A Relaxing Afternoon at Red Frog Beach followed by a Massage at the Spa

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A Relaxing Afternoon at Red Frog Beach followed by a Massage at the Spa

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Last weekend I was in the mood of doing something different that involved enjoying the wonderful beaches of Bocas del Toro. As of late, I've been keeping close to my house during my time off. I've been painting, reading my Stephen King novels, chilling with my hubby and my cats (yes they can be entertaining!), or escaping reality during yet another TV series on netflix (I've been joking with my friends that I'm ready to become a movie and series critic!), or just gone swimming behind my house.

Bocas del Toro is all about the beaches... make sure to not miss Red Frog, specially when there are no waves!
Bocas del Toro is all about the beaches... make sure to not miss Red Frog, specially when there are no waves!

But last weekend, my husband and I had decided to pamper each other a little bit. We both work hard all week, so it always makes sense for us to organize some “us” time during the weekend. Hence, we left our house around noon, and took the boat at Boteros Bocatoreños to Red Frog Beach on Isla Bastimentos, where we would each get a massage at the Spa. I have a hard time spending money on Spa treatments because I always feel like it is not necessary, but this was only my second massage in 34 years, so why not?

We scheduled an appointment at "El Susurro" Spa at Red Frog Beach Resort, and as soon as we arrived on Bastimentos Island, we walked to the beach to have a nice lunch right by the ocean, at a restaurant called Punta Lava. After all, pampering each other also includes not having to cook!

In the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro you get from island to island by using water taxis. A roundtrip fare between Bocas Town and Red Frog Marina is $7
In the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro you get from island to island by using water taxis. A roundtrip fare between Bocas Town and Red Frog Marina is $7

To our surprise, the volunteer organization Give & Surf which we work with at Habla Ya Spanish School was having a fundraiser and a barbecue that day, so we bumped into several friends of ours while we were there.

If you have never visited Bastimentos before, you will absolutely love it, especially the north shore with all its beaches (Wizard, Red Frog, Polo, Playa Larga...). The water is so incredibly beautiful on Red Frog Beach, and one can simply not resist going for a swim. It is as if the water had some invisible power of attraction.

My husband and I enjoying a bit of well deserved beach time
My husband and I enjoying a bit of well deserved beach time

Just calling it beautiful simply doesn’t do it any justice. I wanted to stay longer, swimming and sunbathing, but as always when you are having fun, time flew by, and we almost arrived late to our appointment. Our masseuse was already waiting for us at the reception desk to greet us. Then she lead us through a small path through the rainforest, to a small private "casita" in the middle of the jungle. The sound of a trickling stream of water right next to the casita immediately set the mood for relaxation and meditation.

I was really excited, as I am in heaven when someone massages my feet. I always beg my mom or my husband to massage my feet for just a minute or so, but somehow they are not that enthusiastic about it =) And who can blame them? So the thought of getting a real, uninterrupted 45 minute massage only on my feet made me smile in anticipation!

The massage was amazingly relaxing, but also a little painful at times (which is normal, as the masseuse assured me). I read that reflexology can have many positive health effects on your inner organs, such as help with digestion, flush out the toxins from your kidneys, and even treat migraine or prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes. Therefore I didn’t mind spending some money on something that will not only make me feel relaxed, but that can also be beneficial for my health. My husband in turn got a deep tissue massage, which he also loved (he fell asleep!).

We were both very satisfied with the professionalism of the masseuse at Red Frog Beach. She was lovely, and knew her stuff well! If you are vacationing in Bocas del Toro, or currently staying here during your Spanish Program, I highly recommend her. The massage therapists that attend the Spa at Red Frog are in fact from The Starfleet Spa on Isla Colon and our students have access to great discounts with them when they book a treatment through our front desk.

Having a massage in the rain forest certainly enhances an already relaxing experience
Having a massage in the rain forest certainly enhances an already relaxing experience

Once we were done it was almost 5pm already, so we decided to head back to Isla Colon (about a 10 minute boat ride), in order to end this perfect day with a romantic dinner. I really enjoyed the time off spent with my husband, surrounded by nature and tranquility. I would definitely go back and try another massage this time. Their Spa menu is quite extensive, and I am by no means an expert in the field so that’s another reason to go and experiment.

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