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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Best holiday ever
Great resort, big rooms, cold cold aircon, great shower, crap English speaking TV channels, Thomson were really helpful throughout our week there they couldn't do enough. The hotel was immaculate, defo a 5star. We booked day trips nearly everyday so we couldn't relax as much but what we did do on the day trips were great apart from the snorkeling with turtles, avoid because it was boring, seen 1 turtle and 1 manta Ray, you're better off going to an aquarium. I advise going to the mayan pyramids chitchen itza that was spectacular. So was swimming with dolphins. A short walk to the cleanest beach iv ever seen, catch the train cart thing for the way back. Whilst on the beach your Riu armband allows u access to the other Riu beach restaurant for drinks and ice-cream and lunch it's so handy and its a buffet. The sea is crystal clear and not cold. The night time entertainment was below average and we never stayed for any of them. Do not worry about food as every night it's themed differently in the main restaurant but there's always a corner with normal British stuff to eat but the food is superb. The waiters are on hand to tend to your every need and topping up your water when he sees the glass near empty. And breakfast was my favourite, fry up food for us or fruit and lots lots more to choose from and endless coffee or tea. Sets u up for the day. It says u can get wifi but it only works in the lobby around the reception but that many people use it I found I had a bad signal found it hard to load sites. Get wifi in your room but u pay for that at reception they give you a printout of a wifi code for your room number. Don't worry if u forget something as there are shops in the tequila that sell toothpaste, bio degradable suntan lotion, crisps, fizzy juice, chocolate etc. If you miss dinner time there's a sports bar which offers you burgers and chicken burgers, nachos, which can be heated up in the microwave. Mosquito repellant is a must, I seen a lot of people with hefty bites everyday. Tipping is essential we found on our holiday, day trips especially as tour guides survive off the tips off us holiday makers. We would go again for sure. The 10th flight was too long for me but there are many films to watch on your TV on the seat infront. We would defo return but not for a while, Daniel & marianne, Oban, Scotland. More
danielmcc, Ayr, United Kingdom
Great Hotel, Shame about the Travel Company
This is a great hotel and was only eclipsed by the totally incompetent English holiday company we traveled with. I won't go into detail yet as I have written to their Customer Service Director and await their response - ugly details could come later with a severe warning for all UK travelers if they fail to respond. The hotel itself was excellent and they really pushed the boat out for us as it was our pearl wedding anniversary. I really cannot thank them enough for the effort they put in to make it feel special. The staff are very friendly, even without the tips, and I have never seen such an amazing range of towel art creations in our room in all the holidays we have been on (see photos). We tried the swimming pool but found the Coati's to be extremely annoying so we spent the rest of the time at the beach. It is only a 6 minute walk to the beach and once there found that sunbed availability was not a problem. Drinks are free flowing from the pool bar of the Yucatan and the lunches at the Tequila beach restaurant are to die for. The only thing we were not happy with was the mini bar and drinks in the room, It took 3 days and many requests to change an empty bottle of rum and the mini bar was not refreshed for 4 days after that. Everything about the Tequila is traditional Mexico which is more than can be said for the Yucatan, it's sister hotel. We paid it a visit and were shocked at the "plastic" feel of it, I defy anyone to see it for the first time and not think of Ken & Barbie!! For the sports fans out there, the sports bar is a haven - first of all there is wall to wall sport of every kind, then there is the food that is available 24/7, then there is the queen of the bars, Andrea, who is the best ever, but then one of the best reasons of all - it is air conditioned. Air conditioning, or lack of it, is one of the things that lets down the a la carte restaurants. We preferred the buffet and the Asian as you could eat in comfort and the food is excellent. For the energetic people out there, a walk into Playa Del Carmen is a good stretch of the legs, for everyone else, jump into a taxi / cab and pay the 70 pesos. The wildlife in this hotel is probably the most abundant that we have seen in all the hotels we have visited in Mexico. There were dozens of Coati's, lots of Agouti, a few Iguana, lots of bird species and the piÃ¨ce de rÃ©sistance spider monkeys. We have never seen spider monkeys in Mexico before and I will gladly trade a helpful vote for the exact location of these amazing creatures (for those interested - message me). All in all for the price we paid we think this hotel is excellent value for money and would return without a second thought.More
The_Henry_clan, Manchester, England, UK
This Place Never Fails :)
