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Isla Palenque named a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World (Panama)


Isla Palenque named a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World (Panama)


Category: Central and South America - Panama - Events - Communication/Marketing
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2019-04-23
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Award-winning luxury hospitality group The Cayuga Collection is proud to announce that Isla Palenque Island Resort, a 400-acre private island in the Gulf of Chiriquí, has been named a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and is now the third property in the Cayuga Collection’s portfolio to be awarded with this distinction.

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is a collection of lodges that invite guests to discover some of the planet’s most treasured places, while helping to protect those places for generations to come. These properties—each handpicked by National Geographic—share a strong commitment to sustainable practices and to protecting natural and cultural heritage. They embody the values that National Geographic holds close: authenticity, enrichment, and a dedication to preserving our planet’s diversity. The guest experience they offer is intimate and exceptional, inspiring guests to connect with their destination in a meaningful way—and to play a part in safeguarding it for the future.

Isla Palenque is a treasure – an island steeped in history with a keen presence for the environment at every turn – from the first-rate food and accommodations to the exceptionally trained staff, this recognition is very well deserved,” said Gary Evan Knell, Chairman of National Geographic Partners and former President and CEO of the National Geographic Society.

Nestled on Panama’s Pacific coast, Isla Palenque Island Resort is comprised of eight casitas, a six-room villa estate with its own restaurant, amenities and direct beach access – as well as onsite tours, iconic native wildlife and locally sourced food. Setting a new bar for sustainability and luxury in Panama and Central America’s hospitality offering, in the short time since its launch, the resort has received tremendous praise and acclaim from travelers, media and industry professionals, and has been heralded as one of the world’s most coveted must-see new destinations and properties.

We are thrilled for Isla Palenque Island Resort to receive this honor from National Geographic, and particularly overjoyed to now have three properties in our collection to hold this esteemed title,” said Hans Pfister, Co-founder and President of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges. “Isla Palenque is the tropical island experience that travelers dream of and is synonymous with the values and experience that is unique to the Cayuga Collection.”

About Isla Palenque Island Resort

Located in the Gulf of Chiriquí, Panama, Isla Palenque Island Resort is an undiscovered private island sanctuary boasting 400 acres of lush jungle, and framed by seven untouched beaches. Reimagined and redesigned, this private island is the unparalleled combination of luxury and sustainability, with eight beach suites (coming June 2018), a six-room villa estate vacation rental house, onsite tours, an abundance of wildlife and locally-sourced food. For more information, please visit

About the Cayuga Collection

The Cayuga Collection consists of lodges and sustainable hotels throughout Costa Rica and Nicaragua and Panama. All Cayuga properties specialize in creating the symbiosis of sustainability and luxury, always providing a sense of place by taking into account local culture and customs. To Cayuga, sustainability is about more than reusing your towel twice and simply recycling.

The luxury hospitality group has earned various awards and recognitions including the Travel + Leisure Global Vision Awards, The Condé Nast Traveler World Saver Award for Small Hotel Chains, The Condé Nast Traveler World Saver Award for Poverty Relief Efforts, Winner in the Americas of Green Hotelier Awards 2016, National Geographic World Legacy Award for 2017, along with two of our esteemed properties becoming National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Some of the collection's esteemed properties have also been accepted into Virtuoso’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners. Most recently, Cayuga’s sustainable efforts have lead to winning a People Award at the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2018 from The Authority on World Travel & Tourism (WTTC).

Cayuga works with local communities to train and employ local people and improve local living and learning conditions. Each of its properties is involved in conservation and community development, and the company even helped to create a public charity called Equilibrium to further its reach and impact. For more information about all of Cayuga’s properties and experiences, visit

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