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Architectural Digest Featured Home and Guest Suites

Bedrooms 7
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Luxury Villa and Guest House

7 Bedroom 8 Bathroom Luxury Villa on Isla Taboga, Panama

Isla Taboga is a charming island only 12 kilometers from Panama City, also known as the “Island of the Flowers”. The island has a rich history, discovered in the 16th century by Spanish explorer, Vasco Núñez de Balboa.

Nestled in the warm tropical waters of the Bay of Panama, Isla Taboga is less than an hour’s boat ride from bustling Panama City, and easily accessible by daily ferry service from Amador Causeway.

When you come to Panama, escape the city for some R&R at Villa Caprichosa. Come to Isla Taboga where there are few cars, no consumer price tags, and no push and shove… just peace & quiet and a place to call home. It’s the Island of Flowers, an island of perennial blossoms, humble people, and a very special paradise.

Villa Caprichosa offers a large villa comprising of 5 bedrooms in total. All rooms are very private and we offer flexible accommodation for different group sizes. See descriptions below, and feel free to contact us for more information.

The Pool Suite ($300 - 375/night)

Truly the gem of the entire villa, the Pool Suite provides guests with the entire pool floor to themselves. The gorgeous pool has an incredible view with a cozy surrounding lounge area. There’s a full kitchen and a spacious living/dining room. Double doors lead to the main bedroom on the pool floor with 2 bathrooms. The perfect place for sunbathing, cooling off in pool, reading and relaxing, cooking, and having cocktails. Picturesque views of Taboga town and the ocean. Bedroom suite has one comfortable queen bed with fan and air conditioning.

There is also an outdoor pavilion area off of the living room with a large grill perfect for a BBQ. The Pool Suite is very comfortable for entertaining while hanging around the indoor or outdoor seating area.

The Sea Suite ($150 - 225/night)

This room has a charming sea blue and white striped backdrop, provides a comfortable queen bed, private bathroom, spacious closet kitchenette for preparing coffee and mini fridge, TV w/ Sky Cable, air conditioning, fan, and large terrace with dining table and incredible view of the ocean. Both guest rooms on this level share the large terrace with over sized Luschen’s sofa and chairs (each room is very private). Incredible ocean view from the spacious terrace.

The Garden Suite ($150 - 225/night)

This lovely garden room has murals hand painted by my artist from New York, who has been published many times in Architectural Digest Magazine. Like the Sea Room, this room provides a comfortable queen bed, private bathroom, spacious closet kitchenette for preparing coffee and mini fridge, TV w/ Sky Cable, air conditioning, fan, and large terrace with dining table and incredible view of the ocean. The room is amidst lush foliage from garden with all the same conveniences as Sea Room Suite with which it shares a large terrace (each room is very private)

La Choza Private Guest House ($250 - 350/night)

Featured in Architectural Digest – La Choza guest house is detached from the main villa and offers self contained accommodations consisting of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large kitchen, living room, large sea view terraces with sitting and dining areas.

There a two large terraces offering comfortable couches with banquet and dining tables overlooking a lovely sea view, the village of Taboga, and Panama City’s skyline in the distance on a clear day. Each bedroom has a comfortable queen bed, one of the rooms has a TV with Sky, and there is air conditioning and fans in both rooms. The living room has a single daybed for additional guest if needed, ideal for child.

You can eat inside at the large breakfast table in the spacious full kitchen, or outside on the beautiful terrace covered with a pergola full of lovely vines. Below the terrace is a lovely garden with the soothing sound of the fountain.

Studio ($100-130/night)

Beautiful ocean view studio with own balcony, overlooking the ocean, offers a kitchenette, En-Suite Bathroom Full Size bed, flatscreen TV.

Superior Studio ($120-$170/night)

Sleep Studio comfortably accommodates 4 people, featuring private terrace, kitchenette, en suite bathroom and balcony.

More Details

Villa Caprichosa
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 3, 2017

About Villa Caprichosa

Diane Burn, an internationally renowned designer has been featured in AD and numerous books for her design work in Rome, Porto Ercole, Paris, San Francisco, New York and many other locations. She has now created this magical, peaceful island retreat just 30 minutes from the hectic, busy metropolis of Panama City.

For anyone looking to imbue a home with the feel of 18th-century Europe, Diane Burn is the answer. Her interiors evoke “romance ” and “fantasy,” she says, and she achieves her Old World look through the use of painted niches, boiserie, marble and wood flooring, elaborate wall coverings and Louis XVI furnishings.

“What inspires me most is 18th-century France and ancient Egyptian architecture and artifacts,” she says. “ More recently, I have become fascinated with Moroccan and West Indian influences as well as textiles and handmade accessories from Latin America.” Now based in Panama, Burn finds her iPad to be an invaluable tool in communicating with her wide-ranging clients. “The ability to instantly e-mail photographs from my international buying trips is my main change in technology since starting out as a designer,” she says. Burn has just completed designing a boutique hotel on Isla Taboga.

