Opened in July 2011 the Trump Ocean Club Panama is inspired from the country’s culture and history and was designed by HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates in collaboration with Ivanka Trump. It is said to be the largest hotel in Latin America and it’s located in Punta Pacifica, overlooking the Panama Bay.
The official name of the club is Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama. It contains 369 hotel rooms that include 47 suites and it will receive travelers that are fond of luxury- a trademark for the Trump image. One entire floor of the hotel will exclusively contain boutiques and shops of the finest kind.
Multiple restaurants satisfy all sorts of gourmands and the pool deck offers the view of the Pacific Ocean.10,000 square feet were reserved for The Spa at Trump, another 46,000 square feet for meeting spaces and on the nearby Isla Viveros you can find a casino and a private beach club. The hotel will be the first international venture for the Trump Hotel Collection.
The Arrival Lobby is 24 feet high and the windows are tall so that light can easily fill the lobby. From this place guests can reach the Sky Lobby on the 15th floor. The Sky Lobby is adorned with rugs that have flowers of Panama printed on them. It’s basically designed as a large living room that has a beautiful view of the city and the ocean. The curving windows of the lobby create a welcoming atmosphere. The lobby also has a private game room.
HBA combined the modern designs and facilities with the traditions of Panama to serve as elements of decor. Rooms are arrayed around a four story atrium and the carpets remind us of mola (mola is the traditional costume that the indigenous people called Kuna wear).Even here the windows are tall so that light can better fill the atrium.
HBA took care of every little detail. Even the wood carvings that can be found in the headboards are inspired from a bracelet made by locals. The design of the fabrics on the bed remind us of mola,too. The bathrooms can be found within the guestroom and function as an open space. The bathtubs are oval and they allow freestanding. They can be draped at request.
Some interesting American elements have slithered their way into the design of the hotel. For example the colors of the pool spaces remind us of the old Hollywood lifestyle.(the bright yellows,corals and blue colours). There are two pools ,one of them having a glass wall that allows you to see the swimmers underwater. Floating on wooden planks over the water upholstered sun beds with canopies can be used for relaxation.
[Images courtesy of HBA]