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Riu Playa Blanca


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2018 Exceptional Values!
Honeymoon:
Late check-out, Free Upgrade to next room category, and $35 spa credit per adult.
Family: Two kids 12 and under Stay Free with two paying adults from 5/1/18-12/23/18.

2019 Exceptional Values!
Honeymoon:
Late check-out (based on availability), Free Upgrade to next room category, and $35 spa credit per adult.
Family: Two kids 12 and under Stay, Play, & Eat Free with two paying adults from 5/1/19-12/23/19.

The 24-hour all-inclusive Riu Playa Blanca is located on the beach in the province of Cocle, Panama. Activities are endless, so guests can enjoy vacation to the fullest with their family, friends, or partner. Watersports range from scuba diving and windsurfing to snorkeling and kayaking. Enjoy beach activities such as volleyball and table tennis, or stay fit in the gym. Tennis courts and golf courses are located nearby. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

During the day, participate in activities organized by the animation team - sing, dance, do water aerobics, and let the children explore the cheerful Riuland. At night, you can't miss the shows, live music, or disco. If you prefer to relax under the light of the moon, enjoy a cocktail on the beach.

You'll never go hungry, with four restaurants available on the all-inclusive plan. Enjoy Asian fusion at Xian, or Italian cuisine at Il Palazzo. Eat all you desire at Balboa, a buffet that serves three meals daily. If you do not want to leave the pool, enjoy grilled specialties at Chiriqui poolside restaurant.

Come spend the vacation of a lifetime on the long beach of Cocle, and enjoy relaxing time with your loved ones at the Riu Playa Blanca.

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Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property holds a Travelife Gold Award and Sustainability Certification. The resort also utilizes biodegradable cleaning products, strives for an active reduction in water, electricity, and chemical products, and educates employees and guests with informative, eco-friendly materials.

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HOTEL LOCATION
Located on the shore of Cocle beach in Panama, two hours ground transportation from the airport.
Address:



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HOTEL FACILITIES
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Currency Exchange
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Pools
Number of Pools: 4

3 swimming pools with sun terraces, one with swim-up bar. Children's pool with slidesand water games.
Golf: NEARBY
BUENAVENTURA GOLF CLUB
Guests get a discount on green fees, Shared Golf Cart, Includes shared golf cart, 2 bottles of water per player, transportation included only for weekend rate (must pay for weekday transportation), use of driving range. A service charge will be added
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $
Cart Fee: $
Caddy: Yes
Water Sports on Site
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
Paddle Boats: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
This beachfront 24-hour all-inclusive hotel offers a wide array of watersports and beach sports, as well as a gym, and daily activities schedule. Enjoy complimentary entrance to the night club and drinks six nights a week! Beach: Cocle Beach Check-in: 3:00pm
Check-out: 12:00pm
Total Rooms: 573
Year Opened: 2013 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card
ROOM TYPES
STANDARD OCEAN FRONT ROOM
Comfortable guestroom includes one king bed and a private balcony or terrace with beautiful oceanfront views. Room also features a bathroom with shower, double sinks, a minibar, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
2 BEDROOM FAMILY SUITE
Family suite includes a king bed in one bedroom and two single beds in the second bedroom. Room also features a bathroom with a hydromassage tub and shower cabin, a balcony or terrace, a living room, and more. Minimum occupancy: two adults, two children.
1 King Bed or 2 Twin Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD OCEAN VIEW ROOM
Comfortable guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, and a private balcony or terrace with ocean views. Room also features a minibar with a liquor dispenser, Bathroom equipped with shower or bathtub, double sink.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
TRIPLE ROOM
Triple guestroom includes one king bed and one double bed, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features a spacious bathroom with a bathtub/shower combo, a minibar, and more. Minimum occupancy: two adults, one child.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
2 BEDROOM FAMILY ROOM
Guestroom includes one bedroom with a king bed and a sofa bed, and a second bedroom with two double beds. Room also features two bathrooms, a balcony or terrace, a minibar, and more. Minimum occupancy: four adults.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
OCEAN VIEW CONNECTING ROOM
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room description, please review the description listed above.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
STANDARD COURTYARD VIEW ROOM
Comfortable guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, and a balcony or terrace with courtyard views. Room also features a spacious bathroom with double washbasins, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
OCEAN SUITE
Suite includes one king bed and a private balcony or terrace with stunning views of the sea. Room also features a integrated lounge area with a sofa bed, a bathroom with a hydromassage bathtub and shower cabin, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
DINING
Riu Playa Blanca features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Playa Blanca:
Chiriqui - Steakhouse with terrace (a la carte)
Il Palazzo - Italian restaurant (buffet starters and dessert)
Xian - Asian restaurant (buffet)
Balboa - Main restaurant serving 3 buffet-style meals a day.
Bilbao - Buffet restaurant for dinner. Buffet and live cooking stations. Vegetarian options available. Special evenings: themed buffet (three times a week).
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Water and beach sports, daytime entertainment programs for children and adults, and scuba diving lessons in the pool.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Pacha nightclub, Live music, shows or RIU evening program.
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
RiuLand kids' club and children's playground. Daytime entertainment program for children age 4 to 12 years old daily.
Applicable Ages: 4-12
Program Fees: No

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Teen Disco
Children's Pool
Advance Notice for Babysitting: yes

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
Hotel Average
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Food Quality
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Cleanliness
Service
77 Recommend
77 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playa Blanca to their friends and family
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 2663reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Great Value in Pamana
Sunshine32780958786, Kirkland Lake, Canada
Fri Dec 07 05:14:38 EST 2018
Second visit to this Riu.....many of the same faces around the resort..nice to see.. Great value for the price we paid....Weekends tend to be busy with the Locals... Still a clean Facility...close to the airportSteakhouse, Japanese and Italian Restaurants were enjoyable dining..Summary...Great Value For the Price..

