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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
  • Andrea C :
Trip to the beach

Room and amenities were very good, no problem at all, its a really good please for not a lot of money. they have games for small kids and teens as well. Personnel attends very well, the food is ok, nothing to die for... but its ok for a beach meal.

  • Mihisha H : Washington DC, District of Columbia

I (incorrectly) assumed all Riu Hotels had a bit of luxury. I was wrong. The hotel isn't awful, just basic. The food is traditional, mass-produced buffet food, the rooms are clean but nothing special, the front desk staff (when they actually answered the phone) were fairly unhelpful, and the pools had more ants than people. The one thing were SUPER excited about-- the in-room liquor dispensers-- were also a disappointment as they were never stocked (although the front desk argued that they were). If you get a great deal like we did, give it a try. If might want to skip it

  • Cynthia V :
All Inclusive with lovely restaurants and a vast variety of food.

Our room looked just like the photo. Spacious, clean. There is a bar fridge that is replenished daily with bottled water, soft drinks and alcohol.There were 4 restaurants to choose from and no reservations were needed. Many nights the restaurants had International themed foods. There were always many different types of meats, salads, desserts it was fabulous! 4 Pools and the hotel was located on the ocean. The BEST tours were booked with Sun Wing. And you don't have to fly with Sun Wing to get the tours. Awesome trip.

  • Amy M :
Birthday Vacation

We went to Panama for my birthday the end of May. We decided to stay at a Rui resort as we had stayed at one previously in Costa Rica. This resort was nice but nothing like the one we stayed at last year. The rooms were clean and cold, but the food was average, nothing exceptional. I had seen people brag about the steakhouse here, it was not good at all. I would recommend Xian the asian restaurant. Italian restaurant was average. The staff was friendly but didn't speak much english, thank god my friends understood spanish. We did find a bartender Carlos that was awesome, he was able to speak to us in English therefore we followed him from bar to bar all week. A week is way tooo long at this resort, there is not much to do around the resort. We did take a water taxi to Santa Clara for lunch one day. As for the dogs running around on the property, we did not see alot of dogs,there were more cats than anything. Let's get to the pool, they are clean and well maintained, they do have a kiddie pool area, but they need to have an adult only pool. I understand the resort is family friendly but I don't want to have screaming kids in my face the whole time or kids sitting at the swim up bar while i am trying to relax and enjoy a drink. You need to have the bar pool be adult only. They do have a sports bar but again, it was loaded with kids. Why do they let kids in a sports bar, we were all trying to watch the playoffs and all we heard were kids screaming, IT'S A BAR no place for kids. All in all we had a nice stay but we expected more being that we stayed at a Rui Resort previously.

  • Tony M : Chicago, Illinois
Locals take over on the weekend

This RIU is average compared to other locations. The resort is very nice and well maintained, but it becomes a hangout for the locals on the weekend. Kids running all around without parental supervision, crowded restaurants, and the locals do not have very good manners.The food is not very good, and the drinks are watered down cheap booze. The resort itself is beautiful and very clean, but is not close to anything, and you will have to drive for hours to visit any attractions. The staff at the resort were not friendly and most did not speak English. If you want to visit attractions I would recommend TFS Taxi and City Tours located in the lobby. They have the best prices. Ask for Rama as your driver, he was great and will customize any type of tour that you want. Overall this resort is not worth a return trip.

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.