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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
  • Elizabeth f : London, United Kingdom
Visitor from Riu Tequila

We stayed at the sister hotel Riu tequila for two weeks this March.We spent a lot of time here as we liked the quiet pool and the lunch time buffet was always good with plenty of choice. The other larger pool by the beach is lovely with stunning views. There were always plenty of sun beds and shades around both pools and beach which has a gentle breeze and lots of palm trees.We always found the beach area lovely and clean with staff working non stop so dont know why others have complained!The decor is a matter of taste I personally liked it but others prefer the more traditional riu Tequila. Whichever you stay at there so close together you have the best of both worlds and I would happily return to either.Barmaid at the quiet pool was lovely great cocktails and coffees served with a big smile!

  • Janesman : Kentish Riviera
4th visit to Mexico and the best by far!

From arrival to departure our experience of the Riu Yucatan was exceptionally good. OK, this may have been enhanced by the fantastic weather we had throughout our stay but the sheer quality and diversity of the facilities at the Yucatan would have made up for less than wonderful weather!Every aspect of service, from Housekeeping through Bar staff and Restaurants to Reception was beyond reproach. Our room was in the perfect location, on the ground floor just behind the main building and it even had a larger than usual veranda. The quality of fixtures and fittings was as expected and we had no issues at all with our accommodation.Food and drink provision was to the usual Riu standard with an excellent choice in the main restaurant with the option of 4 other restaurants for dinner. You go hungry in this place then it's through choice!The Yucatan is located on the beach but is also set in the most amazing grounds that are the home for Coati, Capybara, Iguana and Howler Monkeys. They are not invasive at all and are an amazing enhancement to your stay.We are both in our mid fifties and spent most of our leisure time during the day in the "Chill out zone". This is a small pool area, away from the main pool that affords an alternative to the more lively themes provided by the main pool and beach. The provision of a choice was great for us.Best bits of the Riu Yucatan: Location, atmosphere. service.Worst bits: Evening entertainment was not to our taste but others seemed to appreciate it.

  • Lyn H :
Perfect Stay

Everything about our stay was excellent. Amazing selection for food choices & loved the different designs displayed in Melons etc & the towel animals are definitely a unique touch :) Also great choice for Cocktails. All the staff were so friendly & hard working.To make the holiday better, we got engaged here :) We will both be recommending this hotel to anyone we know travelling to Mexico!!Fingers crossed we are fortunate enough to make a return visit. Thanks to all of the staff for all your hard work.

  • Den302014 : Knebworth, United Kingdom
Brilliant stay

we stayed here the first 2 weeks in March ,we stayed 6 years ago and we returned for my son and husbands birthdays...there was 19 of us all adults varying ages some single some couplesThis hotel caters for everyone and although it's large and busy it never felt tight for spaceThe hotel has had a complete refurb which was so well done and it was incredibly clean and brightThe staff make this hotel what it is,welcoming helpful and they are so happy all the timeThere's a pool and an area for everyone the party people the quiet people those of you who can't sit still for 5 minsThe beach is amazing the first week we were there it was very windy and there was some sea weed around and the sea was a bit rough ..however the seaweed was taken away daily and by the second week it was settled and beautifullRooms were really clean the cleaners did an amazing only 'but' is why do Riu have optics. Coffee and tea making facilities would be much better! Don't get me wrong I enjoy a drink but there is so many bars with plenty of drinks available it would be nice to be able to wake up and make a cup of coffee instead of walking up to receptionThe Food! ....As it is an all inclusive for a large amount of people I thought it was excellent value for money a wide variety and plenty of itThe Italian is really nice, steak house varied from fair to good and the Asian was good all of these you don't need to book The Mexican does need booking and it's a bit over rated, the main buffet had plenty to offer both at lunch time and evening On the whole it was one of the best holidays we have ever had I was a little worried with so many of us but it worked so well due to this great hotel and amazing staffIf you go try the scuba diving the instructors were excellentGo to Xel Ha...amazing day out as is xplore and Tulum

  • EliKh87 : Denver, Colorado
Dirty beach

Our overall stay was great, but unfortunately there was a non stop problem with the sea weed. To be honest, it did not seem like the staff cared to clean it up. We were not able to get in the water, it covered in Sea weed and you could not even get in. Had to walk along the beach about half a mile to the resort next door to you a little part of their beach. It was also in sea weed but you could at least get inside the water. Also, room service options weren't great. Only burgers and french fries available from the sports bar. Other than that it's a fun resort and it looks like they remodeled it.

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

  • 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.

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  • 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.