Riu Playacar

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Exceptional Values!
Honeymoon: Surprise gift in room, small bottle of Tequila, king bed (subject to availablity at time of check-in), late check-out (subject to availability at time of departure), complimentary upgrade to next available room category (subject to availablity and upon request), $40 USD spa credit in Ocean Harmony massage for two (50 min), per adult, per person, per stay. This discount does not apply with other promotions and discounts.

A smaller, more intimate resort, Riu Playacar offers pastel colored villa-style blocks of rooms immersed in tropical gardens. This resort is colorfully decorated with tropical treasures of the Caribbean, including hand painted murals of birds and banana trees. Ideal for the free-spirited traveler who values beach, casual appealing surroundings, and relaxation, this playful hotel is truly a tropical paradise!

Four restaurants include traditional Italian and Asian cuisine, and a steakhouse. The active traveler will always have something to do! With activities such as pool volleyball, windsurfing, body boards, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba lesson in the pool - the fun never stops!

The staff at Riu Playacar is outstanding, catering to guests' every need. Just lie down, relax, and enjoy the warm weather and stunning atmosphere of Playa del Carmen. Guests staying at Riu Playacar have exchange privileges with Riu Tequila and Riu Yucatán (dinner dining excluded). Be sure to explore all these hotels have to offer!

There have also been several renovations to the resort, including changes to both indoor and outdoor areas, refurbished guest rooms that evoke a modern touch, three new infinity pools that sit next to the beach, and a new children's pool with water slides and a redesigned mini-club. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

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Set within the exclusive Playacar development near the 18-hole Playacar Golf Club, Riu Playacar is situated beachfront only 3km from the small town of Playa del Carmen. A commercial center with a Kawachi - Japanese restaurant. Reservations required.
Address: Avenida Xaman-Ha, Manzana 6, Lote 6
Condominio Playacar, PLAYA DEL CARM

Local Phone: +52-984-877-2300
Fax: 011-52-984-877-2310
E-mail Address: /sapmnt/P01/transfer/MM/out
Website Address: www.riucom
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (100 m)
Number of Pools: 3
Outdoor Pools: 3     
Three pools and a children's pool with slides.
Cancun Hilton Golf Course- Mayan Palace Golf Course- Mayakoba Golf Course-
Playacars championship-level golf course was carved right out of the jungle by the Robert Von Hagge Associates. This 7,202 yard course is rated 73.1 and has plenty of tee boxes for every level of play. It is situated next to Playa del Carmen.
Holes: 18
Caddy: Mandatory
Water Sports on Site
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Jogging Trail: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Riu Playacar is a comfortable beachfront All-Inclusive resort with a main building surrounded by 2-3story bungalows and 15,000 square meters of tropical garden area. Each air-conditioned room featuresa ceiling fan, mini-bar, private balcony or terrace. The Mexican Street offers a vast array of shops, services and boutiques. Guests can also enjoy food nd beverage service until 2am, free entrance and drinks at two discos, and the use of all bars DINING the Riu complex (except those at Riu Palace). Beach: Riu Playacar is situated on a white sandy beachfront dotted with lounge chairs, perfect for relaxingbeneath the warm Caribbean sun. Enjoy complimentary towel service, and explore the crystalline wNightly Activities & Entertainment: atersports. Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 396
Year Opened: 0 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, American Express, nt program for child
Men are required to wear longs pants at the a-la-carte restaurants. Dinner dining is not included in the exchange privileges. No spring breakers; during Mar-Apr each room must have one guest at least 21 years old to check in (May-Feb 18).
Guestroom includes one king bed, a full bathroom, and a private balcony or terrace wiith ocean views. Room also includes a stocke minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, a full bathroom, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features a stocked minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Room includes two double beds, a living room area with a sofa, and a private balcony or terrace. Additional features include a stocke minibar, a walk-in closet, a bathroom with a shower and bidet, and more.
2 Double Beds Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe

Cribs available on request basis at no charge.
Riu Playacar features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-FULL-El Porche, Turquesa Restaurant
There are 4 Restaurants at Riu Playacar:
Jade - Asian cuisine served a la carte. Open for dinner only.
The Palms - Restaurant with terrace.
Turquesa - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse.
Traviata - Italian cuisine served a la carte. Open for dinner only.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Aerobics, Gym, Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaks,Boogie Boards and Snorkel Equipment
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Nightly Entertainment, free entrance and drinks at the lively discos Piñata (Hotel Tequila) and the Espuela (Riu Yucatan).
Entertainment program for ages of 4 to 12 years old several times a week. A children's pool with water slides and a re-designed miniclub is also available.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12 years old.

