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Dreams Delight Playa Bonita Panama

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Overview

A spectacular property located on a private beach near the entrance to the Panama Canal. Secrets Playa Bonita's ideal location provides easy access to the Punta Bruja Nature Reserve and offers sunrise views that will inspire even the more amateur of photographers. This Unlimited-Luxury® resort boasts five sparkling freeform pools, jungle walkways, ocean view suites, and an expansive, tranquil spa. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a memorable family vacation.

Location: Beachfront, 25 minutes from Panama City, 40 minutes from the airport.


tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Erin W : New York City, New York
Warning “Sorry, no towels until tomorrow” (2pm)

Current guest - went to the pool this afternoon (first time today) and went to get a towel and was told at 2pm that we couldn’t have any towels until tomorrow. How can you be a beach/pool resort and not have any towels!! Do some laundry.

  • MontrealSunlovers : Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Montreal Sunlovers

Wonderful trip to Panama. Hotel is branded as Dreams Delight family resort, therefore meets expectations in general. Do research beforehand and you will enjoy. Westin (next door) rooms definitely not up to this. We belong to UVC, preferred club check in. Spacious JS, greeted with decorations, balloons, a touching note, champagne and canapes for our anniversary. Nicely decorated. Robes, slippers, stocked mini bar with beer for preferred club. AC very good. Fiirm bed, pillow assortment, shower pressure good. Stunning view, all rooms face the ocean somewhat. Housekeeping questionable re timeliness.* Did report. Take bug spray,got bitten in room – but not property! Got someone to spray the next day.*Breakfast – Fresh juices, different specialty from region every day, ie tamales, empanadas, tortillas, even Caribbean hot sauce, which I love. Decent array of breakfast buffet fare. Lunch buffet a bit monotonous*, nachos, fish, chicken, beef, salads, etc.. Took stuff from breakfast to nibble on later. Grill station for burgers, fries every day. Alas, no ice cream.* Friday, Panama night – dance and buffet by pool. Sunday was Superbowl party and BBQ buffet – fireworks, football cakes – very nice celebration. Tuesday was Oriental buffet with interesting Rope Acrobat Show. Wednesday Carribean buffet and show at Sand Court. Thursday, our last night – live band by pool, while we dined at Oceana Restaurant upstairs. Restaurants: enjoyed Oceana best, visited 3 times. Italian also nice selection. French, Bordeaux included with preferred club, beautiful ambiance, food only ok, (we hail from a French province). Yet, Excellent recognition for our anniversary – champagne delight and anniversary cake. Lobby Bar drinks were best, closes at 11:00 pm, a little too early.* Then you can go to the disco club to continue. Yet the CoCo Café with array of coffee delights, pastries and sandwiches closes at 1:00 am. Preferred Club Bar – unfortunately not up to par with drink selection or food snack options, alas not bartender’s fault – but food and beverage manager stinting on treating Preferred Club as such.* Yet it is a nice private lounge to relax in, with a beautiful overview of the property.Grounds, gorgeous landscaping. Lots of pool areas, secluded or with people, depending on your choice. You can wade with a lounge chair. Cross the bridge to the infinity pool. Beautiful view. Yet word of caution, watch tiles in infinity pool, some missing, dangerous – and slippery at incline at end.* Preferred club pool with overhead splash waterfall – area secluded, with private spots for 2, very nice – overlooking the beach and horizon, with ships lined up for Panama Canal, amongst a few small islands. Quite picturesque. The bar at Preferred Club Pool – again, bar not up to Preferred Club standard – with small plastic glasses to offer – while main bar made excellent drinks and gave large plastic glasses. The sense, I do not understand.*The beach water is not blue, but is clear. Lots of shells to pick up as you walk. The tide change fascinating – can actually go about 200 metres in. Though then the ocean floor shows and looks muddy, rocks and shells. My husband was greeted by oyster fishermen, sharing samples, which he enjoyed. Watch tow, for swimming.* Did kayaking. And the waves come from 2 directons, the ocean and the cove and meet in a splash, quite kool for a picture. Take free rainforest hike/walk 2 ½ hours – not for the faint at heart, but worth it. See sloths, exotic birds and insects, interesting trees - to reach top and breathtaking view of the bay.Took private guide – felt time was more our own - boat Gatun Lake jungle to see and feed monkeys – howler, capuchin, baby crocodile, bamboo forest, exotic birds. Aerial tram out for repair unfortunately, did not get overview of jungle canopy. Hanging out at Causeway, then Smithsonian Museum. The next day, visited Embera Village, had lunch with the tribe and dancing – a must, and swam privately in a gorgeous hidden waterfall. Third day – 5 hour crossing in small boat with lunch through the Panama Canal locks (3 sets) from Gatun Lake through Miraflores and into the Pacific Ocean. The large container vessel, alongside on the other side of us, was the company I worked for Hapag Lloyd, an extra treat. You really feel a part of the experience with this tour.Weather perfect, sunny and hot 7 days in a row. Thanks to Sarah, Gabby, Jesus. And the many very kind and courteous staff, who made our stay so enjoyable. Who could ask for more?

