El Valle on the rise

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Construction projects abound in the Coclé highlands

The new floor of suites and hints of the rooftop bar at Los Mandarinos.

The new floor of suites and hints of the rooftop bar at Los Mandarinos.

The country’s unabated construction boom is not limited to projects in the city center. El Valle, too, is undergoing its share of the action, with some spectacular projects under way that will delight future visitors to the idyllic area.

Los Mandarinos Boutique Hotel & Spa is adding an entire floor to one of its wings, with 14 new rooms being built. The rooms facing the artificial lake and looking out to the Cariguana ridge will feature private jacuzzis, while the rooms along the courtyard facing the pool will be deluxe accommodations. On the top floor, a new terrace and bar is being erected that will offer singular views of the India Dormida ridge. The project which began in late May is expected to be completed by October.

Among the uses of Crater Valley’s new passive solar design will be the heating of water.

Among the uses of Crater Valley’s new passive solar design will be the heating of water.

Crater Valley Resort & Adventure Spa’s recent renovations earned them Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2014. Not happy to rest on their laurels, the hotel is moving further towards environmentally-conscious design. The property is spring-fed, the lighting system is energy efficient and soon the hotel will implement passive solar energy design, moving them further off the grid.

Hotel Campestre is also making improvements. They are constructing a special events area just in front of the property with breathtaking views of the mountains. The ground was recently broken for the

Hotel Campestre’s new events space will have one of the best views of the mountains.

Hotel Campestre’s new events space will have one of the best views of the mountains.

proposed structure, which is dismountable with a low environmental impact. The new building can be customized depending on the type of event taking place. Its open design will take full advantage of the pine-filled views at the foothills of the crater’s ridge.

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