El Retablo

Located in the Gulf of Chiriquí, Panama, Isla Palenque Island Resort is an undiscovered private island sanctuary.  The island’s 160 hectares of lush jungle, framed by 9 untouched beaches, house a number of wilderness trails and hidden spaces to be explored by guests of the barefoot-luxury Beachfront Casitas and Beachfront Villa Estate.

As guests check in to Isla Palenque, they open a door to a world of new experiences and undisturbed nature, enhanced by architecture and interior design that effortlessly blend into the tropical surroundings.  The atmosphere of the hotel is a balance of sophisticated and private comfort, combined with peacefulness, relaxation, and playfulness.  The service provided by the staff is so personalized, professional and detail-oriented that the Resort feels exclusive and at the same time familiar; guests feel free to explore and at the same time feel taken care of.  With a whole pristine island to discover through a number of included on-site tours, curious guests truly live an authentic, meaningful experience that goes far beyond a typical beach vacation.

Isla Palenque fuses the best of luxury oceanfront and rainforest living. Eight romantic Beachfront Casitas, secluded from one another amongst verdant palms and jungle flora, spill out onto the island’s largest beach – the most idyllic of seven golden shorelines that frame Isla Palenque. Six Beachfront Villa Estate Rooms and Suites tucked between ancient trees blend effortlessly with the tropical surroundings.

Beachfront Casitas
Beachfront Casitas epitomize luxury oceanfront and rainforest living.  The romantic bungalows –secluded from one another amongst jungle flora –spill out onto the island’s largest beach. 650- square feet of air-conditioned barefoot luxury living encompass an airy main room, lounge area and expansive bathroom. King-sized beds ensure blissful nights; double armoires and a dressing area furnish ample space. Covered open-air lounges and bathrooms create a tranquil indoor-outdoor experience. Spacious private gardens invite guests to hammock their afternoons away, while outdoor tube and showers offer the chance to soak up nature’s good vibes.

Beachfront Villa Estate
The Garden Room (1):
 
The perfect island hideaway –this intimate room (240sqft) is ideal for those who love their creature comforts but prefer to be out and about. This room features a plush queen-sized bed, small seating area and an outdoor shower suspended among the jungle trees.

Jungle Rooms (3):
Floor-to-ceiling jungle views and a glimpse of the ocean bring the best of both worlds tothese 300sqft rooms with adjoining balconies. A queen-sized bed and cozy sitting area provide the perfect respite after a day of island adventure.

Ocean Suites (2):
Our expansive, 500sqft suites include a 150sqft balcony with sweeping views of the Pacific and surrounding forest. An indoor-outdoor lounge, king-sized bed, driftwood desk, comfortable dining area, “his and hers” sinks, rain-head shower, and giant soaking tub make our Ocean Suites the most luxurious accommodations of the Villa Estate.

With only a handful of Casitas on our 400-acre private island, Isla Palenque is yours to explore. At the heart of our Panamanian island wilderness, you’ll encounter iconic wildlife amid ecosystems bursting with tropical butterflies and wild orchids. Lagoons buzz with birdsong; secret bat caves reveal themselves as the tide goes out.

All in-house guided tours are included in your stay. Guests are encouraged to immerse themselves in the unspoiled rainforest and venture out to the surrounding pristine waters when the tides permit.

Kayaking & Paddle boarding
Take a journey along our coasts by kayak or paddleboard, discovering hidden caves and spotting sea turtles en-route. Varying tours available for different experience levels.

Island Hikes
Discover the intricacies of Isla Palenque’s unique ecosystems by foot as you progress from old-growth jungle to palm-fringed beaches.

Tide Pools, Lagoons & Mangroves
Explore the island’s most biodiverse corners – our remarkable aquatic ecotones protect Palenque from the sea while sheltering an array of marine life.

Secrets of the Island
Isla Palenque’s stories go back centuries – hike a maze of multiple trails while you delve deeper into our island’s encompassing wonders.

Punta Ballena Blowhole
Duck into the jungle, hiking through ancient forest and alongside a lagoon before emerging for a refreshing shower in the cool mist of an impressive blowhole.

Coastal Rock Hiking
Wind you way around our island’s coastline, mountain-goat style. Clamber over boulders and navigate volcanic stone gardens during this invigorating outdoor workout.

Tree Canopy Climbing
Climb into a world of flowering epiphytes, tropical fruits, delicate ferns and velvety mosses, then rappel your way back down this towering jungle tree.

Rock Fishing
Head to our shallow bays at sunset for some prime inshore fishing. Locals have been known to hook snapper, roosterfish, snook, jack and even trevally.

Venture off the beaten path to the sun-drenched Pacific shores, located just beyond the Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park. Outlying the small fishing village of Boca Chica, our private island resort is set amidst 400 acres of enchanting jungle.

To reach Isla Palenque, the fastest way is to fly from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City to Enrique Malek Airport (DAV) in David, Panama (60 mins.). Once in David, you will be picked up for a 1-hour car ride to Boca Chica followed by a 15-minute boat trip to Isla Palenque.