Isla Palenque Resort

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Beachfront Casitas - Luxury, Romantic Living Steps from the Ocean
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#2 of 6 hotels in Boca Chica
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We understand how it feels when your search for a luxury island vacation turns up uninspiring. You want the best resort in Panama. A truly untouched tropical island experience. An undiscovered, faraway place that will energize you, refresh you, and send you back home anew. Well, Traveler. You found us. This is the heart of Isla Palenque. Our 400-acre, private, tropical island resort in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama in Central America. Rich in primary forest, 7 secluded beaches and a sacred history of archaeological significance. Isla Palenque resort is right out of a page of your favorite, fantasy island novel.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Babysitting
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary welcome drink
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Hiking
Snorkelling
Fishing
Airport transportation
Couples massage
Full body massage
Massage
24-hour security
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Minibar
Refrigerator
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Complimentary toiletries
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Private bathrooms
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Green
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Maui-no-Kai-oi wrote a review Apr 2021
United States134 contributions61 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It’s hard to review this place. There are moments you think you are on the set of Survivor, the beach is empty- no chairs, no umbrellas, just a pristine Panamanian beach. There are thatched beach huts off to the side that Jeff Probst’s crew could have built.....but the moment you sit down a server appears (genie in a bottle moment) asking you what would like or need. He quietly retreats and returns with a cool towel and an impressive Pina Colada. There are very few people around and the service is exceptionally good. You really feel like you are alone on this island. The beach casitas are not visible from the beach and are set back just enough to keep the Robinson Crusoe vibe going. You follow a slight opening in the foliage to your casita and amazingly enough it is air conditioned and quite luxurious. The king side bed has high thread count sheets and is very comfortable. There are two armoires in the room, large enough for all your clothing. A small couch completes the room with a mini bar that is stocked daily. However, it’s the bathroom that is so amazing. It’s all outside. It was really fun and so exotic and jungle-ish without losing function and privacy. How great is it that while you are brushing your teeth you have the view of a gorgeous banana palm and the buzz of the jungle around you? Shower is completely open and there is a tub set out in the sand for those that want to still take a bath.
However, mostly it is the service here that makes this resort stand out. They are well trained and eager to bring you whatever you wish for. The food was excellent and my husband and I especially enjoyed the fresh ceviche every day. I ate more coconut flan than one person should in a lifetime, and I even have a crush on Elias who served us almost every day. Patricia is a capable manager and inquired every day about what events we wished to participate in. Monkey hike? Snorkel tour? Secluded beaches? Cooking class? There was zero pressure to participate but when we did we had a great time. Francis is personable and knowledgeable about the island was fun to be with. This is really a special place and I feel fortunate to have spent our holiday here.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sils0l wrote a review May 2021
San Jose, Costa Rica16 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This trip to Palenque was supposed to be an anniversary gift in 2020, but turn out to be a family trip with our 3 month old child. It was perfect, the trip with the baby was safe all along, the boat ride, the room and service. The staff was very accommodating with us and our schedules with the baby (for meals), we felt safe as for all the higiene protocols they follow. The casitas are very comfortable, and homey, you don’t want to leave except for the few steps to go to the beach. Overall, a great place to be and enjoy a different and luxurious isolation
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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RebeccaHarper wrote a review Mar 2022
