The Monkey Bowl

The Monkey Bowl

The Monkey Bowl Calle Big Creek, Isla Colon 00000 Panama
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Drop into the ultimate surf and skate getaway at our boutique hotel nestled on an exotic Caribbean Island in Panama, embraced by lush jungle vibes! Surf the world class Bocas del Toro waves or spend the day carving up our custom built skate bowl. Whether you're a seasoned surfer or a novice skater, our oasis offers the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, unlike anywhere else is Bocas.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Diving
24-hour security
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Outdoor dining area
Poolside bar
Hiking
Snorkeling
Bicycle tours
Patio
Board games / puzzles
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Washing machine
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
Spanish

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The Monkey Bowl Calle Big Creek, Isla Colon 00000 Panama
Getting there
Car recommended
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Bocas Del Toro Airport
Changuinola Airport
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f_pompei58 wrote a review Aug 2019
Milan, Italy
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my Gf stayed in Villa Sevilla for three nights in August 2019. The place is beautiful, big rooms in a beautiful garden in the middle of the jungle. The location is near a couple of restaurants and beaches (playa Bluff, playa Paunch). You will have the perks of being away from the party scene but will have to walk a bit or rent a bike to enjoy the nearest bars.
What makes the difference though it’s Jose and Maria, they are wonderful hosts and we felt like being family since we step in the house.
We definetly recommend staying here and enjoying their company.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Aug 21, 2019
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saschaheckmann wrote a review Jan 2019
Bremen, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Initially we booked for 3 nights at the beginning of our trip to Bocas and after we liked it so much, we decided to come back for another 6 nights in the end. Jose and Meira are the perfect hosts! From the first arrival at 7 in the morning where we woke them up until saying goodbye we felt so welcome and like home, the time in Villa Sevilla was really special!

Even after 9 nights i have nothing bad to say and i really tried to. The rooms are wonderful, very clean and we never missed anything. There is no fridge in the rooms but beer and softdrinks are available for very fair prices at a small bar next to the pool. Juices for our son could be put thre too, so you do not need a fridge at all.

The pool is great and compared to others we already had on various trips it is also very clean.

Finally the reason why we decided to come back: Jose and Meira are the best! Whenever we had a question or needed something, they helped immediately. Either tips where to go or for a good laundry, they have always been there for us. Breakfast is very good and every day something else... We have been lucky to be the first ones who were able to enjoy the dinner in Villa Sevilla. It was amazing! Whatever we had for dinner was much better than in any of the restaurants we visited in the rest of our 3 weeks on bocas islands and for a reasonable price! Especially the paella was perfect, i am not sure if i am able to eat paella in spain anymore as i will always compare it with Meiras :)

I can only say thank you very much for everything! We are back in germany since yesterday and had 2 nights in Panama City after leaving Villa Sevilla but our 3 years old son is still asking for Jose :)
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Jose R, Propietario at The Monkey Bowl
Responded Jan 3, 2019
Thank you very much for your comment and for devoting so much time to it. It was a pleasure to serve you and I'm glad you have a good memory of us. I wish you the best for you and your precious family. A big hug to everyone
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Tanya K wrote a review Feb 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Villa Sevilla is a lovely bed and breakfast with four basic rooms
opening out onto a pool set in the jungle. The best part of this
place is the hosts Jose and Myra who treat you like family and go out
of their way to make sure you have everything you need and more. The
very generous two course breakfasts were amazing and served to you
every morning with pleasure on the shaded patio outside your room. It
is a little bit out of the way down a dirt road which can get rather
muddy after it rains, but it’s only a five minute walk to the main
road and then you are walking distance to the spectacular surf beaches
and Skully’s, our favorite hangout on the island, and a $3 USD per
person taxi ride to Bocas Town in the other direction. Taxis can come
right to the gate to pick you up within 10 or 15 minutes. Jose can
also arrange for tours and anything else you need while in Bocas. The
property and rooms are very well maintained and we enjoyed spending
time in the pool and in the cute beach hut by the pool that Jose
built. On several occasions we saw monkeys swing through the trees, and there are lots of beautiful birds. Do bring bug spray if you plan to sit outside in the evenings though. This is true of many areas of Bocas. If you are looking for a quiet place to stay outside of Bocas Town with good value, a pool, and great hospitality Villa Sevilla is a good choice.
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Date of stay: January 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jose R, Propietario at The Monkey Bowl
Responded Feb 19, 2019
Thank you very much for your time and your comment. It has been a pleasure to serve you. A hug
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HalfHermit wrote a review Nov 2018
Austin, TX
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were somewhat reticent to visit Bocas del Toro based on what we had read and to spend all 4 of our evenings on a single island at a single property, Villa Sevilla. How foolish our concerns proved to be. We thoroughly enjoyed Bocas and found Villa Sevilla a perfect place to stay. It it located convenient to Bocas Town, but far enough away to enjoy the wilderness, including Jose's extended howler monkey family! The commute to/from town was a $6 taxi or a short bike ride (we did each several times).

