On Set in Paradise

On Set in Paradise

When we landed in Panama to shoot our Summer Look Book, we immediately headed to our home for the weekend at The American Trade Hotel. While this beautifully restored hotel recalls an old–world Panama, the interior décor is wholly modern—it's easy to see why it's a destination for vacation–goers looking to get some R&R.

Between jaunts running to and from set, our team got to take advantage of the luxuries at our home away from home. 360 views of the city and a rooftop pool are just the beginning—take it from us, you'll never want to sleep in. Here are our top ten tips for making the most of your stay:

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1. First things first: coffee. The American Trade's Unido blend uses only the finest beans from Panama's producers, all roasted in small batches. And since Panama is already one of the world's most esteemed producers of coffee, you know it's going to be good.

2. Do not—we repeat—do not miss the breathtaking Panamanian sunset from the hotel's roofdeck.

3. You don't need to leave the hotel to get a full–on spa experience. All rooms have either a clawfoot tub or a luxe rainshower outfitted with Aesop bath products, marble countertops and the most luxe robes imaginable. Set some time aside to put on a face mask and indulge.

4. No need to travel for an authentic Panamanian meal. The hotel's restaurant, The Dining Room, serves the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Order the plantain empanadas, seared tuna and a sampling of the dessert menu (it's vacation after all, right?).

5. After a long day exploring the city, head over to Danilo's jazz club. Opened by the Grammy–winning and internationally renowned pianist Danilo Perez, the intimate 50–seat club hosts a mix of international artists and local talent.

6. Don't overlook the Instagram–worthy tile that covers the hotel's floors. They're actually original to the building, a relic from when it housed retail stores and various American companies in the 1920s.

7. You're going to want to steal the bed sheets. How do we know this? Because upon arriving back in the states, one of our team members actually purchased the exact sheets used at the hotel. They're that good.

8. Take note of the wallpaper along the hotel's main stairway—it's actually a custom design featuring snapshots of graffiti that once existed in the building prior to its renovation.