6 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Panama

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Panama, a small sliver of land connecting North and South America, is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors. Yet, those who’ve ventured to this Central American gem know it’s a beautiful destination.

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From the bustling Panama City with its iconic canal to the cloud forests of Boquete and the pristine beaches of the San Blas Islands, Panama offers a captivating blend of urban, natural, and ancient scenery.

Travelers are increasingly drawn to Panama not just for its diverse landscapes and cultural tapestry, but also for its luxury resort scene. All-inclusive resorts, in particular, offer a hassle-free way to experience Panama’s riches.

Imagine lounging on the beach with a tropical drink in hand, knowing that everything is taken care of – from gourmet meals and spa treatments to exciting excursions.

The harmonious blend of the modern and the traditional in its architectural marvels, local cuisine, and cultural festivals gives visitors an authentic experience that is both refreshing and enlightening. The allure of Panama isn’t just in its landscapes and cities but also in its people.

As Panama continues to rise in popularity among global travelers, we’ve curated a list of the 6 best all-inclusive resorts. Whether you’re seeking romance, adventure, or relaxation, our guide will help you find the perfect oasis for your next vacation.

Let’s dive in and discover Panama in unparalleled luxury and convenience!

NamePhone NumberNumber of ReviewsAverage Rating
Sandos Papagayo+34 928 51 91 1139004.5 / 5
Royal Decameron+507 993-2255118024.3 / 5
The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama+507 908-333312014.7 / 5
Dreams Playa Bonita Panama+507 211-860039634.2 / 5
Le Méridien Panama  +507 297-320015344.5 / 5
El Sitio Hotel de Playa Venao, Panama+507 6223-66882334.4 / 5

Panama’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts

The allure of an all-inclusive stay in Panama lies in the pampering and the immersive experiences these resorts provide. 

It’s not uncommon to find yourself dining on authentic Panamanian fare one night, embarking on a guided rainforest trek the next morning, and wrapping up the day with a folkloric dance performance under the stars. 

Before we dive into each of the resorts, here’s our list so you can check them out for yourself: 

  1. Sandos Papagayo
  2. Royal Decameron
  3. The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama
  4. Dreams Playa Bonita Panama
  5. Le Méridien Panama
  6. El Sitio Hotel de Playa Venao, Panama

Let’s dive in!

1

Sandos Papagayo

Yaiza, Las Palmas, Spain

Nestled in the charming location of Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, the Sandos Papagayo shines as a four-star, all-inclusive resort, seamlessly combining luxury with boundless adventure.

Why We Love It:

Sandos Papagayo’s prominent position on the seafront, coupled with its closeness to the immaculate beaches of the Papagayo Natural Park, makes it the perfect spot for beach enthusiasts.

The resort’s location is further amplified by its close proximity to the lively Marina Rubicon and the magnificent landscapes of Timanfaya National Park.

Accommodation at Sandos Papagayo is crafted with comfort and elegance in mind. Contemporary-designed rooms come equipped with private patios or balconies, allowing guests to soak in the picturesque vistas.

The resort boasts an array of amenities designed for both relaxation and recreation. You can plunge into any of the three vast outdoor pools, while the younger guests have two dedicated children’s pools for their splashy escapades.

And when hunger calls, the resort answers with 4 gourmet restaurants and a poolside snack bar.

The international buffet, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, lays out a spread that is nothing short of a global culinary tour.

Especially tantalizing is the Italian corner, where pizza aficionados can relish creations made from chef-crafted homemade dough, prepared and baked to perfection right before their eyes.

An intriguing highlight is the Mexican restaurant, which offers a fusion menu, ensuring a culinary adventure for all.

Inside Scoop:

Your experience at Sandos Papagayo is not just about relaxation; it’s also about fun and engagement.

Adults can partake in various activities like bingo, quizzes, and archery.

Children are in for a treat with a dynamic mini club that curates seven themed days, ensuring every day is a new adventure. Come evening, they can dance the night away at the mini disco.

Teens aren’t left out either, with various activities ranging from soccer and tennis to water polo and darts.

Seeking a touch of rejuvenation? Head to the spa or immerse yourself in the soothing hydrotherapy circuit.

Wellness and pampering take center stage with a diverse array of massages ranging from back and full body to specialized ones like the holiday dream massage.

