Only Habla Ya Spanish Students are eligible for the special rates for extended stays that appear on this page when they make their reservation through us. These special rates are offered to our students due to the amount of traffic that we generate for these hotels. Most of our recommended lodging options are located within walking distance to the school (3 - 10 minutes). If you prefer to be just out of town, Boquete Garden Inn (5 minute taxi drive or 45 minute walk) is a great choice.
About the Haven Spa and its Practitioners
The Haven is a modern luxury boutique mountain retreat with 6 elegant rooms perfect to unwind, relax and renew your body and soul, surrounded by nature and tranquility. The Haven makes you feel as if you were far away in a quiet oasis, yet you are only a 15 minute walk from Habla Ya Spanish School and Boquete's favorite restaurants, bars and shops.
Here you will be able to enjoy first class spa treatments and massages, work out in the Haven's newly equipped gym, have a splash in its indoor swimming pool, relax in the jacuzzi or infrared sauna, or just soothe your senses during your stay in one of the Haven's peaceful hotel rooms and immerse yourself in its relaxing atmosphere.
The owners of the Haven Health Spa & Hotel, Sonia and Howard Jones, have more than 30 years of combined experience in the health industry. Sonia is a naturopath, nutritional therapist and reflexologist with qualifications in nutritional therapy and reflexology in Great Britain and in naturopathy in Australia. Howard Jones is a practiced acupuncturist and oversees of the management of the spa, the clinic and their own natural/organic spa skin care products. The Haven's staff also has specialists in Sports Injury, Remedial Massage, Joint Mobilization, and a Fitness Coach, as well as thoroughly trained and experienced masseuses. And finally, Priscilla Clare Nash, the manager of the Spa, will go above and beyond your expectations to make sure you get pampered and taken care of every single day, and she will make sure that you always receive the best of the best.
The Haven Spa & Hotel's First Class Facilities
The Have Spa & Hotel has the following facilities:
- 6 Hotel Rooms (4 Deluxe Rooms and 2 Standard Rooms)
- Fully Equipped Gym with brand new machines, and full length windows facing the garden and creek
- Racquetball Court
- Exercise Pool
- Infrared Sauna (for a superior detox)
- Treatment Rooms
- Meeting Room
- Relaxation Areas, both inside and outside of the complex
- The Haven Spa Store, offering health and natural products of all kind
The Garden Suite: King size bed with extra comfortable 14" mattresses, kitchenette with granite, Air-Conditioning, Flat Screen 50" LED TV, DVD Player, tea maker, coffee maker, bathroom with two sinks and separate shower & bathtub, bathrobes, outside private terrace with table and chairs, mini refrigerator/bar, safe deposit box and hairdryer.
Deluxe King rooms: King Size bed with extra comfortable 14" mattress, Air-Conditioning (not that it is really necessary in Boquete), Flat Screen 32" TV, DVD Player, tea maker, coffee maker, large bathroom with two sinks, bathrobes, outside private terrace with table and chairs, mini refrigerator/bar, safe deposit box and hairdryer.
Queen rooms with Kitchenette: Queen Size bed, flat screen 32" TV, DVD player, bathrobes, tea maker, coffee maker, and a microwave, mini refrigerator/bar, bathroom and hairdryer.
Services Provided at the Haven Spa & Hotel
As a guest of the Haven Spa Hotel you will automatically have access to certain facilities such as the Gym, the Pool, the Racquetball Court and the Spa. This access is included in the price of your stay. Spa treatments are offered at an extra cost. For pricing information please click here.
If you are not a guest at the hotel, you can also enjoy the Gym and Spa facilities of Haven Spa. You have the choice between daily, weekly, monthly and yearly memberships to the Gym and the Spa. For more information about memberships at the Haven Spa please click here.
At the Haven Spa & Hotel you will also be able to take Zumba Classes , and participate in workshops and courses about anti-ageing and health products/treatments.
The clinical treatments at the Haven include acupuncture, deep tissue massages, cold laser treatments, joint and muscle work, naturopathic consultations and reflexology, arthritis and pain management programs, asthma treatments, and more. For a complete price list on clinical treatments please click here.
