Surrounded by tropical greenery, the RIU Tequila has a secluded setting and a great pool scene.
Tucked inside a palm grove in the quiet resort of Playacar, the Riu Tequila is a retreat. It only takes 5 minutes to walk to a peaceful platinum-shine beach from here.
This hotel is in a relaxed part of the Caribbean Coast. When you want to up the tempo, the colourful resort of Playa del Carmen is a 5-minute drive away.
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- 20kg luggage allowance
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Honeymooners receive a bottle of rum and fruit basket on arrival.
Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Minibar and liquor dispenser in room. Snacks at set times.
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2 outdoor pools
With tonnes of sunbeds and thatched umbrellas dotted around the sun terrace, there's plenty of space to relax and soak up the sun.
Jalisco buffet restaurant
For breakfast and dinner. Jalisco offers buffet and on the spot cooking stations, where you’ll be able to watch dishes being prepared right in front of your very eyes. Themed buffet evenings are held three times a week. There are 2 sittings for dinner, the first 7pm to 8.30pm, and the second 9pm to 10.30pm. And there's a dress code for dinner.
La Lupita restaurant
If you'd like a late Continental breakfast, you'll be able to pick this up from the poolside restaurant and swim-up bar, La Lupita. There's a buffet lunch and an à la carte dinner in the way of a grill and steakhouse, with 2 sittings for dinner. The first is 7pm to 8.30pm and the second is 9pm to 10.30pm. There's a dress code for dinner, and you'll need to book your table in advance.
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Double room sleeps up to 4, 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years. With ceiling fan, minibar restocked every 2 days, liquor dispenser and complimentary toiletries. Wi-Fi at a charge.
Double room sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years - can be sold as a single. With ceiling fan, minibar restocked every 2 days, liquor dispenser and complimentary toiletries. Wi-Fi at a charge
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My wife and two of our children (18yrs and 20yrs) stayed at the Riu Tequila for one week from the 28th July 2014. Riu Tequila is 1 of 5 Riu hotels in Playacar which is a small (gated) resort south of Playa del Carmen. It is 1 of 2 that is not beachfront but the walk is short or you can get on the golf cart that shuttles to and fro all day. You must see the beach it is spectacular as is the sea which is clear and beautiful. Check-in was very efficient all keys were ready on a table in front of reception and there were plenty of staff to check you in - our guy walked us to the room since it was late. The rooms were tall with good aircon and a ceiling fan - the fridge was well stocked and each room had its own optics, should you need to brush your teeth with tequila !! At our talk we found the Thomson rep passionate and engaging - you always get some sort of sales pitch but since I usually book a couple of excursions I'm happy with this. Pool was a good size, I couldn't believe how easy it was to get 4 sun loungers together at the height of summer on our first day and then I saw the beach and realised they have plenty of capacity. You can book one of the three specialist restaurants, as many times as you like but the buffet restaurant is so good again demand is easily met even at peak times. We booked 3 trips: Whale Sharks, swimming with turtles and Xplore (yes ashamed to say we didn't go to Chichen Itza but will come back on a more cultural trip - apparently afternoon evening is the best time). The whale sharks is expensive but paying in Mexican saved about 30% versus USD. It was one of my all time favourite trips but we had about 30 sharks to swim with the previous day there was 1 and about 60 boats so set expectations low. The turtle swim was also good but we had by coincidence a guy called Ruben from Caribe on both trips and he probably gave us a little more than we were entitled to on both trips in terms of time and distance we went out. Xplore is a very 'American themed' park based around the cenotes ie very organised, clean, a little too safety conscious but nonetheless a great trip - we went in the evening to avoid the crowds. Wildlife - which I love - coatis are fascinating, a little curious but easy to shoo away, agoutis look like guinea pigs on stilts, a couple of great looking iguanas, brilliant. Down side, not much, I found the plastic cups a little irritating but a small thing. Positives, there are many, they do the detail really well - I liked having a freshly made, fruit smoothie every morning, even tried cactus, a lot of effort went into the entertainment, food is great, everything is clean, I liked the Asian restaurant, staff are very friendly, nothing is too much trouble. I tend not to re-visit a previous holiday but now keen to try another Riu hotel if this is the standard. I would thoroughly recommend Riu Tequila and have done so since returning and was recommended here by someone from Coop Travel in Strood who had been here before.More
field_bj, Rochester, United Kingdom
Just returned from a family holiday with teenagers to this destination. The staff were, professional, friendly, lovely people. A special mention to the male entertainment staff who entertained my teenagers all day with different activities. We found the females to be less engaging and a bit superior. A huge amount of effort put into the evening shows. Food outstanding. Always fresh with plenty of choice. Only downside was that of an evening it could be very hot. The only communal entertainment area with aircon was the sports bar. There were ceiling fans in other areas but they weren't that effective in the heat and humidity. I would really recommend this hotel as its only a cheap 5 minute taxi ride into the town of Playa Del Carmen. It was nice to go there of an evening to browse the shops and take in a change of scenery.More
Joan A, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Just back from 9days of absolute glorious sunshine. Friendly staff and good entertainment team for the day and evenings. (James aka Tallia is amazing) Pool very clean. Great trips to Chichen Itza and Coco Bonga is recommended (optional extras). Air conditioned rooms, spacious and well stocked bar (all inclusive) A much deserved and needed break. Went with my Husband and felt like we were back on honeymoon (even after 34yrs of marriage!)More
Best holiday ever!!
