Day beds in the pool at Islas Secas resort allow guests to cool down while enjoying a spectacular view of the ocean | Islas Secas
A guest enjoys the magnificent sights on offer during the nature tours of the tropical wilderness of Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas
Two large birds fly over the horizon as the sun sets at Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas
A woman treads the shallows of the ocean on the beautiful islands of the Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas
Guests enjoy a spectacular diving experience at the Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas

An Inspired Design: Terraza

An Inspired Design: Terraza

The Terraza resembles the big dancing pavilions traditionally built in Panama called “Jardines,” but with a contemporary touch.

W elcome to the beating heard of Islas Secas. This is Islas Secas’s dining, bar and social pavilion built with a striking exposed bamboo structure. Bamboo was chosen as the principal material because it is traditionally used in structures and decoration in Panama, still today. A different variety called “cañaza” is most frequently used in Panama, but for the Islas Secas buildings, Colombian “guadua” was chosen as it is stronger and longer lasting than Panama’s national variety.

The location of the building was deliberately chosen between the palm grove and the creek, facing north between two islands and surrounding a lone mango tree, for a perfectly framed view.
An aerial view of the Terraza at Islas Secas resort and the beach it overlooks | Islas Secas

The Islas Secas team worked alongside Simon Velez, a Colombian architect known for his bamboo architecture. He took the first design of the original Secas architecture team, Hart Howerton, and added his own interpretation, enriching the shape and spaces with his natural materials and high attention to detail. Velez was the main advocate to eliminate all the walls and barriers of the main dining area, realizing a vaulted, cathedral-like space.

At night, with the lamps facing upwards to the ceiling, dining becomes a real experience inside a ‘cathedral of light’ in the middle of the jungle.

The Terraza by evening transforms into an atmospheric dining oasis where guests can enjoy the sunset over the fantastic menu | Islas Secas
An aerial view of the Terraza at Islas Secas resort and the beach it overlooks | Islas Secas
A view of the magnificent A frame of the Terraza with outdoor seating to allow guest the opportunity to dine overlooking the ocean at Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas
A sunset view of the magnificent wooden A frame of the Terraza of Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas
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