Panama is a destination you may have thought of for checking off that “cross the canal” box on your travel to-do list, but it actually is an excellent choice for a beach holiday like none other. The value proposition alone is great, but blend that with world-class beaches, ease of access with convenient flights, luxury hotel options and the vibrant cultural prospect of Panama City and we’d say you’ve found yourself a deal.

The luxurious Bristol Buenaventura is ideal. It’s a Leading Hotel of the World, set on the Pacific Coast of Panama, on an amazing 2 km stretch of beach but just over an hour away from Panama City making both the travel time as well as the option for an exciting day trip as easy as possible. For golfers, there’s a world-class Jack Niklaus-designed course, for foodies, signature gourmet Panamanian cuisine and for spa-lovers, they’ve got restorative customized treatments a-plenty at their Corotu spa. The most lovely aspect here is the sheer understated elegance- the traditional deep mahogany hardwood floors, chic yet comfortable beach furniture, Molton Brown amenities in the rooms, and hospitality that is truly warm and sincere. People here are just so happy that you’re in their home, in their country for that matter and the staff is incredibly accommodating.

A few days of beach may be just what you need, but there’s no shortage of things to do if sunbathing isn’t strictly your thing. River rafting, thermal springs, hiking, rapelling, fishing, even shopping are all within a short radius and ever-so-affordable. Buen viaje!

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