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.
Based on 4651 reviews
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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.
Facilities► View all
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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Been to this hotel last September, for one week, excellent food, staff out of this world, been paragliding, excellent drinks, waiter fast and courteous, would return anytime, beach club excellent variety of food, fresh fruit and vegetables all the time, it it really a 5 stars place,More
LucHawkesburyOnt_, Hawkesbury Ont.
OK - if you get a good deal
IN BRIEF: Stayed in July 2014; couple with two teen girls. Scuba divers. Walk up to the beach and over to Iberostar to dive with Dressel Divers. Hotel is decent if you don't mind walking. If I found a cheap deal, I'd be back. PROS: --Decent room --Nice lobby area --Quiet at night --Great buffet restaurant; great food; great service! --Gorgeous beach (not on property) --Access and use of Riu Yucatan beach/bar/buffet (excellent) and facilities --5 min taxi to Playa del Carmen CONS: --This hotel is NOT on the beach. Shuttle is inadequate (only one, doesn't run during lunch time). Cannot come and go to the room. Plan to walk off your buffet breakfast; go over to beach and spend the day there. (Great exercise!) There's only room for 8-9 people, they won't let you have kids on your lap. So if you go up to the lobby and see 10 people, keep walking and head to the beach. --Got to plan to find your palm tree on the beach... No umbrellas or thatched huts for shade on the beach. Riu Yucatan guests will grab best spots before you do. Unless you go out at before 6 am. So go early, find shade based on how long you're staying and which way the shade will move... Have lunch during peak hours. --Free Wi-Fi in lobby area is unbearable; if biz, pay for it (it's reasonable and it's the same everywhere in MX) --Hotel pool at Riu Tequila is small, dated and sad. (Skip and go across the street to the Riu Yucatan -- gorgeous.) --Service was AWFUL. Except in the lobby buffet (most were very nice). TIPS: --Don't forget: suntan lotion (at least 30 spf); mosquito repellent; moisturizing lotion; your basic first aid kit --Ladies, bring a bathing suit cover up/wrap, even if it's ugly... You'll need to be covered to go into the buffet to have lunch. (Time your dips in the sea so you're dry before you go in for lunch.) --Take comfy flip flops; you'll walk because the shuttle is not always there --Bring a large water bottle so you can fill up at the buffet (sorry, not a drinker, like my water) --We preferred the buffet by the lobby (day/night) over the specialty restaurants. Skip the steakhouse (food was ok, but it's sad looking because it's the buffet by the pool). --If money is not an issue, I'd stay @ the Iberostar Tucan if you have kids; maybe Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso. We know Iberostars very well -- buildings are beautifully landscaped and integrate animal life; service is good, food is acceptable; family entertainment is okay, but some daytime activities (wet T-shirt contest; mechanical bull rides don't quite fit into the family atmosphere...). --If I found a good offer on Riu Yucatan, I'd go for it. The food at Riu was a couple of notches better than the Iberostar. --If you're new to "buffets" I'd share my secret: plan "a meal" out of each visit. Instead of piling on a little bit of everything; go around to see what you'd like to eat that day and plan a gourmet meal: salad, entree, dessert. Make it pretty and enjoy. Don't overeat. Otherwise you'll end up eating the same thing everyday twice a day and feel bloated... ;-) (Still trying to teach this to my family!!!)More
My first visit to Mexico Oct 2014
If you've never visited Mexico before be prepared for the unorganised pandemonium at Cancun arrivals, Ladies I suggest you slip a hand held fan into your hand luggage, it's hot, sweaty and a bit manic, but it has to be done. Airport chaos is soon forgotten once you arrive at ClubHotel Riu Tequila. Reception staff fast and efficient, we were in our room in no time at all. I was very surprised how large the room was, 2 huge beds put together, separate toilet and shower with an optic mini bar ! If your partial to a cuppa in the morning I would advise you to pack a travel kettle, coffee satches with the milk in which can be purchased in the pound shop before you leave. I took the coffee but NO KETTLE, would've rather this than the minibar to be honest. I did survive but did miss my caffeine fix before showering and going for breakfast which brings me to the food, absolutely brilliant, so much choice for all meal times and I was there for 2 weeks. I prefer the beach, it's only a 5min walk but the hotel do provide a little shuttle bus if you prefer, it comes every 15mins. Beach is fab, loved it. Don't be alarmed if you don't spot parasols, nature provides plenty of shade with an array of Palm trees. We went on a 2 main trips. " CHICHEN ITZA " is a must see if you want to find out the origins of Mexico and the " Mayan " culture, our tour guide was fabulous. The 2nd main trip was to " Xcaret " lots of things to see and do at this fabulous attraction, I paid extra to swim with the dolphins rather than booking a separate dolphin trip. ( I would advise giving yourself at least 4/5 days before going when you're more weathered/acclimatised. Both excursions weren't booked through "Thompson" we booked ours through a trip vendor just down the road from the hotel which worked out cheaper. We did book a trip with our rep though, " The Bar Crawl " Think this is just for the younger generation ? my husband and friends are all in our 50's ! What a night, brilliant, star billing was finishing off in " Cocoa Bongos " an amazing place, singers, acrobats, too much to mention. I love house music and Dancin' so it won't be everyone's idea of a night out. The hotel put on fabulous shows, animation team are amazing. You can join in with various activities during the day or just chill with your sunbed, I preferred the latter. Don't forget you're in Mexico, very different wildlife. There's an animal (lots of them ) looks a bit like a cute raccoon. The hotel has lots of signs stating they've not to be fed, yes you've guessed it, some female guests seem to think they're " SNOW WHITE " by feeding them, then being alarmed when they fight over the food ! Men are just as bad but can't call them " Snow White " The raccoony type animals are now brave, like to visit the hotel where they know a tasty morsel's to be had. They also like beach bags, not unknown for them to drag it into a bush, just be careful. Loved our holiday, only 2 reasons why not a 5, no kettle, hotel can resolve, raccoons ? hard for the hotel, guests have contributed to the problem.More
