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

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
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

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:
Balboa - Main restaurant serving 3 buffet-style meals a day.
Chiriqui - Poolside restaurant serving grilled specialties.
Il Palazzo - Italian restaurant; reservations required.
Xian - Asian restaurant; reservations required.
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
Birthday trip
Teresa V, Mississauga, Canada
Mon Mar 20 07:47:19 EDT 2017
We stayed at the Rui Playa Blanca from Feb13 to 21. The Hotel was very nice and clean. Our rooms were a good size and clean. I have a nice view looking over the grounds! I was on the fifth floor. The food was awesome the buffet has a great variety and the restaurant were great! We loved the Italian restaurant the best! What a very hot place and the sand got very hot! The only downfall we had was that we were told that they had a late pick up the the airport which was great but you needed to pay a extra fee of $35. US dollars each to stay in another room! The person from Sunwing should've mentioned this to us before we went ahead and paid the fee for the late pick up! All in all we had a great time for my Birthday!!

March Break in Riu Playa Blanca (March 6 – 13, 2017)
xweixix, Toronto, Canada
Sun Mar 19 16:35:23 EDT 2017
I stayed at the Riu Playa Blanca from March 6 to 13, 2017 with my pre-teen brother and two of our good friends. Our Sunwing flight was slightly delayed when arriving in the Río Hato airport in the late evening. We overlooked this brief delay as we landed, arrived, and checked in to our rooms within just 30 or so minutes. Upon check in, we were given envelopes with our room numbers, key cards, towel cards, information on the resort, and various coupons. My brother and I were assigned to a room on the ground floor (Garden view), whereas our friends were upgraded to a partial Oceanview room. Since we booked as a group, we went to the front desk to try to get our rooms closer together. The friendly clerk was unable to put us on the same floor, but he gave my brother and I an upgrade to a partial Oceanview room in the same wing of the building. Our rooms were modern, clean, and spacious. The partial view of the ocean from our balcony was the cherry on top. Our fridge was restocked every 2 days. When we needed extra water, we got more from the front desk. Even though the WiFi was only advertised to be working in the Lobby and dining areas, I was able to get it a few times from my balcony, by the pool, and on the beach. We had a chance to have dinner at the buffet upon our arrival, just before it closed for the night. We were impressed with the selection and the taste of the food. For the rest of the week, our group continued to be impressed by the deliciousness of the food offered on this resort. We had breakfast at the buffet; lunch at the buffet or snack bar; and dinner at the buffet or specialty restaurants. Our favourite was the Steakhouse! The steak and ribs were well cooked and mouthwatering. We thoroughly enjoyed the Italian restaurant as well. We had dinner there on International Women’s Day (March 8th) and each female patron received a beautiful rose. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the Asian restaurant. The setup and decorations were nice, but the food was not authentic. Overall, it came as a surprise to us that there was never a need to get to the buffet or specialty restaurants early to line up! We arrived at dinner every day at 6:30 PM and were seated right away. One item to note is that once the dinner buffet closes, the only food you can get are at the 24-hour Sports Bar (i.e. nachos, sandwiches, fruits, etc.). During our stay, we spent a fair amount of time at all the bars. My only complaint, as someone who likes waking up early, was that the Pool Bar did not open for as long as we would have liked. But otherwise, all drinks were well made. I highly recommend to try their Iced Cappuccinos at the Lobby Bar. Also, try their Piña Colada, the Panama Special, and Rainbow. The four of us were always able to get lounge chairs in the shade on the beach and by the pools; even on the weekend! Our group spent most of our daytime in the pool with the bar. We also hung out in and around the other pools when the weekend came around and the resort got very busy. The beach was fascinating as large patches of the sand were black and there were lots of pretty shells! We did not swim in the ocean as the flags were red all week. My brother and I walked up and down the beach on both sides of the resort. One can walk for a long time on either side. We particularly enjoyed our walk to the right of the resort. My brother liked watching the occasional crab scurrying away and marveling at some cool jellyfish carcasses. We did not participate in many of the activities that the Entertainment Team had hosted during the week. We did, however, go to most of the shows in the evening. A few of the shows were based on audience participation. We really enjoyed their version and reenactment of Grease! The evening entertainment can get quite loud as we could hear it clearly from our room on an evening where we called it in early. Our flight home was in the evening of our last day. We opted to get late check out for only one of our rooms ($35 per person registered in room until 5 PM). As we were there with Sunwing, we did not have to pay extra to enjoy the facilities after the normal check out time. The Río Hato airport was the smallest airport I have ever been to! Upon departure, there was an exit tax of USD$15 per person to be paid in cash to the customs personnel. There were vending machines with beverages and snacks. But having to be there for over two hours (thankfully, there was free WiFi), we were glad that we packed snacks from home and from the resort. The following are some miscellaneous items we noted about the resort and the city: - Conservation of energy: it was nice to see that this resort demonstrated efforts in conserving energy. For example, the air conditioning in the rooms would turn off when the balcony doors were open and there were movement sensors in the public washrooms that would trigger the lights to turn on and off. - Excursions: we went on the Panama Canal & City Tour. This is a great tour for those who enjoy history and architecture. - Stray cats and dogs: there were stray cats around the gardens of the resort and stray dogs around the beach. They were all friendly and did not bother us. - Sun: as Panama is close to the equator, the sun during our stay was intense! I have not gotten burnt in any of my previous Caribbean vacations but I was burnt on my third day here. Bring LOTS of sunscreen and reapply on a timely basis! On the bright side, we did not need any bug spray on this trip. - Tips: we tipped our servers, bartenders, maids, etc. on a regular basis in USD. We all truly enjoyed our stay at this resort (comparable to 4.5 Star hotels in Toronto). It was family oriented, but also catered to the party crowd. I highly recommend this resort and we would definitely come back!

