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Riu Playa Blanca

Panama

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5 Nights with Air from $549 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 77 Reviews
Value
 
3.7
Service
 
3.7
Beaches & Pools
 
3.8
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
59 out of 88 (67%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
Customer Rating
Value
 
3.7
Service
 
3.7
Beaches & Pools
 
3.8
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
59 out of 88 (67%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
From the pool area to the beach 2 minutes walking Pool bar Room view View of resort Farallon water is murki
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February 19, 2020
Worth it!

What a great experience! Just returned on Monday 2/17, I had a great time. Place is clean and well organized. Rooms are spacious and great housekeeping. The place is gorgeous. The staff is amazing, most speak English and are very friendly. The food is great, lots of varieties. The pools are clean, bar pool can get a little busy but the other pools are just a great. The beach is pretty nice and clean, lots of beach chairs to relax. It’s a smoke free, child friendly and echo friendly facility. I loved everything about the place. I will definitely be going back.


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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: Boston
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

February 18, 2020
Very enjoyable overall

I probably will go back!

Very enjoyable overall
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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
5.0
Service
 
5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
4.0
Room Comfort
 
5.0
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From: Michigan, usa
Age: 55-64

February 15, 2020
Good value for price

This resort was pretty good, not luxurious, but a great value for the moderate price I paid. Pros -Check in and checking out was pretty quick and efficient -the Resort is Very Clean- All areas, rooms included -Very nice staff from the front desk to the hostesses and waitresses -WiFi worked well, even in my room -Mini bar in room of alcohol drinks, soft drinks and bottles of water -The three adult pools and one kids pool was awesome. The foam party on Saturday was fun - the beach was very nice, a lot of beach chairs were available -3 specialty restaurants on resort, no reservations needed was a plus. -Food options/ variety got better towards the weekend I guess because more people were coming in (I arrived on a Wednesday evening and felt buffet options were mediocre). There was a wide variety of food options at the buffet, something for everyone. Dinner was the best options. Lunch was not good at all. -my massage was great, I felt the price was reasonable Cons -Beds were not comfortable with small pillows -one night at the dinner buffet there was a lot of flies which were all over the food -snacks at snack bar good be better -lunch buffet not good, limited variety -the gym is just ok, not much equipment. -entertainment was just ok -drinks were not strong I Enjoyed my stay!

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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
4.0
Service
 
5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
3.0
Room Comfort
 
3.0
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From: DC
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

January 26, 2020
Cater to the Canadians

We have been to plenty of Riu resorts and have always been satisfied. So perhaps my complaint isn’t with the resort itself but maybe the region? It was clear to myself and the 13 other Americans that we traveled with that the resort catered to the Canadians. It’s happened to us before in Turks and Caicos with the French but this was very obvious! The resort itself was your typical 3 star resort. The food was mediocre. Room was nice. Only found one small gecko in my room. He was a cutie. Again I don’t think my beef is with the riu resort itself but the region. So enjoy Canadians.

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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
4.0
Service
 
3.0
Beaches & Pools
 
3.0
Dining Options
 
3.0
Room Comfort
 
4.0
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From: California
Age: 45-54
Travel: 7+ 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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