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

At Istmo we provide luxury air-conditioned accommodations in an idyllic setting surrounded by nature.
Yoga Studio – Our retreat center features a beautiful 860 square foot yoga studio.

The studio is surrounded by nature, has a jungle stream running around it, features beautiful tropical hardwood floors, and is filled with love.

Our studio is fully equipped with yoga mats, yoga blankets, straps, blocks, yoga chairs, and bolsters.

SUP Boards – We have a fleet of SUP boards to accommodate your Stand-up-paddle boarding needs.

Our boards are perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers and are “all around boards” made to tour the open ocean, practice on flat water lagoons, explore mangroves, lakes and practice SUP yoga.

LOCATION - Istmo is located in Playa Grande, a rural beach community on the western edge of the Panama Province in the Republic of Panama. We are 1 hr 15 minutes from Panama City and 10 minutes from the town of Coronado.

We are secluded but not isolated. If there is anything that you forgot from home it can probably be found in Coronado where you will find supermarkets, pharmacies, shops, as well as a modern clinic with English speaking doctors.

We are a 5-minute walk to a secluded beautiful beach. As you approach the beach, the last 2 minutes of the walk are through a jungle trail with the warm tropical Pacific Ocean waiting for you. The beach is a great swimming beach and almost always calm except on the rare occasion when storms can produce a powerful shore-break. If you wake up early you can see the sunrise over the ocean and the local fisherman and lobster fisherman bringing in the catch of the day. The beach is also a nesting ground for marine turtles that come to these shores once a year to lay their eggs.

We are 30 minutes away from El Valle a picturesque town nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano. In El Valle, there are some beautiful hikes in the cloud forest, hot springs, horseback riding, a butterfly farm, a zip line, and an artisan and fruit/vegetable market, amongst other attractions. A trip to El Valle can be included in your retreat package for an additional price or may be offered to the participants as an optional activity.

Istmo is located on 4 acres of land, an acre of which is intact rainforest. You can enjoy the wilderness by taking a stroll on our short walking trail to a natural pond on the property. The pond, home to a family of dwarf caiman, flows into a creek that runs through the property and around the yoga studio, eventually working its way to the beach.

Our property hosts a variety of fruit trees, some were recently planted and many already producing. Fruit trees include 3 varieties of mangoes, cashew nut, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, star fruit, guava, soursop, rambutan, avocado, tropical plums, custard apple, sapodilla, jobo, hicaco, dragon fruit and two varieties of limes. We proudly serve these fruits to our guests and have incorporated them into our menu.

Besides our two children and boxers, we share our property with other wildlife including, tamarin monkeys, iguanas, colorful toucans, motmots, Crimson back tanagers, yellow-bellied flycatchers and blue tanagers, dwarf caiman, amongst others. We are also in close proximity to a private forest reserve that is home to deer, jaguarundis (small rainforest cat), coatis, sloths, agoutis, and other wildlife.

You will be awakened in the morning by flocks of parakeets flying overhead and go to sleep to the sound of frogs singing from the creek. Honestly, we think it’s the best place on earth! Come see for yourself.

Amenities

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

Menu Types

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

Menu/Cuisine

ISTMO’s menu has been lovingly crafted by owner and Chef Sean Davis, a graduate of a prominent cooking school in New Orleans, Louisiana. We offer a tropical fusion cuisine that blends influences from Latin America, Caribbean, India, Middle East, the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Far East, South East Asia, Cajun, Southern US, and the Pacific Rim Islands.

As part of your retreat package, you may choose to include a cooking class for the retreat additional, at no additional charge.
Most of our meals are vegetarian or fish and seafood based; however, we can easily accommodate our guests who are gluten free, vegan or require substitutions because of food allergies.

Our meals are created from what we have grown organically, and supplemented by what we can purchase locally. We make every effort to maintain a light carbon footprint and support local farmers and fisherman, buying the high majority of our produce and seafood within a 20 mile radius

Accommodations

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)

Directions

Istmo is located in Playa Grande, a rural beach community on the western edge of the Panama Province in the Republic of Panama. We are 1 hr 15 minutes from Panama City and 10 minutes from the town of Coronado.

We are secluded but not isolated. If there is anything that you forgot from home it can probably be found in Coronado where you will find supermarkets, pharmacies, shops, as well as a modern clinic with English speaking doctors.

We are a 5-minute walk to a secluded beautiful beach. As you approach the beach, the last 2 minutes of the walk are through a jungle trail with the warm tropical Pacific Ocean waiting for you. The beach is a great swimming beach and almost always calm except on the rare occasion when storms can produce a powerful shore-break. If you wake up early you can see the sunrise over the ocean and the local fisherman and lobster fisherman bringing in the catch of the day. The beach is also a nesting ground for marine turtles that come to these shores once a year to lay their eggs.

We are 30 minutes away from El Valle a picturesque town nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano. In El Valle, there are some beautiful hikes in the cloud forest, hot springs, horseback riding, a butterfly farm, a zip line, and an artisan and fruit/vegetable market, amongst other attractions. A trip to El Valle can be included in your retreat package for an additional price or may be offered to the participants as an optional activity.

Istmo is located on 4 acres of land, an acre of which is intact rainforest. You can enjoy the wilderness by taking a stroll on our short walking trail to a natural pond on the property. The pond, home to a family of dwarf caiman, flows into a creek that runs through the property and around the yoga studio, eventually working its way to the beach.

Our property hosts a variety of fruit trees, some were recently planted and many already producing. Fruit trees include 3 varieties of mangoes, cashew nut, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, star fruit, guava, soursop, rambutan, avocado, tropical plums, custard apple, sapodilla, jobo, hicaco, dragon fruit and two varieties of limes. We proudly serve these fruits to our guests and have incorporated them into our menu.

Besides our two children and boxers, we share our property with other wildlife including, tamarin monkeys, iguanas, colorful toucans, motmots, Crimson back tanagers, yellow-bellied flycatchers and blue tanagers, dwarf caiman, amongst others. We are also in close proximity to a private forest reserve that is home to deer, jaguarundis (small rainforest cat), coatis, sloths, agoutis, and other wildlife.

You will be awakened in the morning by flocks of parakeets flying overhead and go to sleep to the sound of frogs singing from the creek. Honestly, we think it’s the best place on earth! Come see for yourself.

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