Nestled in the heart of the province of Chiriqui, this boutique Bed & Breakfast is a new gem in the town of Boquete. We were pleasantly surprised to see the high quality construction, modern, comfortable furnishings and attention to detail – right down to separate make-up and shoe towels in a basket on the bathroom counters!
Located only a short walk from the center of town in the Los Naranjos area of Boquete, a few houses up the hill from the famous Café Ruiz, Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast could not have been built in a better part of town. Its close proximity to the town center, ample guest parking and short taxi rides (for people who don´t feel like walking!), make it an ideal place for visitors who are looking for an in-town option for accommodations while not having to give up any of the creature comforts discerning travelers have come to enjoy (and expect) from high quality owner-run Bed & Breakfasts in other parts of the world.
Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast has six rooms to choose from – two on the main floor with outside access and a front row view of one of the two water features that book-end each side of the verdant hill on the south part of the property. The other four rooms are located on the second floor, each with its own private balcony and an in suite bathroom. The rooms have panoramic views of the Alto Lino and Jaramillo Mountains located a short distance from the property. Common areas and covered terraces abound at this property. As one of the guests told us “the owners have thought of everything!” We now realize what the guest meant – they serve a full international breakfast daily on the back patio which happens to have a breathtaking mountain view, several tables to choose from as well as a comfortable seating area with a TV and a fireplace. The international breakfast menu is designed so that each day of the week one can enjoy a totally different breakfast. Also, they offer a free alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage during the evening social hour, at the upstairs bar area, where guests have a chance to talk to the owners and share the stories of their travels. The social hour is truly a time when travelers get a chance to feel at home at the Bed & Breakfast and some might say, with Boquete. On many occasions, friends of the owners may stop by for a drink and chat with the guests as well. The owners and the local residents are a great source of valuable information especially if a guest is considering relocating to Panama.
Even though Manzar Lari and Terry Richmeier, the owners of Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast, relocated to Panama just over a year ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, their actual journey started several years prior to that and what a journey it was! Manzar recalls watching a show on TV where he first saw images of Boquete and instantaneously felt a spiritual connection to the area. It didn’t take any time at all for him to convince Terry to fly down to Panama in the spring of 2009. A two week road trip through Panama and Costa Rica sealed the deal for them. What seemed to be a distant dream five years ago started to materialize because of their passion and
dedication to re-invent themselves. Manzar, a psychologist and a life coach, helped set the vision and goals and Terry, who is a true “task master” (Manzar’s words!) kept moving forward and their corporate jobs in the U.S.
soon became a thing of the past. While this journey has not been without its challenges, it has truly been a life changing experience for both of them.
Manzar and Terry are looking forward to hosting you at Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast. As they often mention to their guests…“This is your home while you are staying with us. We want you to experience the real Boquete, not as a tourist, but as someone who truly belongs here!”
Tel: US & Canada: +952-931-9770
Tel: Panama: +507 730-9472