ClubHotel Riu Tequila

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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  • Direct flights from 7 UK airports
  • Fly on the spacious new Dreamliner
  • Experience quieter, jetlag-busting flights
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Honeymoon Offer

Honeymooners receive a bottle of rum and fruit basket on arrival.

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Full Board. Snacks

Drink

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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Fab holiday

We visited this hotel in March 2015 and we had such a great time. The food was varied and tasty, although we were disappointed by the a la carte restaurants - they were similar to food at the buffet really. If you love the beach don't go to this coast of Mexico in March...seaweed everywhere! Obviously nothing that can be done about this but the beaches lost the wow factor because of it. Our room didn't have the best view, a bit of greenery and steel fence but it didn't matter to us. The room was abut foisty and we couldn't keep our clothes in the drawers as they smelt damp. There is a great atmosphere within the hotel and it's nice to have a few drinks at night. Playa del Carmel is about a 25/30 minute walk away down a lovely, clean street. Feels really safe whatever time you venture out. We got the local buses to places in the area. Tulum was fab, we saw the ruins then found a little beach hut selling beers, cocktails and Mexican food. Bliss. We also went to akumal and swam with the turtles ...AMAZING. We thought this hotel was really good value for money. We would probably try another hotel next time we visit Mexico unless it gets freshened up but a great place to stay for our first time in the country.More

Jakyri E, Leeds, United Kingdom

Best Vacation!!!

I recently came back from wonderful vacation in Playa del Carmen for a friend’s birthday. We stayed at the RIU Tequlia Clubhotel and it was FANTASTIC!!! From check- in to check out we enjoyed ourselves. The rooms were cleaned and stocked daily. We had a few issues with small ants in the bathroom around the toilet on the last few days. We found that putting alcohol around the toilet got rid of them. PLEASE do not let this defer you. Being a huge germaphobe I was able to get through this, I know you will too!! Given the climate and location, I believe there is very little the resort can do; although they did enter a service report for us. The resort grounds were small-in my opinion, but clean and very well maintain. There is something to do for everyone, young and old. One thing to note, there is not a beach or fitness center in RIU Tequila. One has to walk and/or take the tram to RIU Yucatan resort, which is right across from RIU Tequila. You have full access to all of Yucatan amenities (ie: food, drinks etc). Initially, I did not like the concept of having to walk back-and-forth to the beach, etc. However, by the second day I embraced the shared access. It provided so much variety and the opportunity to meet more amazing people. On the other hand, the beach was not as pleasant as I would have liked due to large amounts of seaweed. Returning travelers stated this was the first time the beach had been in this condition. Many local also stated the seaweed was very abnormal. Conversely, the Fitness and Spa, swim up bar, and entertainment stage were great!! The buffet was full of variety and had different variations daily. I HIGHLY recommend steak from the buffet, as well as from the steakhouse restaurant. As other reviews stated, there are birds flying around during lunch. I was constantly ducking, as they often flew very low. The staff tries to minimize/ keep the birds out, but you will still have a few flying in and out of the gazebo. The drinks were pleasant and strong!!! You must try a Mexican flag shot from the bar near the entertainment stage (I failed to get the name). This bar is the starting point of everyone’s night. It is very vibrant starting around 8:30pm until closing, 12pm. Then the party continues in the resort disco and/or the sports bar (Sport bar is open all night). I also have to mention the amazing staff. Everyone (except on guy on nights) was very helpful. For my friends birthday, they decorated the room and even left a little gift. I truly enjoyed myself. I will definitely return, along with stay in more RIU resorts in the near future. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like additional recommendation.More

Jasmyne T,

A real Mexican Hotel! Love it.

The Riu Tequila is a great hotel with lots of Mexican characteristics. We stayed here 12 years ago and got married in the hotel grounds, it was lovely to return and see that the hotel had remained the same. All of the staff are extremely helpful and friendly, there was always a friendly, "Hola" by the staff. The food was amazing, every taste is covered and there are regular themed nights and poolside BBQ's, the waiters make sure that your glasses are never empty! The rooms are decorated in a Mexican theme and the beds are very comfy. The entertainment team work incredibly hard, lots to do in the day around the pool, my 7 year old daughter loved the Spanish dance lessons. We were expecting the shows at night to be a bit cheesy but we were surprised at how professional and entertaining they were. I see other reviewers complaining about lack of wifi, for goodness sake you're on holiday, lift your head up and enjoy the breathtaking views of Mexico! Who cares what's happening on Facebook! We visited the Riu Yucatan in the day to access the beach, this hotel has been renovated and I must say its not to my taste, I think their trying to achieve an adults, Ibiza theme! All the day time entertainment is aimed at adults! Very loud club music pumping all day! And it's extremely busy, no chance of a sun bed. Rumour has it that the Riu Tequila is planned to be renovated too, hopefully they'll keep it looking Mexican and not into a non descript club hotel. Keep the tequila just as it is! If you're planning a trip here, trust me you will have an excellent time it's a wonderful place!More

buds34, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Not worth the money we spent

First family vacation and I expected a bit more..... Wifi is free but only in the lobby and I kept having to login every couple of minutes if you wanted Internet within the hotel grounds it would be around 15.00 a day. The only building that you could hang out with a/c was the 24 hour sports bar. It had 3 pool tables and 5 arcade games. The buffet for lunch was outside no a/c. Only breakfast and dinner were in a closed building. Hotel is walking distance from the beach 10 minute walk and they do provide transportation but there is only 1 cart that only fits 7 people going back and forth and stops from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. There is no sign posted that people need to make a line so you could be waiting there and a group would walk up and pretend that you weren't there get on and ignore you. Their beach access closes at 11 pm so if you want to take a late walk on the beach good luck getting back. There are no waiters in the beach or bar. There is another Riu hotel by the beach and you were only allowed to have lunch there. You have to be covered no swimsuits and you have to be wearing shoes. Room not too nice. Very far away from lobby and pool.... Balconies do not have lights it's completely dark sitting out there. There was only one power outlet in the whole room to try to charge our cell phones and my daughters tablet. Had to unplug the only lamp that was plugged in to an outlet in the wall to plug in the TV. The other lamps had a light switch in the wall. Our room had a small fridge and it wasn't working properly the items inside weren't cold and it was broken from the inside.. Reported it to front desk at around 12 midnight wrote it down on a piece of paper that had been scribbled on and said that he couldn't do anything until the next morning and they never came to check or replace the fridge. The toilet keep running with water it would never fill the tank so I had to take of the lid a lower the thing that clogs the hole in order for it to fill with water and it was disgusting. Mold!! The day before our checkout they were quick to reminds us with a written letter that we need to check out by 12 pm the following morning. I would not come back to this hotel.More

erika g,

Family Vacation

Perfect for people who want to be tucked away from the busyness. Room was ok. Stayed at the Princess Sunset the year before rooms were no where comparable. Entertainment staff was absolutely amazing!!! Food was great at the buffet and changed everyday. We never managed to get reservations fancy dinning even if we were there by 8 am. We found many of the guests rude to other guests and the staff. What a shame! My 21 year old even got yelled at by a guest at the one bar at 6 pm. Staff dealt with the situation quickly. So bad the guest have to ruin it. Super quick and cheap (approx $10 US) to take a taxi to Playa if you are looking for shopping. Maya is beautiful! Highly recommend the ruins to Tulum (only one we have been to, rest are on the bucket list).More

Misspiggyiswatching, Woodstock, Canada

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