In a nutshell
Isla Palenque was home to an ancient, pre-Columbian community. The island’s beauty and mystery made it a sacred site for the most holy of ceremonies. Indigenous tribes called it “Palenque”, meaning sanctuary. Hundreds of years later, the island continued to exist as a secluded preserve for rare primary forest and hundreds of species of plants, flowers, animals, and birds. Today, Isla Palenque is a 400-acre sanctuary for curious travelers who seek an idyllic destination of natural beauty and ancient history. As a luxury island resort with eight modern Casitas and a Villa Estate, it is the first of its kind in Panama. Each Casita is nestled in palm groves and jungle flora, boasts 1.3 km of beachfront, and is just 50 ft. from sprawling Playa Palenque beach. At Isla Palenque, delicious food is an ingredient essential to blissful island life. Despite its remote location, food miles are kept low and quality high, sourcing locally, organically and sustainable whenever possible. Island fruit trees provide the color; the organic garden the crunch; and the flavor – just pure ingredients combined with Panamanian passion.
Our rating: 5*
Location: In front of Palenque Beach on Palenque Island, 15 minutes by boat from Boca Chica
In the rooms (8): Private bathroom with organic toiletries; King-size bed; air conditioning; ceiling fan; double armoires; dressing area; safe; minibar; turndown service; private garden; beach hammocks; porch with sofas and outdoor shower; Wifi
Guest services: Restaurant; two bars; infinite pool; massage room; water sports; seven beaches; forest trails
Included: Three meals per day; non-alcoholic beverages; snacks; use of kayaks, paddle boards, and fishing rods; daily tours
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