As I began planning my trip to Panama, I was determined to find accommodations that would truly make my stay unforgettable. I sought out the most unique and unusual places to stay, eager to experience something out of the ordinary and immerse myself in the country’s natural wonders. Panama’s diverse landscapes and rich culture offered a wealth of options that catered to my adventurous spirit and desire for an extraordinary travel experience.
1.Canopy Tower, Soberanía National Park: As I stepped foot into the Canopy Tower, nestled within the captivating rainforest of Soberanía National Park, I was immediately transported into a world of wonder. This unique lodging experience surpassed all my expectations. Once a radar tower, the Canopy Tower has been transformed into a cozy sanctuary that offers panoramic views of the surrounding jungle. The tower’s strategic location allows guests to observe the remarkable biodiversity that thrives in the park. Waking up to the melodious calls of toucans and monkeys was a symphony that echoed through the treetops, immersing me in the authentic sounds of the rainforest. The Canopy Tower provided not only a comfortable place to rest but also a front-row seat to nature’s captivating performances.
2.El Otro Lado, Portobelo: Located in the historic town of Portobelo, El Otro Lado is a true gem that celebrates Panama’s Afro-Caribbean heritage and natural beauty. From the moment I arrived, I was captivated by the charm and authenticity of this boutique hotel. Each villa and house at El Otro Lado is uniquely designed and adorned with exquisite artwork and decor, reflecting the vibrant cultural tapestry of the region. I felt a deep connection to Panama’s Afro-Caribbean traditions as I immersed myself in the local music, cuisine, and folklore. Exploring the nearby mangroves and indulging in activities like kayaking and snorkeling allowed me to fully appreciate the breathtaking surroundings. El Otro Lado offered a harmonious blend of relaxation, cultural immersion, and outdoor adventure that left me with lasting memories.
3.Floating Lodge, Gatun Lake: Staying at a floating lodge on Gatun Lake was an experience unlike any other. Surrounded by the serene beauty of the rainforest, I found solace in this eco-friendly accommodation. The floating platform offered comfortable lodging that seamlessly blended with the natural environment. Waking up to the tranquil views of the lake was a true gift. From the lodge, I embarked on boat tours that allowed me to explore the surrounding wildlife-rich areas. I was in awe as I spotted toucans, sloths, and vibrant tropical fish in their natural habitats. Fishing and kayaking on the calm waters of Gatun Lake provided moments of tranquility and reflection. This unique setting allowed me to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with the wonders of nature.
4.Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Gamboa: Nestled on the banks of the picturesque Chagres River, the Gamboa Rainforest Resort offers a captivating blend of luxury and natural beauty. From the moment I arrived, I was greeted by the resort’s warm hospitality and mesmerizing rainforest views. The spacious rooms and suites provided a tranquil haven with stunning vistas of the lush surroundings. Waking up to the gentle melodies of birdsong and the rustling of leaves was a soothing start to each day.
The Gamboa Rainforest Resort offers an array of activities that allow guests to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of Panama’s rainforest. I embarked on an exhilarating aerial tram ride, which took me high above the forest canopy, offering a unique perspective of the ecosystem below. The night safari was a thrilling adventure, allowing me to spot nocturnal creatures such as sloths, owls, and caimans in their natural habitat. Riverboat tours provided a serene journey along the Chagres River, where I marveled at the diverse wildlife and learned about the region’s rich biodiversity.
5.Underwater Hotel, Pearl Islands: For a truly extraordinary and unique experience, I had the opportunity to stay at an underwater hotel in the stunning Pearl Islands. Submerging myself in the vibrant marine life of the Pacific Ocean was an unparalleled adventure. The innovative design of these accommodations allowed me to sleep underwater, with large windows offering captivating views of coral reefs and an array of colorful fish.
Waking up to the ethereal glow of sunlight filtering through the water was a surreal and magical experience. I spent my days snorkeling and diving to explore the mesmerizing underwater world surrounding the hotel. Swimming alongside tropical fish and witnessing the vibrant coral reefs up close was like stepping into a living aquarium. The hotel provided guided snorkeling and diving tours, ensuring a safe and unforgettable experience in this breathtaking marine paradise.
6.Eclypse de Mar Acqua-Lodge, Bocas del Toro: Nestled in the enchanting archipelago of Bocas del Toro, the Eclypse de Mar Acqua-Lodge offered a unique blend of tranquility and adventure. I had the privilege of staying in one of their overwater bungalows, perched on stilts above the crystal-clear turquoise waters. The breathtaking views from my doorstep allowed me to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the surrounding mangroves and marine ecosystem.
Each day, I enjoyed snorkeling right from the bungalow, exploring the vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful fish and other marine life. The pristine waters invited me to take refreshing dips and kayak along the calm coastlines, discovering hidden coves and secluded beaches. The tranquil ambiance and stunning sunsets created an atmosphere of pure serenity.
The Eclypse de Mar Acqua-Lodge provided a true escape from the everyday, allowing me to disconnect from the world and immerse myself in nature’s embrace. It was a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, leaving me with unforgettable memories of the beauty and tranquility of Bocas del Toro.
From the Canopy Tower, where I woke up to the melodies of the rainforest, to El Otro Lado, where I immersed myself in the vibrant Afro-Caribbean traditions, every moment was filled with wonder and enchantment. The Floating Lodge allowed me to float peacefully on Gatun Lake, surrounded by untouched nature, while the Gamboa Rainforest Resort offered a perfect blend of luxury and immersion in the lush rainforest.
For the truly adventurous, the underwater hotel in the Pearl Islands opened my eyes to the mesmerizing world beneath the surface, where vibrant marine life thrived. And at the Eclypse de Mar Acqua-Lodge, staying in an overwater bungalow in Bocas del Toro, I found solace and tranquility amidst the crystal-clear waters and captivating mangroves.
These unique and unusual accommodations in Panama provided more than just a place to rest; they offered a gateway to unforgettable experiences, allowing me to forge deep connections with the country’s natural wonders and cultural heritage. Panama’s commitment to sustainable tourism and preservation of its ecosystems made each stay even more meaningful.