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Riu Playa Blanca

Panama

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5 Nights with Air from $639 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 73 Reviews
Value
 
3.6
Service
 
3.7
Beaches & Pools
 
3.7
Dining Options
 
3.3
Room Comfort
 
3.8
3.5 out of 5
"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 compla..." – JulianneNyhoff
55 out of 83 (66%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
Customer Rating
Value
 
3.6
Service
 
3.7
Beaches & Pools
 
3.7
Dining Options
 
3.3
Room Comfort
 
3.8
3.5 out of 5
"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 compla..." – JulianneNyhoff
55 out of 83 (66%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
From the pool area to the beach 2 minutes walking Room view View of resort Farallon water is murki
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January 20, 2020
no too good

resort was far from airport but was nice when you got there. food was very disappointing not a lot of choice and too much fish also not very good!! breakfast only had bacon 2 times out of 8 when I'm on vacation I want bacon!! at all the resorts I have been to before someone came around to pool side and asked if you wanted drinks not here! the entertainment crew did not come around to let you know of any games going on. This was the not my first Riu I have been to but it was by far the worst!! also a lot of flies around the food in the Asian restaurant on the food! I would not recommend this resort to anyone. the weather was great and even though the resort was sub par my Honey Moon was great!!!


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Overall Rating: 2
Value
 
2.0
Service
 
2.0
Beaches & Pools
 
3.0
Dining Options
 
1.0
Room Comfort
 
4.0
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From: west Bridgewater Ma
Age: 55-64
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

January 4, 2020
Great Vacation Spot for Rest and recuperation

This is a great vacation resort for rest and recuperation as well as for a simple holiday getaway. Resort is 2 hours away from Panama City and a nice secluded area. Long beach is a plus if you like walks on the beach. Resort has several bars and large buffet dining room with a good choice of food options. We found three sit-down dining restaurants.


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
4.0
Service
 
5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
4.0
Dining Options
 
4.0
Room Comfort
 
5.0
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From: Fairfax, VA
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

October 23, 2019
It's an okay place!

As a frequent traveler (4+ trips/year), I thought Riu was okay! The beach, pool, and alcohol was fantastic! The food and service was okay. I've certainly had a better experience at other resorts. There was not a lot of variety of food options. It all tasted the same. The service was lackluster. The workers were pleasant but they were not overly welcoming and friendly, as I've experienced at other resorts. This resort is 2+ hours from the airport/city. There is not a lot to do right around the resort. At times, the restaurants and our room had a weird oder. It didn't bother us, we just noticed from time to time. It was a fine experience but would probably not go back.


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Overall Rating: 3
Value
 
2.0
Service
 
2.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
1.0
Room Comfort
 
3.0
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From: Harrisburg, PA
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

September 1, 2019
Beautiful Experience

Everything else was perfect,, the hospitality, the food, the shows, the pools, you will get your money worse big time,, very recommend to get it,, Panamanian people there really good working people, always checking to help you in anyway they can,, Love their coffee at the 24 hrs bar, everything is cheap over there money wise,, and I mean cheap , I almost stay there, but need to check more places,, next Costa Rica baby,,ohh this was our 27 years anniversary,,

From the pool area to the beach 2 minutes walking
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Overall Rating: 5
Value
 
5.0
Service
 
5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
5.0
Room Comfort
 
5.0
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From: Jacksonville FL
Age: 45-54
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)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

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) .

MIN CHECK-IN AGE/SPRING BREAK POLICY: Student/Spring Break groups or individuals, regardless of age are not allowed at this hotel at any time. The hotel reserves the right to use reasonable means to identify suspected student/spring break groups. At least one person of 21 years or older is required in every room during March and April. The Hotel may request guests to show passport or official ID to proof age and reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone. In-room parties, unruly behavior and spring break groups are not allowed at any Riu Resort. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.

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.



All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
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