Santa Catalina Retreats

Santa Catalina, Panama

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What's Included

  • 6 nights at Santa Catalina Retreats
  • 3 daily meals
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Complimentary access to bikes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkels, bodyboards, surfboards and skateboards
  • Bon Fire
  • Swimming at the beaches
  • Beach volleyball

The Accommodations

Imagine a Yoga and Surf retreat in a tranquil, remote, unspoiled and authentic surf town.

Santa Catalina is a hidden gem of Central America. A natural paradise still relatively untouched since being discovered by adventurous surfers in the 70s.

Secluded and serene beaches back onto the lush forest. Rolling hills play home to herds of cattle and horses that often make their way for a stroll on the village streets :)

Local surfers, fisherman, farmers and families on horseback meet and converse in the village main street.

Here you'll connect with the genuine friendly locals and enjoy delicious healthy meals of local fresh fruits and local organic seafood each day. Where nature and wildlife are in abundance and people warmly greet you as you stroll, skate or bike through town.

Join us and embrace the slow pace and simple lifestyle that embodies this beautiful and remote community. Revel in the raw natural beauty of Panama, meeting like-minded adventure travelers.

A place to really unplug and disconnect. Come home feeling more relaxed and refreshed then you've ever been.

  •  Our Amazing Food

Get ready to enjoy delicious healthy family style meals with a local flare. Our fruits and veggies are sourced locally from Santa Fe, only 3 hours away. Our fish and seafood is locally sourced and our free-range chicken and eggs
are sourced from a local farm here in Santa Catalina.

Breakfasts include a mix of local fresh fruit salads, yogurt, granola, eggs/omelets, pancakes, whole wheat toast and fresh bread from our local bakery, gluten-free vegan breakfast muffins, tea, coffee, juices and fruit smoothies.

Lunches and dinners are primarily seafood given the abundance of fresh local organic seafood available - including red snapper, sea bass, tuna, mahi-mahi, lobster, clams and shrimp, all served up by our local resident chefs in their own unique and flavorsome way.

Meals are served with a variety of healthy sides including rice, plantains, yucca, various salads and soups, quinoa, beans, and fruit.

A delicious variety of vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free meal plans are readily available. Meats and chicken are also available on request.

Beverages include natural fruit smoothies with breakfast, natural fruit juices with lunch (all using local tropical fruits).

We serve Argentinian and Chilean wines or local beer (1 serve pp) with your evening meal, as well as fruit-infused sparkling water.

For any additional food, drinks, smoothies, juices etc you would like to enjoy beyond what is served at each meal you are welcome to order and pay directly at the restaurant bar at any time throughout the day.

Our restaurant is open from 7am - 11pm every day.

Local Boquette coffee and a variety of teas and milks are served every. We also have a chilled filtered water station for you to re-fill on the go.

  • Our Retreat Center

Our retreats are hosted at the picturesque Hotel Santa Catalina, in Santa Catalina Panama - owned by local legend and long-time lover of surfing, nature and the ocean, Kenny Meyers.

Secluded and nestled into nature, the property backs onto the breathtaking Pacific Ocean providing the most spectacular view of the world-famous point break "The Point", home to the ISA World Surfing Games.

With your own private beach access at hide tide, guests can take out a Kayak, Surfboard or Stand Up Paddle-board at their leisure. Or simply enjoy the majestic views from the infinity pool, yoga deck and restaurant.

Bikes, bodyboards, surfboards, kayaks, SUP boards, skateboards and snorkels are all complimentary for retreat guests during their stay. We also have a ping pong table and pool table. Along with moderate speed wifi in the restaurant social area.

  •  Our Location

Santa Catalina is a five-hour drive south-west of Panama City on the Pacific Coast. Passing many small towns and tropical rural villages, where you'll feel you've magically stepped back into time.

Thanks to our off-grid location our village remained fairly undeveloped with just a handful of small, locally owned hotels, restaurants, shops, and bars.

In the town of Soná 1 hour away, we have access to banks and ATM, large grocers and a hospital.

 


Getting There

Round-trip transportation to and from Panama City Tocumen International Airport (PTY) is included on the first and last day of the trip. It takes more than 4 hours to get to the venue from the airport.


