Riu Playacar

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2019 Exceptional Values
Free Symbolic Weddings: Restrictions apply-see
Honeymoon: Surprise gift in room, small bottle of Tequila, king bed (subject to availability at time of check-in), late check-out (subject to availability at time of departure), complimentary upgrade to next available room category (subject to availability and upon request), $35 spa credit on a selected couples massage for two (120 min). This discount applies per couple, per stay and 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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Hotel is 3 kms (2 miles) to Playa del Carmen and 35 miles (56 kms) to Cancun International Airport (CUN).
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
Website Address: www.riucom
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Physician on Call
Casino Nearby (\)
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 and 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
Men are required to wear longs pants at the a-la-carte restaurants. Dinner dining is not included in the exchange privileges.
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the Standard Room description.
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
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

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 5 Restaurants at Riu Playacar:
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.
The Palms - Restaurant with terrace.
Anana - Lobby bar
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Aerobics, Gym, Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaks,Boogie Boards and Snorkel Equipment. Exchange privileges with Riu Yucatan and RiuTequila.
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

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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What to expect
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2436 Recommend
2436 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playacar to their friends and family

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Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Enjoyed a short but very fun time
Mar 19 2019
We won this trip and even though it was a short vacation it was very enjoyable and relaxing. Plus we went from the mid 30s to the mid 80s, can’t complain about that. The only issue we had and the only reason I mention it is because it happened is we paid to upgrade to an ocean front room. Shortly after getting settled in the room the front staff came and told us the room was reserved for the following day and that no more ocean fronts were available. They were very sincere in their apologies and sent us champagne and chocolate covered strawberries as a gift. Again the only reason I mention it is because it happened. It didn’t ruin the trip and we weren’t in the room that much anyway.
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Great value for the whole family
Feb 13 2019
This resort is perfect for families. We vacationed with my parents, teenagers, brother's family and baby. We were more than happy with this small and manageable resort. The food and beverage service exceeded our expectations and our rooms were clean and comfortable. It was very easy to book the perfect excursion through the AmStar rep at the hotel and the excursion itself was great. I highly recommend Riu Playacar if you need to meet a lot of needs and cover a lot of bases for a range of ages.
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Aug 20 2018
The best thing about the hotel is the staff! Very accommodating and professional. For an all inclusive resort, expect the frozen drinks (margs, Pina colada & daiquiris were made with low quality sucky sweet pre-made mixes. This is not a place to go if you are looking for quiet relaxation. Loud party music can be heard from the less populated swimming pool and beach area. Beach had large piles of seaweed which smelled unpleasant. Bus ride from airport to hotel was a 2.5 hour ride stopping at other hotels along the way. Brutal!!!
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needs a bit of a boost
Aug 16 2018
Food for dinner needs to be much better. Need more activities including evening and pool entertainment. Activities for the week should be given at check in
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I requested 2 queen beds & got a king bed; we were moved & the queen beds were joined together
Jun 28 2018
Flights were delayed both ways; shuttles were very late & ate into vacation time
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Riu Playacar
Apr 09 2018
We very much enjoy Playa Del Carmen area; and especially the Riu hotels
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RIU Playacar and Frontier Airlines
Apr 03 2018
I will not use Apple Vacations as long as they schedule there flights with Frontier Airlines. Frontier tries to charge you extra any way they can. $300 in extras and then they wanted $2.95 for a Diet Coke. I am done with Frontier.
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Great trip
Mar 14 2018
This is our 3rd year staying at the RIU Playacar. We are very happy with this resort. It is not too big so our group of 10 can keep in touch with each other. Always a fun & relaxing time.
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1st time to an inclusive vacation
Mar 08 2018
We all had a blast and are going back again. I have nothing negative to say about anything.
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Mar 04 2018
Everything about our trip was amazingly great! Ready to go again!
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good time
Feb 20 2018
smaller size was nice easy to get around beer cold would probably return every thing was excellent except my be the food but they try cant please every body
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
C1795TEirisr, London, United Kingdom
Thu Mar 21 11:15:15 EDT 2019
We went there on our honeymoon and it was perfect! We contacted the reception ahead of time asking for a quiet room tucked away from the busiest block and they granted us our wish. Upon arrival we we're given refreshments while waiting in the reception and I must say everyone was so amazing. When entering the room everything looked perfect. Fridge stocked up with water soft drinks and beer. The spirit bar was also full. On top of that they prepared chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne for us. Such a nice touch! The buffet restaurant was amazing and so was the steakhouse. We did try the rest also but they were alright. Even the pickiest of eaters would definitely have plenty choices. Everything was labelled correctly and staff always happy to help. When visiting do not forget to tip as it is essential. All the bars where nice and plenty of drinks and cocktails to choose from. They also make great coffee. You could be chilling down the beach and they'd bring the drinks to you, also bbq on the beach most days. Seaweed was cleared away almost every morning so the beach was nice and clean. I absolutely loved everything.

