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Westin Playa Bonita, Panama

Panama

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5 Nights with Air from $979 Breakfast included
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Looking for the best of both worlds? The Westin Playa Bonita is the whole package, offering serenity and adventure. Enj ... More

Customer Rating 2 Reviews
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4.0
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4.0
Beaches & Pools
 
3.5
Dining Options
 
3.5
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4.5
3.5 out of 5
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4.0
Beaches & Pools
 
3.5
Dining Options
 
3.5
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4.5
3.5 out of 5
1 out of 2 (50%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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April 3, 2014
Fair to Average at best

Long and expensive ride from airport to resort, declined previously - arranged rental car since there were no cars with GPS available, and Panama City is a nightmare to drive through, even if you speak Spanish ( we don't). Trips into Panama City during the week for shopping, eating, etc. were $40 - $50 round trip. Room was very nice and well-appointed. Ocean front view beautiful, with ships lined up to go through the Panama Canal always present in the distance. Cleaning service very spotty - there was a dead fly on the floor just outside our room that remained there for our entire week. Pools (3, including kiddie pool) ok, but constantly needed cleaning and sometimes had cloudy water. Hotel beach very nice for time before, during, and after high tide, but there was NO water to swim in for a couple of hours around low tide, just mucky sand extending out for quite a distance. Necessary to walk about 1/4 mile down to the next resort's beach to find water, and not even there for the hour or so right before and after low tide. Weather very nice with strong breezes (even stronger than Aruba, I think) to keep you cooler in the blazing sun. Hotel had limited dining/drinking options. Only place to get a drink before 6 PM was at one of the pool bars, and they tended to be very weak unless you begged them for mucho liquor, although they were relatively inexpensive. Few of the bartenders, waiters, or waitresses spoke enough English for you to be able to explain to them what you wanted. Lobby bar nicely appointed but not open when it was supposed to be, and I think I can count the number of people I saw drinking in there at ANY time for the entire week, on one hand. There is a breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet daily with generally very good food. Other than that, there is an Asian restaurant, and a "gourmet" restaurant for al a carte dining that are sometimes open, sometimes not, for dinner only. Watch out for the "jumbo" shrimp they serve - they need a few more weeks of life to qualify as medium to large. There is absolutely NOTHING to do in the evenings, besides having dinner and going to the one bar that is open (until 11 PM) to drink, with zero entertainment available, even on Friday/Saturday night. Besides the resort next-door, which had nothing going on either, there were no shops, restaurants, NOTHING, around for miles. Entertainment meant going into Panama City, and concierge, although he was pleasant and tried hard, was less than helpful with dining/entertainment options in the city. All in all, we relaxed (no other choice) and enjoyed the beach as best we could (at high tide). Highlight of the trip was the boat tour of the Canal - through two sets of locks to Gatun Lake and back by bus - a "half-day" tour that took nine hours from hotel back to hotel. Will definitely use Cheap Caribbean again, but not to come back to this resort.


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From: Freehold, NJ
Age: 55-64

March 31, 2014
Fantastic vacation

Thank you to Cheap Caribbean for a wonderful vacation. Everything was well organized from transport to//fm hotel to informative and pleasant personnel. The pool was great, the beach not so much but we knew that being on the Pacific side of the country. Restaurants were also great but we could have wished for more sea food on the menus. We would love to go back.


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From: houston
Age: Over 65
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

Room Information

The 611 luxurious accommodations at Westin Playa Bonita all feature Westin Heavenly Beds®, Heavenly Bath® and a balcony with stunning ocean or tropical evergreen forest views.

Room Details

Deluxe Green View
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Deluxe Ocean View
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

What's to Love

The 4 infinity pools give you that luxurious vacation feeling and the swim-up bar is an added bonus to pool-time fun.
 

What We'd Change

It would be nice if the resort had a shuttle to and from town as taxi rides can get pricey, but with all it has to offer, you probably won't want to leave this resort very often anyway!
 

Why You Should Go

The Westin Playa Bonita gives you the serenity found on a golden sandy beach and awesome pools, and the adventure found at nearby excursions, all on the same trip.

Available Amenities

  • Banquet Facilities
  • Beach
  • Business Center ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Concierge Services
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Internet Access ($)
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Wedding Services
  • Non-Smoking Rooms (on request)
  • 3 Bars/Lounges
  • Health Club
  • Spa ($)
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Massage/Spa Treatments ($)
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Swim-Up Bar
  • Babysitting Services ($)


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Casino(s)
  • Fishing
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Shopping

Map of Local Area

Panama has warm, friendly people, a dynamic business sector and an unusual variety of terrains. Panama is a safe country with a first-world infrastructure, a stable democracy, and inexpensive cosmopolitan living.

