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The Resort at Isla Palenque
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Boca Chica
Savannah, Georgia
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Absolutely Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

My husband and I were blessed to spend a week on this island paradise. We did not know what to expect with a new resort with no reviews on tripadvisor, but something told me to just book it and enjoy the adventure of being one of the first guests. I am so glad we did. It all started with the constant communication with staff before we arrived to help ensure our trip was everything we hope for and more. This was one of my favorite vacations. The mix of luxury, attention to detail, attentiveness of staff and adventure was just perfect. From the beautiful oceanfront room down to the gourmet food and drinks, no detail was overlooked. We enjoyed the island hikes and boating adventures with our guides Rodolfo, Jairon, Aris and Manuel, who were all so knowledgable and entertaining. Each meal was outstanding. Chef Oliver is amazing and our waiters Carlo and Carlos were so nice and attentive. We had a special private dinner on a platform above the beach one night. The seven course dinner paired with seven cocktails was unparalleled. This little eco-luxury resort really was a little slice of Heaven. The monkeys, birds and iguanas combined with all of the edible fruits and plants made exploring the island such a unique experience. My hope is as this resort grows and more people take advantage of all that it has to offer, that it will stay wondrous and uncommercialized. Thank you for sharing fantasy island with us. We fell in love with the island and the resort. We were very sad to leave and felt like we were leaving friends as the staff waved good bye from the dock as we departed. Truly an amazing experience, one in which we hope we will repeat when we return (we will definitely go back).

Room Tip: We loved the large balcony and the sunrise views from our oceanfront room. Also the outdoor shower w...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boquete, Panama
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

My wife and I celebrated her birthday at Isla Palenque. The owners have done a beautiful job with this resort. We selected the Isla Palenque resort online and I can honestly say that as good as their web pages is, it understates how beautiful the resort and the rooms truly are. I recommend the ocean front room with king size bed and an outdoor shower. The views are spectacular. The food and drinks were gormet quality in both presentation and flavor. We looked forward to every meal. They must have one of the finest chefs in Panama. The iPad tablet provided in the room was a nice touch. The high-speed internet allowed us to listen to streaming music on the iPad. The Isla Palenque staff was friendly, courteous and efficient. Thanks Isla Palenque Resort for a wonderful and memorable birthday. We highly recommend this unique island resort get-away.

Room Tip: We loved the ocean front room on the first floor. It features an outdoor shower.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Greenville, South Carolina, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

Well, we couldn't find them but I could swear our fantasy began as we stepped off the boat onto the Isla Palenque dock. You will not find better service as they will attend to your every need.The food was incredible, as good or better than the Napa culinary experience...Chef Oliver is truly an artist. The island hopping tours are awesome...we fully recommend the Islas Secas tour, the water is so clear you can snorkel from the boat! The views are breathtaking from every corner...you don't just see ocean, but rock formations with lush vegetation in the middle of the ocean. Our kids loved the experience and saw more animal species than in our local zoo. We highly recommend this luxury location, you will not want to leave.

Room Tip: Have to splurge on an Ocean Suite.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

After reading the other rave reviews and well-described island resort attributes, I am beginning to think it may be impossible in words to actually share how incredibly unique, and how incredibly awesome, a visit to this place can be. Maybe TripAdvisor could expand its owl eyeball rating system, giving us early visitors an opportunity to capture in a special sixth circle a wordless assessment about a once in a life time experience!

The family trip planning for this adventure felt like a big risk - new place, new resort, remote location - what could, in fact, go right? It turns out - everything.

The "remoteness" added to the sense of adventure and discovery. Getting there feels a bit like an expedition, water landing and all. The lack of development as you crawl through jungle in your pint-sized shiny white van only enhances the feeling that you have been assigned to the island as an explorer of sorts.

