Theme Song: “Do You Believe in Magic”, The Lovin’ Spoonful
Quiet your mind, breathe in deeply, and allow your imagination to drift as you are led on a vacation fantasy. The morning is comfortably warm with dense grey clouds. The sun peaks through and glistens on the water as you board a pristine white boat with puffy seats. The Caribbean breeze is soothing to your skin as you accelerate through the gentle waves. Vivid memories of dancing and indulging in Bocas Town the night before fade as the private island comes into view.
Your eye is drawn to an inviting white sand beach with brightly colored bean bag chairs, ornate tasseled umbrellas, and a tropical bamboo bar – hints of Bali. You notice the beach, complete with palm trees, is elevated slightly above the water on stilts like a giant sandbox.
You are welcomed at the dock with a cool washcloth and an ancient Balinese gong announcing your arrival. It feels as if you are a dignitary being welcomed to a nation except for the utter absence of stuffiness.
Your host, dressed in white linen and a gentle smile, guides you to an expansive open-air clubhouse and treats you to a refreshing island cocktail. While you take in the elegant surroundings amidst the primal jungle, your suitcases are whisked away, and the staff checks you in without your ever leaving your seat.
A rickshaw, as if a mind reader, pulls up as you finish your drink. “May I take you to your villa,” asks a tiny man with bare feet, a bald head, and a twinkle in his eye. You enter the rickshaw and are surprised at how effortlessly he pulls it. A grand winding boardwalk leads through an enchanting botanical garden with the high-pitched chirp of birds and the unforgettable fragrance of island blossoms. You proceed along the boardwalk as if floating over the ocean below, arriving at a cluster of stylish thatched-roof villas built over the water like in Fiji or Bora Bora.
You enter your villa to the sight of an expansive teak structure over the bed with intricate carving. The Balinese style, displaying an exquisite attention to detail, is enchanting. A glance toward the water reveals an inviting deck and luxurious infinity plunge pool silhouetting the crystal-clear aquamarine Caribbean.
Overwhelmed with surreal delight, you shed your cares, collapse to the bed, and ponder the possibilities as you drift off to sleep.
A Unique Experience
Our goal is to create a resort experience that is extraordinary. Following is a list of resort features and experiences that will combine to make Bocas del Toro unique to the world.
A unique experience starts with the setting. Only a few resorts in the world are located on their own private island. Our private island has 3.1 miles of Caribbean Ocean shoreline and is only fifteen minutes by boat to Bocas Town, Panama. A short kayak jaunt, directly across from our resort, brings you to a small mangrove, home to hundreds of seaside birds and surrounded by coral reefs.
Land and Sea Packages
A full week on an island might not be for everyone, but just about anyone would relish three nights in lively Bocas Town plus four nights on our private island.
Over-the-Water Villas and Restaurant
Bocas del Toro will be one of about two hundred over-the-water resorts in the entire world. Since most of these locations are virtually inaccessible, we will offer the adventurous traveler an over-the-water experience that is relatively easy to reach at a price that is about half the worldwide average.
Swiss Family Robinson enthusiasts will delight in our multilevel treehouse suites on the island. Bocas del Toro will join a handful of resorts in the world that offer luxury treehouse accommodations.
The First Sandbox-Over-Water Beach in The World
You can find multiple floating beaches in the world, but we have yet to identify a beach built on stilts over water. Our beach will likely be the first of its kind. We plan to contact the Guinness Book of World Records once the beach is built to see if we qualify.
Native Lobster Dive and Dinner
From an authentic hand-carved canoe, our guests can observe a native diver plunge into the sea and capture lobsters that will later be prepared for their dinner.
Balinese Experience in Panama
Bocas del Toro will blend the wonder of Bali with the authenticity of Panama. Our antique Balinese gong, announcing guest arrivals, will be the first of many Balinese hints throughout the resort. The most dramatic will be the hand-carved teak structures, called “tumpang saris,” over each bed in the villas. For most travelers this will be the first time they have seen a tumpang sari. Each one will have received about nine hundred hours of hand carving.
Private boats and boat captains
Bocas del Toro will offer villa guests their own boat and boat captain, available to them their entire stay.
Gardens are not unique to resorts, but we believe our two-acre tropical botanical garden in the heart of the resort will stand out as a special feature.
We Welcome Your Ideas
Making a resort that is unique to the world requires numerous viewpoints. We welcome your ideas so that we can make sure our guests have a fairy-tale resort experience.