The riu tequila was amazing from the food to the staff. The rooms were clean all morning or early afternoon and with only a 5 minute walk to the beach! the entertainers were amazing my personal favourite were edger, Daniel, Mijo and James. The waiter were so polite and the food that the hotel served was spectacular. I would strongly recommend this as a holiday resort to go to! Additonally the pool was clean and with different pool activities running throughout the day. Well done Tequila!More
Myself and my Wife and 17 year old Son returned home from The RUI Tequila Hotel in Playacar Mexico recently (August 15th) after a Two week stay. I donât think itâs the best of the RUI Group hotels but is still fine. As my heading suggests, we had a bitter sweet experience (the bitter not being the hotelâs fault) because my Wifeâs large suitcase was lost for three days by Thomson Holidays or their handling agents on the outbound journey. When I managed to trace it 3 days later (me, not Thomson) it was apparently still at Manchester Airport. Regrettably and to my Wifeâs further distress, when it finally arrived at The RUI Tequila late on the Sunday night, the suitcase had been heavily burgled with a lot of her clothing and other personal/sentimental items having been stolen. Naturally, this put somewhat of a dampener on the whole holiday and whilst we are insured, it spoiled things. The police donât want to know over there. Unfortunately, Cancun Airport is a chaotic place and we were stuck there for a full three hours after landing. (Two hours to clear immigration). This is not unusual because my Sister-In-Law travelled there the previous week with her family and experienced the same thing/wait. However, I shall only now comment on the hotel/holiday. We spent the first day around the pool which is clean and enjoyable but the remaining days at the beach which is simply beautiful. I really cannot understand anybody remotely complaining about the food in the RUI Tequila or the Yacatan hotels. There is so much food and variety of food that the main problem is what NOT to eat rather than what to eat. There is absolutely everything on the buffet in the evenings offering fish, meats, soups, pasta, smoked salmon, tuna, salad, vegetables, rice pizzas, chips for the kids, burgers, fruit, cakes & pastries and loads of other things on a daily basis. Yes, at the end of two weeks, it probably does become somewhat samey but what buffet doesnât? For breakfast, there is again everything, cereals, fruit, sausage, bacon, eggs, omelettes cooked to order in less than a minute, all sorts of fresh breads, pancakes and other lovely stuff. If one goes to the beach, it is best to have lunch at the Yucatan Hotel because it would take too long to travel back to the RUI Tequila (you will see what I am saying when there) and the little train that shuttles back and forth to the RUI Tequila all day (no charge) doesnât run during about 12 to 2 p.m. So you would have a Ten minute walk each way in the burning sun. The food at the Yucatan is just as good if not slightly better. Anybody moaning about the food at either of these hotels must have a real problem eating anything. Donât worry about the Coatis, a smaller pig type animal with upward pointing tails, we had heard lots about them beforehand, they are everywhere, but if you donât bother them they donât bother you. The evening entertainment was O.K with some nights being better than others but thatâs always the way at these types of hotels. Our room was fine (block 16) and was only a few minutesâ walk from either the RUI Tequila hotel reception or anywhere else. It was spotless (cleaned every day) with a comfortable if slightly hard bed with my only room disappointment being the lack of a bath. (There are no baths at the RUI Tequila, only showers in every room). However, the shower was good and strong in terms of flow of water with the water always being nice and hot. The staff are all very attentive and very friendly with the evening bar staff particularly top class. Your glass will never be empty if you are sitting at the bar. The branding is excellent too with Smirnov vodka/other leading brands etc freely available. If you want to chill out, the separate Sports Bar is also very good if somewhat noisy at night and has the advantage of being air conditioned. It is open 24 hours with food/fruit also always available in there. Unlike say Cuba where we have been a few times, we never felt under any pressure to tip but still did to some of the bar staff we got to know. The Thomson excursion trips are quite expensive. The thing to do is to go outside the hotel, turn left, you will see a Starbucks Coffee place within Two minutes and there is a little kiosk whereby the lady there (Anna I think her name was) sells exactly the same trips at around only 60% of the Thomson cost. This is understandable because obviously Thomson want to make a profit too. ****IMPORTANT*****Be careful to lock everything away in the room safe because I spoke with a couple from Birmingham who had jewellery and money stolen from their room almost certainly by hotel staff and also heard about another loss from another family. That apart, there is really very little one can complain about the RUI Tequila with it offering excellent value for money. My only gripe is the crazy Internet/Wifi set up in the hotel. To me, for a hotel of this standing (4*+) the fact that residents are only allowed to go on-line free of charge for 90 minutes in any period of 24 hours in this day and age is quite ludicrous. The main problem is that if you want to check a few Emails etc in the early morning, even if you are only on-line for say Ten minutes, then you cannot have the remaining 80 minutes that day. You have to wait until the next day. This is very wrong and quite unnecessary and needs changing as I told them at reception. All in all, apart from the luggage issue, we had a great time at the RUI Tequila and would certainly return.More
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