Headdresses aren't exactly a typical part of Friday nights here—but if this weekend was any indication, you might want to consider this place when Latin American breaks into Carnival festivities next month. We think we may have even spotted the city's Carnival queen.
Rates started last month in the low $200s, but have since climbed to a steadier $265 ($275 gets you breakfast). As we mentioned, six restaurants offer distinct dining experiences (try a teriyaki-glazed salmon at Asiana, or go for a more laid-back buffet at Pacifica), and the lobby bar, Oasis (above), is a convenient middle ground whether you're on your way out to the pool or coming back from an evening in Panama City.
This selection is enhanced by the resort's compact design, which situates almost all of the restaurants and bars in a half-moon around the three glistening blue pools. So whichever you choose, you're never too far from any other part of the hotel. And since everything looks out at the beach (similar to the InterContinental next door), the view is always amazing.
With or without a Carnival dancer shaking her tail feathers at you.