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InterContinental Hotels Group Announces Grand Opening of the InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa in Panama

InterContinental Hotels Group Announces Grand Opening of the InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa in Panama

Category: Central and South America -
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2006-04-03

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) (LSE:IHG) (NYSE:IHG) (ADRs), the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, announces the grand opening of the InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa, the first luxury beach resort in Panama. The 300-room resort is the second InterContinental hotel and the third IHG property in Panama.

Owned by Empresas Bern under a license agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group, the resort is situated on 20 acres of lush rainforest and is located just 20 minutes outside Panama City near the western entrance of the Panama Canal.

It is the third alliance between IHG and Empresas Bern, one of Panama's most prosperous developers. Bern has had long-standing agreements with IHG; and his Miramar InterContinental Panama and the Crowne Plaza Panama properties are both located in Panama City.

"This magnificent property is a marvelous complement to IHG's resorts across the globe," says Alvaro Diago, Area President of InterContinental Hotels Group Latin America. "Herman Bern's vision, once again, surpasses everyone's expectations. This resort is IHG's first in Central America and is destined to be one of the region's premier properties."

At InterContinental Playa Bonita, luxury begins with its spacious guestrooms, which feature magnificent views of the ocean and a casual yet elegant West Indies-inspired decor. Every room is thoughtfully appointed and equipped with luxury bedding, rich wood furnishings, air conditioning, cable television and wireless Internet access. In addition, Playa Bonita's prime locale, within a self-contained enclave along a one mile stretch of golden beach bordered by natural reserves, provides guests with a tranquil oceanfront resort that is isolated from the outside world; yet, it has convenient access to the rainforest, Panama Canal, Panama City, the historic colonial city of Casco Viejo and Amador Causeway for a truly lavish travel experience.

Designed with the well-seasoned traveler in mind, InterContinental Playa Bonita's brilliant white Mediterranean-influenced architecture, coupled with sophisticated and imaginative style, surrounds guests with a refreshing sense of peace and relaxation. White day beds scatter the grounds overlooking the Pacific Ocean and hammocks hang between every palm tree lining the beach. A mist pool provides a quiet oasis for adults and Bonita Del Mar, the resort's 10,000 sq ft holistic spa, is the ultimate escape to cool off from the Panama sun. Additionally, the resort boasts four free-form swimming pools, three restaurants, 12,500 feet of meeting space and a number of outdoor activities.

"Playa Bonita is truly a grand work of art," continued Alvaro Diago. "Herman Bern set out to deliver the luxury product that this destination has been missing, and I'm proud to say that Playa Bonita is it."

"This property brings together the best elements of both companies," adds Bern. "We have always been proud of our involvement with IHG, as their brands lend unparalleled global recognition. There is unlimited potential when two companies like ours are working together to develop a property."

For more information or to make a reservation, please call 1-800-327-0200 or visit .

The InterContinental Playa Bonita participates in Priority Club Rewards, the world's first and most global hotel loyalty program spanning more than 3,600 hotels in nearly 100 countries. Members earn their choice of points toward free hotel nights or merchandise, or earn frequent flyer miles with more than 40 domestic and international airline partners. Enrollment in Priority Club Rewards is free. Guests enroll online at, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or at the front desk of any InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts continues to grow its presence in the Americas region. In 2005, the company's flagship hotel, the InterContinental Buckhead, completed its first full year of operations. The InterContinental Merida in Mexico joined the portfolio in 2005 and was quickly followed by the opening of the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza in January 2006. This Spring, the InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore will open. Currently under construction are the InterContinental Boston, scheduled to open in Fall 2006, the InterContinental San Francisco, scheduled to open in late 2007 and the InterContinental Sacramento scheduled to open in mid-2008. Plans are also underway for the new InterContinental Resort & Residences Orlando with construction expected to begin in late 2006 and the property expected to open in early 2009.

IHG has been serving Latin America for 60 years -- with hotels situated in nearly every key market in Central and South America. IHG is one of the leading hotel companies in Central and South America.

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