We were looking forward to visiting Pedasi having read so much hype about this area on what is now referred to as the Gold Coast of the Azuero Peninsular. Like much of Panama it will be great once the road, a 4-lane highway, is finished but at the moment it is one contra-flow after another.We were somewhat underwhelmed by Pedasi itself which is often referred to as the quaintest village in Panama.
All this was forgotten once we arrived at Villla Pedasi, which stands high up on a bluff with spectacular 180 degree sea views. Even when it is hot there is always a refreshing sea breeze and the situation of the restaurant and bar takes maximum advantage of this.
Unfortunately, the pool was out of service - they were trying hard to sort the problem out but the water kept going a browny-green. We have yet to swim in a pool in Panama - in all the hotels they seem to have problems keeping the water clear and sparkling.
We ate the first night in the restaurant and were recommended a very nice Chilean chardonnay called "120" which we have been buying subsequently in the wine stores.
We stayed 2 nights and spent one day touring the area - there are lots of uncompleted housing developments here but the boom seems to have stopped in its tracks for the time-being.
When we came to check out we were told that there would be no charge for the meal we had taken in compensation for the problems with the pool and were also told we could have a free night any time we care to come back. Considering we had not made any complaint at all this was totally unexpected and proof of the incredible hospitality you will find at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Romana is an oceanfront hotel in Puerto Escondido (Pedasi), Panama. It features 21 ocean view suites with air-conditioning, Satellite TV and minibar. The 180 degree ocean view from the main terrace is spectacular. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villa Romana Panama/Pedasi