On Isla Palenque, we’ve taken the traditional idea of “resort luxury” and run wild with it.
Traditional luxury resorts are designed to shield their guests from the full reality of the locale, which is oftentimes rough and raw, but also true and viscerally beautiful. This breed of resort is suitable for a tourist, but leaves much to be desired for a traveler – discerning travelers know better that luxury shouldn’t have to mean sacrificing the opportunity to discover a place for what it is.
Isla Palenque celebrates getting back to the origin of travel – uninhibited discovery of faraway lands. While we fully embrace the luxury of a vacation, we’ve made sure that the design and amenities of Isla Palenque seamlessly blend themselves into the real object of desire for those who travel to Panama: immersion in extraordinary wilderness.
All the delightful details, extras, and add-ons offered at our luxury eco-resort have been carefully determined to complement and sustain what we consider to be our greatest amenity: our incredible island.
From treatments at our open-air spa pavilion sheltered by a lush coconut grove with panoramic ocean views, to drink and towel service at our 2-tier waterfall infinity pool, to an organic farm that supplies picked-that-day produce to our restaurants that could hold their own in any cosmopolitan cuisine capital, and over 20 guided tours of the island, ocean, and mainland that provide once-in-a-lifetime exploration opportunities…
…our island sanctuary is certain to provide all the extravagance you require.
We don’t aim to be everything to everyone. And we’ve been very careful in our selection and development of luxury amenities that truly heighten the experience on Isla Palenque. Through planning and ingenious design, we invite you straight into the heart of Panama, where our island gem waits to wow you with a powerful conception of luxury travel. To do that, here are a few things we’ve chosen to do without:
There is no television.
If you’ve traveled to the diverse and thrilling country of Panama and yet wish to watch TV in your room, we can recommend a hotel in the capital where you’ll be quite comfortable. But when immersed in our rare tropical ecosystem brimming with opportunities for adventure, exploration, and serene relaxation… you probably will have zero inclination to channel surf.
For a rainy afternoon or restless children, your in-room iPad is loaded with movies, and wi-fi access will allow you to stay up-to-date with the outside world – but we completely understand if you prefer to shut it out.
Our fitness center = outside.
We think staring at paradise through a pane of glass while running on a belt is just silly. If our tours and hikes aren’t enough physical activity for one day, join us each morning for a fitness class that immerses you into the island environment. Our classes rotate on a 7-day circuit, and range from beachfront yoga to trail runs and jungle cardio circuits to weight training with coastal rocks – we cover all the basics of a healthy fitness regimen: cardio, weight training, and restoration. We promise that the time will fly and that you’ll get a good workout – you can thank us later for helping you out of your gym rut.
No Chicken Nuggets.
We view food as an integral part of experiencing a new place. Our menus are designed to open a window onto the local culture — every appetizer, entrée, and cocktail we’ll serve you is imbued with Panamanian tradition, the international flavor influences that have traveled to the isthmus, and produce from our organic farm. Our cuisine is certain to send you home with a few new, uniquely Panamanian dishes on your favorite foods list — if you ask our chef, he may be willing to share his recipe.
While our cuisine is designed to encourage the sampling of local foods, we know that sometimes its good to refresh the palate with something familiar. We include a “safe” option in each menu category and on each daily menu for the picky eaters.
(Of course, our children’s menu is an exception to the Chicken Nuggets embargo.)
We think you’re naturally beautiful.
If you’re bound and determined to fight the humidity with a blow dryer and an intense application of product, we’ll have a blow dryer available that can be delivered to your room upon request. However, no one here cares that your hair is as naturally unruly as the jungle surround — but we do care a little that your beauty routine uses as much electricity as it takes to keep the light on in your room for a full 24 hours.
We don’t have air-conditioning in every room.
All of our rooms and suites have been sited along the coast to capture and move ocean breezes through your room, with help from a fan, but only our 6 Estate Rooms set back from Playa Primera come equipped with A/C. Why? One thing an air-conditioner cannot do is replicate the deeply relaxing sound and scent of the ocean breeze. Also, nature does a fine job of cooling and circulating the air all by herself, and our rooms are designed to maximize this effect. When you lay down to sleep your first night, you may feel a bit warm, but night cools tremendously and it is common for guests to turn off their fan after midnight. Also, 24 hours of acclimation works wonders.
If you ask about nightlife, we hope you mean phosphorescence.
There is no resort row, backpackers backstreet, or Margarita in Paradise barefoot beach bar nearby. While we’re quite proud of the mix of classic and island-inspired cocktails that grace our daily rotating specialty cocktail menu, and have been caught hiking, star-gazing or perched next to a bonfire late into the night, “nightlife” on Isla Palenque and across the whole Gulf of Chiriqui is about the farthest thing from a college spring-breaker’s dream. A note to our neighbors: let’s keep it that way.
We’ve made a strong choice from day one to preserve Isla Palenque as not only a pristine wilderness that deserves to be protected in and of its own right, but as our greatest luxury. Some of you may already know that you simply cannot abide by our concept of luxury adventure travel, in which case, we respectfully discourage you from visiting our island. But if you found yourself nodding, smiling in agreement, or jiggling your knee in excitement – we can’t wait to show you how luxury is redefined on Isla Palenque.