Isla Paridita is the perfect getaway for couples with an adventuresome spirit. The property is a study in contrasts. The island is remote and beautiful. It is a mix of Hawaii and Panama. Part Swiss Family Robinson – part Ritz Carlton; Part Club Med - part private resort. There are six or seven different beaches from which to choose. Each is different and isolated from the other. The food is simple yet delicious.
There are four cabanas, two overlooking a cliff with crashing waves below and two right on one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. I would stay in any of them. The hosts are wonderful. They will try and tailor your food and activities to whatever you want. They make you feel like it is your own private island.
As I said earlier, the island is remote. Don’t even think about your cell phone or the internet. You will be completely unplugged. It does have basic electricity, from solar cells and batteries but you will hardly every use it. I think it was the first time in 10+ years I never even took my cell phone out of the suitcase. The real miracle is the world continued to spin without access to email or messages. I think many readers will understand what I am talking about.
I did countless hours of research on where to spend a few days of vacation (second honeymoon) in Panama. Panama is Panama. It is not (yet) a typical tropical destination for the average American or European tourist. The one trend I found in all of my research is there are several resorts who try to be like the 5 star resorts elsewhere in the Caribbean. While many of them are nice they will fall short of their peers in more developed locales. So I decided, why try that route. If I want the lavish 5 star resort, I will go to St. Croix or St. Barts. I decided to subscribe to the old adage, when in Rome, do as the Romans.
Isla Paridita is a truly unique resort and unique to Panama. It knows what it is and what it is not. In our opinion, it is not to be missed. This kind of resort is disappearing, if they ever existed before. It is family run, not a corporate chain. Go visit while you can. You will not be disappointed.
FYI – consider going with 4 couples (or family) and rent the whole island at a time. That is what we are going to do. Your own private island with your friends or family – paradise. I guarantee it would be a once in a life time experience for everyone.
- Also Known As:
- Isla Paridita Hotel Chiriqui Province
- Isla Paridita Panama/Chiriqui