Thu Mar 21 06:44:47 EDT 2019
From the moment we arrived at this wonderful hotel we knew we had made the correct choice, all the staff are very nice always smiling and nothing is to much trouble. The room we had 1119 was very spacious very clean and tidy and the maid took care of it daily/we were also surprised by towels shaped to look like animals. The pools were clean and plenty of sunbeds the beach was very spacious with lots of activities if you wanted them The food was always very good with plenty of choice from the restaurants, The bar staff are very busy but serve you quickly, like anywhere you have to wait your turn, never seen so many different coloured drinks, the barmen are also very smiley. We had a lovely 2 weeks and would recommend this hotel to anybody who might be undecided. We left on the 19 march and would rebook, thanks to all members of staff, David & Janet

great March getaway with a friend
Margi H, Regina, Canada
Wed Mar 20 21:34:18 EDT 2019
This place is awesome! Beautiful, clean, great food, friendly staff, lots of beach chairs, quiet (who wants loud music blaring EVERY single minute?) Our assigned room was claustrophobic with view of the jungle, so we switched to an oceanview room and loved the large balcony and constant, cooling breeze. We had a problem with the bathroom fans and help was prompt and effective. Karen at the front desk was especially accommodating - thinking "outside the box". Loved the wide veranda for breakfast and dinner buffets and the fact that you didn't need to book the ala cartes. Most impressive, there was no "tier" system where some "all-inclusive" deals were better than others. The staff seem genuinely happy to be working there. Would love a no-smoking resort, and less emphasis on alcohol consumption, but I'm dreaming.

Relaxing 2 week break
Sundance17, Preston, UK
Wed Mar 20 12:53:51 EDT 2019
We travelled as friends for a two week break. The check in process was seamless, we weren't happy with our original room (location only) and we were given choices of other rooms and given the option to check them out before we decided. The hotel is spotless and cleaned to a very high standard, especially our room and towels were changed daily on request. The fridge was kept well stocked, my only complaint of the room, was the open plan bathroom, which provided less privacy than we would have liked, especially as travelling with a friend, but we managed. The toilet and shower room, both had separate doors. The dining availability meant we weren't tied to specific times and the choices were plentiful and if you couldn't find something to eat I suspect you would have trouble wherever you went. We tried the Mexican, Steakhouse and Italian which were all good. We walked into Playa Del Carmen one day and it took about 30 minutes, there are shops across from the hotel, along with a Starbucks, which has free Wi-Fi (hotel restricts you to 2 devices) and we went on an organised trip to Chichen Itza, which is definitely worth a visit. We didn't really bother with the entertainment, so can't comment. The beach was lovely, beach towels were provided and we always got a sunbed, whatever time of day we went. Overall we loved our stay and would definitely recommend it and felt chilled and relaxed after our stay.

Spring Break
NorthStar35229831029, Toronto, Canada
Tue Mar 19 18:16:00 EDT 2019
We had a lovely time at this resort. We usually stay next door at the Riu Palace. This resort is not as luxurious but great for a family with young kids. It's small and easy to navigate. The food is decent, lots of chooses. The beds comfy, showers hot. Also it is in a subdivision called playcar which is very nice for walking and shopping. There's even a Starbucks across the street ;)

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