New Island Resort in Secluded Panama Archipelago Designed to Keep it Wild

Tue Feb 5, 2013 8:45am EST

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CHICAGO,  Feb. 5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Forget the list of "places to see before
they disappear" - a new  Panama  resort invites luxury adventure travelers to
explore an extraordinary  island wilderness  that won't be fading any time soon.



Adjacent to a national marine park in  Panama's Gulf of Chiriqui, Isla Palenque
is a 400-acre jungle island where a new luxury resort opens next week. The first
guests arrive  February 14  to become pioneers of an experience that is without
peer or precedent: The Resort at Isla Palenque represents  Central America's
only private island ecoresort with sustainability at its core and a menu of
amenities to rival those of the best luxury hotels worldwide. From the
environmentally sensitive design, which has been honored by the  IUCN  for
biodiversity conservation, to its luxurious offerings, every aspect of the
resort celebrates Isla Palenque's natural beauty and privileged location.

A  new video  created using timelapse technology and filmed entirely on Isla
Palenque conveys the undiscovered character of the region, which guests of the 
Panama resort  are soon to experience firsthand.

"Isla Palenque was almost completely wild when we acquired it," says  Benjamin
Loomis, visionary entrepreneur behind The Resort at Isla Palenque, "and our
low-impact design nestles the rooms and residences into coastal jungle areas
overlooking the uninhabited archipelago beyond, encouraging guests to respect
the surrounding wilderness while basking in its surreal beauty."

The chic accommodations integrate with their lush surroundings by way of passive
design strategies that succeed in perching the rooms among ten-story jungle
trees, offering views into the canopy and Chiriqui Gulf through floor-to-ceiling
windows and slide-away glass doors. Local guides lead guests through the
island's five distinct ecosystems and into the surrounding Gulf for
island-hopping, snorkeling, sportfishing and diving.

The rich biodiversity of the Gulf of Chiriqui and its jungle-covered island gems
makes for colorful and poignant exploration: humpback whales frequent the Gulf
in summer, and thousands of other native and migratory species dazzle travelers
both above and below the surface. Across the Chiriqui Gulf from Isla Palenque
lies Coiba National Park, where scientists of the  Smithsonian Tropical Research
Institute  study a proliferation of previously undiscovered species, earning
comparisons to the Galapagos Islands.

"It's hard to imagine, while snorkeling around a tropical island that's so close
to  the United States, that half the animals you see are unknown to science,"
says  Rachel Collin, Smithsonian project coordinator. This oceanic paradise is
recognized by the government of  Panama  as one of the country's preeminent
wilderness environments, ideal for research, conservation, and sustainable
ecotourism ventures.

The Resort at Isla Palenque's efforts to preserve the region's pristine quality
extend beyond the island's volcanic shores:

"By developing Isla Palenque as a luxury resort, we not only assure the economic
sustainability of our own endeavors, but also provide for our ongoing efforts in
the surrounding community to curb destructive practices and support local people
who have been living harmoniously within these wild environments for centuries,"
says Loomis. "By cultivating positive tourism in this region, we hope to pave a
path for its future as a place worthy of exploration for years to come."

The resort team is currently amid final preparations to welcome guests of its
soft opening on  February 14. The arrival of Isla Palenque's first guests will
crown the developer's ambitious objectives with the realization of its ultimate
goal to connect people with an extraordinary wilderness.

About The Resort at Isla Palenque   
The Resort at Isla Palenque is a sustainable resort and residence development
located on a private island in the Gulf of Chiriqui,  Panama. The resort's
boutique hotel will welcome its first guests  February 14, 2013  to experience a
luxurious escape amid the wild jungles and pristine beaches of Isla Palenque.

To keep up with the sustainable development news on Isla Palenque,  sign up for
their mailing list.

Media contact:  Emily Kinskey, Marketing Manager for The Resort at Isla
Palenque,, 773-769-1145

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