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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
  • rustan677 :
Good impressions prevailed!

I've been there from October 07th to October 14th on Signature vacations package. Hotel- large, well maintained, with open look to the ocean;Accommodation- fast, excellent service, 10 min. and done;Front desk- all my requests and questions were answered in quick and good manner (there were small issues with the gym, which they solved within a minutes);Room and cleaning- spacious , clean room (we were in 1012) with nice view to the ocean and pools, huge balcony overseeing the garden and the ocean;Services- all the bars were well maintained, drinks and cocktails on request, hard-working staff, special thanks to "La Rumba" staff, they did a terrific job every night for us and other clients. Special thanks to Donny and everybody who was working there;Ocean and weather- in a good days ocean was relatively mild for getting inside, but the inconsistency of the weather during our stay make it a little bit more murky and "angry" last 2-3 days;Pools- here is the bad think, which push me not to give five points to the resort. First: during the weekend in the swim-up pool bar were OVERCROWDED with Colombians and locals, who made access for the other terrible, because of their drinking issues, laud noise and disorder. After the weekend everything went back to normal and was nice to have a drink there. Second: kids playing with the balls in this swim-up pool

  • Shane S :
First time and very satisfied!

My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon, Oct. 10th to the 15th. We both are very satisfied with the whole stay. The ocean and beach in front off the resort are a little dirty, mostly sticks and leaves from the river just down the beach. But if you really want to get in the ocean just walk 50 yards or so the other way and the water cleans up. Plus every morning we were there they had people out cleaning up the debris that washed on shore. And really they have three beautiful pools plus a kids pool for you if the dirtiness of the ocean bothers you that much. The food was good, always able to find something to eat, even my picky vegetarian wife. Have to give a big shout out to the Riu Fun group, the activities they put on for the guests were great. They had games in the morning and afternoon and shows at night. And although the shows were mostly in Spanish, probably because Panama is a Spanish speaking country, they always made an effort to involve my wife and I and translate for us! One complaint I do have is that it would have been nice to have some sort of screen door on the balcony, because it was so nice we wanted to have the sliding door open all the time and it would have been nice to not have to worry about a stray bird or bat at night flying in the room. Really don't think that would happen, just would have been nice to have the screen.But really we found all of the staff to be nice and professional. All and all it was a good time!

  • Amy S :
Loved my trip!

I was very happy with my stay at the Riu. The airport is only a ten minute ride. The hotel and grounds are extremely clean at all times. I found the staff to be very friendly. If their English wasn't good they tried really hard to understand you. Pools were great and always clean. If you are going for the beach you may be out of luck. The under tow was quite strong. This didn't bother me at all because I'm a pool person. The entertainers did activities during the day, like dance lessons, etc. They were all so friendly. I found the food to be great, especially the breakfast buffet! Lots of variety! It may not compare to North American standards but you are in a different country. The weather is nice. It's an average of 34-36C each day. The sun is really strong so make sure you bring strong sunscreen and a hat!

  • Pstoj84 : Garfield, New Jersey
Clean and friendly hotel!

We had a room close to the lobby which was good because the internet connection was best by the lobby area and once you wandered a little further away you lost the connection and it was hard to connect to it later. The music by the adult pool was overbearing were adults had to scream in order to talk to each other. The pool by the child's pool was quieter even though you had kids running around. Food wise they served food that was done well and presented well too. The downside of it was that in order to get a reservation you needed to be up early waiting on line.I would come back to this resort once I have kids as it was kids friendly! The staff was friendly and helpful with as much as they could be.

  • jocelynhernandez32 : Chicago, Illinois

If you visit panama you might want to stay away from the black sand beaches and not on the pacific side of the country. The beaches are dark and you are not able to see. As for the hotel the service was okay, nothing spectacular! The elevators are in the center of the hotel so if you are stay in the other edges you have to walk A LOT! Other then that the food was good, the performances at night were great for all ages and the pool bar was my favorite place to be.

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. 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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