Wonderful relaxing holiday!
steelhorse31, toronto
Sat Mar 18 14:38:15 EDT 2017
We visited Panama and this resort specifically, for the first time. March 6-13, 2017 We are regular RIU resort customers, no matter where we stay in the Caribbean or Mexico. We prefer the overall consistancy, quality and excellence that RIU offers so hense, there is less guess work when visiting places. Be advised their so called rainy season is long we were told (mid March until November). So hence, the window of opportunity for the best overall weather is more limited. Either way, you'll never be short of heat. Awesome and basically a guarantee. 30-34C all the time without disappointment. This is what we wanted, cause sometimes in the winter time when we've visited Cuba, Florida, even the Mayan Riviera...there are risks for only warm or sub-warm days. This...we didn't want to chance on. We had only one day, when mid-afternoon rain came for a couple of hours. A couple sprinkles here and there on some other days always, mid afternoon. The best sun we got in the morning from 7am to noon. The best time of day in all honesty cause Canadians will burn very easily down there. Make no mistake about it. Some cloud mixed with sun occurred most afternoons, but it provides a bit relief from the heat. There is humidity but its not too high this time of year. Wind comes up and goes periodically. But it never seemed to be continuously windy on any day. Very nice climate overall. I'll do my best to review all the key area's of the resort separately, scoring each our of 5: Rooms: 5/5 Very Clean. A/C is more than adequate, but at some point after midnight the resort must turn off the compressors, and you'll only get fan. Some nights our temp would rise from 20C to 23C so this may or may not be a joy for you. Clearly an energy saving arrangement for them. So if you like it nice and chilly for sleeping, that won't happen. We couldn't find any english speaking TV stations during the evening time, but apparently, there a couple when searching. We used our computers usually in the room for entertainment paying the extra for wireless internet. I guess you just need to hit and miss past all the spanish commercials, until one comes yet. If you get the "paid internet", its strong and quite fast in the room, average to good about the resort. At the smaller quieter pool, we had no connection at all, but its not a game changer. Coverage is weak also and may go out if you like using devices on the balcony. That we discovered also. Our room 0076, an ocean front room was a great location. Quiet. Our bathroom had the shampoo and body wash container missing, but we had our own so I didn't contact the desk. The hot water is ample and water pressure was very good for us. Water bottles are supplied every second day and shorter in supply that we preferred, but got more as needed at the front desk. Grounds: 5/5 Immaculately kep't. Watered all the time. Constant attention is paid to them. Really is a beautiful piece of property and not too huge either. We don't like or go for the "monster size" resort. This one is a bit bigger but manageable, at 590 rooms. Pools & Decks: 4/5 Pool side service is missing here, whereas it isn't at other 5 star RIU's we frequent. The layout of the pools and their size are fab! Large kids area improves the overall appeal for the adults in the other area's. The lack of washroom in these pool area's needs to be addressed. Hense, the lower rating here. Too many peeing pool customers is all we could