  • Sebring586 : Camlachie, Canada
AM resorts branded hotel

We read all the reviews prior to booking. We have stayed at three other Secrets resorts................... For the most part, both my wife and I have found the criticism's unfounded. The people are nice, the staff are willing to please and show that in their efforts. The property is as branded but a bit older and under some level of maintenance..... but you are not paying for the flagship resort so don't expect it.

  • RGlenn88 : Medicine Hat, Canada
Beautiful Beach

The resort is average; however, it has a very nice beach and pool area. The cleanliness of the rooms and bed making methods could be improved and new mattresses are needed. The weather was phenomenal and we were there to relax and we most certainly did. The Resort has a lot of potential and I believe they are working on it. It has only been under the Dreams' banner for just over a year. I am pretty confident it will improve considerably as they are in the throws of renovations. Roger the bartender was fantastic and the taxi service guys they have are fantastic. A little disconcerting that the Resort takes 25% of the fare, when taxis are already very inexpensive considering the quality of cars and price of gasoline.

  • luv2danceOklahoma : Oklahoma
The Good, Bad and Ugly!

Here is our experience with this resort. First of all, we have travelled quite a bit and have been to many all inclusive resorts. This resort is the most average resort we have visited. I must note that this was a company sponsored trip. Had we paid for this trip my reviews would be different. Our room was a "preferred junior suite" 438. Check In:Was pretty uneventful and easy. We were with a large group so everything was handled appropriately. We were not given our preferred packet until several days into our stay so we were unable to use the coupons so no review there. Room:The suite was spacious. Well appointed and clean. All of the electronics were in working condition. Shower pressure was nice and the tub was wonderful. We had robes but no slippers. No big deal for us but wanted to make sure to note as it was inclusive to this room. The bed was firm and felt fine to us. The view was stunning day and night. As is the case for most rooms on this resort. Both balconies had bistro sets which we enjoyed. House keeping was not good. Our aminities were not restocked until our last night there. Which was the 4th night. Towels and washcloths were not replenished until the 4th night and we didn't ever get the daily activity sheet so we had no idea what the activities were for the day. The bed was made daily and the dirty linens removed but that was it as far as cleaning. As previous reviewers stated the mini bar was stocked every 2 days and they abosulutely will not deviate from this policy. Ours was restocked on the 3rd day. No snacks were replenished and the mini bottles that we used were not replaced. It is house brand minis not anything top shelf. This is an older property and needs a lot of updating and maintenance done. All of our upholstered furniture was very badly stained. We didn't sit on them. The room was worn. Lots of door damage, sloppy painting and messy repair work. This was very noticeable to us. But it was clean and everything worked. Food:We did room service once for dinner once for breakfast. It was a quick easy process on the tablet provided In the room. Dinner was good. Breakfast was not. We didn't get syrup for our waffles and we were on a tight schedule so couldn't wait for some to be brought up. Didn't get our bacon. Eggs and sausage were not good. Fruit plate was delicious. The restaurants are only open certain times as well as the bars. The buffet food as stated by other reviewers is mediocre at best. It's has very little flavor. And pretty much the same daily. The fresh fruit was always good. The omelettes were good and they will make you fresh eggs any way you want them. We ate at the Italian restaurant one night. Food and service was good. We enjoyed it.Service: Service was the worst for us. It is really bad and inconsistent. Tipping made no difference. No drink service on the beach. We had drink service poolside 1 afternoon our entire stay. Breakfast service was just bad. I will honestly say that if you asked someone for something they would try and help. Be prepared to ask for everything even the basics or go get it yourself. We never had a rude server just indifferent. We had one good server for breakfast one morning and our server at the Italian restaurant was good. Beverages:Bartenders will try and make whatever you want and they are generous with the alcohol. They will not give out any cans of beer to take to your room. Their beer choices are Panama and occasionally Balboa can be found. Mimosas are good. Dirty Monkeys are widely requested frozen drinks and are good. Zombies are the die hard party drink and are good. Top shelf liquors are hard to come by.Pool/Beach:Beach is beautiful in my opinion. Yes the tide does change the face of the beach but I sat and watched the tide change for hours it was fascinating. It does have rocks, it does have shells and occasionally some trash will wash up. There are some chairs and huts on the beach with beautiful views. I didn't and wouldn't swim in this area. The water is not blue or clear. It was cloudy and a lot of sand. I did see some swim. No beach drink service. We Went kayaking it was fun. But be aware of the hours. It's only a few hours in the morning. We saw no other beach activity. We spent a lot of time at the pool. There was always music and occasional activities. The resort has a policy of not saving chairs. It's not enforced. So follow the crowd and get up early