On a recent visit to Panama, my family decided to drive over to Rio Hato, about 90 minutes from Panama City, to check out the luxury resorts and enjoy a beach weekend. We found some great Internet deals available that made the price just right. Though the drive was long, since we were coming from Boquete, it was scenic during the last couple hours. We arrived at the JW Marriott property around 4 pm and began our descent into rest and relaxation, with a few cocktails in between.
Our Rio Hato Accommodations
The JW Marriott lobby was open and airy, and we were welcomed with a tropical juice beverage. We were shown to our luxurious rooms and given a brief overview of the hotel. We then hurried into swimsuits and headed straight to the pool. The pool welcomed us with its massive space and interesting design. There was a swim up bar and we taught the bartender how to make b-52 shots. Of course they cost around $25 each, so I learned to know the price before ordering a 3 liquor shots again. My husband decided to walk down to the beach while the others and I enjoyed lounging in the pool a little longer. When he returned, he could not wait to tell us about the amazing find he stumbled upon.
We walked past the Marriott’s main pool and through a small neighborhood street to the surprise waiting for us. The most special parts of this JW Marriott property are the unique plunge pools that line the way to the beach, with a setting that is breathtaking. We were able to have our own private pool for the remainder of our stay, since the resort was not very busy. A true tropical paradise. It appears there are condos for sale on the sides of the property that have reciprocal rights to use the pool, so the other 6 people there besides us, were condo dwellers.
The beach views are lovely, but the pools get my highest rave reviews. The palm trees and landscaping were on point, and many iguanas were entertaining us around the pool, causing kids to chase them down for pictures. Such serenity and you never have to leave the property.
Do Not Miss: Across the parking lot from the hotel are some boutique shops and a market/restaurant that offers breakfast and lunch choices.
Plenty of Onsite Dining Options
We ate all our meals at the hotel and though pricey, they were delicious. If you have a picky eater, tell them and they will recommend some suggestions that are not on the menu. Some friends went before us and enjoyed the sushi bar every evening but we did not try it. One evening we decided that we wanted to order off the room service menu, and the staff arranged for us to dine al fresco at one of the cozy tables near the lagoon. Marriott’s staff was accommodating, the weather perfect, and we left with great tans.