Hotel of the week
Islas Secas Reserve
The Gulf of Chiriquí, Panama
Some gorgeous resorts are going up along Panama’s Pacific coast, said Nikki Ekstein in Bloomberg.com. Islas Secas, a standout named after its host archipelago, offers “the ultimate in luxurious isolation.” Each of the resort’s nine “impeccably designed” casitas has its own deck, outdoor shower, and plunge pool. Communal meals are served under a thatched-roof pavilion at the edge of the sea. For now, guests can swim, snorkel, dive, and fish, but soon, the resort will also offer science-based activities, including archaeological digs for pre-Columbian pottery.
islassecas.com; from $1,000 all-inclusive per person
Last-minute travel deals
August in Paris
Rates at Parisian hotels drop in August, when the city empties out. In a bid to attract guests, the four-star Hotel Monte Cristo is offering three-night stays, including daily breakfast for two, for $466.
Georgia’s slow days
The Barnsley Resort, a historic Georgia estate, is offering two nights for the price of one in August for Sunday through Thursday stays. Resort activities include horseback riding, golf, skeet shooting, and fly-fishing. Rooms start at $339.
The red rocks of Arizona
Kimpton’s Amara Resort and Spa, nestled in Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon, is offering nearly half off on midweek stays through August. The “Escape the Heat” package starts at $259 a night and includes yoga classes.