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Riu Playa Blanca


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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
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:
Il Palazzo - Italian restaurant; reservations required.
Xian - Asian restaurant; reservations required.
Balboa - Main restaurant serving 3 buffet-style meals a day.
Chiriqui - Poolside restaurant serving grilled specialties.
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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Hate to say it but this was a terrible place to stay
900lauriem, Burlington
Thu Dec 01 03:41:45 EST 2016
This resort seems to cater to the local folks in Panama and maybe their neighbouring countries. Not much english spoken here. Service in restaurants was horrible. Pools were overcrowded and dirty. Food was comparable to a 3-star in Cuba. As a smoker my husband was banished to almost the beach area (a good long walk). Apparently this is a country law. The beach was awful, sand very dark and gritty and water very dark - we did not sit on beach nor go into the water. Room had some major issues in which I am hoping the hotel steps up to address so I will not mention them here in this review. There is not much around the hotel - very expensive day trips where you spend most of your time on the bus getting to and from your destination. I've been to many many resorts - and I would rate this one as a tops a 3 star but likely a 2 star.

Went for a destination wedding - no bueno!
OSonia, Toronto
Wed Nov 30 05:55:47 EST 2016
If you are a smoker, enjoy good food, want to host a destination wedding or don't speak Spanish this resort is not for you! Traveled November 4 - 11, 2016 for a destination wedding. Room - Our room is probably the one thing from this trip I can say I was genuinely happy with. It was clean and very spacious. DO NOT FALL for the ocean view upgrade, ALL of the rooms at the resort face the ocean. The hotel is built in a U shape. Restaurants - I would compare the food at this resort to the food in Cuban resorts. Very bland and flavourless. I was highly disappointed because Riu's are known for having great food. They have Tobasco at every restaurant, you'll need it. This is the first resort that I have been to that does not take reservations for the specialty restaurants. This leaves you waiting for a table for at least half an hour, if not longer. We required a table for 20 people a couple of the evenings and organizing it wasn't easy. We tried the steak house and the Italian restaurant. Didn't get to try the Asian restaurant as it was closed for half of the week with no explanation. Skip the Italian, stick to the buffet and Steak House for dinner. Service - Can't say I had any bad experiences with service other than the fact that most staff don't speak very much English. Most tourists on this resort are local Panamanians and Central Americans. Location - Resort is only about a 10 minute drive from the Rio Hato airport. If you are landing in Panama City, it's 2 hours. There is nothing within walking distance of the hotel, you have to take a taxi if you'd like to leave the property. There is a grocery store called Super 99 that is about a 5 minute cab ride from the resort, spend the $5 USD per person and take the trip over there as there is no duty free at the Rio Hato airport when you are leaving. Alcohol is super cheap at Super 99. Bars - There is one 24 hour bar which is the Sports Bar. The 'snack food' is repulsive. There is no bar on the beach which is incredibly inconvenient. Bring a large drinking container to prevent having to get up every half an hour. Closest bar to the beach is the pool bar and it doesn't open until 10:30 am. Beach - two words: no bueno! The water is very dark and murky. The beach itself isn't anything special, sand is very hot but that's expected. All beaches in Panama are public so local sales people are constantly on the beach selling souvenirs and horse rides. I must say though, in comparison to other countries like Jamaica they are not aggressive at all. They set up shop and wait for people to come to them. There are PLENTY of beach chairs, never had any issues obtaining one. Entertainment - only one night the evening show was interactive, and if you don't speak Spanish good luck trying to figure out what's going on. The shows, and the resort in general is very much geared to locals and Spanish speaking tourists. Destination Wedding - the bride wanted to get married on greenery instead of the beach which she stated months in