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool

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2177 Recommend
2177 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playacar to their friends and family

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More plus than minus
Giulia74Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Thu Feb 16 08:58:37 EST 2017
With my husband and 4 years old daughter, we spent a week in this hotel. Plus: the hotel is spotless clean, the staff is always very friendly, the all inclusive drinks are a big plus and there is a service on the beach and and on the pool, very nice! The pool and the beach are nice and you always find a sunbed available. Minus: the humidity in the rooms is really unbearable! Everything is constantly wet and it feels like sleeping in wet sheets. Even paper was soaked.. they should really put a humidifier in each room (like they do in Dubai)! The food is frankly poor.. the choice is huge but everything is almost without any taste and looks precooked. Also the a la carte restaurant (I tried the Italian where usually nothing can go so bad) was terrible.. but again the service is so good! All in all a nice place that would deserve a 3 or maybe almost 4 stars but surely not a 5!

Can you say AMAZING?!?
Carole D, Cornwall, Canada
Thu Feb 16 08:38:19 EST 2017
LOVED LOVED loved our stay at RIU PLAYCAR! PERFECT resort in every way! Playacar is a safe gated area! Beautiful sandy beach, you can walk a long way along the beach on both sides of resort! To the left, you can walk to Playa de Carmen (20-30 minute walk from the resort)! LOVED it!!! A must do! Hotel has been renovated and what a beautiful modern clean looking concept!!! Many spacious and airy areas to hang out! Pool areas are huge!!! Lots of loungers! And for those who love a swim-up bar, you'll love this! We had a beautiful spacious room with comfortable and cool AC in building 7 (THANKS Ivette for making this happen for us! WE LOVED IT!) And THANKS to our cleaning guy Samuel for keeping our clean smelling and spotless everyday!!! ALL staff is professional, friendly and attentive! A special shout out to Pedro! Love his friendly nature-- he knows how to make his guests feel welcome! Bar areas are also great! HUGE thank you to Alfredo (best smile EVER) and to Froy for making our time there remarquable! They make a great team! Thank you to Osvaldo at the other bar area for the great margaritas azul in the big glass! Lots of palm trees to give us lots of shade in the beach area with lots of loungers! Resort and grounds are remarkably clean and well maintained! THANKS to all staff who work hard to keep this soooo clean and inviting! In a perfect world, there would be a non-smoking section on the beach...(hard to please smokers and non-smokers alike!) FOOD was plentiful, fresh and DELICIOUS!!! Excellent variety at the buffet! We were VERY impressed! Something for everyone! Breakfast, lunch and dinner, ALL was fabulous! We did eat at the steakhouse one night and that too was excellent! Love the no-reservation policy! Other restaurants Asian, Mexican and Italian seemed to be awesome as well but we just enjoyed the buffet at our own leisure! Hard to beat such great food!!! Lots of excursions available, many activities to participate in at the Resort and nighttime entertainment is entertaining. Staff go out of their way to keep us smiling! We saw many families enjoying this resort as well! Kids seemed to be enjoying their activity monitors! All in all, THIS was one of our most enjoyable and PERFECT vacation on ALL counts!!! If far exceeded our expectations! Resort, staff, food, beach, pools, bar areas, location!!! This has it ALL!!! DEFINITELY recommend this resort! Riu Playacar is right up there for us! Love the Mexican people! LOVE Riviera Maya! THANK YOU RIU PLAYACAR!!!

Lovely location, beautiful beach!
DesertRose1977, Syracuse, Utah
Thu Feb 16 08:01:07 EST 2017
We stayed with a large group and were very happy with the resort. The most beautiful beach I've ever seen, friendly and helpful staff, nice rooms and tasty drinks! The downside was the food. Great variety but much of the buffet was bland. I recommend the Italian restaurant and the steak place near the beach. The WiFi is poor unless you pay to have it in your room, and the TV was awful (picture, channels). That was the least of our worries, though, as we had too much fun on the beach to care!

Kayla T,
Thu Feb 16 03:48:09 EST 2017
We just got back from five days at the Riu Playacar and we had an AMAZING stay! The staff is absolutely amazing and so kind. Valentino is a GREAT entertainer and really made our trip that much better. Osvaldo at the bar by the stage is hands down the best bartender we've ever had. Him, Enrique, and Nelson at that bar are the best. We really made relationships with these people while we were there. The food is good too. Some things were different just because it's not how we were used to them. The Asian restaurant "Jades" is by far the best. And the Mexican by the pool. Definitely will be staying again.

Nice resort, but food not so great
Bryan T, New York City, New York
Wed Feb 15 14:43:32 EST 2017
Really enjoyed the setting of the resort, with the 2 pools, and beautiful beach. Great location just a 5-10 minute cab ride to downtown Playa, costs about $ 5 US if I remember correctly. The food, however, is really not so good. All 3 of us felt generally not well after every meal. Many of the options look very nice presentation wise, but then have absolutely no flavor whatsoever. Never really come across this before, very odd. Some meats/dishes are dried out given they are sitting under heat lamps for hours. We never got sick, thankfully, but just a general unwell feeling. That said, at breakfast you can bring what ingredients you want in an omelette to the egg station and she will make it for you-- very tasty, and fresh! Guacamole was also always good. We liked the Asian restaurant best, but it is quite salty. Make sure to do a day trip to Tulum, we used the collectivos. Beautiful!

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