Popular Wharf restaurant Del Mar played host to my introduction to one of the best destinations to visit this year: Panama. This quick, non-stop destination from Washington, D.C. (four hours) offers more than just its famous namesake Canal. There are a variety of world-class attractions, including coffee plantations, two coasts (with crystal clear waters you find in the Caribbean), islands, mountains, and exotic tropical rainforests. It is truly a destination for today's curious traveler, and these powerful -- and colorful -- Del Mar beverages helped represent the island spirit of two of Panama's luxury resorts: The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort and The Santa Maria Hotel & Golf Resort.
Both properties, poised as destination authority resorts, aspire to provide a truly authentic Panamanian travel experience that highlights the art and culture of the destination with fine food, local experience, and beach & rainforest adventures.
At the Buenaventura’s highlights include nine on-site Chef-driven restaurants, a Championship Nicklaus-design golf course, a Wildlife Center, Spa, and curated experiences for all types of travelers. While over at the Santa Maria, this hotel is Panama’s only Luxury Collection hotel which features elegantly-appointed guestrooms and suites, authentic Panamanian design elements, a world-class Spa, chef-driven restaurants, a Coffee tasting experience, and access to Panama City’s old town Casco Viejo, the Embera Indian tribe community, and the opportunity to discover the country’s fascinating gastronomy.