Great Hotel second time around
happybevy, Hamilton, Canada
Thu Dec 06 02:29:08 EST 2018
We were at the Riu playa Blanca for a second time this year. Very nice, very professional. Everything is pretty seamless checkin etc. Lots of Latin American people which is nice instead of all us North Americans. The lady who is the head of the hotel is such a lovely person and perfect English. So professional and a real high class woman. I must address the constant trouble the hotel has with the men on the beach renting horses. The beaches in Panama are public not private. The hotel has no control over what these men do or how they behave. These men are not connected to the hotel. If they try and sell you drugs or act in an inappropriate manner this is your problem. The hotel calls the police and discourages them generally but there is nothing they can do. All the men do is tell the hotel,staff to F off. Had some great tours, saw both oceans. I am so pleased with the tour guides that we have had. We took a trip called Train express Porto Bello. Long day especially from the Riu so leave at 7:30 am not back until 9:00 pm because we had the long trip from Panama City. We were only 8 people so had the guides full attention, Estella and husband Chris were fantastic and informative, knew everything inside out and saw to our every need. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to know about Panama. The train journey on the way back to the city was the icing on the cake. Had a great time and Panama and we will be back

Overall very nice Stay Nov 1 to 8, 2018
Seethaler, St Catharines
Sun Dec 02 14:56:05 EST 2018
This is a non-smoking hotel. Not in front of the hotel, not in the bars, not rooms, not balcony so if you are a smoker this hotel is not for you. You can smoke out by the beach. We really liked that. We had come back from Riu Dunamar in July. Loved it! Loved here for different reasons. If you love to be served at the beach without getting off your butt this is more like a RIU lite. However if you love volcanic sand, a sound room with good facilities, bar stocked every day other and viewing what the ocean washes up this is for you. The rivers near by wash out branches and things when it rains Cool to walk but not for everyone this is not really a swimmable beach at this time of year. . Food was good we liked a ;a cartes especially the Grill and italian restaurants. We did not prefer the Asian, but it was not bad we just loved the Italian and Barbecue Grill more. Morning Buffet is busy, however the steamy hot milk, with the caraffe of coffee left on your table made up for that.The smiling faces of MarieCrus and Jasmin were warm and perfect with attention to detail :). Note: if you love different cuisine i recommend the Panamian tamales they were amazing. I loved the daily availability of passionfruit and passionfruit juice every morning and lunch. Overall, I recommend this resort. However if you have not experienced blue waters and white sand I recommend that first. Knowing what to expect in another country is key. Gorgeous beach but in a very different way. Solid resort 4 stars for sure 5 if other some small service items were addressed. Suggestion from a service perspective the American market I recommend service on the beach for drinks. That would go far for your star rating. We had some lovely employees that made our stay memorable:Jerica - sports bar, Sarait Santos main bar (and everyone that worked there was well). The manager of the Pool Bar is a lovely man, and everyone who worked there amongst those bees and never flinch I am super impressed. Excellent service. It is hot in Panama I recommend a pool bar closure at 6 pm for proper service. I enjoyed the resort, public washrooms were spotless as per any RIU experience. Worth the money for ocean front, stayed in 5015.

Check-in and Check-out Make this Resort a 3-star
Eldon S, Rocky Mountain House, Canada
Wed Nov 28 07:44:40 EST 2018
This is my favorite all-inclusive resort in Panama. The food usually just couldn't be better, there's an in room mini bar stocked every couple of days, and it's a small enough resort that you don't have to walk a lot if you don't want to. There are a couple of notable negatives that compelled me to rate the hotel lower than I normally would. Firstly, it took us one hour to check in. Horrible. Check-in is at 3:00 but with a large tour bus, a few smaller shuttle buses and all of the locals checking in, we just felt standing in a line with a child until 4 pm after booking directly on the Riu website was a little ridiculous. Especially since they had a fast check-in table set up over on the side of the lobby for travel agency booked guests with no line at all. Check-out too was horrific. Lines like that are not how I want to spend my vacation. The last negative was just the aged condition of the room. There was damage in the bathroom and the room just didn't feel crisp and clean. We weren't looking for things to pick on, but there were long hairs on two of our pillows which kind of affected the experience. Everything else was great, easy to find a chair, easy to find a pool, easy to get a beverage, good shows, and really great food!

Nice to relax from Mon to Fri. Don´t go on weekends !
Xabuep T, Caracas, Venezuela
Tue Nov 27 07:02:45 EST 2018
It does not have the level of a Riu in Mexico, simple room, no toilets, old. Hotel staff : Attentive, helpful, friendly. A pleasant surprise ! Food: excellent considering that it is an all-inclusive resort. I recommend: filet mignon in the Chiriqui Restaurant and especially the Saltimbocca de res in the Italian restaurant Il Palazzo: A pleasure to the palate. Beach: the first day was full of logs and stones, the second day great for swimming, without waves and perfect temperature. Many Chairs available under the shades of palm trees: heavenly !. Important tip: it's not a crystal clear beach. Swimming pools: there are 4. Terrible on the weekend, too many people. Many drunks, music at full volume. Difficult to rest. Suggestion: they should leave a pool with music chill out, or without music. so that people rest. Weekdays should be great. Definitely to go only on weekdays if you want to rest. If you prefer to be crammed with cheap people, go the weekend.



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