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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
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
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

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:
Balboa - Main restaurant serving 3 buffet-style meals a day.
Chiriqui - Poolside restaurant serving grilled specialties.
Il Palazzo - Italian restaurant; reservations required.
Xian - Asian restaurant; reservations required.
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

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48 Recommend
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Our First Visit to Panama!
Cory V, Diamond Bar, CA
Sun Aug 21 14:56:19 EDT 2016
Riu, Playa Blanca, Panama August 20, 2016 Overall Experience at the resort: A very important start was the fact that the service was excellent in all phases, Hotel Reception, Food, Bar, Cleanliness, and Room Service. Our room was located on the 4th floor and was closest to the beach and pools. We paid extra for that, very happy with that. The rooms were certainly plain style Hispanic with tile floors, a king sized bed, which was comfortable, a regular bathroom, spacious shower, with good water spray and temperature control. We had a balcony and spent an hour or more on it almost every day. The wife was upset about the hotel not providing shampoo and conditioner. They claimed the body wash in the shower was all purpose, yeah right? So bring your own! Because it was rainy season, the rivers nearby flooded the ocean with mud each day. Few went swimming and we had no interest. The waters beyond the mud were a medium blue. It was overcast almost every day, with little sunshine, however, that kept the air temperature down in the low 80’s, with not much humidity. They had four swimming pools, one for kids with water slides, although meant for kids under ten in difficulty? A net was in one of the bigger pools and a swim up bar in the other big pools. Pools were also plain Jane, square with no fancy designs or patterns. The bars all served a similar variety of cocktails; pretty much anything you wanted except very high end liquors. Our favorites were Rum punch, Pina Coladas, Mojitos, Margaritas, Tequila Sunrise, Mai Tais and strawberry Daiquiris. Service was almost instant depending on how busy they were. Grounds were conservatively landscaped, big lawns, with few tropical plants. They had a sports bar, with six TV’s. It was usually the busiest bar, other than the pool bar. Although the selection of places to eat was plenty, and most of the food tasted good and was fresh, the problem became SOS, (Same Old Stuff) which was a negative in our opinion! Especially Buffets for Breakfast and somewhat for Lunch, simply too much redundant tastes! (See suggestions for further details.) There were three Specialty restaurants which required dinner reservations, Steakhouse, Xian (Asian), and Italian. Only the Steakhouse was open for lunch, and it was buffet style and served the pool crowd. There was also a poolside mini BBQ that served food, I think Hamburgers, Hotdogs, etc. The Steakhouse was top notch, the only restaurant where you ordered exclusively from the menu, which included two appetizers, Shrimp Cocktail and Mozzarella Cheese Sticks. Although there were other choices, we went to the Steakhouse to eat a steak. On the menu was Rib Eye Steak, while the two nights we dined there they offered a surf and turf combo of Filet Mignon and Shrimp, Fish and Vegetable skewers, plus Corn on the Cob. The Cheesecake for desert was awesome, so was the Mango Sherbet. Thus was a fine dining experience, as both the Filet Mignon and Ribeye steaks were excellent, a slight nod to the Filet Mignon? The Italian restaurant was primarily buffet, providing a nice salad bar, desert bar, with other hot entrees like pasta, chicken, fish, lasagna etc. You ordered off the menu for only your main entrée if needed? My choice off the menu was Shrimp and Linguini in a white wine sauce that was simply delicious. The wife enjoyed the Salmon served with on saut The Xian (Asian) restaurant was an anomaly. It was just a specialty buffet starting with a salad bar, some excellent Sushi Rolls, Tuna and Salmon Sashimi, cold seared Ahi (Tuna) and some other cold items. Hot foods included their specialty Peking Duck, minus Hoisin Sauce, Tempura Shrimp and Vegetables, minus Tempura sauce, what? Also the tempura dough was way too heavy? They also had a desert bar with Cherry Ice Cream and chocolate sauce, too good! Other than the great Sushi and Sashimi, which brought us back a second time, this was a disappointment. Why do you need dinner reservations for another buffet? Both my wife and I enjoy wine, the table red and white wine served was passable at best, and the buffet taps often added a fizz, which was not appreciated. Cocktails were not served with dinner; you had to go to a bar, although I believe if you asked someone, they would make a run for you, as occasionally a cocktail was brought to their table. No bars in the restaurants, however all served wine and beer; the buffets had them on tap. Suggestions: For Breakfast Buffet please change it up some, replace some dishes with Eggs Benedict, Corn Beef Hash, Carved Ham, Larger variety of Sausages, Chicken Fried Steak. With biscuits in a white gravy, Lox and Bagel (our favorite) would be wonderful at least on Sunday Brunch. For Lunch Buffet reduce the number of dishes and specialize more, daily changes, similar to dinner, like Mexican food, Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean, etc. Too many choices and they tend to blend together ad taste the same. For Dinner Buffet we did not attend, although we were disappointed we missed the one night they served a variety of Ceviche dishes and the carving station served Leg of Lamb, yum yum! We also saw some delicious looking soups that were not available for lunch or in the specialty restaurants, such as cream of Broccoli. Didn’t see a Clam Chowder or Seafood chowder which I love. Maybe missed them. Specialty Restaurants Ok a salad and desert bar are acceptable, then switch to menu items only. Way too many buffet items lacking quality flavor! Our single biggest complaint was the lack of seating for the evening entertainment. So frustrated that after attending late dinner, the show was in progress and there was absolutely no seating? The only show we attended was Grease, missed the first half and as it appeared was not popular with the Latin crowd, so there were several seats available. We liked it very much. Since it looks to be impossible to expand the seating in the theatre area, an early and late show would sure be a nice addition? Tours! For gosh sakes the local tours should be an important factor in getting guests to return to Panama. In the hotel lobby there was a tour desk, no brochures, they spoke little English, and offered a basic taxi service, without a tour guide, just a driver. We paid extra for an English speaking tour guide on our trip to the Anton Valley rain forest, as our trip to the Canal and the old/new city, flea market was very boring with no conversation possible? Since there is a two hour drive to the Canal and the same for the return trip, we learned nothing about Panama as we drove. We later found out they had another tour desk, (Nexus) hidden in the hotel bar area that offered real guide service in both languages. They also provided brochures and offered many other tours that were more attractive, like Monkey Island, or an actual boat ride through the Canal and into Gatun Lake. Sad! Conclusion: Highly unlikely we will return. There are simply too many better hotels at comparable prices available in the world. I believe it is rated 4+ stars, 3 to 3+ maybe? We spoke to another guest who had visited several other Riu Hotels elsewhere. He said this one was below the standards of other Riu Hotels he had visited. As far as Panama is concerned, we didn’t see as much as we would of liked, the distance to other activities from the hotel were too far away, consequently taking too much time and thus raising the costs of the tour. Certainly our two trips to Northern and Central Costa Rica nearby were far more enjoyable, although they also had long distances to travel to scenic areas. There are just better activities and great scenic beauty in Costa Rica. Although I will admit the hotels were no better, in fact not as new or nice, maybe even 3 or 2+. More>