The property itself was beautiful. Looking at the property, you wouldn't know if you are in the middle of a rain forest or on a tropical island. We found this to be the best of both worlds. The rooms were new, clean and comfortable. The breakfasts were fantastic, and served right on your porch.

The owners, Jose and Myda (spelling?), were friendly, gracious, funny, and helpful. We were quite sad when we left. Knowing what we know now, we absolutely would have stayed at Villa Sevilla agian.
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Date of stay: September 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jose R, Propietario at The Monkey Bowl
Responded Nov 29, 2018
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traeveling1234 wrote a review Sep 2018
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Villa sevilla is located a bit outside of the city center in the jungle. With only four bedrooms it is a very intimate hotel and it gives you a feeling of a home away from home. Overall we had a great experience.

The owners are friendly and very helpful to assist you with your needs.

The only two minor points are that the breakfast is fairly basic (consisting of eggs, toasts with butter and jam and a fruit plate). Secondly, the internet connection is very slow. When multiple people are using it, it takes some time to load websites.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Sep 17, 2018
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Beth R wrote a review Jul 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a great, charming place to stay. It's quiet and peaceful and is a really pretty, well-kept hotel and property. My room was airy and clean, with lovely high ceilings, modern touches, and a very well-functioning air conditioner. It has a nice pool, which is beautiful when lit up at night - I very much enjoyed sitting on the patio and by the pool in the evenings, having a glass of wine, and talking to fellow travelers staying there. There is also a bar by the pool stocked with beer and bottled water that you can help yourself to for a dollar a beer. The hosts were lovely and extremely helpful and hospitable, and always available to make recommendations. The hostess cooks you a nice breakfast and brings it to you on your patio outside your room every morning with eggs cooked to order and thoughtful food presentations. Any time you need a taxi, they are there to call one for you and it arrives within 10 or so minutes. In fact, the morning I left I had to catch a boat back to the mainland from Bocas Town that was scheduled for 6 a.m. I needed to make sure I made it because the rest of my travel was dependent on me making the boat. The taxis don't tend to run at 5:30ish a.m., but the wonderful hostess went out of her way to make sure that I not only had a taxi at 5:30 a.m., but she also got up early to call him and walked out with me in the morning to make sure he was there. They really go above and beyond to make sure that you have a great experience there. I highly recommend this place, and would definitely stay there again if I make it to Bocas in the future.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Response from Jose R, Propietario at The Monkey Bowl
Responded Jul 27, 2018
Thank you very much for your comment and for your time. It has been a pleasure to serve you. A hug.
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Jaga32 wrote a review Sep 2019
Wroclaw, Poland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed almost a week in Villa Sevilla and we really enjoy this beautiful place. Little bit out side the town, hide in jungle garden, close to beautiful Playa Bluff was a really great place to rest and enjoy Bocas del Toro. Very nice, super clean and big rooms with a terrace in a middle of garden were great breakfast was served by the owners every morning! Another advantage is big swimming pool and great rest area in the garden. Monkeys, parrots and hummingbirds around. The owners José
and his wife were really friendly and helpful, carrying about all the details. We had great time spent in Villa Sevilla!!!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Sep 30, 2019
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135AngelaS wrote a review Mar 2018
UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a peaceful place to stay, up in the jungle surrounded by monkeys and sloths, 5 mins from the sea and a short taxi or bike ride into Bocas del Toro. Jose and Myra were wonderful hosts who contributed to the overall calm of the stay and were extremely helpful with recommendations and local contacts. Large, clean room and comfortable bed.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jose R, Propietario at The Monkey Bowl
