Riu Yucatan

Email | Share |
All Inclusive    

Exceptional Values!
Honeymoon: Surprise gift in room, small bottle of Tequila, king bed (subject to availablity at time of check-in), late check-out (subject to availability at time of departure), complimentary upgrade to next available room category (subject to availablity and upon request), $35 USD spa credit in Ocean Harmony massage for two (50 min), once per stay. This discount does not apply with other promotions and discounts.

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 in the Playacar resort complex, 3 km from the picturesque town of Playa del Carmen and 35 miles (56 kms) Cancun International Airport (CUN).

Local Phone: 011-52-984-873-1
Fax: 011-52-984-873-1266 or 873-0304
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: 4

Swim-up Bar
4 swimming pools with sun terraces, one with swim-up bar; whirlpool in pool area. Children's pool with slides.
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
Sauna: 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
Dress code: Main restaurant gentlemen no sleeveless t-shirts; Theme restaurants gentl emen no sleeveless t-shirts, long trousers. At least 1 person 21 years or older in al l rooms February-May and 18 years & up for the rest of
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
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 9 Restaurants at Riu Yucatan:
Mezcal - Pavilion bar
Cozumel - Swim-up bar.
Sicilia - An Italian a la carte offering buffet-style starters. Men must wear long pants, and reservations are required.
Ibiza - Swim-up bar
Shanghai - Serving fine Asian cuisine buffet-style. Men are required to wear long pants for dinner, and reservations are required.
El Templo - Bar
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.
Tequila - Pavilion bar
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:
Volleyball court, table tennis, gym, catamaran, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling equ ipment. 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool.
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
753 Recommend
753 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Yucatan to their friends and family

Latest Apple Vacations Review >>
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 5887reviews
What to expect

Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
noise out side our room and bathroom.
Jul 06 2017
The way the rooms are set up inside, The toilet has a door, but the shower is open with a glass door with a very small wall. If you aren't staying with a spouse, there isn't privacy. It is very noisy outside the rooms. The doors are very heavy and slam LOUD!!!! We also heard the couple next door screaming at their kids up until 2-3 am. Everything echo's due to tile and cement.
Customer Rating: 

Great trip to Playa del Carmen
Apr 18 2017
Great hotel. Room a bit musty but no problem with that. Clean grounds, very well taken care of. Workers are constantly cleaning everything. All of our servers were top notch, smiling all the time, and happy to help with anything you need. Bottled water readily available. So many choices at buffet's for food, and plenty to drink. Beach was beautiful, seaweed definitely there, but they are always working hard to get rid of it--just seems like an endless battle, but that's the ocean for ya! Beach not rocky at all, that's the main reason we chose this resort.
Customer Rating: 

Hotel needs work........
Apr 14 2017
Hotel in general seemed to be lacking in general maintenance upkeep. Our shower door would not close completely, door handle on closet kept falling off, had friends that their air conditioning didn't work at all. Beds were extremely uncomfortable. Would not be a place that I would go back to......
Customer Rating: 

Mar 26 2017
Hotel was clean but could use updating and was not luxurious. It was very average.
Customer Rating: 

Feb 06 2017
Really liked this hotel.. The grounds were nice especially for a somewhat older facility. There were plenty of vegetation around so didn't seem too commercial. Beach was nice and a very good location from the pools, bars and restaurant. Food was just okay... Must get up really early to get a reservation for a couple of the restaurants. The highlights for us; proximity to the beautiful beach, excellent service, it's just a short walk down the beach to a totally uninhabited area.
Customer Rating: 

Jan 18 2017
We had a wonderful time. Everything was of very high quality. Will definitely go back again in the future.
Customer Rating: 

Need attention
Jan 16 2017
On our first day the shower was broke
Customer Rating: 

Jan 05 2017
Staff were amazing, food ok, hotel clean abd nice grounds
Customer Rating: 

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 Yucatán could use some attention. The staff is what would bring us back. They work six days a week and are completely devoted to ensuring tourists and guests have a wonderful experience. With some small corrections this hotel would be aligned accurately with the Apple rating.
Customer Rating: 

