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Bern Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels Open the $100 Million
611-room Westin Playa Bonita Panamá in the Republic of Panamá

PLAYA BONITA, REPUBLIC OF PANAMÁ – December 2011 – Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced the soft opening of The Westin Playa Bonita Panama, the first Westin hotel to be unveiled in the burgeoning destination of Panama.  Flanked by rainforest and a pristine stretch of Pacific shoreline just 20 minutes outside Panama City, the 100 million dollar beach hotel features 611 luxury rooms and suites, an array of haute international restaurants, and the largest meeting space in the Republic of Panamá.

A cosmopolitan luxury oasis, The Westin Playa Bonita Panamá breaks through traditional barriers of design to create an artful juxtaposition of Panama’s unspoiled landscape and industrial prowess.  Surrounded by nature preserves and golden sand beaches, The Westin Playa Bonita Panamá features six fine dining restaurants, four bars and an ultra chic, open-air VIP Lounge on the 19th floor, which boasts panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, rainforest and the Downtown area’s rising skyline.

Unprecedented in the Republic of Panamá, The Westin Playa Bonita also features 65,000 square feet of meeting and event space comprised of 22 multi-purpose spaces.

“The unveiling of Panamá’s first Westin hotel is one of the most exciting developments the destination has seen in decades; one that is sure to redefine the country’s travel industry,” said owner Herman Bern P., president of Bern Hotels and Resorts. “The Westin Playa Bonita offers an exclusive luxury experience, which truly captures Panamá’s natural beauty and modern appeal. Featuring top-of-the-line accommodations and cutting edge amenities in the beautiful up-and-coming destination of Panamá, The Westin Playa Bonita will cater to a wide range of sophisticated international guests, whether they’re traveling for business or pleasure.”

Conveniently located within a 20-minute drive from the metropolitan capital of Panamá City, the beach hotel is also in close proximity to various attractions, historic landmarks and national parks. The property features 611 guest rooms, including 64 spacious suites and three deluxe Royale suites, all with ocean or tropical rainforest views. Exuding luxury down to the last detail, each room features a signature Westin Heavenly Bed®, a luxurious 10-layer comfort bed with plush bedding, and Heavenly Bath® with customizable showerhead. Rooms are equipped with LCD TVs, high-speed Internet access and ergonomic workspace to enhance guests’ experience.

Six fine dining restaurants featuring a variety of haute international and striking décor include Oceánica, an international buffet; Pacífica, featuring Pacific Rim cuisine; Starfish Grill, an a la carte seafood restaurant; Tierra y Fuego, a fine Latin steak house; and Asiana, which offers a multitude of Asian fusion menu options.  Guests can enjoy Mediterranean tapas at Soléo and tropical cocktails at one of the hotel’s four bars, including the swim-up bar or beach bar.  In-room dining is available 24-hours a day.

Additional facilities include a Westin WORKOUT® gym, three freshwater infinity edge pools, a dedicated children’s pool, and Westin Kids Club®.

The Westin Playa Bonita Panamá is an upscale beach hotel strategically located alongside the Pacific Ocean, on a mile long stretch of golden sand on Playa Bonita Beach, surrounded by a lush tropical rainforest. Boasting 611 elegant guestrooms, including 67 spacious suites, all with panoramic views of the ocean and rainforest, six fine dining restaurants, four bars, three infinity edge pools, a state-of-the-art gymnasium and the largest meeting and event space in Central America, the modern and über-chic beach hotel is set to redefine the cosmopolitan destination upon its unveiling.  The beach hotel is part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world. For more information please call 1.877.800.1690.

Westin Hotels & Resorts makes the healthiest choices irresistibly appealing, so guests leave feeling better than when they arrived. With over 170 hotels and resorts in over 36 countries and territories, Westin is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,051 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W® Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. The company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information please visit

With more than 30 years experience in the Panamanian market, Bern Enterprises is a highly respected and growing company known for its entrepreneurial spirit and innovation. Through the company's hospitality and tourism division, Bern Hotels & Resorts has developed and currently operates eight hotels in the Republic of Panamá, including Crowne Plaza Hotel Panamá, Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Holiday Inn, City of Knowledge, InterContinental Miramar, InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa, Le Méridien Panamá, Solarium Coronado Beach, Villa Bonita and the soon to be unveiled Westin Playa Bonita Panamá. The company also boasts its own tour operator, Gamboa Tours. For more information please visit


Sarah March
Diamond Public Relations

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