Hotel Overview

Apple Vacations Exceptional Values - valid now through 2020!
Complimentary upgrade to nonstop transfers.

2019 Resort Added Values!
Extra Value: Unlimited Connectivity: Free calling to U.S. and Canada, Free WiFi throughout the resort and more. 
Free Symbolic Weddings: Receive the Dreams Wedding in Paradise Package (restrictions apply). See applebeachbrides.com. 
Honeymoon: Receive the Dreams Eternity Honeymoon Package complimentary when booking the required room category or higher for a minimum of 7 nights. (restrictions apply*)
Family: Two kids 3-12 Stay, Play & Eat Free with two paying adults from 8/18/19-12/22/19 (blackout dates 11/21/19-11/24/19).

Couples, friends, and families can experience Unlimited-Luxury® with all vacation essentials included in beautiful Panama at the elegant Dreams Playa Bonita Panama. 

With entertainment for guests of all ages, there is something for everyone at this incredible resort. During the day, there are a wide variety of daily activities including non-motorized watersports, water aerobics, beach volleyball, and more. Guests are invited to swim in the blue Pacific waters of the gorgeous Playa Bonita beach, or lounge aside any of the three pools including the large infinity pool, children's pool, or adults only pool. Parents can relax at the Dreams Spa by Pevonia® while their kids hang out at the Explorer's Club for kids or the Core Zone for teens, which offer supervised entertainment. 

Enjoy limitless access to gourmet dining at three unique restaurants, without reservations required, at Dreams Playa Bonita Panama. After dinner, guests can enjoy a cocktail at any of the four bars before partaking in live nightly entertainment available twice a week. 

Each of the 310 guestrooms include a spacious bathroom with a double vanity and separate shower and a private balcony with beautiful views. Amenities include a mini bar restocked every two days, daily maid service, and more. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the resort. For those seeking an enhanced vacation experience, the Preferred Club offers upgraded amenities, personalized check-in and check-out, access to the Preferred Club Lounge, access to Bordeaux restaurant, and more. Those who stay in a Delight room can enjoy limitless access to the resort's four bars, complimentary WiFi, mini-bar, and other exquisite amenities.

*Please request your honeymoon package at time of booking. Not available during Christmas and New Years Eve. Subject to availability and double occupancy only. Taxes and gratuity included. Prices and package subject to change without notice. This package cannot be combined with the Dreams Wedding in Paradise Package. Package is only applicable to couples staying within three months of their wedding. Couple must present a copy of their wedding invitation or marriage certificate at the time of check-in.

Location

Playa Bonita
Panama Airport : 26 miles

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Hotel Advisories

Advisory Student Groups (Spring Breakers) are not permitted at Hotel. A student group consist of those that travel without parent supervision or a responsible adult in each room. This could refer to but not limited to high school students or college students booking multiple rooms. The hotel reserves the right to deny lodging to any reservations of this type.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds. 

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.  Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.  Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

This property is completely smoke-free in all rooms and all public areas.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

3.5 1506 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Incredible spot, don't listen to all of the negative reviews

