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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
  • martinim : Niagara
Family vacation fun times!

Stayed at the Riu Yucatan for 7 days in October. Had a fabulous family vacation. We had six adults an 8 year old and a baby. The hotel was great, the front desk was fabulous and very accommodating! The rooms were clean and comfortable. The beach was beautiful and the pools were great. The food was also great. There was always something on the buffet for all of us to eat and the Steak and Mexican restaurants were both delicious! My only complaint would be the howling monkeys outside our balcony on the tree at 6am mostly every morning. Although I loved seeing the monkeys and the wild life the howling in the morning I could have done without. We also went for a walk and checked out the Tequila hotel which is across the street from Yucatan and the Playacar which is a couple hotels down. Out of all three I liked the layout of the Yucatan the best. Tequila was more in the character of a Mexican feel but still looked nice. However it is not on the beach. You have to walk through Yucatan to get to the beach but the pools looked lovely. The Yucatan is more modern than Tequila but still a bit dated. The Playacar appears to be more modern than the Yucatan, but not much difference. All the restaurants had the same menu at all the hotels. If you have small children with you I would say the Playacar was a nicer set up for the pools because the miniclub and kiddie pool were next to the regular pools and you could still keep an eye on them. Where as the Yucatan kiddie pool was a bit out of the way to still see them. Overall we really enjoyed our stay at Yucatan and all the staff was extremely friendly from the housekeeping staff to the waiters and bartenders and front desk! Thanks for a great stay!

  • TaniaBuk :

If you are a fan of the sun and beach this hotel is the right place for you. White sand, clear water and blue sky. It is one of the best beaches I have seen there. Be aware there are no umbrellas in the beach though. So everyday before breakfast we had to go to a pool area to book a place, as later there are no sun beds close to the sea. No internet in the room, but you are not gonna stay in the room all day long. Entertainment is boring, especially evening time. But this hotel is in great location, taxis are available 24/7 for good prices. So those who are bored can go to other places to have fun. All the rest is great. Staff is friendly, rooms are big and clean, food is delicious. Many healthy options.

  • Spye16 : Redruth, United Kingdom
Honeymoon - Amazing!

We had our honeymoon here and it was quite simply amazing! The hotel is lovely and the beaches were to die for! We are a very fussy couple when it come to food but we never went hungry, there really is something for everyone :) Entertainment could have been a little better but overall the entertainment staff were friendly and welcoming (minus the irritating female who did an awful whistle/squeal constantly throughout the day)!! Would love to return here in the future as we have a fantastic honeymoon :)

  • roxverduzco : Community of Madrid, Spain
friendy staff

hotel is very average.. lets say is .. clean.. good, very nice with the environment.. as they have wild life inside the hotel and the sea is always nice, a bit of weeds all over, but not to complain that much. Rooms.. quite average.. food: variety but not so great.. I mean.. you can eat and eat a lot but not exceptional... the staff is very very nice, they are very friendly and willing to help. the best about that hotel is the staff.

  • chris g : Liverpool, United Kingdom

Visited for 2 weeks mid August. Hotel was amazing, food - excellent variety and all delicious. Even had a juice bar and low fat area in the restaurant. The location is amazing - overlooking a beautiful beach with lovely tranquil water and scenery. A variety of pools to relax and sunbathe by with various eating places. Wildlife around the hotel is adorable!!! Lobby and bar areas are very modern and clean. Quiet pool has 4 poster sunbeds. Plenty of sunbeds to cater for everyone. Pool bar can get lively in the afternoon which is great. Trips out are very good - Xel Ha - definately worth a visit. Swimming with dolphins etc. I cant understand bad reviews - I couldn't fault this hotel - ITS WAS AMAZING HOLIDAY!!

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
  • 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: Italian, Asian and Grill-Steakhouse, dress code & reservations required
  • 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 WiFi 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



Style - à la carte for dinner

Cuisine - Asian

Reservations required, Formal dress required: gentlemen - long trousers, no sleeveless T-shirts

La Hacienda

Style - Buffet for breakfast and dinner

Cuisine - International

La Margarita

Style - Poolside restaurant for lunch / à la carte for dinner

Cuisine - Snacks/Steakhouse

Reservations required for dinner, formal dress required: gentlemen - long trousers, no sleeveless T-shirts


Style - à la carte / Buffet for lunch, dinner

Cuisine - Italian

Reservations required, Formal dress required: gentlemen - long trousers, no sleeveless T-shirts



Lobby bar


Theatre bar


Theatre bar


Swim-up bar


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. 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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