advance. We learned the day before the wedding when we met the wedding planner for the first time that greenery meant a patch of grass in a very heavily populated area of the resort and there was no other option. She ended up moving the ceremony to the lobby bar where we would get more privacy. The wedding officiant did not speak English well and had an accent that was almost impossible to understand. The reception was held at the Italian restaurant - they served us the same food they serve every other night of the week to the hotel guests. This resort definitely does not have much experience in planning weddings, it was beyond obvious. I highly recommend NOT to host your destination wedding here. We assumed we would have a designated room for all of the ladies to get dressed together/take pictures. We learned the day before the wedding that this resort did not offer a wedding suite of any sort. We asked to use a room that was vacant for a couple of hours but were told we would have to pay a fee. Why? The hotel wasn't in high season, more than half of the rooms at the resort were vacant. Tips: ensure you bring plenty of bug spray and Afterbite. The mosquitos and sand flies are hungry. Grab a water taxi from the Water Sports Centre for $10 USD per person and head over to one of the three beach bars that are only a 5 minute boat ride away. Our lunch at Pipa's Bar & Restaurant was the highlight of this trip. If you haven't seen the Panama Canal before, it's worth the day tour. You need EXACTLY $15 USD to exit the country. They don't give change (even for a 20 dollar bill) which is bizarre. Considering this resort is part of the Riu chain and we paid $1300 person this place was a HUGE disappointment. I stayed at the Royal Decameron (also in Panama) a couple of years ago for a fraction of the cost, much better experience overall!

What was everyone talking about? Great Hotel-- l but Lots of Kids
sunkissedslu, Barrie, Canada
Fri Nov 25 13:57:02 EST 2016
RIU has definitely seen the reviews because they have stepped their game up. We went Nov 18-25 (Friday to Friday). We read negative reviews about service, staff, food, locals, language etc. NONE of that was an issue, and literally i mean none. I don't know why everyone was complaining about this resort.. like relax.. if you don't have bacon for a day find something else. There was plenty of options and the food was nothing different than other RIUs we have visited. Ignore the reviews, and just relax and have fun. Honestly the rooms are nice, the staff is so nice and we had such a good experience (eight of us ranging from 25-60) ! If you are looking for a vacation and aren't picky about whether they have scrambled, fried or over easy eggs you will enjoy this resort. (Even though they have all type of eggs) We also read that there were lot of locals and kids.. that was not a lie... there are a lot..like A LOT.. you will 100% see more locals than people from other countries.. its peak season people.. what do you expect? To be the only one here.. no way jose. The bar pool I am pretty sure is designated for adults and if kids go there they aren't allowed to splash etc. We watched the lifeguard tell the kids to go into another pool or stop splashing and swimming laps constantly in the bar pool. It was pretty nice to see actually. But we only saw that once.. after that day the kids were running wild and it was actually pretty annoying. Seeing more kids on my vacation than my classroom at home was not my idea of relaxing. This is definitely a hotel NOT for older people, couples, etc. I literally would say this hotel would be extremely fun for families as there are more kids than adults. But if you are looking for a relaxing, kid free, quiet, hotel... i would search elsewhere.. this isn't the hotel for that. KID OVERLOAD.. and not in a good way. AIRPORT: When you arrive you have to go through Panama customs where you give a form you should have filed out on the plane, than collect your bags, than your bag goes through a scanner. After that you find your bus and if you landed in Rio Hato its about a 7 minute drive to the hotel.. if you landed in Panama you're looking at around 2 hours to the hotel. Leaving- YOU NEED $15USD per person in CASH to leave the country. So make sure you save this before you spend all your money. Also the airport has ZERO places to buy anything.. there is actually a little vending machine but thats it. No food, no souveniors, no duty free etc. So buy what you need BEFORE you go to the airport to depart back home. There is also wifi in the airport for free! CHECK