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Ever since it opened as the original RIU Resort in Riviera Maya, Riu Yucatan has been a leading choice for families and couples! Themed in an early Mexican Colonial style, the resort features a lobby modeled after an authentic Mexican town with hand-painted frescos of flowers, angels, and clouds. Relax beneath one of the many palm trees sprinkled along the white sand beach, or enjoy the array of watersports in the clear waters of the Caribbean.

Four restaurants feature a variety of dining choices. The Hacienda Restaurant extends to a terrace amidst jungle greenery, offering a great variety of tantalizing buffets and on-the-spot cooking. Guests are sure to enjoy the informal atmosphere of Margarita's specialty restaurant, as they dine alongside the large pool area and take part in the delightful theme nights. Shanghai, the Asian restaurant, serves amazing buffets. Snacks are available 24-hours a day and the five bars, including two swim-up bars, serve unlimited drinks.

Activities abound at this non-stop resort! Enjoy watersports such as kayaking or body boarding, or venture over to the 18-hole golf course nearby! For a soothing experience, sip a sunset cocktail in one of four bars or pamper yourself at Renova Spa. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

Every evening, live entertainment, and music provide the perfect show right before heading off to bed. Riu Yucatan has exchange privileges with Riu Tequila and Riu Playacar (dinner dining excluded), so entertainment is never in short supply!

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The resort is located beachfront in the Playacar resort development, 3 km from the picturesque town of Playa del Carmen. The sea, gardens and natural surroundings are a haven of peace and tranquility,forming an ideal location for rest and relaxation.

Local Phone: 011-52-984-87...
Fax: 011-52-984-873-1266 or 873-0304
E-mail Address: /sapmnt/P01/transfer/MM/out
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (5 km)
Number of Pools: 3

Swim-up Bar
Recently rennovated, Riu Yucatan offers three freshwater pools!
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
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Snorkeling: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
Riu Yucatan is a deluxe beachfront All-Inclusive resort with a Mexican Hacienda architectural style & a privileged location in the exclusive Playacar complex. Air-conditioned rooms feature a balcony or terrace in a relaxed, easy going environment. 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 within the Riu complex (except those at Riu Palace). Beach: The resort is nestled along a beautiful stretch of pristine white sand beach dotted with tropical palms and comfortable lounge chairs. There is complimentary towel service, and guests will enjoy a variety of non-motorized watersports. Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 507
Year Opened: 1997 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, American Express
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).
Junior Suite, King or 2 dbl beds, Balcony or terrace, Living room area, Ceiling fan, Satellite TV, Phone, Mini bar, Liquor dispenser, In room safe, Hairdryer,
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
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
Riu Yucatan features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 4 Restaurants at Riu Yucatan:
Sicilia - An Italian a la carte offering buffet-style starters. Men must wear long pants, and reservations are required.
Shanghai - Serving fine Asian cuisine buffet-style. Men are required to wear long pants for dinner, and reservations are required.
La Margarita - An informal specialty restaurant situated by the pool area, guests are sure to enjoy delightful theme nights. Men are required to wear long pants for diner, reservations required.
The Hacienda Restaurant - An International buffet restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Hacienda offers terrace dining in an enchanting atmosphere enclosed in jungle greenery. Men are required to wear long pants for dinner.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Daily activities by the pool and beach areas, with Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaks, Boogie Boards and Snorkel-Equipment.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Live music several times a week, and Two Discos (on-site and at Riu Tequila).
The property offers an integrated children`s swimming pool, Mini-club and playground,and several times a week there is entertainment for children from 4 to 12 years.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12 years old
Program Fees: Complimentary

Children's Facilities
Game Room

Cribs available on request basis for a small fee.

