5 Reasons Why Westin Playa Bonita is a Pool Lovers Paradise

Westin Playa Bonita Swimming Pools

Athena and I have become swimming pool connoisseurs. We know what works for families and what doesn’t. The Westin Playa Bonita Panama boasts four breathtaking beachfront pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a private white sand beach. Here are five awesome reasons why Westin Playa Bonita is a pool lovers paradise:

1. Depth Matters

Westin Playa Bonita Shallow Pool

Unless I want to spend hours playing on the pool stairs, there needs to be a shallow end for children to play. Athena can’t swim yet and a shallow, toddler waist-deep section lets her feel comfortable and I can relax.

At the Westin Playa Bonita, the shallow section seems endless and it’s clearly marked to show children the “no-go” zones.

2. Location, location, location 

Westin Playa Bonita Pool Location

I love when the family-friendly pool is located close to the hotel. Who wants to trek across a resort with a wet child that just got out of the pool or a child that needs to go to the potty? No one!

This is the pool view from my room at Westin Playa Bonita. Obviously, if you can see it this clearly from the room, the location is working for us.

3. Let’s Keep it Clean

Westin Playa Bonita Pool

The pool could be designated for toddlers and actually in my hotel room, but if it’s dirty I’m not swimming in it.

The pool was so spotless it looked new. Not even a leaf floated on the glass-like water and the bright blue bottom looked like someone scrubbed ever inch with a toothbrush. I was more than impressed; I was in awe.

4. I Don’t Really Like Kids

Deep Pool at Westin Playa Bonita

While it’s difficult for me to understand, some hotel guests would rather not swim with children splashing, yelling, and having fun. Ok; have it your way.

With four beachfront pool options, every guest can enjoy their dream pool. I chose the middle road and went for the pool with some families and a few adults as well. I love the sound of a child laughing and you can be certain to find that when they are playing in a pool.

5. Bathing in Chlorine Really Isn’t for Me

Westin Playa Bonita PoolsSwimming is much more enjoyable without the worry of the potential health risks from bathing in chlorine. In a world full of pesticides and cancer-causing agents, we don’t need to add to the worries by swimming in chlorine.

All of the pools at Westin Playa Bonita are freshwater. I didn’t feel grimy when I got out and even though I went under water several times, my eyes weren’t burning.


When I saw the photos of Westin Playa Bonita, the first thing I noticed was the pools. A good swimming pool can make or break a family vacation. Many of my favorite family vacation memories take place in the pool. It’s rare for me to return to a destination or or a resort because there is just too much out there to explore and see but I can’t wait to come back to Westin Playa Bonita with my family. The pools are Carter family approved.

What would you say makes a great pool?

***This trip is sponsored by Westin Playa Bonita but all thoughts, ideas, and options are my own.***

21 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Westin Playa Bonita is a Pool Lovers Paradise

  1. These pools are beautiful, and I totally agree with you on the clean pool. i wonder if they are using the salt system instead? We were trying to put a pool in our back yard here in Vegas but couldn’t afford it yet. One option was the salt system instead of chlorine. Cheaper and better than stinky chlorine!! Your little lady will have a wealth of great memories with her family, so awesome! And totally priceless…


  2. What a great looking resort! I would love to take my kids to Panama. I even had a whole itinerary planned out. Are you going out to any of the islands? I had wanted to go to the Pearl Islands as part of our itinerary. I hope you have a great time- can’t wait to read all about it!


    • The driver was talking about the Pearl Islands this morning. With only four days, I just didn’t have time but I look forward to returning soon. When you go, you really should consider the Panama Canal boat tour with Gamboa tours. It was amazing to be so close to the monkeys and even riding on the canal was cool. 🙂

      Have you chosen a date?


  3. Wow, those pools are awesome! Yes, every vacation we’ve ever taken, we check out the pools first. My kiddo’s number 1 request is a nice pool. We love the hotels with an outside pool, and inside pool and a hot tub. Those are nice. We will have to put this place on our bucket list for sure!


  4. Glad to see the Westin rooted in reality: children are special, important people, and they remind us of the beauty, joy, and essential goodness of innocence in our kind.

    Child shunning is a form of self-hatred, anti-humanism, anti-civilization, age-discrimination, and ageism. It is also blasphemous toward the Cosmos, God, or whatever higher ethos you may subscribe to. The hypocrisy of child-hatred is that everyone was a child once, and benefited most from those who were good to them. Those who did not have a happy childhood should especially appreciate the need to reverse that sorrowful history as an opportunity to triumph over it.

    How tomorrow’s adults care for tomorrow’s seniors will have much to do with how today’s adults treated them as children. Sobering, isn’t it?

    That said, I like clean, saline swimming pools too.

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    • It was on the Pacific but one of the cool things about Panama is that there is access to both the Pacific and the Atlantic/Caribbean. I think most hotels are on the Pacific side though. Have you been before?


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