Panamonte Inn & Spa
At a Glance
The perfect base for exploring the Chiriqui Highlands
Luxury antique-style guest rooms
Restaurant voted by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the best in Central America
Partake in a culinary class with chef Charlie Collins
Experience true Panama by taking a tour to one of the many coffee farms nearby
Best time to Visit
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This hilly country is hot throughout the year and the only relief from the high temperatures and humidity is to be found up in the highlands, where conditions are cooler and crisper, especially at night. Rainfall in Panama is very heavy on the Pacific coast and less so (but still substantial) in the lowlands of the Caribbean coast. The rainy season runs from May to December and downpours can be torrential, so always pack good waterproofs if going at this time of year. Sunshine levels are highest in the winter months (January to April), so this is a good time to visit, especially if you can stay in the hills where the air is fresher.
To start planning your holiday to Panamonte Inn & Spa
The Panamonte Inn & Spa is located in the cool highlands of Boquete in the Chiriquí region of Panama and offers the most comfortable accommodation in the region, gracious hospitality, antique charm, beautiful surroundings and delicious cuisine.
Located at the foot of Baru Volcano, the Panamonte Inn is the perfect base for exploring the Chiriqui Highlands. The hotel is a warm and friendly place for travellers seeking comfort and personalized attention and has luxury antique-style guest rooms and suites spread throughout the property’s beautiful gardens, including a romantic Honeymoon Suite and huge Garden Junior Suites with private terraces overlooking the mountains.
The Panamonte Inn’s restaurant is renowned for its gourmet cuisine, with Condé Nast Traveller recommending it as one of the best in Central America. Guests can even participate in a culinary class with the Inn's world renowned chef Charlie Collins, learning to prepare local dishes such as empanadas and cassava.
Indulge the senses at the Inn’s charming Haven Spa, with a range of wonderfully rejuvenating treatments including their signature hot stone massages. When not relaxing at the hotel there are many activities on offer for you to explore the surrounding region including river rafting, canopy rides, trekking, birdwatching, private visits to coffee farms and sightseeing tours.
The Panamonte Inn & Spa, the oldest Panama bed and breakfast hotel open continuously since 1914, and the only registered Small Luxury Hotel in Panama, offers guests 25 rooms with private baths. All rooms are equipped with telephones, hair dryers, air-conditioning (though you won’t need it!), ceiling fans, a security safe, WiFi, and flat screen televisions with international channels.
Terrace rooms, the newest rooms available at the hotel, are located in the gardens of the Panamonte and feature beautiful mountain views to provide a feeling of relaxing and escape from city life. Rooms are tastefully furnished and exceptionally comfortable, with king-size beds and a small private outdoor area seating.
Children are welcomed although there are no formal children's facilities other than babysitting, which can be arranged on request. The El Fresal apartment, located just across from the main part of the hotel, is an ideal choice for families, with three bedrooms sleeping up to 6 guests, two bathrooms, a living area and small outdoor terrace.
Guests at the Panamonte Inn & Spa can enjoy drinks and casual dining in the cosy setting of the Fireside Lounge, where open fires blaze, creating a warm country-style atmosphere. Alternatively more formal gourmet dining is on offer in the elegant dining area, prepared by the world class chef. When not dining on delicious cuisine guests can indulge in a relaxing massage or facial at the Panamonte's tranquil Haven Spa.
The Panamonte Inn & Spa is perfect for simply relaxing in the beautiful surroundings and perhaps indulging in a relaxing spa treatment or taking part in one of the chef's cooking classes. For those looking for something more active there are a whole host of activities on offer in the surrounding area including birdwatching, river rafting, zip line canopy tours, hiking and riding through the lush forests and bathing in volcanic hot springs.
The Panamonte Inn & Spa is a place of stories from a century of travellers going back almost to the founding of Boquete itself in 1911. It tells of visits by American Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, the Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, actors Sean Connery and Ingrid Bergman. Antarctic explorer Admiral Richard Byrd visited as did aviator Charles Lindberg, who flew here to Chiriqui Province in the Western Highlands of Panama in 1928. More recently Panamonte has been the inn of choice for international travellers coming mainly from Europe, the U.S. and Canada , and for Panamanians who hop the one-hour flight from Panama City on weekend escapes.
Opened in 1914, its rustic structure may be affectionately described as Scandinavian cottage, perhaps Russian dacha. Its accommodations are home-style and comfortable, ranging in size from small, twin-bed spaces to larger efficiencies with wet bars and private patios. The cosy 19 rooms are attractively furnished and reminiscent of an earlier time in highland travel. In 1946 the inn was acquired by the Elliot-Collins family and it is now operated by the current descendant, Mrs. Inga Collins. When in residence she is often found at the stone fireplace in the recently redecorated cocktail lounge where she is known to share stories on the history of the inn, the region’s natural attractions, and its native people.
Boquete Cloud Forest waterfall hike
Enjoy a hike through the cloud forest around the edge of Volcan Baru National Park, through ridges and valleys, to beautiful waterfalls, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch and can bathe in the falls. You should also see a wealth of bird life.
Kotowa Coffee Tour
Boquete produces Panama’s most premium coffee; taking a tour of Kotowa’s coffee farm in the mountains is a must for coffee lovers. There is as much care that goes into making the perfect cup of coffee as there is to making a fine wine, including aging it!
Imagine Panama & Costa Rica
Panama City, Boquete, Osa Peninsula, Manuel Antonio National Park
from £5500 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- Immerse yourself in the best of what these two contrasting but beautifully complementary countries have to offer.
- Discover the vibrant metropolis of Panama City, a fascinating blend of colonial history and modern skyscrapers, best known for the great canal linking the Pacific and Caribbean, one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century.
- Stay at secluded and comfortable lodges, whilst exploring some of the most biologically diverse places on earth with an abundance of wildlife, unique vegetation and stunning vistas.
Location & directions
The Panamonte Inn & Spa is located in the cool highlands of Boquete, in the Chiriquí region, a 45-minute drive from David, just below the Costa Rican border.
How to get there
14-hour 45-minute international flight to Tocumen International Airport, Panama City. Fly from Panama City to David (1-hour domestic flight), Panamonte Inn & Spa is a 45-minute car transfer from David.
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