All-Inclusive Influx Continues in Panama

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and Sunstar Hotel & Development, S.A. recently announced the opening of the Sheraton brand’s first all-inclusive resort - The Sheraton Bijao Beach, Panama. 

The hotel marks the second Starwood all-inclusive resort in Central America. The beachfront resort features 294 guest rooms and suites with views of the Pacific Ocean and mountainside surroundings.

Prior to the opening, the property underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to meet Sheraton brand standards and will feature all the brand’s signature offerings including the Sweet Sleeper Bed designed with the AAA Five Diamond Award criteria, Club Lounge and more.

The opening of the Sheraton Bijao Beach Resort is the latest addition to the brand's portfolio of more than 60 resorts and is part of the Sheraton brand's strategic global expansion plan that will add more than 70 new hotels and over 23,000 rooms to the Sheraton portfolio over the next two years.   

Panama is becoming an increasingly popular destination with clients who favor the all-inclusive plan.

Carlos Ruiz, regional director of sales and marketing for Central and South America, told Travel Agent last year that Barcelo is looking to open a roughly 300-room, city hotel in Panama City by 2012.

Also, the long-awaited Breezes Panama opened its doors back in 2009. The resort marked the first Panamanian development by SuperClubs, and welcomes guests of all ages. The resort has 294 guestrooms and suites, and is home to the full-service, à la carte Miraflores Spa.

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