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Riu Playacar

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Our Opinion

This is an amazing resort that is situated perfectly close to the beach. With body boards and kayaks available free of charge, there is plenty to do at the beach. The resort grounds are also decorated and well-maintained. Nightly entertainment is held very late at night near the beach, so make sure that you book a suite away from this area, if you're wanting to wind down early at night.


Enjoy the stunning Caribbean Sea views on an unforgettable beach at the 5-star RIU Playacar. On the Yucatan peninsula in Playa del Carmen, you will discover an exceptional resort with an oasis of comfort, and service immersed in luxury. As part of an elegant development, which includes a modern 18-hole golf course right nearby for guests to enjoy.

Location: Directly on the beach in Playacar, 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen, 60 minutes to Cancun, 45 minutes from the airport.

  • Great beachfront location with gorgeous white sand
  • 3 Beachfront pools offer swim-up bar and tables, pool loungers and kids' splash pool 
  • Spacious modern rooms with private balconies
  • Lots of activities and water sports
  • Located close to downtown Playa del Carmen

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Frankferreira : toronto,canada
Amazing Time At Riu Playacar

Start off by saying check in was fast with a welcome drink.Front desk was super and always willing to help.Hotel itself beautifully renovated modern look.Room: we had a spacious king bed ocean view room building 7 close to pools beach and foodGrounds : Kept very cleanBeach : SUPERwould recommend this hotel

  • Derwentrocker : United Kingdom
Great for people with walking difficulties and buggies

This hotel is flat, very spaced out with lots of room, wide paths. Miss the jungle feel though as not many trees, but the upside is you have sea view rooms in part of the complex. I like the idea of a separate bar in reception ( foyer), so much quieter. I also like the pool lay out although not very deep, great for kids and families. The walk from the foyer to the pools is quite long, about a 5 minute walk, surrounded by hotel rooms. The staff at the pool side bars are really funny, I love their sense of humour as I am a mad Brit, I fitted in well with their antics. Main pools on several occasions I came over from the Riu Yucatan were not rowdy except sometimes in the swim up pool. I came over with 5 family and friends to the shows most night, out of the three hotels you can use, I found the entertainment here much better. Even got on stage with Elvis and no chip shop to be found lol. It is sea front and surrounded by palm trees to keep you cool. The beach is shared by several hotels, however the sea weed is tackled by the staff who do a great job. Compared to the Riu Tequila the drinks were better at the Playacar hotel. However would be nice to have straws, never seem to have any. Not many UK guests here peeps, a lot of multi guests. The entertainment speak in many languages and do a great job. Love the out door seating for the shows, that's a plus. Cannot comment on food or rooms, but it is a lovely hotel, but for me the Riu Yucatan has the edge as lots of greenery and animals including the howler monkeys. However for anyone with buggies and difficulties with walking, this is a good choice, just not a 'pretty' resort and lack of warmth in character. Still all the hotels offer something it's just choosing the right one for you and your family.

  • Barrowboy55 : Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
Great Stay at Riu Playacar

This was our first time in Mexico and after considering all options decided on the Riu Playacar. The Dreamliner flight was very good and the expected circus at Cancun airport didn't disappoint. The Playacar suited all our needs being slightly smaller than other Riu's nearby. We visited the Tequila and Yucatan but were glad we chose the Playacar. The staff are brilliant and the hotel is well run which is a credit to the hotel management. The food and drink is very good and high quality. The speciality restaurants make a nice change but the buffet has a great selection and never got bored with the fare on offer. Having been at other all inclusives where the drink has been dubious it was good to have access to named drinks. The wine at lunch and dinner was also very acceptable. Nestor the waiter at lunchtime always had a glass of sauvignon blanc ready for us as he saw us approaching the dining room. The swim up bar was good fun and the cocktails hit the spot. They even had Aperol which was a surprise. The hotel is right on the Caribbean beach with talcum powder white sand and the waiters bring trays of drinks round to suit. All in all an excellent holiday. Well done Riu Playacar!

  • 1suea :
Same resort for 17 years!

Love RIU Playacar. That's why we return year after year. The all-inclusive resort was completely renovated a year ago with stellar results (though we still miss the Mexican architecture). Easy 45+/- minute drive from Cancun airport. Staff is super friendly and helpful. Rooms are comfortable and now have wifi and AC. Pools (3) are well arranged with plenty of comfy lounge chairs. Easy access to the beautiful white-sand beach. Resort is arranged in such a way that there is plenty of room to spread out with quite areas or gathering places. All units are within easy access to all amenities which makes for a relaxing time. The entire resort is super clean - rooms, general areas, grounds. Really, only drawback is that there are no elevators and all units have 3 floors. Food is great, small shopping area across the street, downtown Playa is only a 15 min walk or a short taxi ride, Xcaret is only a 15 min taxi ride and tours to other sites such as Chichen Itza can be arranged at the hotel.

