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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Honeymooners receive a bottle of rum and fruit basket on arrival.
All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board. Snacks
Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Minibar and liquor dispenser in room
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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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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Wonderful Hotel and a great service
We stayed at this hotel in June 2014 and had a great time. Emailed the hotel prior to our arrival and asked for rooms next to each other (six in our group) also two couple were celebrating anniversaries. When we checked were received a congratulations from the front desk and when we got to our rooms there was fruit and champagne. and invite to a special meal in the steak restaurant. The service we had from all of the staff was fantastic. nothing was to much trouble. One of the people in our party is celiac (wheat intolerant ) We just pointing this out to the staff and they went of of their way to show her what she could have. Veronica in the pool bar is absolutely fantastic the main gem in the Rui Tequila crown. We did visit the other Riu hotels but the Tequila can not be beaten for the Staff and atmosphere. Yes you have walk or get a lift to the beach, But its great to walk off the breakfast.More
davjb, Newcastle Under Lyme
We stayed for 1 week! People are really nice! Always smiling. The hotel is really beautiful, the buffet was really good and the restaurants also!!! Even if the beach is not really close there is always a car that bring you to the beach each 10 min or you can simply walk it's not that far! Never had a problem with towels change. Really a excellent service! I'm looking forward to come back! More
This was a good four star but not quite the platinum as other RUI hotels we have stayed in. We selected this hotel over the ones located on the beach , with the idea of walking through orange grove to the beach apealing , what this was a walk down a walk way with a few trees between 2 hotels, where you could often see the hotel staff changing uniform. The hotel it self did not have a wow of other RUI hotels but its quaintness did grow on us. The rooms area little drab (brown) and the sun beds a little tired but every where was clean and no shortage of sun beds during our stay at the end of August. Food was plentiful , the main resturant was like a busy canteen and the alternatives which could be visited any day by pre booking , were ok but oftered no variety. We really missed a good quality resturant. Staff were hard working and friendly, evening entertainment consisted of some shows and holiday maker game shows ! Enjoyed the mexican games evening Enjoyed the holiday , but will not be returning to this hotelMore
Lisa A, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Just got back and it was fantastic
Just got back and had a fantastic time. Hotel: burried in the Riu area of Playacar ( 5 sister hotels but you can only visit 3 of them with Riu Playacar and Yucatan being equal, Lupita being a tier lower. You can get visitor passes for the 2 royal hotels which are a tier up) Very comfortable - most of the stuff you would get at comparable hotel chains in Playa De Carmen in this mid-range area. Walking to Playa de Carmen is really not a problem, but you can also take the bus which runs from the Riu Lupita (located inland) to the Riu Lupita beach area (separate site that has a restaurant and a beach with ocean access ) - just ask the driver to drop you off near Playa de Carmen. Playacar is a protected area and is located at the edge of Playa de Carmen and has a circle main road that will include the hotel area (where the Riu Hotels are,) and private condos and residences. You have to get through security to get in so you feel relatively safe within the grounds which include some very minor/rudimentary Mayan ruins to see. There also a sister site in Cancun that you can visit and use all the facilities but it is an hours drive away on the highway. Tequila is cheaper since it is not beach front - you have to take an oversized golf cart that runs regularly to the beach area or just walk. It is a brisk 10 minute walk but well shaded and it helps to burn off some of the extra calories you will intake. Just double check you have everything you need from the room as it is not convenient to come back for a forgotten item Gym: being a gym rat the gym I work out everyday. The Gym in very small and very basic and is located only in Riu Yucatan. It is a short walk away. It has all the basics (old school stuff) and a few cardio machines. Luckily it is not really popular or crowded - I worked out everyday ranging from 10am to 5pm. It is open 7am-8pm but I did not go in the early or late hours Food: I am not picky so I was wonderfully impressed. Food snobs will always complain about the food, but really all the chains in the Cancun/Playa de Carmen area at this tier have pretty similar food. Of course Mexican which tastes like Mexican. Then specialty restaurants that you must book starting at 7am each day in the lobby (pretty easy to do without much of a lineup or competition) until all the seats are filled - which include the Steakhouse, Asian and Mexican (which is located on the Yucatan site with ocean view) The Mexican and Steakhouse are worth doing once, but in my opinion the food there is very similar to the food at the buffet. Go to the Asian for sure, but try to go when the Buffet is not having Asian night as that is a great theme (the buffet has different theme every night) The Asian has Thai, Japanese, Chinese and other types of food. They do not taste authentic but are fun....any theme food in Mexico (other than Mexican) does not taste like the real thing, but they try their best. The restaurants do have dress codes that are loosely followed but be sure to enter the beach side restaurants dry and with a shirt on during lunch. Be sure to wear a sleeved shirt or T-shirt at dinner with long pants or cargo/dress shorts. Breakfast seems very relaxed with tank tops etc being allowed. Fun Squad: they are fantastic and always make your time fun. The prizes for shooting, horse shoes , bingo etc are usually a sun hat/visor, a cheap sling bag, a handkerchief, and a certificate you will likely throw away. The best prize is a T-shirt form Coco Bongo and you have no choice on size - it is what it is as awarded. My extra large body got a medium that luckily fits my son. Play for fun and not the prizes unless you really value the above items. As with all resorts in this tier there are