The SpaceWe offer 7 luxurious stand-alone bungalows equipped with handcrafted furniture by local Panamanian artisans. All our bungalows are air-conditioned, have a private bath with hot water, safety deposit box, wi-fi access, and a balcony with panoramic views of our property.
Each balcony has a hammock, where you can curl up with your favorite book, or just enjoy the lush tropical surroundings. Our locally made beds, a piece of art in themselves, are equipped with ultra-comfortable pillow-top mattresses and soft linen.
We offer either double or quad room options. Our double rooms have two full size beds, and our quad rooms have two bunk-beds, each bunk bed has a full size bed and a twin bed. Guest AccessWe have many beautiful shared areas including our outdoor dining area, an air-conditioned living room, a hammock ranch, and our beautiful hardwood floor yoga studio.
Guests are encouraged to dine with us - our menu has been lovingly crafted by owner and Chef Sean Davis, a graduate of a prominent cooking school in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Guests are also welcome to participate in our weekly yoga classes - our weekly yoga classes are taught on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00-10:30am and on Tuesday from 8:30-9:30am by certified yoga teacher and owner Ayesha Irani Davis.
You can rent a board directly from the Istmo staff and tour it on the ocean here in Playa Grande, take a SUP class run by our staff, or participate in one of our staff guided excursions. Interaction with GuestsWe are a family run business - we love to get to know our guests! We live here and are always present during the guest´s stay. The NeighborhoodIstmo is located in Playa Grande, a rural beach community on the western edge of the Panama Province in the republic of Panama. We are 1 hr 15 minutes from Panama City and 10 minutes from the town of Coronado. We are secluded but not isolated. If there is anything that you forgot from home it can probably be found in Coronado where you will find supermarkets, pharmacies, shops, as well as a modern clinic with English speaking doctors.
We are a 5 minute walk to a secluded beautiful beach. As you approach the beach, the last 2 minutes of the walk are through a jungle trail with the warm tropical Pacific Ocean waiting for you. Something that attracted the owners to the area is the miles of black and white sand beach that has plenty of natural shade from the rainforest that grows close to the water’s edge. The beach is a great swimming beach and almost always calm except on the rare occasion when storms can produce a powerful shorebreak. If you wake up early you can see the sunrise over the ocean and the local fisherman and lobster fisherman bringing in the catch of the day. You may run into the Istmo staff buying your afternoon lunch. The beach is also a nesting ground for marine turtles that come to these shores once a year to lay their eggs.
We are 30 minutes away from El valle a picturesque town nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano. In El Valle there are some beautiful hikes in the cloud forest, hot springs, horseback riding, a butterfly farm, a zip line, and an artisan and fruit/vegetable market, amongst other attractions.
Istmo is located on 4 acres of land, an acre of which is intact rainforest. You can enjoy the wilderness by taking a stroll on our short walking trail to a natural pond on the property. The pond, home to a family of dwarf caiman, flows into a creek that runs through the property and around the yoga studio, eventually working it’s way to the beach.
Our property hosts a variety of fruit trees, some were recently planted and many already producing. Fruit trees include 3 varieties of mangoes, cashew nut, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, star fruit, guava, soursop, rambutan, avocado, tropical plums, custard apple, sapodilla, jobo, hicaco, dragon fruit and two varities of limes. We proudly serve these fruits to our guests and have incorporated them into our menu.
Besides our two children and boxers, we share our property with other wild life including, tamarin monkeys, iguanas, colorful toucans, mot mots, crimson back tanagers, yellow bellied flycatchers and blue tanagers, dwarf caiman, amongst others. We are also in close proximity to a private forest reserve that is home to deer, jaguarundis (small rainforest cat), coatis, sloths, agoutis, and other wildlife. You will be awakened in the morning by flocks of periquites flying overhead and go to sleep to the sound of frogs singing from the creek. Getting AroundThe bus stop on the pan american highway is a 15 minute walk from our property - from there you can get to anywhere in Panama (or central america for that matter).
Free parking is included on site.
You may request an airport shuttle when you make your reservation - (additional charge).