Red Frog Beach Island Resort & Spa
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
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.
How to Get There
This island is beautiful with sloths, ferns, mangrove and One red frog. Yes, I was here 3 nights and only saw one red frog. Beaches are very clean and private with few people.
I booked an Ocean Front Villa costing $309/night. The website implied a private pool from the picture. Actually our room #76A was part of an empty 7 bedroom house. Our section had its own entrance. It was a bit like staying in the maid quarter of someone else’s house facing the ocean. We had to call them to turn on pool lights because they were in the main body of the house. This is NOT a resort but, a failed real estate development.
There are many large empty houses and 2-3 that are only partially built and look like someone cut their losses.
We had no kitchen even though we hung outside a beautiful empty kitchen and they would not bring us ice. The website said there was a store on property but, this was not true either.
Don’t purchase the prepaid breakfast...this too is a scam. 3 options and not a deal to prepay.
The highlight of our service was Sergio bartender at public beach bar. He is smart and really helped us understand the property. They should make Sergio the General Manager. He honestly was the only one that helped us find things.
You have to rent a golf cart for another $35/night or wait to be picked up. You can walk...the property is spread out. No one explained to us that we could rent a cart. The first night we waited over 30 minutes for a ride.
To put simply, this Property needs significant service improvement to call its self a Resort. Or, lower the price.
The resort, located on Bastimentos Island in the province of Bocas del Toro, is accessible only by boat. The archipelago is really old school Caribbean, not the detestable cookie-cutter island that most have been reduced to by the cruise ship industry. This is way closer to Garden of Eden than a gallery of the usual suspect "duty free" shopping centers one finds elsewhere. So the first plus is that it is isolated and entreats you to relax. The service from airport pick up through to departure drop off was seamless, helpful, and friendly. We stayed in one of the single bedroom jungle lodges, and were delighted with how thoroughly adequate, cozy, and well-situated it was. While transport was always readily available through the reception desk, I suggest renting a golf cart for a nominal fee to get around the resort at your own leisure. The installations were excellent, the food was excellent, the attention, though casual island style, was always attentive and friendly; the entire staff was really lovely, genuine, and never patronizing. This is barefoot elegance at its best. A great escape with your lover or your favorite book, here you can disconnect. Bring your hiking boots, your flip flops, and your insect repellent (you are on a jungle island after all). There is a spa, and other activities are offered if you want to have an active holiday. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, and only wish I'd had a few more days to linger on the island.
I stayed in jungle lodge 8, it was a nice stay and the jungle lodges are a great place for a family. The lodge had two lofts that are reached by a ladder; kids would have a blast climbing up to there rooms every night. The lodge was clean and the bed was comfortable.
I also checked out the villas. There were GREAT; although they are a little out of my budget.
Regardless of where you stay in the resort, get a golf cart! Unless you're into hiking everywhere.
Although I went to Red Frog for some rest and relaxation, I ventured out and went on some tours. I liked the cacao tour. I LOVED the zipline canopy tour. A shout out to Carlos and Leo who helped me overcome my fear of heights (for a day).
The entire staff was friendly and worked hard to ensure that the guests needs were met.