Chitré is the largest town on the Azuero Peninsula. It’s also one of the oldest towns in Panama—archaeologists suspect that a village may have existed here as early as 1558. Today, the town is less traditional than busy and many visitors use it as a stopping point while traveling to other destinations on the peninsula. Still, there are several sites worth seeing. La Arena, a sort of suburb of Chitré, has some of Panama’s best pottery. The small, quaint town of Parita (just 6 miles away) has Spanish colonial buildings and is a good place to stroll during the afternoon.
The Cubitá Boutique Resort and Spa is set on 12 acres (5 ha) of beautifully landscaped terrain. The architecture of the resort, with its red-tile roofs and earth-tone buildings, evokes the region’s Spanish colonial past.
The hotel’s accommodations are modern and luxurious. There are 90 rooms and 6 suites. All accommodations come equipped with air conditioning and a private hot water bathroom. They have a 32-inch cable TV, telephone, and free wireless Internet. Minibars are stocked with food and drinks, and there is a safety deposit box for storing valuables. Each room has a coffee machine and there is room service available 24-hours a day.
The resort’s facilities are impressive. They include a swimming pool, sauna, gym, and state-of-the-art spa. Combined, these offer guests a chance to exercise, relax, and really unwind. Meals can be enjoyed at Los Maizales, a gourmet Panamanian restaurant and bar. A complimentary breakfast is offered here daily. There’s also a snack bar by the pool and another bar in the lobby.
A unique feature of the resort is its colonial-style chapel, which is located in the courtyard. The chapel is not only a lovely place to pray or reflect, but is also a wonderful spot for weddings. The resort also has a museum that highlights the history, art and folklore of the region.
Guests of the Cubitá Boutique Resort and Spa can hold events at the resort’s 300-person convention center. This is a perfect place for meetings, parties, and other special get-togethers.