Daily breakfast on the beach is included in the Jetsetter rate
More than 60 percent of this eco-friendly resort is a dedicated nature preserve; look out for wild animals like dolphins, monkeys and sloths
Spacious villas have full kitchens, private pools and large patios
Eight miles of jungle trails leading to five isolated beaches and the rainforest spa
What To Know
The resort has a private plane to take guests to/from Panama City and Bocas del Toro; airport transfers (including a water taxi) take a scenic route through the nature preserve
The island, Isla Bastimentos, is off the mainland, but the many tours and activities (ziplining, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking and more) make exploring Bocas del Toro simple
No room service, but private in-villa chefs can whip up superb meals
Punta Lava Beach Bar & Grill is closed for dinner on Mondays
A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
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Luxe villas with Caribbean charm and private plunge pools near a tropical rainforest and secluded beaches
Located on Bocas del Toro, a serene island commonly referred to as the Galápagos of the Caribbean, Red Frog Resort is comprised of 41 private villas that sit on a hillside overlooking the turquoise ocean and lush rainforest. Here, Caribbean-chic decor melds modern elegance with tradition. Expect a tropical yet sophisticated vibe thanks to airy open floor plans and fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Each villa also features a spacious patio with BBQ equipment and a private plunge pool. A 10-minute walk from the villas brings you to five pristine beaches where you can catch waves on the north shore or snorkel in the glass-smooth water on the south shore. The activity center arranges cave tours, canopy zipline rides, dolphin and bird tours, visits to indigenous communities and more. El Susurro Spa, just off the resort’s Marina Village, blends seamlessly with the natural landscape and offers a variety of amenities, like the massage casita, which hovers over a bubbling spring in the middle of the rainforest. Punta Lava Beach Bar & Grill specializes in fresh seafood dishes with a menu inspired by the catch of the day and local ingredients.
In the Area
Get personal with the wildlife on a hike, and keep your eyes peeled for marine life when you take a water taxi to go to any of the surrounding islands. Bocas Town is the center of the island chain and has more than 20 restaurants — we recommend open-air eateries like Capitán Caribe for mouthwatering burgers, smoothies and burritos (try the coconut rice, grilled pineapple and sweet plantain wrap) and El Ultimo Refugio for upscale Caribbean fare including seared sesame-crusted tuna and ceviche with local aji chombo peppers and fresh lime. Expect sides of live jazz and reggae music. Visit Bastimentos National Marine Park, the largest in Central America (it can accommodate megayachts up to 250 feet long!), then head to La Amistad National Park to check out one of the great World Heritage Sites.