The 10,000-square-foot spa has Turkish steam rooms and meditation rooms
The private beach is secluded and tranquil
There are three restaurants and several bars, including a swim-up pool bar
What To Know
Located near the mouth of the canal about 20 minutes from downtown Panama City
Dogs are allowed, but there’s a cleaning fee ($200) and adaily fee ($16.50)
The resort is very family-friendly, with dedicated kids play areas
WiFi costs extra
Parking on site
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Sprawling tropical resort set on a private Panama City beach 20 minutes from downtown, with a top-notch spa and five pools
Radiating out in a V shape through lush jungle facing a perfect Pacific Ocean vista, this family-friendly getaway close to downtown Panama City offers a kick-off-your-shoes escape with all the amenities you need to take things down a notch. The 303 guestrooms have a modern aesthetic, with flat-screen TVs, black four-poster beds, beige walls, rattan sofas and private furnished balconies. If you’re looking to be pampered, book a treatment at the luxurious spa, which offers everything from facials using Clarins products to seaweed wraps — there are also hammam-style steam rooms and alfresco beachside massages available. Go for a dip in the lagoon-style infinity pool, and paddle up to the bar for a frothy cocktail before heading to the thatch-roofed Pelican Grill for light lunch options. And for dinner, the open-air Lighthouse restaurant offers a more fine-dining experience, offering Panamanian flavors that rival the view of the palm tree–fringed beach below.
In the Area
It may feel like a remote haven, but the resort is only a 20-minute drive from downtown Panama City, so you would be remiss to leave without seeing the country’s greatest claim to fame, its majestic and well-trafficked canal, where you can watch vessels pass through the Miraflores Locks. For a taste of Panama’s history, pay a visit to Casco Viejo, a 16th-century district of the city containing many gorgeous Spanish and French colonial buildings. Refuel at Casa Sucre Coffeehouse, which in an 1873 colonial home; you can get your caffeine fix and try a Panamanian breakfast of chicken tamales wrapped in banana leaves. Before heading back, stock up on artisan-made gold jewelry at Reprosa, a two-story boutique helping to revive ancient indigenous methods.
InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa
Camino a Veracruz Km 7
Panama City, Panama
How to Get There
Flights are available to Marcos A. Gelabert Airport (PAC) and Tocumen International Airport (PTY) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers are not available to/from PAC or PTY. Taxis to/from PAC and PTY are approximately $25 and $55, respectively, per way. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, self-parking is available at no charge.