Bentonville, Arkansas2 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An unforgettable experience! From the exceptional hospitality to the tranquility of the island itself, this trip was everything we could have asked for and more. Everyone on the island was so welcoming and friendly that by the time we left we felt like we had made friends like family. We had a wonderful time exploring the island with the guides as well as on our own while learning about the unique history this peaceful island has to offer. If you're looking to just relax for the day or if you're up for an adventure, this eco resort offers it all from private snorkeling excursions with a picnic on a secluded little beach in the middle of nowhere to reading on a hammock right outside your casita just steps to the beach. The food was amazing since everything is freshly caught that day by local fisherman and/or grown there on the island. Most of the time my husband and I were the only ones around either walking on the beach or resting by the pool so we really felt like we had our own private island. The monkeys are so fun to watch as they travel in groups with the babies tagging along. The casita was the perfect size, well stocked with daily water and snacks and we especially loved the outdoor bathroom area. We felt safe and well taken care of our entire stay. The only con was that I packed way too much so next time I'll be leaving my blowdryer and any shoes except my hiking shoes and flip flops behind! We are already looking forward to our next visit and this time we plan on bringing our 3 children along so we can all share in this wonderful experience!
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All casitas are secluded. Request closest or farthest in relation to the restaurant depending how...
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Patricia F wrote a review Jan 2023
7 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 5 nights at Isla Palanque. There were some management bumps he first couple of days but they were resolved quickly by the excellent staff. The casitas are so comfortable and kept so clean by the housekeeping staff. The meals at the beachfront restaurant were excellent and the wait staff for the most part were excellent. The nature hikes and kayaking, paddleboarding were fun and the beach chairs at your capita were always there and so comfortable. Beach towels provided lounge swing on your porch is a great place for an afternoon siesta in the shade. Your private outdoor washroom area with double sinks and toilet room and bath tub and 2 showers were always clean and stocked with clean towels. The foot shower on the front porch is a nice touch to control the sand from getting into the cassitta. The early morning Yoga classes with Morgan were an excellent start to the day. Xavier and Emily went out of their way to create a dance class for the guests who wanted some action before dinner. Very enjoyable experience.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Guest Service, Revenue Management at Isla Palenque Resort
Responded 30 Jan 2023
Thank you for your review. We are glad that we were able to work out the bumps to your satisfaction. Thanks for the detailed description of the experience. We are sure that it will be very helpful for guests that are considering visiting us in the next months. Please come back soon. We will share your praise with Xavier and Emily. Saludos.
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DreamVaca68 wrote a review Dec 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana11 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Isla Palenque Resort Casitas are the best. The outdoor shower is awesome! The beds are very comfortable. The maid/cleaning service was outstanding, like elf’s you never saw them but never had to ask it would be done already. The people who work at Isla Palenque were all so nice and were there for anything we needed. The Manager for the week was Mark and he was excellent and made our trip over the top. Joel, Chava and Francis were also excellent staff members that we will never forget. This resort was so relaxing and beat vacation during COVID-19. Very private and socially distant.💕
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Hans Pfister, Marketing at Isla Palenque Resort
Responded 22 Jan 2021
Thank you for coming to visit us during these crazy times. Isla Palenque is the perfect place right now to get away from it all and yes, celebrate that very special occasion. Happy Birthday again. We appreciate your comments on the housekeeping team. This is a service that is often taken for granted and we will make sure to pass your comments to the team. Please come back soon or maybe visit our sister properties of the Cayuga Collection in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Saludos from sunny Isla Palenque.
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TheSurfingPig wrote a review Aug 2021
Iowa City, Iowa17 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here as a group of 3 families (6 adults, 6 children from ages 1-10). In fact, we are still here! I cannot say enough about this property. The hotel arranged transportation for our group from the airport in David to the dock in Boca Chica where we boarded a small boat to transfer to the island. We then were shuttled on two vans to the estate villa that we booked for 7 nights. This was hands down the best check in experience of my life. That is, there really was no check in. We arrived and were greeted by the manager, fresh juice and a rather lavish brunch (a complete surprise) in the house. There was none of the typical exchange of credit cards or passports. There was a quick review of when we wanted meals and the rooms serviced for the week.