Margo S, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Been to this hotel last year in April - May.and same again this year for two weeks ,absolutely fantastic hotel, can't praise this place enough, brilliant, food out of this world four restaurants to use , drinks top of the range if you ask for them.you can use the playacar hotel and yukatan hotel as well to eat and drink in .entertainment brilliant ,staff brilliant. Sports bar open 24\7 entertainment team awesome on the playacar hotel beach ,played all the games with people from all over the world great fun ,swim up bars sea water very warm what more could you ask for ,this resort is a must,we will be back many times to come can't wait for our next stay there GLENN, TRACEY from SheffieldMore
johnson123888, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Viva Riu Tequila
Well where to start this was our 1st trip to Mexico, we stayed here 1st October for 11days, I did a lot of research into this hotel and others in the area, so here goes. We booked with Thomson and had flights on the new Dreamliners and as I'm 6'2" I had plenty of leg room and the flight was quite good, inflight meals and intertainment was good, I noted that people had complained about the customs in Mexico , but as long as you had filled the forms in correctly and had everything ready to go then it was painless, although you had to go through a scanner again, but no drama. Once outside the resort rep was easy to identify and coach found and about 1 hour later we were at the resort, we were impressed with the outside of the front of the hotel, we were greeted by a member of staff and a nice cold fruit cocktail, and again it was very quick with an greeting pack with your towel cards and room key. A quick walk to our room(216 1st floor) and within minutes our suitcases brought to us, the room was more than adequate, a pair of queen sized bed pushed together, side dressers, small table and chairs, sideboard large tv some english speaking channel (but you are on holiday). a balcony with an airer 2 chair and a table, a large wardrobe with a safe, toilet and a very large shower with more than adequate supply of hot water, large mirror sink area, 4 bottles in a case on optics and a mini bar, all replenished as when used. The room was keep spotless by our cleaner Rangel and she left the clean towel in animal shapes on the bed. The grounds were kept spotless, all the staff were pleasant and always greeted you with a smile and a Hola. The 2 pools were flanked by the restaurant where lunch and it doubled as the Steakhouse in the evenings, 1 of the pools had the biggest swim up bar I've ever seen, the other pool had a mobile bar and the barman (Efron) was excellant he would come around the pool and ask if you wanted a drink, wether it was a cocktail or beer or even a coffee, nothing was too much trouble. The pools were kept clean and tidy with plenty of sun loungers and no need to be a early riser to get a lounger, also plenty of parasols for shade, yes there were wild animals (coatis larger than cat sized animals) they did take your drinks if you left them on your table, but they were here before us, the animation team were very hard working, but not pushy if you said no thanks they left you alone, plenty of activities to partake in is so inclined, they also did shows in the evening, okay so they were not West End or Broadway standard, but it was still enjoyable and a lot of time an effort on thier part! We also saw the Michael Jackson show at the resort which was quite good, there was a bar by the theatre which did every kind of cocktail you could or couldn't think of. There is a sports bar which is open 24hrs a day and has snacks available, can't comment as didn't use this bar. The main restaurant was huge, you were greeted by staff members who l took you to a table , we chose to sit at the same sort of area so we could have the same waiter ( Jeremias ) near where the chocolate fountain ( yes every night and sometimes white chocolate). Now breakfast buckfizz ( cava) every Sunday, every type of cereal, continental, breads,cooked breakfast, pancakes, fritters, fresh fruit and smoothies, even a low calorie breakfast. Evening meals was a grand affair, some evenings were themed asian, mexican, sushi was amazing. They did massive ice sculptures, every type of salads,soups, pasta dishes a carvery, cooked meats and vegs, more desserts than i can mention, as well as ice cream. I am shocked that people complain they had nothing to eat, you must be the fussiest eaters ever! You can book the specialty restaurants at 7am as many times as you like, we can only comment on the Steakhouse it was very good, only negative was you wre given like 3 chips a piece of veg, but a huge steak, good starters and desserts. This was also the lunch restaurant which serve a good selection of salads cooked dishes, pastas pizzas, fruit and desserts, also a Mr whippy ice cream machine which you could help yourself to, also popcorn and nachos machines. The beach was about 5 min walk away or a 8 person golf buggy went back and forth, the beach was beautiful white sand and crystal clear blue sea, loads of sun loungers and palm trees, ( only negative no parasols if you burn easy no real shade, shame) you can use the hotels sister hotel at the beachfront the Yucatan, which has been recently refurbished, we didnt like it as it was too sterile for our taste, we understand the Tequila is due a refurb, we hope they dont spoil the character of the Tequila. I am also amazed that people complain that the Tequila isnt beachfront, but every holiday blurb says its 2nd tier so why complain. Would we recommend this resort to anyone, YES we would, I would say this has been an excellant holiday all round.More
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