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Panama is a country blessed with two oceans, hundreds of rivers and natural beauty. Many hotel chains have put their sights on the pristine Pacific beaches and there are also plans to develop resorts in the Atlantic province of Colón, famous for its history and crystalline waters. Here are a few choices for those who want an all-inclusive resort right on the coast.
Situated on the beach, InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa in Playa Bonita boasts area attractions such as the Bridge of the Americas, the Panama Old Cathedral and the Amador Causeway. Rooms feature furnished balconies with ocean or beach views. Choose from the European or All-Inclusive Plan with all meals and domestic drinks included. Facilities include three pools with children’s pool, golf range and putting green, a 10,000 square foot spa, and three bars including a 24-hour lounge. A plethora of non-motorized water-sports are available at the expansive beach. For information visit www.intercontinental.com
The Sheraton Beach Resort is an all-inclusive hotel located Santa Clara (Farallón), in Cocle province at 111 kilometers from Panama City. It has swimming pool, gym, tennis court, restaurants, spa and kids’ club. It is conveniently close to the Bijao complex with its nine-hole golf course, shops, restaurants and nightlife and the Anton Valley famous for its golden frogs and springs. For reservations visit www.sheraton.com/Bijao
Another family friendly all-inclusive is the Playa Blanca Resort, in Rio Hato, Cocle province, near to the newly inaugurated Scarlett Martinez International Airport. The resort was opened in 2003 with 219 rooms and 3 suites which have been remodeled recently. Town Center Suites is the newest addition to Playa Blanca Resort, a separate building with 150 suites and premium access to the second largest pool in Central America and the Caribbean. Its amenities include banquet facilities, a 24 hours reception, Oriental and sushi restaurants, parking, night shows, poolside bar, snack bar, gym, buffet restaurant, extreme marine tours, spa, stores and internet. Additional details can be found on its web site, www.playablancaresort.com/.
The Royal Decameron, Golf, Beach Resort and Villas Panama is also in Playa Blanca, Farallon, at only 90 minutes from the Tocumen International Airport and has swimming pools, eight restaurants, discotheque, spa, gym, casino and an 18 hole golf course. Its all-inclusive holiday package includes all meals, snacks, non-motorized aquatic sports, night shows and more. For additional information, visit: http://www.decameron.com/promosite/index.php/en/all-inclusive-vacations.