Published in the May/June 2019 issue of AFAR. Read the full article here.
25 May 2019
On this jungle island off Panama’s Pacific coast, you’ll likely spot a monkey or a whale before you see another human. And now you can responsibly visit the pristine area, thanks to the arrival of the new ecofriendly Isla Palenque resort. The 400-acre property’s sustainability efforts go far beyond the solar panels that heat the showers. Furniture is crafted out of fallen Santa Maria and white cedar trees, and cocktails are sipped out of straws made on-site from papaya tree leaves. Ninety-five percent of staff were hired from the nearby town of Boca Chica, and seafood such as crevalle jack, red snapper, sea bass, and lobster is sourced from community fisheries. The resort’s green efforts do not sacrifice style or comfort: The eight spacious oceanfront casitas feature luxurious linens and local crafts, along with outdoor showers and expansive decks that look out over secluded Playa Palenque.
— Julia Eskins