The Las Olas Beach Resort had an OfertaSimple deal (similar to Groupon) so we decided to book a night there. It’s a nice resort right on the beach. We had visited before when some friends stayed there, but we had never stayed there ourselves. Of course I brought the camera!
The place is surprisingly quiet. We were told that there are 48 rooms there, but only 25 guests at the time. The waiter in the restaurant said sometimes it is busier on the weekend but generally it is very quiet.
The grounds are beautiful. There are a lot of flowers, palm trees, and lovely landscaping. There are covered areas to sit around the pool, and the outdoor part of the restaurant looks out into the gardens with the beach beyond. The whole area is very attractive and looks ready for a crowd of people having a good time.
The rooms were large and comfortable. There was air conditioning and a small safe in the closet. We were given a cable at the desk that plugs into the phone for internet access, or there was free WiFi out by the pool and bar areas. It was slow but it worked.
There were activities advertised like kayaking and horseback riding. We were told that kayaking wasn’t available at this time though because there hadn’t been enough rain and water levels were too low. We’ve been getting quite a bit of rain in David, but apparently it doesn’t rain nearly as much at the beach. There were tennis courts available but they were not lighted. It is hot and very humid at the beach so outdoor tennis doesn’t sound very appealing except maybe early in the morning or late in the afternoon. There was also a gym area with a fair amount of exercise equipment, a collection of books mostly in English, and board games.
The beach is definitely beautiful and it was nice having some time there. There are a number of really big houses farther down the beach, including one under construction by some friends of ours. The area is too isolated for us though. We’re city folks and like being close to all the activity. From the beach, there is only farmland until you get to David which is maybe 45 minutes away.
The resort is definitely nice and I’m sure we’ll be back again. We told them that they should organize bus trips to collect people from Boquete or David and take them to the resort for a night or two. No driving, hang out with friends, maybe a buffet and some music, it could be quite a party! Or, of course, if you want a quiet, relaxing time just to chill out and enjoy the area, it’s perfect for that too.