Panama

Riu Playa Blanca


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All Inclusive    

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.
Address:



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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 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
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

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:
Chiriqui - Poolside restaurant serving grilled specialties.
Il Palazzo - Italian restaurant
Xian - Asian restaurant
Balboa - Main restaurant serving 3 buffet-style meals a day.
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
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 1896reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Disgusted
kim u,
Sun Apr 23 03:16:32 EDT 2017
Ocean front view was great. Rooms were nice, but all the maid did was make the bed. When asked for clean towels the made took the old ones but didn't replace them. Only two English channels on the tv which also showed ice cube movies. No smoking hotel which I understand, but to make people go to the beach to smoke is a joke. No ashtrays on the beach so buts were put out in the sand. Check out was at 12:00 which sucked. Left hotel at 5 to go to the airport to sit for another3 hours. You could keep your room for an extra $35.00 per person. Like the rooms were empty until the next group came so why not extend checkout. Food- okay but nothing great. Ala Carte restaurants were a joke. Rib eye steak was really close to flank steak. Found all the beef and pork to be tough. Buffet was okay same stuff every day. What wasn't eaten at breakfast became dinner latter. Wine was nasty and only one type of beer. Staff-Very poor customer service. If you do not speak any other language than English your screwed. wait times at the bar were very long. Each bar only had two people to handle the crowd. Basic drinks only. If you had a dollar in your hand each time you went to the bar then you got served a little quicker. One would think that they would have staff at night to clean the place more. If you had a complaint they did nothing anyway so dont waste your time. Pools- nice size pools but nasty. The bar pool had so much scum in it. Never did I see them vacuum or shock the pools. As never ending pools, the side was there only to skim the crap off the top. Only say them put chlorine pucks in the pool drainage. The pools needed to be shocked nightly. If you want to get hep A, B or C the pool with the swim up bar is your best bet. Entertainment- basically high school level. Same stuff every day. There really was not a lot at this resort. Airport- very small, with no place to get food. Overall- Hotel was nice but the rest was a joke. This has been the second stay at a Riu and I would not ever stay in a Rui again.

Fun,enjoyable week in panama
Tipo G,
Sat Apr 22 18:33:23 EDT 2017
This resort has lots to offer. Modern clean style, typical with riu resorts. Comfortable room with good views Lots of activities to take part in if you like being active. Nice long Beach to walk, great for morning walks when it's not too hot. Lots of shade trees on beach to chill out with a book. Buffet and restaurants were good. Buffet was getting boring by the end of my stay. Good variety and good food but same day in day out. No problem getting drinks at bars always served quickly. Bartenders at sports bar were awesome they would see me walk in and have drinks ready when I sat down. Staff and service were good in general Rio Hato airport is only ten minutes away from resort I would return to this resort for the right price

Will NOT be back!
Al M,
Sat Apr 22 08:31:16 EDT 2017
Worst RIU Ever! Nice hotel! Good room. Staff are a complete joke. They don't know the meaning of hospitality! Or being Personable. Riu could at least teach the staff basic English. I am not asking for them to be fluent but at least make an effort as I did with Spanish. Food was ok but nothing great and gets worse as the week goes on. A LA Carte restaurants are laughable. Food was terrible! And the the service was extremely sub-par. 30 minute wait for our meal. Entertainment nightly shows was like a high school talent show. A very poor excuse for entertainment! Come on RIU you could do alot better. I would not visit Panama ever again. The people are not friendly at all. They are not hospitable. And act like you don't exist and don't need tourism to support them. All in all it is what it is. I am not complaining but just stating the obvious. I guess when you have had better, then you expect better. This wasn't what I expected.