If you want one. Pool towels were plentiful. ** On a VERY SERIOUS note** The infinity pool has areas in serious disrepair. There are missing pool tiles throughout the entire pool. My husband received 2 nasty cuts from broken tiles that required medical attention. As well as 2 other people in our group. Looking at past reviews this has been mentioned many times and is still not fixed. It is dangerous. The first aid responder (life guard) was untrained, scared to death to the point of shaking, and she did not understand any English which made it difficult to communicate. I ran to her first for help and she sent me to the activity director. Who checked his foot and he sent her back to us with a medical kit and another manager type. We were trying very hard to keep the situation light hearted to make this poor girl more at ease. There was absolutely no follow up or concern expressed from management. So be aware of the broken tiles. We chose to stay around the infinity pool as we like activities and people watching. The preferred pool was very quiet and no better service. Preferred status: I wouldn't spend the extra money. Service is no better than anywhere else. The suites are still in need of updates and repair. The preferred lounge was terrible. The carpet was torn, worn and filthy. The food was left out and not edible. Most of the time no one was in there to serve or make drinks. It did have a nice view and had top shelf brands. Getting around/Entertainment:Airport was at least 45 min each way. Traffic is really conjested at times so it could take well over an hour or up to 2 hours depending on flight times. There is nothing close by to do so you will need transportation to get around. We used the resort shuttle service. It was great. One night we shuttled to "old town" at 6 pm. The shuttle does not pick up at night so you have to get a cab or uber back. We chose to Uber back. We had a group of 6 uber back from old town for 16$. My husband left his phone in town and the uber driver took him back to get it for 20$ round trip. Another couple took an uber back from the same area for $6.50. Cab drivers were quoting 40$ and one couple talked them down to 20$ one way from old town. So in my opinion use Uber it's more than half the price of a cab. Tip the Uber drivers for good service. We did a Panama Canal boat tour and day at the jungle resort it was good. We enjoyed it. As stated in reviews there is not much night life at this resort. It pretty much shuts down at 10 pm. The disco night bar downstairs will stay open a litte later. We went to the disco and it was good. They will serve you all the drinks you can hold. There is a bartender who was super but again no table service. You can request English music and the Dj will play American dance mixes. Other than that it's all Latin. The lobby bar is open till 10 or so. It was crazy busy and difficult to get a drink. Bartenders would ignore you until they felt like coming your way. So most formed a group in front of the bartenders so they would get served. The ones around the bar, not so lucky. Again no table service. There were games at the lounge tables you could play. Overall:We enjoyed ourselves because we were with a large group that was fun, appreciative and self sufficient. I would not personally come back or recommend this resort if you are looking for a property that's well maintained, well staffed, beach actvities, night life, activity packed, great dining or top shelf experience. The resort is safe, quiet, the staff is nice, and views are beautiful. The Panama Canal and historical features of the city make for some great excursions. This resort is clearly cutting costs in all areas and I think that's why this resort doesn't compare to its corporate standards. Do not compare or expect a 5 star experience just because of the corporate name. You will be disappointed. It is a comfortable 3 star resort. Keeping that in mind and you will not be disappointed.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Welcoming check-in experience with champagne, fresh towels and cookies
  • 3 meals daily plus snacks
  • 3 gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations
  • Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits
  • Mini-bar with soft drinks, bottled water and beer restocked every two days
  • 24-hour dining in cafe
  • Daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
  • Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort
  • 310 rooms in 1 five-storey building
  • 4 a la carte restaurants 
  • Buffet restaurant
  • Cafe
  • 4 bars including a swim up bar
  • 24-hour room service 
  • Pools
  • Tennis
  • Fitness facilities
  • Spa (fee)
  • Golf nearby (fee)
  • Business Center (fee)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Gift shop
  • Dedicated on-site wedding planning facilities

Deluxe Room Ocean View includes:

  • A/C
  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Cable TV
  • Phone
  • WiFi
  • Full Bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Electronic in-room safe
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Balcony
  • Room service available for a surcharge

For the Kids

  • Explorer's Club for kids (ages 3-12)
  • Core Zone Teens Club (ages 13-17)

Wedding and Honeymoon - Special packages are available. Please inquire for details.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Dreams Delight Playa Bonita Panama
    Panama,Panama

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Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa
Road to Veracruz km 7 Arraijan District, Panama City Panama

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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