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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:
The Palms - Restaurant with terrace.
Turquesa - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse.
Traviata - Italian cuisine served a la carte. Open for dinner only.
Jade - Asian 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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Dunigan709, Louisville, Colorado
Sun May 01 12:06:22 EDT 2016
well I've been to Riu resorts before and was very pleased. I have to say I was expecting more. The food was so so nothing to right home about. The speciality restaurants were nothing of that sort. The basically were half buffet style and then pick you entree get up again and get you dessert buffet stayle. Liqour was not very good. i think it was watered down, even the tequila was not up to par. The room was very basic not a junior suite set up as I have seen in some of there other locations, but it was clean and the maids kept up with it. I did have a nice experience with Scuba Caribe , Geovanni at Scuba Caribe Riu Playacar let my son try the discover dive in the swimming pool and he loved it and did some diving at the Riu Yucatan with Selena and she was great!. We did go to the Riu Yucatan a few days and seem to enjoy the beach, pool and food a little better over there. More trees and shaded areas. More action going on. More>

Fab holiday
Fri Apr 29 15:07:15 EDT 2016
First time at this resort and it certainly didn't disappoint, we had an issue on arrival with two out of the five rooms smelling of damp, reception changed our rooms and kept our party close together. The rooms are light and bright only downfall is the bathroom area has no door to separate from the bedroom, as we were friends sharing this was awkward at times. The food was a plenty and catered for all tastes, people who grumble about the food must be very fussy as it all was lovely would def recommend a visit to the steak house it was gorgeous. The staff couldn't of been any friendlier, I never moved off my sunbed to get a drink as waiters came round asking all the time. The entertainment staff are some of the hardest working guys I've seen they never stop and no pressure from them to join in, aqua aerobics is really good fun I never do the activities but we did this and had such fun, Sergio, Jesus, Valentino and Marie are all really nice guys who take time out to chat too. The shows on a night aren't great, but they good but you are in Mexico if you want a massive party then go elsewhere but I shall definitely return. Saving for the next trip. More>

Beautiful resort but it dies at night.
JLTE, chicago, IL
Thu Apr 28 15:31:37 EDT 2016
First visit to Playa (always stayed in Cancun and Riviera Maya). I really liked Playa but it's way more mellow. Resort is pretty and beach is nice as is pool but entertainment is really lacking. You can't even get drinks at pool or beach area in the evening. Restaurants were good and so were drinks. Service was great and I loved the bartenders. This is the perfect place to go with your own group but don't expect a wild party. More>

Not up to expectations
R.j. H, Geneva
Wed Apr 27 15:32:58 EDT 2016
We have been to other all inclusive resorts in the area but have never seen a sign on the bathroom mirror stating the water is not suitable for drinking! Ever hear of a filter! The grounds were very nice, beautiful beach, nice pools, everything was clean. The room was a damp, musty smelling affair that had no door separating the bathroom. People meeting us for dinner had to wait in the hall. The day after we got home, the clothes that we did not wear were starting to make the room in the house smell like the resort room! Other people from the trip said the same thing! Food was average, nothing exciting. People who work there were all Extremely nice! Would be nicer if someone would come around pool/beach area taking drink orders. Wandered over to the RIU Tequila sports bar and was surprised to find you have to pay to play air hockey, pool, video games etc!. Last day got a call from the front desk saying our shuttle was waiting. I had to remind them that we were still waiting for them to come get the bags 20 minutes later! All in all, disappointing. More>

Lacking character
BackinBracknell, Bracknell, United Kingdom
Tue Apr 26 16:10:38 EDT 2016
Visited the Riu Playacar a few times for food and to use the pools during our recent holiday. The facilities of the Riu Playacar are shared with the Riu Yucatan and Riu Tequila during the day so guests can use all of them freely. We were staying at the Riu Tequila but wanted to explore the other hotels as well and compare them. The Playacar has the advantage of being right by the beach while the Tequila is a good 10 minutes walk away (though you can get a ride to the beach in their buggy). The Playacar also looks like it has been newly renovated but compared to the Tequila (a more old fashioned Mexican style) it felt very sterile and was lacking in any character. Yes, glitzy and ultra modern but it could be a hotel in Las Vegas or anywhere else. Entering the lobby area felt like going into a corporate office block or airport lounge! Positives - Lunch was great, indeed the food was excellent in all the Riu's, plus everything was very clean. Useful block of small souvenir shops plus mini supermarket just across the road. Overall we much prefered the traditional style of the Riu Tequila and to be honest we would have been disappointed if we'd stayed at the Playacar. More>

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