Panama

Riu Playa Blanca


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Exceptional Value!
Family:
Two kids 12 & under Stay Free with two paying adults from 5/1/17-12/23/17.

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

3 swimming pools with sun terraces, one with swim-up bar. Children's pool with slidesand water games.
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 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
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
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
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
DINING
Riu Playa Blanca features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Playa Blanca:
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).
Chiriqui - Steakhouse with terrace (a la carte)
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
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77 Recommend
77 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playa Blanca to their friends and family
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Nice week at RIU Playa Blanca
Mathieu L, Montreal, Canada
Wed Sep 13 16:28:12 EDT 2017
Hotel far from everything, but not from the airport! Beach is ok, 4 small pools, including one with a bar inside (the warmest pool ;-). Food was excellent, including the buffet. Drinks very good with anejo rum! Liquor dispensers in room including a frig filled everyday. Room very confortable, with most of them with a nice view! Overall, a really nice resort with nice service, but in the middle of nowhere, where the volcanic beach is so so (sand burn the feet and stingray in the sea, so don't go there for the beach).

First time in Panama
Sean Y,
Sun Sep 10 18:16:35 EDT 2017
I consider myself a seasoned traveler, have been to many places in Cuba and Mexico, from 3 stars to 5 stars. I am still at the hotel, writing this review on the 3rd day of my 14 days stay here. Here are my 2 cents so far: The good: Hotel lobby and all facilities look nice and well-maintained, deserving its 5-stars. Very nice room, spacious with my own balcony, everything looks new, very clean and modern and functional. House cleaning is very efficient. Good entertainment/animation staff and activities. Good evening shows. Four pools Not so good: The beach is so-so, there are far better beaches in Cuba and Mexico (blue water, white sands etc). Here the water seems dirty brown, I think part of the reason is the black volcano ash residues on the beach. For a 5-star hotel, it does not even have tennis-court. None of the pools are deep enough, the deepest is only to my chest. The bad: Food - the main Balboa buffet on its Asian theme night, and the Xian, the Asian specialty buffet, lots of their noodles/udon are way too salty, and some meats were tough, from being recycled too many times? I am very surprised to know that billiards are not included in this all inclusive package. You have to pay to play. I talked with the sunwing staff to connect with the management. To my disappointment, the rep said the mgmt wouldn't budge, insisting its their policy. I think the director of customer services replies to comments on this site quickly. I hope you can offer billiards for free. I still have 11 days left.

Quick getaway
Daria B, San Jose Del Cabo
Thu Sep 07 18:30:44 EDT 2017
Hotel was wonderful. Rooms perfectly clean. Food - better than Cuba, at par with Mexico. Italian by far the best. Drinks - amazing, 5 star Pools and water park for kids open from 9 - 6:30. Lots of fun. Beach, very nice and warm water. Overall for the 1000 we paid per person, I would go back! If you are looking for a family place, This is great. If you are looking to party, not so much. Panama in general is expensive, also ensure you have your 15 dollars per person for the airport to leave the country. No mosquitos on the resort! I would say it is a 4 star resort.

Poor service, shabby decor
tammyd1957, Piscataway, New Jersey
Thu Sep 07 17:06:22 EDT 2017
I was part of party of 15 and none of us enjoyed it. When we were checking out, they tried to charge 2 rooms with phone charges that we did not made. After 15 minutes, they realized they were from the visitors before us.

Some good, some bad
8Jaye8_B, Pickering, Canada
Thu Sep 07 16:05:37 EDT 2017
We were there Aug 25-Sep 1, 2017. We took Sunwing down and when we got off the plane, the reps were right there with buses. When we got to the hotel, some minutes away, there was a line just for Sunwing customers where our check in was literally, one minute, no lie. Now, I was at the front of the line so a bit biased. He searched up my name on a clipboard, put a tag around my wrist, told me my room number and I was done- Cons- *the mould in a lot of the parts of the room, the pool, the purple spongy seats near the theatre. * the alcohol was supposed to be replenished every two days but they felt we were not using the alcohol so did not replenish the nearly empty bottle. Sodas (pop) only two per kind, Sprite, Coke, Fanta, Club Soda and two beers. *the variety of food was plentiful but not all was appetizing. But one can always find something to eat. *the waste of food- people piled their plates up and never finished what was on their plates. I am sure there were poor people just down the road. (well) *the towels were hung up yet were still replaced daily- there is a note that reads if you don't want your towels washed then hang up but the maids did not take heed. *I introduced myself to my room attendant and after day 6 left her a tip and a note in Spanish thanking her for cleaning the room- well, it may have been her day off because the money and note were gone but the room did not have any fresh flowers, nor fresh towels (that were on the floor)- I am sure it was not the same lady we had all week but wasn't to know that. *the bathroom near the pool was too far away even for the closest pool and it was attached to the restaurant. They needed one closer to the other pools or even a dressing room. *the smell of the lobby bathrooms were the worst, consistently smelled like sewage and the smell wafted into the hallways and sport bar- it's called Sport Bar and I guess they didn't need the 's'. *no food in the airport; a very small airport with only two vending machines. *No toiletries such as shampoo conditioner, body lotion in the bathroom- there was, however, body wash that smelled really good- the dispenser broke though- the soap they provided to wash your hands was so harsh, bring your own amenities. *don't drink the water- they'll tell you that- but they provide 2 bottled waters- enough for a family of two but not sure what they do for a family of four. *the rooms could have been cleaner and I noticed that they concentrated on cleaning already clean parts of the hotel- one lady cleaned the ceiling in one room but others did not- there were spider webs or bugs on the ceilings. They could have swept the floors better. *three dogs and two cats with one kitten on property-- *the nachos in 'sport bar' were not appetizing. Pros- *they had nachos in the sport bar--lol. 24/7 opened sport bar. *they have sandwiches in the sport bar so be sure to take one for your plane ride. *they offered a drink upon arrival *lots of scented toilet paper *lots of swimming areas for people-not really ever crowded. *massages right near the pool *spectacular view from rooms *lots of new buildings going up *NON SMOKING - one was allowed to smoke on the beach away from the people, but some managed to sneak in smoking in their room-- fine, up to $500.00. *even adults can slide down the slide in kiddies pool and get drenched by the bucket- life guard there to keep anyone in line. I don't need to duplicate other reviewers so won't put too much in my review. I chose no excursions as they were costly- for eg- $174.00 pp for a trip to Panama City or Canal or wherever. They had a taxi service right in the lobby- he charged a family of four $160.00 total to go to Panama City and back- compared to what I just wrote, a bargain, a steal. Speaking of stealing, he charged us $10.00 USD to go to the nearest store- $5.00 each- -the store was not even 6 mins away but too far to walk- he picked us up at the appointed time, however, I spent $28.00 at the store on alcohol and toiletries and really spent $38.00. Not worth it. To sum up our vacation, it was worth the trip, we had a nice relaxing time; the people were mostly from neighbouring Spanish speaking countries and were very friendly--there were a lot of people. It was their winter, rainy season so it did rain, hard and a lot, but the sun came out so quickly one forgot about the rain- overcast skies, which can lead to burns, but some good sunny days too-



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