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Oceanfront Villa on Contadora - Internet, Satellite and a Safe

Christopher Thompson

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Christopher Thompson

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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Oceanfront Villa on Contadora - Internet, Satellite and a Safe

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Pearl Islands Villa Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 7

Perched overlooking Playa Galeon (Isla Contadora's best beach), is a group of 27 villas, which include all the comforts and conveniences of 21st-century living.

The Villas at Contadora are located on the north side of the island, within easy walking distance from the airport, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.

This villa is a delightful 2 bedroom style condo within the complex, and is situated right next to the pool. This unit sleeps up to 7 (up to 4 adults and 3 children).

This unit comes with its own private 1050 gallon water system, which ensures you will not run out of water during your stay (Contadora has a very unreliable island water supply, that is often down.)

Villa 24 has a safe on the premises that allows for peace of mind when spending many hours at the beach each day, as it is comforting to know that your passports and valuables are secure. The Villa also has direct high speed Internet that provides both a strong wireless signal as well as a direct ethernet connection.

Unique Benefits: The island is small enough that everything is within walking distance, although the most common mode of transport is a golf cart. Everybody seems to know everybody that's regular, but only a few tourists seem to come here. A great place to come and escape. The Shah of Iran came here after the revolution.

Having a place on Contadora Island has provided me the perfect place to spend quality time with my 3 young children in an ultra safe environment. Contadora is a Pacific hideaway of Panama's wealthy. The peace and tranquility of the island allows me to relax and unwind. The beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear water amount to a tropical paradise.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Christopher Thompson (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2015

About Christopher Thompson

Having a place on Contadora Island has provided me the perfect place to spend quality time with my 3 young children in an ultra safe environment. Contadora is a Pacific hideaway of Panama's wealthy. The peace and tranquility of the island allows me to relax and unwind. The beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear water amount to a tropical paradise.

Christopher Thompson purchased this villa in 2002

Why Christopher Thompson chose Pearl Islands

Only 15 minutes by air from Panama City and into a world of it's own. Villa 24 is 100 yards from the airport. It is so convenient to just hop off the plane and walk a few yards and I'm home. There are some great quality seafood restaurants on the island, providing scrumptious meals at affordable prices. There are all kinds of water sports, boating, diving, snorkeling etc available.

What makes this villa unique

Villa 24 has a safe on the premises that allows for peace of mind when spending many hours at the beach each day, as it is comforting to know that your passports and valuables are secure. The Villa also has direct high speed Internet that provides both a strong wireless signal as well as a direct ethernet connection.

This unit comes with its own private 1050 gallon water system, which ensures you will not run out of water during your stay (Contadora has a very unreliable island water supply, that is often down)

Why HomeAway

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.9
based on 21 traveler reviews

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Oceanfront Villa on Contadora - Internet, Satellite and a Safe
average rating of 4.857143 based on 21 reviews
4