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
Hotel Average
What to expect
Food Quality
678 Recommend
678 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Yucatan to their friends and family

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TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 4521 reviews
What to expect

Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Mar 24 2016
Our room wasn't the best. It's one thing to be an old hotel, but just upkeep in our room was poor. The door was scuffed,the bathroom mirror was chopped in places. Our fridge needed to be wiped down. The shower drained really slow. The upkeep on the room was poor. Looks like things were tended to, b .. More>
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The best vacation ever!
Mar 22 2016
It was our first inclusive vacation and we were not disappointed... We loved it so much, we're thinking of coming back .. More>
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RIU Resorts
Mar 05 2016
Excellent experience at RIUs: RIU Palace Punta Cana,RIU Palace Bavaro, RIU Palace Riviera Maya, RIU Ocho Rios, RIU Yucatan. RIU Resorts are consistently good quality and service. .. More>
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Riu Yucatan
Feb 25 2016
Everything about Riu Yucatan and Frontier flight was good. However we bought transportation to and from the airport. The Amstar woman who met with us to tell us what time the return would be was late, rude and basically gave us misinformation. Her name was Irena and she was horrible. .. More>
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Great vacation!
Feb 02 2016
We absolutely loved the staff - everyone was incredibly polite and friendly. We were struck by the fact that every employee we walked past, whether mainenance or housekeeping or dining, smiled and said 'hola'. We felt very welcomed. The hotel was immaculate. We did find it a little odd that the .. More>
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Oct 27 2014
We stayed at the Yucatan in 2009. We loves I then. Decided to go back and wish we would have just kept our good memories. We didn't like the renovations. It was not friendly and homey. The pool chairs were placed in every available spot. No room to move..no tables. I did like the covers ove .. More>
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Great Getaway
Aug 29 2014
The resort was excellent in almost every way. One thing that was lacking was night time entertainment, however, that is resolved by visiting some of the other resorts in the area. .. More>
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FANTASTIC beach! FANTASTIC entertainment staff! FANTASTIC jungle feel!
Aug 27 2014
FANTASTIC beach! FANTASTIC entertainment staff! FANTASTIC jungle feel! the drinks tasted watered down. the towels were very rough on the skin like they did not use fabric softeners. lunch buffet was loud and crowded. dinner was much nicer and quieter with somany less people. when we got up for .. More>
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Overall a great vacation spot
Jul 23 2014
The food at the sit down restaurants could be much better, the food in the buffets were very good. The hotel pool bar needs extra attention to cleaning. I understand that there is a lot of traffic which causes extra debri floating around. Also no kids should be playing/swimming in the pool bar. Thi .. More>
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Front desk
Jul 01 2014
The front desk team wasn't as friendly as visits in the past. When we checked in, we werent greeted with a warm and friendly hello. our bags were not delivered to our room and my husband had to go get them. we saved tip money! When checking out, we weren't thanked or asked how our stay was. .. More>
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The beautiful area makes it worth it
May 21 2014
Stayed here in early May 2014. The hotel had recently been renovated, and the decor is now very modern with bright pink accents. The room was comfortable enough, but know that in place of shampoo and conditioner they provide a body wash dispenser in the shower that you also use for washing your hai .. More>
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
monkeys rule
Sue P, Aveley, United Kingdom
Thu Apr 28 13:33:19 EDT 2016
Just returned from a 2 week holiday here and got to say I thought it was fab. This was my second trip to Mexico and it did not disappoint . The Hotel is nestled with palm trees and other greenery as it was part of the jungle and each morning our alarm clock was the Monkeys and Birds early morning calls. A lot of the monkeys had just had babies and this was lovely to see the babies on their mothers backs, if you love wild life this is the place for you as the large lizards just roam around regardless and plenty of other furry animals roam around most of the day. The staff at this hotel are amazing and can't do enough for you ( very hard working. great service from Carmon in Ibiza pool bar,Miguel from steak house and our waiter Alex from buffet restaurant who always had a smile on his face The entertainment team are so enthusiastic even though they work very long hours big up for Brownie, Tony and Johnny. The food was very good have no complaints there, great variety and I was also invited to inspect the kitchens which were very clean and hygienic. Our room was great and overlooked the palm trees and had a great balcony to sit and watch the wild life. Totally recommend this Hotel it is right on the beach with barbecues most days for lunch and cocktails while laying on your sunbeds. I would say the only downside was the very loud and rowdy Americans/Canadians in the lobby bar but even they shut up after a while. Special Note to the Managers and Directors instead of walking around the hotel not saying a word go up too your guests and say Hi and perhaps have a little chat because at the end of the day it is just plain courtesy... More>

