Riu Yucatan  

From its trio of pools to its luxury spa, the beachside Riu Yucatan has a lot going for it.

Sandwiched between jungle-like greenery and a white ribbon of sand, the Riu Yucatan has a tropical setting. Still, the vibrant town of Puerto Del Carmen is only a 5-minute drive away.

The hotel just been refurbished, so bedrooms are fresh from the wrapping. The makeover gave them modern new colour schemes and big new flatscreen TVs.

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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.

Buffet restaurant

Each evening has a themed night, expect Mexican, Asian and Caribbean foods or simply enjoy fresh meat or fish from the grill - breakfast, lunch and dinner.

RiuLand kids' club

For 4-7 and 8-12 years.

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double room

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

double room - single occupancy

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

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Spectacular!!!

Riu Yucatan is incredible! Bright and spacious rooms, kept immaculately clean. Delicious food--anything your heart desires! Lovely and creative fruit sculptures at the salad bar. The customized breakfast omelets are to die for. Plenty of loungers for everyone, including visitors from Riu Tequila across the street. The swim up bar Cozumel makes delicious frozen drinks and plays ambient music; just the right setting for relaxation under the swaying palm trees. Playacar Beach is picture perfect--soft white sand, sparkling blue waves, and sunshine. Great snorkeling is just 15 minutes away by boat. Tropical fish, stingrays and sea turtles are just a few of the magical sights waiting to be discovered. I can't wait to return!More

pollypocket53132, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great overallholiday

Lovely hotel set on beach front, spacious rooms, the whole complex was kept very clean. Excellent meals with variety to suit everyone's taste buds. Staff very welcoming and couldn't do enough for you, 5th avenue shops 30 minute walk away. An hour of free wifi wasn't enough felt It could have been more flexible . But lovely holiday.More

