At a Glance
Some 20 miles off Panama’s southern coast, the ultra-private Islas Secas welcomes a privileged few—only 24 guests at a time—to explore the archipelago while staying in seven casitas. These one-, two- and three-bedroom villas and tented suites are built in enviable cliffside locations that maximize views while minimizing human impact. The resort calls itself a “reserve and lodge,” and that order is not arbitrary: days here unfold like a nautical safari, with guided activities that showcase the archipelago’s wildlife and time on (or in) the water, including snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and boating. The owner, the conservation philanthropist behind Taos Ski Valley, is focused on sustainable, off-the-grid luxury. That is a blessing, considering that Panama is only slightly larger than Ireland but has more plant species than all of Europe.
The Standout: The casitas with open floor plans and top views Don’t Miss: Marine safari excursion with the resort’s engaging team in the pristine nautical setting
- The sustainability focus: some 75 percent of the archipelago is conservation land
- The lack of a set itinerary, allowing guests to choose when to snorkel, scuba dive or fish
- A private island picnic on a sublime beach, surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise ocean
Who Should Stay
Couples and families with older children looking for an immersive, active experience in nature.
Written by Simone Girner