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Riu Playa Blanca

Panama

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4 Nights with Air from $799 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 33 Reviews
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3.9
Service
 
3.8
Beaches & Pools
 
3.5
Dining Options
 
3.5
Room Comfort
 
4.1
3.7 out of 5
"THE HOTEL WAS SPOTLESS , FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AND THE STAFF WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFULL. NO COMPLIANTS" – rubyQ
27 out of 36 (75%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
Customer Rating
Value
 
3.9
Service
 
3.8
Beaches & Pools
 
3.5
Dining Options
 
3.5
Room Comfort
 
4.1
3.7 out of 5
"THE HOTEL WAS SPOTLESS , FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AND THE STAFF WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFULL. NO COMPLIANTS" – rubyQ
27 out of 36 (75%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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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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Overall Rating: 5
Value
 
5.0
Service
 
5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
3.0
Room Comfort
 
5.0
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From: New York, New York
Age: 19-24
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

August 30, 2016

Facts: This hotel was built in 2014, but is poorly maintained. It is because they do not use bleach to clean the shower etc. The hotel uses brown towels in the room and peach towels at the pool, do I need to comment any further. Also, I went to get a towel in the room and on opening the towel, there was a big bug in it. The hotel has wrap around balconies that have a lot of bugs that get in your room. If you order two double beds, expect two twins size beds. There is no white sand and the water is not blue. The sand is somewhat black and the water is murky. The food and drinks were good, coffee in the lobby was excellent. We were extremely dissatisfied with the Steak House. Overall, the staff tries really hard to please:-) OBTW! There is a rule that you must make daily reservations for the Steak House, Asian or Italian Restaurant between 7:30am and 10:00am . This means that you are prohibited from making a reservation for all restaurants on the same day and must continuously return. However, it appears that if you tip the Manager, Juan V.?, he will gladly bend the rule for you.


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Overall Rating: 2
Value
 
2.0
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3.0
Beaches & Pools
 
2.0
Dining Options
 
4.0
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From: Florida
Age: Over 65
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

August 30, 2016
Nice Resort

The hotel is great. I like the way the rooms are done, we had 2 rooms and we had our own alcove between them so it was great. A little far from airport so be prepared for long ride. My family doesn't speak Spanish so it was a little difficult at times communicating with the staff. I feel that if you are in a customer facing job you need to be able to communicate in English. Most of the entertainment was in Spanish so we didn't enjoy the shows. The dancing and 'lip syncing" was good but the rest was not fun. I also feel the pool with the swim up bar should not be allowed to have kids splashing around especially since they have a GREAT kids pool. I didn't like the way the reservations for the restaurants worked. You need to wake up real early and go down to the desk to get a table for that night and we were shut out one night and then when we got to the restaurant there we so many open tables that were no shows. The drinks are good just ask for a special and they will make it.


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
4.0
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4.0
Beaches & Pools
 
4.0
Dining Options
 
3.0
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4.0
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From: Long Island, New York
Age: 55-64
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)
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Double Room Ocean View (DBLB)
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Double Room Ocean Front (DBMB)
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What's to Love

All-inclusive everything: the cocktails, the grub, the utter awesomeness of it all.

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 the effort!
 

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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  • Double Room Courtyard View
  • $600 to $900 in Resort Credits
  • 2 Kids 12 & Under Stay & Eat Free
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