Beauty lovers can indulge in the salon’s offerings, including manicures, pedicures, waxing, and various facial treatments. To elevate the experience, body treatments like luxurious chocolate and aloe vera wraps are available.

The Green Side:

Sandos Papagayo in Lanzarote is a beach resort with a strong commitment to sustainability. Holding the Travelife Gold Certification, the resort meets high standards for sustainable tourism.

Additionally, Sandos Papagayo is an active participant in the Biosphere program, ensuring they monitor and reduce their impact on the environment, local community, and culture.

Travel Time:

Sandos Papagayo is located at Calle las Acacias, 6, 35580 Yaiza, Las Palmas, España. It’s about a 31-minute drive from Lanzarote Airport (ACE).

Ratings:

Guests love Sandos Papagayo for its perfect blend of luxurious amenities and commitment to sustainability in the heart of Lanzarote.

2

Royal Decameron

Calle La Venta, Rio Hato, Coclé Province, Panama

Tucked away in the picturesque setting of Farallon, Panama, the Royal Decameron Golf, Beach Resort & Villas offers an unforgettable all-inclusive experience on the stunning Playa Blanca.

Why We Love It:

Conveniently located a stone’s throw from the esteemed Buenaventura beach resort community, Royal Decameron guests are truly in the heart of paradise.

With 8 unique restaurants to choose from, diverse buffet-style breakfasts, lunches, and specialty a la carte dinners await your palate.

Don’t forget to try the delectable desserts and tropical fruits. And for those midnight cravings or midday munchies, there’s always a snack ready to tantalize your taste buds.

Plus, with 10 vibrant bars on-site, the drinks, both non-alcoholic and spirited, flow endlessly.

For those seeking more active pursuits, Decameron doesn’t disappoint.

Whether it’s aerobics to get the heart pumping, tennis matches, scuba diving classes to explore the underwater world, dance sessions, or non-motorized water sports, there’s something for everyone.

Let’s not forget the pristine 18-hole golf course – perfect for both novices and pros.

Guests have the option of staying in elegant villas that overlook this lush golf course, with upgraded options even featuring expansive living and dining areas coupled with fully-equipped kitchens.

Inside Scoop:

At Royal Decameron, the all-inclusive concept is all you need.

Not only will you enjoy luxurious lodging and unlimited gourmet delights, but the package also covers daily shows, access to some of the region’s most beautiful beaches, open bar experiences, recreational activities, and non-motorized aquatic sports.

So, if you’re looking to savor every bit of your vacation, Decameron ensures your stay is both entertaining and memorable.

It’s not just about relaxing by the pool or enjoying the sun-kissed beach – the entertainment here is top-notch.

Casinos, live music sessions with beats from reggae, mariachi, immersive games, and contests – there’s never a dull moment.

And when the sun sets, the nightlife kicks in with karaoke sessions, a disco pulsating to the DJ’s rhythms, and nightly entertainment to ensure the fun doesn’t stop.

The Green Side:

Royal Decameron goes beyond simply offering premium service; it pledges to do so while prioritizing the environment.

Committed to leading the way in eco-friendly operations, Royal Decameron integrates innovative green practices throughout its services, setting a standard for other establishments to follow.

Travel Time:

The Royal Decameron Golf, Beach Resort & Villas is located at Avenida Principal Farallón, Km.115, Carretera Interamericana Farallón, 9V7F+PPX, Calle La Venta, Rio Hato, Panama. The resort is 45 minutes from the Martinez-Rio Hato Airport.

Ratings:

Guests love Royal Decameron for its harmonious blend of top-tier service and amenities.

3

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama

El Chirú, Provincia de Coclé, Panama

Right on the pristine shores of Panama lies the exquisite Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, part of the elite Autograph Collection.

Why We Love It:

Many rooms and resort villas at Buenaventura boast private balconies that present breathtaking views.

Whether it’s the plush mattresses ensuring a peaceful night’s rest or the sophisticated marble and hardwood floors that echo elegance, every detail has been meticulously crafted.

The resort is a realm of entertainment, hosting 5 distinct pools that are a stone’s throw from the sandy beach, a high-course rope park for the adventurous, and courts for tennis and golf enthusiasts.

This beachfront gem is strategically located, bringing guests close to renowned beaches such as Playa Blanca and El Faro, and offering a myriad of outdoor experiences ranging from serene hikes to thrilling four-wheel driving tours.