Great Family Resort
travelbugNG, Ontario, Canada
Wed Apr 19 16:15:38 EDT 2017
It’s a shame this hotel markets itself as a 5 star resort because it’s definitely not a 5 star property BUT it is a very solid 4 star hotel. If you come expecting a solid 4 star resort (as we did) then you will not be disappointed! A complete breakdown is below but for the right price I would recommend this hotel to most people, especially for families and those with kids. FOOD/DRINK – Overall very good. Lots of variety at the main buffet and decent selection at the beach buffet. Buffet is lacking true made-to-order stations but they do cook lots of dishes in front of you and then fill up trays directly from the grill/cooktop so food always tasted fresh, was served hot and re-stocked regularly. They are big on efficiency at this hotel which is great as they have serve yourself drink stations (including wine, beer and coffee) and often have duplicates of hot food dishes in different places to keep things moving. The a la cartes were a bit disappointing - the Italian was only a la carte for the main course (apps and dessert were buffet), the Asian a la carte was 100% buffet (although the food was excellent, especially the tuna and salmon) and Steakhouse was a true la carte but had limited menu options and only mediocre food. Drinks were very good overall with lots of variety. Canadian’s will be happy to hear they do proper caeser’s with clamato juice! Premium liquor was advertised but the best we saw was Smirnoff and Canadian Club at the lobby bar only. One complaint would be that the steakhouse, which at a “5 star” resort one would expect to be high-end, did not even offer cocktails (only wine and beer!) BEACH/POOLS – Both good. The 4 pools offered a nice variety from a kids pool, pool with swim up bar, an active pool and a quieter pool. Music was playing almost all day the pools though so those looking for a quiet spot would need to go to the beach. As others mentioned the beach is a darker send and almost black near the ocean but there were not many rocks and we could walk out in the water in bare feet without any issue so we enjoyed our time there. The only issue with bare feet was how hot the sand was…the hottest any of us had ever experienced for sure. Of all the resorts we have been this was one of the best in terms of lounge chair availability at both pool and beach. Although the premium shady spots by the pool were taken early in the am, you could always find a chair any time of day, especially at the beach (including by a palm tree with shade if you wanted) ROOMS – Nice rooms that were clean, modern and simple. Nothing fancy but had everything you could need. In room liquor bottles and mini fridge were handy, although mini fridge only re-stocked every other day. We opted for the OceanFRONT room which put us right at the end of the building overlooking the pool and beach. The upgrade cost was minimal and we felt it was worth it as the courtyard rooms have little privacy (although it seems most rooms have oceanVIEWS. Note that our oceanFRONT room had no bath, only a walk in shower. HOTEL – Definitely a unique hotel which has a very modern, North American feel. Didn’t have the same look and feel as other southern hotels so that may be an issue for some but to us it wasn’t negative, just something unique. The restaurants are large and airy which made it nice for us and our friends with small kids (their loud noises didn’t bother anyone!). Couples looking for a quiet and intimate atmosphere might be disappointed. Nice property overall though, everything was well kept and still felt pretty new. Common places such lobby bar and theatre had lots of comfy seating and good views. Free WiFi is available in select common areas only, it worked ok most of the time. SERVICE – No complaints with service in general as long as you are not expecting 5 star service. This resort is lacking things typically associated with higher end hotels such as drink service at the pool or beach. Staff were generally very nice, friendly and hardworking throughout the hotel. One disappointment was that the hotel staff left me to struggle with 3 people’s luggage loading on the bus while my friends tended to their ill child. I have been to many 4-5 star hotels where staff would have seen that and rushed over to help me, but not here. In summary, this is a solid 4 star resort with lots of variety, activities, and good food that would make it a good value pick, especially for families and those with kids.

HOT HOT HOT vacation
Peppermay2014, Toronto, Canada
Tue Apr 18 17:21:25 EDT 2017
This is our second time at this resort and it's lovely and now an airport is located 8 minutes away! The weather was perfect and very hot being so close to the equator sunscreen is a must! We really enjoyed the steak house and Italian restaurants. Everything is clean and the staff are more than accommodating. We rented a car and drove to the mountains to visit the mud baths and a restaurant recommended to us. I have read some of the reviews and didn't have a problem with anything and I can be "particular", if you don't have hot water it's the operator not the hotel (hot is in the middle) someone else enlightened me to this. If you are thinking of going have a wonderful time!



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