Home > Mexico > Cancun > Riu Yucatan

Riu Yucatan

Email | Share |
All Inclusive    

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!

Find more information about Riu Hotels & Resorts.

Learn more about Cancun.
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

Latest Apple Vacations Review >>
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 4693 reviews
What to expect

Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
Jun 18 2016
Disappointed in the early closing of pool .. More>
Customer Rating: 

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>
Customer Rating: 

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>
Customer Rating: 

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>
Customer Rating: 

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>
Customer Rating: 

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>
Customer Rating: 

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>
Customer Rating: 

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>
Customer Rating: 

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>
Customer Rating: 

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>
Customer Rating: 

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>
Customer Rating: 

TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Family Oriented! Loved it
hayetti, Miami, Florida
Thu Jun 23 11:50:11 EDT 2016
I visited the hotel back in May with my 9months old baby, my husband and my mother. The first day our room was very far from the lobby and the beach (building 9). We were moved the very next day. The hotel is not that big and that is what I liked the most, you don't feel crowded and walking with a baby and a stroller around the hotel was very easy. The food was amazing, the service was very good, they even cooked special meals for my baby and that made my stay even better. My baby loved the food and he never got sick. Breakfast and dinner were the best, lunch was ok but nothing compared to dinner. We never had the chance to eat at the restaurants because my husband just loved the main buffet. I don't drink but my husband did have some drinks at the Swim-up bar and he loved it there. The bartender was very nice and always taking care of him. The only complaint I have is the bed. The beds are a little uncomfortable and the set up (two full beds together ) made it difficult to sleep. We didn't spent too much time in the room but still. Oh Miguel the bartender at the Lobby made the best capuccinos and fresh juices! More>

Fun vacation
knewell3, Santa Rosa, California
Thu Jun 23 10:28:35 EDT 2016
The hotel Yucatan is a wonderful clean hotel. Staff is friendly, they will help you with any questions and always say hi when you walk by. The pools are kept clean and the beach is amazing. Don't worry if the weather prediction calls for rain. The week before we left it predicted rain everyday, it only rained one night! There is more bars than restaurants so getting a drink should not be an issue. Cocktails at the lobby bar are 10x better than any other, our favorite were the mojitos. Unfortunately classics like piña coladas and daiquiris taste like syrup and ice. The food was good, try and get reservations at the restaurants to get your money's worth. One of our favorite parts of the hotel was its location, 90 pesos ($5 US) for a taxi into town. We had some great dinners off of 5th ave. lots and lots of options! We met friends staying at the Riu tequila, it was nice to be able to walk over there and have free drinks. If you want to go clubbing meet one of the reps in the tequila lobby they are great! They know all the spots, get you open bar passes and bottle service. Our favorite was the foam party at the blue parrot, so much fun! More>

charlottedaniels21, King's Lynn, United Kingdom
Thu Jun 23 04:46:18 EDT 2016
It was just perfect, from the moment I left to when I got home!! The rooms were slightly lacking but I could get over that! The entertainment team were so friendly and welcoming!! Some nights the entertainment was a bit boring but they have to accommodate for everyone I suppose. The food was amazing and a great selection of drinks! :) There was always something happening in the day i.e DARTS, VOLLEYBALL, FOOTBALL. Which was great and tequila bingo. :D Wifi also worked great, no problem. free in public areas. I would return to this place within a heartbeat!! THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING 2 WEEKS. More>

Family Vaca2016
Wed Jun 22 19:57:00 EDT 2016
Great location, reasonable service, rooms are adequate, easy drive to shopping area's. But remember if you want room service stay at the Palace, I forgot that. However, food selection gets boring but still acceptable. Recommend getting out try different local eateries as much as possible. But you can't beat the Mexican Caribbean! P.S. The Monkeys living in trees by the Hotel were fun to look at. More>

Ron S, Basildon, United Kingdom
Wed Jun 22 19:04:02 EDT 2016
My wife and I stayed here as a double celebration,, we really enjoyed our stay, we stayed in room 3315 on the top floor. I would say ideally placed, not too close to reception or theatre,, but closes to the monkeys, food was good for an ai, pool nice and the beech fantastic,,, I recommend the trip to chitzen itsa. I recommend the trip via thomson as the guides are fantastic, it's a very early start but worth it. More>

The comments and opinions on this Ratings and Reviews section of our website are the views and opinions of TripAdvisor members and Apple Vacations.passengers. They are providied 'as is' and we accept no responsibility for any loss, injury, inconvenience or other damage resulting from this information. You should verify critical information (for example passports and visas, and customs) with the relevant authorities, and review our Fair Trade Contract and Things To Know Before You Go (including our Health and Safety Tips For Travelers) before you travel.