Spending the weekend with your family or loved ones is one of the best ways to take a break and escape the routine that makes life dull and boring. While you can easily do so creatively by simply visiting your nearest local park, watching movies together and simply having a special dinner, you can make it more unforgettable by visiting an entirely different country to enjoy its unique beauty and the inimitable culture, food, and hospitality of its people. Panama parades itself as one of the best places to travel.
This tropical country boasts of exceptional tropical rainforests, spectacular mountain retreats and beautiful beaches with the sophistications and conveniences of a modern city. Despite being tagged as an eco-tourism paradise marked by an immaculate inborn beauty, Panama’s offers do not come with a hefty price, which makes it an ideal family getaway destination.
Although there are plenty of wonders and spots to visit in Panama, one perfect way to enjoy the great country is by staying in its numerous all-inclusive resorts which provides tourists with a balance of luxury and nature.
Here are 10 best Panama all-inclusive resorts that you can consider for your next memorable family retreat.
1. The Santa Maria Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort
Located at the heart of the Santa María Golf & Country Club, the Santa Maria Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort is a first-class urban resort that offers a first-rate cultural experience to visitors. The hotel is described as an urban oasis because of the astonishing natural views of the golf course that mantles the hotel, whose interior design features a reside of the colorful history and rich culture of Panama to draw attention to the place’s inspiring and heartening heritage.
Labeled as a luxury collection, the hotel provides a broad range of top-notch amenities from the moment you step into its premises. Aside from greeting you with a stunning view of the hotel inside and outside, you can have a choice to stay in your room to relish the lavish leisure of life or step out and revel in different activities that the place has to offer. The most obvious sports activity that you can perform is to tee off on a tournament golf course that will provide both amateur and professional golfers with appropriate challenges in the course with rolling fairways, lovely greens, and fashioned bunkers.
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the beautiful culture of Panama is through its food. You can delight in epicure Panamanian gastronomy imbued with Mediterranean elegance at Mestizo or taste the grand steak and seafood carte du jour at Ocean Prime. You can unwind by the elaborately redesigned outdoor swimming pool or indulge yourself with a pleasure-seeking massage or refilling facial at the SPA.
As a family-friendly urban resort, the hotel offers a concierge program that your kids will surely love. This may include a tour of the ruins of Panama Viejo, the Casco Viejo, the Panama Canal, the beautiful Panamanian beaches or the rainforest within the city limits that are swarming with howler monkeys and toucans.
2. Royal Decameron Panama Vacation Resort
Located in one of the most famous and most visited beaches in Central America, Farallon, Royal Decameron Panama in Rio Hato, is a resort hotel that is surrounded by picturesque white sand beaches that are highlighted by emerald tropical gardens and mystified by the astonishing blues of the Pacific coast.
The hotel featured over 800 tropical-style rooms each with its own balcony and complete amenities such as cable TV, phones, and air conditioning. Guests can choose from four types of rooms. The Garden View has an overlooking sight to the hotel’s alluring greens; the Ocean View has extensive views of the furtive Pacific Ocean; the Ocean Front provides quick walkway access to the beach, and the Superior rooms at the uppermost parts of the hotel provide the beautiful perspective of the place and the waters. Family vacationers can opt to rent different deluxe villa suites that overlook the adjacent Mantarraya Golf club which features an18-hole par-72 golf course with Tifton Dwarf, tees and fairways designed by internationally distinguished golf master planner Randall Thompson.
This former military base and fishing village had since been an ideal tourist spot for its encompassing natural environment and unceasingly pleasing warm weather all throughout the year. Perfect for a family vacation, the hotel offers different amenities for all members of the family including open-air cinema, gym, and fitness center, the multipurpose court for tennis, basketball, volleyball and mini soccer, kid’s playground, nightly entertainment shows for children and adults and a discotheque, among others.
Apart from enjoying the Rio Hato white beach, visitors often use the hotel as their home base to explore the city of Panama. You can arrange an impressive expedition to sightsee Panama City including the world-famous Panama Canal, the delightful colonial architecture of the old city, and the numerous entertainment sites of the coastal belt. For nature trippers, you can decide to take an outing to the Soberania Metropolitan National Park, Camino de Cruces, and Chagres National Parks.
3. Hotel Riu Playa Blanca Panama
Situated on the shores of Playa Blanca in Panama, Hotel Riu Playa Blanca is a lovely resort hotel that provides different activities, sports, and entertainment to all visitors that will surely make a weekend vacation with the family and friends extra memorable.
What is extra special in this hotel is its diverse buffet and thematic eateries that will give visitors a taste of the scrumptious Panamanian gourmandize. Vegetarian options are incidentally available. You can enjoy and relax the splendor of the white beach or take a dip in its refreshing three swimming pools plus a children’s pool. Having a vacation does not necessarily exempt you to stay fit by visiting its exclusive gym equipped with modern fitness gear and kits.
