When planning where to stay in Bocas del Toro, La Selva at Nomad Tree Lodge, known simply as La Selva, stood out. Looking for a unique place to stay, it was a perfect fit. A boutique adventure accommodation nestled in the jungle, La Selva is a great place to stay to connect with nature and be only a short ride away from town.
At first sight of the jungle tree houses, I fell in love with the property. Little a-frame bungalows tucked in the trees, fully screened in to protect from bugs, but still allowing beautiful jungle views. Enjoy frequent monkey sightings and hear them play outside your window while listening to the sounds of the waves from the beach nearby.
Thinking of staying at the La Selva in Bocas del Toro? Here is my honest review of the property.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of La Selva at Nomad Tree Lodge. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About La Selva
La Selva is an eco-lodge with treehouses and a surf shack characterized by its rustic decor and tropical forest vibes. The eco-lodge aims to provide a space to relax and unplug; while providing a unique jungle experience.
I was able to meet the owner Lilly, and she is lovely. All the staff I met were kind, easy-going, and gave the best dinner recommendations.
Found outside of Bocas town on the main island of Colon, La Selva at Nomad Tree Lodge is only a 10-15 minute taxi ride from town. Its slightly remote location makes it a good choice for quieter accommodation. Once at their street, head down the dirt road, up the hill, and climb a long flight of stairs to reach the lobby/hangout/pool area.
Address: 01 Paunch Beach Rd, Bocas del Toro, Panama
La Selva: Room Features
The treehouses at La Selva are clean and spacious.
Here are the main features of the treehouses at La Selva at Nomad Tree Lodge:
- Queen-size beds and linens
- Completely screened in rooms
- Outdoor showers
- Private or shared washroom options
- Hot water in private showers
Apart from the seven queen suites and A-frame treehouses, La Selva offers ten surf shack rooms with individual beds for solo travellers looking for something smaller. Need something bigger? A 2-level king suite treehouse is available, featuring a main floor private bathroom, an upstairs bedroom with a king-size bed, and an outdoor hangout space.
As part of the rustic experience to experience the sounds of the jungle, rooms are screened-in, and there are no AC units. Evenings have more comfortable cool temperatures, but there are fans if you need them. Nature’s breeze and the fan allow for airflow in the treehouse.
Tip: Bring your favourite toiletries with you, as the eco-lodge does not provide toiletries for your stay.
Things we liked about our room and our stay at La Selva? Falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle and nearby crashing ocean waves. Using our private outdoor shower after enjoying an afternoon swim in the jungle pool. Watching the monkeys play in the trees while standing on our queen suite treehouse balcony. The sounds of nature did make for earlier morning wakeups than I am used to, but the unique jungle experience was worth it.
La Selva Nomad Tree Lodge: Amenities
The amenities of La Selva at Nomad Tree Lodge include:
- Jungle pool
- Frequent monkey sightings
- Wifi in lobby
- Filtered drinkable rainwater in the lobby
- Caribbean-inspired breakfast ($)
- Daily morning yoga classes ($)
- Bike rentals ($)
An above-ground pool in the rainforest with a water feature and deck built around it, the jungle pool is perfect for an afternoon dip. Don’t feel like swimming? Lounge poolside in one of the lounger chairs. I found it refreshing and swam in the pool daily during my stay at La Selva.
The internet available at the eco-lodge isn’t always strong enough to reach the treehouses. Part of the experience is the ability to disconnect, but if you want wifi, you will find the best signal while lounging poolside or sitting at the tables in the lobby area. The internet didn’t reach inside my treehouse, but I would get a weak signal while standing on my balcony.
It’s important to note that there are a lot of stairs at La Selva. I didn’t realize how many until I arrived, but it’s good to know for any mobility limitations. Climbing stairs are needed to enter and leave, as well as to get around the hotel. If you are looking for accessible accommodations, La Selva will not be a good fit.
Yoga Class at La Selva
Morning yoga classes are available daily at La Selva. Certain days of the week also have an afternoon yoga option. The cost starts at 7 USD per class and includes access to a yoga mat.
Enjoy a yoga class in nature at their outdoor studio overlooking the jungle. The yoga staff and students are easygoing, and the instructor takes input on what body parts to focus each class on based on the group’s needs. My yoga class at La Selva was one of the most relaxing classes I’ve been to, and I enjoyed it.
Daily rates at La Selva start at 95 USD for a treehouse with a private washroom.
How to Get to La Selva
You can get to La Selva from Bocas town by taxi or bicycle. It is too far from town to advise walking. The taxi ride takes about 10-15 minutes and costs 6-8 USD per group of 2 for each direction. When heading to the hotel, ask the taxi to drive you to La Selva Nomad Tree Lodge or the blue house just past Paki Point.
While it is easy to find a taxi from town, they are less frequent in the La Selva neighbourhood when looking to head into town, so the hotel has provided a helpful list of taxis to contact.
Things to Do Nearby
- Surfing at Paunch Beach
- Bluff Beach
- Plastic bottle Village
- Relax at a beach club
For more ideas, read my guide on What to Do in Bocas del Toro.
La Selva at Nomad Tree Lodge: Final Thoughts
In conclusion, I enjoyed my stay at La Selva and highly recommend staying at this eco-lodge. I suggest getting a room with a private washroom as there’s nothing like having a private outdoor shower; that’s my preference. This adventure accommodation is for those who want to enjoy a unique jungle stay; away from the noise of Bocas town. It was a dream of mine to stay in a treehouse, and it was what I wanted. I would gladly stay at La Selva again.
Learn more about La Selva at Nomad Tree Lodge and book your adventurous jungle stay by visiting their website.