The house is great. The finishes are not what you would find at a Four Seasons, but most everything is made directly on the island and well cared for. I can only imagine how challenging it must be to care for buildings on a remote island with tropical weather. The layout of the 6 bedrooms was perfect for our group. The pool and great room are great hang out spots. The highlight is the private beach. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this beach surpassed all expectations. The house also serves as a perfect starting point for three of the island’s trails. You will not want for anything.

The food is great. Most ingredients seem to be locally grown or sourced. The menus change everyday, which is incredible for such a small resort.

The highlight of this place is the people. Wow. No Four Seasons, Andaz or Ritz-Carlton can hold a candle to this place. The service is elevated to a degree I have never experienced. There is no request too small or too big. As a single example, there was a cooking class today at 4 PM that we wanted to attend but told the concierge we would pass on because we had all the children. Without even batting an eye, she responded that was no problem. They would just bring extra staff to watch the kids!

I cannot recommend this resort enough. I would come back here anytime.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Hans Pfister, Marketing at Isla Palenque Resort
Responded 9 Aug 2021
Wow. Not much to add to this review. All we can say is thank you and please enjoy the rest of your stay. Come back soon.
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Jason M wrote a review Nov 2023
New York City, New York35 contributions19 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We just returned from a delightful four-day stay at this wonderful resort, and the experience was nothing short of incredible. All the glowing reviews are absolutely accurate. The staff, food, activities, and location make this place worth every moment of the trip. A special shout-out to Derek, Jens, Carlos, Paco, Obajoralis (apologies if the spelling is incorrect), Yarelee, Benny, and everyone else who went above and beyond to ensure we had a fantastic time.

We enjoyed the night walk, a premium rum tasting led by the knowledgeable Carlos, the Secrets of the Island tour, a fun mixology class, and evening wine and cheese. However, simply lounging in the cabanas or gazing at the ocean during meals was an experience in itself. The casitas were charming, and the housekeeping was nothing short of miraculous – we never once saw them, yet the casita remained spotless throughout our stay.

One highlight was when an entire family of howler monkeys joined us during lunch to feast on the almond tree. It added a unique touch to our dining experience.

I wished we could have extended our stay to enjoy more of the activities. There's just so much to do!

Overall, our time at this resort was unforgettable, and we can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: November 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Guest Service, Revenue Management at Isla Palenque Resort
Responded 4 Dec 2023
Thanks for your visit, Jason. Yes, four days is not enough. At least 5. But most guests say a week. Thanks for all the positive comments and the nice mention of so many team members. We will take great care of the Howler Family and of course the rest of the island. Please come back soon or maybe visit another Cayuga Collection Hotel in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, or Panama soon.
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Storyteller680702 wrote a review Mar 2022
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
At one point or another, who hasn't dreamt of a tropical private island getaway ? While many think of turquoise waters and white sands, I must say the Gulf of Chiriqui did not disappoint. Clear waters of perfect temperature with islands rising from their calm surface.
Very well designed, the casitas and open air restaurant structure are close, but hidden from view as you stroll "your" luxurious length of beach. (Honestly, we rarely saw other guests except at meal times and one evening we opted for room service.) The casitas are comfortable and the outdoor living areas are outstanding. We particularly loved the swinging 2 person day bed from which we watched monkeys in the trees less than 15 ft. away. You will also enjoy a lovely ocean view from the bed and terrace. The staff and food are all top notch and all will happily go "the extra mile" to accommodate your needs.
We choose to have a more private experience and the staff were perceptive and seemed to only magically appear when needed. But, there are many activities and outings offered so that even the more active will be sated.
In closing, I will add that the *most* impressive part of an exemplary holiday is that Isla Palenque is truly a brilliant example of self-sustaining tourism. I support and applaud them for their efforts and hope to see more of this thoughtful approach to tourism in the immediate future.
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Date of stay: March 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Response from CayugaCollection, Manager at Isla Palenque Resort
Responded 1 Apr 2022
What a wonderful review. Thanks for describing your Isla Palenque Tropical Island Getaway experience. We are happy that you had a great relaxing vacation and that you enjoyed the rooms, the service and the food. But we also want to thank you for pointing out our efforts in sustainability. This is very important to us. Please come back soon.
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569JamesA569 wrote a review Feb 2020
Baltimore13 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is an incredible resort on a beautiful island. Most of the time you feel you have the island and the amazing staff to yourself. Waiter, guides, chef, everyone working the island is truly the best. The food was always very good and we learned so much from the local guides. I would recommend the 'Secrets of the Island' tour in particular. The facilities were all 5-star, with thoughtful amenities. The staff clearly have a lot of pride in their property and they all really did a fantastic job.

