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Yandup Island Lodge, Kuna Yala

Not at all morbid. A visit to the local Kuna village and their traditional cemetery will give you an insight into the interesting lives and customs of this ancient race of people. You’ll be able to bargain with Kuna women, for mementos like jewellery, handicrafts and mola and hear fascinating Kuna legends.

Make a stay at Yandup Island Lodge part of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Panama and you can also wake up to the sound of the sea gently lapping beneath you – six of the Lodge’s cabins stand on stilts in the water, giving you an unrivalled opportunity for an early morning dip, directly from your 360 degree  balcony. And in the evening you can dine-over-water. The Lodge’s excellent restaurant also has its feet in the sea.

Yandup Island Lodge, at a glance

  • Family owned lodge on the edge of a white beach
  • Choice of just four sea-facing and six over-the-water cabins
  • All with private en suite bathrooms
  • Décor is typically island-chic; comfortable and stylish in a simplistic way
  • Double and single beds plus hammocks for relaxing
  • Over-the-water cabins have 360 degree balconies with incredible sea views
  • Rustic dining room standing in the water, serving fresh local seafood, fish, vegetables and fruit

For leisure and pleasure

  • Fine beach for sunbathing and swimming
  • Laze in a hammock
  • Fishing, rowing and sailing in traditional Kuna boats
  • Bird watching for heron and pelican
  • Shopping for traditional Kuna handicrafts, mola and art
  • Island hopping to uninhabited islets
  • Traditional cemetery and cultural visits

  • We have travelled with TUTC six times, the most recent was to New Zealand last year. The trip was very well organised as usual, with excellent accommodation and a wide variety of experiences. We had booked to go to Australia with them this year but due to Covid this was cancelled, Ultimate handled the situation very professionally and promptly refunded the whole of our deposit without any quibble.

    DN, August 2020