3 Best Hotels in Playa Farallon (Playa Blanca), The Canal and Central Panama

JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort

$$$$ | CA 1, Playa Blanca, Panama

Formerly the Bristol Buenaventura, 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 ($115 for guests playing 18 holes or $70 for 9 holes on weekdays, $135/$80 weekends), tennis, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, horesback riding, and various other tours. The Tamarindo Restaurant ($$$–$$$$) serves excellent Latin American-Mediterranean fusion cuisine.

Pros

  • Gorgeous design and beach
  • Golf course
  • Good restaurants

Cons

  • Inconsistent service
  • Pricey
CA 1, Playa Blanca, Panama
507-908–3333
hotel Details
118 rooms, 5 suites, 4 villas
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Playa Blanca Hotel and Resort

$$$ | Carreterra Interamericana, Playa Blanca, Panama

The smallest of Playa Blanca's all-inclusive beach resorts, this Mediterranean-style hotel has attractive rooms in two-story buildings scattered around sunny grounds, just steps away from a wide beach. Because the hotel is next to a river mouth, the ocean is sometimes murky, but there are two large pools. Guest rooms are bright and spacious, with wooden furniture and balconies, some of them quite small, though the best ground-floor rooms have terraces. There are a few rooms that have ocean views, but they are worth the additional $35. Unfortunately, there is often music blasting by day and the nightly "entertainment" performed by the pool is also rather loud. An aquatic center provides free kayaks and pedal boats, rents motorized watercraft, and sells an array of tours.

Pros

  • On the beach
  • Nice rooms
  • Low-season discounts

Cons

  • Mediocre food
  • Inconsistent service
  • Can be noisy
Carreterra Interamericana, Playa Blanca, Panama
507-993–2910
hotel Details
219 rooms, 3 suites
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, Credit cards accepted

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Royal Decameron Beach Resort, Golf and Casino

$$$$ | Road to Farallón, Playa Blanca, Panama

Panama's largest, and one of its most attractive, beach resorts offers good deals outside of the peak season, but also the food and service problems typical of all-inclusive resorts. Its 852 rooms are in 50 four-story buildings scattered along 2 km (1 mile) of beach, amidst luxuriant grounds. They are bright and colorful, with large bathrooms and balconies or terraces. Few have ocean views—it's worth paying extra for one. The resort has an 18-hole golf course, 10 pools, eight restaurants, 11 bars, a dance club, casino, game room, spa, gym, and legions of beach chairs. Meal options range from massive buffets to restaurants specializing in seafood, Japanese, Thai, or Italian cuisine, but don't expect memorable meals. Free activities range from kayaking and tennis to volleyball, but golf, fishing, snorkeling and other tours are extra.

Pros

  • Great beach and grounds
  • Lots of activities
  • Competitive rates

Cons

  • Droves of guests
  • Inconsistent service and food
Road to Farallón, Playa Blanca, Panama
507-993–2255
hotel Details
852 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, Credit cards accepted

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