This place is truly magical. Unbelievable natural beauty, luxurious accommodations designed with incredible eye for detail and ingeniously placed throughout the forest.... Isla Palenque is every nature lover's dream vacation. You can encounter incredible wildlife just relaxing by the pool (howler monkeys are EVERYWHERE) but the regularly scheduled tours allow you to see/experience even more. The boat trip to Isla Secas was definitely a highlight.
The food was excellent. The staff not only provides outstanding service but it also feels like you are saying goodbye to friends when you leave. WE MISS YOU BENNY! Even the other guests will likely be people you will have a good rapport with as you will all share a love of nature and of travel to off the beaten path locations. Dinners at Las Rocas always resulted in interesting conversations (and this is coming from a person who, to be perfectly honest, sometimes believes that "hell is other people").
The package deals are absolutely worth it, as food, drinks and tours are not cheap. I am sure the Jungle and Ocean view rooms are amazing but if the price tag makes you cringe the Garden room is perfectly nice (still has the outdoor shower!) and you probably won't spend much time in your room anyway.
Go now... go yesterday. I am sure the island will still be wonderful once development is complete, but now (with max capacity being 14 guests) the experience is unreal.
P.S. - don't forget bug spray. the mosquitoes are no joke.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Resort At Isla Palenque Panama/Boca Chica