Westin Playa Bonita, Panama

Km. 6 Camino a Veracruz

507-304-6600

Hotel Description

Westin Playa Bonita: Get the Best of Both Worlds

Looking for the best of both worlds? The Westin Playa Bonita is the whole package, offering serenity and adventure. Enjoy the feeling of seclusion while lying on the golden sand, surrounded by a lush, tropical rain forest. Or call upon your inner culture junkie and head out to explore the rich Panama history and excitement that lies just beyond the resort. Located only 20 minutes from bustling Panama City, the Westin allows you to live off the beaten path but offers a quick road back to the city lights if you're feeling lost without some hustle and bustle.

If relaxing by the pool with an umbrella in your drink is your MO, find a lounger near one of the 4 infinity pools at Westin Playa Bonita and drink in the pristine view of the Pacific Ocean. If you get hungry while lounging in the warm Panama sun, stop by Tidal for a quick bite. After a few hours of pool therapy, dip your toes in the sparkling ocean, located a few feet from the resort and let serenity overtake you. Want some quiet time with your honey? Drop the kiddos off at the Westin Kids Club and indulge in an afternoon of rejuvenation at the Sensory Spa. If you're more into exploring the land, grab your gear and go! Check out Casco Antiguo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the Panama Canal's Miraflores Locks. Soak in the beauty of the Punta Bruja Nature Reserve or call on your adventurous side and go fishing off the islands of Las Perlas. If you want to really connect with nature, whale watching in the Pacific or bird watching in the tropics is just the ticket!

Once your tummy is satisfied, indulge in a nightcap at the Lobby Bar or chat with friends at the Oasis Bar, serving unique cocktails and snacks. When you just can't keep your eyes open any longer, head up to your elegant guestroom and dive into a Westin Heavenly Bed® and dream sweet Pacific dreams. It doesn't matter if you crave some much needed R&R or if you want to become a local by association. The Westin Playa Bonita truly is the best of both worlds.

This hotel is NOT All-Inclusive. Food and drink must be purchased separately.
Unless otherwise specified, all services are available for an extra charge.



DINING

Asiana
Type: Pan-Asian
Hours: Daily, 5pm-11pm
Description: Enjoy the exotic, contemporary setting while surprising your taste buds with a fusion of Oriental flavors.
Dress code: Casual sophistication

Cafe Pacifica
Type: Pacific Rim
Hours:
Breakfast- daily, 6:30am-11:30am; Lunch/Dinner- daily, 5pm-11pm; Sunday Brunch- 11:30am-4pm
Description: Located at the lobby level, this casual buffet offers a variety of delicious cuisine.
Dress code: Casual

Oceanica
Type: International
Hours: Daily, 11:30am-10:30pm
Description: Take in the gorgeous view from this beachside restaurant offering an international buffet.
Dress code: Casual

Soleo
Type: Mediterranean
Hours: Daily, 5pm-midnight
Description: Delight in Mediterranean tapas and a unique wine bar in this upbeat and festive restaurant.
Dress code: Casual sophistication

Starfish Grill
Type: Seafood
Hours: Daily, noon-11pm
Description: Family-friendly environment serving international seafood and an a la carte menu.
Dress code: Casual sophistication. Shirt and shoes are required.

Tidal
Type: Light Fare
Hours: Daily, 10am - 6pm
Description: Grab a snack and indulge in the relaxed atmosphere of this poolside restaurant
Dress code:
Informal. Sports and swimwear are acceptable.

Tierra y Fuego
Type: Steakhouse
Hours: Daily, 5pm-11pm
Description: Enjoy delicious steaks infused with Latin American flavor in this upscale restaurant.
Dress code: Casual sophistication

All hours are subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

Oasis
Bar serving cocktails and snacks. Daily, 4pm-11pm.

Bamboo Pool Bar
Swim-up bar.

Lobby Bar
Serving an international mix of wine, beer and cocktails.



BEACH

The Westin Playa Bonita is located alongside the Pacific Ocean on 1 mile of golden sand. A lush tropical rainforest surrounds the beach, creating a feeling of seclusion and serenity.

POOLS

The resort boasts 4 freshwater, infinity edge pools, including a swim-up bar, each with a gorgeous ocean view.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Land

  • WestinWORKOUT® fitness center
  • Beach volleyball

Water

  • Local Tours
  • Non-motorized water sports


INTERNET

High Speed Internet access is available in all 611 guest rooms and meeting spaces for an additional charge.

SPA SERVICES

Sensory Spa by Clarins offers massages and body treatments for spiritual and physical well-being.

WEDDING/HONEYMOON

Surrounded by Playa Bonita's coastal beauty, the resort's banquet spaces are the ideal choice for memorable celebrations.

CHILD CARE

Westin Kids Club provides families with kids ages 4-12 the opportunity to get the most out of their stay. Daily, 9am-5pm. Features include:
  • Arts and crafts
  • Board games
  • Healthy meals and snacks


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Minimum Stay
A 3-night minimum stay is required for travel Dec 20, 2015-Jan 3, 2016.

Location
Westin Playa Bonita, Panama is a 20-minute drive from Panama City, the capital of the Republic of Panama.



All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.

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6 days, 5 nights
Travel Dates 10/12 - 12/19
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