Do you have HIGH profile clients who are elite travelers who would like to disappear to a luxury private villa in paradise? Sweet Bocas in Panama’s Bocas del Toro is the place!
Our first glimpse of Sweet Bocas is of the villa itself—its canopies like multicolored sails flying on open waters. The property is built on a promontory that holds a freshwater lake, a gym and an infinity pool, tennis courts, and additional accommodations—none visible from the water. A long dock connects the villa to land, and from its broad surrounding decks, you can jump right into the warm ocean. Belanger operates the seven-bedroom villa much as if you were visiting the fully staffed private estate of a close friend. The rooms are free of televisions (though equipped with speedy Wi-Fi and Bang & Olufsen sound systems), and furnished with large, gracious beds that look out to endless seas. All the decor within has been carefully collected over a lifetime—from colorful Senegalese dining chairs woven from fishing nets to cushions made in the Peruvian Andes.
Each evening, the dining experience is different. The entire property has been orchestrated around a sophisticated permaculture practice that also sustains gardens, a greenhouse and a fruit forest, and supplies Ecuadorian chef Wilmo Ordoñez, who arrived having worked in the famed Gustu in Bolivia and Panama’s Maito. It’s what he does with this bounty that is spectacular. Each meal is a multicourse spectacle of beautifully composed dishes dictated by the day’s catch and harvest: a simple Ecuadorean ceviche studded with roasted chickpeas; dramatic octopus tentacle with potato mousse and tamarind barbecue sauce; risotto studded with chunks of lobster; a whimsically postmodern lemon meringue tart.