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Riu Tequila

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Our Opinion
A fun, family oriented resort located across the street from the RIU Yucatan. Not beachfront but in a beachfront complex; overlooks the golf course. Good food and services. Has a disco and a lively crowd. Good for families. Walking distance to Playa del Carmen. This resort is perfect for vacationers who want the Riu all inclusive experience, but don't have it in the budget to stay at one of the beachfront resorts.

This splendid resort offers all the fabulous RIU qualities with great value, friendly impeccable service, and fun filled activities. The RIU Tequila borders a 18-hole golf course located in elegant Playacar, and it's beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture, welcomes the feeling of charm & comfort.

Location: A short walk or 3-minute shuttle to the beach, 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen, 60 minutes to Cancun, 45 minutes from the airport.

  • Large outdoor pool and lush grounds with monkeys
  • Kids Club with playground and pool
  • Good selection of dining choices with great buffet
  • Walking distance to white sand beach (free shuttle available)
  • Close to downtown Playa del Carmen
  • Awarded Trip Advisor's Traveller's Choice 2016

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Georgielovestotravel : Ilford
2nd time for us to celebrate New Year

Once again we re-visited the Tequila to see in the New Year.Booked with Thomsons, flew over on the dreamliner, all good and would repeat.E mailed before arrival asking for a quite room on the first floor and got just that, though the hotel cannot be responsible for people with no consideration when coming back from bars at night "but they are on their Holidays" and also getting up early for trips in the early hours of the morning!!!! This Hotel is Fabulous, The staff Wonderful, food very good for A/I, Drinks Brilliant, though I would say they need to re-staff the Asian so poor compared to Buffet. Did not go to the Mexican last year because of bad reviews but went this year and nothing has changed!!! they forgot our main course and started clearing tables to go home before we asked for it. Steak was ok for a change from buffet. Saying that if I was to go back I would still try them all again for a change of scenery, we also eat in PlayaDel Carmen.You have a choice of 3 hotels to roam around in and have 2 hotels to lunch down on the beach in, which is a 5 min walk.We never once sat at the pool, do not like the animals there and prefer a bit more space on the beach, there are loads of sunbeds anytime of day and a lovely walk both ways.We had a fabulous time once again, see many faces that were there last year and also met some lovely people this year, we may even go back next year!!!!Only gave it a rating of 4 due to rooms being a bit dated but very clean.

  • Liandy : hastings uk
Great winter sun destination

This hotel is bigger than those that we usually use so it took us a little while to adjust, but once we did we had a fabulous time. We have had some rain most days, but it doesn't last long and it is still warm. Overall, this place has everything you need and you don't need to spend a penny if you don't want to, although tips are greatly appreciated although not expected. The only reason I have marked this 4/5 rather than 5/5 is because of the sea.Beach - a short pleasant stroll or cart ride away. A lovely sandy beach to either relax on or walk. There are plenty of sunbeds, even too many in my personal opinion. Lunch can be taken at the beach at sister hotels, so it is not even necessary to come back to this hotel. The downside is the sea. We were there for 14 days and could not swim or dip even. The sea has been very rough, with big waves and an under current. We tried on the first days and were knocked over so didn't try again.Pool - clean, warm enough, good swim up bar. Yes there is a shortage of chairs but that's because many people creep out at dawn and reserve their beds with towels and then dont come and use them! Very selfish people! Rooms - perfect for us. Large room, 2 double beds pushed together. Exceptionally clean. The cleaning staff are very thorough. We tipped a little daily rather than at the end. No kettle but you can bring your own and get milk from the restaurant. Cold drinks in the room - beer, water, soft drinks, spirits. Good a/c. Good double glazing and a very important fly screen at the door,Bars - well stocked with both premium and local drinks. 24 hours. Great cocktails. Happy, smiley bar tenders who like to chat if quiet. They work 6 days a week and very long hours. Tip them sometimes if you can. 20 peso is only 80p.Food - breakfast - buffet - everything you could want and more. Fresh juices from the juice man, fresh eggs cooked by the egg man, pancakes, pastries, doughnuts, salad, cereal, meats, cheeses, sausage, bacon, yoghurts, Mexican etc. Etc.Lunch - again, a good variety, buffet style and anything you fancy - in the Lupita bar.Evening - main buffet- excellent - different each night with many choices. I fail to see how even fussy eaters will go hungry. Food could sometimes be a bit hotter.Steak house is at the Lupita - ok. Not self service - Same starters every night, steaks cooked to order, good fish and ribs, same sweets every night. Would be good to see the menu change on a weekly rota.Asian - very good - excellent starters - great variety of sushi and Chinese hot starters, good mains, great ribs and duck, and good choice of sweet. Again, same menu every night and an alternate menu would be better. Mexican - we didn't try because there was Mexican food every night in the buffet.All catering staff work extremely hard without exception. Again, we tipped sometimes and it was gratefully received but again not expected. Look out for Wilbert, front of house at the buffet at breakfast and Asian at night. Smiley helpful man who likes a little joke too.Try a little Spanish when talking to the staff here, they will appreciate it and it is fun to learn something new.I realise I have mentioned tipping quite a bit in this review. I guess we spent about £100 in total at the most over the 2 weeks in tips. As everything else is included in the holiday price, then £100 is a small amount to us, and reflects the hard work of all the staff here.Don't forget to save £50 per person exit tax if you want to come home.We booked our trips at Maya tours, the first shop at the plaza. Prices were fair, safety was always important, vehicles were air conditioned and the guides and drivers were excellent.My husband liked the a/c sports bar for premier league matches.We didn't go to the shows so can't comment.If I was looking for somewhere to relax for winter sun at a good price I would return.

