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Islas Secas


Panama – 20 miles off the coast

The lowdown

Islas Secas is a remote archipelago off the coast of Panama, renowned for its pristine natural beauty and rich biodiversity. Comprising 14 islands, this secluded resort offers unspoiled beaches, lush tropical forests, and vibrant marine life. My notes say it’s also all-inclusive – apologies, that should have been the lead-in and headline.  It’s also activity-packed, with snorkelling, diving, whale-watching, water sports and land adventures, all while staying dedicated to sustainability and conservation.


Only 8 rooms that can accommodate up to 32 guests.  An island buyout is available.

Why did it make the list?  

Islas Secas has garnered significant interest from Dorsia clients, especially with the unveiling of Casa Cavada, their premier villa. Casa Cavada provides a distinctive alternative to the usual Caribbean destinations. This luxurious residence features four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a private kitchen, and an expansive living area that opens onto a large outdoor terrace. The terrace leads to the infinity pool, bordered by a vaulted bar and lounge area, and provides access to a secluded beach, offering an exclusive and serene retreat.

What’s unique about it?

It’s not on the tiny side, at 8,300 sqft, including outdoor space, a dedicated chef and house manager, and a private gym.  And most importantly, complimentary wifi (why do hotels still feel the need to include that?  Are we meant to be grateful?).  It’s built to meld with the surrounding landscape, the soaring structure emerges from the rocks above the waves, creating an unique private luxury residence, with a manta-ray-shaped roof, cathedral-like ceilings, beautiful indoor-outdoor design and a remarkable infinity pool with expansive ocean views.

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Tom Cahalan

Written by Tom Cahalan on 29th May '24

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