Daily Meals

  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner included

Dietary Options

  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Vegan Meals
  • Gluten-Free Meals
  • Fish & Meat

Amenities

  • 110 volt outlets
  • Air conditioning
  • Beach
  • Classroom/Deck for yoga & fitness
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Hair dryers
  • Hot water
  • Internet
  • Laundry facilities for self-service
  • On-site driver
  • Pool
  • Sound system for instructor use in yoga/fitness space
  • Towels

Fitness & Yoga Equipment

  • 25  Yoga Mats
  • 50  Yoga Blocks
  • 25  Yoga Straps
  • 25  Towels
  • 7  Standup Paddleboard (Sup)

Internet Access

Complimentary wifi


Room & Guest Capacity

  • Up to 25 Guests
  • 16 Rooms

The Rooms

Standard Room 6 available

Sleeps up to 4, Contains 1 king or queen bed and 2 twin beds

  • All our rooms have been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal tile and tropical hardwoods - preserving the environment while providing a comfortable haven for guests to unwind. All our rooms are comfortably appointed and include memory foam mattresses for a wonderful nights rest.

    AC, fan, fridge, storage, safe, TV, hot water shower in every ensuite with complimentary toiletries. Plus a hammock, small table and sun deck chairs on the garden patio area of each room.

    The King bed in these rooms can be separated to make 2 x Twin beds on request, along with the Twin bed bunk in each room.

Junior Suite Triple 4 available

Sleeps up to 3, Contains 1 king or queen bed and 1 twin bed

  • All our rooms have been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal tile and tropical hardwoods - preserving the environment while providing a comfortable haven for guests to unwind. All our rooms are comfortably appointed and include memory foam mattresses for a wonderful nights rest. AC, fan, fridge, storage, safe, TV, hot water shower in every ensuite with complimentary toiletries. Plus a hammock, small table and sun deck chairs on the garden patio area of each room. Our Junior Suites are approx 30% larger than our Standard Rooms and also feature a small kitchen with table and chairs, small 2 seater lounge and a wardrobe. The King bed in these rooms can be separated to make 3 x Twin beds on request for a Triple share stay.

Standard Room Double 1 available

Sleeps up to 2, Contains 1 king or queen bed

  • All our rooms have been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal tile and tropical hardwoods - preserving the environment while providing a comfortable haven for guests to unwind. Rooms feature memory foam mattresses, plush pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets. A/C, fan, safe, blow dryer, storage, mini-fridge, cable TV and ensuite with hot water shower. Plush pool/beach and bathroom towels, complimentary shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion. Plus a private table, chairs and hammock outside on the room’s patio for guests to enjoy and completely unwind.

Junior Suite Double 4 available

Sleeps up to 2, Contains 1 king or queen bed and 1 twin bed

  • All our rooms have been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal tile and tropical hardwoods - preserving the environment while providing a comfortable haven for guests to unwind. All our rooms are comfortably appointed and include memory foam mattresses for a wonderful nights rest. AC, fan, fridge, storage, safe, TV, hot water shower in every ensuite with complimentary toiletries. Plus a hammock, small table and sun deck chairs on the garden patio area of each room. Our Junior Suites are approx 30% larger than our Standard Rooms and also feature a small kitchen with table and chairs, small 2 seater lounge and a wardrobe. The King bed in these rooms can be separated to make 2 x Twin beds on request.

2 Floor Loft Suite 1 available

Sleeps up to 4, Contains 2 king or queen beds and 2 twin beds

  • All our rooms have been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal tile and tropical hardwoods - preserving the environment while providing a comfortable haven for you to unwind after a day of Surfing and Yoga. Our spacious rooms feature memory foam mattresses, plush pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets for a wonderful nights rest. A/C and fan for your comfort. Cable TV, ensuite bathroom with hot water shower, safe, wardobe, kitchen and inside table and chairs. Plush pool/beach and bathroom towels, complimentary shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion. And your own outside table, chairs and hammock to enjoy and completely wind down.

About the Area

What's Nearby

  • Diving & Snorkeling at Coiba National Park

Coiba National Park is one of Panama’s most beautiful places, a 1.5 hour boat ride from Playa Santa Catalina. Identified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2005, the island is still relatively undeveloped with over 80% of its natural habitat intact.

It is renowned as having some of the most bio-diverse marine life on the planet. The beaches are exquisite and the island and surrounding areas offer spectacular diving and snorkeling. Santa Catalina has 3 PADI certified Dive Centers with trips going out most days, so we can help you build in a dive or snorkel into your retreat week.

  • SUP Boarding or Kayak to Santa Catalina Island

Chill out on the beautiful and secluded white sand beach of Santa Catalina Island. With its calm crystal blue waters, it's the perfect place to enjoy snorkeling around the reefs or beach-combing the majestic sands. Just a 45min paddle from our property by SUP board or Kayak.

