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Riu Playa Blanca

Panama

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4 Nights with Air from $809 All-Inclusive
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When you first step foot on this expansive, escape-haven-by-the-sea, you might likely gasp. There is everything here. Ev ... More

Customer Rating 35 Reviews
Value
 
3.9
Service
 
3.7
Beaches & Pools
 
3.5
Dining Options
 
3.5
Room Comfort
 
4.1
3.7 out of 5
"Great resort great option just too away from the city and night life" – RiceCakes
28 out of 38 (74%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
Customer Rating
Value
 
3.9
Service
 
3.7
Beaches & Pools
 
3.5
Dining Options
 
3.5
Room Comfort
 
4.1
3.7 out of 5
"Great resort great option just too away from the city and night life" – RiceCakes
28 out of 38 (74%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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October 20, 2016
riu playa blanca panama

Hotel was up to riu standards. I like that they are all similar. This one has a few more rooms than many. Rooms comfortable Beach was great and I like that they have 4 pools. 1 with the bar, 1 for children and 2 others you can swim in. Management nice and available.


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Overall Rating: 4
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4.0
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3.0
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From: rhode island
Age: Over 65
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

October 2, 2016
I expected more

Let me start off by saying that the resort is very pretty! And if I wasn't a frequent traveler I would of probably been a lot happier. With that said when we arrived at the resort we were greated by the receptionist and then escorted to our room by the bell boy (Steve) who was extremely welcoming, he let us know where everything was located and told us we could go to him if we had any questions..after that we were pretty much on our own and ignored by mostly all workers. There were hardly any hellos or small talk (which if you are antisocial or not in the business of interacting then I'm sure you won't mind). The room was very pretty and clean however the bed was really hard. I also couldn't help that a lot of cleaning (like floor buffering) would happen during peak times, And the things to do were extremely limited, there wasn't any concierge to really assist with anything and to book tours you had to do it through an app. On our first full day there we woke up super early 6am to go to the pool and didn't get to enter the pool until close to 1pm because they were still filling the pool up. We met 2 employees who worked by the pool and they were extremely nice, they kept us company and made small talk with us and let us know that the pool would be filled soon (which was appreciated although the wait was still long). The pools were pretty clean and we stayed at the side of the pool through out our stay because although the beach sand was crystal white the water wasn't a clear as we expected. The resort also has nightly entertainment, buffet style food (which became a bit redundant after day 3). As expected the drinks were pretty weak but being that it is an all inclusive resort we didn't Mind, just keep drinking. With all of that said I believe the resort would be a great place for those who just want to go, sit by the pool or beach and read a nice book. If you are looking for anything more exciting I would look into other options.

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Overall Rating: 3
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2.0
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From: New York, New York
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

September 24, 2016
Wonderful place!!!

This resort was packed, but in a good way! Lots of activities and places to relax and enjoy! Entertainment, clean rooms, plenty to drink and eat, nice beach(not the absolute best, but nothing to complain about with everything else that was awesome!). We had no need to even leave or do other things.


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Overall Rating: 5
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Dining Options
 
5.0
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From: Colorado
Age: 25-34

September 18, 2016
Awesome Vacation!

Overall had a great trip staying at this resort! The resort was very modern and clean. We received excellent service from the employees, they were very friendly and helpful. Donny and Christian (two of the bartenders at this resort) were amazing! They definitely made our experience at this resort more enjoyable. The ride from the airport is roughly about two hours but once you arrive, it's all worth it. Food was good however, there are not many options. Although they have several restaurants, the same food is served at the buffet. The only disappointment we really encountered was through the Nexus company. We were suppose to receive a refund from them and instead the charged us twice for the same excursion. Now we will need to wait two weeks to receive our refund due to their error. It would also have been nice to see a more engaged entertainment team. They seemed disinterested in communicating and engaging with the resort visitors. We only really saw them during the evening for the show but even then they seemed disinterested. I would still recommend anyone to visit. Panama is beautiful and this resort is soooo nice!


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From: New York, New York
Age: 19-24
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

Room Information

573 modernly appointed rooms and suites that provide all the comforts of home. Riu Playa Blanca boasts incredible amenities including: air conditioning, ceiling fan, your own balcony or terrace, mini bar, liquor dispenser and a flat screen television with satellite TV.

Room Details

Double Room Courtyard View (DBEB)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Double Room Ocean View (DBLB)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Double Room Ocean Front (DBMB)
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What's to Love

No reservations needed at any of the restaurants.

The palm-tree studded & crystal white-sand beach that's kissed by teal waves.

The boxy, white chic look of the resort and the sleek, hip rooms. It's rock star cool.

RiuLand for kids ages 4-7 and 8-12, children's pool (with a big fun slide) and play area.

Complimentary gym with the sauna. Vacay is the time to purify.

Hanging in the Jacuzzi at the pool and letting it bubble the stress right out of your bod.

