Catching the sunrise from a Lucero treehouse

The winter of 2017 marked record snowfalls in Kelowna that began almost as soon as November did. By late December, SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder) had officially set in. My husband and I began to plan our escape.

A month later, we found ourselves driving along a winding road in the Boquete Highlands of Panama. The open windows let in the fresh mountain breeze, the sun was shining and we were soaking it up. Winter at home was a distant memory. Continue reading

Coming soon…Panama’s most luxurious new clubhouse. (Golf and spa lovers, take note!)

Soon to join our stunning championship 18-hole course? A brand new, very luxe clubhouse with all the perks you can imagine, such as:

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• A stunning infinity pool surrounded by private cabanas where you can relax and read in the sun or soothe golf-weary muscles in the hot tub. Set in lush gardens, flowers tumble around the pergolas and scent the fresh mountain air.

• An outdoor poolside dining deck, as well as ample and elegant indoor space. The clubhouse’s breezy restaurant is the perfect spot to meet for a drink, an intimate dinner – or to entertain that seemingly endless parade of out-of-town guests.

Grab an après-game cocktail, take a refreshing dip in the pool or simply lounge in the shade and enjoy the spectacular views of the Caldera basin and Volcan Baru, as well as the lush green of the first tee on our custom designed world-class, par-72 course created by renowned designer J. Michael Poellot.

We’ll see you summer 2016!

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7 Ways You Know You’ve Found Your Dream Villa When You See It

1) Villa Living

Tuscan villa view

Tuscany or Boquete? It’s la dolce vita all around at our swank new villas nestled in Panama’s lush highlands. Minutes from the golf course, set in manicured gardens with the sound of the Agua Blanca river rushing past, come and try living la vida tranquila. The second home you always dreamed of in the number one place to retire in the world.

2) Kitchen With A View

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Easy, breezy, tropical living aka life in sleek, stylish, open plan duplexes. Whip up a delicious dinner on the gourmet kitchen gas range while listening to tropical bird calls. Eat a breakfast of local coconut yogurt and wild honey at the granite bar, or lounge in the living room with a cup of the world’s best coffee and the floor to ceiling sliding doors open to the mountain breezes. It’s hard to resist the relaxed pace of life in Lucero.

3) Outdoor Life

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Luxe living on the links: Every sun-drenched moment feels like happy hour here, and with a to-do list that consists of play golf, lounge by pool and cocktail hour, it pretty much is. Kick off your shoes and take in the views with a delicious glass of wine and some nibbles on the terrace – a perfect place to entertain friends and family on sunny afternoons.

4) Sweetest Dreams Ever (Except You’re Awake)

Duplex bed

When did you last fall asleep without the sound of cars, people or planes passing by? Tranquil doesn’t even come close to describing Lucero’s delightfully noise-and-light-pollution-free nights. Our modern bedrooms are the perfect canvas for your dreams – you’ll wake feeling refreshed, de-stressed and ready to tackle that chip shot.

5)  Details To Fall in Love With

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Decor magic: From marble bathrooms with high pressure rain showers to porcelain floors and top of the line appliances and fixtures – it’s all in the details.

6)  Easy Entertaining

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Come and play in our corner of paradise. Sit around the outdoor fire pit and count the stars, listen to the sounds of the cloud forest and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Guitars optional.

7) The Sporting Life

Being active in Lucero is irresistible – nature is so resplendent here that even a short walk can turn into a magnificent adventure as you wind through woods with flowering trees, tropical flowers, colourful songbirds and huge old shade trees. If you’d prefer to break a sweat there are Classic Clay tennis courts with their own clubhouse, complete with snacks and equipment rental. For a mix of both sport and pleasure take in a round of golf, at 1,010 meters above sea-level, the views from every hole are sensational.

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Book your visit to stay at Lucero today.

Dream Luxury Vacation Home Ready Now

Feeling impatient to start living the dream? Our stunning new Riverside Duplexes are the perfect solution. Right next to the Agua Blanca river, these two-storey, turn-key homes are spacious and modern. The open-concept kitchen, dining and sitting room were designed to make every day living delightful and entertaining easy.

Thanks to Lucero’s elevation, each room has a view, whether it’s out towards the expansive greens of our bent grass championship course or over the rocky Agua Blanca river. We built all of our duplexes with floor-to-ceiling windows so wherever you are, cooling mountain breezes flow through and nature never feels far away.

