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The Secrets Out, Costa Rica and Panama are the places to be!

16 Dec 19

I absolutely love visiting new places, either for work or for personal travel and usually have a list of places I want to tick off within a certain timeframe but I would never have had both Costa Rica and Panama ticked off without the fantastic team at AM Resorts.

Hosted by the wonderful and absolutely hilarious Donna Sweeney-Simmons, a group of eight industry legends flew with KLM from London City to Amsterdam, and then Amsterdam on to Liberia, via San Jose.

Secrets Papagayo was our first property – and what a property it was! Arriving at my Suite to find a handwritten chalk sign on the door, “Culverhouse Suite”. What a nice touch! This 202 all-suite and fully all-inclusive resort had the best lobby view I have seen to date! The first night's highlight was a live DJ and saxophonist in the pool sidebar, which certainly saw some dance moves that won’t be forgotten in a hurry!

In just two days, the incredible DMC Amstar, were able to cram in treetop ziplining, water sliding, horseback riding, hot springs and mud bathing, AND a beautiful dinner hosted in the Secrets wedding gazebo surrounded by the illuminated pool and terrace area. As an adrenaline junky, I can honestly say that ziplining through Buena Vista Park was one of the most exhilarating experiences I have yet to experience. The views were absolutely awesome and the hilarity between us made the gaps between each line another great memory.

Dreams Las Mareas was our host hotel property for our final night before we headed to Panama. The pools seemed to be everywhere and endless, and the spa was one of the most relaxing settings I have seen globally! A much larger property, with 447 suites, the beachfront location would make for a fantastic barefoot gala dinner. Next on our outing list was the Oropendola Waterfall; what a shame we didn’t have time to get in! The footbridge to get there was an experience in itself, we definitely felt like Ant and Dec were going to be waiting for us on the other side!

Next up, a short flight to Panama and our host hotel, the Dreams Playa Bonita with a beautiful welcome dinner in the Wine Cellar. Another whistle-stop tour of the must-sees from the Amador Causeway, The Panama Canal, Gamboa Rainforest, Sloth Sanctuary and of course the Casco Antiguo to see the traditional Old Quarter.

Huge thank you for hosting us AM Resorts, look forward to showcasing the destinations’ to our clients and hopefully returning soon!

Matt