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
We stayed in a spacious 3 bedroom fully equipped villa #55 with beautiful tropical vegetation, a small pool, a dining hut and back terrace overlooking the jungle. One day I heard a noise and found a monkey jumping against the glass door to the terrace, probably to see himself in the reflection. When he saw me, he ran to the trees, but I did get a photo. He did the same the following day, which was enjoyed by another family member. A truck picked us up and took us to where we needed to go on the island, to the beach club, restaurants, store or dock. A boat taxi took us to other islands or to town. We saw dolphins, tropical fish, sloths, mangrove trees, and pink starfishes. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable 4 days! The hardest part for me was climbing in and out of the truck & boat with my elderly arthritic knees! But, I succeeded with help from others and wouldn’t hesitate to do it again!
We are having a spectacular time...the nicest people, peaceful and relaxing by our villa pool, unbelievable white sand beaches, cutest mama and baby sloths in the tree, kayaking in the mangroves, beautiful flora and fauna, great pizza...just love this tropical paradise????????????
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.