Istmo Yoga & Adventure Retreat Center

  • Istmo Yoga & Adventure Retreat Center, Playa Grande, San Carlos, Panamá, República de Panamá
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About us

Welcome to Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat a Premier Yoga Retreat Center and Beach Hotel close to Panama City.

Nestled in the jungle and steps away from a secluded tropical beach, ISTMO is the perfect retreat center to host your next retreat, participate in a yoga retreat or stand-up-paddleboard holiday, or take a short vacation.

Istmo Adventure and Yoga retreat was a dream that became a reality of the co-founders and managers Sean Davis and Ayesha Irani Davis.  We wanted to combine our varied backgrounds to create unique and memorable vacations for our guest

We have both traveled extensively and lived in several different countries around the world.  We settled in Panama 13 years ago and knew that we found a special place to put down roots and create our dream retreat. We fell in love with Panama and are excited about the opportunity to share this tropical paradise with our guest.

Looking for a relaxing beach getaway close to Panama City?

At ISTMO we provide luxury air-conditioned accommodations and healthy/international cuisine.

Our Boutique Beach Hotel close to Panama City is set in an idyllic setting surrounded by nature.  Come spend a couple of night on a luxurious beds, in one of our private bungalows.

I stayed at Istmo for a Zen retreat and it was in all ways beyond expectations. The cabins are comfortable, clean, and well layed out; the food was fantastic; the yoga classes were excellent, and the overall service was amazing. I am already looking forward to coming back here! Gerard Kuperus I led a 6 day yoga retreat.. The yoga studio is well out

Venue Highlights

Boutique Hotel - Reconnect with yourself and your family. Escape the city and disconnect from the world in your own cozy bungalow surrounded by nature. Book a couple of nights stay at Panama’s premier yoga retreat center, located steps away from a secluded Pacific beach.

Our published room rates include daily housekeeping, multi-course breakfast for two and use of all facilities. And you can always count on daily on-site management to make you feel at home. Make a reservation with us. Make your stay in our Boutique Hotel a personal mini-retreat. With our wholesome meals, yoga classes and SUP tours you can tailor your own personal retreat during your stay in our Boutique Hotel.

Join an Upcoming Retreat - Our evolving retreat calendar includes up-to-date information on our upcoming yoga retreats, meditation retreats, yoga teacher trainings, weekend retreats, women’s retreats, wellness retreats, Paddleboard Vacations, group and family vacation packages. -

Host your own Retreat - ISTMO is the ideal retreat center to host a yoga retreat in Latin America. Dedicated customer service from the owners, delicious food, beach and jungle location close to Panama City, and proximity to diverse tropical environments makes ISTMO the perfect place to host a group retreat.

On-site Activities and Facilities - While at ISTMO you are welcome to use our beautiful yoga studio, common room (next to the restaurant)- with a ping pong table and board games, walking meditation labyrinth, hammock areas, and nature trail to our cayman pond (no swimming please) often used for birdwatching. Keep your eyes out for the tamarind monkeys and other wildlife that live in the area!

Make sure you take the short walk down to Playa Grande, to spend a relaxing day on a beautiful tropical beach.

Yoga Classes -
We offer yoga classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00-9:15. Yoga classes are $10 per person. Remeber, use the Promo Code
“YOGA” when you reserve your weekend hotel stay and get one free weekend yoga class.
We are happy to organize private classes for $40/class (up to four people), please contact us if you are interested in this option. Our weekly yoga classes are taught by yoga instructor and owner Ayesha Irani Davis. During retreats, our classes are taught by the retreat organizer.

Surfing -
We have partnered with a local surf school to offer surf lessons to our guests. Surf lessons are at the El Palmar beach, just an 8 minute drive away from our property. Surf lessons last 2 hours and include transportation, all equipment, and expert instruction. Include a surf lesson when you book your stay with us – we will check the tides and get back to you about the timing of the lesson.
Prices: $60/person/class – including transportation – minimum of 2 people. ($75/person for individuals).

SUP Activities - We offer a wide range of SUP (Stand-up-paddleboard) Activities for beginners to advanced paddlers. From classes for beginners at our local Playa Grande beach or at the Lagunas de San Carlos to excursions around Farallon Island, we have all of your SUP needs covered.

