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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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • travelbug1312 :
Amazing resort

Stayed here for a week and it was amazing service, amazing food (highly recommend the steak house) and the staff was incredible. The only complaint we had was the beach area was awful swimming conditions and the pool was really tiny. But other than that it was a good vacation. We did the monkey island excursion and it was so much fun ! We did the kayaking and the cliff diving portion on the house boat and it poured the whole time but it was still a lot of fun ! Overall good trip

  • monchimomo : Panama City, Panama
Beach and drinks

The first issue i had was arriving at the hotel and i had to wait for about an hour to only be able to park inside, this is a very uncomfortable thing for a guest. The beach is good and the drinks are also great. Food is ok not the greatest but you have variety.

  • metzger1 : Elmira, Canada
Relax time

This hotel was very clean. Food was good in the buffet and Italian restaurant. Was not overly impressed with the Asian restaurant. Staff was very friendly. Sunwing arranged a personal driver for our trip to "old" Panama which was great. Loved our rooftop drinks. I had an injury so having our room on the opposite end of the elevators was not great. Our agent had requested a room close to elevators so not sure where this went wrong.

  • hsmomtravels : Vancouver, Canada
Disappointing - looks good only on the surface

Great pools and beach. My kids had lots of fun on the water slides. However, everything else made me want to get out of there!Food: Big buffet but the food was just so-so. Fresh fruits had flies landing on them. Sushi looked repulsive. The specialty restaurants had worse food than the main buffet restaurant. Our friend had a queasy stomach after our first dinner there.Room: Spacious but NOT CLEAN. There were dead black bugs in the corners of the room and shower. Hair on the floors of toilet and shower. Seeing how poor the housekeeping was, we dared not unpack our luggage. In the morning, there were bugs crawling up my son's bed!Noise: There is a show at night at the main outdoor stage. However, the noise level was so great my kids couldn't not sleep. The loud noise from the show and the cheering from the people lasted till past 11pm. I understand that people are here to have fun but this resort is also for families - hence the kids' pool. And 11pm is just way too late for children. How can we enjoy the resort if the kids' don't get enough sleep?Conclusion: We booked 3 nights stay but ended up leaving after just 1 night. The pools and beach were not enough to keep us. I really wanted to enjoy the beaches of Panama's Pacific coast but was sorely disappointed by this hotel.

  • IndyKat15 : Fortville, Indiana
Nice resort, good service

The RIU Playa Blanca is consistent with other RIU's we have stayed at. Check-in was easy and quick. We arrived after midnight and were able to get a cold drink and a snack in the sports bar. RIU's 24 hour sports bars are much appreciated. Our 6th floor, ocean view room was very nice. Plenty of storage, a comfortable bed, and a good sized bathroom. The room was nicely kept by housekeeping.Plenty of food choices. The breakfast buffet was well stocked with a nice variety of foods. Same for lunch. For dinner you have a choice of the buffet or specialty restaurants. We tried all 3 specialty restaurants and especially enjoyed the Italian and Asian. The steakhouse was good, but not our favorite. The buffet has theme nights and we thought the Gala Night provided a great variety of choices. Asian Night was also very good. The other nights provided typical resort buffet selections. The pool area is large and there were plenty of lounge chairs and dry towels were always available during pool hours. The beach area is nice, but the wave action can be a bit rough.There are on-site tour providers who were very helpful in setting up sightseeing excursions. Most tours start in the Panama City area and the hotel is located approximately 2 hours from Panama City. Transportation is provided when you book a tour. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent at this resort..

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.