The hotel hosts different activities in groups in which guests can participate or join. This includes dancing, singing, and sports activities like aqua gym, volleyball, and basketball, among many others. For thrill-seekers, there are external services such as parasailing, and different water sports like Scuba diving.
At night, guests can opt to watch different shows, live music or simply lay back and enjoy a cocktail drink under the soothing moonlight. Indeed, Riu-land flaunts itself as one of the ideal places to be for a great family weekend that will forever be stamped on your memories.
4. Dreams Playa Bonita Panama
Dreams Playa Bonita is perfectly named as it embodies the epitome of a dream vacation in Panama, where you can experience that natural exquisiteness and the urban splendor of the city. Set in Playa Bonita, which means beautiful beach, the hotel resort is strategically positioned because it is in a coastline nearest to Panama City which is approximately 17 km away. It is also located in a private property so you don’t have to worry about overcrowding. You can enjoy the seclusion of a private place when you relax at the beach.
Dreams Playa Bonita is comprised of 11 coastal towers that offer over 300 lavish guest rooms. Each suite provides unique tropical walkways and superb scenic views. What sets the hotel from other accommodation is its unlimited luxury package, which provides guest with all the complete vacation essentials they need including access to gourmet à la carte restaurants, comforting bars and lounges, concierge services, 5 outdoor pools, spa with massage amenities, fitness center, a variety of supervised children’s programs and never-ending recreational opportunities.
Because of its proximity to the city, the Dreams hotel is the best springboard to explore Panama’s historic Old Town, the Casco Viejo or Casco Antiguo in San Felipe which was completed in 1673. Here, you can further immerse yourself into the joyful culture of the locals. You can relish the best ice cream from Granclement, visit the Teatro Amador, join a party in Tentalo, taste a cup of ceviche in Mercado de Mariscos or shop for molas at the promenades.
5. Coronado Luxury Club & Suites
Whether you are planning a family holiday or a romantic getaway with your beloved one, the Coronado Luxury Club & Suites is one of the best choices to stay in Panama. This impressive private club with resplendent suites for guests delivers a wide selection of fun activities for any type of guest. First off, guests have 5 choices of suites that will suit their preferences personal namely: pool view suite, green view, swim-up suite, royal suite, and tower suite. While all suites provide the same plush amenities, they individually offer unique views of the best vistas from the hotel.
Because having a relaxing dip in the waters is one of Panama’s major known vacation activities, an exotic pool area is situated right at the heart of the hotel. This is where guests usually hang out to delight in the sun, play with their kids, swim or simply unwind. The main pool has a shallow area, which is the preferred zone where most guests lounges under the sun waiting for the dark with the company of great music and a cocktail in one hand. The swimming pool has a wet bar where guests can also stay while swigging a snifter or a pint. To enjoy the unique Panamanian cuisine, you can dine in the La Terraza restaurant where you can indulge in a dinner buffet and à la carte menus.
The Coronado Luxury Club is especially known for housing the best golf course in Panama. This is why it has become a haven for many golf enthusiasts. Its 18-hole course is designed by celebrated golf designers George and Tom Fazio.
6. Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Deep-seated in the magical Soberania National Park where the Chagres River and the Panama Canal converges lies the exquisite opulent Gamboa Rainforest Resort. This lavish hotel offers all the traditional facilities and amenities of a typical posh hotel in an exceptional location where modern comforts and cordiality meet to give a captivating experience of Panama.
The hotel features eco-lodge rooms and suites that give visitors a genuine and tranquil escape from the hustle and bustles of city life and the distractions of an urban metropolis. The hotel features an archaic design inspired by the former Hotel Tivoli, which perfectly complements the natural rustic environment and ambiance. This hotel is ideal for nature lovers and adventure explorers because it gives direct access to the well-preserved natural splendor of the Panamanian rainforest. You can connect with the unspoiled nature of the Soberiana National Park in a primeval yet safe environment where voyagers and buccaneers once roamed.
You don’t need to make the world-famous Panama Canal a part of your itinerary because the hotel already provides a great spectacle of this man-made wonder. Instead of the common aqua sports activities, the many beach hotels offer, Gamboa Rainforest Resort provides a nature-adventure vacation sanctuary. Vacationers can enjoy exciting aerial tram rides, get entertained by night safaris, go on an adrenaline-charged kayaking adventure, embark on fishing excursions or take a trip in guided boat tours, plus much more.
7. Playa Blanca Panama Beach Resort
For an extraordinary Panamanian beach vacation, the best place to stay in is the Playa Blanca Panama Beach Resort. This all-inclusive resort hotel at Panama’s southern coast affords guests to revel in limitless water sports and fun activities.