After arriving at the resort, the feeling slightly changes from a pure adventure trip to the possibility that you are a celebrity invited to your wealthy friend's private island. Spacious and uber comfortable private spaces, island elegant communal spaces, and the pool and dining area all connected by outdoor walkways - a great way to keep you connected to the surroundings and to make certain your gaze is pulled to the animals of the moment (iguanas and howler monkeys the favorites) and/or the impossibly cool beach at the foot of the resort. On top of the design is piled the service and food. Both exceptional and well-reviewed.

From these first impressions forward, my family was able to move effortlessly back and forth between being the explorers/adventurers and the celebrity visitor. Sometimes lounging about the pool, and sometimes lunging around island. For all the remoteness and wild, everything felt safe and secure. Manual, Rodolfo, Hiro (our Hero) and Aris - expert eco-guides with patience beyond the call of duty.

Our one desire upon returning home was that the place could stay exactly as is and wait for us until we visit again. It can't and won't - but here is hoping that all visitors to this special place (and the operators) work to keep the wonder of it all in place.

Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2013

We have travelled to Panama for 20 years, but this is the first truly 5 star luxury eco resort we have found. The food and service are world class, and there are enough activities for all types of visitors. Our kids love the beach and the island hopping. We loved the island walks and drinks at sunset, We thought 3 nights would be perfect but we left feeling we should have spent a week!

Special experiences included watching from the ocean suites the howler monkeys eating fruit high up in the nearby trees; enjoying the dolphins swim with the boat on the island hopping tour.

Ask chef Oliver for cooking lessons, or master guide Aris about the local island legends - magical realism still lives on in Chiriqui!

Room Tip: The ocean suites have the best views, but the jungle rooms are very quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Panama City, Panama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

We'd rather not share the secret because our kids want to go back and dig up the secret treasures they couldn't find ... It was an amazing stay, we have stayed in a fair share of Panamanian hotels and this is one of our favorites. The cabins have beautiful views, beds with heavenly pillows and lots of storage space (towel hooks missing in bathroom though). Food was served with an ocean view and a delicious combination of international and Panamanian cuisine (never knew chicaron could taste so good). Adventurewise it is unmatched, monkeys, crabs, secret paths, snorkeling, bat caves, rock climbing, lunch on a deserted beach; then a siesta in the cool room and dip in the pool at the end of the day. It might not be the ultimate holiday for very small kids (< 3) though. Summing it all up, pirate patch during the day and high heels at night. Just the way a luxury Jungle Island Retreat should be!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Milwaukee, WI
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

We were fortunate enough to stay at the Resort on Isla Palenque in early March and we are STILL relishing with amazement at all we experienced. It's truly an over-the-top experience both in the beauty of the island, the amazing attentiveness and friendliness of the staff and the beautiful way the buildings are nestled into the trees, rocks and surroundings. From the moment they greet you at the pier, it's clear you are meant to relax, indulge and enjoy. Visually, the scenery is unmatched - crystal clear water, pristine and undisturbed beaches, monkeys, birds, full lush flora - I could go on and on. We hiked, swam, kayaked and took a boat ride to several private beaches for snorkeling and exploration. Throughout we were treated to gourmet meals prepared by a world class chef (even delivered to our beaches for lunch and snacks!). Each night we dined poolside, with the ocean just steps away. Our rooms (jungle room and ocean suite) were jaw dropping beautiful with keen detail spent on decor, amenities and personal touches. Aris and Rodulfo were amazing guides and full of knowledge. Jorge made our stay so special with his personal attention and kindness. He was always one step ahead of us in assuring we were having the times of our lives...and we did!

If you are looking for a trip to take in the beauty of the world, at a location where the environment is respected and revered, you cannot do wrong at the Resort at Isla Palenque!!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Resort at Isla Palenque
Address: Isla Palenque, Boca Chica, Panama
Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boca Chica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Boca Chica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Resort at Isla Palenque 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A new sustainable private island resort on a pristine 400-acre jungle island in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama, featuring 16 luxury rooms nestled among forest trees with glimpses of the Pacific, two restaurants, a spa and over 20 custom tours and adventures on the island, in the Gulf and on the mainland. ... more   less 
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The Resort At Isla Palenque Panama/Boca Chica

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