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Riu Playa Blanca


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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 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
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

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:
Xian - Asian restaurant; reservations required.
Balboa - Main restaurant serving 3 buffet-style meals a day.
Chiriqui - Poolside restaurant serving grilled specialties.
Il Palazzo - Italian 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

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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
Riu Panama
tmonster_67, Ontario
Thu Jan 19 14:44:53 EST 2017
We stayed here in December. The resort is a typical riu layout with all of the amenities you'd expect. Clean rooms with liquor dispenser and good restaurants and bars. Pretty typical entertainment all around, nice pool and beach area, and friendly staff all over.

Fun in the Sun
Donna G, Windsor
Wed Jan 18 03:14:07 EST 2017
Resort is newer, grounds are well kept, they do some repairs each day. There are lots of chairs around the pool and at the ocean. No different than any other resort, put your towels out in the morning if you want a spot in the shade. The food was very good, drinks were fine, there is nothing to complain about with this resort and would recommend. My only suggestion is that they add a washroom near the swim up bar pool, the washroom is a bit of a walk to the restaurant or the main building. People sitting in the pool drinking all day, never leaving, you know what they are doing in the pool. If the washroom was near the pool, it might help that problem. Suggestion; Add it to the water sports centre, near that pool and close to the beach.

Great location on the beach
RobertaP236441, New Lenox, Illinois
Wed Jan 18 02:03:16 EST 2017
It's a great resort. Our room was clean and more than adequate. Food was average for an all inclusive, but not having to make a reservation for a restaurant was great. Pools are adequate for the amount of people. Plenty shade on the beach. The downside was the nightly entertainment was terrible, there's hardly anything else to do in the evening. Not a lot for teenagers, very little shopping.

Trip with family and friends
Lisa V, Mount Pleasant, Canada
Tue Jan 17 13:39:07 EST 2017
Check in was a breeze even though we came in with a full bus, the staff were prepared. Best restaurant was the Italian. The buffets were open longer hours than other resorts however were repetitive and many of the food items were not hot held to a palatable temperature. The lobby bar was great, comfortable with a great breeze for warm afternoons. Kids young and old had a great time in the kiddy pool. The beach was clean and although vendors were present no one bothered us. Enjoy the heat.

