Why Isla Palenque Resort
You have landed on this page because you are curious. We know, we’re of a curious bunch too.
Isla Palenque Resort is for the wayfarers, explorers, the seekers — the adventurous ones who still believe in wonder.
We know you have many choices in where you venture to next, so if our philosophy resonates with you, you have come to the right place.
You’re looking for a true, tropical island experience —and you will find it here.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. That was the book that spurred Benjamin Loomis, the owner of Isla Palenque Resort, to go live on a tropical island.
For 5 years, Ben lived on Isla Palenque — frequently sleeping in a hammock on the edge of Playa Palenque — completely enamored by this place and its rich, mysterious history.
Ben used his knowledge as an architect and design-builder to develop the island. The ingenious design, artisanal furniture, and all the details, extras, and add-ons offered here have been carefully determined to complement and sustain what we consider to be our greatest luxury amenity: Our Incredible Island.
We offer every extravagance you could want, yes. But we promise you’ll find something deeper. A place with presence, with history.
Isla Palenque was home to an ancient, pre-Columbian community. The island’s beauty and mystery made it a sacred site for the most holy of ceremonies.
Indigenous tribes called it “Palenque”, meaning sanctuary. Hundreds of years later, the island continued to exist as a secluded preserve for rare primary forest and hundreds of species of plants, flowers, animals, and birds.
Today, our luxury island resort is a sanctuary for curious travelers like you who seek a true, tropical island of natural beauty. With 8 modern Casitas and a Villa Estate, it is the first of its kind in Panama.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Isla Palenque. It’s right out of a page of your favorite, fantasy island novel.
Isla Palenque Resort is a proud member of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels & Lodges. Through its environmental awareness efforts and sustainability programs, it represents a new generation of hoteliers leading the way for intelligent luxury travel.
A Sanctuary from Civilization
“Isla Palenque is a wonderful once in a lifetime experience. It gives you the experience of living in the wild, right in the jungle … relax in luxurious accommodation and enjoy high class cuisine.”
– Vivien, Germany