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A stunning luxury eco-lodge located on a private archipelago, 20 miles off the coast of Panama
A luxurious ‘Robinson Crusoe’ experience, with just four private Casitas on the island
Discover the diverse marine environment of the Coiba National Park, home to manta rays, whale sharks and migrating humpbacks
Feast on delicious cuisine crafted from local, seasonal produce, much of it grown on the island
Kayak, paddle board, wakeboard or snorkel in the crystal clear lagoons that surround the island
Panama is hot throughout the year and the only relief from the high temperatures and humidity is to be found up in the highlands, where conditions are cooler and crisper, especially at night. Rainfall in Panama is very heavy on the Pacific coast and less so (but still substantial) in the lowlands of the Caribbean coast. The rainy season runs from May to December and downpours can be torrential, therefore the property is closed between August and November. Sunshine levels are highest in the winter months (January to April).
Hidden away on a private archipelago of just 14 islands off Panama’s wild Pacific Coast, Islas Secas is an intimate eco-lodge with four casitas hidden away amongst the tropical jungle, overlooking white sands and turquoise seas.
Amongst the lush jungles, white sand beaches and subaquatic coral gardens of Panama’s Gulf of Chiriquí lie a string of private islands that have lain uninhabited for hundreds of years. Once known as Panama’s ‘Lost Coast’, this remote stretch of coastline was once the domain of pirates and smugglers, but today this spectacular tropical paradise is home to Islas Secas, a unique, ultra-luxurious eco-lodge.
Reached by a thrilling speedboat ride from the town of David, through crystal clear waters home to manta rays, whale sharks and migrating humpbacks, the lodge is the only structure built in the archipelago and will remain that way – the other 13 islands are to remain untouched as they have for thousands of years. Run entirely on solar energy, with a strong focus on sustainability and ecologically conscious living, the reserve is comprised of four separate dwellings, an open-air beachfront restaurant, Hemingway-inspired bar and library. Each of the casitas is located in a spectacular position on the fringes of the island, overlooking the ocean and the swaying palms. They range in size, from one to four bedrooms, and each is designed with the tropical climate in mind, with louvered slats and sliding doors that make the most of the ocean breezes. Stylish beach-chic furnishings, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and other mod cons bring the luxury touch to the Robinson Crusoe-esque casitas, with large bathrooms complete with double vanities and indoor and outdoor showers.
The open-sided, beachside Terraza restaurant with its cathedral ceiling and mesmerising views is the heart of the island, offering a relaxed shared space for dining. Modern, Panamanian-inspired dishes make the most of the abundant natural bounty, whether it’s the catch-of-the-day or tropical fruits and homegrown vegetables from the chef’s kitchen garden. Three delicious meals are served overlooking the ocean, unless the desire to explore and discover is too great, in which case the chef can prepare a delicious beach picnic or sunset barbeque feast. Just next door to Terraza is the bar, with its Hemingway-inspired interior and laid-back atmosphere, perfect for a sundowner or a post-dinner aperitif.
Islas Secas’ four casitas are the embodiment of barefoot luxury, nestled amongst tropical foliage, overlooking the turquoise ocean. Private decks with plunge pools offer stunning views. The one-bedroom Casita Mirador is a romantic hideaway, perched above the lagoon, whilst the two-bedroom Casita Sombras has the feel of a luxury treehouse, with its own path down to the beach. For families, Casita Tres Palmas offers two bedrooms spread across two buildings for additional privacy and space, whilst the four-bedroom Casita Grande is perfect for larger families or groups. Each of the casitas is styled with a luxury, eco feel, with plenty of local wood and stone juxtaposed against soft white linens, elegant furnishings and luxurious amenities. Air conditioning and Wi-Fi are available throughout.
Islas Secas is incredibly family friendly, with the larger casitas offering plenty of space and extra bedrooms for families travelling together. Board games, child-friendly food and endless activities are on offer for the younger guests, from kayaking and snorkelling to paddle boarding and shell collecting.
The main restaurant, Terraza, is located down on the shoreline and is the heart of the island. Serving three meals a day under the pitched cathedral roof, the chef uses delicious seasonal, local ingredients to create fresh and exciting Panamanian dishes. The neighbouring bar and library are the perfect spot for a sundowner, aperitif or shady afternoon coffee.
Islas Secas’ location amongst the stunning natural beauty and uninhabited islands of the Gulf of Chiriquí make it a true outdoor playground. Jungle hikes and shoreline strolls are the perfect way to orientate yourself with the archipelago, before deciding where to start exploring. Head to the beach to embark on a paddle boarding or kayaking trip through the mangroves, or simply to bask and snorkel in the shallows. Venture further into the Pacific blue to scuba dive amongst the coral gardens of the Coiba National Park, looking out for turtles, manta rays and whale sharks, or join an expert for a sports fishing trip to the Hannibal Bank.
Islas Secas is located on a private archipelago, approximately 20 miles off the Pacific coast of Panama. The Gulf of Chiriquí lies close to the Coiba National Park, a spectacular marine sanctuary home to a myriad of wildlife including whale sharks and pods of dolphins.
To reach Islas Secas, take a 1-hour domestic flight from Panama City to the city of David. Upon arrival here, guests will be met and driven to the nearby coast for a 90 minute boat ride to Islas Secas.
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