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Torben2020

Billfish tournament 2022

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 Nov 2022
This was once again a fantastic trip!
Attended the 2022 billfish tournament as an annual ritual.
From the time you arrive at the Panama international Airport till you leave it again, you are greeted with professionalism from the Tropic Star Team. It's like clockwork every single time I come for this event.
Arrival at the Tropic Star lodge always feels like the first time you have ever been there - besides all the familiar faces of the amazing staff.
As always, accommodations, food, drinks and service was perfect!
The fishing experience gave us plenty of action. With a couple of sailfish landed, raised a blue Marlin and lost a blue marlin (can't get them all).
Besides billfish we had a really good size yellowfin tuna, and more Mahi than you can ask for... impossible to keep them off the hooks. Never seen anything like it before.
Every time you come to Tropic Star the experience is different year after year, but it is always positive and you leave with a feeling of wanting more!!

Thanks again Tropic Star and see you next year!!
Date of stay: November 2022
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this review
Responded 28 Nov 2022
Dear Torben2020,

It was great having you return to Tropic Star Lodge for the annual billfish tournament! As always, it was such fun. Especially having so many familiar faces coming back to battle for a bid to the OWC. That Mahi bite was insane in between the billfish action. We appreciate your positive feedback and happy to know that we continue to deliver an experience that keeps you coming back to visit us. We can’t wait to see you back down to Tropic Star next year for the annual billfish tournament!

All the best wishes,
Mallory and Richard White
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Reviewed 3 October 2022

The hotel staff were all exceptional, the personalized service we received is the best I have ever experienced. They all remembered you and your preferences so within two days the morning coffee brought to my room was creamed and sweetened to my liking, at the Marlin Bar they knew exactly what I wanted after a long day on the water. The Chef was extraordinary; evening meals were extravagant, breakfast was perfectly prepared to order, and the "boat lunches" we perfect. I have only been home 3 days and already with I could return.

Date of stay: September 2022
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2022

Dear 218mattheww,

Thank you for taking time to leave your five star review of your stay at Tropic Star Lodge. We love hearing how our staff provided an excellent and personalized service -thank you for mentioning that aspect of your trip! Thank you for also commenting on Chef Gabriel and his team's fabulous food. We look forward to welcoming you back to Tropic Star Lodge for your next fishing adventure! We hope to see you again soon.

Best wishes,
Mallory White

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Reviewed 29 August 2022

I am a booking agent by trade and my expectations can be tough. However, Tropic Star Lodge is by far the best Lodge Based fishing experience I have ever had. From start to finish, they deliver on every measurable expectation possible.

Room tip: Ask for Cheyenne when booking your stay.
Date of stay: August 2022
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2022

Dear Rebecca A,

Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to leave your five star review of Tropic Star Lodge. We appreciate your comments and so happy to know that we were able to deliver on the high expectations that our guests have come to expect. We hope to see you back soon for your next fishing vacation!

All the best wishes,

Mallory and Richard White

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Reviewed 24 August 2022

Our group from Cayman just got back from 4 days of fishing Tropic Star Lodge and were blown away by the service from the moment we touched down in Panama. The transfers, facilities, boats, room, food and of course the fishing were fantastic. Richard, Ross and Pat (along with the rest of the staff) made sure we were taken care of every step of the way. Our boat Captains Jose and Fidel and their respective crews were on point and helped us land tons of sails and dorado topped off with 4 monster marlin. Some firsts in there for our group which made it even more special. Luckily, we had Matilda on board to capture those moments of joy on camera.

We’ve all travelled extensively, and this is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth with absolute first-class standards. If you’re lucky enough to get a reservation, then jump on it. We were all sad to leave but know that we'll never forget this experience.

Special thanks to Bonnie for patiently answering all our booking questions in the 18 months leading up to this adventure.

In the meantime, we’ll try to recalibrate our expectations for the next fishing trip in our local waters!

Room tip: As a group of 6, the palace was perfect for all of us to hang out together.
Date of stay: August 2022
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2022

Dear Stormdog1981,

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your review of your recent fishing vacation to Tropic Star Lodge. We’re happy to know that our staff took great care of you as well as your crew. Congratulations on all those memorable catches especially those first catches! Glad you had Matilda on board to capture the joy and the fish. Thank you again for your kind words regarding your stay and we definitely agree with you that Tropic Star Lodge is one of the most beautiful places on earth. We hope to see you return back sometime soon for your next fishing adventure.

All the best wishes,
Mallory and Richard White

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Reviewed 21 August 2022 via mobile

I am privileged to have fished and visited the most exotic locations in the world and this tops them all. The enthusiasm radiates from GM Richard down to those that clean your villa. The staff from the first hour of arrival knew my wife and my first names. The food is superb esp considering the remoteness (104 miles from Panama City) of the location. Our Capt put me on six Blue Marlin to 350lb, seventeen Sailfish, fifteen Dorado with two at 60lbs and two YF Tuna all in five days. We toured the local Indian village where most of lodge employees live. How interesting to see kids and families interacting and happy in spite of what some may define as sub-standard living conditions. My wife who doesn’t fish was on the boat with me each day and said at the end, the trip exceeded all of her expectations.

Room tip: Take your rain gear
Date of stay: August 2022
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2022

Dear Voyager33324325390,

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review of your phenomenal experience at Tropic Star Lodge. We are honored to know that of all the places that you have fished, that your recent trip here topped them all –thank you for the compliment. Our staff is very enthusiastic and passionate and we’re really glad to know that you felt that as well during your stay. Congratulations on your fishing. We hope to see you back soon!

Best wishes,
Mallory and Richard White

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Reviewed 21 August 2022 via mobile

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Our first visit to Tropic star was magical as we celebrated my wife’s birthday at this 5 star fishing resort. From the time you land in Panama City you are in the hands of the great staff at the Lodge. They take care of every detail with a smile and ease. Ross who handles the land operation is energetic , sincere and truly works hard to make sure you love your journey. Richard runs the fishing side of the business and his captains and mates are first rate. They work very hard to get you to the fish and will take every measure to try and make it a memorable experience. The rooms are well appointed with tremendous views of the seas. We were in 1A and it was memorable. The food and bar staff are fantastic as after a long day on the water you are greeted with a cold towel and cocktail of your choice…Snacks follow which are gourmet. If you love to fish , this is the super bowl of resorts. If you are Luke warm to fishing this is not your type of place. The folks we met are all very much interested in fishing and they are there to hunt down dinosaurs. I know I am missing some of the names of the staff that touched our lives and for that I am sorry but EVERYONE was simply GREAT….. Thank you Five Star for a life’s memorable moments. I am already starting to look at my next trip….

Date of stay: August 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mallory White, Guest Services / Front Office at Tropic Star Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2022

Dear thedonald7,

Thank you for leaving your thoughtful review of your recent stay at Tropic Star Lodge. We’re so happy that you chose Tropic Star Lodge to celebrate your wife’s birthday –we had so much fun getting to share in the experience with you both. Thank you for your kind words about our dedicated staff and happy to know that Ross, Rich and the rest of the staff made a five star impression on you. We look forward to seeing you again soon to hunt down dinosaurs!

All the best wishes,
Mallory

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