Photographer Adam Elliott visited Isla Palenque for the first time in early 2009, not long after Amble Resorts acquired it for development as a sustainable resort and residence community.
That first trip was one of raw experiences, and raw beauty.
The latter hasn’t changed at all on Isla Palenque, and the former is still wildly possible just a few steps from the Estate Rooms into the untouched jungle that covers over half the island.
However, in this visit Adam spent the majority of his time taking pictures of man-made structures nestled into the same wilderness he had previously photographed before we even had tents at base camp. Throughout his week-long stay at the newly-opened hotel, Adam found accommodating spaces to enjoy the indoors as well as out. In gratitude for the hospitality he experienced this go-round, it would seem, he brought the Estate Rooms and Edén restaurant of our Panama island resort beautifully to life in photos.
Another contrast to Adam’s first visit was the weather.
Photo Trip #1, late January (middle of dry season) = sunny skies, for an entire week!
Photo Trip #2, mid-May (Green Season getting started in earnest) = overcast skies, for an entire week.
In May, you should expect rain most evenings, and maybe two days in a row of overcast skies or drizzle, but not an entire week: that was highly unusual. Nevertheless, and as his photos bear witness, Adam found ways to let The Resort at Isla Palenque shine despite the sun’s unwillingness to do so.
The following slideshow shares a handful of images from Adam’s photo shoot at our new resort. Enjoy!
(Captions by Adam and his friend for thirty years, Amble President Ben Loomis.)
All photos by Adam Elliott, Elliott Photographic.