Let me give you the low down on this resort
AkiTravels, Toronto, Canada
Thu Aug 11 14:06:54 EDT 2016
Where to begin! Rooms: As I walked into my room, it was physically clean (beds made, no dirt) but there is a moldy smell! This was also the case for the rooms of my fellow travel companions. On our last day, my mom found mold on the curtains and near the bed in my brother's room! I also noticed some mold under my dressing table. Thankfully, there are balconies for each room and you most likely will be spending most of your time outside, but this is a big negative and a health hazard. Rooms are spacious, nice bathrooms. I like how the hotel tries to be environmentally-friendly by making it that you must put your room key in a power slot to get electricity and when you take the room key with you, that cuts off the power. Facilities: They have a spacious beach. I never had an issue with finding a spot with an umbrella which is great because the sun is hot! It seemed that most people were in the pools or chilling on the sandy part on the beach instead of swimming in it because the beach is not known for being pristine and it's not the most calm/safe waters. I did do the kayaking which was fun (and free). They have men with horses on the beach. If you want a 10USD horse ride on the beach, that's available (not offered or approved by the resort) but beware of occasional horse droppings if you're walking on the beach. I really recommend chilling at the beach at night, it's lovely. Pools are big, clean and salt water which was great. All pools close by 6PM but I think there should be a pool that closes later than that since nightlife is lacking. I didn't go to the gym but when I checked it out once, it also smelled bad but I suppose will do for people who want to work out. Food & water: I only drank the resort water (provided at their restaurants) once 'cause it was absolutely disgusting. So stick to the bottled water that they provide in your room or at the front desk (thank God they do this). Food is a hit or miss. Some things taste good, others I would personally stay away from, especially if you want to avoid upset stomach which I struggled with for a few days. I would say don't bother with the specialty restaurants, just go to the main restaurants for meal or snack. The main diner has the most options and best food anyway. I also wish they had a decent 24 hr place for food. The Sports Bar is open for 24 hrs but they only have stale nachos and sub-par burgers for those drunk/hungry times. Tip: better to go for breakfast before 10AM 'cause after that the breakfast isn't good and you might as well wait & go for lunch. Activities/Nightlife: The nightly show that features different dancing each night is cool, especially for travelers who are not into the clubbing thing. The Mr. Riu contest that they did on a Thursday was great fun to watch. They have Club Pacha on the resort but it smelled terrible (like sewage), I couldn't stay in there for 1 minute and there's no one on the dance floor so that's no fun. You might as well go drink with your family/friends. The bars were good, great service and the drinks were strong how I like them, there's a good variety for different tastes. I found it kind of annoying how the different bars would close down at different times so we had to keep moving bar to bar lool. Service: Front desk is friendly, cleaning staff says hello to you in the halls, bartenders were great. Overall, this resort definitely does not deserve its 5 star rating. More like a 3.5, but eliminating the mold and smell problem would greatly improve their rating. If you get a room that smells moldy, definitely ask for a different room. The resort is more suitable for families due to lack of nightlife at the resort and in the surrounding area at this time. Panama is a nice country to visit and I had a great time at the resort because it's what you make of it. But I don't see a reason to stay here again. More>

