Playa Blanca Beach Resort & Spa

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Set on the Pacific Coast, nestled between scenic lagoons and 3,200 square feet of pristine beaches lies the all-inclusive Playa Blanca Beach Resort. This beautiful beach getaway is set on 200 lush, tropical acres. The area where Playa Blanca is located is commonly known as the Arco Seco (Dry Arc) in Panama - meaning there is drier weather in this area throughout the year!

Huddled directly on the beach, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, this all-inclusive Mediterranean-style beachfront resort features a miniature golf course, marina, two outdoor swimming pools plus two Jacuzzis, and a kids' club.

Your all-inclusive dining experience includes a choice of five restaurants (three la carte, one snack bar, and one buffet), and six bars. Enjoy two pools and a kid's' pool, two Jacuzzis, tennis courts, and a fitness center. On-site water sports include Jet-skiing, windsurfing, paddle boating, and many others. This beautiful oasis also harbors an assortment of nightly entertainment, including themed shows.
Located directly on the beach in Cocle, Panama, our tropical getaway is perfectly positioned to provide a truly unforgettable Panama beach vacation experience. Playa Blanca is located 1 hour and 30 minutes from the city of Panama.
Address: 115 Km Via Interamericana
Playa Blanca

Local Phone: 011 507-264-6444
Fax: 507-264-6773
Website Address:
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Casino Nearby (Majestic Casino/3miles)
Shopping Mall Nearby
Number of Pools: 1
Outdoor Pools: 1     
Swim-up Bar
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Court Fee: Compliemtnary
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
Paddle Boats: Additional Charge
Motorboats: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Luxury suites on a spectacular Pacific Ocean beach. The largest saltwater swimming pool in Central America. All inclusive convenience, gracious hospitality and resort amenities.Tennis, ocean kayaking and just about every watersport imaginable. Beach: Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Total Rooms: 220
Year Opened: 2003 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
1 king bed or 2 queen bed, located in Town Center Luxury Suites, coffee maker, safe deposit, kitchen, bathroom with shower, private balcony
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Playa Blanca Beach Resort & Spa features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 8 Restaurants at Playa Blanca Beach Resort & Spa:
El Velero Restaurant & Bar - Thai and seafood grill menu by Chef Edward Lee. Open for lunch (12:30pm to 3:30pm) and dinner (7:00pm to 10:00pm). Reservations required for dinner. Capacity: 100 people
Lagoon Restaurant - Exclusively available to Town Center Suite guests, the Lagoon Restaurant offers spectacular views of the largest saltwater pool in Central America.
Panama Canal Restaurant - Enjoy an international buffet prepared by our Executive Chef Roberto Segura from Costa Rica. Open for breakfast (7:00am to 10:30am), lunch (12:30pm to 3:30pm) and dinner (7:00pm to 10:00pm).
Italian Restaurant - Cozy Italian restaurant serves authentic cuisine in a warm, relaxing setting.
Snack Bar - Enjoy fast foods such as pizzas, hamburgers, chicken nuggets, French fries and more! Open from 10:00am to 12:00am. Capacity: 60 people
Miller Sport Bar & Restaurant - Enjoy amazing appetizers, such as nachos, Buffalo wings and mini sliders by Chef Pedro Martinez. Open from 12:30pm to 12:00am. Capacity: 50 people
Make Sushi Restaurant - Serves Japanese food with Sushi Bar by Chef Julio Aguilar. Options of imported sushi and special rolls at additional cost. Open for dinner from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Reservations required. Capacity: 50 people.
Grill Restaurant on the Beach - Visit Grill Restaurant on the Beach to enjoy beach views and al fresco dining on the sand.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Variety of activities, sports, live shows every night and beach disco. Kids Club offers scheduled crafts and activities.
Kid's Club featuring a playground, scheduled crafts and activities for children and even a small zoo of tropical birds and creatures!
Applicable Ages: up to 12 years old
Program Fees: Complimentary

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool
Babysitting Fee: $
Advance Notice for Babysitting: Yes

TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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What to expect

TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
A two week escape from Canadian winter
Jerome J, Toronto, Canada
Tue Jan 16 14:58:39 EST 2018
This resort was good but I hesitate to recommend it for everyone. We were five our daughter and two grand children. To quote our daughter “This place is well broken in” the rooms were rough but cleaned regularly. Hot water was off and on the key card was unreliable I changed mine at least five times in two weeks. There is lots of things for the wee folk. We have been to many all inclusive resorts over the years and I believe this place has had the best food of all. The New Year’s eve6 buffet was exquisite. Two weeks and nobody was the least bit sick nor where we tired of the choices offered

Valuver, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Sat Jan 06 14:25:05 EST 2018
Loved it! Pool is gigantic, claim it is the biggest in the world! Nice water slide, great beachside bars and everyone working there is very pleasant! Food was a good variety, and breakfast had eggs as you order with lots of extras.

