Arriving on the Panamanian island of Palenque can feel like jumping into the pages of Robinson Crusoe, where time seems to slow, and the world beyond the shore fades away with each incoming wave. Inspired by the romanticized tale of the castaway mariner, Isla Palenque Resort is a sanctuary far from the distractions of modern life, and was constructed in the spirit of Crusoe’s characteristic resourcefulness—using natural materials sourced straight from the island. Thatch-roofed casitas nestle into secluded gardens just steps from golden sands, and hidden paths wind through pristine rainforest, circled by seven private beaches and sparkling tropical seas. Here, adventure beckons from cliff and cove, and swaying hammocks signal tranquility. Find yourself on these distant shores, and discover an island that is yours to explore.
In the language of Panama’s indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé tribes, palenque signifies “sanctuary,” and this historic reverence for the island’s tropical forests and thriving seas has been adopted by Isla Palenque Resort. The hotel employs the highest standards of sustainability in every aspect of the guest experience, from low-impact construction techniques using renewable materials, to a ban on single-use plastics. Almost all lodge staff come from the local community and share their intimate knowledge of this untouched ecosystem with guests, while helping to promote sustainable practices in nearby towns and schools through community outreach. These practices ensure that the beaches and forests of Isla Palenque remain a pristine sanctuary for many generations to come, in keeping with ancient traditions celebrating this extraordinary island.
Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit on a National Geographic expedition. At Isla Palenque, National Geographic guests will be treated to a private lunch on a secluded beach. Take a dip in the warm Pacific waters while lodge chefs prepare a delectable three-course meal tailored to guest preferences. Sip on chilled white wine, dip your toes in the sand, and enjoy the supreme seclusion of a deserted tropical paradise.
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