activities for all ages all day - refer to the activity board schedule. Beach: although not beachfront property, I like Tequila better than Yucatan and Playacar sites - it is larger and has more variety. You can go to and use any sister hotel beach at this mid tier of lower, and the beaches at the Royal sites are accessible too, but you cannot use their bar or restaurants. There are some topless ladies but not too many. Nice for us, not too many smokers while we were there. Alcohol is free and we had some young partiers, but not many and I cannot predict who will be there when you go. The non-motorized beach activities are free (I get motion sickness every time from these so beware) and the motorized ones are available for a fee. The water is warm, clear on most days (depends on how rough the water is due to weather) and gets shallow very gradually with tides varying your experience . There are no coral or artificial reefs and you must stay in the designated area or risk being hit by a jet ski, but the swimming area is big enough to have fun. The fish are plentiful especially if you accidentally bring any kind of bread with you as the fish love bread - they will swarm around you like locusts, but officially I do not think you are supposed to do this. Off site fun: I very highly recommend Xplor for those who like zip lines, cave swimming, off road vehicles. Xcaret for Mexican culture. Xel Ha for sea creatures, snorkelling , and swimming. They have one owner and multi site admissions are cheaper. Try to buy anything off site in Playacar or Playa de Carmen as the people in Riu charge a hefty commission. For Mayan ruins, Tulum is close but really nothing compared to Chitzen Itza. There are many cenotes but the best one is right outside of Chitzen Itza and is called Ik Kil. We rented a car and did the 2.5-3 hour drive each way but the roads are very good and you see authentic mexican culture on the way. Try to leave early to beat the tour buses as they go to Chitzen Itza first then Ik Kil and it is instantly crowded at Ik Kil as it is a small site . If you are one of those who does not mind taking some extra food from the resort (not officially allowed) bring containers for this as there is nothing worse than smuggling food out in napkins when zip lock bags and tupperware would be better. The sports bar has packaged food 24hrs per day but just basic stuff. We saw many people doing this - some covertly and some out in the open but nobody seemed to mind. The best cheap excursion was Akumal (aka Turtle Beach) beach as it is an open public beach with great calm waters. If you go out into the water you will see wild sea turtles - just be patient and swim far out. The water is slightly cloudy so they will appear out of nowhere but you will see many, sometimes more than one at a time - they come to eat the sea grass. You must swim up to 100 yards off shore to see the most (including wild rays) so use a life jacket if you are a poor swimmer. Underwater cameras were well used - best if you can dive down and be in the photo with the turtle. Do not touch the turtles and not only is this not allowed, but they will spook and swim away fast if you do. Playa de Carmen is a must to walk through on the tourist streets- the vendors are aggressive but just ignore them if you do not wish to get bothered. Wildlife: there are numerous animals in and around the site - most are foreign to me so I do not know what they are called. There are wild monkeys at Yucatan. There are ferrel cats (house cats ) and you will see the occasional lizard. Of note, I did see some wild chickens and a snake but only once. You are not supposed to feed the animals but it seems everyone does. The result is there are not dropping/stool everywhere but you will see poop now and then. We never stepped in any but I did see a few people scraping off their shoes - not fun! Beach chairs and preferred spots: officially you are not allowed to reserve them but people do. Get up early and use cheap towels you can afford to lose from home, old T-shirts and bottles of sun tan lotion (even empty ones refilled with sand or water) . Do not use the hotel towels as these are too common, not specific to an owner, can be taken (you are responsible for each towel or you could have to pay a fine if lost) and are obvious to everyone you are reserving them for later. More personal stuff looks much more legitimate. Other tips: bring insect repellant, and get a strong steroid cream from your doctor - they sooth bites the best and fast. Mosquitos are not too bad but we got one or two bites per day. Do not get too much sun the first day ( I burned myself on day one and had to spend the rest of my holiday in sun shirts and hats). Bring sun shirts and sun screen. Bring inflatable toys for the kids. Bring swim mask and snorkel. Do not use cotton clothes as they hold sweat too much.More
rockvancouver v, vancouver
Hotel Management was wonderful & present! Absolutely love the traditional Mexican design. Food was good. Steak restaurant & Chinese were good as well. Air conditioning could have been a bit colder. Didn't spend much time at Tequila pool, it is beautiful but does not have many sunny areas so we spent our free days at the Yucatan pool. PS-Golf cart driver to Yucatan pool is just the sweetest man ever! And our maid Fanny was the best! She works long days all over the hotel & still we had towel animals everyday, very nice lady. We took our daughter here for 10 days (Aug. 2014) for her college graduation & we all LOVED it! We have stayed at the Riu in Puerto Vallarta & Los Cabos prior to the Tequila. I hope when they decide to renovate, that they keep with the Mexican theme and maybe upgrade the mattresses to be a bit more comfortable. Unfortunately never made it up late for the shows. Only complaint I have should not reflect badly on the hotel, but I witnessed one of the grounds crew members chasing the coaties (Protected Mexcian Racoon) one morning at 6am & then proceeded to throw rocks at them. Spoke with management & they stated they do not condone this behavior and assured me it would be handled. I hope so, those animals were not doing anything but walking around and no one was even up yet except me on my balcony yelling at the man to stop. The animals are more afraid of humans, and are around but scurry away when you walk near them. Also, note to folks from the United States, I would not suggest going in August as there are A LOT of folks from Europe & they are very rude with no manners. Again, do not fault the hotel for this, just something to be aware of. Overall a great vacation, and hope to be back again! Thank you Riu!More
dalejrlvr0228, Wind Lake, Wisconsin
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