Massage -
During your stay with us, experience the benefits of massage therapy including reduced pain, improved circulation, increased immune efficiency, enhanced focus, and more.
Contact us to reserve your relaxation, deep tissue or massage for athletes. We do ask for 24-hour advance notice.
Prices from $60/hour.

Cannot decide what activities to include during your stay at Istmo? Want to participate in all off them?

Consider our 7-day Tropical SUP Adventure and Yoga Retreat – it is an all-inclusive package that strikes a perfect balance between relaxation and adventure.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


As a guest commented, “The food alone at ISTMO is worth the trip!” We offer wholesome seafood and vegetarian meals cooked from fresh local ingredients. Our menu has been lovingly crafted by professionally trained chef and owner, Sean Davis. We happily accommodate various diets, from vegan to gluten-free and everything in between.


Double Room
A delightful oasis of comfort and tranquility, truly unwind when you enter our stand-alone air-conditioned bungalow that blends seamlessly into the natural backdrop of the jungle that surrounds the property. Our Double Room comes equipped with two full-sized beds, outfitted with pillow-top orthopedic mattresses and luxurious linens for your ultimate comfort. Each bungalow features balconies with seating and hammocks, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mini-refrigerators with complimentary drinking water, and private bathrooms with hot water showers. Stay connected with free wireless in our centrally located hammock gazebo. Enjoy a healthy breakfast before beginning another day in paradise.
Max Occupancy: 4 | Size: 34 sq. mt | Beds: 2 Full

Quad Room

A spacious and inviting air-conditioned bungalow with plenty of comforts and amenities, unwind in this soothing oasis, nestled amongst trees offering a seamless natural backdrop. With two bunk beds, each offering a full bed below and twin bed on top, both outfitted with pillow-top orthopedic mattresses and luxurious linens, there’s room for the whole family or group in these stunning accommodations. Each bungalow features balconies with seating and hammocks, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mini-refrigerators with complimentary drinking water, and private bathrooms with hot water showers. Stay connected with free wireless in our centrally located hammock gazebo. Enjoy a healthy breakfast before beginning another day in paradise.

Max Occupancy: 6 | Size: 34 sq. mt. | Beds: 2 Bunk Bed (Full bed below; twin bed on top)

Our room prices include – Healthy Breakfast, Complimentary parking, Complimentary tea, Daily housekeeping, Private bathrooms w/ hot-water showers, Luxurious linens, Complimentary drinking water, Mini-refrigerator, Ceiling fans, Air-conditioning, Pillow-top orthopedic mattresses, Balconies w/ seating & hammocks, and Wi-fi in central areas.

For an additional charge, the restaurant on the premises serves drinks and a fixed-menu seafood or vegetarian dinner to our hotel guests.

If you book directly on our website, we include a complimentary diffuser with DoTerra oils for your use during your stay with us.

We are a PET-FRIENDLY HOTEL. Please review our Policies.


By Car -
The main street to Playa Grande off the highway is between kilometer markers 97 and 98 and has an arch over it that says “Playa Grande”. The entrance to the property is 1.2 Km from the main highway. On the Playa Grande road, stay to the left at the fork in the road, the entrance to our property will be to your left, in-between two small speed bumps on the road. A sign that says “Istmo” will be on the far fence of the entrance. Please leave your car in the parking lot at the top of the hill, and walk down to the reception.

By Bus/Taxi -
From the airport take either a bus or a taxi to the Albrook Bus Terminal. From the Albrook Terminal, you can take a bus to Chame or Anton (they leave every 15 minutes), and tell the bus driver you want to get off in Coronado. This is will a 1.5-hour bus ride. Coronado is a good place to stop and pick up some snacks for your room (we do have refrigerators in our rooms), and any things you may have forgotten at home. From Coronado, you will take a taxi to Istmo (around $10) – give the taxi driver the above directions in Spanish.
Once here, ask that Taxi driver to park at the top of the hill at the designated parking area, and walk down to the reception – we will be there to greet you!

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