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The Canal and Central Panama Hotels

Bristol Buenaventura

  • Luxurious Retreat


  • Gorgeous design and beach
  • Golf course
  • Good restaurants


  • Service inconsistent

Updated 10/02/2012

Fodor's Review

Panama's loveliest beach resort combines elegant rooms and Spanish colonial architecture with an 18-hole golf course and a splendid stretch of sand. The lobby and main buildings resemble a colonial palace, with a chapel across the plaza. The sumptuous guest rooms have hardwood floors, four-poster beds, marble bathrooms with a shower and a tub, and the amenities you expect from a luxury hotel. Garden rooms open onto terraces lined with tropical greenery; the rest have balconies

with ocean views past the canal, pool area, and residential nieghborhood. It's a short walk, or golf cart ride to the handsome El Faro Club House, with a restaurant and pool on the wide, palm-lined beach. Outdoor activities include the par-72 golf course ($95 on weekdays, $120 weekends), tennis, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, horesback riding, and various other tours. The Tamarindo Restaurant ($$$–$$$$), serves excellent Latin American-Mediterranean fusion cuisine.

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Hotel Information


121 km (75 miles) west of Panama City on CA 1, Playa Blanca, Panama


507-908–3333; 507-264–0000

Hotel Details:

  • 109 rooms, 5 suites, 4 villas

Updated 10/02/2012


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