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Riu Playa Blanca

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Stay at the Riu Playa Blanca in Panama and enjoy world-class hospitality services, white sand beach and a fabulous 24-hour all inclusive plan including limitless international drinks. Guests have access to a variety of water sports and daily activities, as well as a fully-equipped fitness centre. Dine a la carte at one of the specialty restaurants, relax under a palapa on the beach and let the kids burn off energy in the Kids Club!

Location: Beachfront at Playa Blanca. 150 km from Panama City airport.

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  • Mathieu L : Montreal, Canada
Nice week at RIU Playa Blanca

Hotel far from everything, but not from the airport!Beach is ok, 4 small pools, including one with a bar inside (the warmest pool ;-).Food was excellent, including the buffet. Drinks very good with anejo rum! Liquor dispensers in room including a frig filled everyday.Room very confortable, with most of them with a nice view!Overall, a really nice resort with nice service, but in the middle of nowhere, where the volcanic beach is so so (sand burn the feet and stingray in the sea, so don't go there for the beach).

  • Sean Y :
First time in Panama

I consider myself a seasoned traveler, have been to many places in Cuba and Mexico, from 3 stars to 5 stars. I am still at the hotel, writing this review on the 3rd day of my 14 days stay here.Here are my 2 cents so far:The good: Hotel lobby and all facilities look nice and well-maintained, deserving its 5-stars.Very nice room, spacious with my own balcony, everything looks new, very clean and modern and functional.House cleaning is very efficient.Good entertainment/animation staff and activities.Good evening shows.Four poolsNot so good:The beach is so-so, there are far better beaches in Cuba and Mexico (blue water, white sands etc). Here the water seems dirty brown, I think part of the reason is the black volcano ash residues on the beach.For a 5-star hotel, it does not even have tennis-court.None of the pools are deep enough, the deepest is only to my chest.The bad:Food - the main Balboa buffet on its Asian theme night, and the Xian, the Asian specialty buffet, lots of their noodles/udon are way too salty, and some meats were tough, from being recycled too many times?I am very surprised to know that billiards are not included in this all inclusive package. You have to pay to play. I talked with the sunwing staff to connect with the management. To my disappointment, the rep said the mgmt wouldn't budge, insisting its their policy. I think the director of customer services replies to comments on this site quickly.I hope you can offer billiards for free. I still have 11 days left.

  • Daria B : San Jose Del Cabo
Quick getaway

Hotel was wonderful. Rooms perfectly clean. Food - better than Cuba, at par with Mexico. Italian by far the best. Drinks - amazing, 5 star Pools and water park for kids open from 9 - 6:30. Lots of fun. Beach, very nice and warm water. Overall for the 1000 we paid per person, I would go back! If you are looking for a family place,This is great. If you are looking to party, not so much. Panama in general is expensive, also ensure you have your 15 dollars per person for the airport to leave the country. No mosquitos on the resort! I would say it is a 4 star resort.

  • tammyd1957 : Piscataway, New Jersey
Poor service, shabby decor

I was part of party of 15 and none of us enjoyed it. When we were checking out, they tried to charge 2 rooms with phone charges that we did not made. After 15 minutes, they realized they were from the visitors before us.