IN: So easy, you don't go to the front desk. There have a little desk where they have all your stuff ready for you (towel cads, room keys, map etc). Super easy. HOTEL: -Free Wifi ONLY in the lobby and in the restaurants NOT in the rooms, pool or beach. If you want internet outside the lobby you have to pay $6USD an hour, $12USD a day, $30USD for 3 days and $40USD for a week. -Mini Mart in the hotel that sells sunscreen, snacks, etc -Gift shop in the hotel too -Live music at like 830 at night to 930, the show from 930-1030 than live music again after that -Disco opens at 11-2am.. open every night except Monday -Nice little surprise they had fireworks at like 7 and 10 pm over the beach one day! -Bathrooms in the steakhouse bar and in the lobby as well as by the sport bar- bathrooms all reek of garbage. We used those bathrooms regularly when we weren't in the room and they are smell so disgusting. Like a musty rotting garbage smell. STAFF: Super friendly - read about a language barrier from other reviews but that didn't seem to really be an issue at all, anywhere we went on the resort including front desk staff to food staff as well as cleaning services. Everyone was also fast to say Good morning, Ola, etc. ROOM: -Rooms are super nice and modern, we had a king size bed, balcony ( Courtyard view- but you can still see the ocean). -We had a view of the stage and could watch shows form our room. -Fridge had Sprite, Club Soda, Coke, Diet Coke and Orange pop, water and a couple beers stocked in the fridge (stocked every 2 days). -Iron, hangers and safe in room (NO robes) BATHROOM: Had shampoo, conditioner & soap as well as a hair dryer. -Tap water is NOT drinkable safe. (Says so on a sticker on the mirror) -Our room 4026 did not have a bath tub, just a shower. POOL: There are 3 pools and one little kids play area pool so basically 4. -The first pool had the swim up bar, and beds in the pool. Probably the biggest pool here since the bar is the main attraction. T -The second and third pool are much smaller - one is dedicated solely for older adults and is quiet (didn't see that written anywhere just observation). One pool is solely kids (not talking about the play area)- this pool is where all the entertainment is from the RIU staff. We sat at this pool once and HATED it. Kids were splashing and parents were doing nothing about it. I could have bopped like 4 kids in the face but didn't want to go to jail. RIU if you are reading this you should have dedicated pools.. while in the swim up pool bar I don't want kids splashing me... Its annoying and not my idea of a fun vacation. -The kids pool had slides, water sprays, water bucket etc -lots of games for kid BEACH: -Sand is not your typical white beach, clear water. Its dark water and dark/ black sand. -There are vendors on the beach but they don't harass you or anything they just stay where they have set up shop -The vendors have things like magnets, hats, bags, bracelets etc.. basic souvernior style stuff- cheap prices. Got magnets for $2 which we thought was good. -Tons of beach chairs and lots of shade + sun. You can sit under a palm tree for shade but lots of area for sun. -Wild dogs, not harmful -People renting horses out for ride -Mosquitos when sun goes down - so bring the spray! GYM: -Super small on the main floor as the lobby by the gift shop -Couple treadmills and a couple elipticals -One weight machine. -Believe that it is 24 hours. EXCURSIONS: They actually only offered only like 10 different excursions. -Parasailing, Panama city tours, boat tours etc. There wasn't even a booze cruise nothing like that. And what sucks is that most of these are a 2 hour drive there and 2 hour drive back so they are like all day trips. -We did the day trip to Panama.. but not through Sunwing/Signature/Nexus (whatever its called). We did it through a taxi driver at the front and it worked out to be soooo much cheaper. The hotel was charing $120USD per person for a drive to the city, a tour, lunch and a drive back. For 8 of us the driver was charging up $250USD for the transportation and tour, we buy our own lunch. Literally saved over $500 doing it this way. ALSO *** On the airplane Sunwing/ Signature will try to sell you excursions claiming that its cheaper because you get a 10% discount and its priced in Canadian dollars so you save so much more than if you buy it at the hotel. NOT TRUE. The Sunwing book on the plane has inflated their prices so its basically even. I know this 100% because we were looking at the Panama tour and the plane was offering it for $138CAD and the hotel was