Spa Treatments & Programs
If you are looking for a purely "spa pamper experience" then you have found your Nirvana. There are a large variety of treatments you can choose from, to make your experience an unforgettable one:
- Facials, using natural organic products and aromatherapy
- Massage Treatments, such as Relaxation Massages, Hot Stone Massages, Aromatherapy Massages, Deep Tissue Massage, Back & Foot Massages
- Lymphatic Drainage, a special type of therapy, stimulates and moves lymph, helping fluid retention
- Body Treatments (exfoliation, body scrubs, detox, wraps)
- Manicures and Pedicures
- Anti-Ageing/Weight Management Programs
As an Habla Ya student you will enjoy an automatic 10% discount off treatments at the Haven & Spa. For a complete price list of treatments please click here.
The Haven Spa & Hotel Rates *
|Queen Rooms with Kitchenette||Deluxe Twin & King Rooms||The Garden Suite|
|Low Season||High Season||Low Season||High Season||Low Season||High Season|
|For 1 week||$540||$575||$770||$880||$1050||$1200|
|For 2 weeks||$980||$1050||$1490||$1630||$1960||$2240|
|For 3 weeks||$1260||$1360||$2100||$2310||$2750||$3100|
|Each extra week||$420||$450||$650||$700||$900||$1000|
* Please note: The above stated prices do not include Panama's 10% hotel tax. Minimum age of stay is 18 years. Prices are for single occupancy. For double occupancy, please add $10/night per person. Breakfast is not included, but can be requested for an additional $5 per person. Low Season is from May to November and High Season is from December to April. These rates are only for Habla Ya students. Special student prices do not apply during National holidays in Panama. For stays over 4 weeks, the price will depend on availability, the length of your stay, and the season. The final price will have to be confirmed on a case by case basis. Please contact us to receive a quote.
The Haven Spa & Hotel is one of Boquete's newest hotels and is amongst our favorites because of its exceptional service, luxurious setting within nature, and due to the wide variety of spa services offered and facilities available for guests to enjoy and relax during their Spanish studies.
Secluded but Convenient
Valle del Río (River Valley) is located in the outskirts of the town of Boquete, only a 7 minute walk to Habla Ya Boquete Spanish School and the rest of Boquete's restaurants, shops and bars. It is the perfect place to enjoy Boquete's nature and relax, since its located just out of town, but it still has the convenience of being close to everything and you'll still be connected to the world when you feel like going out to explore the town. Its modern infrastructure, luxurious rooms and high quality customer service will provide you with entertainment, fine dining and comfort during your Spanish learning vacation.
Different Types of Rooms
Valle del Rio has 3 types of rooms: 10 single rooms, 15 double rooms and one suite. The single rooms are elegantly furnished with a king size bed, and are ideal for couples travelling together. Single rooms also have a spacious bathroom, soft towels and all the amenities you need. The double rooms are equipped with two Queen size beds, a large closet, and are clean and spacious - ideal for a family vacation or friends traveling together. Connecting rooms are also available for families needing them. All of the rooms have balconies overlooking the stream in the back or towards town.
The suite is a three-bedroom apartment, ideal for families or a group of up to eight persons. Simply comfortable and luxurious. The master bedroom in the suite has a king size bed, and its own large private bathroom. The second room also has a king size bed, and the third bedroom has two bunk-beds. The second and third rooms share a second bathroom and all 3 rooms share the living room, dining room, a complete kitchen, a laundry room and a large balcony.
All of the rooms have: coffee maker, safety deposit box, mini bar, high speed internet, IP phone, digital TV, radio and alarm clock and iPod dock.
Restaurant and Amenities
Valle del Rio has its own restaurant - El Pomodoro - which serves international cuisine, but is famous for its Italian specialties. Here, you will enjoy the best selection of meat, fish and fresh sea food, and of course their famous house made pizza and pasta. If you don't want to eat a heavy meal, you can simply enjoy a drink at the Wine Bar, on their beautiful terrace in front of the river. the Wine Bar is elegant and casual, and offers a large wine selection, a and a large range of light dishes to share, such as cheese and cold cut platters. In addition to the restaurant and wine bar, Valle del Rio also owns a gym and a small but glamorous casino, if you like to play cards or simply have a drink and seek entertainment. For those that do not like casinos, no need to worry, you will barely notice it is there - its presence is very discrete. And more importantly, it is nice and quiet at Valle del Rio - the only noise you will hear is the relaxing sound of the river flowing by.
Hotel Valle del Rio Rates *
|Single and Double Rooms||Suite|
|Low Season||High Season||Year Round|
|For 1 week||$725||$885||$3,675|
|For 2 weeks||$1,275||$1,525||$7,000|
|For 3 weeks||$1,695||$2,055||$9,975|
|For 4 weeks||$2,075||$2,595||$12,600|
* Please note: The above stated prices do not include Panama's 10% hotel tax, nor 2% tip to staff. Prices are for single occupancy. For each extra person, please add an additional $10 per person p/night during low season and $15 per person p/night during high season. Breakfast is included. Low Season is from May to November and High Season is from December to April. These rates are only for Habla Ya students. Special student prices do not apply during National holidays in Panama.
