Cala Mia Boutique Resort
Isla Boca Brava, Boca Chica, Panama
After a 2014 remodel, Cala Mia's new owner has upgraded this Boca Brava island property with tastefully decorated bungalows, each with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and sunken terraces with couches, hammocks, and tree-shrouded water views. Guatemalan rustic woods decorate the rooms, and natural light floods into the showers inlaid with river stones. The family villas are within their own private area, and have two casitas attached by a common living room and kitchen. Surrounded by walls of windows, the restaurant specializes in fusion cuisine and serves a nightly three-course dinner menu for $40. A suspension bridge leads to a rocky outcrop with a massage and yoga gazebo. Activities include sea kayaking, excursions to nearby islands, snorkeling, scuba diving, and horseback riding. The infinity pool, game palapa, private beach, and self-service bar just might keep you closer to home. Ocean-view bungalows are better ventilated than bay-view ones.
- gorgeous design and location
- rate includes boat transport, breakfast, and kayaks
- friendly staff
- no-see-ums can be a problem
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