Located off Panama’s Pacific coast, global design firm Hart Howerton worked closely with the Islas Secas ownership team as architects and planners to transform an existing resort facility into a world-class adventure outpost that would benefit both the environment and economy of the surrounding region.
The Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is expected to raise the bar on sustainable, off-the-grid luxury in the region by offering exclusive access to no more than 18 guests to experience exhilarating recreation across 14 private islands in the Bay of Chiriqui. Opening in January 2019, the project will have four casita sites with plunge pools and decks overlooking the Pacific and the islands of the archipelago. The resort will also feature a sophisticated Panamanian restaurant as well as a lounge and bar.
Using local and sustainable building materials the resort’s commitment to environmentally responsible design extends beyond the teak and stone structure to include a solar array that powers the whole island in addition to an organic farm that utilizes recycled water.
Architectural Goal: Eco-Sustainable, Holistic Design With its roots in authentic Canal Gamboan Style, this organic design vernacular aims to live lightly on the land through incorporating environmentally-friendly principles and deeply embracing natural resources. Each element, from the Casitas, to the Casa Grande, to the Terraza plays a role in creating this seaside sanctuary.