Playa Blanca Resort
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- All Inclusive Features
We happened to come across this hotel on our travels around Panama and it was amazing. We stayed for 2 days which for me was about the right amount of time as I'm not a lover of all inclusive. There's no question that this is an exclusive resort the restaurants were great the rooms are huge with sea views. Then there is the beach which is probably one of the best I have scene. Long white sand which reminded me off a James bond film..... Is it expensive Yep was it worth the money Yep.
I would not recommend this resort to anyone. No service at any spots Lacking restroom No smoking anywhere on resort property Unfriendly people and no Canadian people at time we were there. Pools full of children even swim up bar was full of kids so no adults only pool. Roaches in Italian restaurant but they would just kill them 👎would never go back.
I wish I could give this place no stars. I'm Panamanian born& raised but I will never post 5 star unless it deserves it. Between my family of 5 and another family of 4 we paid for a "apartment" as they call it. Paid over 1,000 for 2 nights and we were suposed I have access to the salt water pool. The available areafor it was about a 10x10 space and was all the way to the back of the pool(long walk). My sister and I both have sickle cell and all this walking wasn't advertized. It was so painful to even attempt to enjoy any of the pool. Next to the pool for any Bouncy house you had to rent $30 per hour per person. The distance between the apartments and the resort is a 30 minute walk so your best bet is to have a car. The first night we spent looking for the building and the room tononly be very disappointed in the room. This suit was disgusting and filthy. There was a beer box in one of the bathrooms with a stool filled of mold. The toilet paper holders were broken, water key was rusted and the amount of soap and shampoo were enough for a couple. The toilet bowl weren't clean at all. Maybe hard water? Still shouldn't they run by before giving someone keys to the rooms to make sure everything looks good? My 6 year old was disgusted and she didnt know half of what was going on. When we called the front desk, we had to wait a few hours before we were giving another room and we weren't able to enjoy of the all inclusive because by then it was 8pm. The beach isn't at all much clean, don't expect any clear water! The food from the resort was the same for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. The Italian restaurant and other restaurant they had for a nice dinner go very quickly so it's basically fighting a spot. You can't get a jar of water, instead you get cups so if you are one of the thristy ones- be ready to buy the waiter. Once we got changed to the second room, there were roaches, wifi wouldn't work, pillows were stained, the sofa was stained.! Wish I could add pictures here, so disgusted! I had all 3 of my kids with me and in the pool there was a couple at 7 pl about to get it on, once they notice our eyes, they left. I don't recommend this resort to anyone who expect to receive what they paid for. I wouldn't of mind this if I would of paid half of it. I didn't enjoy this stay at all. Your best bet is Togo to rui or even the old Decameron.
Everything was good at this place..make sure you check out the salt water pool, 5 min walk from front lobby. Kids loved it.The food was good everyday and all restaurant's.10 min bus ride to airport.We would come back and visit again.Thank you to the Playa Blanca staff.
First off, customer service was great. The moment we walked in the resort we were taken care of. Luis (Bellboy) welcomed us by taking our bags to our room and gave us a few nice tips for things to do in the area. Gabriel the manager was also very helpful and made sure we had everything we needed during our stay. We appreciate that.We stayed in the Town Centre Suites, our room was very spacious and well set up. I loved the patio doors/balcony with a view overlooking the big pool. We had refreshments in the fridge, good coffee, and a well working A/C. This section of the hotel is definitely quieter than the rest of the resort. The only thing we have to mention, although the room was cleaned, maybe the walls could have been a bit cleaner, and the backsplash of the sink, but that's it.For location, originally we had a trip booked to Punta Cana but because of Hurricane Irma our trip was cancelled and we had to choose a new destination quickly. So, our expectations for the beach was high, which made us disappointed when we saw the beaches in Panama. The water is very musky and sandy, and no one swam in there during the week. It looked abandoned. Which brings us next, to the pools. Since the beaches were not ideal for swimming, the pools were over crowded with families and their children. Things were a bit slimy from children and sun screen, but we understand with the amount of families and kids it's probably a lot to keep up with maintenance. It seemed like this resort is the hot spot for locals to spend quality time with their kids, like you would at a theme park. We were the only two from our flight that stayed here, everyone else went to the Riu next door.Another thing that was disappointing, the site we booked our trip advertises that Playa Blanca Beach Resort has the second largest pool in the Caribbean. We were excited once we saw this beautiful pool. However walking towards it, the security stopped us and told us it's for residents only. We confirmed this with the lady at the front desk, and she said the something. We were only able to eat at the restaurant and swim in a small section near it, which is also crowded with children and not as maintained as the rest of the pool. However, when we told this news to Gabriel, he offered to get us bracelets to access the residential area, which made us very happy, but it was already the end of our trip. Food was great, they had a lot of options. Loved the buffet and Italian restaurant. Entertainment was ok. Mainly for children, in Spanish. This resort is very family oriented. It's a great resort if you have children, but we don't, so there wasn't many options for us. They have a casino, it's a small room with a couple slot machines, nothing more. The sports bar was the best thing there for adults, nothing too exciting but we enjoyed a few games of pool with some new friends from the area.Panama City is two hours away, we took a local bus and stayed a night to explore. It was very nice to experience how the locals are, and practice our Spanish, we enjoyed that.The Panama Canal is a big thing there, it's a must. Shopping was ok, nothing special.Overall, if you are looking for a tropical relaxing vacation, with nice beaches and things to do/see, Panama is not the best option. But if you are looking to explore Panama or have something to do there, and have children, we recommend it.
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- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Seafood grill lunch and dinner
- A la carte dining
- Unlimited local drinks (house wine included)
- Admission to the disco
- Pedal boat
- Daily activities program
- Nightly entertainment
- 219 spacious rooms
- 2 a la carte restaurants (Seafood Grill and Mexican)
- Snack bar
- Sushi bar/Japanese restaurant (fee)
- Beach disco
- Meeting facilities (fee)
- Convention facilities (fee)
- Wireless internet (fee)
- Massage (fee)
- Horseback riding nearby (fee)
- Water sport tours (fee)
- Snorkeling (fee)
- Jet skiing (fee)
- Banana boat (fee)
- ATV rental (fee)
- Bicycles (fee)
- 1 king-size or 2 queen-size beds
- In-room safe
- Maximum occupancy 3 adults (or 2 adults and 2 children)
For the Kids - Children's activities and Mini-show.
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Playa Blanca ResortPanama,Panama
- Hotel Contacts
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115 Km Via Interamericana, Farallon, Rio Hato 8437 Panama
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