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
  • Belinda B : Essex, United Kingdom
Tequila paradise

From the moment I got off the plane it felt like paradise. The people are always happy to help ...for a small tip ! Hotel tequila was amazing it was like being in a banana plantation. It was so realistic especially with wild animals walking amongst you, including iguanas, long tail type mongoose ,howler monkey's. The food was excellent and very well cooked, there was such a variety. The steak house was also very good. The rooms are a little dated but I wouldn't change a thing. Clean towels and bed every day and an animals made out of towels left on your bed every thing was amazing . The staff throughout the hotel were very happy and always there to help. I would recommend this hotel 100% especially b if it stays that way! And not refurbished😣😣The beach is beautiful and a very short walk, but you can catch a ride on a extra long golf buggy when it's really hot.I'm waiting to book up again !!!

  • Mick J :

Best holiday ever. The staff friendly polite and hard working. Day trips (through tui) were out of this world only down side coming home. 5th avenue is a great place for a wander and a drink, beach is amazing sea crystal clear wildlife and fish amazing -do the whale shark trip for a truly unforgettable experience. Was the hotel dated? a little maybe the rooms were clean and comfortable I don't go away to spend time inside unless sleeping Mexico is too nice.

  • helsteve : Coventry, United Kingdom
Fantastic holiday

Well we've been back a week from Mexico and what a great time we had.From the moment we walked into Riu Tequila we were treated with such friendliness and hospitality that we have ever experienced. What makes this hotel so special are the hardworking friendly and funny staff from Felix in the Steakhouse, Luiz in the main buffet restaurant, Avimael and Moy at the pool bar and two great lads who stood out to us from the animation team Anderson and Israel. Guys you were all fantastic and really made our holiday.Thank you so much.All the staff are dedicated and ensure you have a good time so sorry I can't mention you all.We requested an upper floor room by the pool and got exactly what we wanted, room 1512 was a great room so peaceful at night.Our maid Rayneldo was lovely and left us towel animals every day gracias amigo you do a great job.This hotel has a very special feel to it laid back and everybody just seems so friendly. We did visit both the Playacar and the Yucatan a few times but really didn't have the same feel to it as the Tequila. Although the Yucatan is great for lunch.Now as far as a refurbished is concerned we feel it does not need it-just maybe a little touch up to the pool add a couple of more toilets around the place and maybe an outside seating area by the pool is all that's needed. Please please keep the Tequila as it is with its Mexican look it's unique there is nowhere else around like it and it's one of the reasons it has so many repeat visitors. All the restaurants on site are amazing. The buffet for both breakfast and dinner huge amount of choice. The Steakhouse was our favourite we went four times and the Asian although quite small made a great change.With a 24 hour sports bar and a nightclub on site (which was great too) you really do have everything you could want or need.The shows the team put on at night are the best we have ever experienced anywhere and the outside acts they have on are on a par with west end shows.All in all the best holiday we have ever had in an area that's like paradise. Thank you so much we will definitely be back.

  • winds0rres : Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Great Mexican Style Resort

My wife and I have been going to the Riu Tequila since 1997. Went for the fifth time this July and had a great time. What makes this resort so unique is that it has the Mexican Style architecture, paintings, furniture and setting.The resort is set in Tropical surrounding, local trees and landscape with plenty of shade (if you want it). This is getting rare since most resorts in Play del Carmen are cutting down many of the trees to create an open look. Playa Del Carmen historically was a jungle with many leopards and monkeys so the resorts that have gone to a modern look with modern landscape create an unnatural atmosphere.Today it is financially difficult for resorts to replicate the Mexican Style and furnishings like they were able to do back in 97. The Riu Tequila put a lot of money into the resort when it first opened. Luckily they have maintained it well. The pools are large kidney shaped with a massive bar in the middle. Most of the other resorts have gone to inexpensive square pools recently when upgrading. It's obvious they do not have the financial backing they had back 97 to create such pools and surroundings plus back then I'm sure costs were a lot less then they are now.The food was incredible and has stayed the same quality since 97. Many of the staff have stayed on which shows how well the Riu treats it's employees and you see that in the service.The walk to the beach is a quick 5 minutes. You have the option to go to the Riu Yucatan, Riu Playacar, as well as the Riu Lupita with its Beach Club that has a small pool practically on the beach. We hung out at each one and when you walk to down town Play del Carmen along the beach the Riu Playacar and Riu Lupita are a good pit stop for a drink and a dip into the pool.Play del Carmin is about a 20 minute walk down the beach. Senor Frogs is the first bar you get to and they have excellent margaritas. It right at the Cozumel ferry terminal.The entertainment at the Riu's is very fun and the drinks are great. If you want a strong drink you simply ask. Top shelve alcohol is available and the bartenders use real fruit in their drinks. They have a great time and work hard.The Riu Tequila is a large resort and we like to stay in the furthest room block to take in all the wild life and vegetation as we head to the pools and lobby. The guest rooms have nice hardwood Mexican furniture. The balcony is private and a great place to hang out. We have never really been bothered by the mosquitos but then again we live in New England so any place seems better in that respect. But to be honest you may get a few mosquitos at night but nothing like the States. Not sure if we were supposed to do so (no one ever stopped us) but some nights we would go to the Riu Yucatan for the Entertainment. You can sit on the beach with a drink at night and watch the cruise ships go past Cozumel. If you do this when you had back make sure you go through the Riu Yucatan lobby when heading back to the Riu Tequila. They lock the gate on the beach path at night so you have to back track to the lobby.My recommendation for Riu is to simply spruce up what they have at the Riu Tequila. I know it is to costly to replicate the Mexican style that is there but if you square out the pools and cut down the vegetation (which has been there for hundreds of years) you will loose many customers looking for a resort that reminds them of Mexico. No one wants to experience vegas when they head to Mexico.

  • Marta W :
Hotel with unique athmosphere and brilliant staff!

Hotel for everyone. If you need to rest and you like silence you will find over there. If you are looking for fun and crazy hours in disco or by the bar with lovely cocktails in your hands you will find it there as well. The best ever night shows. Excellent animation team and bar staff. They will all make you smile and happy. As a Restaurant and Hotel Manager i can say that i wish to have such a brilliant team! Unfortunately they dont want relocate ;)

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 with 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, dress code & reservations required
  • 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
  • Reservations required
  • Location is at Riu Yucatan


  • à la carte for dinner
  • Asian
  • Reservations required


  • à la carte for dinner
  • Grill
  • Reservations required


  • 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. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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