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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 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.

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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 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
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
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
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Longest two weeks ever, food wise.
nhvacabadfood, Boston, Massachusetts
Sun Sep 23 11:40:31 EDT 2018
Two and half hours drive from airport if coming from US or five minutes from Canada. For us it was a fast easy check in. Room 4065 overlooking center, pools and ocean. Housekeeping was good. Hallway was clean on our floor. Four elevators and still wait to get to appropriate floors. Manager and some staff members at front desk could use hospitality training. Bars was great with brands like jim beam, Bacardi and Gordon gin. Try the dirty monkey, frozen banana drink that was wife’s favorite. Kids pool, activities pool, bar pool and one other pool. There was a few days where it was crazy packed with guests, locals. Pools packed with unruly kids jumping in and others bringing in huge floats. Entertainment nightly except for one Monday. Had three restaurant and the buffet restaurant. Steak restaurant was open with no ac and not part of main building. Ribeye steak is thin and nicely seasoned on night and not seasoned on other visit. No real steak knife to cut steak. BBQ chicken was moist. Sides okay. Didn’t like any thing from Italian restaurant. Strange interpretation of Italian dishes. Chinese restaurant did a bit better. Dry duck and bottled sauce for all entree items. I ended up eating thin rice noodles and white rice. All served buffet style. All three restaurants open at630 pm. Main buffet restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Same items served lunch and dinner it seems with slight sauces in meat items. By the sixth day I was trying to make sandwiches for my meals. Of all the places we’ve been to this was the worst food ever. Spa was outdoor in a cabana not like any resorts. Beach was black volcanic sand and rough waves. Sand gets very hot by noon so wear something on your feet. Mini market at resort had almost the same prices as supermarket 99.

Riu Playa Blanca
Glenn S, Brantford, Canada
Sat Sep 22 00:25:04 EDT 2018
As per most Riu hotels this one did not disappoint. Everything was good or better from the food to the cleanliness of the room and the pools were in great shape. The only downside is of course the locals coming in and taking over. But we also have to understand that in order to stay in business they need numbers. The food also changes when the locals come in. The front desk staff were all friendly and helpful. We paid the 40 dollars for the wifi for the week and was surprised it actually worked at the beach. The Sunwing reps were often hard to find especially around 12-1. Just a suggestion maybe they should stagger their lunches so someone is always available.

Not worth it
zee b, Toronto, Canada
Fri Sep 21 12:17:11 EDT 2018
Were here for 7 days. Pros: .entertainment team was great and actually entertaining. The only issue is that the show started really late at 930. So late considering this resort is for older couples or family w kids. But the team did a great job .pools were clean. Except for the one w the bar. That pool stinks so much but the other ones were good .buffet the food was good. I wished they had a theme every day of the week. When I went they just had a Mexico theme on Wednesday. They repeat all the food so it would have been nice to have something fun to look forward to .staff: was nice. I like how they didn't beg for tips like how it is in Cuba and DR overall they tried to accommodate CONS . Beach: horrible. If you go for the beach ....don't bother. It's very rough and not swimmable .housekeeping: horrendous horrendous horrendous. All they did was make the bed and sweep. We had to request for toilet paper. They never refilled the tissue. They never clean the toilets or anything in the bathroom. One day they didn't even clean. I complain and they said its because I had the do not disturb WRONG if I had that on the door I would have no expectation for a clean room. Just nasty. So doooo not bother tipping they don't deserve it. Oh and when I complained they said they'd send someone but it was 11 PM.....like thanks for a dumb option .sunwing excursions are soooooo expensive. This hotel has great option though called TFS travel full service..they will take u to the same excursion at less than half the price. Our driver was great we had Marcos n Carlos...super nice. We went on city tour. Mall when it was raining and waterfalls. Definite save your money and use them Overall...this is the first n last time to Panama. Nothing special

