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Sailing on Play To Live in San Blas Islands
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
El Porvenir, San Blas Islands, Guna Yala Region

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HappyHenk...
Accrington, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Magical Experience”
Reviewed April 8, 2022 for a stay in April 2022

We absolutely loved our San Blas experience, the islands are super beautiful and it felt such a privilege to meet the indigenous people and see how they live. Paul and Daniella took great care of us, keeping us topped up with food, sparkling water, beer and coffee and taking us to the reefs and beauty spots. Daniella is an incredible Italian chef and the food was super yummy, comforting and plentiful. It was fun to take the wheel and learn bits about sailing from Paul and to just fully unwind. The boat is impressively self sufficient and was spacious enough for the 4 of us. We would absolutely return to San Blas and would recommend to anyone.

Date of stay: April 2022
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554riazr
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Truly Special Experience”
Reviewed March 28, 2022 for a stay in March 2022

Our experience on Play To Live with Paul and Dani, was unforgettable. We have been blessed to find such a personalised experience from start to finish.

We stayed for 3 nights and 3 days. Each day was filled with both activity and relaxation. Paul was a brilliant sailor, and made us feel comfortable learning the ropes - literally! Daniella was warm, her cooking was unparralelled (shes an Italian chef!) and we wished we stayed longer to hear their amazing sailing stories!

The boat itself was comfortable with hot showers. Plenty of space and privacy for a couple or trio! Our highlights were learning how to sail with Paul, swimming/snorkelling, learning how to make fresh egg pasta with Dani and of course enjoying the spectacular San Blas islands!

We had never experienced sailing before this trip, and now we want to go again! Thank you guys, and im sure we will cross paths again in the future!

Date of stay: March 2022
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Maria M
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome people, beautiful archipelago”
Reviewed January 31, 2020 for a stay in January 2020

Paul and Daniella are great people and they make an amazing team. It would take me all day to go on about all the ways they went above and beyond expectations for our family. They are both excellent cooks. They were fun and very playful with our kids who are 8 & 10. Paul likes it if you can write a song about him while you're there. Ha ha.
Paul is happy to teach how to sail. They are very knowledgeable about the area and people.
They have hot water showers! This is amazing. The boat is very comfortable. They also have excellent tasting drinking water.
We had a great mix of relaxation, snorkeling, wandering on islands, meeting local people and sailing. And lots of eating their very good food. They also took us on a trip up the river where the local people grow bananas and coconuts and get their drinking water.
If you have a chance to go to the Guna Yala, book your trip with Paul and Daniella. You'll be so glad that you did.

Date of stay: January 2020
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Trek71877...
1 review
“Fabulous sailing adventure in San Blas Islands!”
Reviewed December 17, 2019 for a stay in December 2019

Our four days on Play to Live were nothing short of fantastic. Our hosts Paul and Dani went out of their way to share places and experiences in the San Blas that only “insiders”, who have lived there for years, could know. They took us to great snorkeling and beaches and to a small island where we met their Kuna friends who are rarely visited by outsiders. There we were fortunate to see and learn about how the Kuna live and buy beautiful Molas from the elderly woman who created them. On another day we explored the Diablo River in their motor dingy, and saw monkeys, many different types of birds, iguanas and a crocodile. Since we’re professional photographers, this was a highlight of our trip. We came home with many great images of wildlife, dramatic sunsets, and beautiful islands, and Kuna people and culture.

Dani cooked delicious food and taught us to make traditional Italian pizza. Paul played a delightful variety of great music and we enjoyed our conversations about Panama, travel, movies, the space shuttle (which was visible on two evenings) and much more. Play to Live is a beautiful, comfortable boat which we delighted in helping to sail. In summary, we made wonderful new friends with Paul and Dani, and had an amazing experience.

Date of stay: December 2019
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Mary V
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Once in a lifetime experience!”
Reviewed April 6, 2019 for a stay in April 2019
1
person found this review helpful

In the 12 days I spent in Panama, my two days with Paul and Dani in San Blas were the absolute highlight of our trip. From the time we booked with them- Paul was in close communication about logistics and planning. We had countless new experiences and adventures from learning to sail, catching mackerel for lunch, having islands to ourselves, snorkeling the gorgeous reefs of San Blas, eating DELICIOUS Italian food; all of which made for a trip of a lifetime. Paul and Dani went above and beyond with their communication, hospitality, delicious meals, and in reminding us that to live is to play and to play is to live! Their warmth and fun dynamic as a couple made us feel like we had known them our whole lives. When booking with this awesome couple- I advise you to trust the process. Paul and Dani have a seamless system down and go above and beyond to ensure everything is smooth. I already miss San Blas so much and I hope we can do it again soon!!!

Date of stay: April 2019
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Synara B
Porto Alegre, RS
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Amazing experience!!!”
Reviewed March 24, 2019 for a stay in March 2019
2
people found this review helpful

It was really a great experience to go sailing with Paul and Daniela in San Blas. We've spent 3 nights and 3 days onboard in March 2019, having fun, good food and drinking, enjoying the beautiful beaches and islands in San Blas. Everything was great, we have no complains, only good things to tell about. Paul and Daniela were really great buddies for our vacation, including being very nice and kind with my husband, Renato, who doesn't speak english, neither spanish! Despite this "little problem", everything went in a very good way! Paul was even successfull on helping Renato to pilot the sail boat, when Renato had much fun! Everything onboard was really ok, fullfilling our expectations. Since the first contact we've made, asking for reservation dates, Paul and Daniela was very nice, answering our questions in a short time and explaining how things would work to get to San Blas. This part (getting from Panama City to San Blas) was really an adventure, but they've arranged everything so well that all went very smoothly. It was really amazing and we had so much fun spending these days onboard with them, including a great time playing ball on the beach! We recommend very highly to make a trip on their sailboat. We sure would like to repeat the experience. We felt very comfortable and "at home". And what to say about the food? It was really great, also! From the breakfast to dinner everything was really, really marvelous and delicious!!!! We only have to be very thankfull to Paul and Daniela, for being so great hosts and have made our time onboard such a great experiece and happy vacation!

Date of stay: March 2019
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Paradise2...
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect way to see San Blas Island”
Reviewed March 4, 2019 for a stay in February 2019
2
people found this review helpful

We traveled to Panama in late Feb. This was an amazing experience to sail the San Blas Island with Paul and Daniela for four days. From the very start after booking with Play to Live. Paul quickly communicated with us and was very clear about any question's we had. The travels plans to get to the San Blas Island from the resort near Panama was well organized and a great adventure !! When we arrived to the sail boat and was greeted by Paul and Daniela the fun began. We Sailed to different islands, enjoyed the beautiful water, swimming, fishing, meeting some of the locals, and learning about the culture and history of San Blas. Now i have to mention the food !! The food was amazing. The breakfast every morning that was prepared by Paul was very delicious !! The lunches and Dinners. Daniela prepared was jaw dropping !! She made us fish and lobster that we had caught earlier in the day. The pasta and pizza was absolutely out of this world !!! The COLD beer and wine went well with every meal !! The full trip was a great experience, relaxing and beautiful. Paul and Daniela both I can call friends now. If your looking to travel and see the San Blas Island's. Paul and Daniela is the right pick ! Thanks again for such a great time !!

Date of stay: February 2019
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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