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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  • sreivo : Newmarket, Canada
First Time at a Riu

Excellent vacationGreat Food, nice resortOur room was a little bit narrow as it was facing an open fieldwe were however able to see a variety of birdsthe shower door was broken but it was quickly fixed by maintenanceNo complaints about the food nor the drinks all was goodAs we were on the Pacific side, the the sand was dark grey and at times blackcould not swim in the ocean for fear of being bitten by sting rays...5 people were bitten during our stay

  • Jamaicanangel : Piscataway, New Jersey
Okay experience

If you are a "Foodie", do not stay here. Food is very average and basic. My friends and I went on an excursion to the Panama Canal and we stopped for lunch.. the food was excellent. Entertainment staff were great. If it wasn't for them, no one would have talked to us except the photographers. Rooms were clean... Beaches were good... Pools were nice but a lot of children around so be prepared. Really far from the airport almost 2 hours. Staff not too friendly if you do not speak Spanish.

  • CalitoNL :
A solid 3 stars

Hotel Riu Playa Blanca was an interesting visit. It was our first time in Panama, in the past we have visited multiple locations in Mexico, Riu Aruba, etc so I feel I some scale of resort experience. The rooms were big and spacious, but could use some touchup paint and some replacement parts. Housekeeping was regular and efficient. The beds are very firm and if that is your style, that is a bonus for your stay. We experienced one day of hot water, the rest of the time cool to lukewarm at best. The last day, the shower "soap" dispenser was filled, but after reading many reviews before traveling here, we knew to bring our own shampoo and conditioner in general.The pools were nice. No problem finding a few chairs if you are up and moving before 10am. Christmas day was a little packed with locals, but the place cleared out before noon. Other visitors will provide you with their music sitting poolside in addition to the resorts music. I suggest headphones if you want your own music selection. There is no wait staff at the pool, there is a swim up bar. There was an interesting moment when some kids were playing catch in the pool and one 12yp +/- boy kept jumping from the wet, granite top, bar island to catch the ball and no one had issue with it. So yes there are kids playing in the more adult pool. The restaurants were nice, all buffet style. The Italian restaurant apparently had a menu to order off of, but we were not made aware of it and that seemed to upset our waiter when he came to take our order. I guess we weren't that observant. The food was plentiful and generally good. The buffet had consistent items and a few new ones each day. If you like to tip your servers, bring plenty of $1's, it is impossible to get change anywhere. It does help you get served at the bar faster. The service in general was very good. The employees smile and complete their tasks. Because we speak very broken Spanish, they kept conversation to a minimum and service oriented. We experienced english only from other guests, which is a nice change for some. We have lived abroad so we sometimes enjoy the language barrier. Last, the beaches were very nice. No issues there. The water is warm and a darker Pacific color compared to the Caribbean. There was no trash on the beaches but be aware of the occasional horse "gifts", There was a shipwrecked boat on the ocean that was interesting to see stuck in the sand, that was a first. Overall the entire property was a nice and safe place to vacation. There just wasn't any frills to the experience.

  • Alan J : Niagara Falls, Canada
Second Time there, some things improved others not so much

Travelled Dec 29 2017 to Riu Playa Blanca for our second stay in two years. The price was the most reasonable for this time of year. We stayed in Room 5076, Oceanfront which was a nice room. Flew Sunwing and was 2 hours delayed because of weather. Buffets were closed by the time we checked in and a plate of food was prepared in our rooms for each of us. Nice touch by the hotel, just not good sandwiches. Check in was flawless and we were in our rooms quickly. We headed to the Sports bar for drinks and food and was disappointed with the same sandwiches as in our rooms, as well as paper thin nachos. Our last trip, there were corn nachos and cheese which were much more tasty. Drinks were good though. Weather was iffy all week, but nothing we could do about it. Happy to see the addition of a new washroom close to the pool bar pool, as it now allowed for leaving the pool for a short walk rather than staying in the pool and avoiding the long walk to the washroom. Activities were abundant and fun. Shout out to Edward on the animation team as he always made us feel special and included us in his activities. Food was good in all restaurants. Enjoyed the chef's special in the Steakhouse restaurant. New Years dinner was lovely, lots to choose from, and a nice buffet. The show and evening was a bit lack lustre, as there wasn't a real special feel for the upcoming new year. Fireworks at midnight were a nice touch, but nothing like the party we appreciated at the RIU Guanacaste the previous year. They set up a dj, and bars on the beach and really rang in the new year. Clientele varied from Colombians, to Americans and English and French speaking Canadians. Weekends had many locals on the premises.Overall our experience was good, but we will not be spending a third trip to this hotel.

  • Maegan D : Ottawa, Canada
Wonderful stay!

We read the reviews before coming and I must say a few scared us. But after spending a week here it was a very pleasant stay :-)The Asian a la carte didn't get enough credit. If you love fish and sushi this was the restaurant to go to! We tried Italian but found it bland. Nothing wrong with it but we like more flavor. My friends got married while we were here and Aida was great. We had supper at the steak House that night the for was delicious! We had an ocean front room, the sunset every evening was perfect even though it over looked an abandoned property. One downside is the cleaning staff always got to our room late in the day so if we wanted to get out of the sun for a bit we were in their way. Instead of Sunwing tour we went with a local gentleman to Anton Valley and we paid less to see what we wanted highly recommend him! Don't buy your tour on the flight as some people were told they were cancelled and no longer ran.But Hotel wise we were far from disappointed the for at buffet was really good no matter what your taste buds enjoy

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  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
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  • 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.

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