We had a great time
UCLAmom, West Covina, California
Mon Aug 08 16:47:55 EDT 2016
I read lots of reviews before we went to this hotel, and I agree with a lot of what was said. The food isn't great, but it's mostly edible, and I would definitely recommend making reservations for the Steak House & the Italian Restaurant. We did not like the Asian. We love sushi, but this just didn't cut it. Yes, there were a few tiles missing from the pool deck, but so what? Didn't affect us at all. Keep in mind, that this hotel sits on the Pacific Ocean, so do not expect the beauty of the Caribbean. It was fine, but not spectacular. Plenty of shade with the Palm Trees & the umbrellas. The staff were all fab. Very nice people. We all enjoyed the evening entertainment. Yes, the drinks are probably watered down, but they were good anyway, and if you want to get drunk, just drink more! We are a family of 5 (parents and 3 kids in their 20s). We stayed in a 2 bedroom family suite. It was clean, cool & well equipped. The only thing I was disappointed about is that I thought it would have a living room where we could all gather, but it just had the 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms with a hall in between, but it was nice, and we had a lovely Ocean view. If you are flying in to the airport in Panama City, then I would definitely recommend renting a car (we rented a minivan from Alamo, and it was perfect). It's about 2 hours from there to the hotel, but the drive was relatively easy, and then we had transportation to get around and see the sights also. Ended up being much less expensive than hotel transfers, and booking tours. All in all, we had a fabulous time, and I would stay at this resort again. Just know that it is not super fancy, but it is certainly adequate. We really loved Panama! More>

