After reading the other rave reviews and well-described island resort attributes, I am beginning to think it may be impossible in words to actually share how incredibly unique, and how incredibly awesome, a visit to this place can be. Maybe TripAdvisor could expand its owl eyeball rating system, giving us early visitors an opportunity to capture in a special sixth circle a wordless assessment about a once in a life time experience!
The family trip planning for this adventure felt like a big risk - new place, new resort, remote location - what could, in fact, go right? It turns out - everything.
The "remoteness" added to the sense of adventure and discovery. Getting there feels a bit like an expedition, water landing and all. The lack of development as you crawl through jungle in your pint-sized shiny white van only enhances the feeling that you have been assigned to the island as an explorer of sorts.
After arriving at the resort, the feeling slightly changes from a pure adventure trip to the possibility that you are a celebrity invited to your wealthy friend's private island. Spacious and uber comfortable private spaces, island elegant communal spaces, and the pool and dining area all connected by outdoor walkways - a great way to keep you connected to the surroundings and to make certain your gaze is pulled to the animals of the moment (iguanas and howler monkeys the favorites) and/or the impossibly cool beach at the foot of the resort. On top of the design is piled the service and food. Both exceptional and well-reviewed.
From these first impressions forward, my family was able to move effortlessly back and forth between being the explorers/adventurers and the celebrity visitor. Sometimes lounging about the pool, and sometimes lunging around island. For all the remoteness and wild, everything felt safe and secure. Manual, Rodolfo, Hiro (our Hero) and Aris - expert eco-guides with patience beyond the call of duty.
Our one desire upon returning home was that the place could stay exactly as is and wait for us until we visit again. It can't and won't - but here is hoping that all visitors to this special place (and the operators) work to keep the wonder of it all in place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A new sustainable private island resort on a pristine 400-acre jungle island in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama, featuring 16 luxury rooms nestled among forest trees with glimpses of the Pacific, two restaurants, a spa and over 20 custom tours and adventures on the island, in the Gulf and on the mainland. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Resort At Isla Palenque Panama/Boca Chica