Because we build to last, the finishes are all high-quality and low maintenance — think porcelain floors, granite counter tops and hardwood doors — after all you want to work on your tan and your backswing, not your kitchen cabinetry. Oh, and there’s a two-car garage which means if you can’t live in paradise year round at least you won’t have to worry about leaving a car out in the sun. These stunning homes come with a warning though: Living here is so stress-free you may never want to leave.

Riverside Duplex Ground Floor Plan

Riverside Duplex First Floor Plan

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Treehouse Luxury in Panama

The world’s most romantic hotel

Imagine waking up feeling like you’re floating in the sky with birds singing in their nests next to you and tree limbs arching over your bed. This is the experience of sleeping in our extraordinary treehouses at Lucero. Built 18 feet above the ground in the spreading branches of our magnificent cloud forest trees, they are a childhood fantasy come to life.

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View from the sky

The view from your bedroom in the sky

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A wooden suspension bridge acts as the rustic entryway to your luxurious space in the sky. To complete the fantasy the rooms are outfitted with a rain-shower, fridge, coffee maker, Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV, as well as a plush bed — so you need never leave your airy perch. The 360 degree views are truly birds-eye and overlook the fairways, the Caldera valley and stretch out as far as the Pacific Ocean. From the living room you can hear the soothing sounds of the Agua Blanca river.

Our preferred cocktail for perfect happiness? Something tropical made with Ron Abuelo Centuria 30-year-old rum (also named best new bourbon by Forbes) and fresh local fruit. Perfect to watch the sun go down from the balcony and see the parrots winging home. All sound a bit exhausting? Don’t worry, you’re steps from your inviting bed and down duvet.

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Nestled in this perfect perch you can spot some of the world’s most astonishing wildlife from Harpy eagles to toucans, white-faced capuchin monkeys and golden sloths. 

 

 

 

Come and Play a (Virtual) Round of Golf

We can talk about how challenging and beautiful the Lucero course is or we can simply show you. Take a photographic tour through some of our favorite holes – it’s almost like being there. Well not really, but it’s better than sitting and staring at your inbox.

The River View hole 3 – par 3

At hole 3 it’s hard not to be distracted by the amazing view onto Caldera spreading across the beautiful valley basin below. The tropical landscaping and soon to come luxury tree houses will have you perched setting up your drive for even longer.

Tee up at Hole 3

   Tee up at Hole 3

View of Caldera from Hole 3

View of Caldera from Hole 3

The Dogleg hole 4 – par 5

And you thought the days of pushing yourself were behind you – this par 5 takes you over a river and then makes a sharp dogleg left.

Hole 4

Plan your play from high above Hole 4

Perfectly Groomed hole 8 – par4

Become a spin master. We’ve got an expertly groomed green that lets you pick your ball more cleanly and give it some bite.

Lucero has the only bent grass course in Central America

Lucero has the only bent grass course in Central America

Different Strokes hole 11 – par 5

We want all of your practice to pay off: that’s why our course is carpeted in bent grass which means your stroke roles true every time.

Careful of that curve

Getting High hole 14 – par 4

Thanks to having the highest elevation in Central America there’s nothing between you and the heavens when you play at Lucero, except perhaps your lob shot.

Lucero Living on the edge at Hole 14

Lucero Living on the edge at Hole 14

Nature Lover hole 15 – par 4

Walk on the wild side: We wanted to create a golfing experience that was in harmony with the natural environment so don’t be surprised to find jungly green corridors dotted around the course, they act as mini wildlife preserves.

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Find Your Angle hole 17 – par 3

Don’t be lulled by it’s beauty, Lucero’s dramatic setting means the course demands close attention thanks to shifting winds and interesting angles.

Watch the wind and the angles

Watch the wind and the angles

Golf for Good: The Bid4Boquete Tournament Debuts at Lucero

The sun was shining, the bird(ie)s were singing and $6,600 was raised for local charities at the first annual Bid4Boquete Tee Off 2015 Charity Golf Tournament at Lucero. No one managed to make the $50,000 Hole in One, but there’s always next year. The fun’s not over this weekend: there’s a silent auction, bake sale and loads of activities for kids. See you there? http://bit.ly/1FqAFm7

Hole 3 brought the drama –

Shooting for a hole in 1

$50,000 (!) up for grabs for a hole-in-one.


 

Hole 1 – Straightest Drive

Hole 1 was straight down the line…

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…to the blue skies ahead.

 

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A drive with a view.

Golfers on the move

Now driving off to the drinks cart. Hasta next year!