  • ScubaTraveler42 : Eagan, Minnesota
Great getaway

Relaxing couples vacation. Traditional Mexican decor. Variety of restaurant/food options. Great drinks... Mojitos, mango daquris, and Superman. Beach at sister property offers a shuttle servece if you don't want to walk (only a few minutes walk).Short cab ride into the local shopping district very convenient.

  • Tanya U : Calgary, Canada
Do it again

It was a 5 minute walk from the beach. Very relaxing. Even most of the staff have been working here for 10 years or more. Any little thing and it was taken care of right away. My other half and I will stay here again. Clean and kept up but really could use an upgrade as some things are getting old and tired. The food was good. Buffet changes every day. 4 restaurants. Nice to see the lemurs and the landscaping makes it feel like a secluded retreat.

  • pedro_rodriguez_77 : Portugal
Very good

Slight disappointment in weather but all round great holiday. Couldn't fault facilities, pool a bit cold but didn't stop the kids being straight in. Beaches really nice and nighttime entertainment good

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
  • Snacks 24 hrs
  • A la carte dining without reservations 
  • Unlimited Domestic & select International drinks 24 hrs
  • In-room mini-bar & liquor dispensers, replenished regularly
  • Lounge chair and towels (pool/beach)
  • Windsurfing
  • Catamaran
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
  • Day and night tennis
  • Use of gym and sauna at Riu Yucatan
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Admission to the Disco, drinks included

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) 
  • 664 rooms
  • Main buffet restaurant with on the spot cooking stations
  • Beach club restaurant
  • 1 a la carte restaurant with 2 specialties: Mediterranean and Grill-Steakhouse
  • Snack bar
  • Bars including swim-up pool bar
  • Disco
  • 2 pools with artificial beach at pool area
  • Children's pool
  • Sun terrace
  • Jacuzzis
  • Tennis courts (nearby)
  • 1 multi-purpose court
  • Children's Mini Club & playground
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby
  • 'Mexican Street' at RIU Yucatan across the street with a gym, great shopping, Internet shop, photo shop & lab, medical services, and Spa with hair salon, beauty treatments & massage services
  • Golf nearby (fee)

Hotel Room

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

Junior Suite

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



  • Buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • International

Beach Club

  • Buffet for lunch / à la carte for dinner
  • Mexican
  • Location is at Riu Yucatan


  • à la carte for dinner
  • Asian


  • à la carte for dinner
  • Grill


  • La Lupita Swim-up bar
  • Maguey Lounge bar
  • Sports Bar
  • El Kiosko

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.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised activities at RiuLand, playground and kids pool.

Renova Spa 

  • Massages
  • Beauty treatments
  • Hairstyling
  • Free access to fitness facilities and sauna

Stay at 1, Play at 3! - Guests staying at the RIU Tequila, receive unlimited access to all facilities at both RIU Yucatan and RIU Playacar (dinner restaurants excluded). Complimentary shuttle service between resorts, except RIU Playacar - just a short walk away.

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.

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  • Riu Tequila
    Riviera Maya,Mexico

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Hotel Riu Tequila
Avenida Xaman-ha, Manzana 3, Lote 19 Condominio 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.