Serenity Now - The Resort at Isla Palenque
by, 07-15-2013 at 10:48 AM (2533 Views)
Adventure is not my middle name. Although I would have been partial to Antoine, for some unexplained reason it seems my parents never saw the need for a middle name to begin with. As such I am not one to go off half-cocked and plan a vacation in a place I know next to nothing about, especially if leaving the aforementioned place requires a boat or really good stamina and swimming ability.
I toyed with the idea of booking the Resort at Isla Palenque for a good many days. It seemed so inviting, so beautiful, so pristine and unspoiled by fast food chains and trinket sellers that one evening I finally mustered up the courage and booked the trip.
I didn’t know what to expect, but if the place was half as beautiful as the pictures then I would have no complaints whatsoever.
Finally the day arrived, and after a three hour flight to Miami and another three hour flight to Panama City, we were within reach of the fabled island. We spent two days in Panama City just because the tickets and our time off work worked out that way, then on a sunny Sunday morning we were off to David airport where we would be picked up and shuttled to Boca Chica – the village where our boat would be waiting to take us to the resort.
Although I do plan on writing a few more articles about our trip and experience in Panama as a whole, let me just say that if you have an aversion to the grittier side of life, then the journey itself will put you in a mood.
No, we never felt threatened or in danger but once you get out of the city itself, the rural areas of Panama are poor, and if you’ve never been to a third world country or have only seen slums on television, you might be taken aback by what you see.
We arrived at David airport without difficulty, and after exiting the baggage claim were
greeted by a man in an Isla Palenque cap, and another gentleman who was to be our driver to Boca Chica.
By and large the trip was uneventful, but if you’re not used to passing cars on a two lane highway with vehicles racing toward you from the opposite direction, there may be some fleeting ‘pucker’ moments.
The boat was there as we arrived at the Boca Chica dock, our bags were transferred by the staff, and we were well on our way to what was to be the most relaxing three days and four nights my wife and I have experienced in a very long time.
The poverty notwithstanding Panama is a beautiful country, and doubly so when it comes to their small islands, inlets, and beaches.
Isla Palenque is located in the Pacific and the water is so beautiful and clean that you can see the bottom at as much as five feet down if the surf isn’t too bad.
Although the Luxury Link package that the Resort at Isla Palenque offers comes with a copious amount of activities, having the beach all to ourselves and feeling as though we were the only two people on a deserted island was much more appealing to us personally than fishing or nature hikes.
One feels a special kind of serenity when all they hear is the surf beating against the rocks, the breeze blowing through the palm trees, and the howler monkeys entertaining themselves.
The Resort at Isla Palenque is as far away as you can get from the corporate thousand room resorts replete with two thousand sun burnt tourists all fighting over the fifty lounge chairs on the beach.
For now there are only five rooms available to guests on the entire island, meaning that the most tourists you will see while there is a paltry ten souls.
If you go to the resort at Isla Palenque for the serenity and quiet you’re going to want to stay for the food. The chef is downright brilliant, and if you happen to be celebrating any sort of special occasion I would highly recommend the seven course dinner with the wine pairings.
Even though my wife has a shellfish allergy, all seven courses were brilliant, exceptionally tasteful, playful, and inventive. Having your own hydroponic greenhouse and growing your own vegetables doesn’t hurt when it comes to taste and freshness either.
All in all, if you can get past the ‘getting there’ part the Resort at Isla Palenque is well worth the trip.
If perchance you are close to having a George Costanza moment and feel yourself wanting to scream ‘serenity now’ at a passerby on any given day, then this resort is a downright must.