We're excited to share an amazing new hotel, Isla Palenque, which is perfect for a beach vacation in Panama. Located on the Pacific Coast and adjacent to the Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park, this 400-acre island retreat is a haven of unspoiled sandy beaches, lush tropical jungles, rich marine ecosystems, an intriguing human history and peaceful seclusion from the world outside.
What To Do There
On-island activities abound for guests to design each day to their liking, choosing from a variety of guided hikes, SUP and kayaking tours to discovering remote beaches, mangrove forests with abundant bird life, indigenous fishing techniques and the archaeological remains of past human settlements. Guest can also explore the island's five miles of beaches, join the chef for a cooking class, practice yoga or recline in a hammock with a good book. Off-island tours such as deep-sea fishing and Island hopping in the Marine Park to snorkeling or diving can be arranged as well.
Beachfront Casitas & Villa
Ocean views come standard in all 8 newly built beachfront casitas. Situated just steps from lapping waves and soft golden sand, casitas offer complete privacy, nestled among the lush tropical vegetation at the beach's edge. Each casita boasts a spacious indoor king-bed with AC & WiFi (plus space to add an extra single bed for a child), an outdoor shower and bathroom and an open-air living space with hammocks, porch swings and lounge chairs. For larger groups, the 6-bedroom Villa Estate allows guests to enjoy all of Isla Palenque's amenities, plus the privacy of their own home complete with private pool, deck and beach access.
Besides creative, organic and locally-sourced cuisine, Isla Palenque has taken their cuisine to the next level by partnering with rising-star Panamanian chef Andres Morataya to design the menu. Morataya's own restaurant on the Azuero peninsula, Panga, was recently highlighted in the New York Times. (Schedule permitting, he can also be booked to host private classes and workshops at Palenque for interested guests!)
Isla Palenque's mission is to develop in a manner that respects the island and its natural inhabitants, keeping it as wild and pristine as first discovered. The total developed footprint is approximately 5% of the island, with over half of the island kept as a nature reserve. Much of the wooden furniture is made from trees which have fallen naturally on the island, and the beach front casita structures are made from local teak. Many of the ingredients used in the Resort's meals are grown on the island.
How To Get There
To reach Isla Palenque, guests fly to the city of David, Panama and travel 45 minutes to the port town of Boca Chica, where they are met by hotel staff and take a calm, scenic 15-minute boat ride to the private island jetty.