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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

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
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
Comfortable guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds. Private balcony or terrace with partial ocean views. Spacious bathroom. These rooms have the ability to beconnecting when the 2nd room is purchased.
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 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
DINING
Riu Playa Blanca features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 4 Restaurants at Riu Playa Blanca:
Balboa - Main restaurant serving 3 buffet-style meals a day.
Chiriqui - Poolside restaurant serving grilled specialties.
Il Palazzo - Italian restaurant
Xian - Asian restaurant
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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77 Recommend
77 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playa Blanca to their friends and family
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
7 Day Getaway Vacay with Friends
AeroNut330, Toronto, Canada
Tue May 16 12:17:17 EDT 2017
Booked our trip via the sunwing vacations website went down from the 5-12 of May 2017. Arrived to rainy weather, it did rain a few days of the week but it did not ruin our fun. The rain rolls out of site around 11:30-12 in the afternoon and you have a full day of sun. The check-in was literally 2 seconds long- got off the transfer bus (Bus ride from airport to hotel is only 8-10 minutes) walked up to the table within in 10 minutes and got our welcome envelope, wrist band and a nice cocktail and snack! went right to our room which when we walked in were amazed! at how nice the room was, the shower itself is bigger than my bedroom closet at home! its massive! I requested to be near or beside my travelling companions and sunwing made that happen. Restaurants: All of them were good! never had a food issue or dislike down there- was surprised though that this Riu did not have a beach grill or "jerk hut" maybe thats a Riu in Jamaica thing? Beach: here is why I only gave this resort a 4 star instead of 5- the beach itself was nice, a lot of palm trees for great coverage and shade if you require it but no one would or could go into the Ocean all week - the mounds of seaweed was massive! they tried hard to rake it up but it came back everyday! also there was more dabree and garbage washing up on shore- more so plastic bottles etc. the resort tho had 3 pools and 1 good size pool/water park for kids so we just stayed at the pool all week and still got a ton of sun. We did suntan on the beach which was nice! We did buy an excursion through Nexus which is the company Sunwing has hired to be there destination reps- we bought it at the resort with them directly- we bought the jungle boat tour which was great! the bus leaves promptly at 07:30 am and drops you back off at 6:00 pm the drive is 2 hours each way so it is a long ride! You are taken to a dock where a guide meets you and you board covered canopy boats - he drives you down the Panama Canal and you see the massive huge ships and tankers making there way through the canal. when you get further enough down the canal you turn off onto one of the smaller water ways and he pulls you right up to an embankment were he calls monkeys! the monkeys did come down to the boat and we fed them peanuts they do take them from your hand and you do have time to take pictures of them. We saw two types of Monkey and a few baby crocodiles After doing that for 35-45 minutes he takes you to a big floating house that is in a cove and you get off for lunch! the food was good! chicken, rice, plantain and co-slaw. Pop and water was free but beer was extra in cost, only 2 USD per beer. You had a choice of activity which were Kayak then hike to a water fall where you jump off the waterfall and swim, you go fishing or you can stay on the house and sleep in hamacks and or jump off the roof of the house into the river and Swim! It was a great adventure treking through the jungle and Rio Hato is a beautiful place. I am glad Riu built a resort here! I would recommend this resort for families with kids as the water park was cool!

Fabulous week away!
Lesley L, Oakville, Canada
Mon May 15 08:51:28 EDT 2017
Just returned from Riu Hato, Playa Blanca, Panama. Food was fabulous, so much variety at the buffet, beautifully presented and fresh all the time. Drinks were plentiful at all bars. Staff all very friendly and helpful. Room and bathroom big, very clean, hot water plentiful at all times. Jungle Boat Tour was FABULOUS, especially feeding the monkeys on the boat. Due to some heavy rainfall, lots of seaweed on the beach, also near shore, but once in the water, beautiful and warm. Grounds are immaculate. Anyone who has any complaints about this resort should stay home. Only one complaint from me, there was no dancing, unless you wanted to go to the disco around 11 p.m. I would recommend this resort to anyone, have fun!

