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Riu Tequila was created with attention to decor, beautiful gardens, and wonderful pool areas, and takes the limelight when it comes to affordability and family-friendly concepts! Located across the road from the Riu Yucatan and Riu Playacar, it shares exchange facilities so guests can also enjoy the non-stop entertainment at two more RIU Resorts. Just a short distance from the beach, a trolley winds through gardens past a raised gazebo bar to the beach club.

Old Mexico is featured throughout Riu Tequila. The lobby mimics a small village with grand pillars, arches, iron lanterns, and ceilings painted in swirls and decorated with mosaics. A trolley winds through lush tropical gardens past a raised gazebo bar in a courtyard and down to the beach club. The pool area is Hawaiian-style with boulders and waterfalls. Great carved doors open to the main restaurant, Jalisco, in early Mexican style with international buffets. The informal Lupita Restaurant offers poolside snacks.

This family-friendly resort offers a great vacation value, from live entertainment to an array of sports including non-motorized watersports. Kids will be entertained in the RiuLand Mini-Club and enjoy the playground and supervised activities. Adults can enjoy the nightlife at the popular La Piata Disco with guests of the other Riviera Maya Riu Resorts. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

Accommodations are comfortable and have features such as a fully stocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser. Junior suites with a living area are available, perfect for a little extra room.

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Riu Tequila is just 3 km from the small town of Playa del Carmen with its restaurants, shops, bars and nightlife. It's also within close proximity to the local beach

Local Phone: 011-52-984-87...
Fax: 011-52-984-873-2201
E-mail Address: /sapmnt/P01/transfer/MM/out
Website Address: www.riu.com
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (2 miles)
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2     
Swim-up Bar
The beautiful gardens surround a fresh water pool area of 1,500 square meters, with an artificial beach, a separate pool for children, and jacuzzi. There are also free towels, loungers and sun umbrellas.
Cancun Hilton Golf Course- Mayan palace Golf Course- Mayakoba Golf Course-
Playacar's 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
Lessons Available
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
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
Other Sports: Gym
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
This Hacienda-style resort is surrounded by an incredibly beautiful natural landscape and forms part of an exceptional Golf Resort. Each air-conditioned room features a hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, ceiling fan, balcony or terrace. This resort features four restaurants, four bars, nightly entertainment, two pools, and a beach shuttle to and from the reso rt and exchange privileges with Riu Yucatan DINING Playacar (restrictions apply). Beach: The Riu Tequila shares the same beach as The Riu Yucatan, which is just 400 meters away (5 minutes walking distance). The resort does provide shuttle service to the beach, where guests will find Nightly Activities & Entertainment: Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 664
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).
2 double beds, Balcony or terrace, Small sitting area, Ceiling fan, Satellite TV, Mini bar, In room liquor dispenser, In room safe, Hairdryer
Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
2 double beds, Balcony or terrace, Ceiling fan, Satellite TV, Mini bar, In room liquor dispenser, In room safe, Hairdryer
Crib Available, Crib Charge:
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer

Cribs available on request basis at no charge.
Riu Tequila features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-FULL
There are 4 Restaurants at Riu Tequila:
Lupita - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse.
Bamboo - Asian style cuisine served a la carte.
Jalisco - Gourmet restaurant with a terrace.
Beach Club - Snack restaurant by day and Mexican restaurant for dinner.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Daily activities by pool and beach areas, with Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaks, Boogie Boards and Snorkel-Equipment (opposite Yucatan)
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Evening entertainment for adults and children at Lounge Bar, Theme Nights, Two Discos(on-site and at Riu Yucatan).
The Mini Club is available to children from the ages of 4 to 12 years old.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12 years old.

Children's Facilities
Teen Disco
Children's Pool

Babysitting Fee: $8.00 per hr(approx)

Cribs available on request basis at no cost

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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What to expect
Food Quality
777 Recommend
777 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Tequila to their friends and family