As your ultimate beach vacation, you can take a plunge on the beach or in the hotel’s exclusive saltwater pool, which is the biggest in the Caribbean and the whole of Central America. You can opt to take a shuttle to the lagoon and enjoy its cool uplifting waters. The pool is equipped with slides where children can play and snack bars and restaurants to fill you up with the best Panamanian gastronomy. The panoramic and breath-taking seascape from the lagoon will sure provide anyone a complete respite and serenity. For the more adventurous type, you can take the marina extreme tours.
As a beach hotel, visitors are immediately greeted by a warm welcome of the sea breeze and music of the ocean waves once you step foot in the hotel. While nestled along the southern seaboard of Panama, the hotel provides supreme tropical amenity including the Azul Spa and beauty salons for health and wellness.
If you enjoy the nightlife, there is a casino that can measure up to your gaming delight as well as disco and karaoke bars where you can dance or sing your heart out. If getting fit and active is your thing, you can play tennis, volleyball, and football or go for aerobic, stretching and dancing classes. Children will be also be regaled by nightly entertainment shows.
8. Maalaea Resort Punta Chame
The Māalaea Resort Punta Chame uniquely provides an exhilarating retreat for the whole family. Regardless of which room you choose, you will all get a fabulous view of the ocean and an opportunity to enjoy the grandeur of the great outdoors.
The hotel’s convenient all-inclusive package includes accommodations, meals, and drink and more importantly a range of resort activities that will surely make your vacation complete and terrific. Thrill-seekers can try wakeboarding while adventure explorers can enjoy bicycling. Everyone will adore the nightly campfires where guests are treated with different shows and performances.
Māalaea Resort Punta Chame is the first true family-oriented beach resort. Unlike most other resorts, it is the first pet-friendly hotel. After all, your dogs or pets are an integral part of your family. The hotel also provides facilities and amenities specially designed for children. It has an infant pool for babies as well as a children’s area in its buffet restaurant where children are given kiddie treats and delights.
One of the matchless features of the resort hotel is its location. The Māalaea Resort is located on the impressive Punta Chame Beach, the country’s most untouched stretches of white-sand beach complemented by sparkling blue waters that will surely give any visitor with peace, serenity, and repose. Incidentally, if you want to have an immersive experience with the locals, you can drop by the charming fishing village of Punta Chame and even buy seafood at affordable prices.
9. Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort
The Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort is one of the biggest and grandest beach resorts in Panama that prides itself with 6 outdoor swimming pools, each offering a unique splashing experience for guests. Set on Santa Clara Beach, the beach hotel resort has its private beach area where visitors can enjoy the beautiful coast exclusively.
The hotel features suites that give guests the choice of an amazing spectacle of the Pacific Ocean (ocean view) or the abundant greens and patches of the hotel (garden view). All rooms have complete amenities including TV and WiFi.
As a hotel of Sheraton, a world leader and pioneer in the hospitality industry with over 80 years under its sleeve, the resort hotel is one of the most complete hotels in Panama. It has live musical performances and other evening entertainment for guests. It offers sports facilities for tennis, volleyball, and golf. It has kid’s clubs for children. It has karaoke bars and lounges. It specializes in health and wellness by offering aerobics classes, different types of massages, spas, salons, and other amenities to pamper guests. It also has swimming pools, pool bars, slides, Jacuzzi, and sauna.
Food is an important part of the hotel’s service. Aside from offering Panamanian cookery, the hotel also has 3 restaurants to cater to different tastes of guests. The Los Olivos Restaurant is for visitors who want Mediterranean cuisine. For those into Asian cuisine, they can opt to go to the Sakura restaurant. Finally, the Taboga Restaurant features an International Buffet.
10. Hilton Panama
This modish Panama Bay hotel features far-fetched views of the city and the ocean, lustrous suites, complete amenities, and a privileged location. Just a few blocks away from the financial district, Hilton Panama is popular for guests on a business trip with their families.
Being at the central business district of Panama, the hotel is just an arm’s length away to the trendy commercial and entertainment centers in the city such as the Balboa Avenida walkway and the Multiplaza Mall. Just a stride to downtown Panama takes you to the best shops and restaurants in the city. The hotel is also strategically positioned to take a short trip to the famous tourist destinations in the city namely the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, and the Metropolitan Natural Park.
Hilton Hotel has the customary amenities that make the place a haven for vacationers. This included a 24-7 casino, the Eforea Spa to pamper yourself, a fitness center that incorporates steam and sauna, a heated outdoor pool, a rooftop pool, whirlpool and sundeck, and a business center.
While the different hotels and resorts offer new and unique experiences for guests, they all share one common feature that makes Panama a great destination for a weekend family blast. All the hotels similarly feature the unequaled hospitality and friendliness of the Panamanians, which makes the country a true paradise that welcomes all visitors from around the world.
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