You’ll love my place because La Residencia Natural is a brand new wooden three-unit beachfront villa located on the secluded beach of Punta Vieja, a remote safe swimming beach in the island of Bastimentos, across the Zapatillas Cays of the Bastimentos National Marine Park.
The loft-like one bedroom apartment is equipped, in the loft space facing the water, with one King size beds, a sitting area and a well equipped kitchen with a full size stove and electrical fridge and, next to the open space, a separate bedroom with two single beds (which can make another matrimonial bed) and a complete bathroom with hot and cold water. The loft space opens to a private terrace overlooking a wide white sand beach and the inviting waters of the lagoon. All with design wooden furniture.The rate includes water, electricity and WIFI (excellent for e-mail, (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) communication and web browsing, not recommended for movie streaming or heavy uploads or downloads). Complementary use of sit-on kayaks, pick-up at Bocas airport, the boat transfer, at fixed times, from Bocas town to La Residencia Natural in Bastimentos island and the return to Bocas town at the end of the stay are all included in the rate . At your arrival, we will take you around town to facilitate the buying of the grocery and all you need to get before your departure to the islands. The boat transfer from the Al Natural Landing in Bocas town to La Residencia is a very scenic 45 minutes boat rides though the waters of the Bastimentos Marine park. When our nearby hotel Al Natural Resort is opened, you are welcome to join boat transfers already planned between the nearby hotel Al Natural Resort and the town of Bocas for a nominal fee of $10.00 p.p. both ways. When available, a private boat trip to the town of Bocas del Toro is $50.00 (both ways). Please note that cleaning of the apartment during the stay is not included. Service of a maid, cook, and/or babysitter are easily available at affordable rate. Massage service is also offered. If you need laundry, we will take them to town to a laundry facility. Please bring your own biodegradable shampoo and conditioner, we provide biodegradable dishwhasher soap.
La Residencia is conveniently located at a walking distance from the Al Natural Resort, our boutique eco resort located on the same beach. The resort is at less than 8 minutes walk from La Residencia and there will be the possibility of having a boat taking you back to the Residencia at night if you were coming to dine at the resort for instance.
You can enjoy all the tours offered by the resort, which will take you to the best snorkel spots in the archipelago (Zapatillas islands, corral Keys, and other secret spots). Also, there is the large idyllic white sand beach of Zapatillas islands that is very attractive. Long beach, in the national park of Bastimentos island is also accessible either by boat (when the sea allowed it) or by trekking. Al Natural organizes various trekking along the beaches of Bastimentos. The hotel organize fishing tour and also boat tours through several mangrove rivers with a visit to the Indian villages of Salt Creeks, to Dolphin Bay, to Red Frog Beach or to Bastimentos town, which is at a short walk distance of First Beach. Please note that now Al Natural is also offering diving tours and certifications at the Zapatillas Dive Club. Al Natural is the best spot to offer the most exclusive dives in the whole archipelago; please contact me if you are interested. Detailed and current arte can be found in the wed site of Al Natural Resort at the TOURS and ZAPATILLAS' DIVE CLUB pages.
The day you do not want to cook, you can also join the table of Al Natural Resort for dinner. Please reserve your presence at least half a day in advance. The cost of a dinner is $35.00 per person, including a cocktail and a three course delicious meal. Dinners are served family style and at fixed hour (8:00 PM for dinner with dinner time starting at 7:00PM). This is a great occasion to try our kitchen and meet great people. There is another place located on the same beach which offer also restaurant services.
If interested, Al Natural Resort offers also special honeymoon or anniversary night dinner. It includes a special five courses gourmet diner served in the most romantic setting: the bohio built at the end of our dock. You eat there in complete intimacy with candle lights, facing the sunset; the dinner is accompanied by tropical aperitif, champagne, white and red wines. Except special requests, you will have the opportunity to try many dishes made of the best local fresh seafood and fishes. Previous clients have been very pleased with this service. The price for this special romantic evening is an additional $140.00 for the couple. Please indicate to me if you are interested.
Please note that during in June and July the Al Natural Resort is close and that during the low season (from May to November), the hotel might not be open everyday and that some of those services described above will not be available. However, all has been taking care off and at the Villa you will have your own guardian/concierge, Mr. Demetrio Becker, who will be using one of our nice boat and can take you to any tours you want or back to Bocas for more shopping if you need too, and arrange for you kayaks or what ever you need. A trip to Bocas is $50.00 back and forth (45' each way). Rates of the tours can be found at the page TOURS of our web site: www.(URL HIDDEN) You will benefit from a 10% discount out off these published rates as it will be best if you can bring your own drinks and snack for the tour. Also we have available for you right there a lady who can help you to clean or cook if you wanted to (the wife of Demetrio). The cost is a mere $4.00 per hour. Shall you wanted to dine out, there is another hotel down the beach with a clubhouse where you can have drinks or eat.
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La Residencia Natural offers a very unique balance between privacy living and having access to all the services offered by a well established eco-resort. Please note that from June and July the resort is closed; as indicated above the villa is still open, there is a guardia/concierge close by to help you around.
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The schedule of the boat transfers between Bocas town and the villa to arrive to the villa and to return to town at the end of the stay is as fellows: In order to limit our carbon footprint, please note that we are trying to do only one trip per day between Bocas and Bastimentos Island. We have only one boat leaving Bocas between 11:00 and 12:00 every day. Most people do opt for the Air Panama morning flight that takes you to Bocas at 7:30 am (or at a later time, but before noon), which is perfect as it gives you enough time to shop. We organize the pick-up at the airport and will take you to the Al Natural Landing in Bocas town where you can leave your luggage and will indicate to you a place where you can have breakfast and do the shopping. Shall you choose an afternoon plane arrival, or if you miss our morning boat, just indicate us your arrival time to us and we will set an extra boat transfer for you; we charge for an afternoon boat transfer a low extra cost of $50.00 for the trip. Our afternoon boat leaves Bocas between 4:00 and 4:30 PM.
On your departing day from Al Natural, we try to have only one boat leaving our beach in Bastimentos any time between 7:00 and 9:30 am, depending on the guests schedule requirement. Please book the intermediary Air Panama Flight that leaves around midday. If there si no other option that booking the 7:30 or 8:30 AM Air Panama morning flight, we will take you in time to Bocas to catch that flight, please note that you need to leave the hotel by 5:30 or 6:30 am and that this transfer carry an extra cost of $50.00 for the boat.
Should you choose to leave the villa in the afternoon, please note that the check-out time of the apartment is no later than 11:00 am if the apartment is rented the day you leave and that the next guests are arriving in the morning. For your convenience, there is a place where you can leave belongings, change clothe and take a shower at the villa.
During June and July and when the hotel Al natural Resort is not open, we are more flexible as you will be the only one using the boat and we will schedule the arrival and departure boat at the time that fits you best at no extra cost.
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I live in Bocas since 1997 and have built the Al Natural Resort before I built these incredible sea front apartments in the town of Bocas del Toro and the beach house in the island of Bastimentos where I stay when I come to the resort