Vol III: The Tropical Edition: New Luxury Hotels

OK… let’s all head back to Costa Rica and turn right. Opening December 2015Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa[6]. This adults-only all-inclusive 310-room resort has what every luxury resort in Panama should have…golden sand beaches, jungle walkways, a freshwater infinity pool and a Spa. The resort has over 20,000 square feet of meeting space (the ballroom can accommodate banquets for up to 800) and if you really want to, you can swim in two oceans in the same day.

Assuming you know the geography of Panama… the resort is minutes away from the colonial and shopping districts of Panama City, the Panama Canal, and the Punta Bruja Nature Reserve. Great opportunities for eco-stuff. Fun Fact… The average daily temperature in Panama is 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Ah, you say… that’s the average. True… averages can be deceptive…except in Panama. Seriously, year-round…it’s 82 degrees. I mean it might get up to 87 during the day and 77 at night… but really… it’s 82 degrees.

And one more… keep going way southeast… and…Bem vindo ao Brasil!

Specifically, the Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro[7]. The 436-room hotel occupies a privileged position on a beautiful stretch of beach in the heart of the “prestigious and exclusive” Barra da Tijuca neighborhood (translation… the rich people live there) and so you can retreat in style from the craziness that is Rio. Not necessarily too crazy, but crazy enough…and that’s why we go. With over 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including an 8,500 sq. ft. ballroom, the property can handle meetings of up to around 300 classroom style (or almost double that for a banquet).

Galeão International airport is approximately a 50-minute drive (and when the PR department says approximately… ha ha).


  1. ^ allthingsmeetings.com (allthingsmeetings.com)
  2. ^ Hacienda AltaGracia (www.altagracia.cr)
  3. ^ JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa (www.marriott.com)
  4. ^ The Cape (a Thompson Hotel) (www.thompsonhotels.com)
  5. ^ Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina (www.fourseasons.com)
  6. ^ Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa (www.secretsresorts.com)
  7. ^ Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro (riodejaneiro.grand.hyatt.com)
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