A luxury villa for a vacation in Panama can be a daunting gem to find and may mean digging up a lot of rough dirt before finding your piece of gold. There are lists of B & Bs and home rentals in Panama but taking a chance on a weeklong vacation rental in Central America may not be the best expense of time, even for the perceived savings, given the cascade of things that can go wrong. One luxury villa in Panama is a sure bet, especially for families and friends who want to spend a week in Sweet Boca bliss.
Sweet Bocas, a seven-bedroom manse over Caribbean waters off the coast of Boca del Toro province in Panama, has all the perks and none of the problems of a vacation well planned, especially if that vacation should seek to involve sun, beach, yoga, adventure and relaxation, extreme comfort and pampering, and plenty of excellent food.
Guests are not only on their own tropical island they are in their own tropical island resort. Sweet Bocas can only be booked by one group or family at a time and segments its bookings in week-long immersive vacations that allow guests to unwind, smell the coffee, pick the fish and pet the sloths.
Luxury Vacation Villa in Panama: Overwater Perfection
At this luxury vacation villa in Panama find seven bedrooms decked in Panamanian teak and dressed in local weaves, textures and stories from local villages and tribes. Water is everywhere, below and surrounding the villa, which suspends above the surf in 100 columns. A wooden bridge connects the vacation villa to the main island stage where a lake is there for swimming and floating (private pontoons float guests for a super relaxing treat – and the Sweet Bocas spa conducts massage sessions in this floating dream setting). An infinity pool built into the sea creates another design-forward way to salute the sun (salt water or fresh water by request). Two outdoor bamboo bedrooms (not part of the seven counted in the mansion layout) are also available for guests who want to sleep under the stars at night in divine comfort.
The luxury villa surrounds guests with 20,000 square feet of airy design, bedrooms that open onto the Caribbean with private decks and day beds, an entertainment area and library with more than 250 books and 1000 videos and multiple thousands of tunes and music set up on the Bang & Olufsen sound system, and plenty of sumptuous public and free flowing space to wander.
Rooms are air-conditioned, Wi-Fi is pervasive, and dining in a villa where all pampering is personalized can be sweet, indeed. Guests can handpick the produce they want prepared in the acres of organic garden spots dotting this private isle. They can even work with local fisherman to select desired gifts of the sea to be prepared by a dedicated world-class chef. Food is all too important at this resort, conceived, built and operated by a former Montreal restaurateur.
What to Do with a Week in Panama
A week long luxury vacation in Panama, however, can be filled up quickly with a menu of activities, many complimentary, that Sweet Bocas can offer …. beginning with use of the villa’s 30-foot yacht. Staff is available to take guests to top snorkel and dive spots (Bocas del Toro is a hidden secret amid divers — it offers a great diversity of aquatic life around its islands and due to calm conditions is an ideal place for experienced divers as well as those who want to learn) or around the extensive archipelago of uninhabited islands for intriguing discovery.
Guests can snorkel, SUP, canoe and kayak around the property, even enjoy a moonlight snorkel or dive. World class surfing surrounds the archipelago, where different reefs are favorites of intermediate and advanced surfers. Guests can also order up a yoga class, meditation session or massage treatment; even indulge in complimentary cooking classes. Kids can have their share of hands-on art classes, treasure hunts and nature challenges created by doting villa staff. There are bat caves to be explored, beaches buried in curious starfish to discover, and great surfing spots to waiting. The array of activities is so vast that guests have stayed over two weeks and experienced new adventures each day.
Treasures of Bocas del Toro
Bocas del Toro’s largest city is Bocas Town, a village really. It attracts guests and visitors with its quaint and walkable streets, its restaurants serving piquant soup from fresh catches, souvenir shops and clothing boutiques, and scenic people and harbor watching spots. Small shuttle boats ferry passengers among islets and attractions in an area otherwise famous mostly as the local landing spot for Christopher Columbus and his crew in 1502. Bocas del Toro is practically a stone’s throw from Limon Province in Costa Rica, connected by an old railroad bridge between Guabito in Panama and Sixaola, Costa Rica.
The province of Bocas del Toro encompasses two national parks: Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park and La Amistad International Park, both great for hiking, biking, and bird watching. Should guests need a sloth hug, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute operates a research station on Colón Island just northwest of Bocas Town, which studies the three-toed pygmy sloth found only in this region. In the right seasons turtles come to nest on the beaches of Bocas del Toro Marine Park.
Traveling to Sweet Bocas
Getting to Sweet Bocas can be a sweet part of a luxury vacation in Panama as well. Guests can arrive via commercial airline from Panama City (PTY) to Bocas del Toro International Airport (IATA: BOC, ICAO: MPBO) in 50 minutes or less. They can fly in by private plane to this airport. They can sail to Sweet Bocas by private yacht and anchor on the property. They can go the adventurous way and take a ferry from Almirante. And they can fly in directly from San Jose International Airport in Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro.
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