Honeymooners Have Discovered Panama's Islas Secas Private Island Resort
February 7, 2013 at 12:04 PM
It's no myth that backpackers are generally the ones who discover the most beautiful places in the world. Then the corporations get tipped off and hijack their sacred space. We're not siding with either group, but we can't help but think it's all about spreading the love. That should be the backpacker motto anyway, right?
At Islas Secas, an all-inclusive, private-island resort on the Atlantic Coast of Panama, it wasn't the satchel-on-a-stick variety that kept this resort an undiscovered haven...it was fishermen. It turns out the big draw in this region is big-game fishing, primarily with renown fisherman Carter Andrews.
Hardcore fishermen would take the flight to Panama City, a following regional flight then boat ride to arrive here. The commute is only a reflection of the resort's allure, and it only took time for honeymooners to catch this wave (and the resort to happily cater to them).
Islas Secas is quite special and romantic. Think swaying palms, deserted beaches that get limited foot traffic, coral gardens and a sunset deck with champagne and private butler. There are only seven luxury casitas (which are actually super fancy yurts) with hammocks and either perched on a cliff or along the sea. Do the math, people: there are only 14 guests on the island at a time, if the resort is full. Unless you're in-room dining, you'll more or less never see a soul. Activities include snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, scuba, hiking excursions, dolphin sightings, a spa and, you guessed it, fishing! Which means, yes, you'll have your fresh catch for dinner.
Thanks to the demand of newlyweds (ahem, the female half), there's now a "honeymoon suite" on its own islet. And a new yoga program. Again, not requested by fishermen.
All-inclusive rates from $675 per night. To book the new "Off The Hook Honeymoon Package" call 800-377-8877.
[Photo: Jimmy Im for HotelChatter]