My only complaint is the children that took over the facilities on our last day on the island. Luckily, the family with children didn't arrive until our last day, but nothing wrecks the magic of this place's solitude like kids sprinting around the pool, crying on the beach chairs, getting screamed at in the dining room by their father to get off their cell phones, and hanging off the barstools pestering the wait staff about boogie boards. The facilities on the island are mostly about relaxation in peace and the activities I participated in don't really seem to lend themselves to kids, so you'd probably be doing them a favor leaving the kids behind. Your fellow guests will certainly be glad you did.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lindsey wrote a review Jan 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Isla Palenque for a week during the pandemic. Being secluded from "society" allowed us to kind of have the feeling of being back in the good old days, no masks, vacation, private beaches. It was truly good for the soul. The resort casitas look exactly as pictured on the website. Air conditioning works well and the outdoor shower is a really nice touch. The manager is fantastic. She arranged for a team to come onto the island to do a COVID test for us so we wouldn't have any issues or stress flying home. Patricia always finds a solution, brava. I took part in quite a few of the complimentary activities and was impressed with how much knowledge the guide (Chava) had of the island, highly recommend. Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing were my favourite activities. I caught a Mackerel and the chef cooked it up for us for dinner, how fun! Speaking of the chef, the food is also wonderful. Always a light and healthy option. It is quite a journey to get to Isla Palenque but it is worth it. I hope to return someday again.
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Date of stay: January 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: casita 4 has the best view
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Response from Hans Pfister, Marketing at Isla Palenque Resort
Responded 22 Jan 2021
Dear Lindsey, thanks for this wonderful review. We are glad that we were able to make you feel "normal" for a week and give you that vacation experience that you deserved. Thanks for mentioning in your review that we can easily arrange for the Covid Test so you can fly back without any worries to your home country. We agree that it is a bit of a journey to get to Isla Palenque, but as you said, well worth it. Please come back soon.
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Answer from PHN
Orinda, California182 contributions174 helpful votes
I do not know anything about Villa Estate. Rooms are not connected, each casita is a stand alone one and the path takes one to the beach or a back path. Unless your children are very young, I seen no issue as you are minutes away. The place is wonderful from the service to the beach. We are planning our return.
Answer from M_D_Quest
Houston, Texas50 contributions6 helpful votes
I have only traveled to Panama in early to mid September. Last year we had to rearrange our schedules to reach our second destination due to the hotel closing because of the rainy season. You can expect daily showers but nothing crazy. We did have some rain storms at night as well. Nothing that blew the day. I think you should expect rain and just plan for it. Isla Palenque will schedule all your activities when you arrive so I would book everything you want to do and if it rains out you can try to reschedule what you miss. Diving is hit or miss with the weather. Low viz is possible. Excellent time to see the momma whales with their calfs. Hope this helps. Also, if you plan to fly into Panama City and reach David in one day understand that the domestic flights to David are at the domestic terminal. You must now take a bus from the international terminal to domestic terminal then walk to your gate. A lot of people missed there flights to David because they don't know how to get to the domestic terminals.
Answer from Isla Palenque
Dear Raul, I hope you´re doing great. In response to your inquiries, the hotel has it´s own transfer services. We can arrange transfers from the Villa to the main restaurant and beach access at Rocas. Mostly all our comunications are made by whatssapp . Our menu is changing everyday, we have plenty of options. Vegan, vegetarian, pasta, red meat, white meat, special requests and attention to food allergies. Just share with our concierge your special needs and preferences, we´ll work on them. The beach downstairs from the Villa is small and private, it´s very susceptible to tide changes and for that reason there´s no beach chairs or Umbrellas at all time. You can arrange with Concierge and request this services to be provided during low tide. If you have any further questions, please let us know. Regards,
PateLisbon asked a question Aug 2022
Lisbon, Portugal674 contributions157 helpful votes
Is it scuba diving day trips available at the resort or nearby?
NJFamilyAdventures wrote a tip 4 Apr
Ontario, Canada142 contributions74 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There's no cell service at the casitas, but it is no problem. The Wi-Fi is strong and reliable in the casitas, restaurant, and by the pool. "
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Eric S wrote a tip Mar 2024
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring sunscreen, bug spray, casual lightweight clothes, tevas, flip flops."
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The Sommersbys wrote a tip Feb 2024
Riva, Maryland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"February is very hot! Bring bug spray."
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Rory S wrote a tip Oct 2023
45 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Will need bug spray. Mosquitos not horrible but present."
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LCW wrote a tip Sept 2023
Katy, Texas11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Casita 3 is perfect location. Right in the middle."
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PRICE RANGE
HK$5,173 - HK$7,909 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PanamaChiriqui ProvinceBoca Chica
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Isla Palenque Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Isla Palenque Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Isla Palenque Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Isla Palenque Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Isla Palenque Resort?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Isla Palenque Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bocas del Mar Restaurant and Bar, La Promesa, and La Costa Boca Chica.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Isla Palenque Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Isla Palenque Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Isla Palenque Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Isla Palenque Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Isla Palenque Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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