 

What We'd Change

Although the drive from the airport can be a little lengthy, the views of the beautiful Panamanian landscape and payoff after arriving at Riu Playa Blanca are more than worth it.
 

Why You Should Go

It's 93 miles from the resort (a bit of a drive), but once you get there, it's heaven.

Dive into kayaking windsurfing or the aquagym. Get wet, wild and exercisy.

Check out the snorkeling (fish ogling) and scuba lessons in the pool. Take the plunge.

You can grab a game of volley ball or table tennis, or hit the fitness center for inside sweating.

The shows, live music, disco or cocktails under the moonlight are epic.

Available Amenities

  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Pool
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kayaks
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving ($)
  • Windsurfing
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Poolside Bar
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Ping Pong
  • Billiards
  • 4 Restaurants
  • 5 Bars/Lounges
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Aqua Aerobics
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Sports Bar
  • Fitness Center
  • Introductory Scuba Lesson
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Kids Club ($)
  • Freshwater Swimming Pool(s)
  • Swim-Up Bar
  • Wireless Internet in lobby
  • Conference Facilities


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling

Map of Local Area

Panama has warm, friendly people, a dynamic business sector and an unusual variety of terrains. Panama is a safe country with a first-world infrastructure, a stable democracy, and inexpensive cosmopolitan living.

Riu Playa Blanca

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507-907-0900

Hotel Description

Riu Playa Blanca: All-Inclusive Aahhsome on Panama's Pacific Side

When you first step foot on this expansive, escape-haven-by-the-sea, you might likely gasp. There is everything here. Everything. The natural beauty of the palms that dot the pearly white beach and the turquoise waves that greet you are just half the heavenly equation. The water and land sports, gourmet cuisine and crazy fun nightlife will take things up to the next beautiful level. You'll be loving life and living large. You can't miss this.

It's Time to Get Your Riu On.



DINING

The cuisine selections are varied, with a great combo of those tried and true foods you never pass up (think pepperoni pizza, especially around 3 p.m. when you need a hearty, carby snack) along with made-to-order steak, Italian favorites, Asian cuisine and delectable Panamanian tastes. Nom nom nom.

Balboa
Type: Buffet
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10:30am; Lunch - daily 1pm-3pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Description: Buffet with on-the-spot cooking stations and a dessert buffet.

Chiriqui
Type: Grill
Hours: Daily, 10:30am--6pm. 2 seatings at 7pm and 8:30pm
Description: Casual restaurant located by the pool. Dinner reservations are required in advance.

Il Palazzo
Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-8pm and 8:45pm-10:15pm
Description: Contemporary menu featuring Italian cuisine. Dinner reservations are required in advance.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Gentlemen are requested to wear long pants and a collared shirt.

Xian
Type: Asian
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-8pm and 8:30pm-10:30pm
Description: Asian cuisine. Reservations are required in advance.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Gentlemen are requested to wear long pants and a collared shirt.

All restaurant hours subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

The Party Quotient here is significant so you'll want to hit the poolside and swim-up bar, lounge with terrace and lobby bar. If you want to watch a game (or five), hit the 24-hour sports bar, then hop on over to the plaza bar. Whatever vibe you're looking for, you'll find it here.

Limon
Poolside and swim-up bar. Daily, 9am-6pm.

Burbujas
Located in the lobby. Daily, 10am-midnight.

La Rumba
Lounge bar with terrace. Daily, 6pm-midnight.

Sports Bar
24-hour bar.

La Cumbia
Plaza Bar. Daily, 10am-midnight.



BEACHES AND POOLS

The resort sits on a delicious stretch of white sand beach. If you want a change of scenery, hit one of the resort's beautiful freshwater pools with their stress-smashing Jacuzzis. There's a kids' pool near by so you can send them off to splash until the sea cows home while you chillax in peace.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Windsurfing
  • Kayak
  • Aquagym
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba lesson in pool
Land

  • Fitness center
  • Table tennis
  • Beach volleyball

For an additional charge:

  • Billiards
  • Assorted water sports
  • Golf


INTERNET

Riu Playa Blanca offers 90 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi in the lobby. Access to public computers is offered for an additional charge.



WEDDING/HONEYMOON

Riu Playa Blanca has the perfect spot to tie the knot. Choose one of their wedding packages to make your day unforgettable and perfect!



CHILD CARE

Along with a children's pool and play area, the hotel also offers daily entertainment at RiuLand for kids ages 4-7 and 8-12.



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
Riu Palace Playa Blanca is located 93 miles from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and 3.1 miles from Scarlett Martinez International Airport (RIH) .

Check-In/Check-Out
Check-In: 3pm. Check-Out: 11am.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Minimum Stay
A 3-night minimum stay is required at this resort.



All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
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Room 1 Details:
  • Double Room Courtyard View
  • Travel: May 1 - June 22, 2017
  • Book By: January 31
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