  • Surfing

Whether you’re learning to surf for the very first time, or a complete pro, the beaches of Santa Catalina offer some of the best breaks in Central America for beginner to advanced surfers. Guests can take any of our boards out at their leisure.

For beginner to intermediate surfers, guests can take a short 500m walk to Playa Estero. A quiet, super fun and uncrowded beach break with a gentle sand bottom, breaking left and right - offering smaller more gentle waves for beginners on the south side and more challenging waves on the north. It is the perfect beach break to begin and improve your surfing. 

For intermediate to advanced surfers, guests can paddle out right from our property to The Point. This is a world class wave that was home to the ISA World Surfing Games and offers consistent waves all read round. Also for intermediate to advanced surfers we have Punta Roca, just past Estero Beach, plus other secret breaks which are only accessible by boat. 

Guests are paired with no more than 2 other guests per instructor, to ensure everyone receives personalized attention and can really see their surfing progress throughout the week.

We proudly support a local Panamanian surf team who are all ISA certified as our surf instructors. Including both the current National and Sub Champions!

  • Horse-Riding

Santa Catalina’s local horseman can take you on a laid-back, or exhilarating ride through the lush forest and beach side - you set the pace! The horses are super friendly and we'll provide a horse suitable to your level. Complete beginners to advanced riders welcome. For experiences riders you'll have the chance to have a free open ride along our beautiful beach at sunset and through the fincas. For beginner riders our local horse-man will accompany you and take a nice easy pace. Sunrise and sunset are sensational times for this activity.

  • Massage

Completely unwind with a massage session by our range of certified therapists. Regular available treatments include Deep Tissue, Thai Yoga Massage and Swedish Relaxation. Depending on massage therapists available at the time of your booking, we may also be able to offer Reike, Lymphatic Drainage, Sports Therapy. Treatments take place in the privacy of our Yoga Shala, your room, or on our waterfront deck.

  • Hiking

Join our local guide Javier for a stunning coastal walk. Take in the ocean views, learn about the local wildlife, flora and fauna and pass remote villagers on the outskirts of town.

  • Bird Watching

A large variety of birds inhabit the tropical rainforest surrounding Santa Catalina. You can take your own stroll and catch some stunning sights, or we can arrange a full-day experience in the majestic and heritage listed Coiba National Park, with local Santa Catalina Birdsman Javier.

  • Spanish Lessons

Lean a Language, Change your Experience. With a Spanish traveler program by Angela, a Certified International Baccalaureate Spanish B teacher. Volunteer programs can also be arranged where students assist English lessons at our local primary school. Lessons take place at ‘Panama Spanish School’.

  • Dance Class

Join local dance teacher Michelle for a high-energy, uplifting and fun hour of dance. Exploring different types of Latin and Afro dance from Salsa, Cumbria, Lambada and Reggaeton! No experience necessary.

 

 


Nearby Food

3 delicious and healthy family style meals and drinks per day, plus a welcome dinner and cocktails on your arrival evening and departure morning breakfast. As optional, a range of Argentinian and Chilean wines or local beers (1 serve pp) can be offered complimentary with each evening meal. For any additional food/beverages guests desire beyond what is served at each meal service, they are welcome to order and pay directly at the bar.


Nearby Airports

Panama City Tocumen International Airport (PTY)

  7 Reviews   


  • Jill
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 25 2017

FABULOUS!!!


  • amy
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 17 2017

The trip and location were fantastic! The food was fabulous and location was relaxing and beautiful. Vickie and Sergio and Margaret & Natalie were great. Great group of people!


  • Charles
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 16 2017

I cannot think of a more flawless trip, relaxing, but with a lot of active options, fantastic people, beautiful environment, and some amazing gracious hosts.


  • Emily
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 15 2017

Everybody on this trip was very nice and beyond welcoming. it made for the best trip. the surf instructors were AMAZING as well. there wasn't one part of this trip I didnt like. from the staff working behind the bar, to the kitchen to reception to the surf instructors.. AMAZING!!!


  • Amy
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 13 2017

This trip was a trip of a lifetime. Hotel Santa Catalina and the owners were the most generous and kind people I have ever dealt with. Best location for accommodations, best view from a bar/restaurant, and the beds were very comfy. Can't wait to go back.


  • Julie
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 13 2017

Great trip. Wonderful activities, great food, very well organized.


  • Megan
  • Verified Guest
  • Feb 12 2017

Perfecto!!!!!


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