Isla Palenque Panama, A Luxury Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Isla Palenque in Panama – VIP Journey’s co-founder Michael Eiseman makes a case for Panama’s re-examination as a luxury destination. Properties such as Isla Palenque in the Gulf of Chiriqui is the first Luxury Beachfront & Rainforest Resort to rival anything in Costa Rica. This is the Cuyuga Collections first endevour into Panama. These are the same eco-lodge masterminds that brought us Lap Rios, Jicaro Island Lodge, Kura Design Villas, Uvita, Latitude 10, The Harmony Hotel and Lake Nicaraqua.
Located in the Gulf of Chiriquí, Panama, Isla Palenque is an undiscovered private island sanctuary. The island’s 160 hectares of lush jungle are framed by 7 untouched beaches, and house a number of wilderness trails and hidden spaces. Every inch is waiting to be explored by guests staying at the barefoot-luxury Beachfront Casitas (mid-2018) and Beachfront Villa Estate.
Who should come to Isla Palenque?
Wildlife and nature lovers, guests looking for an active beach vacation, soft adventure, relaxation and a unique rainforest and private island experience.
Unique hotel features
Private island where luxury and sustainability intertwine, 8 Beachfront Casitas (mid-2018), 6-room Beachfront Villa Estate vacation rental house, on-site tours, abundance of wildlife including monkeys and anteaters, locally-sourced food.
As guests check in to Isla Palenque, they open a door to a world of new experiences and undisturbed nature, enhanced by architecture and interior design that effortlessly blend into the tropical surroundings. The atmosphere of the hotel is a balance of sophisticated and private comfort, combined with peacefulness, relaxation, and playfulness. The service provided by the staff is so personalized, professional and detail-oriented that the Resort feels exclusive and at the same time familiar; guests feel free to explore and at the same
time feel taken care of. With a whole pristine island to discover through a number of included on-site tours, curious guests truly live an authentic, meaningful experience that goes far beyond a typical beach vacation.
• Hiking trails and on-site tours
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• 7 accessible private beaches
• Kayaks & paddleboards
• Off-property tours including snorkeling and fishing
Beachfront Casitas: 8 total
Beachfront Casitas epitomize luxury oceanfront and rainforest living. The romantic bungalows – secluded from one another amongst jungle flora – spill out onto the island’s largest beach. 650-square feet of air-conditioned barefoot luxury living encompass an airy main room, lounge area and expansive bathroom. King-sized beds ensure blissful nights; double armoires and a dressing are furnish ample space.Covered open-air lounges and bathrooms create a tranquil indoor-outdoor experience. Spacious private gardens invite guests to hammock their afternoons away, while outdoor tube and showers offer the chance to soak up nature’s good vibes.
Beachfront Casita Resort & Room Amenities
• Ocean views & direct beach access
• Air-conditioning & ceiling fans
• Daily housekeeping & turndown service
• Spacious private gardens
• Indoor & outdoor bathing experiences
• Laptop-sized safes
• Infinity pool & yoga deck
• Gourmet restaurant & bar
• Full-service spa
Beachfront Villa Estate vacation rental house: 6 rooms total
The Garden Room (1): The perfect island hideaway – this intimate room (240sqft) is ideal for those who love their creature comforts but prefer to be out and about. This room features a plush queen-sized bed, small seating area and an outdoor shower suspended among the jungle trees.
Jungle Rooms (3): Floor-to-ceiling jungle views and a glimpse of the ocean bring the best of both worlds to these 300sqft rooms with adjoining balconies. A queen-sized bed and cozy sitting area provide the perfect respite after a day of island adventure.
Ocean Suites (2): Our expansive, 500sqft. suites include a 150sqft balcony with sweeping views of the Pacific and surrounding forest. An indoor-outdoor
lounge, king-sized bed, driftwood desk, comfortable dining area, “his and hers”
sinks, rain-head shower, and giant soaking tub make our Ocean Suites the most
luxurious accommodations of the Villa Estate.
* The Ocean Suites are the only room category that can accommodate three people by adding an extra bed.
Beachfront Villa Estate Resort & Room Amenities
• Semi open-air restaurant & bar serving
a selection of home-cooked meals
• Infinity pool & direct beach access
• A/C and large ceiling fans (every room)
• 1 Ocean Suite and 1 Garden Room
feature outdoor showers
• Daily morning housekeeping service
• Laptop-sized safes
• One round trip boat transfer between Boca Chica and Isla Palenque per party on arrival and departure days
• 3 a-la-carte meals daily & snacks
• Non-alcoholic & non-mixed drinks
• On-site activities
• Complimentary use of kayaks, paddleboards, fishing equipment and more
On-site activities Secrets of the Island Hike, Hike to Punta Ballena, Kayak Tours, Tree Climbing Canopy Tour, Island Treks, Coastal Rock Hike, Stand-Up Paddle-boarding, Rock Fishing, Birdwatching and more. *Ocean-based activities are tide-dependent.
Sustainability at Isla Palenque
Isla Palenque’s mission is to develop in a manner that respects the island and its natural inhabitants, keeping it 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 Beachfront Casita structures are made from local teak. Many of the ingredients used in
the Resort’s meals are grown on the island.
You can reach Isla Palenque by car from the city of David (Enrique Malek Intl Airport) followed by a short boat transfer.
For more information about booking Isla Palenque or a larger itinerary including all of Panamas unique experiences, call (800) 772-9188 to speak with one of our Trip Designers.