Family Vacation
AllyOG, Mississauga, Canada
Sun May 14 16:50:58 EDT 2017
We were one of two families who travelled to the Riu Playa Blanca from May 5 thru May 12, 2017. Family members had been to the resort just after it opened and it came highly recommended. The Good: Nice medium sized resort, with generous sized rooms, we have two young teens so we opted for a Family suite which was perfect. Room was tidied every day, but sheets and towels were only changed every other day unless specifically requested. Mini refrigerator was also stocked every other day. The grounds were lovely and the resort is only 10 minutes from the airport. The Bad: The resort is predominantly Spanish speaking, 80% of the staff spoke no English at all especially in the restaurants. The Entertainment staff were lovely but again most spoke limited English. It was our understanding that the resort really catered to Spanish speaking guests. Food was average, it is true there was a selection however there was no taste to anything and the same items appeared at breakfast, lunch and dinner. As we were on property during the 'low' season, there was no schedule as to what was open and closed. there was usually one buffet and one Ala carte restaurant open each evening. The gross: an crazy number of wild dogs and cats, they would walk into the restaurants and people would feed them. After rain storms or in humidity, giant flying bugs would be out in swarms, as well as the largest frogs I have ever seen would be everywhere. The beach had black volcanic sand which was kind of cool, you do have to be careful where you walk because of the wild dogs and horses there is poop and garbage on the beach. Also the water is very rough, the red flag was up 6 of the 7 days we were there. There is an abandoned resort next door and this is where the dogs hang our so you had to be careful when walking on the beach. The is nothing within walking distance to this hotel and there is no ATM on property. In spite of the challenges we did enjoy our time at the resort, however it is also certain that we will not return. PS as an example of the language challenge, my husband happen be chatting with the PR person from the resort and mentioned that one of my daughters stuffed animals was missing and we think it may have gotten mixup in the bed sheets when the house cleaning staff were changing them. Her response was "no sir you are not allowed to bring the wild dogs back to your room", "you may do that in your country, but we do not do that here". My husband simply said enjoy your day and turned and walked away.

this is not your typical RIU
luv4travels143, Toronto, Canada
Sat May 13 08:08:50 EDT 2017
This hotel is nice looking in pictures but in reality when you get there it is gritty. The beach was DISGUSTING!! and a big disappointment. do not go there if you are looking for a swimmable beach resort. The staff were very friendly and nice. The food was ok. They didn't have any sea food options beside dog fish, whatever that is and regular white fish. The fruit selection was very good. AND lastly the bugs...oh the bugs i don't no if it was the time of year or what but this was the worst country i been to when it came to the bugs. The huge beetles flying into your face. Especially in the night, and in the morning they would all be dead on the ground. hundreds! disgusting.

Rio Hato
Robert R,
Tue May 09 10:55:47 EDT 2017
I rounded up to 3. I take responsibility for not researching the distance from Panama City. 2 hours and $100 away. There isn't ant real shopping less than an hour away from the resort. Okay... Mojitos: 2/10. The worst thing that you can do to a Mojito is muddle less than fresh mint into it. It imparts a most funky taste. Reminiscent of...well...spoiled mint. Selection of alcoholic beverages: 1/10. No "top shelf" liquor. i.e. Glenlivet, (in fact no "Glens", Grey Goose, Balvenie, etc. Accomodations: 5/10. Aweful wall patchwork, rusty shower head, peeling mirror backing. Restaurant selection: 8/10. Steak House, Asian, Buffet, Snack bar, Italian Restaurant Steakhouse steak: 1/10. 60% of the steak was fat. 15% was unchewable grissle. The remaining 25% was cardboard thin. I'll try the grilled chicken next. Buffet: Wide selection of well prepared buffet food. Italian Restaurant: Excellent ATM: Non-existent. Concierge service: Non-existent. Grounds: 10/10 Staff: Mostly very friendly. This place has awesome potential. It has been barely tapped. Not at all what I expected from my first visit to a TO I. Consider a Monarch butterfly stuck in it's chrysalis. That's this place. A 2.5 star resort with 5 star capabilities.



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