Wonderful holiday for the best reasons....
Linda W, Ashford, United Kingdom
Thu Apr 28 00:00:12 EDT 2016
This was our first visit to Mexico, and thankfully we chose this wonderful hotel. The turquoise Caribbean and white sandy beach were spectacular, but what made this holiday so special was the fantastic warm welcome and service from each and every member of staff. We have travelled to many destinations, to hotels of varying 'star' ratings and qualities - and we can honestly say that the people working at the Riu Yucatan were the best ever. From the smiles and greetings we received each and every day to the enthusiasm and hard work of the 'animation' team - we were blown away by this group of hotel workers. Their managers should be extremely proud of them. Why then, four stars instead of five? Bedrooms are very slightly tired, although public areas have all been refurbished to a high level. Saying that, we spent very little time in our rooms! I would love to return to this hotel - and take all my family - as there is truly something for all ages on offer here. Real value for money Caribbean. More>

Relaxing break
S G, Bournemouth
Wed Apr 27 11:17:59 EDT 2016
Lovely hotel with good facilities. Very friendly, helpful staff. Bedroom was clean but felt rather damp and was quite basic. Unfortunately it didn't have a south facing balcony so we didn't want to sit out there in the shade. The hotel was in a great location right on the gorgeous beach and not too far to walk into the resort town of Playa del Carmen. The food on the whole was good and a lot of choice at every meal, although lunchtime was the same foods every day. The Asian restaurant was dreadful, nothing much Asian about it! The Italian was our favourite but only had a limited menu. The steak and Mexican restaurants were very good. Breakfast was our favourite meal if the day with so much choice. All drinks were branded and having optics in the room you really could drink 24/7 (not that we did!!) Wifi access as a bit disappointing (free wifi only available in reception) Would have been nice yo have waiter service on the beach as we have experienced in other inclusive results around the globe., More>

Gemma L,
Tue Apr 26 15:40:46 EDT 2016
Just came back from a fantastic 2 week holiday/ wedding Went out for friends wedding which was fantastic . The staff at this hotel are amazing and can't do enough for you ( very hard working. The entertainment team are so enthusiastic even though they work very long hours. Food was lovely no complaints , hotel rooms kept very very clean . The wedding it's self very well organised and the couple were made to feel very special on there big day. More>

Shiny silver and pink
BackinBracknell, Bracknell, United Kingdom
Tue Apr 26 15:39:03 EDT 2016
We used the restaurant and pool at the Riu Yucatan several times while staying at the Riu Tequila, and took the opportunity to have a good look round and compare hotels. The facilities of the Riu Yucatan, Riu Playacar and Riu Tequila are shared during the day so you can use them all freely. This was great as both the Yucatan and Playacar are on the beach while the Tequila is a 10 minutes walk away (or a few minutes ride in their buggy). The Riu Yucatan is a very modern design, it's all very angular and blocky. The decor inside is bright shiny silver and deep pink, which you can either take as ultra stylish or (as we did) garish and OTT. To us it felt soulless and sterile, there's nothing to suggest you are in Mexico and in fact you could be anywhere. Accommodation blocks painted bright white added to the overall clinical feel. The pool areas are quite small and the sunbeds are all lined up and packed very closely together, so very little personal space. It was always crowded plus no natural shade although some areas have a cover over them. If we had stayed here we would have been disappointed. We much prefered the older more traditional Mexican style of the Riu Tequila which has a lot of greenery and shady areas to relax in - much more restful on the eyes and more space so it didn't feel like everybody was on top of one another. The food at the Riu Yucatan was very good quality though, as it was in all three Riu's. The beach itself was lovely with clean white sand. We enjoyed watching the colony of howler monkeys which live in the trees at the side of the hotel. You can see them from the bridge running between two of the blocks. A couple of times in the late afternoon we saw them all moving through the trees and climbing onto the roof. Not sure what they were after up there! More>

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