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True love at this delluxe Bocas lodge

By Andrea Kent and Jesse Thomas

Vista Azul Lodge
A view of the property from the private dock.

Guests who come to “luxuriate” on Isla Carenero at the Vista Azul Lodge in Bocas del Toro quickly find that love is at the center of this 5,000 square foot seven-bedroom guest house. This property is especially popular for a honeymoon getaway, a getaway with a large group of friends or a destination wedding on the white sandy beach. When Peter and Andrea Kent decided to share their dream home with others, they did it out of love. And fittingly so, as they came together just as the house was finishing construction and have been together ever since.

Falling in love

Peter always wanted to build his dream home. After many bachelor years of designing and building homes for others, he finally decided to start building his dream home for himself. In 2003, as the home was nearing completion, Peter’s “gringo friends” from Costa Rica came to visit him with one of their daughters in tow. Conveniently, they fell in love with each other! As it turned out, this was perfect timing for Andrea to fall in love with Peter (and Bocas), because as a professional Interior Designer the home was ready for Andrea’s personal touches. Together, and with love, Peter and Andrea finished their dream home, and now fully furnished, with all the comforts needed to enjoy a relaxing holiday, they have opened the door, and are welcoming tourists in.

Vista Azul Lodge
Wraparound views await at this private estate in Bocas.

Deluxe private lodge

Vista Azul Lodge sits prominently on a piece of paradise, just a five minute boat ride from the main town of Bocas and it’s airport. Bocas Town provides all the entertainment needed for an enjoyable vacation. The community of Bocas is alive with Caribbean culture and tropical beaches, without the threat of hurricanes.

The surroundings are perfect for walking on the shoreline and hearing the symphony of birds singing in harmony with nature. Jungle hikes, snorkeling with exotic fish, surfing, seashell hunting, and evening bonfires on the beach with occasional luminescent waters; all this and more is literally right at your doorstep. Day trips include diving, zip-line canopy tours and other water and nature adventure tours.

Vista Azul Lodge
Spectacular sunsets across the horizon.

Upon arrival at Vista Azul Lodge, a bouquet of freshly cut tropical flowers greets you. When the tropical sun illuminates the two-story windows of the great room, it will warm your heart, and your soul. The home comfortably sleeps 16 people with seven bedrooms (six bedrooms with king size beds and one with two double beds) and 6.5 bathrooms.

The large open kitchen and dining room make cooking and entertaining a real joy. The main floor and upstairs rooms flow out to the terraces which overlook the jungle in the back and the ocean waters, headland and nearby islands. All the conveniences including wireless Internet, 42” flat screen TV, DVD player, classic family-friendly movies, games and books to enhance your stay.

Vista Azul Lodge
Fine workmanship is apparent throughout the house.

Piece of paradise for sale

Peter and Andrea also offer titled waterfront properties for sale with a house exterior, awaiting your choice of interior design finishings.

Bookings

Book your reservations or property inquiries through peter@kentways.com or call in Panama 757-9470 or from the US 510-444-5368. To find out more about Andrea and Peter Kent and their current properties available for sale visit www.kentways.com