Hidden away on a private archipelago of just 14 islands off Panama’s wild Pacific Coast, Islas Secas is an intimate eco-lodge with seven casitas hidden away amongst the tropical jungle, overlooking white sands and turquoise seas.
Located 20 miles off the Pacific coast of Panama, the Islas Secas archipelago is made up of 14 jungle-covered islands. Isla Cavada is the home of the luxury resort while the others remain untouched and ready for exploration!
With just seven casitas, each tucked away in the tropical gardens allowing complete privacy, it is the perfect island retreat for a family of couple looking for exclusivity.
The casitas range from 1 to 4 bedrooms and offer barefoot luxury combined with modern comfort.
With countless activities in the area you will have to make the hard decision about whether to relax on the pristine beach or go out for some adventure! There is incredible snorkelling & diving at the Coiba National Park or you can explore by kayak or paddle board along the protected coastline.
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 seven 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’ unique location in the Gulf of Chiriquí makes it the perfect destination for those in search of adventure. The waters of the gulf and the nearby Coiba National Park teem with life, from tiny tropical fish to pods of migrating humpbacks, majestic whale sharks and playful dolphins. This marine playground can be explored in a multitude of ways, from paddle boarding and kayaking in the shallows to scuba diving and snorkelling in the rich waters of the marine park. Wakeboarding and surfing can be arranged by the expert team at the reserve, alongside sports fishing trips in search of marlin and tuna in the legendary waters of the Hannibal Bank and Islas Montuosa.
When to visit
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 resort 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.