The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Heaven for golfers, with the Jack Nicklaus-designed Buenaventura Golf Club
- The hydrotherapy center of the Corotu Spa and the gracious staff
- Choice of five restaurants, from local Panamanian fare to sushi
- 24/7 Room service
What To Know
- Somewhat isolated location around 80 minutes west of Panama City
- Restaurants are pricey for the region
- It’s a five-minute walk to the well-manicured beach
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A beach, spa and golfing playground for grown ups, this sprawling coastal resort was formerly known as the Bristol Buenaventura and joined the JW Marriott family in 2012. The open-air reception area echoes its beachy, undeveloped setting, done up with warm hardwood floors, Spanish colonial elements, tropical fresh flowers and original artworks. The focal point of the high-ceilinged lobby is an exquisite sculpture by Cuban artist Manuel Carbonell.
Bed and Bath
All 109 guestrooms have private balconies and a mix of rich, dark woods, light furnishings and bright white bedding. All bathrooms have standalone showers and separate tubs, and the natural tiles and stone floors lend an earthy look. If you want to stay connected, all the mod cons are present, from 42-inch flat-screen TVs, coffee machines and newspapers delivered daily. Villas are two-floor homes for up to eight guests and come with a private pool.
An eclectic mix of restaurants dots the sprawling grounds, from poolside lunch bites at El Faro to steak galore at Prime 19, within the Buenaventura Golf Club clubhouse. Signature restaurant Tamarindo serves traditional Panamanian fare using ingredients from nearby organic farms and local fishermen, while recently opened Tai Kai offers fresh sushi and well-crafted cocktails under the stars. Steps from the beach, the El Faro Club House has a choice of three pools, each with a sprawl of white loungers and private cabanas, plus multiple swim-up bars. For a different sort of pampering, head to the five-room Corotú Spa and try one of the polishing facials of body scrubs. Just remember to save time for the resort’s main event: the par-72 Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course, which traces the curves of the coastline and has spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.
In the Area
Just west of the nearest town, San Carlos, Playa Rio Mar is one of Panama’s best surf beaches, and it attracts a mix of weekenders from Panama City and local surfers. Ask the concierge about group or private morning surf lessons. Alternatively, stay on dry land and explore the charming highland town of El Valle de Anton, which lies in the caldera of an active volcano. Go hiking or horseback riding in the cloud forest, walk to the El Chorro Macho waterfall or simply wander the town’s plazas and markets. Back in the capital, make a stop at the brand new Frank Gehry–designed BioMuseo, at the mouth of the Panama Canal, then head to the charming, and rapidly changing, Casco Viejo for brunch at sceney Las Clementinas, a walk along the sea wall to Plaza Francia and a dance at the salsa club Habana Panama.
How to Get There
Although we love this resort and have spent a high number of weekends there, we regret to have to warn visitons against various personal items that were stolen in the rented serviced villas. It never happened in the hotel rooms but it happened 3 times when we rented the serviced villas of the hotel.
During our last stay we had shoes, swim shorts and T-shirt’s stolen. We have tried to gather help from the hotel management as it should be possible to track who serviced the villa but nothing was handled in a professional way. We have now given up on our efforts to find back our belongings.
Please be careful if you plan to rent the hotel villas.
It remains a wonderful place and we regret to refrain from renting those villas again.
This resort is unbelievable. The employees are great, always happy to help or answer your questions. The service is excellent, the site is really clean and it was quiet when we were there. I loved my week there. It was beyond my expectations.
Juan Carlos and Yunior are the best Barmen team !
Thanks to everyone who made our experience unforgettable !
If you are looking for an impeccably well maintained luxury resort with beautiful pools. Excellent restaurants. Great service and beach access this is your spot. Spent 3 glorious days here. Outstanding.
Continuing the celebration, we checked into PARADISE!
Daniel, the concierges, Carlos, and Rafael-greeted us and welcomed us perfectly to this slice of heaven. Our room is beautiful and the view spectacular! We spent the afternoon at the beach enjoying ourselves completely. We went back to our room and Fernando pleasantly surprised us with a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries macaroons that melted our hearts. Adams and Elvia were the perfect pair to pamper us with first rate service at the steak house. We chose the paella which was the best we’ve had since Barcelona! Also, a big thanks to Marilyn for helping us cross the language barrier! Special thanks to all the staff at this first rate resort for making this trip a most memorable experience for us!
Our family spent 3 nights at this hotel in April 2018 on a trip arranged through Kensington Tours (Panama Trails). This hotel was very luxurious, beautiful rooms, clean beautiful pools, and friendly attentive staff. We enjoyed morning at the beach and afternoons by the pools. Our late april visit had beautiful weather and the hotel was practically deserted. There was a great little market to pick up snacks and items left behind. The Faro Beach Club offered a beautiful pool, beach access, great restaurant for lunch/dinner, and a well equipped beach bar. The pool bar closer to the hotel made a mean mai tai! We enjoyed dining at the japanese restaurant. Our older teens (17, 15 and 15) very safely wandered the grounds themselves and enjoyed virgin pina coladas. Beautiful Spot!