Dream Job Alert: Eco-Luxury Boutique Resort Seeks Intern

The Resort at Isla Palenque, an eco-luxury Panamanian development slated to open in 2012 is seeking young lovers of travel to compete in their Island Intern Contest for the chance to serve as the first intern on the island.

The lucky winner will live on the island for 4 weeks with all expenses paid (including travel and activities) plus a $2,500 stipend.

The intern or intern duo will be tasked with filming, photographing, and writing about their experience on the new sustainable resort located on Isla Palenque in the Gulf of Chiriquí, off the Pacific Coast.

Much like neighboring Costa Rica, Panama has seen an increase in tourism over the past several years, and has been making a concerted effort to develop its travel industry sustainably.

Isla Palenque is on a 400 acre private island full of colorful wildlife, extensive mangroves, emerald water, exotic orchids and gorgeous sand beaches. Around 60% of the island is set aside as a reserve, and only 5% will be built upon, creating a tranquil space for those travelers who wish to relax and connect with their natural surroundings.

The island includes both a boutique hotel and vacation homes for sale.

The developers appear to be committed to creating a green location through planning to attain LEED certification, using significant amounts of wind and solar power, creating a recycling and composting program, using mostly battery-powered electric vehicles, and planting native plants for landscaping purposes. In addition, Isla Palenque will boast an on site organic garden for the produce needs of the island, cutting down on the need to ship in many fruits and vegetables from afar.

The guest suites will also be open air-- promoting a closer connection with the stunning surroundings while eliminating the energy waste inherent in relying solely on traditional air conditioning systems.

Guests will not be forced to suffer through sweat lodge conditions, as the living spaces at Palenque use passive or "bioclimatic" design, and many rooms come equipped with optional air conditioning systems. Industrial sized fans will be utilized to keep communal spaces cool without requiring excessive amounts of energy. Ventilation and shading are utilized elegantly to create spaces that are breezy and comfortable while combining the comforts of a luxurious hotel with the beauty and vitality of the tropical jungle.

The US firm 4240 Architecture headed up the unique design, which is drawing comparisons to Jade Mount in St. Lucia and the Four Seasons in Hawaii.

A model estate is currently on premises for those interested in potentially investing in a vacation home on the island.

And for those without the cash for a beach side vacation home?

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Photo Credit: Rictor Norton & David Allen