Panama

Riu Playa Blanca


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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.
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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
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
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
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
Xian - Asian restaurant
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
Hotel Average
What to expect
Food Quality
Comfort
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Service
77 Recommend
77 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playa Blanca to their friends and family
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 2012reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Clean resort nice new but not much to do.
B M, Hamilton, Canada
Tue Jul 11 09:02:47 EDT 2017
Just returned from a week at riu Playa Blanca our first trip to Panama after going to Cuba domican and Mexico we thought to try some where different Panama The resort is on the smaller side no golf carts needed the rooms were modern and clean the safe worked well as well as the air conditioning which is needed in panama no complaints about the rooms For smokers there is no smoking anywhere in the resort except for the beach area My only complaint would be there was not much to do they didn't do any entertainment during the day the shows at night were not very good food was ok I found the buffet was the best Even the sports bar which had pool tables was. A hassle to get them had to pay 6 dollars and hours and a 10 dollar deposit but the latest you could have them was 9 o clock disappointed to say the least Airport was only 10 minutes away was nice but nothing but vending machines inside If your looking for somewhere to relax this is a great place but if you want to be entertained as well as relax I'd look elsewhere.

Great resort for relaxing, fun, BUT one main warning....
Paul N,
Sat Jul 08 10:40:42 EDT 2017
I read so many of these reviews after friends booked this - first off I think many of these reviews have mixed up the Playa Blanca resort next door which is NOT a Riu property. This is an upscale place and several of the reviews have things wrong. Just got back from 7 great days, booked with Sunwing from Toronto. Biggest bonus is that the airport is 10 mins away! So lightning quick check-in process. I'm a family guy taking a break from the kids with the guys so having the swim-up bar be adults only was great. There is a big clear kids pool and they mostly stay there. The main pool has a volleyball net and it's so great to meet people every day playing. The place is so clean, they are sweeping and mopping day and night! My room was spotless especially the big washroom with a huge walk-in stand up shower (bring soap and shampoo though, they don't provide great toiletries). Nice towels though, big fluffy ones. Nice new flat screen TV with HBO movie channels and we had a great view from our room. I'm not a regular to "all-inclusive" resorts so it was a pleasant bonus to have liquor dispensers IN the room?! My fridge was always ice cold and stocked with pop and beers. What I loved was the big 1L bottles of water so I could stay hydrated and they are very liberal with these at the front desk. If you enjoy libation this place is great with the drinks, they never are cheap with the alcohol. But know this, the lobby lounge has the name brand liquor and proper glasses, class it up there. The sports bar is the pre-drink social spot before the club kicks in at 11pm and of course there's the swim up bar. What I loved most is they rock a complex mojito every time AND there are espresso machines for cappuccino or lattes all over the place. And a nice Canadian treat, they make real Caesars with legit Clamato! Food is ok, a 3/5. Buffets are nice but never a wow. Lots of variety and so many drink and dessert options. The 'restaurants' are ok, I didn't care for the Asian. The steakhouse was the BEST (look at my picture of that beautiful Ribeye) with a Filet Mignon special - BUT there are no reservations and it fills up so quickly that if you're not there before or at 6:30 opening you're waiting an hour for a table or outright turned away. We went on time for several nights and dined like kings! Panama is a good 2 hour drive away and Sunwing has excursions BUT go talk to the 'official' taxi service guy and he can get you into town super cheap and has some tours too - at 1/3 the cost. It's right on the beach, lots of beach chairs to relax on and beach volleyball daily too. There are lifeguards because the waves can get a little much but it's a gorgeous beach for walking and relaxing. I saw people rent Jetskis and ATV's. Every couple days there is a knick-knack tourist market with VERY good prices. We took an excursion to Panama and went to markets, malls and the Duty Free - but this little beach market had the best prices of them all. NOW, MY BIG PROBLEM with this place - young men and women I'm talking to you here. IF YOU ARE from Canada or the USA and you've visited other Caribbean countries you will not find this resort overly warm. They're just not that into you and they don't cater to you. MOST all, the MUSIC. If you are going here to party and you like Top 40, big miss. The nightclub plays ALL spanish music ALL the time, with the occasional Pitbull and Drake thrown in but really, no. The weekend is filled with locals and lots of people from Columbia and regional countries. Then there is a beach party during the week, no that is a kids event with guided line dancing until 11pm when the adults who are ready to party show up and *poof* it's over and the nightclub is closed that night. Lots of people bring their own portable speakers and just group-up to try and have some fun but it's the only reason I wouldn't recommend this to the party crowd. This is a great resort for families and couples. Every night there are game shows and lots of things for these groups but if you're a group of friends looking to party? Maybe try another place.

