The charming historic Panamonte inn and spa has been known locally as a sanctuary of relaxation for travellers from around the world since 1914 and offers elegant, un-pretentious style with a nod to Panama’s colonial past. A country lodge with a luxurious combination of both European and Central American style, Panamonte boasts modern amenities in all its 25 rooms and is bursting with character. Resting in a volcanic valley in the mountains amongst unique flora and fauna, this is the perfect place to explore the luscious alpine rainforest and really get back to nature.
Situated in the town of Boquete, Panamonte is tucked in a valley beneath the towering Banu volcano, Panama’s highest (and thankfully dormant) volcano at a cool 3,475 metres. Boquete sits in the breezy 1,200 metres above sea level in the highlands of the Chiriquí region of Panama, 45 minutes away from the City of David and approximately 7 hours from Panama City.
The inn has a selection of 25 rooms and suites, with our favourites being the three garden junior suites and the eight garden terrace rooms – all with private patios looking out into the stunning gardens of the hotel. Not to mention the honeymoon suite, Panamonte’s finest room, which comes with its own outdoor fireplace, for you to unwind by whilst enjoying the crisp alpine air. All the rooms are decorated in a stylish European manner with fresh colour combinations and beautiful interior furnishings, such as local artwork and 500 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linen.
Why we like it
Stunning colonial charm aside, one of our favourite things about Panamonte is its location. The beautiful highlands, towering volcano and meandering river Caldera make for awe-inspiring views over the valley; we love the volcanic hot springs – the perfect place to relax in the thick of nature. Look out for the abundant birdlife such as hummingbirds, harpy eagles and our favourite, the quetzal, to name but a few. The hotel will organize a range of excursions, including trips to the local coffee estates, white water rafting and zip lining through the rainforest.