Those looking to stay active can utilize the 24-hour fitness center, while relaxation seekers can book an indulgent session at the on-site spa.

Dining at the Buenaventura is an experience in itself, with options ranging from the convenience of a swim-up pool bar to the finesse of a Japanese sushi and teppanyaki restaurant.

Inside Scoop:

Let’s talk about the food!

Criollo Restaurant stands out with its emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, crafting an authentic Buenaventura, Panama dining experience in a vibrant setting near Rio Hato.

At the Tagua Bar, guests can savor signature cocktails and light snacks without ever leaving the glistening pool. Tagua Grill provides a delightful combination of Panamanian fare and refreshing drinks, whether you choose to lounge poolside or sit for a more traditional dining experience.

The gourmet dishes at El Faro Beach Club are a testament to Panamanian inspiration, with the Chef taking immense pride in the authenticity and meticulous presentation of each plate.

For lovers of Japanese cuisine, Tai Kai tempts with an array of fresh sushi and classic favorites, and even features a teppanyaki table, making evenings under the ancient Corotu tree even more memorable.

Overlooking the resort’s pristine golf course, Hoyo 19 snack bar caters to golf enthusiasts and guests with a diverse menu complemented by a range of spirits and wines.

The lakeside Palapa Bar beckons with its warm, vibrant nighttime ambiance, where guests can relish a variety of fine liquors and melodious tunes. Chiringuito Bar, with its beachside location, ensures guests can unwind with everything from juicy burgers to fresh seafood, all while sipping on signature concoctions and witnessing breathtaking sunsets.

Lastly, Cacao Experimental Bar offers a unique immersion into the world of cacao, presenting a menu rich in chocolate-based delights, from waffles and dipped churros to sumptuous ice creams and beverages.

The Green Side:

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama actively pursues sustainability through a range of initiatives. They’ve collaborated with Green Cloud to offer guests the option to offset carbon emissions from flights and lodging, supporting reforestation projects.

To ensure responsible consumption, the resort’s restaurants emphasize fresh ingredients, and in partnership with MarViva, prioritize seafood with minimal environmental and social impact.

Additionally, electric vehicle drivers visiting the resort can quickly recharge their cars at the on-site EverGo stations, promoting cleaner transportation in the Buenaventura area.

Travel Time:

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection is located at 8RQH+XF7 Buenaventura Riviera Pacifica, Calle 3ra 340, El Chirú, Panama. It’s about a 2-hour and 5-minute drive from Panama City Airport (PTY).

Ratings:

Guests say that a stay at the Buenaventura Beach Resort in Panama promises an elevated stay with unmatched service.

4

Dreams Playa Bonita Panama

Provincia de Panamá Oeste, Panama

Dreams Playa Bonita Panama is a captivating three-star all-inclusive beach resort nestled along the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Why We Love It:

The accommodations at Dreams Playa Bonita Panama are nothing short of luxurious. With 307 oceanfront rooms and suites, the resort is tailored for those seeking comfort and relaxation.

Every room, set in majestic seaside towers, is thoughtfully designed with contemporary furnishings seamlessly blended with tropical accents. Each room also presents either partial or full magnificent views of the Pacific coastline from furnished balconies or terraces.

Beyond the comfort of the rooms, the resort has a plethora of amenities to ensure an unforgettable stay.

There’s a breathtaking infinity pool that seamlessly merges with the horizon of the ocean and direct beach access allows you to bask in the sun or take a refreshing dip.

Are you looking to indulge in some self-care? A spa and a 24-hour gym are at your disposal. Additionally, the resort organizes yoga classes and boasts ample event space for gatherings or celebrations.

Culinary aficionados will not be disappointed either, as there are four exquisite restaurants and five vibrant bars to cater to diverse palates.

Inside Scoop:

Guests looking for an elevated experience can opt for the Preferred Club, which promises an array of enhanced amenities and services.

All the rooms at Dreams Playa Bonita are well-equipped with features such as flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and mini-fridges.

Also, take advantage of the 24/7 room service to satisfy your culinary desires at any hour.

Dreams Playa Bonita Panama has ensured its facilities are inclusive and accommodating to all. It is wheelchair accessible and even features a unique bathhouse where guests can experience the benefits of dry heat-inducing perspiration.

