Panama

Riu Playa Blanca


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All Inclusive    

2018 Exceptional Values!
Honeymoon:
Late check-out, Free Upgrade to next room category, and $35 spa credit per adult.
Family: Two kids 12 and under Stay Free with two paying adults from 5/1/18-12/23/18.

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
BUENAVENTURA GOLF CLUB
Guests get a discount on green fees, Shared Golf Cart, Includes shared golf cart, 2 bottles of water per player, transportation included only for weekend rate (must pay for weekday transportation), use of driving range. A service charge will be added
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: 3:00pm
Check-out: 12:00pm
Total Rooms: 573
Year Opened: 2013 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card
ROOM TYPES
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.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
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
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
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
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
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 or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
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
DINING
Riu Playa Blanca features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Playa Blanca:
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)
Il Palazzo - Italian restaurant (buffet starters and dessert)
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
Nothing relaxing about this place
Melissa P, Canada
Mon Jun 18 12:54:01 EDT 2018
I must preface this review by explaining that I have been spoiled! I've stayed in some top-notch resorts in Mexico and some great ones in Cuba, too. So I did have pretty high expectations - especially for a Riu. Unfortunately, this resort fell short on many accounts, including these: - Our room was really, really far from the resort amenities and I did not find it to be relaxing at all (see the next point about decor). - The decor is jarring in my opinion. They are going for an ultra-modern look (I think) but the decor leaves a lot to be desired and there are even places (like the lobby with its garish red leather seating!) where I felt like I was on a seedy adult movie set. - There is not nearly enough seating for the number of guests that stay in this resort. If you're not out by 6 am (and that's probably even a bit late) to "save" a seat with your beach towel, good luck finding any shade. I personally hate the practice of "seat saving" that goes on at many resorts and I certainly wish more resorts would prohibit it. It's really not fair and lots of people are left wanting for a decent spot. - The beach is OK. Unfortunately due to where this resort is situated, lots of sand and silt is in the water. It's not clear (forget trying to see anything at all in the water) and really not fantastic for swimming as the waves (at least when we were there) were quite strong. - There is, quite simply, not enough to do. There aren't even quiet corners where people can relax. There are not enough bars. It's hard to even get a spot in one of the a la carte restaurants. Basically, unless all you want to do is lie in the sun and drink all day every day (which I guess most people seem to want!), there is nothing else going on. - Given that there is really not much to do at this resort, the nightly entertainment is essential. It's OK. Honestly, nothing at all to write home about. - The car rental place is a scam. DO NOT waste your time trying to get a car - just hire a taxi for the day if you want to do any sight-seeing. The car rental place will tell you cars are available and then you show up the next day at the scheduled time to get your car and there are none. This happened to so many people; lots of people had their plans totally screwed up as a result. In fairness, I should explain what is good about this place: - The people. I only had good interactions with hotel staff. They are polite, friendly, helpful, and really do go out of their way to help you have a good time. - The food. Believe it or not, the food in the buffet is actually really good. Turns out we did not need to eat in one of the resort's a la carte restaurants anyway. The buffet boasts loads of variety and the options are quite different every day. They even have theme nights. While we were there, as an example, they had a sushi night. It was actually pretty good! The next time I travel to Panama (I will go back, the country is amazing!) I will stay in a hotel in Panama City or rent an apartment. This time around I spent as much time as possible OFF the resort, making me feel like staying in a resort was somewhat useless.

Good place for kids
Luisa R,
Sat Jun 16 11:00:52 EDT 2018
Panama does not have that many all inclusive options and this is one of the better ones. It has a kid pool that is pretty crowded (and needs some maintenance) but the kids love. The food is varied and pretty much standard for this kind of place. We had an ocean view room that was clean and well maintaned. The beach is in front of the hotel with nice sand, but it is pacific coast so no clear blue waters. I probably would not recommend for only adults (there are other places better) but with kids this makes for a fun and affordable trip.

Hot Hell Hole!!!
Nancy C, Jersey City, New Jersey
Wed Jun 06 17:15:52 EDT 2018
This is the worst resort ever with Panamanian law of not smoking in resort rooms or balconies. A $ 500 dollar fine. Smoking is only permitted on the beach.No smoking at the airport neither!, My room room was upgraded to Oceanview only after complaining of filing out crazy registration paperwork. Did I say i'ts an 2 hour long ride from the airport to Rio Hato. Anyway the food was nasty and disgusting. It made me sick along with their horses CRAPPING and peeing all over the beach. It was flilthy and disgusting! The bugs alone will eat you alive. Packs of wild dogs running loose. Cats begging inside of the steak house.Frogs leaping around.The lounge chairs are infested with tiny bugs that bite. Ants galore, due to the fact when they collect glasses from the beach. they dump the remainder sweet fluids into the sand. The BEACH IS DISGUSTING.This is a CHEAP STANDARD resort withvery limited ammenties. A cheap minibar in everyroom.No jacuzzi, No hottubs, No spa,No wash clothes, No lotions or hair conditoners. I deeply regret visiting the RIU!!I It was very disappointing. I'm a TRAVEL AGENT AND I WILL NOT BE REFERRING ANY OF MY CLIENTS TO ANY OF THE RUI RESORTS!! BOSSMADAME'S EPIC TRAVEL DESIRES.

Mother/Daughter vacation.
Deborah M, Trenton, Ontario, Canada
Sun Jun 03 04:16:24 EDT 2018
I found the grounds to the resort clean and our room was cleaned every day by the maid service. There was lots of pool chairs for everyone. The service at the bars were all great and friendly even with the gap in language. We had a problem with our air in the room but a service man was sent there immediately. I found it unusual that some of the a la carte restaurant we're buffet, use to having full service dining in a la carte. The food was good lots if variety. Missed having pool service for drinks you had to go to pool bar and get your own. Had an ocean front room, thought it would be a little nicer then regular rooms but other then ocean front view it really wasn't any different. All in all it was a wonderful vacation and would go back. Did the Jungle tour, it was amazing.

Mr. Francis Runey
fpruney, Pilot Point, Texas
Sat Jun 02 06:04:34 EDT 2018
This was the WORsT experience with any Ruin we have stayed at. Rude people, nasty dirty hotel...kids take over pool bar, employees were soooo rude! Will NEVER come back to this location. Food was disgusting,no free internet WiFi unless you want to live in the lobby. They do not restock your mini fridge in your room. Coupons that were given to us we're not accepted. No Spa like they claim. And 3 employees acted like they were shooting at us when we were leaving. This one experience was enough for me, I'll find another chain for my vacations! Oh and police called Dailey on vendors on beach... Awesome vacation! NOT! Thanks Ryi for ruining my vacation!



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