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Riu Yucatan

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Our Opinion

The first Riu Resort to be built in Mexico, the Riu Yucatan had an extensive $20 million renovation in 2013. A great choice for families or couples, families will enjoy the wonderful kids club and couples will like the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Walking distance to town means you are not too far from the shops of Playa del Carmen's 5th Avenue. Good food and services. Recommended for a great all inclusive vacations. If you want even more pampering and luxury facilities try the Riu Palace Riviera Maya.


Relax on the white sand beaches of the Riviera Maya in Mexico and enjoy a stay at the impressive Riu Yucatan. This gorgeous hacienda style all inclusive resort rests on a beautiful stretch of beach in Playa del Carmen. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, this eco-friendly hotel is home to several species of flora and fauna and is a great place to get a sense of the Mayan culture. The Riu Yucatan features elegant and well-appointed guestrooms with signature RIU amenities, along with private balconies and terraces. Guests of all ages can enjoy an abundance of activities and sports. The Riu Yucatan is an ideal destination for those looking for an affordable luxury vacation in the Mayan Riviera.

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

  • Located on white sand beach, close to Playa del Carmen
  • Multiples pools featuring submerged loungers and swim-up bar
  • Good kids' facilities with playground, pool and indoor classroom
  • Rooms feature liquor dispenser and stocked mini bar
  • Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence 2016

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • drmw001 : Saint Charles, Missouri
Nice place

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..

  • SteveChapman : Peterborough
Last minute booking

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

  • Looney23 : Leeds, United Kingdom
Great Friendly Hotel

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.

  • lovetotravel12092010 : Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Needing a little TLC

Just returned from a two week break here. A little confusion on arrival to get to correct coach although given coach number no numbers shown on coaches. Check in was good by friendly helpful staff. Reps always available throughout the holiday for any queries. Rooms were kept clean and tidy, we were in block 4 which was mid way between beach and reception area/eating restaurant. Probably not the best time of year to visit as we had quite a bit of rain, hotel does provide umbrellas for your use in your rooms. Rooms were a little plain and we did find a couple of cockroaches, which were dealt with by the hotel by fumigating within hours. Iron, ironing board, hairdryer and optics with topped up fridge provided. No kettle or lifts. One large pool close to beach and swim up bar, which was disgusting. The state of the water in enclosed swim up bar was very murky to say the least. Quite surprised to see a very young baby being cuddled in mothers arms whilst she was drinking in the pool bar. This pool area was very popular with revellers and families. We chose the quiet pool close to main reception area superbly operated by Andrea. Pools were not kept clean with discarded drink cups and rubbish not being cleared up by holiday makers or collected by staff at the end of the day. Again pool cleaning was not particularly evident. Drinks were of good quality as was the food although a little repetitive which is par for an all inclusive package. Restaurant staff very friendly and attentive. Ate in the Mexican, steak, Chinese and Italian eateries. Disappointed in the Chinese options available. Breakfast was by far the best choices. Wildlife very pleasing to see daily. Able to venture outside hotel and visit local shops at which you need to barter for a good price and seem to be run by families. Also visited Fifth Avenue shopping complex for a small price taxi ride. You can also get the ferry to Cozumel. An experience was visiting Coco Bongo, very late night, early morning but well worth it. We purchased VIP tickets for this event. Entertainment team were very friendly and most of the evening entertainment was good. Saw a couple of wedding parties and have to say that I would have been very disappointed if it was my wedding. Wedding areas very slap dash and on speaking to one of the brides she reported the lack of care and attention by hotel wedding coordinator. Overall enjoyable holiday but would not return to this hotel.

  • Daniel F :

The very much say other than amazing! Since we arrived we had drinks waiting at the check-in desk the staff are absolutely friendly couldn't ask for better people to save you, would definitely return!

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
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  • 3 meals daily
  • A la carte dining without reservations
  • 24 hr Snacks
  • 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
  • RiuFit, group fitness activities
  • Day and night tennis
  • Use of sauna and fitness facilities
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Admission to the RIU Tequila 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
  • Signature Hour from 4 - 5 p.m.
  • 20% discount on select excursions booked with Signature Vacations
  • Spa credit available (applies to selected treatments, may vary per hotel) 
  • 507 rooms
  • Main buffet restaurant with on the spot cooking stations
  • Beach Club restaurant
  • 3 a la carte restaurants
  • Snack bars
  • Bars including swim-up pool bar
  • Disco
  • 3 pools
  • Children's section
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sun terrace
  • 2 lit tennis courts
  • Gym
  • Spa facilities with massage & beauty treatments (fee)
  • Variety of shops & boutiques
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas of the hotel
  • Photo studio & lab
  • Hair salon
  • Children's Mini Club, mini-disco and playground
  • Medical services (fee)
  • Car rental (fee)
  • Currency exchange
  • Supermarket nearby
  • 18-hole golf course nearby

Hotel Room

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


  • Maximum Number of Adults 4
  • Maximum Number of Children 2
  • Maximum Occupancy 4
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Air-conditioned
  • Ceiling fan
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room safe
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • 1 King or 2 Double beds
  • Separate living area with sofa
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Regularly replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser
  • Bathroom equipped with bathtub and shower
  • Amenities kit



  • à la carte for dinner
  • Asian cuisine
  • Formal dress required: gentlemen - long trousers, no sleeveless T-shirts

La Hacienda

  • Buffet for breakfast and dinner
  • International

La Margarita

  • Poolside restaurant for lunch / à la carte for dinner
  • Snacks/Steakhouse
  • Formal dress required: gentlemen - long trousers, no sleeveless T-shirts


  • à la carte / Buffet for lunch, dinner
  •  Italian
  • Formal dress required: gentlemen - long trousers, no sleeveless T-shirts


  • Cancun Lobby bar
  • Mezcal Theatre bar
  • Tequila Theatre bar
  • Cozumel Swim-up bar
  • Ibiza Pool bar
  • El Templo

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 the RiuLand kids club, children's entertainment and playground.


  • Massages
  • Couples massage
  • Body treatments
  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Hairstyling
  • Manicure/pedicure
  • Makeup
  • Brides hair and makeup

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

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Hotel Riu Yucatan
Avenida Xaman-Ha, Manzana 3, Lote 1 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.