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Relaxing Refinement: Bristol Buenaventura Hotel, Rio Hato, Panama

25 April, 2011


Most Americans know Panama for its canal, which links two oceans as the narrow isthmus links two continents. That makes this country a hub of biodiversity, and it’s beginning to exploit its rainforests and tropical coastlines for eco tourism. Alberto Vallarino, who is currently the Panamanian minister of finance, recently completed the 1000-acre community of Buenaventura with a resort hotel as its centerpiece, an hour’s drive southwest of Panama City. “It’s designed in the style of a Spanish hacienda,” says project director Fernando Duque, “with open-air courtyards and a breezy floor plan that give uninterrupted views of the Pacific.” All the buildings—from the hotel to the villas and the privately commissioned houses—employ the same recycled roof tiles, soft-toned stucco, and other stylistic details.

>> Click on the "more photos" link (above left) to continue reading




Relaxing Refinement: Bristol Buenaventura Hotel, Rio Hato, Panama

25 April, 2011


Most Americans know Panama for its canal, which links two oceans as the narrow isthmus links two continents. That makes this country a hub of biodiversity, and it’s beginning to exploit its rainforests and tropical coastlines for eco tourism. Alberto Vallarino, who is currently the Panamanian minister of finance, recently completed the 1000-acre community of Buenaventura with a resort hotel as its centerpiece, an hour’s drive southwest of Panama City. “It’s designed in the style of a Spanish hacienda,” says project director Fernando Duque, “with open-air courtyards and a breezy floor plan that give uninterrupted views of the Pacific.” All the buildings—from the hotel to the villas and the privately commissioned houses—employ the same recycled roof tiles, soft-toned stucco, and other stylistic details.

>> Click on the "more photos" link (above left) to continue reading

 


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