Secrets Playa Bonita Panama: A Paradise for Nature Lovers

After a jam-packed week of hustling and bustling through heavy traffic in downtown Panama City for the Latin American Travel Writers Conference , a relaxing getaway to Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa was a much-needed treat for my mom and me. Indulging in a few magnificent beach days (tropical cocktails in hand) really helped us recharge before heading back to that mean old Montreal winter.

Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa

Five swimming pools to choose from at Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa

So, if you’re thinking about visiting Panama in Central America, just minutes away from the colonial streets of downtown Panama City, Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa  is brand new and it’s fabulous. The first Secrets Resort to arrive in Panama, all of its 310 rooms offer oceanfront views, private balconies and a fully-stocked mini-bar refreshed daily. Secrets Resorts have built a stellar reputation for their brand of all-inclusive, adults-only, luxury vacation — they call it Unlimited-Luxury® — which means the service is spectacular, the restaurants are top notch, the inclusions are extensive and the properties are architecturally striking. Secrets Playa Bonita Panama is no exception.

Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa

Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa

Here’s what you can expect to find on the food scene at Secrets Playa Bonita — an alluring choice of fine-dining restaurants with various themes, 24-hr room service, poolside BBQ and an extensive lunch buffet. Even those with restricted diets will enjoy an array of culinary choices. All restaurant menus have clearly marked gluten-free and vegetarian options, which is great for those worried about finding food they can actually eat at an all-inclusive resort.

Vegetarian cuisine at Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa

Veggie taco – lots of vegetarian cuisine at Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa

The buffets have a wide arrays of veggies and fruits to choose from, as well as gourmet vegetarian options such as grilled veggie sandwiches at the Seaside Grill, make-your-own tacos from the lunch buffet, lovely pastas at Porto Fino and delicious quesadillas from the room service menu. Whether you’re in the mood for Italian, French, Seafood or local specialities, the staff at each of the restaurants are always happy to accommodate special diets, which is very highly appreciated.

Vegetarian cuisine at Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa

Vegetarian cuisine at Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa

My personal favorite detail about Secrets Playa Bonita? It’s ideal for nature lovers. Every morning at 11 a.m. guests have the opportunity to journey through the rainforest, just steps behind the property. On the two-hour guided trek, they can expect to learn about a wide range of exotic plants and critters. While the clans of mini monkeys are a barrel of laughs, sloth-spotting is all the rage in the rainforest. If you’re really lucky like I was, you’ll see one waking up from an afternoon snooze.

Sloth at Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa

Go sloth-spotting at Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa

It can get blazing hot on that nature trail, but that will only make your premium cocktail from the swim-up pool bar all the more rewarding. Or, for the ultimate follow up, treat yourself to a pedicure at their luxury spa. There’s an extra cost for spa treatments but check the daily resort activity sheet  (delivered to your room with the evening turn-down service) for spa specials.

Secrets Playa Bonita Panama

Secrets Playa Bonita Panama

For shopaholics and city-slickers, Panama City is a 20 minute drive away, and makes for a fun day trip. Laden with loads of fascinating architecture to gawk at; even the city bus designs have attitude in this artsy city. A night out in the town is a must-do, so brush up on your Spanish, find yourself a rooftop terrace and check out that gorgeous cosmopolitan skyline. Oh, and don’t forget your dancing shoes. Panama City has plenty of Latin-American flair, so the salsa music is loud and the nightlife is booming.

Panama City, Panama Credit: Matthew Straubmuller

Panama City, Panama Credit: Matthew Straubmuller

Fun Fact: Did you know that Panama the only place in the world where you can watch the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean, and then drive across the country to watch it set over the Atlantic?

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You can catch the latest news such as photos, events and deals on resort getaways by visiting the Secrets Playa Bonita Facebook Page. 

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  • Donna Janke

    Secrets Playa Bonita sounds like a great resort. The food options are wonderful. My daughter is vegan with some addition dietary restrictions (soy allergy, gluten intolerance). This winter my husband and I spent a month in Panama in a rural area and I often thought how difficult it would have been for our daughter to find something she could eat if she’d been with us.

    • Jess

      Travelling with dietary restrictions is very hard if you don’t know the local language / people aren’t used to people being gluten-free or vegan. I find it best to research the area ahead of time in terms of grocery stores and restaurants, when I don’t I always regret it!

  • Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru

    Premium cocktail at the swim-up bar, ocean front, views that go on forever and within 20 minutes of the city? Sign me up for Secrets Playa Bonita! We’ve yet to visit Panama, but this looks like a big winner.

  • Carole Terwilliger Meyers

    I was expecting more about vegan menu options, but I do love the sloth!

  • alison abbott

    I think I could be very happy at Secrets Playa Bonita. Buffets are always are good place to find vegetarian options, and like you, I always do a bit of grocery store research before hand.

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