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Coral Lodge, Kuna Yala 
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Kuna Yala
Panama
Tel: 507 317 6754
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

A comfortable yet thoroughly eco-sensitive resort on an undeveloped part of the Caribbean coast just north of Kuna Yala (a.k.a. San Blas), this property consists of six thatched-roof bungalows perched above the sea. From one's outdoor deck is an uninterrupted view to where the surf rolls in, or a view straight down into clear water and coral that shelters many small fish and crabs. The air-conditioned bungalows are spacious though spare: tile floors, a couple of armchairs, a whirlpool tub, with each deck accommodating a chaise lounge, as well as a ladder leading into the water. The small crescent beach with miles of red mangroves at either end encourages swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. There are also local expeditions to ride horses, explore rivers, or dive. A central dining pavilion and pool sit several hundred feet up on the beach; the innovative food is locally sourced (a set menu includes steak with cilantro and onion sauce), and the wines Chilean. The mostly local staff are efficient and friendly.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: January through April is the driest, although also the windiest.

Which room to book: No. 6, at the far end of the row, is the most private.

Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Beach, Pool

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