Sweet Bocas is built upon four core pillars: education, environment, entertainment and intellectual exchange. As an experienced world traveler and restaurateur, Annick envisioned a place that would create opportunities to give back to the community and for people to live and feel a different and authentic experience. She created a place where families and friends can come together to experience nature, learn about the planet and its ecosystems, engage in all sorts of activities, provide and offer their time and skills to local communities or simply be in the moment while enjoying the ultimate luxury experience in absolute privacy.


We at Sweet Bocas are dedicated to providing a conscious travel experience that in turn creates a positive impact for the indigenous communities of Bocas del Toro, Panama. We have self imposed strict environmental standards, support and employ members of local communities and partner with locally embedded organizations such as Give and Surf. We are proud to support education, sponsor scholarships and continue the sustainable empowerment of hundreds of individuals in Bocas del Toro.


Canadian born and raised in Africa, Annick Belanger is an unassuming host and ex restaurateur who had a vision to create a place for limitless opportunities to explore, discover, create, and give back. She thrives on creating environments where people feel good, authentic and are able to exchange thoughts and ideas with others. That is why after visiting Bocas del Toro and exploring the island where Sweet Bocas is now located, she went on a quest to make her vision a reality.

Following the footsteps of her father, a pioneer and founder of trade schools and educational vocational programs that impacted many lives, Annick believes education to be at the core of the mission at Sweet Bocas. This is why our team continues to work on making Sweet Bocas a platform for much of what we endorse such as sustainability, empowerment and scholarship while providing a truly high end experience that goes beyond luxury.  

Today, Sweet Bocas is an expansive estate on a private island with a villa that includes all the amenities and comforts one could dream of.  From consciously curated furnishings, to a state of the art self sustaining farm and greenhouse, all offerings throughout the Sweet Bocas experience are meant to give back in a larger, more meaningful fashion: servicing people, initiatives, and organizations that are making the world a better place.


Our team and staff are here to make sure our guests have the most fulfilling and seamless experience possible. We work around the clock to cater our guests’ needs at the highest standards. Our diverse staff is from all over the world including local indigenous people from the Ngöbe-Buglé tribe, the US, Canada, Europe and South America.


Our team includes:

  • Chef

  • Sous-chef

  • Hostesses

  • Mixologist

  • Maids

  • Runner

  • Private excursions and activities guide

  • Masseuses

  • Yogi

  • Personal Trainer

  • Tennis instructor

  • Surfing instructor

  • Director of operations

  • Permaculture crew (gardeners)

  • Construction team