Diane Burn AD TOP 100 Designers.

Villa Caprichosa purchased this villa in 2013

Why Villa Caprichosa chose Panama

The first international nomad to visit Isla Taboga, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, the European discoverer of the Pacific, arrived on the island in 1513. Designer Diane Burn arrived nearly a half-millennium later, traveling to the lovely but small mountainous island 12 miles south of Panama City, in the Bay of Panama, to see an artist friend. Visiting from New York, she also wanted to survey the country’s real estate boom, an environment, Burn recalls, “brimming with opportunities—like in the days of the Gold Rush.”

She was enchanted by the seductively sleepy and picturesque town of San Pedro, with its main square boasting a charming Spanish colonial church founded in 1524 and its sweeping views across the bay to the capital city. Nothing, however, turned out to be for sale except an unprepossessing little shack planted on a disproportionately fine piece of hillside property overlooking the town. Not at all surprisingly, Burn bought it. Her stated motivation behind the colorful international life she leads as a designer is her passion for discovering “a basic ruin in great need of renovation which could be restored to become something magical.”

With a determination rivaling that of Francisco Pizzaro, who paused on Isla Taboga before setting out to conquer Peru, Burn set out to transform the shack (la choza in Spanish) into the now wildly romantic and sophisticated villa Casa la Choza.

The first of many unpredictable steps was the rental of a town house in the historic Casco Viejo district of Panama City to serve as Burn’s design studio and the staging center for the renovation. As nothing even distantly related to interior design is available on the island of Taboga, the studio also conveniently housed furnishings, accessories, textiles, architectural details and antique woodwork—all of which would play their roles in the creation of Casa la Choza.

What makes this villa unique

A Louis XVI baldachin found in France and two 18th-century polychrome carved wood angels from Rouen, textiles discovered in the village market of Porto Ercole on the Italian coast (where Burn had a villa), more textiles and wood masks from Guatemala, tile panels from Nove outside Venice, tables from India and 19th-century architectural elements from local deconstruction sites in Casco Viejo were massed into formation, awaiting their journey to Isla Taboga.

“I’ve led a nomadic life and take my antiques with me,” says the designer, who has lived in and restored homes everywhere from San Francisco to Rome, Paris, New York and South Florida and who is as likely to be spotted shopping in the market of Chichicastenango in Guatemala or on West Palm Beach’s Dixie Highway Antique Row as on the quai Voltaire, the Via Margutta or Portobello Road.

The missing ingredient was a Tabogan partner in building who could understand non-Spanish-speaking Diane Burn’s “only means of communication,” she explains, “which was with sign language and my own little sketches.” Miraculously, she says, “I found a marvelously gifted local craftsman-builder—Armando Lopez. There’s nothing he can’t do single-handedly.

“Even then,” Burn relates, “it was an amazingly challenging process adapting every idea to suit the Panamanian climate, importing everything by ferry-boat, using unfamiliar materials and new-to-me stronger colors suited to the tropics, as well as exploring the extraordinary possibilities offered by the ethnic cultures of Central America.”

Burn’s mastery of the painted finish gives the almost wholly new structure a timelessness that fits its location and the eclectic mélange of periods and cultures found in its décor.

The distressed finishes that Burn applied to the new ceiling fans were so convincing that the local electrician took one look at their meticulously faux-rusted blades and suggested that “the señora might want to paint the old fans before I hang them.”

Guestbook comments from the owner

I've gone to Villa Caprichosa several times with my partner. We love it there! Diane is an amazing host, person and worldwide known interior designer. The house is just so beautifully chic, you feel like you are in the Mediterranean, with an outdoor movie screen, infinity pool, dinning and sitting areas, and a wonderful view of all the ships waiting to go through the Panama Canal. And even though you have to take your own food she will give you several options to do this. We always choose to just have the chef included. The service is always good, daily maid service. And Diane is always available for any questions one might have. I love this place and can't wait to go back again

Stayed April 2014
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Taboga Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Villa Caprichosa – The Garden Room - 1 queen , The room has coffeemaker, microwave, refrigerator
    Villa Caprichosa – The Blue Room - 1 queen , Room comes with coffeemaker, microwave, refrigerator
    Villa Caprichosa – The Pool Suite - 1 queen , Suite has two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen
    La Choza - Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , La Choza has fully equipped kitchen, 2 terraces
    Sleep Studio - 4 twin/ single , Room has coffeemaker, microwave, refrigerator, balcon
    La Choza – Master Bedroom - 1 queen , La Choza has fully equipped kitchen, 2 terraces
    Studio - 1 double , Room has mircrowave, coffeemaker, refrigerator, balcon
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
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average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Viva Panama!