Room for improvement
stormy830, Cincinnati, Ohio
Thu Aug 04 19:01:45 EDT 2016
The hotel was what I expected from reading reviews. Our stay was from May 13-20. We had a group of 42 travelers with a wide range of ages 2 - 83. Being from the states, we had the 2 hour trip to the hotel. The travel company made the trip worse than it had to be but that’s another story. We arrived late and there was only 1 person to check us in. Of course, there was issues with beds (friends needing 2 beds and couples wanting 1 bed). These issues were cleared up the next day. However, one item which was strange was that the Oceanfront doubles only came with a single bed. Meaning friends who booked this type room either had to share a bed or downgrade to a different room. (The hotel would not offer a refund for the difference in price and said the rooms were for couples only.) The hotel staff did not speak English with the exception of those at the front desk but all were approachable and understood our requests. The bartenders were friendly and the wait staff was attentive. We booked our excursions via Nexus who were at the hotel. The representatives were knowledgeable and helpful. Many declined the excursions because of the location of hotel. The majority of the excursions were more than 2 hours away. The hotel condition was fair and was showing its age. The staff could not keep up with the cleaning and often trash was in the hallways. Never did the hotel look immaculate but it was tolerable. The rooms were like most of the pictures—typical Rui—white rooms with a splash of color. The views from the rooms facing the courtyard were good and the ocean could be seen. (Many were glad they didn’t pay for the Oceanfront upgrade.) We did not have any problems with the room cleaning staff, with the exception of lack of wash cloths. They would promise wash cloths but never come back. I recommended that the group bring body puffs which came in handy. Others just used hand towels as replacements. The refrigerator was stocked on schedule. The only maintenance issue in my room was a broken shower head. We had to request the repair twice. It was eventually fixed in a couple of hours. Others had problems with their safes but the problems were quickly resolved. The pools were never too crowded and chairs were always available. The bar pool had missing tiles and a guest did cut her foot. The bar pool was the main attraction during the day. We did stay in it for hours (No, I did not pee in the pool. The bathroom was not that far. ) The 3 specialty restaurants were average. However, everyone found something they liked. We enjoyed the steak house the best because the management held a private event for the group. Nice touch! The buffets usually were well stocked but food did sit out longer than it should. They always had plenty of bologna but bacon was scarcer than expected in the morning. There also weren’t the usual grill stations for omelets or eggs. Lunch and dinner buffets had a variety of food. The entertainment staff was enjoyable but if you are expecting a high quality show, you will be disappointed. The disco was packed and hot! The DJ mainly played Latin music but the dance floor stayed packed. We often left the disco and hung out by the pools (which close way too early.) With the late night crowd, the main complaint was the lack of food. Yes, the Sports bar stays open all night but in the wee hours there were only fruit (which looked like it never was replaced) and nachos with questionable cheese. Thank goodness for the large well- stocked grocery store down the road! Helpful tip: Good place to stock up on snacks and your favorite liquor if it’s not available at the hotel. The drinks were what you would expect from this grade of hotel. No top shelf liquor but pretty good tasting mixed drinks depending on the bartenders. Did we have a good time? Yes. Would I recommend this hotel? No. The location and lack of pizzazz was enough to make us consider another location if we ever venture to Panama again. More>

Simply OK
Sheldeen S,
Tue Aug 02 19:44:48 EDT 2016
Overall, this hotel is very clean and the staff are very nice. Food is edible but we noticed that they started to reuse some things, and I got very sick. The rooms and especially the Club Pacha is so smelly. There are definitely ventilation issues. Their beach, pools and main areas are clean but know that many don't speak English at all. If planning an excursion, Panama roadrunners cost more but better quality than nexus and an actual English speaking tour guide. Overall, a good experience with family, but the hotel is simply a 3 star. More>



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