What encompasses my Panama lifestyle? I live in a resort community with every amenity I could ever dream of--such as 8 swimming pools, a private beach, a tennis court, game rooms, ping pong & billiards, a private theater, big-screen TV's scattered around the resort, a world-class spa, two fully equipped gyms, 24-hour security and concierge service, and more marble than the Taj Mahal.
There are some amenities I have in Panama, though, that I never thought to dream of. The surprising amenities in my lifestyle include:
- Room Service. As residents at Playa Bonita just outside Panama City, we have our own special menu from the Westin Playa Bonita, a 5-star resort. I can order anything from sandwiches to salads to full entrees from a special room service menu and have it delivered to my apartment in about 30 minutes. Because of the resident discounts, the average menu item is about $10.
- Spa. There is a full-service spa in the resort where I can get a massage, facial, haircut or mani/pedi. Or if I'm feeling too lazy to walk the 1-minute to the spa, I can get an in-home massage from a local masseuse for $40 per hour.
- My Maid. If you've read more than 3 of my blogs, you realize that I love my maid most of all. She doesn't just clean my apartment, she cooks, she washes windows, she organizes my closets, she polishes my shoes, she walks my dogs, and she hand washes my delicates. I pay my maid $35 per day, which is definitely on the high side for Panama, but she keeps my life in a zen-like state of calm.
- Fresh Bread. This is one of the unexpected surprises about my life in Panama. Once a week I order fresh bread from my Playa Bonita Residences managing director. I get to choose from a menu of bread options, such as French baguettes, whole grain with nuts, olive bread, and even coconut bread. The still-hot bread that is delivered makes my taste buds weep in ecstasy. The olive bread pictured above is one of my favorites.
- In-Home Services. If you want someone to come to your house in North America, you'll have to pay double. In Panama, in-home services are readily available and quite inexpensive. It doesn't matter if you want Spanish classes, yoga classes, Pilates lessons or an in-home haircut, there is someone who will come to you for pocket change.
- Dance & Yoga Classes. I've taken dance classes before, and I used to teach yoga, but I always had to drive. It's so wonderful to have my community organize the classes so all I have to do is show up. I
When people ask me why I move to Panama, there are a lot of reasons. But the real reason is the incredible lifestyle that I can for much less than I could in the U.S.