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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Fantastic time at a great resort hotel
mathewcarpenter, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Wed Sep 21 10:09:22 EDT 2016
We stayed at Riu Tequila for 2 weeks September 2016 and had an amazing holiday. The Tequila is situated in the very safe and secure Playacar enclave, but just 5 minutes in a taxi, 90 or 120 peso each way, to the fun and bustling 5th Avenue of Playa Del Carmen, where you will find tourist shops, great restaurants and excellent bars. Brilliant for a couple of fun nights out. The food at the Tequila was excellent. Main buffet for breakfast and dinner had a huge variety, which was changed regularly so there was always something new to try. Staff were friendly and attentive, regularly topping off your drinks and clearing your dishes. The steakhouse at the pool was fantastic – your served a starter of delicious shrimps followed by mozzarella sticks, then your choice of steak, followed by a choice of dessert. It is pretty place to sit overlooking the lit up pool. The Chinese restaurant was equally good, with the food buffet style and a great variety of tasty food to help yourself to, it is also very attractively decorated. We had a ground floor room near the pool but looking out onto exotic palms and plants, a lovely area to sit and watch the wild life while having a drink. The room was simply but well-furnished in dark wood with plenty of storage, lots of drawers and huge wardrobe with ample hangers. The bed was actually 2 doubles, quite firm but very comfortable. There was a TV but we only switched it on once and the reception was dreadful! The air-conditioning was excellent and kept the room as cold as you could desire, but be sure to keep on the fan as it stops things misting as the humidity is very high in Summer. There is a switch by the bed as well as the door for the fan and twice I reported the fan broken after housekeeping had switched it off as I didn’t know about the bedside switch! The curtains are fully blacked out which was great as I need a dark room to sleep and there is absolutely no noise from outside, we both slept very well at the Tequila. The bathroom which is open to the bedroom but does have a curtain, has one sink and plenty of counter space, there is an iron and ironing board in the wardrobe as well as a safe which you set and can hold a laptop, there is also a hairdryer. There is strong light over the huge mirror perfect for shaving or applying makeup etc. The shower has ok pressure and surprisingly pleasant shower gel, sort of citrus scent. The toilet is in a closed room so private. There is also a fridge with soft drinks, we prefer diet pepsi and left a note requesting all diet and not regular pepsi at the beginning of the fortnight and received it every time it was refilled without having to ask again. You get 10 bottles of pepsi/sprite, 6 cans larger and some canned soda plus 5 x 1.5 litre bottles of water every other day. There are also optics with vodka, gin, rum and tequila, also replaced when empty. Each block has an ice machine and we were lucky in that it was right outside our door. There is no coffee or tea making facility in the room, though these drinks are available at various places, normally popped to the sport bar for a takeaway coffee, freshly ground and very nice. Housekeeping came every day and did a fantastic job, room was always spotless and a fun towel animal left on the bed. There was nothing taken from our room even though we were very lax about putting electricals and money in the safe. There is free wifi in reception, but we paid for access in our room, 680 peso for 2 weeks, it was quite fast and reliable, certainly good for surfing the web and checking email etc. We also used the laundry service – 37 peso per shirt, 29 per tee shirt, 33 per pair shorts, 9 per pair underpants, 37 per pair of trousers – to give you an idea of cost or double the amount for express service. We used the express service and gave it to housekeeping at 9am and when we returned from the beach our laundry was back in our room, all on hangers and enclosed in plastic, well washed with no fading and almost wrinkle free, though you can pay extra to have it ironed, good service. There are 5 bars at the Tequila, 24 hour sports bar which also has snacks, a bar between the pools, a bar in the pool, and 2 bars in the entertainment area, staff are friendly and fast to serve you and will give you branded spirits if you ask for them. The staff on reception are friendly and helpful, and the reception area is very pretty with a handy little shop which is probably 50% more expensive than the small Playacar centre next door! The playacar centre is a handy collection of stores, souvenirs, daytrip and tour shops and a mini market. It is actually cheaper than playa del carmen!! Marlboro were 58 peso per pack or 530 peso for 200 for you smokers. Chocolate is very expensive, about 100 peso for dairy milk or milka bars, share size not family size!! We took a trip to Walmart 120 peso each way, and found it quite cheap compared to anywhere else and a bit of a fun diversion! Chocolate, crisps, nuts etc about half price of anywhere else, branded spirits very cheap – 2 x 1 litre Smirnoff for 400 peso! Also cheap souvenirs and clothes – tees, trunks, hats etc. Now to the best part of the holiday -the beach!! A pleasant 5-minute walk along a pretty shaded walkway, or there is a shuttle which constantly travels back and forth and you are on the most amazing beach. The sand is white, the sea so very clear and blue, with shade under palm trees or a very shaded area just to the side of the beach club. The beach club opens at 11am, before that there is a pool bar you can use in the Yucatan. There is self-service larger, soft drinks and a coffee machine as well as huge tubs of filled with ice and bottles of wine!! We took double insulated plastic cups 500ml with lids and straws for our beach drinks which were a godsend, cutting down on the trips to get drinks and keeping our drinks cold longer. There is a great choice of lunch in the beach club, all very tasty and self-service. There are literally hundreds of sunbeds and we never had a problem finding one where we wanted and never felt crowded. The beach and the beach club were amazing. We only visited the pool once but didn’t find it to our taste, one side had activities and entertainment while the other side had very drunk people crowding the pool bar, who drank copiously but never seemed to need to leave the pool to use the toilet!!! The water had an unpleasant oily quality to it. The pool area is very pretty though. On the subject of entertainment, we only caught a couple of shows, they aren’t professional and performed with more enthusiasm than talent, think 70’s Butlins, but that is a matter of taste if you enjoy them or not. The Tequila has a range of mainly European guests, from couples in their 20’s through to couples in their 70’s, groups of friends, family groups, gay couples, there didn’t appear to be many young children and everyone seemed to be happy and having fun, apart from home time on the last day when they cut off your wrist band!! Would we return to the Riu Tequila? Absolutely, as soon as our leave is confirmed in work we are rebooking for February 2017. Just be realistic that a 5* beach hotel is not the same as 5* European city hotel, the place oozes charm and character, has an army of people making your stay enjoyable and if there is a blip or two shrug it off and have tequila or two. P.S. Don't pay much heed to weather reports before you go, we had 11 days of almost pure sunshine, couple of days of mix of sun and cloud and just 2 days where it rained in the day, once for about 2 hours and the other time for 2 x 20 minutes, it really does rain hard but then it clears up and is sunny again. The weather reports online prior to going said days of rain etc!! More>

