Hotels in Panama
In the center of the business district, with a dark-wood bar that serves more than 50 types of rum.
Room to Book: Junior Suites are large, and come with an in-room fax machine and a private lounge.
Doubles From $245
What to Expect: On this two-and-a-half-acre island in the San Blas archipelago on the northeast side of Panama, hammocks swing gently on the verandas of 13 thatched-roofed bungalows set on stilts over the clear Caribbean.
The property has 14 miles of volcanic-sand beaches and a mangrove forest. With paintings by local artists and cream tiled floors, all 48 rooms face the Pacific. Board the resort's 34-footer for some of the world's best sportfishing, or head to top breaks with the in-house surf pro.
After a short flight from Panama City to Playón Chico (which the hotel will help arrange), guests of one of the five overwater casitas are picked up by boat and taken to the property’s private island.
The rooms are homey and comfortable. Guests enjoy fresh baked pastries and fruit for breakfast on their private veranda. Best of all, the area boasts world-class bird watching.
The all-inclusive resort has 10 thatched-roof cabins and a beachfront restaurant that serves fresh fish. Book one of the hotel’s guided tours of neighboring villages, where you can buy crafts made by the local Kuna tribe.