This beautiful beachfront retreat offers jaw-dropping views of the turquoise Caribbean ocean, golden sand and the lush jungle.
Island Plantation is the creation of Herolf Andersen and Chris Bybee who discovered this amazing spot on a bicycle ride to Bluff Beach during a weekend holiday. At that time they were living in Panama City after having moved from
Costa Rica where they had owned a very successful hotel, restaurant and bar for many years.
This hotel is primarily for people who want to get away from stress, hang out, eat great food, drink good wine, embrace nature and relax in an elegant but casual atmosphere.
The rooms are comfortable and spacious with natural wood and a stylish décor. Each room has a front porch with incredible ocean views, an al fresco bathroom and a private back terrace overlooking the tropical gardens where you can spy on the stars at night.
Herolf and Chris were very much involved in the construction and design of the hotel and run the hotel following the highest standards and paying complete attention to detail. Herolf is a hotelier by profession having worked for the prestigious Ritz Carlton chain and has a passion for all that being a hotelier entails.
The perfect complement for a great hotel is a succulent cuisine and Nicole and Martin do an outstanding job
managing all aspects of food and beverage.
A mouthwatering 3 course dinner menu is served by candlelight at the terrace restaurant and they also serve a casual but delicious lunch at the beach bar.
The beach bar is famous for its coveted Saturday Argentinian barbecues with amazing DJ music and the best cocktails ever! If you are only going to be in Bocas del Toro for one day and that day happens to be a Saturday, look no further as this is the place to be!
This eco-friendly hotel is powered 100% by solar energy; they learned to work with nature and use permaculture
techniques. Herolf and Chris actively work in turtle conservation and during the turtle nesting season the beach bar closes before the sun sets and they sometimes prepare intimate Tiki torch dinners for guests by the ocean.
The service at Island Plantation is so personalized that most of the guests leave as friends.
“We want people to be comfortable and go barefoot. People can come to dinner wearing a t-shirt if they want, this is their vacation – there is no stuffiness. This is the beach we want you to be as comfortable as you can be”.
There are expansion plans underway and they are planning to build 20 rooms on the 22 acre property complemented by a swimming pool, manicured gardens, jungle trails with steps, staircases and yoga platforms.
In the near future as the hotel expands, the restaurant will offer more choices from a small but delicious à la carte menu as well as daily specials.
“Part of our philosophy is to provide the best quality and service we can. Why should people have to go all the way to Bali, Indonesia or the Far East to experience beautiful places when the backdrop is right here?”
Island Plantation is located in Bluff Beach just 7 km from downtown Isla Colon.
It is barefoot elegance here!