Los Establos, Panama
Set on a sprawling highland on one of Panama’s oldest operating coffee plantations spanning 16-acres with panoramic views of the country’s famed volcano, Volcan Baru, Los Establos is housed in a colonial-style villa, offering an authentic experience in the heart of Boquete. The property won the heart of Elite Island Resorts’ Irina Barrett, who purchased it in 2005, and sought to reinvent the location while retaining its natural beauty and historical significance. Today, local artwork and furnishings dot the 17 rooms and suites and common areas, while gastronomy favors a modern interpretation of Latin American cuisine with a focus on ingredients from surrounding farms and producers. Over the years, Irina continued to upgrade the property into the luxe hotel it has become today and added various amenities including the new oasis swimming pool a spa, fitness center, pickleball court, premium suite additions and upgraded rooms. A seemingly, never-ending colorful mosaic, the rich land offers activities for the casual to the most advanced adventurous traveler—with a stand-out service and unique selling point of 13 tours to choose from, all of which are included in a stay at the hotel. The concierge team easily arranges visits to these nearby attractions such as hiking, bird watching, zip lining, white water rafting, coffee immersion classes, a canyon tea tasting tour, and a trip to ancient cloud forests, where hidden waterfalls create ethereal mists, and flora and fauna converge in one of Panama’s most holistic natural experiences. The hotel operates on an all-inclusive basis where one rate includes accommodations, meals and beverages and a tour of choice each day.