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

Why our Eco-friendly Getaway is Sustainable by Design

Why our Eco-friendly Getaway is Sustainable by Design

Islas Secas, Designed as the Ultimate Private Island Getaway

written by Islas Secas
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I nspired by traditional Panamanian architecture, the design of our private island getaway has always been about sustainability. Here’s how…

Ancient solutions to modern problems

Working with renowned, B-Corp certified architects Hart Howerton, the team looked to traditional Panama Canal Zone houses to influence the design of our extraordinary, award-winning Casitas, perfect for a private romantic getaway.

High-pitch roofs aid natural ventilation in our tropical climate, as do open-frame walls, allowing the natural flow of cooling breezes, while big overhangs protect from both the sun and the odd torrential downpour. The beautiful indigenous “ranchos”, or thatch roofs, were carefully designed to protect from the effects of extreme tropical weather.

Sustainable materials and award-winning buildings

In our flagship structure, the open-to-the-elements Terraza, striking, exposed bamboo was chosen as it is both sustainable and fast-growing, and traditionally used in construction and decoration in Panama. Working with Simon Velez, the Colombian architect known for his nature-inspired designs, the soaring, cathedral-like roof was influenced by the traditional Panamanian “jardines” dancing pavilions.

The heart and soul of Islas Secas - a laid-back gathering spot exuding Panamanian style.

It’s all in the detail

Our conscious design stretches to the Casita interiors, too, where Life Interiors Architecture created a soothing, textured palette of natural, organic materials heavily influenced by our surroundings. Working in collaboration with local artisans and craftspeople, tactile touches include local, hand-stitched “mola” cushions from the Guna tribe, while furnishings use reclaimed timber plantation chairs to add a touch of glamor.

Throughout our luxury eco getaway, local culture is supported and sustainability celebrated, from woven dining chairs, a nod to Panamanian “mimbre” weaving, to the use of existing sailboat sails, repurposed as bar stool seats, and loungers. Even our staff uniforms are made from plastic ocean waste.

Sustainability in action

Our design is just one element of Islas Secas’s thorough environmental policy, which includes being zero-waste, 100% solar-powered, and water-wise.


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