by Matt Alderton | January 04, 2013
Panama's first JW Marriott, the JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, has opened 80 miles southwest of Panama City, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts announced last month.

Located within the master-planned Buenaventura beachfront community, near the town of Rio Hato, the new property has 118 guest rooms, five restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, a fitness center, a spa, a beach club and approximately 1,700 square feet of meeting space, including a grand ballroom and four smaller meeting rooms.

"Panama remains one of the most vibrant countries for new development in all of Latin America," said Rob Steigerwald, Marriott International's chief operations officer for the Southern Americas. "We are thrilled to finally reveal our first world class JW Marriott luxury brand hotel in the country. This beautiful resort brings the highest levels of accommodations and service to Panama and is a great addition to the brand's growing global portfolio."

In addition to golf, onsite and offsite activities at the new resort include surfing at Playa Rio Mar, zip-lining at El Valle de Anton, and jet skiing and snorkeling at Farallon Island.

"The JW Marriott Panama's exotic and tropical seaside location along with its luxurious accommodations, amenities and services, has made it Panama's premiere resort destination," said Manuel Ovies, area vice president of operations for Central America and Northern South America. "Whether you are traveling for leisure with your family, on a romantic getaway or an incentive trip with your company, the property has a vast selection of activities and amenities to accommodate you."

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