Developer Amble Resorts is planning a sustainable luxury resort on the 400-acre tropical Isla Palenque in the Gulf of Chiriqui in southern Panama.

Amble Resorts, a development firm whose ethos is to build culturally authentic, ecologically sustainable, and luxurious resorts, is planning to develop a new southern-Panama vacation destination called The Resort at Isla Palenque.

Spanning an area of more than 400 acres of lush tropics, Isla Palenque is tucked in the Gulf of Chiriqui on the south side of Panama. Over the next several years, Amble Resorts says it will build both a top-tier resort hotel and a string of vacation homes along the shores of the pristine island.

The developer is scheduling the first phase of development for completion in late 2011 or early 2012. The first phase will include a 30-key boutique hotel and approximately 50 oceanfront homes. Preconstruction sales will begin in January 2010 and Amble plans to break ground on the project soon afterwards.

When all construction phases are complete, says Amble, it will have built upon less than 5 per cent of the island and will have maintained nearly all of Isla Palenque’s natural habitats, ecosystems and panoramic views.

Initial plans include an isolated 220-acre nature preserve, more than five miles of coastal trails, an organic farm which will supply much of the resort’s produce, a small marina. Planned amenities will include a full-service spa, multiple restaurants, elegant bars, several pools, an activity and adventure center, and an eclectic selection of boutiques.