Good Getaway | Hotel Management has Work to Do.
Richard F,
Fri Jan 05 07:31:41 EST 2018
I stayed in Hotel Playa Blanca Beach Resort for one night only. I booked the the reservation through a third party website for very competitive price. The stay was okay to average. There is a few things that the hotel management can spend some time and improve. 1) The check-in process started at 3pm (and check-out is at 12pm). You're given a number if you arrive early. At 3pm, you line up according to the number assigned to you. If you arrived at 3pm or closer to this time, you will likely get your room closer to 4pm depending on the amount of people ahead of you. I found the whole process a bit inefficient since you "lose" time on your stay. I successfully check-in around 3:30pm but I was told that my room was "not ready" and that I had to come back to the front desk 30 minutes later to pick up the room keys. I found this very unacceptable. However, I did not complaint. I went to one of the snack restaurants and had something to eat and returned half an hour later. The lady (Ana) who helped me this time around and handed me the room key was nice and kind enough to give me a complimentary late-check for the inconvenience. I value this type of good-will service specially in the hotel business, where guest experience should be a priority. [Suggestion] - Perhaps the hotel could allow guests to pre check-in if they arrive early and complete the paper work. Then pick up the room key and wristband later at 3pm. This would allow guests to take full advantage of the stay the first day since sunset is around 6ish pm in Panama. 2) Service at the Buffet restaurant - seating service is available during the opening of the restaurant during the early stage of breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you arrive an hour before the restaurant closes, there's no seating service and you have to find your way to a "clean" table with silverware ready to go, which was rare. In general, restaurant service in Panama (I am from Panama) is not great. Not attentive or friendly. It was definitely displayed in the buffet restaurant as well. There were a couple of exception but it is just too inconsistent the service across the hotel. [Suggestion] - If management provide consistent training and assessment to the restaurant service, it can considerably improve the guest experience. Look in the cases of Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia. Service in those countries at top-notch in general. You need to provide training and make it a priority. That's how you differentiate yourself in a hotel or restaurant business. 3) Pool and beach towels - I did not manage to get my hands on any pool/beach towels from the resort in my 1-night stay because every single time I went for towels, they were out. "No clean towels", said the staff every time. Then you need to check again with the staff 45min to an hour later to see if they have clean towels for you. This was something I read from other reviewers prior to making my reservation. So I was not too surprised. I was just curious on the thought of how a "resort" hotel does not have enough towels for guests. Maybe there's a shortage of towels in stock, slow laundry service, etc? [Suggestion] - Review your laundry process. Get a surplus of towels. I think this one comes down heavily on the hotel management. Please do not overlook this piece of feedback. 4) Cleanliness of the room - Overall, the room was decent in term of cleanliness. However, the closet furniture was dusty and the toilet definitely needed some extra cleaning work. [Suggestion] - Better cleaning process, please. 5) Room security - The balcony area is pretty big and sweet. However, in my case, the glass door to the balcony would not lock. The lock is damaged. I had a second floor room. Please contact me directly to disclose the room number that require service as anyone cloud let themselves in through the balcony. [Suggestion] - Hotel establishments need periodic maintenance. This is key. Do not overlook this item and spend the bucks to keep the hotel in good conditions. 6) No in-room WiFi - Nowadays, WiFi is increasingly popular and it drives guest experience anywhere in the service industry. I was surprise that WiFi was not available in the room. [Suggestion] - Add WiFi. Overall, I really had a good stay and enjoyed the time. There were just a few things (such as the above items) that bothered me and affects my view of the hotel. You get what you pay for. The price was competitive amongst the neighboring resort hotels in the area. I would recommend this resort if you're in a budget. The hotel management has tons of work to do. I am definitely looking forward to return to this resort in the future to see improvements. To the hotel management - You may feel free to contact me directly for any details of my feedback and stay. Thanks.

Nice resort
steve e e, Gananoque, Canada
Thu Jan 04 16:32:19 EST 2018
Greta family resort... all inclusive.. love the beach and sea swimming.. meals are good.. rooms basic and staff friendly.. Not very good with English.. loved our stay.. if you come bring a great book and nap under a palm tree...

Great food & superb lagoon
Papoux26, Quebec City, Canada
Sat Dec 16 03:16:46 EST 2017
Lets get started by making something clear : you don’t pick Playa Blanca Beach Resort for the beach (or adjacent Riú for that matter). The sand is mostly black therefore very hot to walk on and radiates a lot of heat (when ambient temp is 40C…. just imagine). Furthermore, the shoreline itself is full of branches & rubish most likely coming from the mouth of the Río Hato river nearby and washed ashore by the sea. To compensate, the resort offers 2 pools, one deemed “active”; the other “passive”. The later has one quiet end and the other hosting kids water games - passive maybe but not quiet. The active pool is where the action is. With a water volleyball set and a in-pool bar, most party people spend their days over there. One important thing you need to know : this resort welcomes busloads of local residents, mostly school groups during the week and families on the weekend. They more or less take over the active pool and buffet at lunchtime although being very civilized and kind in the restaurant. What saved our stay was access to the lagoon, normally opened only to residence owners (see picture). It was heaven everyday : A choice of 3 separate beaches with shallow water areas, plenty of beach chairs & umbrellas, a nearby bar & restaurant, waterslides, watersports, etc. Back to the hotel. À la carte restaurants were OK, although service needs a bit of improvement, and buffet was GREAT! Plenty of salads, fresh fruits, huge choice of hot dishes (the fish is just awesome) and a large dessert selection. We actually got a top floor suite at no additional charge (just a bit of luck at the room lottery…). It was a bit antique and worn out but huge, quiet & clean. Lobby was nice with plenty of seats to relax. However, I was greatly annoyed by a vending machine loudly playing kind of a Mario Bros gingle day & night… I managed to have it disconnected in the early hours (6-7 a.m.) so I could enjoy a good coffee served with hot milk but it got back on later in the morning. Note that WiFi is available free of charge in the lobby offering a reasonable speed. All-in-all, our stay was nice mostly because of lagoon access, good food and very warm staff.

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