    Just got back two days ago from Dreams Playa Bonita. Staff: Incredibly helpful. Everyone was so nice, and though many of the staff didn't speak English, they tried so hard to accommodate anything you needed. Lots of reviews arrogantly bemoan the fact that not everyone at the resort speaks English... YOU'RE IN PANAMA... not New York. Enjoy the culture and people of Panama. Use your smartphone to learn a few spanish words... it's not that difficult. Food/Drink: We really liked the food. The menus had enough variety that we could all find something we liked. Here and there something wasn't the best we'd ever had... but that's the same in any restaurant. The drinks were made well and the wine selection was great. We often ate breakfast at the Seaside Grille. The buffet there seemed to have more selection than at the Market Cafe, plus you could sit outside in the shade and breeze of the ocean. Rooms: Our room was very nice. It's all tile, which makes it feel cleaner. We travel a LOT, and it was one of the nicer rooms we've had(typically staying in a Marriott or equivalent)... particularly in a tropical climate. We stayed at Secrets Riviera Maya when it first opened, so that was easily the best AMResorts room we'd had... but the room at Playa Bonita was in far better condition than the one we had at Secrets Wild Orchid in Jamaica. We had a balcony facing the canal/sunrise, which was an incredible way to wake up every morning. There are plenty of little kits in the bathroom in case you forgot anything (toothbrush, razor, etc). Never had an issue with getting more toilet paper or towels... but then again, I'm not helpless. If we needed more, I grabbed some from the service cart on my way back to the room. The room service carts are always out... enjoy the walk and go grab some. The WiFi was fast, all the time (unlike Secrets Jamaica, which was spotty, at best). I got a strong signal pretty much everywhere on the property. We were able to stream movies in our room at any time of day. Grounds: The grounds are very well kept. The grass is green, the paths are clean, and the staff goes out before sunrise to fog for insects (don't sweat the reviews that mention the noseeums... we never put on bug spray and between the four of us, I'm the only one that got bit at all... once, and we ate outside at almost every meal). They have a free jungle tour that leaves from the resort, during which you can see sloths. There are random things that are dated, but by and large, it's very very well kept. On multiple occasions I saw a few staff members freshening up the exterior paint on different buildings. The pool is fantastic. It's zero entry with an infinity edge facing the water. Our kids loved it. The resort is relatively small and quiet, compared to most AMResort properties, which we loved. There were always chairs at the pool we could grab, no matter what time we got out there. There are plenty of shaded spots to sit too. The beach was awesome. There are millions of shells to check out. The tide goes out really far, so there's more to see as it goes out. We saw sting rays, which was a highlight for our kids. There's a bunch of pelicans that are constantly bombing into the water getting fish, which is entertaining to watch. The sand by the resort is very well kept and is comfortable to walk/sit on. We were here on a business trip, but would come back on our own. We very much enjoyed the resort. Some people in our group did get pretty sick, including one of our family. Frankly, I'd chalk that up to advising to stick to bottled water (which is stocked in your room, available at the restaurants, and at the poolside bar... though we also tested the limits with medium rare Tuna, which is a gamble in any country.) Even with that, we'd definitely go back.

    Feb 17, 2020
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Disappointed

    Ok, so where do I begin...let me just start by saying we usually travel with a group of 12 or more and always stay at a AMresorts facility..mostly secrets and breathless and have stayed at a couple dreams as well and have always loved those resorts and have had excellent service and food and this by far was the worst. The rooms need some TLC like others have mentioned. Our house keeper was Iris and she did a great job all week. The rooms do need a deep cleaning and updating. We have always had great food at the other resorts this on the other hand was not that good... even went to some restaurants more than once and it was hit or miss. We were with a group of 28 and at least 8 of us were sick with vomiting and diarrhea. After talking to others at the resort there were many that were sick as well. I don’t know if it was food related or a virus going around the resort. There are shows however, we missed most of them because the paper they give you with the activities during the day and night was incorrect....we were told by a member of the entertainment team shows are always at 8:30 not 9:00 as stated in the paper. We paid extra for the preferred club, the bartenders at the preferred pool were great however, there were many many times they didn’t have Diet Coke, bananas etc to make drinks. We went on the rainforest hike and that was awesome...it’s about 2/12 hours and up hill. Our guide was very informative and it was a nice break from the sun. I was apprehensive about coming here because some of the reviews were bad and I like to keep an open mind but, after being here for a week some of the bad is true. Did it ruin our vacation..absolutely not, we all still had a great time. Would we return to this resort....probably not.On a positive note Some of our group wanted to leave the resort and have dinner in town..Jose gave us suggestions and set up transportation back to dreams..he went above and beyond and everyone loved the brewery and pizza place he suggested.

    Feb 16, 2020
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    2nd stay with Dreams. 2 different countries... don't do it!

    Each company trip that has been booked with Dreams has been terrible! Drinks and food make you feel sick! Eat off resort and no longer drink at the resort... magically feel normal again! Many of the guests from our company each trip got food poisoning that took them down for 24 -48hr at 2 different locations.

    Feb 16, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great time

    Hotel was very clean and staff were very friendly! The pools were very nice and the drink selection at the bars was great. The entertainment was set up very nicely. There were not many excursions available, but the ones they have are very good. The resort is in some need of updating but overall is very nice.

    Feb 15, 2020
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    not worth the money better to stay at home

    This is listed as a 5 star resort at best it is a 2,i have stay at motel 6 that was more than this place.the hotel is nice, rooms are great,Just no towels no bathroom tissue,no soap, no water bar not stocked,we had to run around every second day to track down the items that we needed,no robes no slipers cant talk to staff they dont speak English and dont try to.food was awful

    Feb 15, 2020

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