  • 5 of 5

Diane's keen eye for detail, high, accessible style and comfort is evident in every nook and cranny of Villa Caprichosa! We are a multi-generational family of three "seniors," two adults and two children under the ages of 10 and the accommodations met each of all our needs. For a little extra, Virginia arranged for meal preparation for us and every meal was outstanding. The island itself is small and inviting, the main attraction being the beaches. The house itself has a lovely pool so if your ambition is to be in water you do not have to leave the house to do so. There is reliable ferry transportation to and from mainland Panama; do however, take care to understand the strictly adhered to schedule. Diane is a wealth of information both on the island and Panama City, specifically Casco Viejo. We would absolutely return here.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington DC, USA

Best vacation to date

  • 5 of 5

I booked the villa for my girlfriend's birthday. Didn't really know what to expect from an island with only a 800 person inhabitance. As soon as we landed at the airport in Panama City, the hostess’ attention to detail and patron satisfaction was evident. My girlfriend and I were greeted by a taxi driver (arranged by the hostess). We traveled about 20-30 minutes to the Balboa Yacht Club where we were greeted by the boat driver. The boat was a little expensive, (note: it was Good Friday in an extremely traditional Christian and Catholic nation; thus it was our fault). The hostess was still able to accommodate us on a holiday when all other conveyances were closed for business. The boat ride to the island took about 40 minutes. Once we got to the island we were greeted at the dock by the hostess. We were taken up to the Villa where... We felt like royalty [the place looks just like the picture]. We quickly fit into the mold and felt right at home. The hostess jumped through hoops and more hoops to ensure we felt like we were at home; as opposed to being in a cold hotel. Anything we wanted, she was on her phone to make it happen; if possible. I could not think of a better trip, and we travel a whole lot! This however, is not the island to come to if you are looking for the club experience. If you and a couple friends just want to waste away in a whole other culture and be infused by the crabs (edible) that greet you in the streets, or the roosters and the chicken running all around the island... Just plain luxury and relaxation... THIS IS IT! It is by far, the most beautiful place on the island and the hostess really makes you feel as if you are royalty. But don't take my word for it; you have to see it to believe it.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely group of people, i thoroughly enjoyed them as guests and I feel very pleased to hear that they had a great stay. I look forward to seeing you again. Diane
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Sandwich, MA, USA

Paradise - A Mere 12 Miles South of Panama City

  • 5 of 5

We spent three heavenly days and nights in the Sea Suite overlooking the beautiful Pacific! This villa is amazing! It far exceeded our expectations! The views are stunning! Diane is a charming, warm, and delightful hostess! Diane's mastermind, vision, skill, and artistry for creating Villa Caprichosa is thoughtfully captured in all aspects of this incredible manse. We were in awe of her accomplishment. A must for travellers to Panama who seek solitude, peace and sheer beauty. Thank you, Diane!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Tuscany experience in Taboga Island

  • 5 of 5

Great villa, great view and architecture !

Close to Panama, Taboga is nice island, except for the public beach that needs some cleaning. Overall, ous stay was great, especially given the fact we stayed at this gorgeous villa. Diane was a great guest and we appreciated being picked up at the dock upon arrival.


  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle and Panama City

Out of this world!

  • 5 of 5

I had the privilege of staying in the one-bedroom "pool level" room at Villa Caprichosa and it was a magnificent getaway. The villa is situated high on a hill and offers views of the island village and it's bay, as well as the skyline of Panama City, a mere 30 minute boat ride away. Diane is a fabulous host, and she has designed one of the most gorgeous properties I have seen in all of Panama! The accommodations are meticulous, luxurious and comfortable - I never wanted to leave!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Panama City
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Hotel Vereda Tropical , Playa Onda
Nearest Ferry
250 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Playa Honda , Hotel Vereda, Mundi, Calaloo
Nearest Beach
250 Metres
Car: not necessary

There is the 2nd oldest church in the Western hemisphere in the village, several 'bird watching spots, several paths and a hike up to a huge cross on the mountain. A select few restaurants, and beach with umbrellas and chairs and kayaks for rent.

CHECK IN IS 3:PM CHECK OUT is NOON but one can leave luggage in storage and we will deliver it to boat if one leaves later than noon!

Please keep in mind that our villa is located on an island.

The Taboga Express Ferry (507-6234-8989)brings you in 30 minutes from Panama City to Taboga(30 minute ride at 6234-8989)

The Taboga Express leaves Panama City for the Balboa Yacht Club, which will accessed from the Amador Causeway. Coming from Panama City you have to turn right before the Figali Convention Center. It the same direction as Firday’s restaurant. The ticketbooth is next to Balboa Yacht Club Restaurants. If you come direct from the airport please allow between 2.5 and 3 hours getting to the ferry terminal. This includes the time getting through immigrations, the taxi ride etc. We advice to make a ticket reservation (round trip) for the Taboga Express ahead of time at

Depart Balboa Yacht Club Depart Taboga:

8:00am 8:45am

9:30am 10:15am

11:00am 2:30pm

3:00pm 4pm

4.30pm 5pm


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $500

Please contact us for additional details regarding pricing and rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund