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

Includes main pool with swim-up bar and children's pool.
Golf: NEARBY
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 p.m.
Check-out: 12 p.m.
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 Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
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 partial ocean views. Room also features a minibar with a liquor dispenser, a spacious bathroom, 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
Satellite
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.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
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
Satellite
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
Satellite
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
Satellite

OTHER INFO
WiFi is available for an additional charge.
DINING
Riu Playa Blanca features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 4 Restaurants at Riu Playa Blanca:
Chiriqui - Poolside restaurant serving grilled specialties.
Il Palazzo - Italian restaurant; reservations required.
Xian - Asian restaurant; reservations required.
Balboa - Main restaurant serving 3 buffet-style meals a day.
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, RIU evening entertainment
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Riuland kids' club provides daily programs for children in groups divided by age. Evening entertainment also available.
Applicable Ages: 4-12
Program Fees: No

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Teen Disco

Advance Notice for Babysitting: yes

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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48 Recommend
48 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playa Blanca to their friends and family



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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
1st time to Panama
MrAndrews88, Berea
Tue Sep 20 10:13:48 EDT 2016
This was my first time to Panama and it wasn't too bad... Hotel is a good 2 hours from the Airport if traveling from the US. If you go through Canada then its only like 5 minutes. Nexus transportation was excellent. We arrived sometime around 7pm and check-in was a breeze. No welcome drink tho, probably due to the late arrival. No big deal. Front desk spoke perfect English. We were on the 5th floor with an ocean view and it was amazing. I did see some rooms that faced the back of the property. So NOT all rooms have an ocean view. Fridge was not fully stocked when we arrived but it was stocked the next day. They refill every other day. We ran out of whiskey on the second day and it was never refilled. Room was cleaned every day which was nice. This resort is not big. Everything is pretty simple and in 1 area. There are 4 pools. No problems getting seats with shade. Of course the one with the bar is most popular. The day after we arrived it was so very packed. But on that Monday, it was empty. Like everyone only stays on the weekend. The pool behind this one is a little smaller but its pretty quiet. The pool next to the swim-up bar has activities going on throughout the day and is also busy. We didn't spend time in there. And there was also a kids pool. We didn't spend time on the beach. Its not the greatest. The sand seemed dirty and the ocean isn't the Caribbean. Not many people spent time here. There are restrooms next to the sports bar. Its only a minute walk Alcohol drinks were good. There is only a small menu with a few drinks on it. So you have to have a good variety of drinks in your mind. They know how to make everything. You just have to request it. We didn't like the food too much. We know its a resort and its never really the greatest. Another couple we talked to loved the food. There is a good variety to choose from at the buffet and there is a different theme every night. NO tank tops are allowed when eating lunch. They ARE allowed at breakfast tho. They just now stopped reservations for the specialty places. Its now first come first served. Steak house was the best. Italian was so so. And the Asian was "buffet style" and was simply OK. There is stuff at the sports bar. There are burgers and sandwiches in a cooler and have to be heated up. There is a microwave to use. The cheese for the nachos was mainly cold so we didn't eat it that much. The nightly shows were alright. We stayed for 7 days and there were only like 5 different shows. So a couple were repeated while we were there. More>

Terrible Customer Service
Kyoko C,
Mon Sep 19 13:56:24 EDT 2016
Let's start by saying, the hotel created a huge disruption regarding the rates. We secured a group rate and they discounted their prices and my wedding party found this online. RUI did try to work with us but would not offer any concession for the issue. Then when we arrive on site their staff was kind of rude but what put the icing on top for RUI was when I cut my foot and needed a bandaid. Keep in my mind my foot was bleeding. I went to their local store because they didn't have an available bandaid at the front desk. I only had $5.00 dollars and the bandaid cost a quarter. And due to me not having a smaller bill or a quarter the lady became extremely frustrated with me and threw the bandaid on the desk and said take it. I even said, wow, okay and just left. She preceded to read her magazine and didn't care at all! Then after this, we secured a group rate, RUI processed the refund we were suppose to get on the wrong credit card. All the offered was to back charge the account they applied it to then process it on mine. Needless to say, they refunded one of my bridesmaids the refund. I will never stay at a RUI again and their buffet was not very good either. I am so disappointed because the resort is beautiful. It's sad the employee have no customer service skills! More>

Swimming pool problem
Ekneler, Fremont, California
Fri Sep 16 14:26:59 EDT 2016
No problem with the hotel in general Courteous and nice. Then in my swimming pool (deep pool) i see a couple two small children In Diapers. Attendant talked eith them at my request and sfter a while they left the pool. Not sure if they have a policy about this but i find it unhigienic to share a pool eith two infants in diapers. Have a pic on request More>

Perfectly decent, just far from City
shishaks, Washington, DC
Wed Sep 14 09:31:25 EDT 2016
Restaurants: Effective Sept 1, the specialty restaurants stopped requiring early morning reservations for same-day dining. They are now first-come, first-served, leading to long lines. We went to two of them prior to Aug 30. The Asian had some good sashimi and select other dishes (self-serve buffet); the Steakhouse featured okay surf and turf (by server). The regular buffet was very satisfactory for all meals. Yes, there was plenty of recycled food, but also enough variety. Beach: yes, if you are used to the Caribbean, this is nothing special (heck, Virginia Beach is nicer). Was able to get in a water a few days when conditions allowed, though there was plenty of debris and trash in the water, not to mention dead fish piling up on shore. Plenty of space to lounge in the chairs, with adequate (young palm trees) cover. Customer Service: Ok, nothing major to either complain about or promote. As noted by others, this RIU seemed a little under par compared to other RIUs, be it for the food, facilities, or customer service. Just about all wait staff spoke a little English. I appreciated having to try out my little Spanish. Clientele: I really enjoyed meeting and chatting with people from all over Latin America, including local Panamanians. There seemed to be relatively few Europeans, who usually are the majority at resorts anywhere I have been in the Caribbean. Just about no Americans (some Canadians). (Despite the reputation, I have NEVER stayed anywhere where Americans were over 50% of the clientele, yes, even in Cancun.) Immediate 'Hood: Visited the supermarket '99' which is up the road about 2-3 miles and on the main highway going into Panama City. Decided to skip calling for an (overpriced) taxi and started walking. Within two minutes a car pulled up and offered a ride. I offered to pay something, asked how much, and was quoted $2. On the return, I started walking back. Within five minutes, a car with three returningRIU employees pulled up and offered a ride back to the hotel, declining any payment. Sightseeing: Did a day-long tour for four people with an experienced tour guide who freelances, and whom I recommend for individual service and for cheaper than you would booking tours through the hotel or your travel agent. Started at 7 am for a tour of the Gamboa resort just north of the City, a boat ride through Lake Gatun (yes, we saw monkeys that even came onto the boat), and a tour of the City - Ancon Hill (great views); Amador Causeway (where we had lunch); Casco Viejo (Old Town); and the Miraflores Locks (museum, visitor center, watching the container ships navigate the locks up close); then return to the hotel around 8 pm. The guide, Jorge Morales, also provided us with airport pick up and drop off in his private car (at very ungodly hours, and he was always prompt and punctual). Contact me directly for Mr. Morales' email and/or phone. Misc: Very few mosquitoes that I could tell; was hardly ever bitten. The gift shop visit was a stressful experience, with the employees hovering around you at every turn. Perhaps they are instructed to do so to avoid shoplifting. If I paid good $ to fly to Panama and stay in a 4+ star hotel, I don't think I am going to try and steal a keychain or magnet... More>

Good
Yarineth C,
Tue Sep 13 14:28:11 EDT 2016
Food was good, attention was great, they have so many kind of drinks, entretainment, they need to do more shows at night, the house keeping should visit rooms more frecuently, also should add more activities on the beach. More>



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