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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  • B M : Hamilton, Canada
Clean resort nice new but not much to do.

Just returned from a week at riu Playa Blanca our first trip to Panama after going to Cuba domican and Mexico we thought to try some where different PanamaThe resort is on the smaller side no golf carts needed the rooms were modern and clean the safe worked well as well as the air conditioning which is needed in panama no complaints about the roomsFor smokers there is no smoking anywhere in the resort except for the beach areaMy only complaint would be there was not much to do they didn't do any entertainment during the day the shows at night were not very good food was ok I found the buffet was the best Even the sports bar which had pool tables was. A hassle to get them had to pay 6 dollars and hours and a 10 dollar deposit but the latest you could have them was 9 o clock disappointed to say the least Airport was only 10 minutes away was nice but nothing but vending machines insideIf your looking for somewhere to relax this is a great place but if you want to be entertained as well as relax I'd look elsewhere.

  • Paul N :
Great resort for relaxing, fun, BUT one main warning....

I read so many of these reviews after friends booked this - first off I think many of these reviews have mixed up the Playa Blanca resort next door which is NOT a Riu property. This is an upscale place and several of the reviews have things wrong. Just got back from 7 great days, booked with Sunwing from Toronto. Biggest bonus is that the airport is 10 mins away! So lightning quick check-in process. I'm a family guy taking a break from the kids with the guys so having the swim-up bar be adults only was great. There is a big clear kids pool and they mostly stay there. The main pool has a volleyball net and it's so great to meet people every day playing. The place is so clean, they are sweeping and mopping day and night! My room was spotless especially the big washroom with a huge walk-in stand up shower (bring soap and shampoo though, they don't provide great toiletries). Nice towels though, big fluffy ones. Nice new flat screen TV with HBO movie channels and we had a great view from our room. I'm not a regular to "all-inclusive" resorts so it was a pleasant bonus to have liquor dispensers IN the room?! My fridge was always ice cold and stocked with pop and beers. What I loved was the big 1L bottles of water so I could stay hydrated and they are very liberal with these at the front desk. If you enjoy libation this place is great with the drinks, they never are cheap with the alcohol. But know this, the lobby lounge has the name brand liquor and proper glasses, class it up there. The sports bar is the pre-drink social spot before the club kicks in at 11pm and of course there's the swim up bar. What I loved most is they rock a complex mojito every time AND there are espresso machines for cappuccino or lattes all over the place. And a nice Canadian treat, they make real Caesars with legit Clamato! Food is ok, a 3/5. Buffets are nice but never a wow. Lots of variety and so many drink and dessert options. The 'restaurants' are ok, I didn't care for the Asian. The steakhouse was the BEST (look at my picture of that beautiful Ribeye) with a Filet Mignon special - BUT there are no reservations and it fills up so quickly that if you're not there before or at 6:30 opening you're waiting an hour for a table or outright turned away. We went on time for several nights and dined like kings! Panama is a good 2 hour drive away and Sunwing has excursions BUT go talk to the 'official' taxi service guy and he can get you into town super cheap and has some tours too - at 1/3 the cost. It's right on the beach, lots of beach chairs to relax on and beach volleyball daily too. There are lifeguards because the waves can get a little much but it's a gorgeous beach for walking and relaxing. I saw people rent Jetskis and ATV's. Every couple days there is a knick-knack tourist market with VERY good prices. We took an excursion to Panama and went to markets, malls and the Duty Free - but this little beach market had the best prices of them all. NOW, MY BIG PROBLEM with this place - young men and women I'm talking to you here. IF YOU ARE from Canada or the USA and you've visited other Caribbean countries you will not find this resort overly warm. They're just not that into you and they don't cater to you. MOST all, the MUSIC. If you are going here to party and you like Top 40, big miss. The nightclub plays ALL spanish music ALL the time, with the occasional Pitbull and Drake thrown in but really, no. The weekend is filled with locals and lots of people from Columbia and regional countries. Then there is a beach party during the week, no that is a kids event with guided line dancing until 11pm when the adults who are ready to party show up and *poof* it's over and the nightclub is closed that night. Lots of people bring their own portable speakers and just group-up to try and have some fun but it's the only reason I wouldn't recommend this to the party crowd. This is a great resort for families and couples. Every night there are game shows and lots of things for these groups but if you're a group of friends looking to party? Maybe try another place.

  • Belgazou47 : Terrebonne, Canada
Good Times but need a little work...

