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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
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
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
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 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
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
DINING
Riu Playa Blanca features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Playa Blanca:
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)
Xian - Asian restaurant (buffet)
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 2246reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
First Time at a Riu
sreivo, Newmarket, Canada
Wed Jan 17 06:51:15 EST 2018
Excellent vacation Great Food, nice resort Our room was a little bit narrow as it was facing an open field we were however able to see a variety of birds the shower door was broken but it was quickly fixed by maintenance No complaints about the food nor the drinks all was good As we were on the Pacific side, the the sand was dark grey and at times black could not swim in the ocean for fear of being bitten by sting rays...5 people were bitten during our stay

Okay experience
Jamaicanangel, Piscataway, New Jersey
Tue Jan 16 15:09:59 EST 2018
If you are a "Foodie", do not stay here. Food is very average and basic. My friends and I went on an excursion to the Panama Canal and we stopped for lunch.. the food was excellent. Entertainment staff were great. If it wasn't for them, no one would have talked to us except the photographers. Rooms were clean... Beaches were good... Pools were nice but a lot of children around so be prepared. Really far from the airport almost 2 hours. Staff not too friendly if you do not speak Spanish.

A solid 3 stars
CalitoNL,
Mon Jan 15 06:13:27 EST 2018
Hotel Riu Playa Blanca was an interesting visit. It was our first time in Panama, in the past we have visited multiple locations in Mexico, Riu Aruba, etc so I feel I some scale of resort experience. The rooms were big and spacious, but could use some touchup paint and some replacement parts. Housekeeping was regular and efficient. The beds are very firm and if that is your style, that is a bonus for your stay. We experienced one day of hot water, the rest of the time cool to lukewarm at best. The last day, the shower "soap" dispenser was filled, but after reading many reviews before traveling here, we knew to bring our own shampoo and conditioner in general. The pools were nice. No problem finding a few chairs if you are up and moving before 10am. Christmas day was a little packed with locals, but the place cleared out before noon. Other visitors will provide you with their music sitting poolside in addition to the resorts music. I suggest headphones if you want your own music selection. There is no wait staff at the pool, there is a swim up bar. There was an interesting moment when some kids were playing catch in the pool and one 12yp +/- boy kept jumping from the wet, granite top, bar island to catch the ball and no one had issue with it. So yes there are kids playing in the more adult pool. The restaurants were nice, all buffet style. The Italian restaurant apparently had a menu to order off of, but we were not made aware of it and that seemed to upset our waiter when he came to take our order. I guess we weren't that observant. The food was plentiful and generally good. The buffet had consistent items and a few new ones each day. If you like to tip your servers, bring plenty of $1's, it is impossible to get change anywhere. It does help you get served at the bar faster. The service in general was very good. The employees smile and complete their tasks. Because we speak very broken Spanish, they kept conversation to a minimum and service oriented. We experienced english only from other guests, which is a nice change for some. We have lived abroad so we sometimes enjoy the language barrier. Last, the beaches were very nice. No issues there. The water is warm and a darker Pacific color compared to the Caribbean. There was no trash on the beaches but be aware of the occasional horse "gifts", There was a shipwrecked boat on the ocean that was interesting to see stuck in the sand, that was a first. Overall the entire property was a nice and safe place to vacation. There just wasn't any frills to the experience.

Second Time there, some things improved others not so much
Alan J, Niagara Falls, Canada
Sat Jan 13 08:43:42 EST 2018
Travelled Dec 29 2017 to Riu Playa Blanca for our second stay in two years. The price was the most reasonable for this time of year. We stayed in Room 5076, Oceanfront which was a nice room. Flew Sunwing and was 2 hours delayed because of weather. Buffets were closed by the time we checked in and a plate of food was prepared in our rooms for each of us. Nice touch by the hotel, just not good sandwiches. Check in was flawless and we were in our rooms quickly. We headed to the Sports bar for drinks and food and was disappointed with the same sandwiches as in our rooms, as well as paper thin nachos. Our last trip, there were corn nachos and cheese which were much more tasty. Drinks were good though. Weather was iffy all week, but nothing we could do about it. Happy to see the addition of a new washroom close to the pool bar pool, as it now allowed for leaving the pool for a short walk rather than staying in the pool and avoiding the long walk to the washroom. Activities were abundant and fun. Shout out to Edward on the animation team as he always made us feel special and included us in his activities. Food was good in all restaurants. Enjoyed the chef's special in the Steakhouse restaurant. New Years dinner was lovely, lots to choose from, and a nice buffet. The show and evening was a bit lack lustre, as there wasn't a real special feel for the upcoming new year. Fireworks at midnight were a nice touch, but nothing like the party we appreciated at the RIU Guanacaste the previous year. They set up a dj, and bars on the beach and really rang in the new year. Clientele varied from Colombians, to Americans and English and French speaking Canadians. Weekends had many locals on the premises. Overall our experience was good, but we will not be spending a third trip to this hotel.

Wonderful stay!
Maegan D, Ottawa, Canada
Fri Jan 12 05:58:36 EST 2018
We read the reviews before coming and I must say a few scared us. But after spending a week here it was a very pleasant stay :-) The Asian a la carte didn't get enough credit. If you love fish and sushi this was the restaurant to go to! We tried Italian but found it bland. Nothing wrong with it but we like more flavor. My friends got married while we were here and Aida was great. We had supper at the steak House that night the for was delicious! We had an ocean front room, the sunset every evening was perfect even though it over looked an abandoned property. One downside is the cleaning staff always got to our room late in the day so if we wanted to get out of the sun for a bit we were in their way. Instead of Sunwing tour we went with a local gentleman to Anton Valley and we paid less to see what we wanted highly recommend him! Don't buy your tour on the flight as some people were told they were cancelled and no longer ran. But Hotel wise we were far from disappointed the for at buffet was really good no matter what your taste buds enjoy



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