Los Establos Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- A traditional Panamanian drink upon arrival, full American breakfast daily from 7 to 10 a.m. and daily afternoon coffee and cocktails from 4 to 6 p.m. are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Relaxed fairytale setting on a coffee plantation, with the Barú volcano and frequent rainbow sightings
- Choice location near Boquete, a welcoming town filled with flowers and friendly residents
What To Know
- Currently no pool, spa or restaurant; a spa is set to open in July, a restaurant in September
- Occasional strong winds in this mountainous setting
- Car rentals strongly recommended; the nearest restaurant is a five-minute drive down a steep, windy road
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Originally built as a fancy stable, this boutique hacienda still celebrates all things equine — think bronze horse statuettes, a cowhide rug, and rooms named for the former barn residents (Combita, Rosita and more). Wrought iron, regal columns and colonial arches abound, as do tasteful furnishings picked up around South and Central America, including an impressive snakewood dining set carved by hand in Argentina.
Bed & Bath
Separate from the main hotel, three Deluxe Coffee Cottages are hidden among wildflowers and coffee plants. The design embraces nature: Dark wood furnishings blend with shiny apricot duvets, and private balconies face the verdant hillside. Upgrade to a Deluxe Suite for gorgeous vaulted, wood-paneled ceilings, enormous windows and dainty sitting rooms. All bathrooms have double sinks and powerful showers.
What this hotel currently lacks in common amenities — no pool, restaurant or spa — it makes up for with unexpected delights. A stroll in the manicured gardens past umbrella plants, hydrangeas and dahlias brings guests to a treehouse that will eventually be a restaurant. For now, though, a small, kindly kitchen staff prepares a free breakfast of local tropical fruits and rich coffee from the hotel’s plantation, along with delectable eggs, pancakes and french toast.
How to Get There
Most people who visit here come after winning charity auctions through Elite Certificates, like my wife did. The owners of this place also own several high end resorts in Antigua, and don't come to this property often. The staff basically runs the show. That said, they are exceptional people with a warm friendly vibe. Several of them went out of their way to help us during our stay. I needed a cooler for deep sea fishing and the receptionist told me not bother buying one and called a cab to bring me her cousin's cooler for the day. I could list more examples... but I'd be here all day typing. The wine flows freely and the food is really good. The veiws are incredible (right next to the volcano) and the resort provides you with one activity per day. These aren't ho-hum activies either. You can go ziplining, or jumping off of river cliffs, or take an excursion to a private island beach, waterfall hikes, whitewater rafting...etc. Bring a jacket for the evening as this place is elevated and the wind can howl at times, but overall, definitely an awesome place to check out in Boquete.
Before going to Los Establos I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect as I didn’t know too much about the area. Boy was I in for an amazing surprise!! The resort is more of a luxury boutique and a total secret hideaway. I instantly felt at home the second we pulled up to the property. The staff is delightful and the rooms maintain authenticity while blending in some hints of modernism. I loved the food and there are enough activities to do in and around the area to keep you busy for weeks!!
My bestie and I had the time of our lives and cried leaving :( ... We will definitely be back!!
The images on their website and other locations don’t do this place justice. This resort is set at the base of a mountain, and situated in a sprawling, lush oasis. Each room has its own feel, and the moment you step inside your stress just melts away. The resort is decorated in a mix of Panamanian, Colombian, and Mexican influences. The hotel staff is very accessible, and are just the best! Thank you so much Josephinea and Lyla, the resturant staff as a whole all go above and beyond.
Keep in mind when coming here the temperature here is much cooler than in other parts of Panama, since you’re in the mountains. Oh and the wildlife is real! Be sure to pack your big spray. While here we used a very cute one by the name of Parakito, and I’m happy to say that I didn’t get bitten.
This is a great location for retreats, a girls trip, bachelorette/bachelor party and so much more. I loved the room I shared with my friend, because she had her side, and I had mine. There’s sporty WiFi here which is great especially since you’re suppose to be getting away from it all. We absolutely plan on returning later this year, or at the same time next year. The food is amazing but I would say to be sure to ask for the bacon and eggs to not be over cooked.
The drawbacks I would say are there’s no pool, no shuttle to take guests into the town like you’d find at other resorts/hotels, taxi drivers make up their own prices, and not being able to book excursions prior to arrival.
But overall I would highly recommend this amazing place.
One of our top ladies vacation ever!! Seven ladies late 50’s to 60’s enjoyed this beautiful coffee plantation resort and the daily excursions and wonderful meals, kitchen stocked with sodas , water, beer and wine, never ending wonderful coffee!! Staff was phenomenal, tending to our every need. Friendly, helpful and informative. The resort is awesome and beautiful. Rooms are lovely. Staff is great. Food is delicious. What else do you need?
We had the most wonderful time at Los Establos. As many guest do we purchased this trip at a charity auction. This is our second trip from this group. We visited their beautiful resort on Palm Island a few years ago. The quality of the resort, amenities, and staff did not disappoint. Everything was exceptional! They pick you up on arrival at airport in David. You choose an excursion for each day often we did multiple. The meals were delicious, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The traditional Panamanian breakfast and the fresh papaya were our favorite! The evening happy hour was a blast visiting with the other guest everyone sharing their excursions. For a small charge you can add extra excursions. We enjoyed a sunrise trip to the top of the Baru Volcano and a day trip to a beautiful small island in the Pacific. The tour guides for every excursion we took were incredibly good at their jobs. They, like the hotel staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to meet. This was an adventure filled week! Boquete is friendly town and it’s easy to get around whether walking or readily available taxis. We highly recommend visiting this hidden gem in Panama!