Panama

Riu Playa Blanca


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All Inclusive    

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
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
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
DINING
Riu Playa Blanca features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Playa Blanca:
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)
Il Palazzo - Italian restaurant (buffet starters and dessert)
Xian - Asian restaurant (buffet)
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
Based on 2155reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Tours are amazing
Jeannie B,
Sun Nov 12 06:21:46 EST 2017
Food was ok, missed the make your own omlette bar, no bar service at the pool which was unexpected for a 5 star hotel. The shows could use a lot more sprucing up. Definitely still has the local charm. Tours are worth every penny, rooms were very clean. More engagement of the entertainment staff is needed, over all I would go again. Bring bug spray

Three Stars for Food - Stay in Panama City Hotel
Ronona S,
Fri Nov 10 06:01:06 EST 2017
We stayed at the RIU Panama in May 2017 for a girls vacation. The hotel is remote and you are isolated from everything. The food was very good. The beach was terrible, the pools were VERY dirty and looked like soup on occasions and there was no option to go to the beach because it was worse than the pool. The staff was very nice and the rooms were clean. The general hall ways were sometimes not attended to so food would sit in common hallways for the entire afternoon. Lots of bugs in common areas; especially hornets. No ATM onsite and had to take a taxi to pull out money which is a first for me. I was bored and so happy to go home. I would not recommend this hotel.

Average for Riu, good service.
Aleem J,
Wed Nov 08 18:04:03 EST 2017
Visited this location for my wife's 30th birthday with friends after the hurricane devastated St Martin. My wife had been to almost every other Riu location in the Caribbean so this was naturally the next selection. For most flying from America, the ride from Panama City Airport to the resort can easily be 2 hours so be prepared. Most of the rental companies have LOTS of back end fees so be careful with planning. The resort is designed nicely, of course there is nice artwork everywhere and it was relatively clean. Having been to other Riu resorts this one was not as up to par. Starting off there were only towels in the rooms and you had to actually ask for wash cloths. Considering it is only one building it's not as adult friendly (you literally have to ask for alcohol when getting a frozen drink like a piña colada or daiquiri). The kids are even allowed in the pool with the bar which is not the case at other locations. There is WiFi in the building but ONLY in the common areas. You have to pay if you want to use it in your room which is ridiculous considering you are already at an all inclusive resort and there is a signal everywhere else. The food is resort food. It varied in levels of quality depending on the meals. You don't go to an all inclusive resort for exquisite cuisine though so it's buffet style mostly. We didn't need reservations for any of the formal restaurants though they were accommodating. The wait staff was very nice though service with a smile and consistent. The beach is dark sand and the water is not very clear, snorkeling really wasn't worth it in the area. The water aerobics and other activities were fun and done well though. All in all I would consider it worth visiting once but there was nothing in particular that would bring me back, WiFi access is a large determining factor in today's vey connected world.

Loved this resort!!
Liza R, Los Angeles, California
Wed Nov 08 12:59:01 EST 2017
I was highly impressed with this resort and pleasantly surprised at how pretty it was! This hotel has Excellent customer service and our room was modern and super clean. Additionally, the room was spacious, and the food at the restaurants were delicious! There was top shelf liquor at the bars and lounges, and each room has a mini bar at no additional cost with 4 bottles and several mixers. I had a beach front room which allowed us to see the beach! Edrick Nieves Gonzalez spoke English and Spanish and provided us with exceptional service. There is a pool with a wet bar with the the most delicious drinks! The other pool has children slides and play areas, but adults can hang out there as well! The beach is a few feet from the resort and the beach is clean. There are lots of water sports options that you can purchase to include horseback riding. Be sure to check out by noon and they will give you a free voucher for lunch. I highly recommend this resort!

Met My Expectations
thatsmystory, ontario canada
Sun Nov 05 14:39:57 EST 2017
My 2 sisters a close friend and myself traveled to the RIU in Panama we decided to go booked and left within a week. We had rain each day but only lasted a few minuets each time the rest of the time it was very warm. The rooms were nice and made up nicely each day, the food was okay and as a picky eater I was still able to find plenty and enjoy each meal I chose. There are 4 pools 1 being a kids pool. I realize that it is a family resort but believe that the children should not be allowed in the pool bar being as there is one for them and one beside it for the older children anyone under drinking age should stay in those ones. Drinks were great and bar staff was wonderful and quick in serving you. It is a non smoking resort and only allows smoking on the beach as smoker the only time I found this difficult was in the morning during the day the beach is close by so not a big deal. We went on the Panama Boat Tour it was incredible and would recommend it but plan on a long day we left at 9am and did not return until 1030pm so a very long day. We flew Sunwing and the resort staff are second to none and went above and beyond when my one sister became ill. They were amazing. Would I go again no but for the price it was a great experience



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