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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
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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48 Recommend
48 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playa Blanca to their friends and family



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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Not the typical quality expected from a Riu!
Pat J, Brampton, Canada
Wed Feb 22 10:14:59 EST 2017
Although it was very modern the quality of furnishings were way below what I have enjoyed in the past! The staff not at all helpful almost seemed like they were not allowed to show any emotion good bad or indifferent! Lobby bar had the best drinks and staff! Thank goodness for them! Never got a hot shower until 6th day there! Pools nice but could be cleaner and the beach was off limits due to undertow ! Red flag up everyday! Food was the same every single day and the alacarts were a joke! They were buffet too and no music to reflect the theme! Food terrible there! However if you are there for warmth this is the place hottest destination I have ever been to! Met some good people there though so all in all the week was fun! Oh and one more thing we paid for ocean view but did not receive they said we only partial not frontal which was never mentioned to us and we asked for two double beds but got two singles they told us they don't have doubles! Strange!

We went back and will again
Wayne R, Kitchener, Canada
Tue Feb 21 08:14:52 EST 2017
2nd time to this resort and feel it is significantly better than the previous resort across the river that we stayed at 4 times. The Riu is a mid class Riu with very clean rooms and grounds. There are bugs that are triangular in shape and can fly (no cockroaches here!!!) but they are harmless and don't go in the rooms. The food is standard for Rius (meaning good to excellent). There are 3 a la cartes here. The Steakhouse and Italian are excellent. You can get a delicious rib -eye off the steakhouse menu or if you are there early enough you can ask for the bacon wrapped filet menu (not on the menu). The Italian has standard food. My wife and our friends loved the poached salmon and I liked the soltimbocca.(tender beef wrapped around sundried tomatoes.) The Asian restaurant had a reasonable selection of Asian food but was more like a Mandarin (meaning buffet).The kids pool has 2 three person slides, a water bucket that fills then dumps and this pool is usually full of families. The beach is long with very big tides (especially at full moon). It is a mix of black (black) sand and amber sand but is very soft.The under-toe is strong some days and the red flag is up most days. If the tide is out they warn you to shuffle your feet due to the possibility of stingrays. People were in the ocean every day regardless. We were there Feb 6-20th 2017 and only 1 person got a stung by a stingray. There are rivers at each end of the beach. To walk to the end of the whole beach and return takes about 1 hour and a half. Good walk. Take a water bottle because Panama is really hot.(35 degrees average daily while we were there.) Taxis to the end of the road at the highway cost $7.50 US Dollars from the resort. (The only currency readily accepted.) If you walk to the end of the resort and out to the gate a taxi you flag down will cost you $4.00 US for 4 people.There is a Super 99 at the highway which is almost like a Walmart without clothes for sale. Any kind of beer, wine, soda, juices, snacks, coffee, and hot sauces at very reasonably prices. (significantly from the resort). Fresh meats and vegetables are also available. If you ask for a late check out be prepared to spend $35.00 US per person in the room. We felt since we arrived closer to 9:30 at night that we should have been excluded from paying the late check out fees but we weren't. Based on that the resort gets a 4.5 star rating from me. Also there are only a few rooms available for late check out. We got lucky with some influential people who helped us secure a room. (check out was at 5 pm and we were at the resort until 7 pm). Many thanks and cudos to the staff who were very friendly. English is spoken but very limited by several staff. A little Spanish goes a long way. People of mention include Elvis and Steve (Bellhops), Fabiola (manager), mechanical staff who were generally quick to respond, and all the servers at the bars who even though busy (and not always in the correct sequence were able to keep the refreshments flowing.) Get down early in the morning to place your towels (5:00 am) beach or pool. This area of Panama is in a pocket where it rarely rains (maybe 1 day in 60 days). The sun is hot and dangerous due to the proximity to the Equator so be careful. Put on your sunscreen. Cover your head ears. Enjoy Panamanian hospitality.

Awesome Vacation!!!
julie b, Stratford
Sat Feb 18 14:36:33 EST 2017
This resort was very nice!!! Weather was the best you could ask for and food was good!! The drinks were also very yummy! The staff was quiet and attentive, you could get everything you needed with a smile from the staff😊 You will definitely need a 30 sunscreen or higher.. The rooms were comfortable and clean. We didn't see any bugs. The ocean has a strong undertow and water is not clear like the Caribbean. The pools are kept clean . The ONLY issue we had was that there was not a washroom near the pool with the swim up bar. So of course you keep your head above the water!! Everyone called it the pee pool! Because you can't tell us that all the people drinking alcohol for hours and didn't leave the pool didn't need a washroom! Overall, we plan on going back !! The bus ride was a short 10 minutes too!!! Loved this place 😎😎😎😎

Amazing resort
happyinpanama2017, Barrie, Canada
Sat Feb 18 14:05:53 EST 2017
We just returned from a week at the Riu Playa Blanca. Not sure how anyone could find anything to complain about. The food was amazing in all the restaurants, buffets and snack bars. The food supply was endless and always available. The beach was amazing and raked every day. The staff were extremely helpful, courteous and patient and worked non stop. The rooms were clean and well maintained. The grounds were impeccable. No matter what we asked for, our needs were always met. Right from an extra bottle of water to towels, no matter what we were always greeted with a smile especially the front counter staff. The entertainment staff worked their $&@!!s off and were always engaging the guests. Our "hats off" to the "picineros", the " jardineros" and wait staff who worked tirelessly to make this a great vacation for our family. Great job Riu!

Monique Daoust, Ottawa
dodo1250, Richmond, Canada
Sat Feb 18 13:21:08 EST 2017
We always vacation at Riu hotels and this one is the worst. Hotel was listed as a 5 star, pretentious! 3 stars at the most. While the room was large and clean, as are all Riu hotels, the bar was refilled every 2 days with only 2 of each, even water, ridiculous. When we, and other guests from our trip went to the front desk to ask for more, we were told no! Food was terrible, most of it overcooked or burnt, specially the eggs, and the desserts were the same, day in day out, only the shape was different. The one redeeming feature was the Italian restaurant and the fact that one did not need a reservation. Only clean swimming pool was the the kids' one, the other 3 were filthy, we never saw anyone cleaning them, only taking water samples, guess they were self cleaning pools. The staff's knowledge of English is limited and in the main buffet and the beach restaurant, better get used to taking your empty plates to the servers' station because the servers seldom do, probably because there are not enough staff to go around. In our wing, the fIre alarm went off way too often, mostly in the dead of night, and there is a fire alarm in every room, imagine the noise. In the end, we did not even bother getting up, dressed and out of our room, it defeats the purpose of fire alarms. The air conditioning also stopped at night from time to time, starting again in the morning and the electricity was not much better. Besides the weather and the size and cleanliness of the room, there was nothing much to enjoy at that hotel.



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