A true castaway experience awaits at Islas Secas (islassecas.com), a luxe retreat on Panama’s Pacific coast. Spread across 14 private islands, the majority of which remains untouched, the remote archipelago resort welcomes only 18 guests at a time, ensuring the utmost privacy and tranquillity. This jungle hideaway is just an hour’s boat trip from the city of David yet feels a world away from civilisation. Comprising nine luxurious casitas, it is the perfect jumping-off point for those seeking an adventure-packed, yet still incredibly relaxing, getaway.
The beach-hopping opportunities here are endless, and the shores themselves are spotless. The hotel prides itself on sustainability – it is entirely powered by solar panels, all water used is captured and recycled, there are no single-use plastic bottles and all food scraps are composted for fertiliser. As a result, the surrounding waters are a safe haven for native marine life, including whale sharks, giant manta rays and bottlenose dolphins. Make the most of it with a day on your own private beach, for which the concierge will provide snorkel equipment, kayaks, sun loungers and a fresh picnic lunch, or take a boat to the nearby marine reserve Coiba National Park. Come evening, brush off sandy toes and head to the Terraza restaurant at the heart of the island for a taste of authentic Panamanian cuisine.