Do a Raindance at The Westin Playa Bonita's New Spa
The 611-room Westin Playa Bonita got plenty of attention when it opened in 2011 as Panama City's newest beach resort—no thanks to an all-night, Carnival-style grand opening party on the beach, complete with fireworks, Latino pop stars, and an estimated 3400 guests (ourselves included!).
The biggest reason to head back there now, however, is the resort's new Sensory Spa by Clarins, which debuted in October and has spent the last four months living up to its name by offering guests what it calls the "Tropical Rainforest Circuit," an hour-long hot-and-cold treatment featuring herbal saunas, ice fountains, an amethyst crystal steam room, and a Raindance Rainmaker shower. In fact, the whole thing is supposedly so relaxing, the spa lets you do the circuit twice.
Wondering what a "Raindance Rainmaker shower" is exactly? We scratched our heads over that one too: apparently it's a chamber with jets of water and air installed on the walls and ceiling that can re-create a "thick, thin or swirling warm rain experience." Err…sounds nice? We don't know, maybe we need to try this one out for ourselves….
The spa, which partnered with Aquabella for its hydrothermal wellness circuits, includes 16 treatment rooms, along with a beauty salon, fitness center, Zen garden, and access to the hotel's outdoor pools and private beach.
Of course, if you don't feel like taking your body through the extremes of a tropical rain storm, you can always just book a regular old massage or facial treatment. It's a vacation after all—there's no wrong way to relax!
Right now, the hotel is offering a wellness package that includes a personal fitness concierge, daily yoga class, Panama Canal kayak tour, spa treatment for two, and a tour of the resort's new organic garden. Rates start at $272/night with a 3-night minimum. Use the promotional code PKBOOTC.