Panama

Riu Playa Blanca


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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
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
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
DINING
Riu Playa Blanca features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Playa Blanca:
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)
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, 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
Based on 2402reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Nice Resort - Good Food
euro_cat66, Portland, OR
Sun Apr 15 21:19:13 EDT 2018
We arrived at this hotel before check in time and because our room was ready we got to check in early. Personnel at the front desk was nice and courteous. Our room was on the third floor, it was clean the fridge was stocked and we had towels. The light in the shower was out and was brought to the hotels attention but was not fixed throughout our stay. Everything else was in working order and we had the front desk call us to make sure we had everything. We found out throughout our stay that it can be quite noisy in the room as long as entertainment was going on down on the stage. I think that is due to the U shape of the building. It really didn’t bother us too much but it may bother people that are noise sensitive. Maybe ask for a room farther up front and higher up. The grounds were beautifully kept, everything including the pools, bathrooms and chairs were clean. The beach was also kept clean by hotel staff in front of the Riu but not so much in front of the property next door. The beach is wonderful with soft sand and lots of palm trees and loungers. We swam in the ocean daily, the water is nice just the surf can be a little rough at times going in and getting out of the water. There are guys with horses at the beach who can be pesky at times. Also in the afternoon on the left side of the beach where they hang out it can get a little smelly. Right side of the beach is fine. There are also vendors at the beach. Buy your souvenirs there as we have found that they are much cheaper than in Panama City. We ate at all three specialty restaurants and liked all of them. The steakhouse was my favorite but all three were good. Don’t miss Gala Night at the main Buffet if you like seafood. They even had little lobsters to offer. The food all in all was great and the service was good. On the weekend the hotel runs at full capacity because the locals come to spend their weekend at the beach. I found that there was no change in service and no preferential treatment as some people have stated. The hotel staff was always helpful and kind no matter where you were at the hotel. The car rental guy in the lobby tried to upsell us twice when we inquired about a car. And the trip/taxi desk overcharges, but they are not employed by the hotel. We had a wonderful stay and would return to this property.

Definite waste of money
beachers2018, Toronto, Canada
Sun Apr 15 15:05:11 EDT 2018
I paid $200.00(US) to get out earlier and would gladly have paid more. The property is billed as a 5 star Resort property.In reality it is maybe 3 stars. The locations is lovely...and there it stops. The food is inedible and badly prepared. The entire staff are rude and surly to the point of walking away from you while you are in mid-sentence. Sparse WI-FI and limited T. V. in the rooms. NOT WORTH THE TIME AND $1500. I paid that's for sure Find another RIU property and at all cost avoid this horror.

Best All Inclusive
Teresa-Anne M,
Sun Apr 15 07:51:49 EDT 2018
This was a terrific trip. I was a little hesitant given so many of the negative reviews on trip advisor but frankly those complaints seem to be overblown. This hotel comes as advertised. The pictures are an accurate representation of what you will get. Because this property is so big, I think it can work for a lot of different travellers. If you're a family hang out by the pool with the water slides. If you're an athlete there's a pool for that too. My cousin and I hung out on the beach the entire time. There were plenty of chairs and shady palm trees for us to pick from. The food was great, we ate at the buffet every night. Also did the excursion to Panama City which was totally worth it. Bottom line if you want a relaxing holiday at a great resort stay here. Sure I could complain about the spotty wifi and lack of washcloths but those are minor things. I would definitely stay here again.

... You Get What You Pay For...
JeepGuy09, Toronto
Sat Apr 14 16:57:10 EDT 2018
Visited this resort from April 6-13th 2018. Would I go back to this resort... No. Why not? The food is comparable to the food in Cuba... and if you’ve been to Cuba, you’ll know how bad that is. I ate pasta every day which got me through the week. Language Barrier is difficult. Very few workers here speak any English. They didn’t even understand “orange juice” ... or maybe they were just being hard to deal with. Pools (3 out of the 4) were cloudy and dirty. The swim up bar ran out of beer which i had never experienced before. The bottles of liquor in the room (which is standard at all Riu’s - 4 bottles ) upon arrival - 2 were empty and never replaced. Beach was just ok. The entertainment was also very lame. The property itself is very nice. Maids and gardeners do a great job. FYI: unlimited wifi in lobby and restaurants which was nice (but only applicable on 2 devices). An additional $40USD to have it in your room. A big plus if you’re flying from Canada, is that the airport is only 10-15 minutes from the resort. Btw, there is no duty free or restaurants at the airport. Only thing you will find are 3 vending machines. Clearing customs was pretty quick upon arrival. Note: there is a $15USD departure tax at the airport. Questions? Feel free to contact me!

Not A Riu Five Star
Colin R, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sat Apr 14 15:31:58 EDT 2018
Quick efficient registration and check in and check out. Front desk friendly and prompt to address concerns and problems and resolve issues. All staff are respectful and helpful and kind. Rooms are clean and lack warmth and need painting and furniture is tired and needs replacing or repair. The food is what makes this resort a three star at best. We had ocean front and the view was outstanding! For the price you got what you paid for. Will we return? Not to this resort. You want class, warmth, excellent service and food - Jamaica Riu Palace. Or Santa Fe, Los Cabos.



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