • 5 of 5

The Kent's home on Caranero Island is far and away the largest, most comfortable for large families and groups. Located right on the water on the island's windward side, you wake up every day with ocean waves in front of you and sleep to ocean sounds at night. Within sight, you will see surfers learning how to ride waves. The house is equipped to prepare meals or, better yet, have the staff coordinate cooked meals for you! Within a short walk, there is a lovely seafood restaurant, Bibis. Just be careful not to run into a land crab at night (they're terrified of people)! The Kent's local staff is highly accommodative and ably coordinated any boat travel, services (e.g., in-house massages and excursions) or housekeeping we required. We echo some comments other guests had warned regarding eager locals who walk close to the house, infringing a bit on privacy especially during the afternoon hours. But once we grew accustomed to our surroundings after Day 2, we were convinced of how fortune were were to be guests of one of the nicest accommodations in Bocas del Toro. Thank you to the Kents and staff for a wonderful booking experience and vacation stay, as well as your responsiveness whenever we had questions!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased to hear the staff took good care of you and that you all had a wonderful time at the lodge. Yes, the land crabs are a humorous aspect when walking home after dinner at either the Pickled Parrot or Bibi's restaurant, but they are totally harmless :) Thank you for your posting. Warm regards from all the Vista Azul staff.
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5

Great house in an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

Peter was very responsive during the booking process.

Arriving in this house is a true experience. It is located in an idyllic location, the house is huge and decorated with style. Every room is spacious, the bathrooms are clean and comfortable,.... Ely, the house manager came to pick us up at the airport and escorted us to the house.

We booked 2 people to help us with cleaning and cooking. This is really a great recommendation. It allows you to have a more relaxed stay and also experience local cuisine and cooking. From the island, we were able to explore Bocas every day as we pleased : we booked a local boat (Choy is our favorite!) and explored the islands in Bocas, we visited a great cave, went to the town,....

As for potential improvements :

- We did not have hot water in 1 side of the house for a couple of days. Not a disaster, but some people do appreciate a nice hot shower

- We were there in a holiday week. We were hoping for more privacy. You have quite some tourists walking by and chilling on the beach during the day and during the days it got very crowded with locals who literally trashed the beach. Piles of trash were left behind on the beach and cans and bottles were floating in the ocean when we woke up. Really sad. But I think that on regular weeks, this is less of an issue.

- There were a lot of bugs, so take plenty of insect repellent and coils if you want to enjoy the deck outside.

But all in all a great experience and a place I would definitely recommend for larger groups.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your birthday stay at Vista Azul Lodge. The housekeeping ladies had fun preparing the decorations for your celebration too. The 16th of November is Bocas Day, similar to the U.S version of 4th of July's Independence Day, when many head to the province for holiday and celebrate the forming of the province of Bocas del Toro. It's become a very busy and special day for Bocatorenos. I would like to take this opportunity to inform future potential guests that Mr. Anonymous and I covered many varied aspects via 94 emails (back and forth), to be sure to answer all his questions prior to his trip. We make a lot of effort to communicate prior to guests arrival in Bocas Del Toro and our home. On behalf of all the Vista Azul staff we thank you very much for your business :)
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5

PARADISE!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We have been fortunate to travel and see many places, but Vista Azul beats most. The house is spectacular, the architecture wonderful, very nice layout, each room and bathroom very good. All kinds of details present: interesting books to read, movies, amount of towels, beach chairs, etc. The truth is that we had exceeded expectations through the pictures we had seen.

Do not forget to try the food Martha!

Armodio thank you very much for your concern to every detail and make us feel always safe.

The best person to do the rides is CHOY. You should ask for it, always with the best intentions, very gentleman.

Very important!!! as Vista Azul is located on the beach and in the woods, mosquitoes are something to consider. Bring a lot of repellent

While there are always details that enhance (washer never worked, some air conditioners in poor condition, cleanliness was not the best), the place, the house, climate, etc. They managed to be the best holiday we have had as a family.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your experience at Vista Azul Lodge and for sharing the lovely photograph of your whole family on the upper deck chilling with afternoon cocktails :) Now the season is over, we will be doing a "deep cleaning" before the next season starts along with some new appliances, A/C's and new wine glasses, that always seem to define "the celebration has started" upon crashing to the floor :) We look forward to accommodating you all again in the near future. Warm regards from the whole Vista Azul staff.
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates;
Weekly Rate
Base; $3,900 up to 8 guests, additional guest $425
Daily Rate;
Mon-Thur $700 up to 8 guests, additional guest $65
Fri-Sun $800 up to 8, additional guest $65
Christmas 20-27 Dec $9,000; New Years 27 Dec-3 Jan $12,000. Both 1 week min. up to 14 guests.

We request 50% of the total at the time of booking to block-out your dates and the balance is due 60 days prior to your arrival date at Vista Azul Lodge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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