Riu Yucatan  


Sandwiched between jungle-like greenery and a white ribbon of sand, the recently refurbished Riu Yucatan has got a seriously tropical setting. What’s more, Puerto del Carmen’s downtown is less than a 5-minute drive away.

Back at the hotel, 3 huge pools take centre-stage, framed by glossy palms and shrubbery. Extra touches come in the form of a swim-up bar and in-water loungers, while shady spots come courtesy of the thatched parasols that dot the surrounding terrace. Rounding things off is a chill-out area with hammocks and a paddling pool for little ones.

When it comes to things to do here, activities like volleyball, windsurfing and body boarding are on offer during the day. For something a bit different, head for the spa to choose from the different body wraps and massage treatments. Evenings see things take a livelier turn – expect shows, music and dancing with the hotel’s entertainment team.

Lastly, the hotel has just had a bit of a revamp, which means rooms are now adorned with fresh, contemporary décor.

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Selected imported and local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee.  Snacks at set times.

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Outdoor pool

This large pool is ideal for activities with plenty of space for everyone.

RiuLand kids' club

For 4-7 and 8-12 years.

La Margarita Grill Steakhouse à la carte restaurant

A selection of steak, chicken and ribs. Bookings are required in the morning on a first come, first served basis.

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double room - single occupancy

Double room sleeps up to 4 - can be sold as a single. Includes ceiling fan, radio alarm clock, liquor dispenser, iron, ironing board on request and complimentary toiletries. Cots are available.

double room

Double room sleeps up to 4. Includes ceiling fan, radio alarm clock, liquor dispenser, iron, ironing board on request and complimentary toiletries. Cots are available.

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We stayed at the Riu Yucatan from April 8 to April 15 and we loved it! The beach is beautiful and very large, the hotel is spotless and the staff is wonderful! The room was okay, we stayed in the room 7201 and I think we were a little far from the beach. The food is okay, nothing more. We ate at a local restaurant in Playa Del Carmen and the food there was authentic and delicious! You can walk the beach for about 30 minutes to get to Playa del Carmen and it's really worth it! Overall, we loved the Riu Yucatan, we can't wait to go back! Ps: all the others customers of the others Riu around came to our hotel because it was nicer and we had music at the bar pool! Good hint ;)More


Another good time in mexico

It was our 2nd time in mexico first time in the riu yucatan it was a nice clean hotel staff never stop they all work so hard the Mexicans are lovely people always laughing and joking with you.The food and drink was all good quality the only complaint on the food was the steak house only one steak on the menu which was terrible the rest of food on the menu you could get in the main dinning room anyway we eat in there most of the time and had some lovely food could not fault it at all they had everything even fussy eaters would beable to find something.The entertainment team worked really had to entertain all day long if you want it there was a chill out pool if you wanted to get away.The beach is wonderful and the sea but we had to be down there early before 9am to get a bed people putting towels on beds and not appearing for hours and people walking up and down the beach looking for a sun bed the hotel should stop it it's not fair some people are selfish people putting flip flops and coffee cups on beds at the crack of dawn then now sign of them till lunch time did get us down we were there for 16days 20th of March till 6th April it is a busy time of year I now but I must stress it is a very busy hotel a lot going on all the time so if you like that you will love it the lunch time beach bar was like a cattle shed all the sister hotels used the yucatan in the day we started having lunch later in afternoon was much better.The shows at night were ok but the bars were nice and buzzing so had some lovely nights and met some nice people our room was great lovely and clean comfortable big flat screen televisions on wall no problems at all.On the whole we had a lovely holiday I must mention the thomson reps in the hotel were great always about if any problems which there wasn't if you asked me would I go back to this hotel I would probably say no it was abit to busy for us but as I said if you like that you will love it.gary & DeniseMore

gary h, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Great place

First time at the Riu Yucatan, loved the place, meals were great, people too. The room was just painted, but that`s ok. Everything else was great. We really enjoyed it! Thank you Eaudiel at the Italian restaurant, what a perfect gentleman!More

Dennis D, Montreal, Canada

Old v New

Stayed at the Riu Yucatan in February 2012 and had the best holiday ever so decided that we would try the same hotel February 2014 to compare the old to new. This new décor is really modern and has a very trendy feel. However, for me it had lost its Mexican charm. In 2012 there were little touches like small trinket box left in room as a gift and in general a more personal feel which made us feel valued customers but sadly non of that this time around. Was nice to see some of the same staff still worked at the hotel from 2012 which does show things for them must be good, in fact cant fault any of the staff whatsoever, all hard working. One big problem this time around was the mosquitioes, oh my were they bad. I always get bitten and took loads of repellent with me but none of it worked. My husband never ever gets bitten and after counting 50 plus bites on him we realised there was a serious problem. Purchased a local repellent called "off" and, by recommendation of reception staff, rubbed vicks vapour rub onto the bites and this did seem to control just how many bites we got, but was very painful, swollen and itchy and did put a damper on things. Maybe the hotel should try and spray at regular intervals as this does seem to be an on going problem. Food in hotel could not be faulted with a wide variety and always nice and hot. Evening entertainment in 2012 was excellent but this time around was a poor as was mostly dancers doing different themes rather than a variety of entertainment. Most nights we just skipped going to watch the shows as they were repetitive and disappointing.More

lorraine s, Manchester, United Kingdom

Very nice hotel, stunning beach

We stayed at the Riu Yucatan in September/october 2013. Very nice place with clean spacious rooms. Very interesting to see the unusual wildlife in and around the hotel (some nice, some not so nice!). Monkeys, coati's, iguanas and things like big squirrel/rats roaming the gardens. Good selection of pools from the bustling main pools to the quieter pool near the main lobby. The food was always good but by the end of the holiday was getting a bit boring. Weather was fantastic with only about 30 mins of torrential rain the whole holiday. The only downside for us was the biting bugs, spent 2 weeks when we came home itching, but i guess thats the downside to the caribbean at that time of year. The whole area was very secure including the beach. Taxis to Playa del carmen were only about £4 and the town is very nice albeit with the usual "Lucky lucky" men trying to sell everything from silver to cocaine!. We only eat out once and that was at the Alux restaurant in Playa del carmen. This alone is worth the visit to see an entire restaurant underground in a natural cenote (cave) but DONT be tempted to eat there!! All four of the people in our party ended up with the squits the day after!!. The other benefit of the Riu Yucatan is its location and close proximity to several other Riu hotels so you can go to the others for a bit of variety. The bar/restaurant staff are extremely helpful and appreciate the occasional tipMore

Paul M, rotherham

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