The Green Side:

Dreams Playa Bonita Panama has yet to mention their sustainability efforts. Keep an eye on their website for more information!

Travel Time:

Conveniently situated at Camino a Veracruz Km 7, Veracruz, Panamá, the resort boasts a prime location near the Panama Canal Museum and offers guests the benefit of being 40 minutes from the international airport.

Ratings:

The resort has made its mark with impressive customer ratings. Many guests have highlighted the sprawling beauty of the beach.

5

Le Méridien Panama  

Panama City, Panamá Province, Panama

Next on our list: Le Méridien Panama!

Nestled on the Bay of Panama, this resort offers a strategic location, bridging the city’s historical quarters with its vibrant modern side.

Why We Love It:

The interior at Le Méridien Panama speaks volumes about their commitment to design and comfort. The lobby, with its impressive double-high ceiling, features an intriguing upside-down glass pyramid and a sleek black granite layout dotted with gold.

Le Méridien Panama hotel boasts 111 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, each designed with the contemporary traveler in mind and featuring modern amenities and marble bathrooms.

With proximity to top-notch restaurants, exciting nightlife, and key financial and corporate areas, Le Méridien Panama truly places you at the heart of it all.

Right around the corner from Le Méridien Panama, adventure awaits!

For those itching to see everything the city offers, there’s a thrilling Half Day City and Panama Canal Tour. Dive deep into the wonders of both the modern and old facets of the city, all while gazing in awe at the impressive Miraflores Locks.

If history is your jam, then the tour of Old Cities, including Casco Antiguo and the ruins of Old Panama, might just be your cup of tea.

Those with a penchant for retail therapy can embark on the Shopping Tour, with stops at either Albrook Mall or Multiplaza. And for those canal enthusiasts, don’t miss out on the Panama Canal Partial Transit, featuring the iconic Miraflores Locks.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing offers is the Embera Village Tour. Here, you’ll get up close and personal with an indigenous village, offering a unique peek into its residents’ traditions and way of life.

And if the beach beckons you, San Blas Guna Yala Beach Day promises a fun adventure on the Caribbean Coast.

Inside Scoop:

Let’s talk deals!

If you’re a Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Cardholder from Chase, there’s an exclusive offer on the table: a chance to earn 30,000 Points. Plus, every dollar spent at Marriott Bonvoy participating hotels gets you 3X points.

Le Méridien Panama also brings a slew of special packages. Whether it’s the summer special, the fall savings, or discounts on extended stays, they cater to a variety of traveler needs.

No stay would be complete without diving into the hotel’s range of amenities. A top-quality restaurant, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a hot tub are just some highlights.

They also offer services such as dry cleaning, room service, daily housekeeping, and kitchenette facilities to ensure your stay is as smooth as possible.

Business visitors will appreciate the availability of four function rooms suitable for various events and meetings.

And for relaxation? The Sensory Spa awaits, offering top-tier services to help you unwind.

The Green Side:

Le Méridien Panama is dedicated to environmental sustainability. The hotel has recorded a carbon footprint of 39.87 kg and a water footprint of 528.54 liters per room per night, highlighting its commitment to transparency and resource management.

Additionally, the hotel has implemented guest room recycling initiatives to reduce waste and promote a conscious approach to resource utilization. This underscores their aim to provide luxury experiences while prioritizing environmental harmony.

Travel Time:

The Le Méridien Panama is located at Calle Uruguay &, Avenida Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, Panama City, Panama. The closest airport is Albrook “Marcos A. Gelabert” International Airport, which is about 12 minutes by car.

Ratings:

Le Méridien Panama provides an unbeatable combination of location, comfort, and amenities, ensuring a memorable stay for every guest. Here’s what guests say:

6

El Sitio Hotel de Playa Venao, Panama

Las Escobas del Venado, Provincia de Los Santos, Panama

El Sitio de Playa Venao provides a prime destination for those looking to switch off, indulge, and engage in diverse activities.

It positions itself as a homey retreat that offers a blend of relaxation and adventure

Why We Love It:

Located directly on the Pacific’s sandy shores, each property in El Sitio Village holds its unique appeal, distinguished by its name, color scheme, and handcrafted onsite decorations.

Among the accommodations are Villa Nomada, condos, and the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse, a recent addition, offers a comprehensive living experience with a 360º view of the bay.

