An ultra-sustainable island resort in Panama

Strung across over a dozen islands, the 1,033-acre Islas Secas’ accommodates only 18 guests at a time and devotes itself to conservation and local initiatives

Panama’s 1,033-acre Islas Secas resort runs entirely on solar energy
Panama’s 1,033-acre Islas Secas resort runs entirely on solar energy

In Panama, strung across more than a dozen islands in the Bay of Chiriqui, is Islas Secas (islassecas.com; from $800), which hedgefunder-conservationist Louis Bacon has spent five years rebuilding and upscaling, from the yurt camp it once was to a high-tone but resolutely sustainable private resort. A total of 1,035 acres, 75 per cent of which is given over to conservation and wildlife preservation, accommodates only 18 guests at any time.

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One hundred per cent of Islas Secas’ energy is solar; all guest water usage is captured and recycled; and portions of revenue funnel into the resort’s eponymous foundation, which disburses funds to various local initiatives, from the creation of a solar grid in nearby Bocas del Toro to the Panama Audubon Society’s educational programmes.

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