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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  • 35Buildings
  • 2Floors
  • 664Rooms

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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

Double room sleeps up to three adults or two adults and two 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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Fabulous holiday

Had a great two weeks at the Riu Tequila. We would really recommend this hotel. The grounds are beautiful with lots of coatis roaming around and they never failed to make us smile. We loved the fact that the hotel had an authentic feel to it, rather than being modern and soulless.Yes the rooms are slightly dark, but new furniture and bed linen would brighten them up. Also they could do with more sockets as we only had one by the bed (which when using an adapter stopped the fan from working) and one in the bathroom which are not really sufficient for charging phones, cameras, ipods etc. Loved the pool area, pool restaurant and swim up bar. The entertainment team worked hard to provide lots of games and activities to entertain, but didn't hassle you if you didn't want to join in. The beach is only a 5 minute mostly covered walk across the road, and is lovely and quiet with plenty of sunbeds, but also lots of seaweed. We didn't bother to use the buggy to and from the beach as it was so close, but many people did, and it appeared to run fairly regularly. The restaurants - main, pool and beach - all provided lots of choices for even the fussiest of eaters. We didn't bother to make reservations at any of the specialist restaurants as they only offer 2 times - 6.45 and 8.45 - and we were happy with the choice in the main restaurant. Drinks were served by waiters and they were always offering to top them up. There always seemed to be lots of people around the bars, but service was very quick and efficient. The entertainment was different every night, and some shows were better than others, but all entertainment staff worked very hard, and when not involved in the shows went round talking to guests. We went on the Thomson trip to Chichen Itza. I believe it is more expensive than those offered by some other companies, but it is well worth it as you arrive at the site before 9am so beat the crowds (and manage to get some great photos without lots of people in the way) and more importantly the heat. The trip is also all inclusive so you get breakfast, lunch and many drinks throughout the day, including a very welcome bottle of ice cold water when you arrive at Chichen Itza, soft drinks, beer and copious amounts of tequila. Also went on the trip to Coba Maya, which is the only pyramid you can still climb with Thomson and loved every minute of it. We took a taxi to Akumel beach to snorkel with the turtles, and took the ferry to Cozumel a nearby island. All in all an amazing holiday with lots of great experiences.More

jonathan64_12, Ormskirk, United Kingdom

Great food, great staff, great value!

We have never been to Mexico before and the location was brilliant, this hotel is a short distance from the beach but there is a buggy that picks people up every 10 minutes or so. You have access to another Riu which is right on the beachfront so you can eat there for lunch and have full access to drinks and the poolbar. The food was really good, the Mexican Al a carte was my favourite! So much choice and such friendly staff. Again with the bar, staff friendly and accommodating. Got to try a tequila bomb bomb!!! Lots of activities around and a short taxi ride to playa del Carmen. Fantastic holiday all round we did lots of trips, Dolphins, cenotes, chichen itza, xplor and coco bongos which are all highly recommended!! Best holiday ever!!! More

jb241119, Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Mexico's Finest

I have stayed at the RIU Tequila 18 times. Why? The staff is just great, from the reception desk to the maids, bartenders, dining room personnel and Mgmt. No, it is not on the beach but I can take the shuttle from the front door of the Tequila to the beach at the RIU Yucatan faster than you can walk from your Yucatan room. The pool at the Tequila is quiet in the afternoon and beautiful. The grounds are fantastic. The food in the dining room is great but not served from a menu, as I have seen complaints about. I have stayed at five other hotels in that area and no comparison to the Tequila. I didn't rate it as a 5 Star but would stay there before I would stay at one of Palaces. My brother and I go every year over Halloween and the last week of February and always the Tequila.More

JackOR101, Denver, Colorado

good for the price

had a good time at the hotel. lovely to see the wildlife around usually stay in cancun but this had more of a mixican feel to it. the room was ok smelt a bit when we first got there but it soon went. weather was bad for a few days lots of rain.please if you go feed the kittens and cats they really need feeding up. we went over to the riu yacatan and feed the spider monkeys and they are so soft and gently take the fruit from your hands. entertainment staff were all good. shows good and bad there were plenty of activities by the pool area to keep you busy. the pools are good. food was good plenty of choice. we will return to this hotel..More

lorraine2050, Southampton, United Kingdom

Good for the $ !

We have stayed at now 3 RIU's in this area, with Playacar being our favorite so far, and now being renovated, we tried the Tequila. Staff in general were very courteous but not engaging as what we have found at other RIU resorts. Bartenders smiled, but no other interaction. Was waiting for a little dancing or singing at the swim up bar. Entertainment staff did their job, but did not try very hard to get all engaged. Saw, after evening show, entertainment staff doing "shots" at the bar w/ guests, so I guess they did engage w/ some people. Two pools are separate, so activities on one side of the pool, with nothing going on w/ the pool bar side. Would have liked to see some of the "happy" people at the bar get involved w/ games. To get anything to drink on one side, you had to either dry off, put a cover on and go thru the buffet restaurant to get something or get out of the pool, go around the restaurant and get back into the other pool to swim up to the bar to get a drink. Rooms were clean and neat. Maid was very pleasant w/ an animal on the bed every day. We left her a tip at the end of the stay. Ate at the buffet each evening with plenty of variety for all. (some of the best cookies you can get!) Food Service Management Staff (at least 4 each night) greeted you at the door, but never seemed to make their rounds of the dining room to do "meet and greets." Dining room staff were very nice, but no one seemed to go that extra step. We know tipping is optional, but we left a buck every now and then. They do seem to appreciate it. Hotel grounds are beautiful and maintained very well. All gardeners, maintenance workers, etc always greeted, with at minimum, a smile. Even though we love the traditional feel of this resort, and hope they don't "update" this one like they have with the Palace, Yucatan, and now the Playacar - we will probably go back to the smaller Playacar and hope that the original staff that we remember as more engaging and outgoing, will return to it. They made our vacation but sharing their stories, giving impromptu Spanish lessons, paper air plane contests, etc.More

MIZ10, Columbia, Missouri

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