Discover a Tropical Island Experience at Isla Palenque
“It's better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times”
Life gains meaning through wonder and curiosity. Your search for Panama's premier island resort finds its fulfilment at Isla Palenque, where you'll rekindle and revitalise your spirit, returning home more refreshed and in a profoundly healthy state of well-being.
Centuries ago, Isla Palenque was inhabited by an ancient pre-Columbian community. Indigenous tribes aptly named it ‘Palenque’, symbolising a sanctuary. Today, the island remains a sacred refuge, home to invaluable primary forests hosting hundreds of plant species, flowers, and a vibrant array of wildlife and birds. While here, you'll enjoy the calm moments listening to the melodic songs of chirping birds, a soothing chorus that makes you feel like they're serenading you.
Isla Palenque Resort is a proud member of The Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels. Through its environmental awareness efforts and sustainability programs, it represents a new generation of hoteliers leading the way for intelligent luxury travel.
Let’s explore the incredible wonders that Isla Palenque offers you in abundance.
The Story of Where It All Began
The catalyst for Benjamin Loomis, owner of Isla Palenque Resort, to choose island life was the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. For five years, Ben called Isla Palenque home. He often slumbered in a hammock along the shores of Playa Palenque, captivated by the island's enchanting allure and its intriguing past.
Leveraging his expertise as an architect and design-builder, Ben applied his vision to transform the island into the finest luxury resort it could become. The brilliant design, artisanal furniture, and every single detail and amenity provided here have been thoughtfully chosen to enhance and uphold what is considered to be the most prized luxury feature.
The resort is located in the Gulf of Chiriqui, just off the western Pacific coast of Panama, near the border of Costa Rica. Find out how to reach Isla Palenque. When you’re here, make your way to your exquisite room that promises some of the most mindful and luxurious experiences of your life.
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Your Beachfront Casita is Just Steps From the Ocean
Welcome to your contemporary, cosy retreat. Crafted with a focus on indoor-outdoor living, you'll relish your open-air lounge area and bath, and enjoy all the indulgences one would anticipate from a five-star luxury hotel. Isla Palenque, with just eight luxury Beachfront Casitas on the 400-acre island, offers privacy and exclusivity.
Imagine waking up to the breathtaking sunrise, enveloped by the lush jungle. Here, you can witness and listen to the sounds of exotic birds, monkeys and the soothing sea. Every Beachfront Casita offers a secluded retreat within lush palm groves, with a personal path leading directly to the ocean, providing access to 1.3 kilometres of unspoiled beachfront along Playa Palenque.
At your secluded retreat, you'll find thoughtfully curated amenities to enhance your stay. From the spacious king-sized bed to the convenience of air conditioning and ceiling fans, every detail has been carefully considered. You’ll love indulging in open-air baths in the soaker tub, provided with organic toiletries and plush cotton robes.
Once you've cherished your personal haven, venture out for invigorating jungle hikes.
Discover the Secrets of the Island on Jungle Hikes
Isla Palenque was honoured as a National Geographic Unique Lodge. The location you'll explore on the Secrets of the Island hike has been acknowledged for its archaeological significance, adding an extra layer of intrigue to your visit.
During this exploration, your Island Guide will unveil the island's hidden gems. Together, you'll navigate a labyrinth of jungle trails and precious primary forests, immersing yourself in the island's charm. As you hike through the labyrinth of interwoven jungle trails, the enduring natural mysteries and hidden wonders that grace the island will be revealed.
Isla Palenque's stories span centuries. Join this hiking tour to explore her rich and encompassing wonders in greater depth. Check out the complete tour book, which will guide you to your next adventures.
Revel in Beachfront Dining at Isla Palenque
Panamanian cuisine is a fascinating blend of flavours and traditions, influenced by a diverse range of cultures and ecosystems. The cuisine features an abundance of fresh seafood, tropical fruits and indigenous ingredients that celebrate the country's rich heritage. The culinary approach at Isla Palenque is hyper-local, sustainable and delicious.
Here, the menus evolve in harmony with the changing seasons, becoming an essential aspect of your island experience. Each appetiser, entree and cocktail presented to you is a fusion of Panama's culinary heritage, international influences that have graced the isthmus, and the bountiful produce sourced from their organic farm.
Isla Palenque provides you with locally sourced, seasonal produce, as well as grass-fed, hormone-free beef and poultry and responsibly caught seafood. The resort proudly holds the Dock to Dish certification, which means they receive deliveries of freshly caught seafood from the nearby fishermen.
At Isla Palenque, you'll find that you're contributing to a positive shift in the travel and tourism industry. Here, your actions make a meaningful difference, and that's truly fulfilling.
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