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Riu Playa Blanca


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5 Nights with Air from $629 All-Inclusive
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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
45 out of 66 (68%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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February 24, 2019
Best vacation ever

Best deal ever- All includes-this was a steal The staff was very courteous, friendly,responded to our need. My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with grandiosity Our room was nicely decorated Our dinner table was also decorated with beautiful roses, candles and balloons and a Delicious cake The front desk staff was superb Specially Felix was very helpful and patient Our second experience was as enjoyable as our first one last September when we stayed at Riu Guanacaste We will planning our next vacation soon

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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Miami
Age: 55-64
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

December 13, 2018
Two stars no way Three stars!

. Four hours from leaving the airport until arrival at the resort, just check in. No welcome whatsoever. The place needs cosmetic work all over, tiles broken everywhere in the pools,poolside and many walkways just standard maintenance. Many employees don’t speak English. Meals breakfast is boring vegan will love it, beef livers and half cooked rice are unexceptible, watered oatmeal, bacon once in ten days and hot dogs not sausages! Dinner was lackluster no pork or beef ribs, low budget cooking. The beach was nice but the pool children running amok, drinks watered at best, even the non alcoholic drinks! Security at the pool is a joke the patrons had to subdue at least three other people that were annebriated and one gentleman wanted to fist fight the lifeguard when tried to help him in the pool! Security came and let the patron fall all over the place including at my ladies feet! What’s without the pool at 5:45pm go to the Kids pool until 6:00 pm! On the steps,the tile in the pool and all over were in need of repair. At the steakhouse the cats running all over the place and I received a couple few mosquito bites. Food was good though I eat fast and run for cover. I loved the Italian restaurant! Chinese I didn’t venture, no comment. As far as other services door key didn’t work next door neighbor assisted and was told they’re to busy and my lady got our reprogrammed, Thanx.

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Overall Rating: 2
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From: New York,NY
Age: 55-64
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

September 2, 2018
Just okay

The room was OK however you could tell It was in need of a fresh coat of paint. There was mold on the phone. The dining options were OK but not amazing. Our shower waiting drain the phone wouldn’t work but they did fix it. The hotel is two hours away from the airport which way is it inconvenience. Overall The hotel was OK

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Overall Rating: 4
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From: Alexandria, va
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

August 12, 2018
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Out of all of the Caribbean vacations that I’ve gone on, this was the worst! The buffet food was the same. There were very limited options. The steak house had the best food. The Asian Restaurant was second best and the Italian Restaurant was closed!! There were kids all in the adult pool with the swim up bar. They should have been required to stay at the kid pool and the one next to it!! The property could use some fixing up since it was built in 2011. THE ICE MACHINES DON’T WORK ON ANY FLOOR!! Steve the bellman was nice enough to bring ice to us on the 6th floor. IT WAS VERY HARD TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE DUE TO SPANISH SPEAKING (99%).They don’t consider English speaking tourist! The tv only had 1 English Channel!! This was our 1 yr wedding Anniversary. WE TOLD THEM IN ADVANCE.THEY DID NOTHING FOR US!!

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From: Westchester County,NY
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)
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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

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



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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

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.


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.



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

  • Fitness center
  • Table tennis
  • Beach volleyball

For an additional charge:

  • Billiards
  • Assorted water sports
  • Golf


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


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


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.


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: 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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