Playa Blanca Resort
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Just returned from an amazing time at playa blanca beach resort Panama. We stayed in the newer town center suites by the salt water pool the rooms were some of the best we've stayed in. Never ending things to do with the kids...didn't have a chance to do any excursions (i guess 1week is not enough)An older resort but we'll kept. The beach has dark sand that gets very hot and the water isn't the clearest (but we've only experienced Caribbean beaches until this trip)Food was good. Drinks were good (all brand name alcohol served. No "house brand" alcohols)What made the vacation was the staff. Super friendly. Special mention to Nemo, Santos (El Magan, the magician), Jilber Alberto (the clown), and Junior. These tireless animation staff members worked hard day in and day out but took the time to learn people personally and would look forward to joining you for meals.Upon learning of my oldest son's birthday they went out of their way to put on a special magic show. Totally amazing.They even put the Leafs game up on the projection screen in the main theatre just for us!Panama is beautiful. I would have liked to explore more, definitely next time...
Just came back from vacation at the Playa Blanca Resort in Panama. From the pretty bad reviews I had seen here, I was a bit worried at first and decided I wouldn't have any expectations whatsoever. I was thus gladly suprised upon my arrival there. We stayed in building #1 (close to the lobby area). Although not the newest, it had nonetheless undergone some rather recent renovations, and our room was very clean, so no complaint here. Our friend in a nearby room had a few issues with her air conditionning not blowing so cold, but we could have slept with our snowcap on if we had wished, so all was well on that front! ;-)Food was very good overall, and showed an interesting variety. This is not a 5 stars from Playa Del Carmen though, but let's say above your typical 3-4 stars cuban resort from that perspective.Pool areas were kept very clean also; same as for the children play areas.There was an interesting 'mini avian zoo' with parrots and tucans; that was real nice and children around seemed to enjoy as well.Location is very convenient, with the Rio Hato airport only 5-10 minutes from the resort by bus, this is definitely a big plus.Evening entertainment were average to my taste, but again, I might not be the best judge in that area since I'm no big fan of those things. One thing that did impress me very much was the attitude of the clown - You'll see the guy pretty much everywhere on the resort during the day, he's a member of the animation team but seems to be quite involved in many aspects. This guy helped an elderly man right in front of us waiting in line to enter the buffet area. The elderly was walking with much difficulty with a cane, and the clown helped him get to a table, calling him 'amigo', and acting in a very kind manner. This quite impressed me - thumbs up Mr Clown (sorry, I don't know his name). Pretty much everyone there was very friendly and helpful. Not everyone speaks english, but they are very happy when you make some efforts to speak a few words of Spanish, they seem to appreciate a lot. Service at the different bars was usually very good too, although I prefered the bar in the lobby area. Wi-Fi is not a stenght of this place, although you will get a decent signal in the open public areas (again, the lobby area seems like the best spot for this). We did take a couple of excursions through Sunwing (bought directly aboard the plane); we tried the Anton Valley, and also did the Panama Canal + Panama city tour. If you have only one to choose from, I'd take the latter. Very interesting tour, and definitely worth it.Beach quality is so-so, with murky water, and possible stingrays.... Just beware! As for myself, I very often prefer reading a good book on the beach under some palapas, so life is good! ;-)If it had been for the resort quality only, I would have given a 3.5 out of 5 stars, but with the human factor thrown in, and the convenience of the location, I'm willing to stretch it a bit to reach a 4 stars.Thanks to all the staff for a very nice stay at the Playa Blanca!
We recently visited Playa Blanca Resort from March 27 - April 3 ,2017. And we were pleased with the resort as a whole. The food was good the staff were friendly and helpful. The Ocean was great to sit at and get some sun but the beach when tide is low it is not recommended for swimming due to Jelly fish and stingrays but at high tide very refreshing. The pools are clean and not always very busy except maybe on weekends when locals come to visit but always room to enjoy. Building 7 was a little noisy due to its proximity to the stage at night but is also centralized for the beach the pool and restaurants. Rooms were clean and usually there was hot water in afternoons or most mornings. There were plenty of options with 4 wheelers and para sailing, diving, etc, on site. Next door at the Riu there were beach shops set up in the mornings for local shopping and no one bothered us while we were sunning. There were a few horse people around but they were no bother and were sent away by staff. All in all a good week for us lots of sun and no rain. We found the bad reviews were really not as bad as some made it out to be.
The Staff are very Rude and useless, we where at the Salt water Pool, and the ferry broke down, we started walking and a Security guy told us if we knew the rules, and that we are no allowed to walk by the pool, instead of being helpful and telling us thatthere was a small train that will take you to the other, the room had no utensils, spools knife, folks, coffee but no sugars cream I guess the locals cannot be trusted, Food is horrible,. Please do not send Boiler Plate response., YOUR SERVICE IS HORRIBLE, I will not accept your STUPID response.
Want to say I agree with last review. Do not know what the bad reviews are all about. We are return quests. E-mailed resort to request a specific room. Arrived request honored! Thank-you so much. Greeted by one of our favorite bartenders Jose Salazar with drinks during check in! Thank-you once again for your great service and friendship Jose. We returned for the most part because of the staff and their hospitality. So I have to say we give special thanks to our friends Hector Rogelio, Jeiner Solis, Augustin Alberto Bultron, Jose Salazar, Edi Moran and many many more staff members that helped make another great vacation. Returned to many improvements at the resort. We were pleased with what was accomplished so far. They really do listen so any problems or suggestions just let them know. We are English speaking with a little Spanish don't worry they will really try to understand. If you can't communicate they have wifi use the translate app or google. Remember it is the pacific ocean it is not the same as Cuba etc. So many times I hear about the beaches people need to do their research. It is the pacific ocean. In Panama we have the people, weather and many excursions to enjoy. Many things to learn about in Panama just walking on the beach and exploring. This is very family oriented resort with kids play areas and kids club. Extend yourself to the staff and people around you they will embrace you. Go with open mind and don't sweat the small stuff.
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- 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
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115 Km Via Interamericana, Farallon, Rio Hato 8437 Panama
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