Their restaurant takes pride in serving international and fusion dishes, emphasizing seasonal ingredients and locally sourced fish and seafood to guarantee freshness. Adjacent to the dining experience is the Sunset Lounge & Bar, offering panoramic views, a vast drink selection, and an engaging ambiance both during the day and at night.

There are lots of activities at El Sitio de Playa Venao. You can indulge in surf lessons, join the Kids Club, explore on horseback, engage in stand-up paddleboarding, participate in snorkeling tours, and even attend dance sessions, among other options.

Notably, Playa Venao is recognized for its consistent beach breaks, catering to both novice and expert surfers, especially during the off-shore winds of the dry season from November to May.

El Sitio de Playa Venao is also a hub for events. Whether it’s a wedding, birthday, corporate gathering, or music evening, the venue exudes a lively atmosphere.

Insider tip: they have a reputation for hosting remarkable New Year celebrations, full moon sessions, and even the renowned Sonica Venao Festivals.

Inside Scoop:

Interested in amenities?

These include a beachfront bar and restaurant, non-smoking rooms, ample parking, a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, a dedicated children’s area, a surf shop, and event facilities.

Now let’s talk rooms!

El Sitio offers a diverse range of accommodations to fit every traveler’s needs.

The Billabong Apartment is designed for comfort and space, offering two bedrooms, a capacious living room, a kitchenette, and a large private balcony. Priced at $265 per night, it’s great for families or small groups.

Adding a touch of luxury, the Lighthouse Apartment provides a stunning 360º bay view and is equipped with a kitchenette, living room, bedroom, and bathroom – available for $235 per night.

For those seeking an ocean-front experience, both the Almendro Suite and the Sol Suite present expansive suites with a king bed, private balcony, and an overlook of the pool and beach, priced at $225 per night.

Slightly more compact but equally luxurious are the Sunrise Suite and Sunset Suite, which also face the ocean and are available for $195 per night.

The Oria and Palmas Suites offer a rustic and spacious ambiance with a king bed for $159 per night. Families looking for beach-level accommodations might prefer the Marea and Brisas rooms. Each can house three people and costs $169 per night.

For larger families, the Playa and Arena units provide two connected rooms, accommodating four people for $179 per night.

On the more standard side, the Olas and Morro rooms provide a queen bed for $129 per night. Lastly, for budget-conscious travelers, the Estrella and La Luna rooms are perfect. The former offers a queen bed while the latter has two single beds, both priced at $119 per night.

The Green Side:

El Sitio de Playa Venao has yet to release a statement about its sustainability efforts. Keep an eye out for more information!

Travel Time:

El Sitio de Playa Venao is pretty far from the Panama City Airport – about a 5-hour drive. You can also take a 25-minute flight from Albrook Airport in Panama City to Chitre then take a taxi or rent a car at the airport for a 60-minute drive to the resort.

Ratings:

Guests love El Sitio de Playa Venao for its blend of luxurious accommodations, stunning oceanfront views, and diverse activities.

Thanks for Checking Out Our Guide to the 6 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Panama!

Panama’s strategic location bridging Central and South America offers a unique blend of vibrant cultures, rich history, and breathtaking natural beauty. 

Its pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and bustling urban centers make it an unparalleled destination for travelers. 

Warm and welcoming, Panamanians take pride in their heritage and are eager to share their country’s treasures with the world. Whether it’s the rhythmic beats of local music, the tantalizing taste of traditional dishes, or the mesmerizing tales of ancient civilizations, every aspect of Panama invites travelers to immerse themselves fully and create memories that last a lifetime.

Sandos Papagayo is an idyllic retreat that harmoniously blends luxury and nature, offering guests a serene sanctuary to rejuvenate. Royal Decameron promises an unforgettable experience with its expansive beaches, top-tier amenities, and world-class service. 

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama is a haven for golf and beach enthusiasts alike, boasting a world-class golf course and pristine beachfront. Dreams Playa Bonita Panama provides an immersive experience with its breathtaking ocean views and luxurious accommodations. 

Le Méridien Panama stands out with its modern design and upscale amenities, promising a stay that’s both comfortable and stylish. And finally, El Sitio Hotel de Playa Venao, Panama is a coastal gem that offers guests a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

Thanks for taking the time to explore our guide to the best all-inclusive resorts in Panama. We hope that this guide serves as a helpful resource as you plan your next adventure! 

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