Panama – Islas Secas, the exotic playground

Welcoming just 24 guests at any time, the 14 islands, scattered like gems in a jade-green ocean, are an exotic playground for adventurous couples and families.


The four casitas and three tented villas (ranging from one-bedroom to four) are located on the largest island, Isla Cavada. Each luxurious hub comes with its own plunge pool and outdoor deck, making an idyllic base to discover the pristine environment.

Little touches elevate your experience – thoughtfully placed Panama hats, woven beach bags and binoculars stand ready for use. Although simple in concept, Islas Secas has incredible, forward-thinking eco credentials – the resort is 100% solar-powered with zero waste and plastic use. Leaving the islands of its archipelago completely uninhabited has a dual purpose: a place of mindful conservation and somewhere for guests to check out of the real world – and discover a true hidden paradise.


The real adventure starts with your exploration of the uninhabited islands and little-known national parks by seaplane, kayak, boat and paddleboard. Birdwatching is an art with over 50 species sighted across the islands, including one of Panama’s largest colonies of frigatebird; and nature-lovers will be thrilled by the fauna from the delicate hummingbird to the huge, breaching humpback whale. In fact, you can spot humpback whales from the property, or a boat trip will get you an even closer look at these majestic mammals. While out at sea, you might want to indulge in world-class fishing. With state-of-the-art rods, reels and marine electronics, there should be no reason not to catch a marlin or tuna. If you’d like to get closer to corals and sea life, you can scuba dive on a range of sites from calm reef dives to more challenging deep water pinnacles.

There are also Robinson Crusoe-style experiences for those who wish to push their boundaries – spend a full day exploring the jungle and beaches of a deserted island (with a luxury picnic for sustenance), snorkel the protected waters of the Coiba National Park, or hike through untamed forests, accompanied only by the call of exotic animals. Come home to Isla Cavada and be replenished by refined castaway food – suckling pig, just-plucked-from-the-ocean lobster, and locally grown vegetables, served up by Noma-trained chefs.



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Sarah Parker
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