Good Times but need a little work...
Belgazou47, Terrebonne, Canada
Thu Jul 06 10:20:27 EDT 2017
This was my first time in Panama. Location: This property is located on the west coast of the Panama. The Weather: Tropical climat very hot and very humid (80% and over everyday). This Hotel is located at 10 minutes from the Rio Hato Airport, We came with Sunwing (i heard that Sunwing was the only International airplane carrier authorise to land at this Airport). Customs: Entry in Panama was fast , no problem with luggage's also. Transportation to the hotel: ..really effective only 10 minutes drive. Checking-in to the Resort was really easy, they were prepared for us to come, when leaving the Bus the provide you with your bracelet and after you go to the registration sign papers and Voila!!!!!. Room: Rooms was really nice and clean when we arrives, equipped with all the necessary thing you might need during your stay. Hair dryer, all sort of body lotion, soap etc...Safe is included in the room without cost, mini-bar is refilled every 2 days. Liquor dispenser at you service. Satellite TV, Free internet in the lobby, (you can ask for In your room Wi-Fi ($)). Service was made effectively and professionally on a daily basis. Grounds: Grounds were well maintained very nicely. Beach: Unlike other resort the sans on this beach is black (refer to photo) and the sand is getting very hot by mid day (please wear sandals otherwise it's burning your feet. Wave are big and 2 lifeguard are present from 9:00 AM to 5:00PM. Plenty of chairs for everybody. Some chairs are un umbrellas and others are under Palm trees. Pools and bars: 3 pools on this property one of them is for youngster (waterpark). Bar near every pools. Towels are available during the day without any problems. NOTE: Since it's very hot and sunny during the day people are putting on sunscreen...but the side effect of this is that in the afternoon the water in the pool begins to be a little bit "whitish", other thing since it's hot the water is very warm and not so refreshing. Food: Main Buffet: food is good and well presented quality is there, service is OK. Italian restaurant (a La Carte): mix of a la carte and buffet, food was good some meals need some thinking over. (my wife got a vegetable lasagna the pasta were so overcooked that she did not eat at all). Asian restaurant (a la carte): We were really disappointed about this restaurant because even if it an a la carte restaurant the whole meal is a buffet!?!?! Steakhouse restaurant (a la carte): this was the best restaurant of them all. Note : all restaurant do not required reservation (first come first serve). If the restaurant is full a pager system is in place to "reserve" you place at one table later on the evening. Personnel: Unfortunately we do not feel the warmth of other Caribbean country in Panama. Evaluation: This property is really family oriented and for mid size budget vacation family. Every services is OK but nothing extraordinary. Also RIU is advertising this resort as a 5* ...sorry but it's not at 4* (solid) but some of the services are missing to be a 5* Generally I had a good time...we will let time pass by before going back.

Amazing get away
nayday0229, Richmond, Virginia
Mon Jul 03 16:41:56 EDT 2017
I travel to Panamà once a year, and this is my to go resort for the last 3 years we always have fun, they have something to do for every one of the family from the kids all the way to grandparents. The rooms always are clean, they keep the room well stock of beverage. The staff work very hard to keep everyone happy. Food are good they have variety of foods. Overall it's just" AMAZING "

Amazing....and HOT!
govboy, Winnipeg
Thu Jun 29 09:10:03 EDT 2017
The first thing you'll notice is how clean the hotel is. They even have gardeners wiping down trees outside the hotel.The staff is friendly, thought not as friendly as other RIUs i've stayed at. But I had no bad experiences with anyone. In fact one person working the bar in the upper lounge did stand out. Uzziel was amazing. He was so easy going, happy and always smiling no matter how busy he was. He provided better service than any other bartender in that hotel, hands down. The rooms were beautiful. Very bright modern decor, which was a change from other resorts we've stayed in. Food was excellent though I didn't find the Asian "a la carte" so great. It was simply a buffet with Asian cuisine. The other a la cartes were great and served great food. My fiance stated the salmon she had at the gourmet restaurant was the best piece of salmon she's ever had in her life! We went on several excursions, but if you really want to have fun, go on the Jungle Boat which has the funniest captain you'll come across in a while.The Panama Canal excursion was a nice way to spend a day as there were several stops and you get to ride on the Panama Railway which was nice and very relaxing. The disco played good music one night out of all the nights we were there. The novelty of latin music wears off pretty quick and after a while we started craving for more top 40 mixed in with the latin. As I mentioned that only happened one night we were there. So after a couple of more nights we chose not to go back. The weather was very hot as soon as you got up in the morning. So by mid day we were regularly in the mid 30's. Therefore beware of the sand on the beach. Don't rely on sandals on the hot beach as you could still kick up the sand onto the open areas of your feet. We walked around the beach in water shoes and found that was the answer to keeping our feet cool. Overall it was a great experience. If there weren't so many other resorts I want to visit i'd gladly go back. I've never gone wrong with a Riu yet.



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