  • Kikiriki88 : stoney Creek
Great hotel!!!

Loved this hotel, its one of the smaller riu hotels, newly renovated, super modern. Everything is close by, downtown playadel carmen is a short 15-20 min walk thru te gated community or you can walk the beach to it(ull end up at señor frogs) Restaurants were really good. Pools were nice . Everything About this hotel was great, we would definitely come back again!!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with made-to-your-taste cooking stations
  • Beach Club restaurant for Continental breakfast and lunch
  • 24 hr Snacks
  • A la carte dining  without reservations 
  • Unlimited Domestic and select International drinks 
  • In-room mini-bar & liquor dispensers, replenished regularly
  • Lounge chair and towels (pool/beach)
  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Body boarding
  • Catamaran
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson at pool/person/stay
  • Day & night tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Use of gym 
  • RiuFit, group fitness activities
  • Ping-pong
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Free admission to the Discos at RIU Tequila and RIU Yucatan, drinks included until 2am

RIU®-topia Inclusions

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Unlimited International drinks
  • In-room liquor dispenser
  • Unlimited dining at a specialty restaurants
  • In-room mini bar re-stocked regularly
  • In-room safe
  • 20% discount on select excursions booked with Signature
  • Signature Hour from 4 - 5 p.m.
  • Spa credit available (applies to selected treatments, may vary per hotel) 
  • 396 rooms in six 3-storey buildings
  • Main buffet restaurant with on-order live cooking stations
  • 4 a la carte restaurants 
  • Snack bar
  • 4 Bars including swim-up pool bar
  • 3 pools and children's pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Renova Spa
  • Fitness facilities
  • 2 lit tennis courts
  • Small children's playground
  • 'Mexican Street' at RIU Yucatan with gym, great shopping, Internet shop, photo shop & lab, medical services, and Spa with hair salon, beauty treatments & massage services
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • Doctor on call (fee)
  • Car and bicycle rental
  • 18-hole golf course nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas

Hotel Room

  • Maximum Number of Adults 3
  • Maximum Number of Children 2
  • Maximum Occupancy 4
  • 1 King or 2 Double beds
  • Hair dryer
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Air-conditioned
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Regularly replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser
  • Satellite TV
  • Amenities kit
  • Safety deposit box
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bathroom with shower

Junior Suite

  • Maximum Number of Adults 4
  • Maximum Number of Children 2
  • Maximum Occupancy 4
  • 2 Double beds
  • Hair dryer
  • Bidet
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Air-conditioned
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Regularly replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser
  • Walk-in closet
  • Satellite TV
  • Safety deposit box
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bathroom equipped with bathtub and shower
  • Living area with sofa
  • Amenities kit



  • Buffet
  • International/Steakhouse in the evening
  • Evening dress code


  • a la carte for dinner
  • Asian
  • Dress code

The Palms

  • Buffet
  • International


  • a la carte
  • Italian
  • Dress code

Mexican Restaurant

  • a la carte
  • Dress code


  • La Cumbia Lounge 
  • Las Olas Swim-up bar
  • Anana Lobby bar
  • La Plaza

Child Policy

0-1 years free when sharing room with 2 adults in existing bedding.
2-12 years pay special rate when sharing room with 2 adults in existing bedding.

Limited number of Kids Free rooms are available. Up to 2 kids can travel free with 2 full paying adults.

For the Kids

  • Kids pool
  • Playground
  • RiuLand program for ages 4-7
  • RiuLand program for ages 8-12

Spa Treatments

  • Massage
  • Hot stones
  • Aromatherapy
  • Shiatsu
  • Couples massage
  • Body oil essences
  • After-sun treatment
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Body wrap
  • Body exfoliation

Other Services

  • Hair styling
  • Coloring
  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Manicure Pedicure
  • Makeup and Hair styling for brides

Stay at 1, Play at 3! - Guests staying at the RIU Playacar, receive unlimited access to all facilities at both RIU Tequila and RIU Yucatan (dinner restaurant excluded). Transfers not included, hotels are 5-10 minute walk away.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

Resort Location Map

  • Riu Playacar
    Riviera Maya,Mexico

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Hotel Riu Playacar
Avenida Xamen-Ha Manzana 6, Lote 6, Playacar, Playa del Carmen 77710 Mexico

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.