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Arriving in Panama, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve stumbled upon a secret the rest of the world has yet to discover. With fascinating history, beautifully bohemian towns and breath-taking scenery Panama has it all. Spend a few nights in a boutique hotel on the Pacific coast, stilted bungalows suspended over turquoise waters, a turn of the century mansion in the heart of Panama’s buzzing capital or in lodge on a tropical island, surrounded by untouched forest.
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Things not to miss in panana
Panama has all you need for an incredible, action packed luxury holiday:
• Visit the ruins of old Panama, climb up the cathedral town, visit the old Panama museum and explore nearby town of Balboa
• Visit the Biomuseo – designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, to find out how the Isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, changing the planet’s biodiversity forever. Take a flight to David and visit the beautiful mountain town of Boquette
• Visit a coffee plantation to discover the whole coffee making process.
• Hiking and birding tour to experience the unspoiled cloud forest and discover exotic flora and fauna, beautiful birdlife
• Spend a few days in the San Blas Islands, in the pristine Archipelago which includes picture-perfect tropical islands with white sand and coconut trees.
Travel to the Bocas del Toro archipelago situation on Panama’s north Caribbean coast, where set amongst 3 eco-systems and of of the most bio-diverse places on earth.
• Explore the Zapatilla caves which offers the ultimate snorkelling and scuba diving experience in the Caribbean
• Explore both land and sea with a picnic on a deserted island.
places to stay
Casa del Horno
Located only 5km’s from the city center, and 10 minutes from the airport, the Casa Del Horno is an elegant 4-star hotel with 8 beautiful rooms, some with cathedral view. A dishwasher and a stove are also provided for self-catering. Guests can enjoy a meal in Bistro Boquete and Cafe & Cacao, which are located in a business area, about 5 minutes’ walk from Casa Del Horno Hotel. Visit the hotel website.
Located in the centre of Panama City’s old quarter, Las Clementinas is situated in one of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, originally built in 1930. After an extensive restoration, Las Clementinas reopened as a luxury boutique hotel, and offers exclusive, spacious accommodation and fine food in an elegant, relaxed atmosphere. Within easy walking distance of many of Panama’s most important landmarks and points of interest, including the cathedral and the Plaza de la Independencia, the Interoceanic Canal Museum, the Teatro Nacional, and Las Bóvedas, among many other fabulous attractions. Guests wishing to explore further afield are also spoilt for choice, with activities such as the train to Colon, whale watching, deep sea fishing, and of course visits to the canal. Visit the hotel website.
el otro lado
Deep in the remote setting of Portobelo Bay, El Otro Lado lies on Panama’s Caribbean coast. This small, exclusive retreat is beautifully conceived: the villas and houses are refined in style and set amid lush jungle, pristine beaches, the range of services on offer is extraordinary given the remote location, and the food is some of the best in Panana. There are also countless options to explore the national park and the kaleidoscopic coral reefs surrounding the hotel. Visit the hotel website.
Coral Lodge is a beautiful and unique eco-lodge located on the mainland that borders the stunning San Blas archipelago – an idyllic group of over 400 palm-fringed islands ringed by white-sand beaches and surrounded by the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Visit the hotel website.
la concordia panama
Classic, elegant and ample, each one of the ten rooms in La Concordia has been exclusively tailored to provide a tasteful and unique experience. Always keeping the guest’s comfort in mind, the decoration and every detail has been purposely chosen to evoke a relaxed feel-at home sensation within a graceful setting. With high ceilings, generous windows, colorful accents, and a bespoke style. Each Suite ranges from 430ft2 and 915ft2 and has its very own private balcony. Visit the hotel website.
american trade hotel
This glamorous, upscale hotel in a landmark building in the heart of the Unesco-listed Casco Viejo is the aesthetic antithesis to the glass and steel towers of Panama City’s CBD. An excellent restaurant, thriving jazz venue and cool coffee shop make it a popular destination with North American jetsetters. also opened in Panama City recently and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. With an Art Deco vibe, the hotel has its own jazz club in house, hosting international artists. We hear that “Esquina” rooms have two balconies with views of town, while “Panorama” rooms on the top floor have large windows with 180-degree views of the town or the bay. Note: There’s a rooftop pool, which provides an urban oasis feel. Insider Secret: Book the Jardin room to be able to enjoy a siesta in the hammock of your own private courtyard.
your own private island
isla palenque at a glance
“Palenque” means refuge or sanctuary, and that’s exactly what travelers will find on Isla Palenque, a 400 acre private island retreat just off of Panama’s northern Pacific coast. Guests can discover the island’s past on guided forest hikes, scramble over ocean boulders to feel the spray from a blowhole, cast a line for rockfish, paddle a kayak or SUP along more than five miles of coastline or venture further by boat into the Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park to snorkel among tropical reefs and lounge on deserted white sand beaches straight out of Robinson Crusoe. Only 5% of the island has been carefully & sustainably developed so guests at Isla Palenque will find plenty of serenity and seclusion. Accommodations include just eight gorgeous beachfront casitas and a six bedroom villa perfect for families or groups of friends. Visit the hotel website.
Sweet Boca Private Island - Bocas del Toro
In the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of northern Panama, is a well kept secret – a private island for intimate gatherings and authentic experiences. Here, guests will experience the sweet balance between conscious travel and absolute luxury. Your unassuming host, Annick Belanger, is Canadian born and was raised in Africa. During your stay at Sweet Bocas you can take to opportunity to volunteer with Give and Surf, a locally embedded organization whose mission is to provide sustainable empowerment to hundreds of individuals in Bocas del Toro through education and community development, with whom we have made a partnership. Today, Sweet Bocas is an expansive estate on a private island with a villa that includes all the amenities and comforts one could dream of. From consciously curated furnishings, to a state of the art self sustaining farm and greenhouse, all offerings throughout the Sweet Bocas experience are meant to give back in a larger, more meaningful fashion: servicing people, initiatives, and organizations that are making the world a better place. Visit the hotel website.
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We’re having a great time in Panama. Our tour guide Raul is great and he was even able to get us a photo op with the President, Juan Carlos Varela!Sanyo Lue-Kim - Family & Friends Getaway. Destination: Panama, Central America.