A 7 minute walk from our Spanish school in Boquete, you need to leave from the back of Los Establos Plaza, and cross the small bridge. Walk straight through the quiet residential area, and at the end of the road, you will turn right, pass the next intersection and then pass in front of a hotel called Isla Verde, and then take the next road to your left. To make it even easier, just follow the "Valle Escondido" signs, and you will find the hotel at your right hand side just before Valle Escondido.
At the edge of town, in a hidden valley, on the banks of a rushing river, you will find the exclusive Valle Escondido Resort, Golf & Spa.
The Valle Escondido Resort, Golf & Spa has 39 rooms in total, each with its own character and design. Most have patio's overlooking the river or the beautiful ponds and gardens within the charming recreated 17th century Spanish pueblo.
The main hotel, with 19 deluxe rooms, was designed to take advantage of the beautiful sights and sounds of the river. In the center of the structure are three swimming pools for children. Each of these pools are of different depths and each is accessible right from the patio.
The rooms either face the river or the swimming pools. Each room has a private patio with two double beds or a king size bed.
The spacious lobby has several sitting areas and a concierge service to help you with the all of the tours available in Boquete, Panama.
The Fairway Bungalows (4) are like small duplex cabins with each building housing two connected rooms. Perfect for families or couples traveling together. These sit high above the #7 fairway and have great views of the golf course, valley and the pueblito. They also have large private patios and small refrigerators. Although you can park near the rooms there is a set of 20 stairs to reach the rooms. Each Fairway Bungalow has a queen sized bed.
The pueblo is in the center of the valley and it is here you will find some of Valle Escondido's most enchanting rooms: the Pueblo Bungalows (4). These rooms are each in their own building have a queen sized bed and access from the village walk. They have a private patio on the river and some have a fireplace. A small refridgerator can be added for $10 per night. Each building has its own character and individual amenities. A convenient feature of the Pueblo Bungalows is that they are close to everything.
Valle Escondido's Riverside Bungalows (4) are large cabins on the river with large bathrooms and bathtub/showers in each. Each cabin has two queen size beds, a small kitchen area with microwave, two cooking rings, toaster, refrigerator, sink, dishes and silverware. Because of its facilities these are the bungalows that we recommend for our Spanish students wanting to stay for several weeks or traveling with children since they will be able to prepare their own meals and sleep together comfortably. They also have large patios where you can sit and enjoy the river in total privacy.
Each suite (8) localted in the Pueblo Village has its own own distinct character and amenities. Some have connecting rooms and others have Jacuzzis in their bedrooms. Valle Escondido's Suites are the resort's most ample rooms with king size beds and are tastefully furnished with an exquisite feel. Each room is decorated with unique pieces of dark wood and fine art.
Each suite has a private patio facing the beautiful park with cascading ponds, fish, flowers and hummingbirds.
The Gardenia riverside presidential suite is a large two room suite with a Jacuzzi and two flat screen LCD TVs.
Valle Escondido's suites Torre and Azucena and Margarita and Chavelita join to make a spectacular suites for special occasions.
Hotel Room's Facilities & Amenities
All of the resort's rooms (39 in total) offer:
- LCD flat screen TV's (with cable) and DVD players
- Private Terrace
- Safety Deposit Box
- Hair dryer
- Coffee maker with home-grown coffee
For the enjoyment of Valle Escondido's guests, the resort complex includes:
- Executive nine hole golf course
- Outdoor tennis court and indoor racquetball court
- Country Club, complete with
- Spa and age management program
- Beauty Center
- State-of-the-art life fitness equipped gym
- Indoor swimming pool
- Sauna, Steam baths and Jacuzzis
- 3 outdoor pools
- A Spanish Colonial village with
- 2 fantastic restaurants
- Coffee shop
- 500 seat amphitheater
- Meeting space for groups of 75 -400 people
To get an even more real feel of Valle Escondido, check out this video:
You will definitely be challenged by our 9 hole executive golf course. Imagine playing golf in Panama in air conditioned comfort. At 3,000 feet above sea level, you are in the cool mountain air and it is the only no sweat golf available in Panama.
