Nikki Beach Resort & Spa debuts in September at Playa Blanca, 75 minutes west of Panama City. The seaside property has 103 deluxe rooms, and 137 suites and penthouses overlooking the beach. Facilities include a 100,000-sq.-ft. Nikki Beach Club that houses several pools and private VIP cabanas. Among the many eateries, the lead restaurant is Cafe Nikki’s, serving Caribbean and international cuisine. And the hotel invites guests to get fit in the Tone Health Club and to unwind at the Nikki Beach Spa, done up Polynesian-style. This is Nikki’s first Central American property, with another to follow in Panama City. Visit nikkibeachhotels.com.
Check-Out List Capital city: Panama City International airport: Tocumen International Airport (Panama City) Nonstop air service from the U.S.: American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines Domestic airlines: Aeroperlas, Air Panama Entry requirements: Valid U.S. passport; a $5 tourist card is issued on arrival International departure tax: $20 Tourist information: Authority of Tourism of Panama, visitpanama.com