Riu Yucatan

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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
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What to expect

Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Jan 18 2017
We had a wonderful time. Everything was of very high quality. Will definitely go back again in the future. .. More>
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Need attention
Jan 16 2017
On our first day the shower was broke .. More>
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Jan 05 2017
Staff were amazing, food ok, hotel clean abd nice grounds .. More>
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Thank you Apple Vacations
Dec 29 2016
We have used Apple for the past eight years. Your service is great and you are responsive. We would suggest that you really evaluate the hotel rating and stay on the hotel grounds to offer a transparent level of expectations for our stay. We really trust the Riu brand of hotels and this Riu Yucatαn .. More>
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Riu Yucatan our 2nd visit
Nov 23 2016
First time we were alone Jan 2014, second time Nov 2016 we were with our 18 month daughter. It was great, staff was wonderful although I had a feeling the night shows were a little bit boring this time. It also lacks activities for really small children like our daughter, but they did have balls an .. More>
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Jul 05 2016
Horrible food, service and overall quality. I will be writing a detailed letter, but I've stayed at many resorts in Mexico and this is by far the worst. .. More>
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Staff and service is outstanding!
Jun 29 2016
First time staying at a RIU resort and loved every minute of it. They truly are service oriented, everyone says hello (Ola), the food is mind blowing with all the choices and the beauty of it all. Clean and beautiful, well maintained and we even went to another property and had the same experienc .. More>
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Jun 18 2016
Disappointed in the early closing of pool .. More>
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Jun 02 2016
Apple Vacation Representative – Pamela Sec: • Was not competent in her job. She could not tell us when the transfer from our resort to the airport would happen. • She was not available at the resort per schedule. • She was not answering her phone when resort staff attempted to call her. • She was .. More>
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RIU Yucatan
Jun 01 2016
We had an excellent time, the beach was the best. We did have an issue with diarrhea and stomach issues in 4 out 5 people. Not sure if it was from the water or food. .. More>
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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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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Excellent vacation
maryfMinnesota, LAKE CITY
Thu Jan 19 05:43:26 EST 2017
Husband and I stayed for 6 nights, had an awesome time. Beach is beautiful, resort very clean and well maintained. Food was good with some selections at the buffet being very good. Service is outstanding everywhere in the resort. Close to Playa Del Carmen if you need more excitement! Also very close to playa car plaza for shopping. Highly recommended!

Nice Property with Beautiful Beach
Karen C, Worcester, Massachusetts
Wed Jan 18 01:11:08 EST 2017
Stayed for one week in January. By far this is the best beach we have stayed at in Mexico. Very wide and long without any rocks at all. Rui Yucatan is a medium sized property and not too big. Most rooms centrally located close to pool and ocean. Just three restaurants, one requiring reservations. Italian restaurant was fine but nothing special. Ended up ordering salmon and nothing Italian due to limited menu offerings. Japanese restaurant was buffet style. All items were cold so we were disappointed since this was the restaurant most favorably reviewed. Didn't bother going to the Mexican which required reservations since this was poorly reviewed. Buffet was very good and offered many varied selections each evening we went. Two pools, one very large with activities scheduled throughout the day. It was very crowded with people nearly side by side everywhere with little space in between. Another pool up by the lobby was very quiet with soft music and it's own bar and never crowded. Plenty of chairs always available on the beach. Staff very personable and nice. Mexico has always been one of the most gracious hosts for travelers. Hotel grounds and rooms clean and well kept. Enjoyed the native animals throughout the resort especially the howler monkeys and the few cats living around the resort. Stayed in Building 5, top floor which was aside of the theatre and noisy at night due to the shows. If you want a quiet room, you would be better to stay in another building away from the theatre. Live music was nice especially the rock band that played one night and a saxophone player who played in the lobby. Always happy with any Rui resort we have stayed.

One full week of vacation
AKLouie, Lindsay, Canada
Tue Jan 17 16:27:04 EST 2017
Facility is very well maintained and cleaned. Food is great, lots of options for the picky eater. Wouldn't call it a five star, but definitely a good solid 4. A couple minor things... all the light switches in our room were dirty. They were supposed to restock fridge (beer, alcohol, water and pop) every two days. Hadn't been by in a few so I asked at front desk. They had someone there within the hour and follows up with two phone calls within an hour of that. So actually a plus here for them. I'm not a big drinker, but my brother likes his straight and he said it was definitely watered down. One big negative was that wait staff would clear tables, handling dirty utensils, cloth napkins, and grab dirty glasses by the top and not wash hands before handling clean utensils and glasses. So big hygiene thing that needs to be addressed.

Sun in January
CORBETT_D28, Belfast, United Kingdom
Tue Jan 17 12:30:20 EST 2017
Service is the best I've ever had so is the food,spoiled for choice.rooms are great ,mini bar and optics in room is a nice all inclusive.beach just like you see on tv .White sand coconut palms warm sea ,plenty of sun loungers ,three lovely pools +plenty of entertainment throughout the day also at night.

Best vacation.
Steve S,
Tue Jan 17 10:35:48 EST 2017
Well after nearly 14 years we went back to the Riu yucatan and was amazed at the changes. The resort was completely different and much better than the last time. The main building was like the someone took the best hotel in Miami and brought it to Mexico. It was spacious and spotless and the staff were great. The main bar and restaurant are there and some of the staff even remembered us, nice. The food was fantastic and we never had a stomach issue even after 10 days. Our room was overlooking both the main pool and the ocean and it was large and extremely clean everyday. We spent one day at the " quite " pool and that was very relaxing. The beach is one of the best we've been to and was raked every morning and no annoying sales people trying to pawn their wares. Great security both in the resort and on the beach so we were able to take long walks every day and enjoy the surf. If you want a top notch resort and relaxation it's hard to beat this place. Looking forward to returning next year. Steve s

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