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JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort

Address: 340 Calle 3ra Buenaventura


City: Buenaventura

Phone: 011-507-908-3333


Expert Review

The 132-room JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, less than 2 hours by car from Panama City on the Pacific coast, is styled like a Spanish hacienda, with terracotta tiles on terraced roofs and bougainvillea cascading from the windows. Three restaurants incorporate Panamanian flavors and are overseen by Chef Sergio Howland. At the oceanfront El Faro Club House, beach butlers attend to requests for umbrellas, towels, cocktails, and reservations for on-beach massages. Connecting the mind-body-spirit dots are the full-service spa and fitness center with saunas and steam rooms, and a charming white adobe church.

JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort is one of those rare lodgings that comes with all the frills of a fancy beach resort but possesses a personality that’s unmistakably Panamanian. The resort unfolds over 1,000 acres of former farmland, encompassing two miles of beaches. Amenities include pools with swim-up bars and the first-class Corotú Spa, named for the ancient tree shading the entry courtyard. Garden courtyards and breezy archways define the rooms, which have four-poster beds, air-conditioning (a scarce amenity in Panama), and peekaboo marble bathrooms with large tubs and Molton Brown toiletries. 2010 Smart Luxury Award winner

Tags: luxury | beach | expensive | notable chef | smart splurge | smart luxury winner

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