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Isla Palenque, Boca Chica 0448 Panama
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 20-07-25 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20-07-25 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 6 hotels in Boca Chica
Travellers' Choice
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)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary welcome drink
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Airport transportation
Couples massage
Full body massage
24-hour security
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Special Offer:Free Nights
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Thomas K wrote a review Jul. 2021
18 contributions2 helpful votes
This fantastic resort had a great balance of adventure and relaxation. The included tours are a great way to see the island and make you appreciate the private island. Over 4 days we did kayaking, hiking, monkey-spotting, and tide pools tours around the island, as well as the paid trip to Islas Secas for snorkeling. Since we visited in the green season, the weather was mostly partly cloudy with an occasional evening thunderstorm. On our full day tour to Islas Secas it was cloudy all day, which was unfortunate, but every other day there was sun. The ocean temperature was warm and great for swimming.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Lowell A wrote a review Apr. 2021
Los Angeles, California5 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel's Favourite
Isla Palenque is truly first rate in every regard. I am writing this review while we are still here, so that is fresh in my mind. The villas are very comfortable and well appointed. In your front yard are two lounge chairs, a large hammock, swinging couch and foot shower. Its about a 50 foot walk to the beach; however, at high tide the water can come up too your lounge chairs. Inside the room is a very comfortable king bed, on a raised level with a view of the ocean. There is well stocked min-fridge and snack box. Both are free except for the alcohol. The AC works great and there are roof fans and a standing fan. There are two nice sized armoires for your clothing. The back deck has an enclosed stall with a toilet, two sinks with large oval mirrors and a shower. Nothing makes me happier when traveling then when you are warned not to turn the shower on hot all the way because it is scorching hot. On the side of the villa is another shower and an old-style bath tub. Rest assured, I have not described all of the features. Everything is completely secluded. All Three meals are included, except for the alcohol (which I appreciate, not being a heavy drinker, I hate subsidizing other guests who are heavy drinkers). There is no limit on the amount of dishes you can order. Lunch and dinner are essentially 4 course meals; appetizer, main dish, sides, and desert. Everything is fresh, healthy and delicious. There are also diverse options that should please every one. There are plenty of activity options, most of which are at no additional cost. For example, yesterday we took a cooking class and today we did a guided kayak tour to the other side of the Island - - both were free. Yesterday, we took a boat ride to a snorkeling area and went to a private Island and was provided a picnic. That excursion was a reasonable $85 per person. Which brings me to my next point, it is truly wonderful to travel to an exclusive resort and not feel like you are being "nickled and dimed to death." It is great to grab a diet Coke and bag of potato chips from your room and not get charged $12 when you check out. Also, for the value, I.P is quite reasonable. We payed about 1k/night. However, they give you the fourth night for free, so that averages about $750/night. The three free meals and mini bar is at least a $150 -200 value per day. So in reality, you are paying about $550-600 per night, which is an absolute steal for such a high-end resort, on a secluded Island that has both a beach and rain forest features. What stands out the most is Patricia and her staff's genuine friendliness and commitment to making your stay as relaxing and memorable as possible. No detail was too small or overlooked. I asked for some extra hangers and when I returned to my room, there were 20 hangers waiting for me. At my first meal, I asked for some limes for the fish and every meal after that, there was a plate of freshly cut limes at the table. During our first dinner, I joked with the waiter that the spicy drink was not that spicy and at every meal since, the table had a ramekin of very spicy sauce. Also, all of the staff that you mainly interact with speak excellent English. Isla Palenque is a perfect romantic getaway and receives my highest recommendation without any reservation.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Molly E wrote a review Jun. 2021
Saint Louis, Missouri1 contribution
You don't have to scroll far to read all about the beauty that is Isla Palenque. The luxurious rooms, the fantastic outdoor bathroom, picturesque beaches, abundant outdoor activities, delicious food - it is all true. Believe every word you read! We know that this exceptional service also extends beyond the island. Having managed to miss our flight from Panama City to David, we reached out to Patricia + Carla to inform them that we would not be there for our airport transfer. They immediately took over, relieving us of much stress, and helped coordinate another flight on a different airline so that we would still arrive to the island by late afternoon. We learned that level of personal service and attention to detail extends to the entire staff: from the grounds, to housekeeping, the kitchen, front of staff, everyone. They arranged for guests to have their Covid test done on the island - which made things easy for our travels home. In short, this experience was absolutely EPIC. After a hectic year, we were looking for a place that was romantic, adventurous, comfortable, and secluded - Isla Palenque satisfied all of those desires. But the best part of Isla Palenque is truly their people. Time spent with Chava + Francis snorkeling, learning about the wildlife and history of the island was informative and fun. Edgar makes great cocktails and will always make you laugh. The special service from Eliocer, David, and Xavier made every meal and interaction fun, lively, and memorable. We truly felt like we were part of the family. Many thanks for sharing your beautiful part of the world with us. We look forward to coming back :)
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from Hans Pfister, Marketing at Isla Palenque Resort
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Molly, thanks for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. The reviews mentioning our staff members by name mean a lot to us. It shows that you were able to truly connect. We agree that Isla Palenque is the best place to recharge batteries after a year or more of Covid stress. Please come back soon and let everybody know that Panama and Isla Palenque is open and ready to receive guests again. Saludos.
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Sils0l wrote a review May 2021
San Jose, Costa Rica16 contributions2 helpful votes
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
Sararossi wrote a review Apr. 2021
Atlanta, Georgia20 contributions10 helpful votes
The beauty of the place , the simplicity to arrive on the island , the incredible food and fabulous detailed oriented rooms , it really felt like a slice of paradise . The staff is super friendly and they remember your name after the very first meal !! I can’t wait to go back !!!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Hans Pfister, Owner at Isla Palenque Resort
Responded Jun. 7, 2021
Thanks for this great review, Sara. We love to get raving reviews about the island, the rooms, and the food. But what makes Isla Palenque special is the staff and the service. We are so happy that you were able to experience this. See you soon in Panama or at one of Isla Palenque's sister properties of the Cayuga Collection in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
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US$772 - US$1,988 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
PanamaChiriqui ProvinceBoca Chica
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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 Restaurante Roxys Kitchen.
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 an airport shuttle?
Yes, Isla Palenque Resort offers an airport shuttle 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.