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

Property Information

All rooms non-smoking: 307
Room: 307

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Hotel Details

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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.
Advisory Christmas hotel cancellation policy (24 Dec 19-31 Dec 19). Cancellations received within 1-28 days of arrival will be charged 100% of the total hotel cost.

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 star tripadvisor rating 1377 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Fall vacation

    I had a very pleasant welcome to the hotel. The overall layout of the resort was nice and clean. I enjoyed the pool over looking the ocean The staff was friendly and helpful. There were several restaurants to choose from. They need major improvements for breakfast options and some of the menu options. My room was very nice and clean. We enjoyed the traditional Panamanian dance at dinner. They could use more entertainment but I did go doing the off peak season. If you prefer to leave the crowd behind this is a great Time to go. I recommend going on the excursions offered. My good friend Miguel is a great tour guide 50765326621. He took us to all the exclusive places.

    Nov 16, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice Resort with friendly staff

    We traveled to Dreams Playa Bonita Resort for our son’s wedding. Arrival to the hotel (about 45 minutes from airport) went smoothly even though we had a large (18) group. The group was greeted with glasses of champagne and check in was efficient. Accessibility: everything at the resort is accessible except perhaps the swimming pools. There are either ramps or elevators to transport individuals with mobility problems from floor to floor. The space between the tables in the dining rooms would make it difficult to maneuver a wheelchair or a large walker. Seating in the dining would most likely prove difficult for anyone in a wheelchair. Rooms: As there were three of us staying in one room we opted for a Preferred Club Deluxe ocean view room with two king beds and a private furnished balcony. The room was of a good size, well stocked with a mini bar stocked with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer, an array of amenities in the bathroom (including bug repellent wipes), a hair dryer and a lighted make up mirror. We found the beds and pillows to be quite comfortable. Rooms were cleaned and restocked daily. Grounds: The grounds of the resort are well maintained and very clean. The beach and the ocean are beautiful, with the ocean water quite warm. Lounge chairs are provided, as are a number of grass covered cabanas. There is an “adults only” pool with a private adult only bar that is available only to Preferred Club members. Dining: Food was not this resort’s strong point. There are several dining options, though since this was low season, the three “dinner only” options were open on a rotating basis, and one is only available to Preferred Club members (others had to pay a surcharge – not worth it). Note for men that the dinner only restaurants required long pants, dress shirts with short sleeves or collared shirts and close toed shoes or dress sandals (no flip-flops). Large groups (more than 8) are difficult to accommodate as the staff is VERY reluctant to move tables together. The food is mediocre at best. Best meal: breakfast. The breakfast buffet includes all of the typical American breakfast items as well as a number of Central American breakfast dishes and a variety of fruits, pastries and vegetables. There is a make your own waffle set-up, and a cooked-to-order omelet station. The worst meal: Anything from the room service menu. Not only did it take a very long time (45 minutes or more) to receive the items, what you got often did not even vaguely resemble what you ordered (like a whole fish – head, tail and all- when you ordered a fish fillet) most things were cool to cold when they arrived. The worst choices were those cooked with beef (with the exception of ground beef). They were across the board tough and chewy. Best were chicken dishes, and those ranged from edible to mediocre at best. Being so close to the ocean one would expect great seafood. That expectation was not met, though the afore-mentioned whole fish is much better when it is expected and warm from the kitchen. Lunch from the Barefoot Grill is a safe bet as most items, though limited in choices, were usually simple things that could be grilled and were cooked to order. The CoCo café was a favorite especially among the younger set. Open from 6AM to 1 AM (19 hrs/day) There were always various slider sandwiches available, as well as several flavors of gelato and various drinks ranging from water to fresh fruit juices. If you paid to be included in the Preferred Club there was a separate area upstairs from the lobby that had snacks all afternoon, as well as a private bar. Drinks: all drinks are included in the price of the room. The liquor is quite good, with many brand name bottles. The bartenders were all knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. There are 4 bars. The one in the main lobby is always open; the other three are open on a rotating basis depending on the number of guests at any given time. Excursions: There are a number of excursions that can be booked at the Concierge Desk. One note: if you or anyone in your party is inclined to be car sick, it is best advised that you ask your doctor about anti-nausea medication prior to your trip. Many of the excursions involve driving on very rough roads, and taking anti-nausea medication prior to going on the excursion is a good idea. We took several side trips, including one to Old Panama City, and one to the Panama Canal. Both were time and money well spent. The guides were knowledgeable and very pleasant. In all, this is a decent, very clean resort in a lovely area of Panama with delightful, welcoming staff. As long as you are not expecting gourmet food you should be very happy with the time you spend here.

    Nov 15, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Wonderful Staff

    This Dreams property doesn't carry the same perks as other Dream resorts. The preferred level was somewhat disappointing compared to other Dreams. The building is in need of repair. However, the location could not be better. It is so, so beautiful and relaxing. There is wildlife on the resort property too. However the best part of this resort is the staff. The staff is absolutely kind, warm, helpful and caring. Dennise at the spa and Louisa in the Preferred Club lounge are both divine!

    Nov 15, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    First visit

    The first thing we learned was to disregard the negative Trip Advisor reviews that we had read. We enjoyed our time at Playa Bonita. Clean, quiet and lovely setting. Especially the first week where we got to know the restaurants and the other facilities including the beach. Excellent staff at the Market Café and Bordeaux made eating at those places wonderful. Had a different sort of weekend for the Panama holiday....became very crowded and although we have been to full resorts before this resort seemed to be over its capacity to handle.....still that was only 2 nights and we still have good memories of our visit.

    Nov 13, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice family vacation - Resort needs improvements- Zanche is the best!

    Had a very nice break and stayed 9 days. Based on other reviews, we decided to rent a car and plan to have some experiences (dining and activities) outside of the resort. We loved Panamá and our bartender for most of our time there was amazing - ask for Zanche for the best service, amazing energy and fresh mango margaritas!

    Nov 13, 2019
Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see Frequently Asked Questions), hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats /PC 18-234, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats; Miami Air: PC 19-085, B737-800, 180 seats/PC 19-091, B737-800-183 seats; Swift Air: PC 19-092, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus: PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/ PC 19-079, A320-180-185 seats/PC 19-094, A320-185 seats. CST2139014-20 102319