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Playa Venao Hotel Resort
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Pedasi
Reviewed 25 May 2014

This hotel is delightful. It is surrounded by beautiful hills nestled on the best beach in Panama in my opinion. I say this after spending 21 days in the country and driving from Panama City to Santiago, Bocas del Toro, Boquete, and Boca Chica before finding Pedasi. The owner has shown great vision in choosing this location and making his dream come true. Incredible, friendly, helpful staff at a luxury property... Who could ask for more. This place is a must stay for anyone wanting to see the best of Panama. JJ

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2014 via mobile

At the last minute, my partner and I decided not to travel to Bocas Del Toro and found this hotel on trip advisor.
We love the location- a relatively secluded unspoiled piece of paradise. The staff was friendly and helpful, the food could be better however the free breakfast was great. There is a wonderful restaurant next to hotel at El Sitio. The infinity pool was beautiful. Also, this is a surfers paradise. The hotel will lend a free surfboard if you ask. We paid $180 a night but felt it was little over priced because the grounds should have been better maintained and it is 4 hours from Panama City. It's clean, safe, wonderful experience to get away and they are so hospitable!

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Funny story: we drove 5 hours then couldn't even find the place since the only sign said "Playa Venao Restaurant Bar" Even pulling up to the hotel there is not a sign with a name. I had high hopes once we reached check in, but my partner was not impressed with the "reception" in general, and to be frank we were skeptical from the start since he is a national and was initially asked to pay in FULL in advance by, get this, wire transfer! Seemed odd, and when challenged they allowed him to reserve without payment nevertheless it did not work out since they managed to turn us off to their overpriced "boutique" hotel in a matter of minutes. We ended up staying at El Sitio for a night (don't ask!), then Pedasi B&B which is perfect since Playa Venao (these overpriced hotels are on a public beach with access to anyone with a vehicle) is a short drive and Isla Iguana is another fun day trip.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

I'm somewhat reluctant to share this exceptional boutique hotel with the rest of the world because I don't want it to be discovered by the masses and thus ruined. Playa Venao beach is on the cusp of development so if you wish to visit an almost deserted, pristine surfing beach, you'll need to do so in the next couple of years before it becomes a tourism mecca like Farallon beach.

This pricey hotel is exceptional in every way, from the beach views to the beautiful infinity pool to the open-air lobby and restaurant. The included breakfast was excellent, as were the 2 dinners we ate there, although the menu choices were somewhat limited. Bar drinks were expensive. There are fridges in the rooms, so you may want to bring your own drinks.

The location of the hotel is very remote and there is very little to do in the area except swim, surf and walk the beach. There are a handful of other small hotels nearby if you want to eat elsewhere. The hotel offers tours through a company in Pedasi which are very pricey in my opinion. We went on a half day tour to Iguana Island to snorkel for $40 each. Lots of beautiful fish and mediocre coral.

The cabina we stayed in was very nice although somewhat sparse. Perhaps because it's a new property there were a number of finishing touches missing in the room - no room safe, no towel rack, no comfortable chairs or table etc. The cabin had a lovely front deck where we could sit and watch the surf. Definitely a great place to stay for 2 or 3 nights.

Room Tip: Pay a little extra to get a cabin with an ocean view.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

As I live in the area, I always stop by around lunch time for a Burger or Ceviche... The food and friendly service is always excellent. The views of the beach and surf zone will compliment your meal. They have an extensive menu, and a bar to serve you all kinds of drinks. Enjoy!!

Room Tip: Take the upper floors... The views are fantastic!
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Staff efficient, friendly, service oriented..very amiable and helpful staff. Nice big rooms , comfortable beds, excellent overall! Only
Flaw to me was that it is pretty distant from towns..abut 45 kms..

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

My trip to Playa Venao Hotel Resort was amazing and will never compare to any of my past vacations. The area is beautiful and right on the coast with perfect waves; it is a surfers paradise. This particular hotel is hands down the nicest and most appealing hotel in the area. The restaurant is excellent with an exquisite menu. The food is constantly fresh and seafood is caught and served the same day! The pool is relaxing with a great view of the ocean. The staff there is wonderful and very friendly. The rooms are one of the best parts of my stay at Playa Venao. The hotel has the most comfortable beds and pillows and I can honestly say that I have never slept better. And the showers are huge and very roomy. The rooms are cleaned very well every morning. Some activities that my friends and I participated in were hiking, surfing, horseback riding on the beach, etc. It was very sad to leave and I had an amazing stay with my friends at Playa Venao Hotel Resort. I hope to come back again very soon.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Playa Venao Hotel Resort

Address: Playa Venao, Pedasi 0749, Panama
Region: Panama > Los Santos Province > Pedasi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Pedasi
Price Range: £87 - £112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Playa Venao Hotel Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Playa Venao Hotel Resort is a new hotel, which is uniquely located on one of the most beautiful beach fronts in Panama. Playa Venao Bay stretches over two and a half miles of beautifully exquisite shoreline, which is surrounded by rich and natural wildlife, and rolling hillsides. Here you will be able to enjoy luxurious service and amenities such as an infinity pool, gym, spa, and other activities exclusive to the hotel. Playa Venao Hotel Resort offers the best service, accommodation and cuisine in the Azuero Peninsula and various non-stop stimulation activities or endless relaxation, depending on your pleasure. ... more   less 
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