Overcrowded and Understaffed
melanie, Philadelphia, PA
Wed Sep 19 08:23:19 EDT 2018
I guess I should start by saying that I am a RIU Class member. My husband and I have stayed in many RIUs throughout Central America and the Caribbean. This RIU is by far the worst we have ever stayed in, and has kind of put us off of the brand as a whole. Some of the issues were not the fault of the resort, but there were other issues that could have been handled better by the staff. We had a very early arrival in Panama City, which put us at the RIU at about 8:45 with our private transfer. On our way to the resort, our driver informed us that the week that we were in Panama was a vacation week for Panama schools. Of course, just our luck. I was terrified that they were not going to let us in the resort because of our early arrival, but no worries, we were let in without issue. We were able to fill in our paperwork, get our wristbands, and use the facilities, but of course our room was not ready at that early hour, which of course I expected. I was told I could try back at around 2:30, that perhaps it would be ready by then. The first thing that we did was go to the buffet for some breakfast. The place was jammed, and I mean JAMMED. There were people pushing shoving, dropping food everywhere, it was mass chaos. After managing to snag some breakfast, we went to the pool with the swim up bar, which I assumed would be the bar with the least amount of children. Again, JAMMED!! While this pool may have had the least amount of children, there were still an excessive amount of them in this pool, surrounded by drunks screaming and yelling. I have never been in the company of such obnoxious people in all of my life. We found two chairs way in the back, and just tried to get some rest, as we had been traveling since 10:00pm the previous evening. It was so loud, I could not catch a wink of sleep. My husband went to the bar to get us drinks, as because it is not a Palace, there is no poolside service. He was gone for 30 minutes!!!! 30 minutes to get two drinks from the bar. That is unacceptable. He said that it was so crowded that he could get nowhere near the bar! After this, we made our way back to the buffet to get some lunch. Luckily, most people head to the restaurant by the pool for lunch, because as it was crowded, it was not near as bad as breakfast. After that, we decided to sit in the sports bar for a bit, because it was close to 2:30, the time that we should be able to get into our room. Sports bar was cool and clean with good bartenders, no issues there. At 2:45, we made our way back to the lobby. I waited in a ridiculous line, only to be treated extremely rudely by the gentleman behind the desk, whom I think was management (based on the color of his shirt collar), and told that it is not 3:00 yet, don't even think you are getting in until then. Okay..... We sat in the lobby, and I waited until 3:15, then got back in line. Again, no room. Try again in 20 minutes he said. So I repeated this process twice more, before finally getting into our room at around 4:00. To say that we were exhausted was an understatement. The bellhop took us to our room (he was great, by the way) and the housekeeper was still in our room cleaning!!! I wanted to cry, but luckily, she was gone in about 5 minutes. We paid for courtyard view, and that is what we had with an ocean view in the background. Nice view, exactly what we expected to get. The room was fine, typical RIU, clean lines, white walls and furniture. I have no issue with the RIU decor. We sacked out and that was it for day 1. The rest of the week pretty much followed the same as the first day. The place was jam packed all week long. It seemed that a lot of locals came in for one night, and wanted to take full advantage of their all-inclusive package for the time that they were there. Food lines, drink lines, the pool, the entertainment in the evening, you could not get away from the crowds. It was awful. At the pool, they allowed children to bring giant inflatables into the pool...the one family had a blow-up ocean raft, that took up a quarter of the pool!! My other HUGE complaint at the pool that could have been completely corrected if the staff had any balls at all......the guests were bringing their own speakers to the pool and blaring, and I do mean blaring, their own music over top of what the resort was playing. Every day there were probably 4 or 5 speakers going at a time. It was awful. The one day, this family brought this GIANT speaker to the pool and starting blaring out what my husband described as "Latin Gangster Rap" for all the pool to hear, plus the three other speakers going, and the music the resort was playing. There is no way that anyone from the hotel can tell me that they were not aware of what was going on....the bartenders heard it, the cleaning staff heard it, the lifeguards heard it, the pool staff heard it, and at one put a member of upper management was out there. I thought, okay, this guy will put a stop to this. Nope. Just ignored it. I guess they did not want a confrontation. After the speaker fiasco, we decided maybe the beach would be the way to go for relaxation. Nope. The "four horseman of the apocalypse" as my husband called them, were relentless. They would not leave us alone....trying to get us to buy a horse ride. When it was obvious we were not interested, they tried to sell us weed, and even cocaine!! Then they tried to get us to go up to the bar and get us drinks. It was exhausting, not to mention the beach itself. We have been to Costa Rica six times (staying at both RIUs there with much different results), so we know what a Central America Pacific Beach looks like. We were not expecting white sand and turquoise water. We knew it was black sand and dark blue / brown water. What we were not expecting was the sewer / storm runoff that was being deposited directly into the ocean, giving the ocean an awful septic smell, and a very murky appearance, much different than Costa Rica's blue flag oceans. Panamanians should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this. Not to mention the garbage that was visible every where throughout the countryside. It's as though they have no respect for the natural beauty of their country. I guess Panama does not have the same laws of natural protection in place that Costa Rica does. Very sad. Back to the resort.... There was literally not one single relaxing place in this entire hotel. With a little bit of management, most of these situations could have been avoided, but it just seems like the staff here don't want to get involved, and that includes the management. A fist-fight with two drunk Latinos broke out right next to me at the pool, and no one from the staff did a thing. There were children around, someone could have been hurt, not to mention the foul language that was used during the fight. It just seems like this resort takes no accountability in trying to ensure that their guests have a good time, and that goes double for their North American guests. They only seem to care about pumping as much food and alcohol into their local guests as they can in the 24 hour period that they are there. I guarantee you that the rate that those locals paid was FAR less than the rate that my husband and I paid out of the US, but we were treated with much less care and respect. In short, I will never visit this resort again, and I will never recommend the country of Panama to my friends. RIU should be ashamed of themselves for this resort and the way that it is managed. It has completely changed my opinion of the entire brand. If you want to enjoy all of the beauty and unspoiled nature that Central America has to offer, I recommend Costa Rica. Although the two countries are side by side, they are like night and day. Such a shame, and I am frustrated that we wasted our annual anniversary vacation on a place like this. Never again. Melanie Spittler dates of travel: September 1, 2018 - September 8, 2018

Not as expected
SunnyBeach4us, Ottawa, Canada
Wed Sep 19 06:38:15 EDT 2018
We have travelled in several RIU resorts before and what we observed are not the customary RIU “high standards” which is not consistent to the advertised five starts hotel. Our overall impression is that of an average hotel. The food was decent but nothing to brag about. The buffet had a nice variety of food, which we enjoyed; however, it never changed - same thing from day to day. The guestroom, as the hotel, is clean, functional and open but very linear and uninspired. Looks very squared and basically no décor. Playa Blanca is a deceiving name as the beach is not “Blanca” but more of a blackish (see picture) sticky sand which is not appealing. Be careful and wear closed shoes when walking on the beach as there is a lot of animal faeces which can infect you. As beach lovers, this beach is not for us. On the positive side, upon our arrival we immediately feel the genuine love from all the staff (cleaners, gardeners, hospitality, bars, restaurants, and entertainment) as they are striving to make your stay enjoyable.



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