Coral Lodge – San Blas Islands, Panama

Coral Lodge overwater bungalows

One of the most remote overwater bungalow resorts in the world, the Coral Lodge is a tiny hotel that is ideal for romance as well as for diving and other water sports. The seclusion is part of the appeal, as there is no TV or internet available at all, so it’s important to adjust expectations before booking here.

The gorgeous location in the San Blas Islands chain is another major part of the appeal. There is excellent cuisine available, and plenty of activities as well, but relaxing might be the thing to do at the Coral Lodge. If you are looking for a 5-star resort with overwater bungalows lined up over a clear-water lagoon you’ll need to go to the South Pacific or the Maldives. However, those wanting something just as beautiful and more interesting, at a much lower price, should consider the Coral Lodge.

Location

The Coral Lodge is located on one of the San Blas Islands, which are just east of Panama in the Caribbean Sea.

Rooms/villas/suites

Overwater bungalows: 6
Beds: One kingsize
Wi-Fi: No
Entertainment system: None
Room service: No

Special room features

  • Large spa bathtub
  • Sundeck
  • Lounge chairs
  • Hammock

Rates

  • Low season from US$345, including 3 meals a day
  • High season from US$398, including 3 meals a day

Online booking available through Coral Lodge official website

Restaurants and bars

  • Kayuco Restaurant (overwater restaurant and bar)
  • Casona Bohio Restaurant

Resort features

  • Kayaks
  • Snorkeling
  • Hiking in tropical rainforest

Spa

The Coral Lodge Spa features a wide range of massage, relaxation, and therapeutic treatments and services.

Nearby activities

  • Scuba diving
  • Overnights stays on the islands
  • Sport fishing
  • Eco-trekking
  • Horse back riding
  • River and village tour

What the reviews say

The Coral Lodge gets mostly very good reviews, though some guests are disappointed in the fact that it’s not a slick 5-star resort as their travel agent might have led them to believe. Generally the resort is described as a secluded paradise, with the food in particular getting rave reviews.

Many guests come specifically for the diving and snorkeling, and most are very impressed, but some had rough seas during their stay so it’s important to time your holiday around the good season if you’ll be diving. Some reviews comment on insects, but most agree that they don’t really harm anything once you are used to them.

Getting there

To reach the Coral Lodge you’ll generally fly to the main airport in Panama City, and then transfer for a short flight to the airport on the San Blas Islands. Once there you’ll take a one-hour boat ride to the resort itself. You can also get ground transportation from Panama City to Miramar and then a 45-minute boat ride to the resort.