Bocas Bali has opened an elevated overwater beach — and it's absolutely gorgeous.


Bocas Bali, a luxury private island resort in Panama, wants to elevate your beach experience — and they mean that literally.

In April, the resort, which opened its doors in September 2021, announced the completion of its overwater beach. According to the hotel, it's the first elevated beach in the world.

"We have the most picturesque private island retreat at Bocas Bali and the only thing missing was the beach," Dan Behm, the owner and founder of Bocas Bali, shared in a statement provided to Travel + Leisure. "We wanted to create an experience in a class by itself that pays homage to the incomparable natural setting, while providing our guests the luxury of a private beach experience on our exclusive island. We don't want to be everything to everyone, but we really have something special and it's undeniable from the moment our guests arrive at Bocas Bali."

The beach, lovingly named Kupu-Kupu Beach, which comes from the Indonesian word for butterfly, clocks in at approximately 90 feet long and 20 feet wide. It features velvety white sand and lush palm trees all around. Guests can relax in style on its plentiful lounge chairs, or grab a drink at Tipsy Bar, its idyllic watering hole with a wood shake roof that also serves light bites for peckish guests.