  • 8Jaye8_B : Pickering, Canada
Some good, some bad

We were there Aug 25-Sep 1, 2017. We took Sunwing down and when we got off the plane, the reps were right there with buses. When we got to the hotel, some minutes away, there was a line just for Sunwing customers where our check in was literally, one minute, no lie. Now, I was at the front of the line so a bit biased. He searched up my name on a clipboard, put a tag around my wrist, told me my room number and I was done- Cons- *the mould in a lot of the parts of the room, the pool, the purple spongy seats near the theatre.* the alcohol was supposed to be replenished every two days but they felt we were not using the alcohol so did not replenish the nearly empty bottle. Sodas (pop) only two per kind, Sprite, Coke, Fanta, Club Soda and two beers.*the variety of food was plentiful but not all was appetizing. But one can always find something to eat. *the waste of food- people piled their plates up and never finished what was on their plates. I am sure there were poor people just down the road. (well)*the towels were hung up yet were still replaced daily- there is a note that reads if you don't want your towels washed then hang up but the maids did not take heed.*I introduced myself to my room attendant and after day 6 left her a tip and a note in Spanish thanking her for cleaning the room- well, it may have been her day off because the money and note were gone but the room did not have any fresh flowers, nor fresh towels (that were on the floor)- I am sure it was not the same lady we had all week but wasn't to know that.*the bathroom near the pool was too far away even for the closest pool and it was attached to the restaurant. They needed one closer to the other pools or even a dressing room.*the smell of the lobby bathrooms were the worst, consistently smelled like sewage and the smell wafted into the hallways and sport bar- it's called Sport Bar and I guess they didn't need the 's'.*no food in the airport; a very small airport with only two vending machines.*No toiletries such as shampoo conditioner, body lotion in the bathroom- there was, however, body wash that smelled really good- the dispenser broke though- the soap they provided to wash your hands was so harsh, bring your own amenities.*don't drink the water- they'll tell you that- but they provide 2 bottled waters- enough for a family of two but not sure what they do for a family of four.*the rooms could have been cleaner and I noticed that they concentrated on cleaning already clean parts of the hotel- one lady cleaned the ceiling in one room but others did not- there were spider webs or bugs on the ceilings. They could have swept the floors better.*three dogs and two cats with one kitten on property-- *the nachos in 'sport bar' were not appetizing.Pros-*they had nachos in the sport bar--lol. 24/7 opened sport bar.*they have sandwiches in the sport bar so be sure to take one for your plane ride.*they offered a drink upon arrival*lots of scented toilet paper*lots of swimming areas for people-not really ever crowded.*massages right near the pool*spectacular view from rooms*lots of new buildings going up*NON SMOKING - one was allowed to smoke on the beach away from the people, but some managed to sneak in smoking in their room-- fine, up to $500.00.*even adults can slide down the slide in kiddies pool and get drenched by the bucket- life guard there to keep anyone in line.I don't need to duplicate other reviewers so won't put too much in my review.I chose no excursions as they were costly- for eg- $174.00 pp for a trip to Panama City or Canal or wherever. They had a taxi service right in the lobby- he charged a family of four $160.00 total to go to Panama City and back- compared to what I just wrote, a bargain, a steal. Speaking of stealing, he charged us $10.00 USD to go to the nearest store- $5.00 each- -the store was not even 6 mins away but too far to walk- he picked us up at the appointed time, however, I spent $28.00 at the store on alcohol and toiletries and really spent $38.00. Not worth it.To sum up our vacation, it was worth the trip, we had a nice relaxing time; the people were mostly from neighbouring Spanish speaking countries and were very friendly--there were a lot of people. It was their winter, rainy season so it did rain, hard and a lot, but the sun came out so quickly one forgot about the rain- overcast skies, which can lead to burns, but some good sunny days too-

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • 3 Meals daily plus 24-hour snacks
  • All drinks 24-hour (domestic beer and cocktails, select international brands, house wine with meals )
  • Daily activities
  • Introductory scuba lesson in pool
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Evening entertainment

RIU�-topia bonus:

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Unlimited International drinks
  • In-room liquor dispenser
  • Unlimited dining at a specialty restaurants
  • In-room mini bar re-stocked regularly
  • In-room safe
  • 20% discount on select excursions booked with Signature
  • Signature Hour from 4 - 5 p.m.
  • Free Wi-Fi in the lobby (90 min/per day)
  • Spa credit available (applies to selected treatments, may vary per hotel)
  • 573 Rooms
  • 2 Pools
  • Kids pool
  • Kids Club
  • 4 Restaurants
  • 5 Bars
  • Shops
  • Conference Room (fee)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in lobby for 90 consecutive minutes daily
  • Concierge Desk
  • Tour Desk
  • Beauty Salon (fee)
  • Non-Motorized water sports
  • Gym 
  • Golf (fee) (nearby)
Garden View Room:
  • Air Conditioned
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini Bar
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Liquor Dispenser
  • Telephone
  • Vanity Mirror
  • Bathroom
  • May or may not include sofa or sofa bed
  • Maximum Occupancy 4; Maximum Number of Adults 3
Kids Deals - Children under 2 stay and eat FREE. Children 2-12 yrs pay special rates when sharing a room with 2 paying adults. Max 2 children per room.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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Hotel Riu Playa Blanca
Finca 43.668 Playa Blanca - Provincia de Cocle, Rio Hato 0213 Panama

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.