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 and buckets and w,e for her to play with. I would also suggest for waiters to walk around the beach with drinks. I cant count how many times i had to go from the beach to pool bar to get a drink.
Customer Rating: 

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.
Customer Rating: 

TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Great hotel.... would recommend!
Wed Oct 18 17:31:08 EDT 2017
We stayed at the Riu Yucatan for a week at the beginning of October. The hotel is great! Amazing customer service! Friendly, professional, and efficient staff. Excellent food, clean rooms, great property right on a gorgeous beach. Overall property was very lush and well maintained. Entertainment team did a fantastic job every day with fun activities. Located on a beautiful semi residential street with million dollar homes and other hotels in a gated community. Walking distance to Playa which was very convenient. I would visit again in a heartbeat and recommend to anyone! We travel a lot to south destinations and this is one place we would go again.

Great holiday
Mee S,
Tue Oct 17 11:47:27 EDT 2017
It long back from a great break to the Rui Yucatan. My first experience of Caribbean all inclusive. Food was very nice. Ate most evenings on the international restaurant. There are options for Italian, Mexican, steak and Asian but the Asian was my favourite. You only need to book for the Mexican. The Mexican was not very good and there was more care taken to decorate and create an atmosphere on the Mexican night in the main international restaurant. Staff are incredibly friendly and hard working. Bar served branded spirits. Beach was beautiful golden white sand. Animation team worked very hard. If I were to suggest one improvement it would be to have waiters circulating on the beach and pool areas to bring drinks

Nice place
drmw001, Saint Charles, Missouri
Tue Oct 17 06:13:21 EDT 2017
While this is a nice resort with Monkeys and other critters running around, I was not happy with the food.. It was good, just got very tired of the same food on the buffets everyday. The wine is cheap.... uggg....The staff is fantastic and so very friendly. Although I understand the importance of keeping Mosquitoes away,,, the spray, which was sprayed right under my balcony every day burned my throat and lungs,,, gave me a bad cough. The Rooms are simple and clean. The pools are good, the beach is great and well maintained., They did have shows every night.. yet they started late,, like 9.45pm /we were a bit bored between dinner and the show. Not much to do in the evening times..

Last minute booking
SteveChapman, Peterborough
Mon Oct 16 11:25:12 EDT 2017
We should have gone to Cayo coco but due to Irma our hotel was damaged so could not go. We booked this hotel 12 days before we went. We have been to Mexico twice before and stayed at Rui tequila but wanted a beach holiday this time. The hotel is fine, Deasy kept our room lovely and clean but the corridors to the room block 7 was not cleaned until the day we left. The food was plentiful and varied. We ate in all the restaurants but preferred the steak house, didn't really care for the Mexican so only went once. We stayed on the beach as like another reviewer we found the pools dirty and the swim up bar pool disgusting. The water was so dirty I would not go in let alone having a baby in there. We also saw a couple of weddings and I too would have been very disappointed if that was the day I had dreamt of as it seemed very ordinary. We had a good holiday and the weather was good all by a couple of days when it poured down but it was rainy season so not complaining about it. We would not return as we expected better but would go back to Mexico but maybe try a different area. We would have given four stars but because of the pools gave a three

Great Friendly Hotel
Looney23, Leeds, United Kingdom
Mon Oct 16 05:53:55 EDT 2017
Had a great time in this hotel, warms welcome on arrival, rooms quite large with a queens size beds, staff very helpful, plenty of choice for food, branded drinks, the entertainment quite good, the best turns are the bar staff, Israel, Alfredo, Nyomee there are too many to mention ( sorry if name spelt wrong guys ), p*** pool could do with a clean a bit more often, as some folk are too idle to take a short walk, the beach is a dream with golden sands and the turquoise sea. A bonus is, it's safe to walk to Playa del Carmen on a night if you want about 30 minutes ( taxi fare 90 peso each way ) There is a shopping complex a couple of minutes outside the hotel with a Real Ale Bar, plus a Starbucks and a variety of shops (drug store) so you do not have to venture into town.

The comments and opinions on this Ratings and Reviews section of our website are the views and opinions of TripAdvisor members and AppleVacations.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.
Be the first to know! Sign up for email deals. Subscribe