Just a few tips
davesgolfshop, Telford
Tue Sep 20 04:52:47 EDT 2016
Travelled to the tequila again for 2 week in July 2016 . Love this hotel with its Mexican feel and great staff .maybe could do with a few things replacing like loungers , but that's not going to change my opinion of this hotel . Main tip ... People have been saying the mosquitos have been a real problem . We spray the room with fly and wasp killer every night when going out to dinner and use jungle formular repellent. Don't open the patio doors when u get back late. We never got bitten . Bring the spray with you . Only forgot to bring on one holiday and got eaten alive on first night . We go on quite a few holidays and this always works . Tip 2 .. If you've got kids or you just like a few snacks in the room , bring sweets , crisps etc with you. Can be a lot more expensive in the local shops . Also helps to pack out case so clothes don't slide. Tip 3 .. Going back to the mozzies , don't forget aftershave and perfume will attract them. Tip 4 .. Bring a few basic medicines with you in a bag . We even take antibiotics . Can be expensive even if you only need basic things . Last tip .. There is a swap box in the reception , great if u run out of sun cream etc. Just remember to leave your leftovers when you go . Sorry could go on for ever with tips , but your prob getting bored now . Taking of tips , a tip here and there gos a long way to having a great holiday and the staff really appreciate it . More>

Great fun
christinemoule, Crawley, United Kingdom
Mon Sep 19 11:54:14 EDT 2016
Just got back from a two week stay, I can't say anything bad! It does need a good touch up but I was told they are having a refurbishment I just hope they keep it the Mexican way!! There is ALOT of animals around the hotel but they are not harmful but they will take your drink off the table when your not looking. The hotel was cleaned all day everyday, and the staff was amazing! Edger in the food hall was very happy and helpful. The food was great something different everyday and the pudding was amazing!! The entertainment was good the shows they put on was good to watch definitely when the entertainers themselves did the shows! The kids entertainment could be better maybe make a show with them or something different then just dancing but from what I saw they are great with the kids and always got a prize no matter what. I would like to go back once the refurbishment has been done and to see all there happy faces again! Was a great hotel!!! More>

Fantastic holiday
milo2008, Manchester
Sat Sep 17 13:52:49 EDT 2016
Great hotel, very friendly stall very clean, beautiful beach. Reps Becky and mark are very friendly. Will be returning Amazing food Stayed in room 213 near reception and pool, top floor. Reception staff are very helpful, great holiday More>

Fabulous Holiday
debuk37, Coventry, United Kingdom
Sat Sep 17 12:45:58 EDT 2016
Got home today from the Riu Tequilla and have had a fabulous time. So many things to say but to sum up - fantastic food, fantastic staff and a wonderful atmosphere. We were also able to use the Riu Playacar and Riu Yucatan and although these are also lovely and clean with good food and staff, I feel that the Tequilla suited us better, as the others were ultra modern and the Tequilla still has the hacienda Mexican feel to it. They also have wild coaties around the place who are so cute but very cheeky when they try to steal your drinks when you're relaxing around the pool. I would go back in a flash. According to the rumours, the Riu Tequilla is next to be refurbished, but I hope they keep it true to the original. More>

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