think of hence, a turn off to spending time in and around the bar pool areas. Plenty of shade and sun area's along with chairs and tables make it easy to find a spot just about anywhere. The main bar is adequate; staff are happy and spirited. Beach: 2.5/5 Being the Pacific side, sand is harder packed than in the Caribbean. Sand is a darker brown and black volcanic mix, same as in Costa Rica. Easier to take long walks on for sure, but Its not as eye pleasing. The Pacific isn't as pretty to look at either. A darker blue overall; reminds me more of looking out onto Georgian Bay or Lake Huron, than it does the sea. The ocean seldom is very wavy but appears a bit more stirred up and merky. Gets deeper faster and bottom is very nice to walk out on. The flag system on the beach needs to be respected. There are times of stingrays and jelly fish that come in, so one needs to check with the beach life guard before proceeding in if its a "red flag". No bathrooms around again, is a bit disconcerting to the beach fans. Bottom line.....if its a beach setting you prefer, you likely won't be as pleased here, as you would say in Cuba, Punta Cana, or Cancun. We're pool people mostly so, this part did not impact much on us. Restaurants: 4/5 Buffet is excellent. Lots of variety, very clean. Service is only average and sometimes slow to get around to you when you just arrive. However after that, it improves some and all the help are very friendly. The 3 specialty restaurants are pretty good too. I personally preferred the steak house. She preferred the Asian. Front Desk: 5/5 Good service, very friendly and easy to deal with. Good command of English. Helpful Other: Rental car options are few and none. Fox car rental desk is in the lobby but the rental rep was never around. We waited 30 mins and gave up, so good luck in this area. We even emailed FOX about this but never got a reply. So much for driving to Panama City...so we just chilled some more. There are however lots of excursions available if you're the restless type on a holiday. Their a bit expensive and we didn't partake, but those we talked to did enjoy them. Otherwise, the area in and around the resort is still pretty sparce, as they continue to slowly build up tourism in this location. So to those restless you'll get bored pretty quick. BUT...it's a great resort if all you're looking for is a relaxing rest to shut down, decompress and just turn your head off. We'll more than likely return to the RIU Playa Blanca If you need any other questions answered that I didn't cover here, please feel free to contact me. blair.dalziel@gmail.com or on this forum.

The best time ever
cbeaus0leil, Montreal, Canada
Thu Mar 16 15:04:21 EDT 2017
The staff is unbelievable, this property is super clean, service impeccable, all the show are professional, Public relations unique, wow, thank you to all for our wonderful Stay. Jezabel, Jorgen, Mimi, Rosi, Arturo, Frank, Rodulfo, super dancers. Thank you so much. We look forward to come back.

Great place
listeningsister, Gravenhurst
Wed Mar 15 18:04:43 EDT 2017
I just returned from this resort which I spent two weeks with four friends. We loved it. The hotel, food and staff were wonderful. Very clean, everywhere we went someone was moping floors or cleaning something. The staff, right from the front desk, the food staff, the bar tenders and entertainment people we never had a problem. They were all friendly and efficient. We enjoyed it all.



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