The course is not only challenging, but most people agree that it is one of the most beautiful courses in the country. You play across the Quebrada Grande river on nearly every hole. There are two tee boxes for each hole making a two round 18 hole par 60 course.
Our golf shop, Tienda de Golf, offers clubs and golf carts for rent. There is a training center with driving range where you can warm up or brush up on your game.
Besides all of Boquete's great restaurants, at Valle Escondido, there are two great options where you can enjoy great dining experiences.
The Sabor Escondido is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner or a get together with friends and family. Cozy up to the warm and inviting fireplace to enjoy a glass of special wine or your favorite cocktail. Enjoy the many flavors and textures of one-of-a-kind Latin dishes in this beautiful and romantic setting. The Sabor Escondido is reservations only, information will be given at Check-in. Dress code: Collared shirts required, no T-shirts.
The Higueron restaurant is located on the river across from Hotel Escondido. A beautiful Higueron tree hangs out over the river and makes a perfect umbrella to shade from rain or sun. The restaurant is a great place for breakfast and lunch, serving between the hours of 7 am to 4 PM daily.
The Cantina is a natural gathering place for guests and residents alike. Happy hours are scheduled weekly and you can get just about any beverage your heart desires. Enjoy a before dinner cocktail or an after dinner drink before you trod off to bed.
The Cafe con Lech Coffee Shop has it all. Frappes, cappuccinos, mochas and many more coffee drinks are all here. In addition you will find food snacks in abundance and fresh empanadas and derretidos as well as pastries. There are also several computers with internet available. Cafe con Leche is a real favorite among the guests and residents of the valley. Come and enjoy a board game or watch TV and enjoy the sights and sounds of the central park. Hours are from 7am until 6 pm everyday.
From the moment you enter the Valle Escondido Health & Beauty Spa, you are transported to another time and place, one more even exotic than the one just outside our doors. To tantalize all of your senses, the Spa features displays of authentic pre-Colombian art that rival any found in the most famous museums around the world.
Panama's six indigenous Indian tribes are each represented with décor that will transport you to the wilds of the jungles and serenity of the islands. Combine this ancient and current cultural history with the finest technologies the world has to offer in health and beauty, and your journey to a new level of health and wellness is about to begin.
The Spa offers a variety of and healthful Spa Journeys by Pevonia including body and facial treatments, manicures, pedicures, and salon services to make you feel like royalty and bring you to a new level of awareness of your body's senses.
Hotel guests have access to this wonderful facility. The design of the club is that of a Spanish Colonial plantation home. It includes a lap pool with a modern roof system that has been installed to allow in light and heat. The grand entrance to the facility has a large sitting area and check in desk. Here you can make reservations for the numerous available spa treatments and get a locker key and towels.
Downstairs you will find a racquetball court and a complete fitness center, featuring the latest in life fitness cardiovascular fitness equipment and a complete array of free weights. A large screen TV will keep your mind off your workout or you can gaze at the beautiful park outside. Minimum age limit for Country club is 14 years of age.
Valle Escondido Rates
There are also two bedroom condominiums and three - four bedroom vacation villas available for rent, both long and short term. Please Contact Us for inquiries.
Valle Escondido Resort, Golf & Spa leads our list of luxury hotels in Boquete because of all of the additional benefits that you get from staying there. What a better way to compliment your Spanish course then by playing golf after your Spanish lessons, heading to the Spa after an afternoon of intense Spanish study or taking a swim at the Country Club's pool. At Valle Escondido you can enjoy a wonderful meal, keep yourself fit at a first class gym or just relax at the Sauna. Believe us: this will be a Language Travel Holiday in Panama that you will never forget! Go ahead and make your reservation today by clicking here. As they say: come for a weekend, come for a month, come to stay.
The Panamonte Inn & Spa remains Boquete's landmark country inn and is Panama's only hotel included in the list of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The historical hotel opened its doors in 1914, the year in which the Panama Canal's construction was finalized. Its old world ambience has an antique charm and is renowned for its hospitality, impeccable service, and exquisite cuisine. The decoration, paintings, furniture and wall hangings give it a superior and elegant, yet warm and welcoming touch. Without any doubt The Panamonte Inn & Spa is definitely a first class accommodation option.
The Rooms at the Panamonte Inn & Spa
The Panamonte's guestrooms are spread throughout the property, surrounded by gorgeous and beautifully tended gardens that give each morning a delightful scent and warm feeling. This timeless gem has been freshly renovated but maintains its unique magnificence and feels that evokes a quieter, more peaceful era. The completed rooms now feature air conditioning (although because of Boquete's pleasant climate you will not need it!), DirectTV, hair dryers, room safes and internet connectivity, but for those who seek to "get away from it all," the TVs in the guestrooms may be hidden behind the closed doors of a furniture console. The whole inn is surrounded by a white picket fence, and decorated with chintz and country-manor furnishings.