Nice getaway

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in this Villa the last week in February 2015. Our goal was to snorkel and we did but we just happened to be there when the 40-day Humboldt current arrived so the water was sometimes colder and cloudier than normal. However, most days we could swim and enjoy the beach. The Villa was just like the pictures and the caretaker arranged the turn-around on Saturday between the prior renters who couldn't get the ferry until 3:30, and us arriving in the morning by plane. It worked out fine. We walked to the beaches each day and only rented a cart from the caretaker for one day to see the entire island and to go to dinner at Tortuga one evening. Driving home in the dark with the little headlamp on the golf cart was quite the adventure. The Villa is exactly 100 steps from the beach but there are landings and walkways in between so it's not difficult. We are 68 and 70 years old and we did fine. The plus side is the breeze from the ocean swoops up to the deck of this villa creating the most wonderful cooling affect on warm afternoons. We thoroughly enjoyed the deck in the mornings and afternoons but got chased inside by mosquitos about 5:30 each night. Tip: If anyone in your group is sensitive to bites, bring along mosquito repellent which you'll only need when you go out to dinner or you want to stand on the deck at night and stare at the stars. The wi-fi worked fine once we figured it out. The water on the island is not drinkable including in the villa. We made the mistake of buying a large flat of bottles - very expensive. We should have bought water in gallon jugs and bought just four bottles to refill. Both the information center and the dive shop (right next door to each other) will explain the best snorkeling spots. The folks at the dive shop were very helpful and we took one snorkel trip with them to the outer islands. The island went through a crazy building phase and now has some abandoned hotels and resorts. It's kind of sad walking past them to get to the good snorkeling spots. While we were there the filter and pump in the pool was broken. We never went in. We saw people go in the murky pool but it looked too icky for us. We did, however, really appreciate the outdoor shower next to the pool to clean off all the beach sand. Favorite Restaurant = Rincon but Gerald's was good and very handy. We advise you bring your own bar soap or body wash, and a small container of laundry soap. Dish soap is provided.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I always strive to provide guests with a 5/5 amazing experience. The ocean water temperature on Contadora varies from 75 degrees in January - 85 degrees by July. The Villa complex does have a pool which has been in excellent working operation for many years. Unfortunately from time to time things do break and getting things repaired on Contadora can often take a few days
5

Best getaway you'll ever have!

  • 5 of 5

I Love this Place!! This was my third time going to Contadora the Crown Jewel in my opinion of Panama, and also my third time staying at this perfect Villa which is in a perfect location with awesome views of the sea.

If your looking to get away from it all in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The house is awesome, very clean and meticulously maintained by an on-sight by a local native who will see to your every need. The owner is very conscientious and sees to it that his guest are always happy.

Contadora is a small place so if you looking for a party night life type scene this isn't for you. But, if you're looking to simply relax and enjoy the fantastic beaches and friendly environment and people this is the place for you. I would highly recommend this as a great vacation experience and the accommodations are perfect, complete with great wi-fi and cable TV should you choose to waste time watching a movie on the flat screen.

There are a few great restaurants but if you choose to eat in like I often do there are plenty of food and beverage options at the 3 local markets to cook in the kitchen or on the barbaque, although you will pay a it more than back in Panama City. If you're thinking about Panama and trying to pick a great place, well you've found it!! :-))

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Panama Pacifico, Panama
5

Wonderful Villa, Beautiful Beach!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 days and 3 nights in this villa on Contadora. It sits on the best beach on the island and is 20 ft from the pool. The home was in wonderful condition and fit the description perfectly. The home owner went out of his way to accommodate us and even gave us several referrals for activities while on the island.

They even provided a crib for our younger child.

We will definitely come back to this Villa, multiple times!!

Thanks Chris!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Pennsylvania USA
5

Perfect location, excellent service, great host - highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

Chris was nothing less than the perfect contact and attentive owner, and it all got better from there. We utilized his friend Edris for a personal tour of Panama city (she was professional, yet personal and became such a hit with our 5 YO). In Contadora, Hose picked us up from the plane promptly and gave us the run-down of what to do and where to do it - he also provided a basked of freshly picked mangos.

The location is ideal ... close to the pool so the kids can swim w/in ear-shot and eyesight (the pool area is beautiful), but a short walk down to the beach and a few steps to the "town" (for lack of a better word - it's the main area on the island).

The Villa has everything you need; the air keeps you cool at night, the satellite TV is nice to keep in touch w/what's happening at home, the views are spectacular from the well finished decks (2), bathrooms on both levels, washer/dryer, fully furnished kitchen AND (bonus) a short walk out the back door and your actually on the back side of the island with a massive, beautiful beach - there's not a better place to be on this island.

In the States, we have a $10,000/week rental house so we have some empathy for the owner & understand the difficulty and struggles involved in upkeep and rental issues especially when the house isn't w/in driving distance. Tenants spend good money for a little time away and just want everything to be perfect ... we wish we would could satisfy our clientele as Chris was able to do for us.

