People often ask me what it’s like to live in The Ocean Club (formerly Trump Ocean Club), the iconic tower in Punta Pacifica which is now the home of the JW Marriott. It is Panama City’s best-known and most glamorous building, and people often have heard about the tower long before they visit.
These days we are advertising exclusive rental deals in The Ocean Club, so I thought it would be a good time to discuss what renters might expect from day-to-day life in this very special home.
I’ve been involved with the building since before it was built and I serve as president of the residential homeowners association; I can share firsthand the extraordinary experience of living in the tower.
First off, everything revolves around the ocean. Apartments have tall windows and long balconies with expansive views of the water, which makes for a very special start to every morning. The air is cool and there’s nothing better than soaking in the ocean breeze while enjoying the morning coffee.
For breakfast, you don’t have to leave the building. De Luca Cafe in the retail section is a great Italian bakery. I’d put their pastries up against the great pastry shops in New York and Miami. It’s also a great meeting spot for the tight-knit community of residents, who gather every day over espresso and croissants. Also, the JW Marriott breakfast buffet is delicious and welcomes all residents of The Ocean Club.
Later in the morning, you’ll find people gathered around one of the pools. The residences share the pools with the JW Marriott hotel and its Azul poolside bar and grill which offers the full resort experience – it’s like living in a 5-star hotel. In addition to the pool, the recently remodeled fitness center is spectacular and the most impressive in any of the residential buildings in Panama as it is also shared with the JW Marriott Hotel. There’s no need to leave the property for a workout.
In many ways, living in Punta Pacifica is like living in your own special enclave. Restaurants, shops, banks are easily accessible, without having to dive into Panama City’s infamous traffic. You can live within a zone of a few miles, never having to leave, even though the heart of the city is only minutes away.
It’s also a great base to explore. The Cinta Costera, Casco Viejo, and Amador Causeway are an easy taxi ride, depending on the time of day. And the ferry to Pearl Island leaves from the dock in front of the hotel, making an exotic trip to the islands an easy expedition.
Everybody has their favorites, but I always like The Ocean Club in the late afternoon and early evening. The storms have passed and the sun is going down. You can sit in the Panaviera Pool Bar or maybe enjoy a snack on the deck of the Azul restaurant.
For dinner, the restaurants inside the hotel rival the best in the city. If I want to venture out, it’s a short stroll to one of my favorite spots, La Vespa Ristorante, which offers some of the best Italian food in the city.
But The Ocean Club is often the place to be in the city at night. It’s a great atmosphere as the hotel fills up in the evening, often attracting luminaries from throughout the city. There are often special events that attract celebrities and politicians, as the tower serves as the social and cultural hub of the city.
As a resident, it’s easy to escape to the quiet of the residential area. But the action is only a short walk away. From your apartment, you wouldn’t even know there is a casino on the 66th floor, but it’s there if you’re feeling in the mood to meet with friends for a drink.
All in all, The Ocean Club is a one-of-a-kind place to live. And, best of all, it’s surprisingly affordable for renters, especially with our exclusive discounts. We are the largest property management company in the country and experts on all aspects of the tower.
Cover Picture: JW Marriott Website