A wonderful week in the sun
DLCAlberta, Ontario, Canada
Sun Jan 15 05:09:37 EST 2017
I am just back from a week's stay at the Riu Playa Blanca (January 6-13, 2017), so this review is very up-to-date.  Written by a well-traveled traveler, who understands that a Third World Country is different from a first-world country, and who does not freak out if she sees a tropical bug. First off, this is a fine place to stay.  There is nothing wrong with it.  It's very clean and well-staffed.  People are friendly.  There is good security and you feel safe.  Great a/c and temp controls which is good because it is VERY hot.  Ample hot water in spacious showers.  Comfy beds with crisp white linens. The hotel is full but there is never an area too crowded.  Chairs and loungers always available. Dining areas are clean, attractive, and not cramped.. Open to the air. Lots of bars well distributed around the property, which is well back off the highway and of course fenced and guarded.   I found the food good, varied, and of course plentiful.  I am vegan, so at the best of times I only eat a fraction of what others eat.  There was always a selection of chicken, fish, beef and the "carving of the day" varied among all the meats.  There was sushi night, tortilla night, and so on.  Always fresh veg and salads.  Breads and pastries. Pizzas.  I ate every vegetable imaginable as well as some new ones.  There are two main dining areas, both with al fresco areas well as enclosed, pleasant surroundings.  There are two or three themed restaurants and a sports bar that has snack food, including salads and fruits.  My only comment which is not surprising:  the wine from the spigot in the eating area is not great.  Chilean wine is available at $10 US a bottle in the mini-mart. I am a wine drinker and I managed with the free hooch.  White is better than red. The décor is "tropical."  That means that there is a lot of white so scuffs and scratches are very visible.  Dining areas are very attractive. The whole building itself is mostly white and so are the rooms.  Lots of tile, no wood. The white walls make it look barren but it's uncluttered and easy to clean.  We noticed very little smoking compared to Mexico.  Signs announce that smoking is prohibited in the hotel and its areas. Smokers congregated at the end of the hotel sidewalk leading to the beach, a fair distance from the buildings. The water and beach are better than some other reviews indicate.  This is called Playa Blanca because of its "white" sand, as compared to the regular black sand in the area.  As our tour guide said, "white" is relative.  It's not sparkling white but it's not black.  And we never saw any horse or dog poop on the beach, although there are both horses and dogs around.  There is a pack of dogs that roam about but they stay away from you. There are also cats that roam around the open areas, but they avoid you too. The beach was a clean as a beach can be.  The water is grey and dark, not shining blue.  It has its share of detritus floating around but nothing that should impede your swimming.  The lifeguards are attentive.  There is a roped off area for your safety.  Some watercraft are out and about, some seadoos, small boats, etc.  The beach closes at 6 pm and so do some of the pools, for maintenance and cleaning. There is a sports hut where you can rent or borrow equipment.  Snorkeling isn't good at the hotel but you can take a water taxi for about a 15 minute ride over to a nearby island and snorkel there.  I wish I had known that earlier because I would have gone.  Apparently it pretty good. Also, for sports, there is water volleyball in one of the four pools and also a sand volleyball court. Speaking of maintenance....the hotel is VERY clean.  They are wiping and mopping all the time.  The rooms are clean and well made up.  I saw attendants checking swimming pools chemistry during the day.  I had an issue with the toilet in my bathroom - it wasn't shutting off. I called and it was fixed. There are four pools: one full of kid-things and slides, very popular and well life-guarded.  There is a swim-up bar pool right next to the bar, for adults.  :)  There is another big pool and a smaller pool that I called the old-people's pool because that's the one I used.  Very quiet.  The pools are all close to each other with loungers and shade provided all around.  Bathrooms nearby.  A good set-up.  There are lots of kids!  But this is a big property and there are lots of places for them to go.  There is a kids' club and a short kids' entertainment show early in the evening in the theatre.  I saw many kids hanging out on their own and eating on their own - it's a pretty safe environment. There is entertainment every night from about 9, with booming noise.  It's supposed to stop at 11 but it doesn't always abide by the rules!  As an older person, the noise level would be my greatest complaint.  I don't really want to hear the boom-boom-boom all the time. But I imagine most of the clientele is okay with it.  The theatre here is open air, very nice, with lots of seating and club-type tables as well.  The entertainment is in-house dancers, etc, and games, with an MC.  Fun, but you can't escape the noise. The visitors are, I would say, at least 50% South American, ie Panamanian, Colombian, etc.  There are a lot of folks from Quebec and the Toronto area.  Sunwing delivers planeloads from  Quebec City, from Montreal, and from Toronto. There are Europeans too, very few Americans (that I noticed.)  Everyone seemed well behaved, very family-oriented.  People are friendly.  In my week of being out and about, I didn't observe any issues. On the friendliness scale, the staff is good.  The front-end people are good in English, the cleaning staff not-so-much, but that's normal in any country.  The high-profile guest-relations people are very visible, always busy, very nice. The Nexus tour reps - Jackson, Eduardo, and Estelle - are all very helpful.  Nexus manages the tours from the hotel...they set up shop just behind the lobby from about 8 to 5 every day.  Of course everyone is talking about their tours and comparing notes.  We booked on-site rather than on the plane and had no problem getting what we wanted.  We did the Panama City/canal tour from 8 am to about 6.  I enjoyed both aspects- the canal is fascinating and their visitor centre is really interesting and worth the visit.  This tour gives you lunch in the city at a very nice restaurant. Our vegan needs were attended to. Our second tour was the jungle boat - a long but wonderful day, from 7:30 am to about 6 (it always depends on traffic.)  This tour takes you up to Lake Gatun where you get on a boat and ride around the man-made lake which feeds the canal.  This is where you see monkeys and birds and whatever you can.  It's an adventure and beautiful.  Then, you arrive at this amazing houseboat anchored deep in the jungle growth and you spent some hours here, with a choice of kayaking to a waterfall even deeper into the jungle growth, or swimming, or fishing, or just lying in a hammock and letting the breeze wash over you as  you listen to the birds calling.  This is what I did (old person!) because the sun was just so hot.  But those of us who went kayaking had a great time and jumped in the waterfalls. They serve you lunch here as well.  Then into the boats and back to the bus. One of the only drawbacks to the Riu is the fact that it's a distance to anywhere.  That said, the countryside is pretty and I always enjoy a busride.  The alternative is a city-stay which would be somewhat like staying in downtown Toronto.  Apparently, you can arrange tours that split your stay between the beach areas where we were and the city.  From the city, some things are closer, and the old city is always interesting and charming. Not to mention shopping. This brings us to airports. Rio Hato is a baby-airport that was built to service the beach hotels on Playa Blanca. There is NOTHING there - no shops, no restaurants.  Just one vending machine.  This is where Sunwing lets you off and from there it's only 10 minutes to the hotels, but about 1.5 hours to the city.  The other Panama City airport is on the far city of the city.  The Rio Hato airport is small and efficient.  There are four entrance stations for passport control and an xray machine for your luggage.  On the way out, there is the station to pay your $15 exit fee (in US cash) and sniffer dogs.  (The fee IS $15, as of January 2017)  in spite of what you may have read elsewhere!)  It all moves quite quickly, but on the way out, you end up waiting in one big room for you plane.  It's not uncomfortable and there are washrooms, but not much to do, so be prepared.  Signature Tours will ask you if you want a bus back to the airport upon your return but it leaves the hotel quite early.  At the hotel, you can book a later departure for the airport at a cost of $5 per person.  Also, you can buy a late check out (about $30 pp) to extend your room access IF your room has not been assigned. (Check out time is noon.  Our plane didn't leave til 9 pm).  I was not able to do this, but there are so many nice places to hang out in the hotel that it was not a problem.  There are also public showers if you need to wash off last-minute sand before leaving... I was worried about bugs and of course I took bug spray everywhere.  I got only one bite and that was while lying in the hammock in the jungle. It was a sand fly.  I did not even see a mosquito although some of our group complained about being bitten (in shorts, at night....duh).  I sprayed when I was out. And although it was blazing hot every day, I didn't get burned as there is ample shade to be found, if you want it, and a good sunscreen works. I read in other reviews about sewer smell by the beach or pool areas.  We did not smell anything bad in these areas over 7 days. When I first opened the door to my room, it had that musty, by-the-ocean smell but I didn't notice it after that.  I should also mention that the temperature controls in the room are great.  There are three speeds of fan so you can make it very quiet.  The a/c runs all the time except when you open the sliding patio door. There are no screens so the door is either open or shut. There is also a ceiling fan.  I was always comfortable in my room and slept like a baby every night. Oh, and "toiletries" here means little soaps and shower caps.  The shampoo stuff is in a dispenser in the huge, walk-in tiled shower but I didn't know which was which so I didn't use it.  I would recommend bringing your own. So, all in all, a lovely place to stay.  Thank you, Riu Playa Blanca, for a great holiday in Panama.



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