Firstly plesase dont refurb the Tequila like the others! This my second visit to this hotel and i would hate my third to see it pink like the yucatan, which is nice but i go to mexico to enjoy the culture etc, if i wanted a premier inn i would go one!! Well where do i start! From the moment i arrived for my two weeks, the staff are so helpful and friendly, they cant do enough for you as soon as your on the premises! The rooms are what i rememeber and i had no issues at all apart from the guy donwstairs snoring, The pool is lovely, in my opinion it does now need some TLC but still enjoyed it very much, one side for the games and entertainment team the other is quite, really nice, Pool bar is great too, obviously there is always one idiot who tries to get everyone drunk, and this occasion it was a 50yr old milwall fan who would of been better suited to the yucatan, no offence to him at all but he was loud, language was bad and just had to be heard, few more drinks drowned him out! I guess his holiday to enjoy his way but im sure he said returning in april so quick not to self not too in that month! He went home and a sense of relief for the people around the pool was clear The food here i cannot fauly in any way! Breakfast was great, plenty of food. Lunch, either the BBQ by the pool which was delicious or go inside and just equally nice. Evening, Choice of restaurants and the inside restaurant. All fantastic, BBQ on the terrace some nights where the meat was to die for. Steak house i noticed was better if had the earlier sitting. But still lovely later just not as good! Mexican was really nice too, i didnt try the asian as they had a themed night which i was told was the same basically! Entertainment was fantastic. They worked really hard on the shows they did and the effort paid off. Michael Jackson night was good just a shame it was on once while i was there, always a variety of entertainment, from outside shows to the team themnselves, all really good. Kids entertainment was good too. Lovely young man ELLIS from scotland was a star, up on the stage, in the pool, wherever you seen him, he chatted, polite and such a well brought up young man nothing phased him at all. He wouldnt splash a pregnant woman in the pool he was that polite :) Would love to see him again :) Drinks all around the complex were lovely and made well, just as i remembered from last time. cannot fault the drinks or bar staff, or the quality! The beach is beautilful and the watersports are good. If your considering any trips though use the guy by the local shops, sure he's called chang, cheaoer than thomson with a better service! Bad point and i never thought i would right one! The little critters have over the years got worse, something has to be done, its the tourists casuing this problem feeding them, they obviously cannot read not to feed them. Since my last visit they now come up to the pool, pinch belongings and drinks, go in bags etc. Yeah they are cute looking but a pain in the backside! Riu have to do something to combat this as its putting me off taking my kids here as they will be attracted to these and probably get bit! The iguanas are ok they just wonder about sunbathing lol Thomson rep!! Absolutely useless(Ive ever only praised them until now), should be shipped out of a nice hotel and replaced! My last review regarding Captain hook and will see why! Dont listen to his welcome meeting as not interesting just selling, nothing about mexico, the only good part was the introduction to the staff in charge, god to know them. But him a rep seriously??More
Spurssupporter, Rhyl, United Kingdom
we stayed at this hotel from 09/10/14 and it was a fantastic holiday, the hotel is beautiful but the bedrooms are badly in need of a refurb but that was our only complaint, we stayed in room 503 which was in a lovely spot and alberto the cleaner did an amazing job. there are a lot of animals that roam around which are lovely to watch but please respect the wishes of the hotel and do not feed these they are wild animals not pets. the staff at the hotel were all lovely and cannot do enough for you and our waiter which we had most nights noabor was amazing, the food is of a high standard and you could not possibly go hungry here and having a beautiful beach restaurant was just the icing on the cake. the entertainment team went out of there way to try and make sure people were enjoying themselves and put on some really good shows on an evening. we cannot praise this hotel and its brilliant staff enough and would return to mexico and this hotel again tomorrow.More
worth every penny and more besides
The Forshaw & Carter Familes Stayed 03/10/14 for 14 nights two families 10 people in total. Can not praise the staff enough it was as if they were as pleased to be there as we were. The food was out of this world, variety was endless. We celebrated my Daughter and her Boyfriends Engagement. The staff had decorated their room and decorated our dinning table for last evening meal. The hotel is only two story high various buildings, it is set in lushes greenery. The entertainment was amazing. If I was asked if I would stay there again, my answer would be " I could be packed in ten minutes " Susan Forshaw Swinton Manchester EnglandMore
susanforshaw1, Manchester, United Kingdom
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