November 2020 – Islas Secas, Panama is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrey Gomez as Managing Director. Andrey brings 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to Islas Secas, where he previously managed two of Central America’s top-rated hotels.
Andrey’s appointment at the resort is outstanding news for the team. As Managing Director, Andrey will apply his extensive knowledge of the luxury travel industry to the eponymous eco resort where he will oversee all day-to-day operations, including providing exceptional customer service, expanding sales and marketing initiatives and supervising staff development. Within this role, Andrey and his team will also serve as stewards of Islas Secas’s commitment to sustainability, conservation, responsible stewardship and community.
Known as the crown jewel of the Gulf of Chiriquí, the archipelago of Islas Secas is comprised of 14 islands 33 nautical miles from the town of Punta Tierra, Chorcha. Andrey’s expertise in managing operations similar to Islas Secas in its eco-friendly nature and remote location converges harmoniously with the resort’s commitment to sustainability, providing him with the perfect opportunity to lead the team into the future.
Throughout his career, Andrey has worked with a collection of hotels in Central America, with his most recent position as General Manager of Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge, where he served over six years. Prior to this, Andrey worked as General Manager of El Silencio Lodge & Spa for six years and General Manager of Hotel Punta Islita, and has held management assessment positions at other boutique properties in Costa Rica.
Andrey’s passion for service fuels his desire to build and foster successful and positive relationships between the local community and the resort. He is committed to bringing his wealth of knowledge to Islas Secas, where he will continue the transformation of the resort into a must-visit destination for discerning travelers and ensure each guest experience will be memorable. As Managing Director, Andrey will work closely with the dedicated conservation team to weave sustainability and stewardship touchpoints into the resort experience.
Islas Secas is home to four individually designed Casita sites and three Tented Casitas, sleeping up to just 24 guests on one of the islands, with each built to feel like its own private sanctuary. Each Casita is embraced by the island’s lush tropical forest, offering awe-inspiring ocean views and each has its own sprawling outdoor deck, plunge pool and thatched-roof cabana. Guests can also enjoy exhilarating marine safaris, immersive natural experiences and opportunities to completely unwind and renew, surrounded by lush greenery and untouched terrain.
With strong eco-reserve credentials, Islas Secas is powered by and in harmony with its surrounding environment. 100% of the property’s energy is solar generated; 100% of food waste is recycled; 100% of wastewater is re-used for irrigation; and 75% of the archipelago has been left untouched and undeveloped by the human hand.
Panama has received the seal of “safe travel,” granted by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), after complying with hygiene protocols that generate greater confidence for visitors. Each visitor landing at Tocumen International Airport must present a negative COVID/PCR test or antigen for a maximum of 48 hours upon arrival in Panama.
The resort is launching a new private plane transfer flying travelers directly from Tocumen International Airport in Panama City to Islas Secas, saving guests hours by eliminating a domestic air transfer and boat journey. The air-conditioned, 15-seat Twin Otter plane will run scheduled departures, as well as being available for private charter.
Islas Secas will begin welcoming back guests from December 2020.