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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
  • wineandwhiskey2017 :
Great place

Stayed here and it was a great getaway. It was absolutely amazing that it was 5 min from the Hato airport. That being said the airport was super small and hot as hell. There were only 2 vending machines which emptied quickly so bring stuff from the hotel to snack on or empty water bottles which you can fill.The hotel gym was great and we used it to escape the afternoon heat. Panama is quite humid. There wasn't much to do at the hotel itself although the staff are more than pleasant and accommodating. The only tour we did was the city tour and canal visit. Cool to see the alpha ships but at the end of the day it's a city....and a canal. Hotel was clean, staff friendly but the "disco" was near the bathrooms, so it always smelled, way to much Spanish music considering all the guests are north American, you'd think as a DJ if 2 people are on the dancefloor and 20 people are standing and starting at you, maybe? Just maybe change the music?Overall tho a great experience.

  • Mike B :
Great vacation

Rooms - clean, nice and very comfortableResort grounds - well maintained and very cleanWashrooms - very clean FoodAmazing ! i have a weak stomach and I had absolutely no problems eating here, the meats were well cooked, pizza and pasta were fantastic ! I teccomend the steakhouse I met a couple who went 3 nights ! No reservations needed and it's not hard to get a spot. The sports bar food is the only disappointment as it's sandwiches and burgers needed to be warmed up as well as nachos and cheese but hey it's 24 hours StaffGreat service , very friendly ! Night shows are so-so, the disco seemed to be busy on weekends mainly when ppl came for the weekend only lI had no problems with my mini bar but if that's your complaint at an all inclusive then u have some problems ! The liquor flows downstairs as well as pop etc! And the staff is very accommodating bottles of water at the front desk and I'm sure they will give you some pop or beer if needed ! Just ask and you shall receive it'll never be perfect Great resort Don't forget to check out Panama City when your there !5 star rating ! Only disappointment is the beach BUT you should know that when your searching for destinations

  • Melanie F : Montreal, Canada
Another wonderful stay at a RIU Resort

This is our 3rd time visiting a RIU resort. We had never been to Panama and decided that since we've had such great experiences at the RIU Ocho Rios and the Riu Guanacaste in Costa Rica we would stick to what we knew would be great. The hotel RIU Playa Blanca did not disappoint! The resort is new, well kept, super clean, and the food and staff were amazing! The only downside that i would say is the bed situation. We are a family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 kids - HOWEVER my son is 14 and the size of an adult. The beds were 1 king and a single and a half! Not sure why they did that - they should consider at least making the second bed a real double! We ended up alternating who got to sleep alone in the single1/2 bed. So i spent a few nights in the king with 3 of us. Not super ideal but we made it work. The beach is beautiful and you can walk for miles. The sand is dark and the water is not clear - so for anyone looking for a Caribbean type ocean you won't find it here. Everyone that worked at the resort was super friendly and very accommodating! We traveled with Sunwing and had landed at a fairly new airport in RIO Hato - Its very small one runway but only 10 minutes from the resort and beaches! Its so much better as friends had told me a few years back that the closest airport was in Panama City which is over 2 hours away! Once we arrived we were greeted by the Sunwing reps which were super friendly and helpful! We did a ton of activities and there was always something going on at the resort! My husband and son went scuba diving which the loved their experience! Their guide was amazing! We rented a jet ski and also went on a day excursion - the Jungle Monkey tour. This tour was amazing - our guide Lenny was exceptional!!!- we left first thing in the morning and boarded a bus and drove for about an hour1/2. We boarded a boat on the Panama canal and went for about a 35min boat ride to a beautiful floating house called Jungle Land Panama Lodge where we were greeted by the most friendly couple! We then got into Kayaks and went through the jungle for about a mile and a half until we hit the most beautiful waterfall where we able to jump off of and swim! The entire experience was breathtaking. From there we went back to the lodge and had the most amazing Panamanian meal and swan some more. After our lunch we boarded the boat and were off to feed some monkeys - this was also an incredible experience. We fed 3 different monkeys and saw a ton of wildlife! I just can't say enough of this excursion - there are many to choose from but this one i have to say if you are up for a great adventure - this is it! Our kids and us absolutely loved it and would love to visit the floating house again! Another exciting thing we did was take a trip for the day up in the mountains. I had heard about a place called Hawks Nest Bed and Breakfast not far from our hotel that was situated in the mountains. We wanted to visit so we called then to see if we could come for the day only. The couple Randy and Wanda were so accommodating they even picked us up and brought us to their place! Its stunning - they are nestled in the mountains the view is incredible they have a gorgeous infinity pool and spa - its insanely beautiful. They were the most gracious hosts! Included in our visit was lunch and cocktails! and of course great company and lots of swimming! We will definitely be going back to stay at this place overnight its simply magical to be up in the mountains! All in all our entire vacation was amazing and wish we had booked for 10 days as 7 was just not enough! We can't wait to go back!

  • David G : Thornhill, Canada
Great March Break trip

We went to the Riu during March Break following a recommendation from friends, and we had a great time. The hotel itself was great - spacious room, comfortable, clean, close to the airport. The amenities were great - four pools with plenty of seating, three restaurants and a buffet, kids club (my six-year-old daughter's favourite). The staff were all friendly, and we made some good friends.The beach is rougher dark sand so it gets very hot by noon, and the ocean is rough, and there are jellyfish if you are not careful. But the weather was good, with some clouds but no rain. The restaurants varied in quality. I would rank them as Italian first, buffet second, steak third, Asian last. But there are a lot of options and always something to eat. Entertainment was usually very good at night and always something happening during the day.Great resort for little kids - fantastic kids club, nice kids pool, friendly staff, etc.

  • Ben H :
Worth it

Just returned from this hotel on vacation, and overall it was great. The highlight of this all inclusive resort were the drinks and the staff! Nothing watered down, everyone was extremely nice!The food at the cafeterias was not incredible. I highly recommend going to the actual restaurants on site as much as possible. The steakhouse was fantastic, and by the best meal we had at the resort. I took one afternoon to charter a fishing excursion from the resort and was lucky to pull in a barracuda! Highly recommend that excursion. Unfortunately scuba was out of the question during our 5 days, as the water conditions were very poor.All in all, it was a great resort and I do not regret choosing this over the others nearby.

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´┐Ż-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.