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Riu Playa Blanca

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Overview
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
  • Pat J : Brampton, Canada
Not the typical quality expected from a Riu!

Although it was very modern the quality of furnishings were way below what I have enjoyed in the past! The staff not at all helpful almost seemed like they were not allowed to show any emotion good bad or indifferent! Lobby bar had the best drinks and staff! Thank goodness for them! Never got a hot shower until 6th day there! Pools nice but could be cleaner and the beach was off limits due to undertow ! Red flag up everyday! Food was the same every single day and the alacarts were a joke! They were buffet too and no music to reflect the theme! Food terrible there! However if you are there for warmth this is the place hottest destination I have ever been to! Met some good people there though so all in all the week was fun! Oh and one more thing we paid for ocean view but did not receive they said we only partial not frontal which was never mentioned to us and we asked for two double beds but got two singles they told us they don't have doubles! Strange!

  • Wayne R : Kitchener, Canada
We went back and will again

2nd time to this resort and feel it is significantly better than the previous resort across the river that we stayed at 4 times. The Riu is a mid class Riu with very clean rooms and grounds. There are bugs that are triangular in shape and can fly (no cockroaches here!!!) but they are harmless and don't go in the rooms. The food is standard for Rius (meaning good to excellent). There are 3 a la cartes here. The Steakhouse and Italian are excellent. You can get a delicious rib -eye off the steakhouse menu or if you are there early enough you can ask for the bacon wrapped filet menu (not on the menu). The Italian has standard food. My wife and our friends loved the poached salmon and I liked the soltimbocca.(tender beef wrapped around sundried tomatoes.) The Asian restaurant had a reasonable selection of Asian food but was more like a Mandarin (meaning buffet).The kids pool has 2 three person slides, a water bucket that fills then dumps and this pool is usually full of families. The beach is long with very big tides (especially at full moon). It is a mix of black (black) sand and amber sand but is very soft.The under-toe is strong some days and the red flag is up most days. If the tide is out they warn you to shuffle your feet due to the possibility of stingrays. People were in the ocean every day regardless. We were there Feb 6-20th 2017 and only 1 person got a stung by a stingray. There are rivers at each end of the beach. To walk to the end of the whole beach and return takes about 1 hour and a half. Good walk. Take a water bottle because Panama is really hot.(35 degrees average daily while we were there.) Taxis to the end of the road at the highway cost $7.50 US Dollars from the resort. (The only currency readily accepted.) If you walk to the end of the resort and out to the gate a taxi you flag down will cost you $4.00 US for 4 people.There is a Super 99 at the highway which is almost like a Walmart without clothes for sale. Any kind of beer, wine, soda, juices, snacks, coffee, and hot sauces at very reasonably prices. (significantly from the resort). Fresh meats and vegetables are also available. If you ask for a late check out be prepared to spend $35.00 US per person in the room. We felt since we arrived closer to 9:30 at night that we should have been excluded from paying the late check out fees but we weren't. Based on that the resort gets a 4.5 star rating from me. Also there are only a few rooms available for late check out. We got lucky with some influential people who helped us secure a room. (check out was at 5 pm and we were at the resort until 7 pm). Many thanks and cudos to the staff who were very friendly. English is spoken but very limited by several staff. A little Spanish goes a long way. People of mention include Elvis and Steve (Bellhops), Fabiola (manager), mechanical staff who were generally quick to respond, and all the servers at the bars who even though busy (and not always in the correct sequence were able to keep the refreshments flowing.) Get down early in the morning to place your towels (5:00 am) beach or pool. This area of Panama is in a pocket where it rarely rains (maybe 1 day in 60 days). The sun is hot and dangerous due to the proximity to the Equator so be careful. Put on your sunscreen. Cover your head ears. Enjoy Panamanian hospitality.

  • julie b : Stratford
Awesome Vacation!!!

This resort was very nice!!! Weather was the best you could ask for and food was good!! The drinks were also very yummy! The staff was quiet and attentive, you could get everything you needed with a smile from the staff๐Ÿ˜Š You will definitely need a 30 sunscreen or higher.. The rooms were comfortable and clean. We didn't see any bugs. The ocean has a strong undertow and water is not clear like the Caribbean. The pools are kept clean . The ONLY issue we had was that there was not a washroom near the pool with the swim up bar. So of course you keep your head above the water!! Everyone called it the pee pool! Because you can't tell us that all the people drinking alcohol for hours and didn't leave the pool didn't need a washroom! Overall, we plan on going back !! The bus ride was a short 10 minutes too!!! Loved this place ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • happyinpanama2017 : Barrie, Canada
Amazing resort

We just returned from a week at the Riu Playa Blanca. Not sure how anyone could find anything to complain about. The food was amazing in all the restaurants, buffets and snack bars. The food supply was endless and always available. The beach was amazing and raked every day. The staff were extremely helpful, courteous and patient and worked non stop. The rooms were clean and well maintained. The grounds were impeccable. No matter what we asked for, our needs were always met. Right from an extra bottle of water to towels, no matter what we were always greeted with a smile especially the front counter staff. The entertainment staff worked their $&@!!s off and were always engaging the guests. Our "hats off" to the "picineros", the " jardineros" and wait staff who worked tirelessly to make this a great vacation for our family. Great job Riu!

  • dodo1250 : Richmond, Canada
Monique Daoust, Ottawa

We always vacation at Riu hotels and this one is the worst. Hotel was listed as a 5 star, pretentious! 3 stars at the most. While the room was large and clean, as are all Riu hotels, the bar was refilled every 2 days with only 2 of each, even water, ridiculous. When we, and other guests from our trip went to the front desk to ask for more, we were told no! Food was terrible, most of it overcooked or burnt, specially the eggs, and the desserts were the same, day in day out, only the shape was different. The one redeeming feature was the Italian restaurant and the fact that one did not need a reservation. Only clean swimming pool was the the kids' one, the other 3 were filthy, we never saw anyone cleaning them, only taking water samples, guess they were self cleaning pools.The staff's knowledge of English is limited and in the main buffet and the beach restaurant, better get used to taking your empty plates to the servers' station because the servers seldom do, probably because there are not enough staff to go around.In our wing, the fIre alarm went off way too often, mostly in the dead of night, and there is a fire alarm in every room, imagine the noise. In the end, we did not even bother getting up, dressed and out of our room, it defeats the purpose of fire alarms. The air conditioning also stopped at night from time to time, starting again in the morning and the electricity was not much better.Besides the weather and the size and cleanliness of the room, there was nothing much to enjoy at that hotel.

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๏ฟฝ-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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  • Riu Playa Blanca
    Panama,Panama

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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. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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