If you are looking for a vacation that consists of relaxation in the jungle while surrounded by beautiful beaches, then Bocas del Toro you have to move to the top of your bucket list. One of the most enchanting accommodation experiences I have ever made is the stay at La Loma Lodge, a jungle & chocolate resort, on Bastimentos Island.
Here's my review at La Loma Lodge at Bocas Del Toro!
La Loma Lodge
How to get to La Loma Lodge
Bocas del Toro is one of the most remote places in Panama, so we recommend booking a long stay so you can slow down and get to know all that the islands have to offer.
You can reach Bocas del Toro by bus or plane. Check out my latest Bocas del Toro guide for more information on how to get to the islands!
Once you get to Bocas, you'll need to get a quick water taxi at Bahia Honda at Isla Bastimentos, where La Loma is located. Once you make your reservation, you will receive full details of the arrival instructions.
Read more: The ultimate travel guide Bocas del Toro
About La Loma Lodge
La Loma Lodge is extremely passionate about preserving and preserving the natural environment. They allow only a small number of visitors to stay each time to minimize damage to the surrounding area and the wildlife that calls the land at home.
The property is accessible only by boat and extends into 23 hectares of tropical forest, cocoa groves, banana and coconut trees. La Loma is also on the edge of the beautiful National Marine Park, and you are only a 5-minute boat ride from the beach.
Keep an eye out for the poplars hanging around the top trees!
There are four ranches hidden in the jungle. Although referred to as "ranch", the rancho I stayed in aesthetics more like an open tree! Each rancho has a private bathroom with hot showers, comfortable beds and furnished furniture made from local materials.
They use solar panels to provide electricity to the lights and ceiling fans. There is no A / C or TV that means you can enjoy the breeze of the jungle and the sounds of wildlife. I woke up to the sounds of birds and monkeys in the morning and I was afraid of the view from my bed!
Each rancho has a stunning outdoor design so you have a full panoramic view of the jungle and the ocean.
Even the showers have a private but open view of the jungle!
Every morning, you will wake up with hot coffee or tea in a small box just outside your door. You can start your morning nice and slow as you get in the view from your balcony as the sun rises (or shortly after sunrise if you are a slow starter like me lol).
To reach 3 of the four ranch, you will have to spend a steep 5-7 minute climb, but the views are worth it!
I have unintentionally planned a stay at La Loma while we were traveling solo on Valentine's Day and, also by accident, the rest of the ranch was recorded by other travelers! So La Loma designed a great dinner for us by completing a chocolate dessert for all three of us to share (and I still dream it!)
The menu always changes based on local recipes and foods that are in season. If you are willing to help, they love to help with harvesting the ingredients or snapping fishing.
Read more: Making organic chocolate in Bocas del Toro
Activities in La Loma
The accommodation also lets you rent traditional wooden kayaks and kayaks and organize a visit to the Bahia Honda school and community center.
- Scuba diving or diving
- Island hopping into the National Marine Park
- Jungle tours with local guide
- Surfing and rental of tools
- Daily sailing trip with catamaran
- Daily fishing trips
- Browse tours
- Cave Tours Bat
Read more: Diving in Bocas del Toro
Tips for large groups
If you want to travel with a large group of friends or family, you can rent the entire shelter. With beds for 13+ people, plenty of hammocks and a large dining room, there is plenty of room for everyone.
The accommodation will also offer you a boat guide, daily breakfast and dinner as well as cleanliness.
Read more: The first 48 hours: Bocas del Toro
La Loma Lodge is a remote escape that is ideal for a digital detox in the paradise. With stunning family-run service, incredible views and endless activities, it's an ideal secluded escape to the Bocas del Toro Islands!
Accommodation: Boutique, complete diet, wildlife
Location: Bocas del Toro