Set to open in 2019, the eco-friendly destination of Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama allows only electrical cars and sustainable technologies. Its outdoor design has been meticulously planned with indigenous plants and tropical specialties that will be used in the preparation of local cuisine.
The destination will feature 186 modern guest rooms, including 42 overwater villas along 457 acres of coastline — with three miles of private white sand beaches, plus sailing, surfing and hiking adventures just beyond the door.
The 42 overwater villas will offer breathtaking vistas of the Caribbean coast and ocean, each with its own private plunge pool and direct access to the ocean by deck. Exclusivity is all part of the experience — the destination, while a quick trip from Panama City, is accessible only by boat, seaplane or helicopter.
Among the countless options for adventure are rainforest zip-lining, snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding and deep sea fishing. The archipelago is also home to the San San Pond Sak wetlands, the most biologically diverse tropical coral reef in the region and the ultimate place for bird watching, bicycling and guided eco-hikes.
Viceroy Hotel Group announced there will be eight restaurants and lounges, ranging from an elite fine- dining enclave to a relaxed beach grill. Also planned will be indoor meeting space, a fitness center, a cinema lounge, a library, and a spa featuring private rejuvenation pools tucked in blossoming pockets of the rainforest.
The destination is now offering 42 one and two-bedroom residences for sale to private owners for personal use or as investments that will become part of the resort’s rental program.
Christopher Columbus explored the Bocas del Toro area in 1502 while searching for the passage to the Pacific Ocean. Columbus’s original name for the island was Isla del Drago. The province contains two national parks, Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park and La Amistad International Park. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute operates a research station on Colón Island just northwest of Bocas Town. There are many banana plantations in Bocas del Toro, often called the oro verde, or green gold of Central America.