The Resort at Isla Palenque

Isla Palenque, Boca Chica, Panama

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19.5
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  • Rooms20
  • Public Spaces18.5
  • Service20
  • Overall19.5
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Hotel Description

Isla Palenque has long been a place of refuge. Located in the Gulf of Chiriquí, off the western coast of Panama, the lush 400-acre island was a hiding place for indigenous slaves who escaped their Spanish colonial masters. These refugees took advantage of the concealing shelter of the island’s thick tropical forest; today, the same jungle-like landscape, home to eight varieties of howler monkeys, serves as the setting for The Resort at Isla Palenque.

Considering the resort is part of a larger real estate development — the “private island community” includes residential units — it’s surprisingly intimate, a sort of boutique resort with an environmental conscience and futuristic design focused around indoor-outdoor living. The most unique accommodations are inside the four Tented Suites, perched on a bluff overlooking the beach, beneath the shade of towering trees. It’s high-end camping, with a dash of the treehouse hotel: each suite features an innovative outdoor living area, shaded by a natural forest canopy, leading into a bedroom enclosed by a canvas roof and walls. There are hardwood floors, contemporary outdoor showers, and an in-room iPad with wireless access, as well as a composting toilet, a traditional hammock, and high-impact fans in place of an air conditioner.

Less adventurous travelers — those who’d rather view the vegetation through floor-to-ceiling glass windows in climate-controlled comfort — may opt for one of the resort's six Estate Rooms. With bamboo floors, white linen, and furnishings carved by local craftsmen, they’re standard fare for an eco-resort. They also offer easy access to the infinity pool and Edén restaurant, one of the resort’s two dining venues; in a satisfying contrast to resorts offering gourmet but bland ‘international’ menus, Edén offers classic Panamian dishes from ropa vieja (braised beef) to guacho mariscos (seafood stew.)

Beyond these carefully landscaped grounds, the resort has gone to great efforts to mark hiking trails across the historic island — you can go it alone, but a walking tour with one of the resort’s knowledgeable guides greatly enhances the experience. The resort also offers kayaking, diving, and whale-watching excursions, or you can just lie on the beach: with so few rooms, and by extension, so few people around, it’s like being on your own private island.

How to get there:

Guests of the resort will be met by resort staff at Enrique Malek Airport (DAV) in David, Panama, and transferred by car and boat to Isla Palenque (additional charges may apply). The entire trip takes about an hour. Most guests arrive at Enrique Malek Airport via a connecting flight from Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport (PTY). For further information and assistance arranging transportation, please email CustomerService@TabletHotels.com.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 10 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Secluded

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • Bar
  • Free wi-fi
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

No pets are allowed at The Resort at Isla Palenque. Baby cots and extra beds are available on request. Extra beds have a supplement of 40 USD per person/per night. Please contact CustomerService@TabletHotels.com for assistance.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • Bar
  • Free wi-fi
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

No pets are allowed at The Resort at Isla Palenque. Baby cots and extra beds are available on request. Extra beds have a supplement of 40 USD per person/per night. Please contact CustomerService@TabletHotels.com for assistance.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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