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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Went for a week at the end of Nov, what a great holiday. The Riu Tequila is really good and the staff are the most friendliest people we have met. Ignore other people when they say the beach is a 10 min walk, maybe if you are crawling from too many tequilas. It's no more than 5 mins and lovely to walk under the tree covered arch way. The beach is lovely. Gets very crowded but the white, warm sands and the clear blue sea make it worthwhile. The Tequila entertainment team are amazing. They will walk around asking you to join in but if you say no, they do not pester you. The shows they put on at night are some of the best we have seen!! The 70/80s show was hilarious. The Michael Jackson show was unbelievable. So good. The guy who had the part of Michael could have been his twin, the dance moves were spot on and he looked just like him. I fact most people just sat there with their mouths open as to how much he looked like him. Our room was really good. I would suggest you ask for a high floor one as there are only 2 floors to each block and the upper block is quieter. And you get better views. The shower is big enough for two and works well. The fridge and optics are a great touch. Fridge was filled with bottles of water, coke, sprite, beer and cream soda. The optics were great, you get a tequila, vodka, rum and one other. The maids clean the room and make like characters out of the towels everyday. The poolside BBQ was great if you just wanted a burger or chicken burger. Loads of choice at breakfast, lunch and dinner. We only went to the steakhouse and that was nice. The pool area had it's quiet side and the service at the pool bar was faultless. The man was making me cocktails on the list that I asked for and then I was telling him what flavours I liked and he would just make some up. Again so friendly. We went in the chitzen Itza trip. The whole day was mind blowing. Ok it was an early start but really worth it. The guide was so knowledgable and his helper on the bus was great. After Chitzen Itcha the temperature was really warm at about 11am and when we got back to the coach they had ice cold water for us and cold beer!! Then you go to a sink hole, where you get to swim in the cave, this was just do beautiful. The sink hole is in a place where there is a tequila farm. We stood with a member of staff and must have tried about 10 different flavours and they talk to you about the difference in colour and the makes etc. Then when we got back on the bus we were served tequila shots, more beer and then the helper made everyone a tequila sunrise. I would really recommend the Riu Tequila, we never used the Yucatan as this was refurbished and is very European where the Tequila is still very much Mexican. The little animals that run around are great fun and so cute, but they will drink your drink and eat your food if you leave it unattended around the pool. Don't leave any food in your pool bag and take insect repellent. From all our holidays, except when we have been to the states, this is the only holiday where we have said that we would have and wished we had stayed longer. An absolutely brilliant hotel and holiday.More
Have just returned from 2 amazing weeks at this Hotel. Having read reviews before we left we were not too concerned, but any little doubts we had were totally unfounded. This place is brilliant and could not be faulted in any way. Food- top notch, anybody who complains about quality or choice must be professional moaners. Rooms- fabulous, everything you could need is there, even an umbrella, and cleaned every day to a very high standard. Staff- brilliant, nothing is too much trouble for any one of them and if they expected a tip they certainly didn't show it, and when they were tipped they never checked to see how much it was, just pocketed it. Beach- excellent. Max 10 minute walk if you don't get the buggy, and sun loungers in abundance. Reading previous reviews I think some peoples expectations were a little too high for what they paid. All in all, a fabulous holiday and no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.More
yorky01, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Just as good 2nd time round
This was our second visit to the Riu Tequila and again we were far from disappointed!! We travelled with Thomsons, staying from 27th November 2014 to the 11th December 2014, in room 416. There isnt much more that I can add from last years review as it was just as amazing last year. Once we arriaved at the hotel, the check-in was very fast and effient, with our luggage taken off us and taken to the room. We found the room very easy from the directions that were given to us from the check-in. All the staff at the hotel could not do enough for you and were always happy laughing/joking around. The food was really nice, including the themed restaurants. The drinks...especially the shots were amazing and also very strong, often made us feel bad the next day as we couldn't say no to drinking them. There is so much to see and do in Mexico, I would definitely recommend the place and Playacar as the resort. Thanks for yet again an amazing time!!More
NathanA1990, Leicester, United Kingdom
Very nice week
We just returned from a very nice week at Riu Tequila. It is in the gated community of Playacar, so it feels very safe. The rooms were super clean, the staff was extremely friendly, and the property is very well maintained. Our housekeeper left little surprises for us every day and went all out on my husband's birthday. There was always food available, and it was good... but not great. Very "cafeteria-like." We were disappointed in all of the sit-down dinners, but I think maybe our expectations were too high. They are all buffets as well, just with a theme, in a smaller setting. Still buffet food. The drinks are yummy, but very weak, as you would expect from an all inclusive, and with the amount of drinking that we saw people partaking, it's a good thing they are weak! We only saw one show, the Vegas show, and it was more than enough to know that we would pass on the rest. The coati animals are a total nuisance. They are cute, but you cannot ever set your drink or any food down by the pool, they are fast and they are stealthy. The pool area is nice and is separated by a restaurant into 2 sides. Once side has the bar and is quieter, the other side has the activities. The beach is FAR. I would guess at least a half mile from our room. There is a golf cart that runs back and forth all day, but in the future, I would rather pay a little more for a hotel right on the beach. In researching, it didn't seem like it would be a big deal, but it was... as it made us never feel like going 'all the way to the beach' after a long day of exploring. I know this review sounds kind of terrible, but it really isn't. We had a wonderful time here and if there weren't so many other options in the area, we would stay here again.More
Colleen D, Bangor, ME
2nd time at this hotel - won't be making a 3rd visit!
Visited this resort just under 3 years ago and enjoyed it so much we had no doubts about returning...but we wouldn't go back again!! It's not to say it's that bad but it has gone down hill and really didn't live up to our first impression and our expectations. The outstanding plus points: 1) The general staff (not the management) - they really are the saving grace of this hotel, they clearly have pride in their jobs, are friendly and helpful - those that stood out for us: Bernardo, Felix, Polo, Veronica, Jeramias, Rangel and Joel 2) Near the beach (10 minute walk along a private tree covered walk way) 3) Choice of other Riu hotel facilities to use during the day 4) It has retained it's traditional charm and has so far escaped the tacky refurbs undergone by other Riu hotels nearby The outstanding bad points: 1) The food is repetitive, nondescript - really nothing special (I don't blame the chefs, I put this down to the directive they are given from the Riu Management) - the buffet is somewhat of a free for all, manners go out of the window and people just push in to get what they want, perhaps they have the right idea because if you wait politely in the queue your dinner often is often luke warm when you sit down to eat it. They have started to label the buffet but even this is a guessing game - let face it "fish" as a food label is quite a broad description!! 2) The poolside entertainment - loud and brash, does not create a relaxing atmosphere (head to the beach for this!) 3) The standards - the restaurants clearly state a dress code but no-one seems to enforce it if someone doesn't follow it - quite often people would walk into the Yucatan beachside restaurant with just swimwear on, dripping wet, on one occasion a woman walked in with a thong bikini on (backside bared and all - trust me it wasn't pert or pretty / a member of staff showed her how to use the drinks machine, she should have been shown the door!) - PLEASE come on people, I know it's beachside but it's still a restaurant - people are eating!! So, overall we had a pleasant time but haven't come away with the special memories of our first visit or the inspiration to return to a Riu establishment at all.More
GillyA_1972, Essex, United Kingdom
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