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JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort

5.0 of 5 Resort   |   340 Calle 3ra Buenaventura, Rio Hato, Panama (Formerly Bristol Buenaventura)
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Rio Hato
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Frisco, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed two nights during a week in July, which is the "slow" season as it's rainy season in Panama (although we were fortunate and had two beautiful sunny days with no rain while we were there). The property was not crowded and was quiet. We checked out on a Saturday morning and noticeably guests were arriving so it did... More

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I recently came to Panama to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we could not have made a better choice than the JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort. As we checked-in we were warmly greeted and immediately offered a cold glass of lemonade. We had a delicious lunch that included ceviche, a Cuban sandwich and hamburger and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First a little about the travelers: husband and wife, mid 30's, no children, global travelers from the northeast US. The property is absolutely fabulous! The rooms are well appointed, the pools plentiful, and the dining options sufficient. The hotel was taken over by Marriott about a year ago and was not up to JW standards initially, but has certainly come... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Property is impeccable and would be pleasing to the discerning guest. It is approx. 4 hrs. from Panama City. It's location is perfect for the individual who truly wants to get away from the everyday busyness. The manager is a very charming individual who goes beyond to make your stay a memorable one. The swimming pool with its swim-up bar... More

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Worcester, MA
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended a wedding at the resort and were a little apprehensive about reports that the staff didn't speak much english, but from the time we arrived and Jack gave us an extensive tour of the property until we checked out, we had a wonderful time. The property was beautiful and the room was great. We got a suite and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a terrific Pacific beach resort . The hotel is exceptionally well maintained and planned. The pools, beach , spa and restaurants are all exceptional. However, the best part of the experience is the exceptionally friendly and attentive staff. From the front desk to the restaurant servers,spa staff, to the housekeeping and pool service are all very friendly, accommodating... More

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I have travelled around the world three times, but have never visited Panama. This Resort is at the top of our list as one of the most relaxing. The personal attention from the greeting at the reception desk to the Concierge, the Bellmen, the Spa, the Pools, the Restaurants, and the Stables is a constant, and you... More

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15 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Spent two days there last week and just loved the place. Very nice hotel , golf course stables and the homes are amazing. Very meticulous about the entire place. A bit empty it seemed but their was a big golf tourney the week before. We rode a friends horses to and on the beach and toured the area and homes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I've been to many Buffett brunches around the world specially in Las Vegas and I have to say the Brunch at this Resort is one of the best I ever been too. I highly recommend it For the food, the variety and quality of dishes. And the champagne touch is one the best I've been to.

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Houston, Texas, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I was very happy with my stay at the JW. It was a little challenging to drive from PTY at 930pm, but we made it there in 2 hours. The rooms are very nice and comfortable. The ceiling fan is great since the A/C doesn't get too cold. The grounds are kept very clean and manicured well. The food was... More

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Address: 340 Calle 3ra Buenaventura, Rio Hato, Panama (Formerly Bristol Buenaventura)
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Location: Panama > Cocle Province > Rio Hato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort 5*
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Also Known As:
Bristol Buenaventura Hotel Farallon
Bristol Bueneventura Santa Clara
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort Rio Hato

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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Set on the Pacific coast of Panama, Bristol Buenaventura is a luxury oceanfront destination resort and a member of Leading Hotels of the World. The resort sits on 1,000 acres of natural splendor, nestled between rivers, lakes, lush vegetation, and pristine beaches. Blending old world glamour and tropical elegance, the resort is reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda. ... more   less 
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