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Reviewed 23 July 2014

What a wonderful experience! The guest cottages were modern, comfy and super clean with a lovely view of the mountains - movies, books, wifi and freshly ground Mañana Madera coffee was provided along with a yummy breakfast delivered to us each morning by Randy. We loved everything - hope to someday return to this mountain retreat.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sirenassong
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Wow! From the moment we arrived at the property till the moment we left, Randy and Kat made us feel welcome. We are already planning our next trip. Randy made great recommendations for eating, shopping and site seeing. The accommodations were outstanding, attention to detail from hammocks to coffee were beyond our expectations. Randy was always willing to help us and even provided a phone so that we could reach him at anytime if we needed assistance. The ambassador of the coffee estate was a great host also. Chubs waited patiently each morning for us to have our coffee outside our suite with him.
Don't hesitate, make your reservation!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank SGray20142014
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Our stay at Manana Madera Coffee Estate could not have been more exquisite! From the moment Randy enthusiastically picked us up in Boquete to transport us to his suites, he made us feel that we were the most important facet of his day. He assured that each day of our stay was filled with the perfect blend of activities, relaxation and wonderful dining experiences to match our family needs and the weather. Randy was probably the most positive and genuinely kind host that we ever had in our travels. And then ... there is the suites, property and location! They are almost indescribable with unparalleled magnificence! Randy designed and maintains the suites with incredible attention to detail (i.e. umbrellas and rain jackets to use in the rainforest if necessary, lanterns in the event of power outage, Aveda hair products) and his breakfasts were fabulous! The views and gardens are wonderful, as is his coffee. We learned so much about Panama from Randy! We will most definitely recommend Manana Madera to anyone we know traveling to Panama!!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank 689Sharon_F
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

A safe harbor in a foreign land. Relax, "you're in my care now", means you can truly relax and enjoy your vacation. Randy, a Dell ex-pat, has carved out a slice of Panamanian heaven with his mountain coffee estate. Two unattached luxery guest suites sit atop a vista filed jungled sanctuary. Peace of mind comes from both the surrounds and its host. "Coffee is my living, the guest suites are just for fun". Randy, your host, takes care of every little detail. Pick up upon arrival, departure, and whenever mutually convenient. Drop off at his favorite restaurants, adventure tours, or arranged taxi's from trusted sources. Out and about, not to worry, use your provided cell phone with a direct line to Randy and he will arrange whatever you require. Want quality VIP treatment, simply mention Randy's name - his network is vast and appreciative. The region abounds with things to see, do, and taste. Randy's local knowledge will put your scarce time to maximum enjoyment. And what better way to start the day than sipping "fresh" coffee with a perfectly prepared meal, or ending the day, sipping a "strong" margarita on your hammock amidst the humming birds on a tropical gardened Ranchito with 270 degree views. Thinking of a Boquete sojourn, book early for this value, tranquil, retreat - and relax, your in Randy's care!

Room Tip: Both Suites are identical.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank monthslater
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

There is very, very little I can say that hasn't already been said in previous reviews. My wife and I stayed for 3 nights in June and wish, as many others have said, we would have stayed longer. I would like to avoid hyperbole, but it will be difficult because, simply put, our experience at Manana Madera (MM) was amazing. Hopefully, I will offer some useful information, but, ultimately, what I would like you to take away is how much Randy's kind and hospitable human touch will make the difference during your stay in Boquete.

The Hospitality: During our stay, Randy made us feel as if we were old friends visiting from the states. He was as much of a feature to our stay as the suites and amazing views. He is kind, friendly, and full of local knowledge and wonderful suggestions. We learned early to trust Randy’s recommendations in restaurants and activities and were never disappointed. We miss him as much as the location.

The Suites: Very clean, very comfortable and great attention to detail. The suites are decorated with few, well thought items that complement the finishes and materials used to build the suites. With dark wood and floors, light walls, and huge windows it feels airy and refreshing while remaining cozy and comfortable. I slept like a dream.

The Grounds: A quiet, peaceful, exotic sliver of mountain paradise. About 10 minutes outside Boquete, you’re far enough away to be secluded, but close enough to be convenient. Wonderful flowers and views abound, but the main gem is the ranchito. If there is a better place to drink your coffee, I haven’t found it.

The Value: Second to none. We definitely felt we received far more than what we paid for. You know it’s a great value when you feel like you’re getting away with something.

Attention to Detail: When you’re handed a local cell phone on arrival, you know that you’re being well taken care of. From the Aveda shampoo in the shower, the rain jackets kept in the closet, to the pillow wrapped up in the hammock, the little details added up to make a big difference. It is very apparent that Randy prides himself on providing guests an excellent experience.

Transportation: We utilized Randy’s driver, John, to pick us up in David and drive us to MM. He speaks perfect English, was waiting for us at the airport with a name plate and drove us straight to MM with no fuss. Once at MM, Randy was happy drive us into town and pick us up as his schedule permitted. When he was unavailable, he happily arranged a taxi for us.

Miscellaneous: Many of the activities in the area are best done or start in the morning. We were conflicted between a leisurely morning drinking coffee at the ranchito or getting in the best of Boquete. Therefore, I recommend giving yourself several days to enjoy some of both! We enjoyed an afternoon scooter rental and white water rafting, both at Randy’s recommendation. All arrangements for activities are easily made during your stay, so there is little need to make arrangements before your arrival to Boquete.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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