Dee C,

Riu Yucatan Oct10-17

First timer to Playa del Carmen! We originally booked a trip to Cabo but with the hurricane, we had to make other arrangements. We chose Riu Yucatan in Playa! Hotel: The hotel itself has had a major overhaul remodel. The lobby is very modern, open air, with bright pink, black, and silver colors. We arrived late in the evening and were greeted at the lobby check in with fruity drinks. I had requested to be in buildings 2 or 5 near the bigger pool but a room was not available in building 5 until the next day. We were put in building 7 for the night which was fine with us. Building 7 is very quiet near the main lobby. Building 5 is where we landed the next day. LOVED the location near the beach and main pool area. It was loud at night with the shows but most were over by midnight for those people who go to bed early. Room- The room itself was better in Building 5 than 7. The balcony faced the main pathway so we were able to do some people watching in our downtime. We could hear the monkeys making crazy noises outside our room. So cool to see them up close! The bed was two doubles pushed together. Ask for extra pillows, they are flat. The bed isn't the most comfy but we drank a lot so it didn't bother us much! There are 4 bottles of liquor handy and the fridge is stocked every other day. Tip the drink guy if you see him; he'll give you all the beers/water you want! Our A/C and ceiling fan made the room feel below zero. I mean it was COLD. There is a complete power switch to the whole room near the door. Be careful not to turn it off or your A/C wont run either. Food- There are three buffets. One in the main lobby that has breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One near the beach, and another buffet (the Italian restaurant) open for lunch. We only did two reservation places (Mexican and Asian) and it was pretty good. All the food to me is the same at all the restaurants. There is a huge variety at each but repetitive. I don't expect much for food at these all-inclusives but if it does weigh heavy on your decision, this resort most likely is not a good choice for you. Drinks- The frozen drinks were delish the first few days. I switched it up and drank beers one day (only dos equis on site). Then went straight for the liquor. Getting vodka or rum with sparkling water (or club soda) and mixing it with MIO flavors is our go-to vacation fix. You can get MIO at your local grocery store and take it with you to the resort. I love wine... and I was not a fan of any of it on site. Pools- There is a smaller pool near the lobby with its own bar. I never went to this one so I'm not sure how it is. I mostly stayed at the main pool area near the beach. It has a swim up bar and a walk up bar in one. The swim up bar is its own mini pool so it can get a little crowded/dirty by the end of the day. The staff did their best walking around and picking up cups/trash. The walkup bar faces the beach and is covered. There are tables and a shallow infinity pool. I LOVED this feature. My boyfriend and I enjoyed sitting out there watching the beach, drinking, and just relaxing. The chair situation at the pools is a little crazy. I went out between 8-9am every morning to save chairs in the sun for myself and friends. It gets limited the longer you wait. Beach- The beach is MASSIVE!! The distance from the resort out to the water is awesomely long. More so than any other place I have been. There are tons of lounge chairs! The water is crystal clear; we even saw fish right under us!! Weather- It was great the first few days but it did rain in the afternoon on the last 3. Its still hot so we sat under the covered area at the pool and watched the rain/beach. It was awesome. The main lobby area had live music and the lobby bar was poppin so we still had a great time. Playa del Carmen- We did venture into town on one of the rainy days. There is an area called 5th Avenue that has a TON of shops and restaurants. It was a $7 cab ride. We enjoyed the food break from the resort. We also went to Coco Bongo on Monday night. Paid $70 each- you get a bus ride to and from the club, a VIP table, and endless amounts of alcohol. The shows were superb too! Defff a must to visit no matter what city you are in... if there's a Coco Bongo you should try it at least once. I want to point out another thing. The ride to the airport is about 45 minutes. The road going into the resort was so neat to me. It is a long, winding, cobblestone street filled with trees and beautiful homes. There are about 5 Riu resorts right near each other. (You have access to the regular one just not the "palaces" I think). We ventured over to Riu Tequila one night. They have a teeny, tiny nightclub but it was fun... and free. Transportation- I booked with Discovery Mundo in advance. I just went the website and filled out the request form. I paid in advance. A driver was waiting at the airport for us with a sign. He picked us up in an SUV and had beers for us in the car! (You can request in advance what kind you want!) He also picked us up from the resort and took us back the airport. This was super stress free and I felt very safe! Airport- The Cancun airport is pretty speedy. We flew Delta and had no issues. Customs wasn't bad either coming into the country. You just push a button and it turns red or green. Of course mine turned red so they had to search my suitcase. No big deal, just takes up time. (If it is your first time to the Cancun airport, after you go through customs, you have to walk thru a corridor of people trying to get you to stop because they say there are no cabs outside. DO NOT STOP! Ignore everyone and walk yourself right on outside. There are a ton of cabs outside for those that do not book transportation in advance.) Overall, we had a relaxing trip! We usually want to do absolutely nothing on these vacations and just eat, drink, relax. We accomplished all of that! Ps... take $1 bills. A tip goes such a long way for drinks, food service, etc. The staff work so hard to make your stay pleasant... you can at least share the wealth.More

scange, Raleigh, North Carolina

relaxing vacation

Resort was beautiful! landscaping tasteful, meals were excelent...no complaints. rooms were clean and comfortable. staff were friendly. Waiters Victor and Omar were excellent. Check in was smooth. Entertainment team were fantastic! Their presentation of "Grease" was as good as a broadway show. Huge beach, clean and plenty of chairs available. I would recommend this resort to anyone looking for either a quiet relaxing holiday or an active one. We loved the Steak restaurant! Riu is a great choice! Loved seeing the monkeys and the other animals. Went to the Riu Tequila and Riu Playacar to try their lunch buffets and they were excellent!More

children6, Canada

Amazing

Did a 2 weeks holiday in the Riu Yucatan from 4th 0ctober 2014. This was our second visit in two years as previously stopped in the Riu Tequila and loved both places. The Yucatan is very modern and white which must be a nightmare to keep clean but the staff somehow manage. All the staff are Extremely helpful and friendly. I actually proposed to my girlfriend while in Mexico, I did this on the beach which Juan and the rest made amazing for us. There was a meal for two on the beach with 4 course meal, champagne, lobster, fire pit, lanterns the lot. We then got back to the room which had more champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and rose pettels as well as decorations all over. Basically had another amazing holiday which was definitely achieved by such amazing staff that work at the hotel, the food was lovely especially liked the Italian as this was a la carte and could go in any time without booking. (Try the beef magnificent). 10/10 holiday 11/10 staff. Would definitely go back. Hope this was helpful in your next holiday destination choice :)More

Kane S, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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