Responded Mar 24, 2018
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GoPlaces574792 wrote a review Jul 2021
Milan, Italy
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I mean this place is a real magic!!! We were traveling with our 3 years old daughter it was a perfect place to stay with a kid and also if you are a couple. Rooms are big with high ceilings, incredibly clean( they clean rooms everyday, change towels everyday), wifi works very well and there is always a hot water which is not happening with other places on this island. The BREAKFAST is WOW. I have attached pictures of our breakfast here, its a dream healthy breakfast. Jose and his wife are super welcoming and amazing people the energy here is great. Surrounded by jungle we saw sloths, monkey, tucans, parrots, hummingbird,huge butterflies. Nowhere else you will find a beer for 1$ at the pool bar this shows how honest are the owners 👌🏼
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Come to this island with your car if you have rented it, many hidden places to discover
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Response from Jose Ramos, Dueño at The Monkey Bowl
Responded Jul 27, 2021
Muchas gracias por tu comentario. Ha sido un placer
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delfina P wrote a review Jul 2021
Milan, Italy
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Really a great place to stay for many reasons:
1)Really working Cable Wi-Fi and tv, we were able to comply with our REMOTE WORKING duties without any problems
2)beauty of the place and really outstanding HYGIENE, had to find anywhere in this part of the world.
3)variety of WILDLIFE You can observe from your patio
4)location is perfect balance right in between town and best beaches
5) BREAKFAST
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Jose Ramos, Dueño at The Monkey Bowl
Responded Jul 27, 2021
Muchas gracias por tu comentario. Ha sido un placer
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madsion asked a question Mar 2020
Dublin, Ireland886 contributions22 helpful votes
Guys is there a kettle please. Thsnks
Answer from Jose R
No por ahora.
oharrismaytin asked a question Feb 2019
Panama City, Panama2 contributions1 helpful vote
Are you pet friendly?
Answer from Jose R
Panama City, Panama4 contributions
We are sorry but we do not accept pets. regards
glover asked a question Feb 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia495 contributions155 helpful votes
We arrive on Wednesday by taxi. What address/directions should we give driver to get to you? Gracias.
Answer from Jose R
Panama City, Panama4 contributions
Good morning. Taxi drivers usually know where we are. We are in Big Creek. My phone is 6540.8763, in case you need something. regards
Answer from Jose R
Buenos dìas lo sentimos pero no tenemos disponibilidad para esas fechas, ya que deben ser dos habitaciones. Muchas gracias por la consulta. Saludos.
Answer from Jose R
Panama City, Panama4 contributions
Buenos dìas, lo sentimos pero no tenemos disponibilidad para esas fechas. Saludos
Samantha M wrote a tip May 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your sunscreen and your party pants. "
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GoPlaces574792 wrote a tip Jul 2021
Milan, Italy16 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Come to this island with your car if you have rented it, many hidden places to discover"
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Monkey Bowl
Which popular attractions are close to The Monkey Bowl?
Nearby attractions include Playa Bluff (5.0 km), Red Frog Beach (7.6 km), and Gypsy Travel Panama (3.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Monkey Bowl?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Monkey Bowl?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, a poolside bar, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Monkey Bowl?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Monkey Bowl?
Conveniently located restaurants include Arboloco, The View at Oasis, and Leaf Eaters Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Monkey Bowl?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Monkey Bowl?
Yes, a clothes dryer and a washing machine are offered to guests.
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