This was my first time in Panama.Location: This property is located on the west coast of the Panama.The Weather: Tropical climat very hot and very humid (80% and over everyday).This Hotel is located at 10 minutes from the Rio Hato Airport, We came with Sunwing (i heard that Sunwing was the only International airplane carrier authorise to land at this Airport).Customs: Entry in Panama was fast , no problem with luggage's also.Transportation to the hotel: ..really effective only 10 minutes drive.Checking-in to the Resort was really easy, they were prepared for us to come, when leaving the Bus the provide you with your bracelet and after you go to the registration sign papers and Voila!!!!!.Room: Rooms was really nice and clean when we arrives, equipped with all the necessary thing you might need during your stay. Hair dryer, all sort of body lotion, soap etc...Safe is included in the room without cost, mini-bar is refilled every 2 days. Liquor dispenser at you service. Satellite TV, Free internet in the lobby, (you can ask for In your room Wi-Fi ($)).Service was made effectively and professionally on a daily basis.Grounds: Grounds were well maintained very nicely.Beach: Unlike other resort the sans on this beach is black (refer to photo) and the sand is getting very hot by mid day (please wear sandals otherwise it's burning your feet. Wave are big and 2 lifeguard are present from 9:00 AM to 5:00PM.Plenty of chairs for everybody. Some chairs are un umbrellas and others are under Palm trees.Pools and bars: 3 pools on this property one of them is for youngster (waterpark). Bar near every pools. Towels are available during the day without any problems.NOTE: Since it's very hot and sunny during the day people are putting on sunscreen...but the side effect of this is that in the afternoon the water in the pool begins to be a little bit "whitish", other thing since it's hot the water is very warm and not so refreshing.Food: Main Buffet: food is good and well presented quality is there, service is OK.Italian restaurant (a La Carte): mix of a la carte and buffet, food was good some meals need some thinking over. (my wife got a vegetable lasagna the pasta were so overcooked that she did not eat at all).Asian restaurant (a la carte): We were really disappointed about this restaurant because even if it an a la carte restaurant the whole meal is a buffet!?!?!Steakhouse restaurant (a la carte): this was the best restaurant of them all. Note : all restaurant do not required reservation (first come first serve). If the restaurant is full a pager system is in place to "reserve" you place at one table later on the evening.Personnel: Unfortunately we do not feel the warmth of other Caribbean country in Panama. Evaluation: This property is really family oriented and for mid size budget vacation family. Every services is OK but nothing extraordinary.Also RIU is advertising this resort as a 5* ...sorry but it's not at 4* (solid) but some of the services are missing to be a 5*Generally I had a good time...we will let time pass by before going back.

  • nayday0229 : Richmond, Virginia
Amazing get away

I travel to Panamà once a year, and this is my to go resort for the last 3 years we always have fun, they have something to do for every one of the family from the kids all the way to grandparents. The rooms always are clean, they keep the room well stock of beverage. The staff work very hard to keep everyone happy. Food are good they have variety of foods. Overall it's just" AMAZING "

  • govboy : Winnipeg
Amazing....and HOT!

The first thing you'll notice is how clean the hotel is. They even have gardeners wiping down trees outside the hotel.The staff is friendly, thought not as friendly as other RIUs i've stayed at. But I had no bad experiences with anyone. In fact one person working the bar in the upper lounge did stand out. Uzziel was amazing. He was so easy going, happy and always smiling no matter how busy he was. He provided better service than any other bartender in that hotel, hands down.The rooms were beautiful. Very bright modern decor, which was a change from other resorts we've stayed in.Food was excellent though I didn't find the Asian "a la carte" so great. It was simply a buffet with Asian cuisine. The other a la cartes were great and served great food. My fiance stated the salmon she had at the gourmet restaurant was the best piece of salmon she's ever had in her life!We went on several excursions, but if you really want to have fun, go on the Jungle Boat which has the funniest captain you'll come across in a while.The Panama Canal excursion was a nice way to spend a day as there were several stops and you get to ride on the Panama Railway which was nice and very relaxing.The disco played good music one night out of all the nights we were there. The novelty of latin music wears off pretty quick and after a while we started craving for more top 40 mixed in with the latin. As I mentioned that only happened one night we were there. So after a couple of more nights we chose not to go back.The weather was very hot as soon as you got up in the morning. So by mid day we were regularly in the mid 30's. Therefore beware of the sand on the beach. Don't rely on sandals on the hot beach as you could still kick up the sand onto the open areas of your feet. We walked around the beach in water shoes and found that was the answer to keeping our feet cool.Overall it was a great experience. If there weren't so many other resorts I want to visit i'd gladly go back. I've never gone wrong with a Riu yet.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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