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Islas Secas Private Marine Reserve and Lodge a slice of the Pacific in Panama

Conservationist and philanthropist Louis Bacon are currently at work developing an exclusive resort on Panama's Pacific Coast. The resort, which will open in 2019, will rely entirely on solar energy and be composting to meet energy needs and reduce waste. The luxury resort will be located on 14 islands off of Panama's coast.

Islas Secas Private Marine Reserve and Lodge a slice of the Pacific in Panama

For most people, dreams of a holiday in Central America involve images of the Caribbean. But conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon had a different idea in mind when he set out to create an exclusive hideaway. He had his eye on a 14-island archipelago off Panama’s Pacific Coast.

Islas Secas Private Marine Reserve & Lodge is currently taking shape on one of those islands, Isla Cavada, situated 15 miles south of the Panamanian mainland near to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Coiba National Park.

The exclusive hideaway will consist of four Casitas housing nine luxurious guestrooms will be fitted out by American architect and interior designer Tom Scheerer, whose signature island style has been refined on projects in the Bahamas, The Hamptons and Nantucket.

From this idyllic location, guests will be able to set out on marine safaris to Coiba National Park; diving, snorkelling and fishing expeditions in the waters surrounding Islas Secas; and excursions to some of the other islands in the archipelago.

The resort is being built around the core objectives of sustainable tourism and marine preservation and will include a learning centre and dive centre when it opens in January 2019. The resort will also rely on composting and 100 percent solar power to reduce waste and energy consumption. By the end of next year, the resort will add an island spa and four-bedroom villa residence with private pool.

Bacon is an American-born investor and philanthropist and most of his philanthropy focuses on conservation efforts. He has supported numerous non-profit organizations that work to preserve wildlife habitats and water and has donated more than a million dollars to the environmental non-profit Riverkeeper. Bacon has worked to help preserve land in Colorado, New York, North Carolina, and the Bahamas. The conservationist has already devoted some of his fortunes to creating eco-friendly resorts, including New Mexico’s Taos Ski Valley, Trinchera Ranch in Colorado and Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Alaska.

Bacon’s new development in Panama is expected to raise the bar on sustainable tourism and off-the-grid luxury.

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