Panama

Riu Playa Blanca


Email | Share |
All Inclusive    

2019 Exceptional Values!
Honeymoon:
Late check-out (based on availability), Free Upgrade to next room category, and $35 spa credit per adult.
Family: Two kids 12 and under Stay, Play, & Eat Free with two paying adults from 5/1/19-12/23/19.

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 do not 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.

Find out what's new at Riu Hotels & Resorts!

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.

Learn more about Riu Hotels & Resorts. Find out more about Panama!
HOTEL LOCATION
Located on the shore of Cocle beach in Panama, two hours ground transportation from the airport.
Address:



PA
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
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
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
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
Hotel Average
What to expect
Food Quality
Comfort
Cleanliness
Service
77 Recommend
77 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playa Blanca to their friends and family
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 2859reviews
What to expect
Location
Rooms
Service
Value



TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Currently on the property.... very happy.
Jeremy G,
Wed Mar 13 15:58:38 EDT 2019
My wife and I got in last Friday night and have had an awesome week so far. The people are great, good has been very good all around less one thin steak... I think they ran out of strips that night :) The beach is awesome, pools are great too. The staff are overwhelmingly kind and friendly and a little broken Spanish appreciated. Zero stomach issues for us or anyone we spoke to which is a good thing! Great value for the dollar! We will visit again... J

Mixed reaction to an advertised 5 star resort.
JanetW2121,
Mon Mar 11 16:22:57 EDT 2019
We booked a garden view room but both couples were "upgraded" to ocean view which was a nice surprise. Rooms are spacious, clean, quiet but: our patio doors had a broken latch so it was a challenge to lock and unlock. I spoke to the reception desk staff about it and a burnt out light bulb. Bulb was replaced promptly but latch remained broken after two complaints. No explanation as to why it was not repaired The ceiling fan was nice but only had 2 speeds: high or off! Food also hit and miss. Main buffet indoor seating area was noisy, but outside tables were lovely. Asian Restaurant was very poor, at the steak house, steak and fish on skewers were only okay. slow service. This restaurant was nicer at lunch with fresh tender fish every day. Italian restaurant was okay, not 5 star. Staff spoke little English but were friendly. I also noticed broken tile in elevator. A big plus was proximity to airport and I was concerned we would be bothered by aircraft noise but this was not an issue. We signed up for the half day ( 9 hour!) partial transit of the canal but tour boat was average, food not great but tour guide was quite informative. Good experience only if you have never been through locks before. We considered taking other excursions but heard from other guests that they were disappointed--fishing guide that did not show up , VERY hot walking tour of Panama City in the afternoon etc. Do not tour on Carnival weekend as traffic jams were lengthy. Overall, they did good job serving guests of 500+ rooms. Main facilties were clean. Although, a non smoking resort, addicts indulged just outside smoke free area and some lit up early in anticipation. They asked guests to not reserve chairs but people did with no repercussions. Information in our packages asked men to not wear shorts to evening restaurants but this was also not enforced. Would have left the long pants at home if we had known. Free wifi in lobby area.

Good
2wetravel2gether, Canada
Sun Mar 10 05:49:40 EDT 2019
The Riu is a really nice hotel. But I have to say the further you go into Latin America the less English you see. Staff is nice, I was getting sick if the food on our 4th day. We rented a car for 2 days. We drove to Panama and looked into going to monkey island and the tour wanted to charge $96 per person but they’re was no more tours since we showed up at noon, so we asked a P/U at our hotel in Playa Blanca (since we had to bring the car back next day), they want $300, this is now $500 to see monkeys, of course we said forget it. So we walk around in Panama, saw the Canal, went for lunch, then we went to Gamboa. While at the Gamboa marina we ask someone to drive us around in their boat monkey island they said yes for a private 1hr tour for $90 for all 3 of us, we took it. Boat ride on the Panama Canal and monkey island. Don’t book your tours with the hotel, rent a car for a few days and see what you would like to see. Everyone friendly around here, I don’t speak Spanish but found ways to communicate. We went to Aeton the first day and Panama City the second and got back to the hotel by 9pm and worth it.

Great Location
Voyager33607920529,
Sat Mar 09 05:11:58 EST 2019
Truly the best vacation I have ever had. Food and Hotel were excellent. The tours offered were amazing! I love the location because it is so close to the airport via Sunwing only 5 minutes and did not have to fly into Panama City.

just ok
toddbcanada, St. Catharines, Canada
Sat Mar 09 04:22:33 EST 2019
Just got back from Panama. This was my first time staying at a Riu and i have to say just ok. Let me start by saying I gave the hotel 3.5 / 4 but no more. I am an easy traveller with no great expectations as you can see in my other reviews. For this hotel being rated a 5 star from sunwing I am going to say disappointed. The hotel is only a few years old and in need of alot of repairs. cracks throughout the building, cracked and broken tiles in the elevator, missing tiles throughout the pool, broken shower head in my room, thrown together unfinished painting. I really could continue and the list could get long. I know these seem like "so what" but 5 star should be better. Room: My room was ok nothing special nothing great. We had a slight view of the ocean being in room 6067 top floor. My bar fridge was filled every two days like expected. Bottles in the dispensor were filled and not totally replaced. Bed was very comfortable and sheets were changed everyday. So the room was acceptable. Grounds: The main grounds were in great shape people always cleaning cutting and trimming. The beach was always kept in good shape people picking up glasses and trash left behind by people. Food: This is where the hotel to me slacks from the 5 star rating. I have had equivalent food in 3 star resorts. The steak house was just ok. The beef was chewy cooked right but just chewy and thin. Appetizers were good and tastey other people i went with said the food was just average. We didn't try the Italian as we recieved a buzzer at 6:45 and was still waiting at 8 for a table for six. We didn't try the asian restaurant as we haven't heard many good things from it. For the most part we ate dinner at the buffet which once again just average. As for lunch we mostly ate at the same place as the steak house but was a buffet for lunch. It hit the spot most of the days. The pizza was good from there. Service: This is where the hotel really lacks in the star rating. The service is good at the sports bar and that's where the good stops. Every morning for breakfast it was a struggle to get a coffee and water and usually never came with a good morning. Lunch and dinner service was about the same. Service at the pool bar was weak and yes I tip well. No interaction with staff or remembering beverages like, I have had in other resorts. I'am not saying i need personal service but being remembered once in awhile makes people feel good about tipping. The only one that would look at people after recieving a tip was Irving. He is the best in the pool bar. Entertainment: I did not watch many of the shows at night but the ones I did see were ok. I usually do not watch many shows at resorts I go to. The day time entertainment is good the staff works hard to interact with people. Pools: The pools need work as I mentioned before alot of repairs to be made. Missing tiles and the water is a little cloudy. There is four pools on the resort one with a bar one kids pool and two more to just chill. I believe that the kids pool is just that and kids playing in the pool bar shouldn't happen. We do not need that water splashed into our beverages. After bieng long winded I would just like to say I would return but not for the price point. I would put this resort in the 1250-1300 dollar range but not much more. I can go to other places of equal category with more to do of the resort.



The comments and opinions on this Ratings and Reviews section of our website are the views and opinions of TripAdvisor members and AppleVacations.passengers. They are providied 'as is' and we accept no responsibility for any loss, injury, inconvenience or other damage resulting from this information. You should verify critical information (for example passports and visas, and customs) with the relevant authorities, and review our Fair Trade Contract and Things To Know Before You Go (including our Health and Safety Tips For Travelers) before you travel.
Be the first to know! Sign up for email deals. Subscribe