Panama's Gold Coast Will Soon Boast Another Star
By Juan Carlos Martinez


Chic, sexy and casual international brand Nikki Beach should open its first hotel in Panama in October or November of this year. The hotel with 140 ocean front units is located in Playa Blanca and it is rumored that it will be the winter playground for the rich and famous.

The developer for the two Nikki Beach Hotels in Panama is RG Group who also owns Playa Blanca and Casa Grande Bambito in the Chiriqui Highlands. The Playa Blanca Nikki Beach Hotel and Resort will compete with other resorts in the area such as Bristol Buenaventura, Breezes Superclubs, Playa Blanca Hotel and the Decameron.

The other Hotel Nikki location is in Panama City itself on Avenida Balboa, a block down from Parque Urraca. In 2008 R.G. Inmobiliaria hosted a grand, star studded party to launch Hotel Nikki. It was literally a star studded evening. Some of the stars who came to the launch party were Rosalyn Sanchez from Without a Trace, her husband Eric Winters of Brothers and Sisters, Chris Noth from Sex and The City and Law and Order was also here as were Jennifer Finnegan from Close to Home and Jonathan Silverman from The Single Guy. According to the developer these stars are interested in purchasing condos. It is rumored as well that singer Miguel Bose has already bought a condo and Shakira is seriously considering the purchase.

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The beach hotel is almost ready however the Panama City hotel is behind schedule as right after the launch party the hotel design was totally changed. When originally launched the hotel was to have 156 rooms however after the redesign which took approximately six months the hotel would boast 300 rooms. The developer explained that the room increase was necessary in order to add a casino to the property. The Hotel Nikki tower will be lower, more robust and wider but it is still scheduled to open in 2012 and they are now in the pre-sale phase.

The Panamanian Pacific also called the Gold Coast is really taking off and in a small area gathers many, many beaches, hotels, gated communities, and soon an airport.

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