We hope we took care of this beautiful Villa as though it were our own, knowing that when we do, the price can remain low for all the others seeking to use it - we're all partners of sorts in trying to find a new place to visit at a reasonable price ... the less maintenance the owner has to preform the better the deal for the next vacation-renter: YOU!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Wonderful villa

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Christopher, what a wonderful stay. Jose was super helpful and so kind. Your villa is very comfortable and what wonderful beaches on the island.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Columbia Falls, Montana, USA
5

Quiet, Friendly, and Exquisite!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in Villa 21 and enjoyed the best vacation we've ever had. From the moment we boarded the high-speed ferry to the island, we knew we were in for a great time. The staff was friendly and exceptionally helpful. We had overloaded on goodies for the condo, but they helped us load & unload it all quickly & effortlessly.

We had looked at satellite pictures of the island, website reviews, and taken the excellent advice from the owners before we arrived, but these didn't dim the initial beauty when we motored into the bay and unloaded onto the water taxi.

The condo at the villa was in really great shape; clean, well maintained, and very convenient to the main activity centers of the island. The grounds were very well-kept, and the entire time we stayed, they kept a steady vigil. We had a short wait to get into the villa because the ferry arrives a little earlier than the staff could have it cleaned for us. They let us drop our bags at the villa until it was ready. The beach was beckoning and before we knew it we were moved in & ready to go island exploring.

Walking all over the island is relatively quick & easy. Paved streets & obvious gravel paths with a steady up & down of the hills of the island gets the blood flowing and in the dry season heat, we were ready for an umbrella drink at one of the various resort bars. A little spendy for casual afternoons, but perfect for a stroll around the island. We took the Coral Divers snorkeling tour of the closer islands one morning and then just rented snorkeling gear and tried a different beach each day. The waters are warm & inviting, the crowds nonexistent, and the atmosphere relaxing and stimulating simultaneously!!

Between cooking for ourselves in the fully stocked condo kitchen we tried 3 resturants; Geralds, Romantica, and the Rincon Hot Plate. All served about the same dishes, fresh caught fish & seafood, but our favorite was the Ricon. They set up a tabletop grill, an excellent ceviche', & platters with all the spices & dips you can imagine. You cook your choices at the table as you chat & drink with friends. Sharing the flavors, different sauces, & combinations brings back the festivity of dining!

This island is not for the full-service-resort-minded traveler. These people are friendly, self-sufficient types that expect the same from you. We thoroughly enjoyed interacting with most of them.

If you like to indulge in the local culture, you will LOVE this little slice of heaven in the Pacific.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
200 Metres
Contadora
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Gerald's Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
50 Metres
There are 2 ferry services
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Gerald's Restaurant
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Playa Galleon
Car: not necessary

Only 15 minutes by air from Panama City and into a world of it's own. Villa is 100 yards from the airport. It is so convenient to just hop off the plane and walk a few yards and I'm home. There are some great quality seafood restaurants on the island, providing scrumptious meals at affordable prices. There are all kinds of water sports, boating, diving, snorkeling etc available.

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Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Pearl Islands Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Low Season
May 5 2015 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$150
$750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Years
Dec 26 - Jan 2
7 night minimum stay
$2,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$250
From
$300
Fri,Sat
$1,250
$3,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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Amenities

Pearl Islands Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Floor Shower/Toilet/Wash Basin -
    Upstairs Bedrooms - Shower/Toilet/Wash Basin -
  • There is both an upstairs toilet/shower and wash basin, and a main floor toilet/shower and wash basin
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single , 2 twin beds +1 twin bed mattress
    Living Room - foldout couch - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size - fold out couch - sleeps 2
    Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , The queen size bed sleeps 2 + 1 in a crib if necessary
    Extra bedding - Air mattresses are available in special circumstances.
  • Master Bedroom has a queen size bed and sleeps 2. The Master bedroom can alo accomodate a baby's crib that could sleep 1 infant.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Contadora is where many of Panama's wealthy families have additional homes they like to come to and visit when they just want to relax and get a way from the stress of the city. As a result it is a place by design that is intended to be quiet and laid back. There is great whale watching that can be seen from August to end of October.

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