Getting to vacation on a private island is a bucket list item for many travelers. But, what if you had the opportunity to enjoy a getaway on 14 private islands? Well, that’s precisely what’s now available in Panama.
Located 20 miles off the country’s Pacific coast, Islas Secas is a luxurious eco-friendly property made up of 14 private islands and only accessible via a private plane. While the owner decided to keep 75% of the archipelago undeveloped, he built a boutique hotel on one island. But it was still essential to blend the various structures into the tropical forest landscape to maintain an untouched vibe. In fact, if you sailed past it, you might not even notice the minimal development.
Just seven accommodations are available on the island ranging from one-bedroom tented casitas to a four-bedroom Casita Grande, with room for only 24 guests at a time. All are tucked away in the tropical forest with private views of the ocean below. Some even boast private pools give those who desire a greater sense of seclusion. Plus, the villas were constructed on floating decks to allow indigenous animals to roam freely below to maintain the eco-friendly ethos. And the resort as a whole is 100% solar-generated, reuses 100% of wastewater for irrigation, and all food waste is composted.
Aside from the housing options, a few other developed spots are scattered throughout the island. For example, a water activities center is located on one side with a dock in a sheltered bay reminiscent of the stretch of sand made famous in the movie “The Beach.” Meanwhile, the open-air pavilion—dubbed Terraza—is an architectural masterpiece home to chef-prepared meals and a dark-wood library bar that overlooks another private beach.