offering it for $105USD. So it basically works out to be pretty even. So I would recommend purchasing your excursions through the hotel and NOT the airplane service because the hotel staff know more about the excursion times, what to bring, all the details etc whereas the plane people don't know as much. SHOWS: -80s night Dance show which was pretty good! Shows start at 930-1030 than there is live music for an hour after that -Grease (didn't watch it, so cant speak to the star rating of the show) -RIU talent show -RIU dance party -RIU dance video party DRINKS: -Lots of choice, there is a drink menu. I don't like drinks where I can taste the alcohol so its really hard for me to find a drink. So what I have been getting here is Banana Mama (strawberry/ banana I think.. uh thats what it taste like anyways) and the Dirty Monkey (banana and chocolate) another good alternative for healthier people is vodka soda and bring MIO or those little flavour drops and you can pop some in to get some nice flavour, get drunk but not taste the alcohol :) YOUR WELCOME. They also have ceasers here with Clamato and not Tomato juice. FOOD: *wifi in all restaurants** -Lots of mosquitos at night especially by the steak house- so spray bug spray before you go. Balboa (main restaurant for breakfast and dinner) -Selection was good, typical buffet selection (breads, meat, fruits, eggs, cereal, hot servings, coffee etc). Steak House * No reservations for the a la carte restaurants more of a first come first serve type of deal - Opens at 645- So good!!! The food was delicious and the service was amazing! Served shrimp, bread, mozzarella sticks to start than you select your entree from filet mignon, chicken, fish etc, than they come with different sides such as broccoli, onion rings, potato wedges, corn on the cob etc, as well as different sauces and a dessert to finish it all off. I think the choices were apply strudel with vanilla ice cream, cheesecake with berry or a mango pie or something like that. Food was delicious! Xina (Chinese Restaurant) -Buffet style for the whole restaurant -Not our favourite -Didn't like the food or the food selection Italian - Appetizers is buffet style, as well as dessert. - You order your main course, there is alredo pasta with shrimp, steak, salmon etc. -Really good!! We actually really liked this hotel. - Apps were pizza, spaghetti, soup, salad, etc.. lots of different choices! Please feel free to message me if you have any further questions! :)

First time to Panama.
A S, Kitchener, Canada
Mon Nov 21 15:19:17 EST 2016
Stayed at the Riu Playa Blanca from November 11 to 18. Being first time in Panama not sure what to expect. Loved the hotel, food and people. Our rooms were clean and very comfortable. Decor quite modern throughout the hotel. Lots of seating in lobby and lobby bar. Pools very nice, especially the sports pool. Beaches not the best but quite nice for walks during low tide. Food choice great at main buffet. A la carte restaurants not the best. Japanese ok but Steak house was disappointing. Entertainment was not great. The disco on the weekend was great, however. Good music and dancing. Very enjoyable! Airport was only 10 mins away which is a bonus. Pre-packed sandwiches and salads from the Sports bar was great for take away to day trips and to the airport. Trip to Panama Canal and Panama City was very good. Our guide, Onelia, was funny and knowledgeable. Despite being the rainy season we had nice weather. Would definitely be back and would recommend.

Staff members were very polite and helpful, and would always give you a friendly nod or greeting as you walk by.
sim k, Chicago, Illinois
Thu Nov 17 19:43:49 EST 2016
This property is just too far away (over 2 1/2 hours) from the Panama City airport. On our arrival it was raining so you can imagine what a nightmare that trip was. The rooms were large and spacious, however, they had no couch or recliner. Either you sit on the bed or on one of the two uncomfortable red chairs with back angled at 90 degrees. The single table was very small with a piece of loose glass as table top. Mine fell off and was shattered. It cost me $45 for a replacement. The beach is terrible. littered with sea weeds in the early morning prior to the staff cleaning it. Also each morning that you venture out to jog on the sand you will encounter a pack of wild mongrel dogs roaming around. They can be very agressive at times. The food quality and variety is not up to par so don't expect too much. Free WIFi is available in the loby.



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