We are a family of 4, with 2 grown up "kids" and while searching for " the perfect getaway" for a week we came across Casa Del Mar. and perfect it was.
Casa Del Mar is not on the main island, but a 20 minute boat-ride away in Dolphin Bay. Once you leave the chaotic town of Bocas behind, you slowly drift away into the serene silence of Dolphin Bay. Casa Del Mar is only accessible by boat which adds up to the eco-experience.
Location: where the ocean surf pounds most other locations, Casa Del Mar is surrounded by tranquility and serenity. Perfect view and sunrise, a coral reef (including starfish and colourful other species) surrounding the house, crystal clear calm waters make it perfect for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking or SUP.
It just never gets boring.
Behind the house you have nice rainforest trails to wander if you have seen enough water ;)
Although the location is isolated, giving optimum privacy, you should not feel locked up, because Erika and Jose are always available to get you anywhere by boat. Groceries, excursions or a visit to the fish-taco restaurant across the bay (highly recommended).
House: Wow, where to start? beautiful high quality finishings, tastefully decorated. The open floor plan gives a very spacious feeling.
The Patio/deck (covered) provides for 100% relaxation with hammocks, chairs, dining-table, etc. If it weren't for the beautiful inside you could spend your whole vacation out there.
The bedrooms upstairs are very nice, and share a large and beautiful bathroom. The downstairs bedroom is smaller, and so is it's bathroom, but again, very nicely done!
The kitchen is very well equipped, with more than we have at home, including things we didn't know existed.
For relaxation, everything is there. SUP's, kayaks, snorkel-equipment, binoculars, games, fishing rod, BBQ, washer/dryer, beach towels etc.
You almost forget you are in a 100% eco-villa ;)
Service: If you stay 5 or more nights, extra cleaning is included. a local cellphone is provided that also gets you to erika and Jose (caretakers) to help you with anything or take you anywhere (at a cost), but trip to/from the villa from Bocas town is included. Upon arrival the house was very clean and nicely decorated with fresh flowers and all amenities were there.
To end:The simplicity of island life passes by every day, when indians in dugout canoes float by on their way to school or work, or offer you freshly caught lobster.