Three stylish Garden Junior Suites are tastefully decorated with locally produced teak furniture and an elegant decor reminiscent of the early Panama Canal days. These suites are the largest rooms, with oversized bedrooms, terraces situated high enough to view the lush mountainous surroundings, plush Queen-size beds with 500-count linens, and deluxe bathrooms with glass-walled showers.
The Garden Honeymoon Suite is the best room and a favorite with newlyweds, romantic couples, and those seeking to splurge a little and pamper themselves. The Suite boasts a spacious bedroom with a King-size bed, 500-count linens, a light, airy ambiance that opens onto a large private patio surrounded by gardens, and an oversized bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and glass-walled shower. A private fireplace adds to the charm and romance of the setting.
The brand new Garden Terrace Rooms are set back in the gardens of the Panamonte, boasting beautiful mountain views and offering an escape from the fast-paced life. All Terrace rooms are the same size, but slightly smaller than the Garden Suites, yet all are tastefully furnished and exceptionally comfortable, with King-size beds and a small, private outdoor seating area.
The Fresal 3-bedroom apartment, located just across the street from the hotel, is perfect for families or a group of friends. El Fresal sleeps a total of 6 guests, and features one master bedroom with a private bathroom, and two bedrooms with twin beds and a shared bathroom. The apartment has a living area, fireplace, and a small outdoor porch with sitting area.
Ingrid Bergman so loved the Panamonte that she visited it twice, and she choose this Honeymoon Suite as her pied a tierre. The Bergman Suite is an original room of the Panamonte Inn. It is slightly larger than a standard room, and is tucked away on the second story with a private entrance. The Bergman suite is perfect for couples who seek to indulge in the privacy of a romantic rendezvous. The suite comes with a king-size bed.
The Standard rooms are small and cozy, and are the original rooms of the Panamonte Inn. The standard rooms come with twins or a queen-sized bed.
First Class Service, 4 Star Cuisine and an Extraordinary Spa
This country inn has been owned and run by the Elliot-Collins family since the 1940s and they have harmoniously made a blend between their Scandinavian traditions and the friendliness and natural beauty of Boquete. The Panamonte has a wonderful staff which is extremely attentive, very friendly and will always deliver a personalized service making you feel warm and welcome. One of the few full-service lodging option in Boquete, it offers a deluxe SPA and regionally renowned gourmet restaurant.
The Panamonte Restaurant is the finest gourmet dining option in the province of Chiriqui and amongst the best in Panama. And be sure to not miss the Panamonte Bar, with inside and outdoor fireplaces that will give your stay a cozy and romantic feel. The Panamonte has a more formal dining room and a fireside lounge, where guests may order from the regular menu or opt for a lighter meal from the bar menu. On Sundays the Panamonte offers a special Brunch Menu.Every year, the Panamonte hosts several Food & Wine Festivals, with invited guest chefs from the finest restaurants in Panama City. In the true European style, the festivals begin in the cocktail lounge with champagne and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a 5-course gourmet dinner in the dining room with meals paired with fine wines for a genuine feast for the senses.
The Panamonte Spa is now under new management by the highly respected Haven Spa, whose team has over 30 years of experience (UK, Australia, and Malta) in addition to 15 years of full time education. A peaceful ambiance and deluxe spa treatments invite you to relax and rejuvenate your senses. Spa services include sauna, steam room, signature therapy being, geo-thermal hot and cold stone therapy amongst others.
The Panamonte Inn & Spa is located just outside the center of Boquete, far enough away that traffic noise is not an issue, yet only an easy 5 minute walk to downtown. To get to the Panamonte go up the main street, pass Boquete's center, continue uphill from San Juan Bautista's Catholic Church, and take a right at the Y-junction. You will find the Panamonte Inn & Spa to your left 200 meters ahead.
The Panamonte Rates
The Panamonte Inn & Spa is an obvious choice amongst our list of the best hotels in the top range category. Our list would be incomplete without it. By itself it is an icon of Boquete and Panama's hospitality. And with the recent addition of Charlie Collins' Culinary School, The Panamonte Inn & Spa is even more exciting. A stay at The Panamonte will certainly make you feel at home away from home. Click here if you would like to make a reservation.