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Enjoying the holiday season

Another year is coming to an end and the time for family, feasting and reflection is once more upon us. With December now here, Christmas is undeniably in the air. Holiday music can be heard far and wide, businesses and homes alike have begun to string up garlands and folks are planning their Christmas and New Year’s vacations.

Meal planning and preparation, shopping for and wrapping of gifts and hosting of family and friends can easily zap the joy from the holidays. It is little surprise that more people are opting for stress reduction alternatives. People are looking for ways to improve the time spent with family and friends by investing in going to hotels and restaurants instead of spending long hours in the kitchen.

Many Panama-area hotels are offering various levels of meals that can help lighten the load, providing full amenities for the Christmas season, with the added bonus of no dishes to clean.

Christmas brunch, lunch or dinner

The luxurious Miramar InterContinental Hotel is hosting a slow build up to Christmas Day. From December 9 through the 24 they are offering a Buffet Lunch for $24 per person from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner for $28 per person from 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. each day. Things step up for the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner $34 per person starting at 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and a proper Christmas Day Brunch served the following day, $40 per person from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., which includes open champagne bar and live music. For reservations contact 214-1000 ext. 6073.

Christmas at the Riu Hotel can be celebrated the entire month of December with a $24 dinner buffet served daily from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Things step up at their restaurant Taste for Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, when a 5 course dinner can be enjoyed for $33 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. For reservations contact 378-9000.

The Crown Plaza Panamá offers a great deal for Christmas Eve on Tuesday, December 24 Brunch will be served from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. with a dinner following from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Each costs $26 per person and includes open champagne bar, mimosas, or glass of wine. For further information and reservations contact 206-5555.

The Tryp Hotel in Albrook Mall will be having a Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner as well. Taking place 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. with a cost of $32.95 per person, the dinner will feature an extensive and delicious selection of salads, ceviche, soup, pasta, Panamanian dishes and dessert. For reservations contact The Tryp Hotel Albrook Mall at 307-0300.

At the El Panama Hotel a Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner will be held from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. Diners may choose from one of the three hotel restaurants, Salon Mola, Salon Portobelo or BBQ Las Palmas. The $40 per person dinner includes a glass of champagne or wine and live music. On Christmas Day a Lunch Buffer is planned from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. for $37 per person in either Salon Mola or BBQ Las Palmas. A glass of champagne or wine is included and children may enjoy endless soda refills. This meal will also be accompanied by live music. Reservations can be made at 215-9182.

The refined jungle environs of the Gamboa Rainforest Resort will also be playing host to the Christmas spirit. On the Tuesday, December 24 a Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet will be served from 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. for $33 per person. This includes a cup of wine or champagne. The following day the resort hosts a Christmas Brunch from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at $40 per person. This will include open champagne and sangria as well as live music. For reservations contact 314-5000 ext. 6030.

The Holiday Inn at the Panama Canal will also be providing a special Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24 for $26 per person. Their Christmas Brunch Special will be served the following day from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for $27 per person. For reservations contact 317-4000 ext. 6172.

Executive Chef Martín Perea of Hotel Le Meridien’s restaurant Latitudes has prepared a special menu for the season. Christmas Eve Dinner will be served from 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. the night of the 24th at a cost of $35 which includes a glass of champagne or wine with a select gourmet food service. Their Christmas Buffet Brunch served from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. the following day also costs $35, and includes mimosas or champagne. Reservations at Latitudes can be made at 297-3200.

Romantic Escapades

For a beach getaway the place to go for th

at yuletide cheer is the Westin Playa Bonita Hotel. From Monday, December 16 through Tuesday, December 24 a Christmas Lunch Buffet will be served daily from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. The price for adults is $27.50 while children ages 6-12 are charged $14. Christmas Eve brings a couple of options, with a Buffet Dinner served from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. for $35 which includes a glass of champagne, sangria, or house red or white wine. Alternately, an a la carte dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel’s Asiana y Tierra & Fuego restaurant’s from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. for $29.

The following day, Christmas Brunch will be served from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. for $38 which includes a mimosa, glass of champagne, sangria, or house wine. Children ages 6-12 will be charged $19. For reservations here contact 304-6600.

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