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
  • Pats08 : Scotland
Fantastic hotel and staff

Stayed at yucatan for two weeks end June/July and can't praise this hotel enough! Problem free check in with very welcome welcome cold drinks. Allocated a room with balcony looking directly on to resident howler monkeys (early morning wake up call provided by monkeys didn't bother us at all). Cases delivered very promptly to our spacious, clean and well equipped room - optics included for gin, whisky, vodka and tequila as well as fridge stocked with water, beer and mixers.Headed to lovely, clean pool area - plenty beds available. Also used the beach lots of days again no problem getting a sun bed.Buffet restaurant offered excellent choices for breakfast and dinner. Visited Italian, steak and chinese, all really good and nice for a change. The only eating place I personally wasn't keen on was the place beside the pool that hosted lunch - although plenty choices was a bit like a cattle market - guests fault not hotels. We often walked along the beach to sister hotel Playacar for lunch and it was worth the walk, really lovely food served in a well set out restaurant.Staff at the Yucatan hotel is its biggest asset, not a single negative, everyone from cleaners, gardeners, bar staff, waiters etc all lovely and so hard working. Entertainment provided by the team was great fun. We joined in with the games at the beach every day and went to the shows at night. Before dinner there was entertainment provided in main bar, live music and various games - Mickey and Minnie Mouse even put in an appearance for the kids. Overall fantastic team who work their socks off all day and all evening - special thanks to Hosa, Josef and Anthony (and Alfonso from the bar) you made us feel very special.Nothing to fault on this hotel, go ahead and book you won't be disappointed!

  • Mhorseman : Cork, Ireland
Will definitely return!

Just back from a fantastic 11 night stay in Riu yucatan with my husband and two teenagers and will definitely return! The highlights...... the picturesque beach, fantastic staff, great atmosphere and well kept premises. Our rooms in block 8 were very private and not overlooked, I liked this location though it was away from beach and pools as it was tranquil at night. I was initially disappointed with the decor as I felt it wasn't as fresh as the rest of the hotel and would benefit from a repaint but this was quickly forgotten when we unpacked and realised the space inside and on the balcony and the highly effective air conditioning was a major plus in the searing heat. The beds were huge and very comfortable, plenty of towels and a well stocked minibar. Yolanda who cleaned our rooms daily was outstanding leaving lovely towel animals daily with fresh linen and spotlessly clean.Food was fantastic at the hotel both in the buffet and in the restaurants, the Mexican was the only one that required a booking while we were there however as the holiday went on it got busier and there were queues for the stakehouse which resulted in us going to the buffet instead, we were flexible but it would have been disappointing if we had our heart set on it so I think there should be an option to book 50% of the tables and leave the rest to walk ins. The Italian was the only one that disappointed not in terms of food quality but in organisation, the evening we went was chaotic, no one explained the format or gave us a menu resulting in our sons filling up on the buffet and not ordering main courses from the menu, our drinks didn't arrive either so we left after the main course- on that evening there appeared to be insufficient staff there and a big demand for tables, we didn't try it again but heard great reports from other travellers in the resort. The entertainment team are great and made every effort to get you involved in activities, special mention to Joseph who remembered our names and always had a welcoming greeting for us, I admired the determination of the Zumba instructor in getting so many to partake in the afternoon heat though I didn't myself! The evening entertainment was a bit mixed and probably would benefit from more professional acts but everyonegave it their full energy.The beach team were great clearing seaweed, little for most of the holiday until the second last day when a storm at sea washed a lot in, I hope its gone now as our pleasure in enjoying the crystal clear water and powder white sand was a major factor in our holiday experience. They always managed to locate sun loungers for guests at all times of the day as well. Unfortunately many guests still get up at the dawn to reserve beds that they hardly use through the day. We stayed away from the pools though my sons preferred it there as there was lots of activities going on. The swim up pool bar is a bit small as certain guests stay in there all day getting progressively louder which is off putting for others, a pity. The real attraction here is the beach. The resort itself felt very safe and playa del carmen is a walk of 30 mins by beach or road though we did get a taxi back. It's a great location with loads to see and do there and plenty of bars/restaurants if you fancy a change. We went on two trips booked via Thomson which were very expensive - 1100 dollars for three adults and one child. One was outstanding and great value, the other was a little disappointing though we enjoyed it. There is a huge range of things to see here historical, nature and adventure- something for everyone. It would be a shame to go all the way to Mexico and not experience the country, we have loads more to see and do here though next time we will book locally for better value. Finally can I suggest that the hotel does something to help teenagers connect particularly older teens who are too cool to approach people unlike younger kids. My son would have loved to have met some guys to hang out with and there were many his age with their parents also spending time on devices....some forum for them to get together would be brilliant as happy kids make the parents holiday a very happy experience! Resorts in Europe often offer activities tailored for that age group and once they mingle you hardly see them for the rest of the trip.Finally sorry this is so long, to summarise we had a great holiday and even my sons ear infection which necessitated a visit to the excellent medical centre in playcar didn't spoil it. The resort overall is fantastic and the few things I mention are minor and outlined to help you. I am looking forward to returning again very soon and a big thank you to your staff who made this experience wonderful. See you again and Slan.

  • Clare S :
Nice friendly hotel

Arrived as a family party of 8 (45/45/44/43/22/22/19/17)some family members had been 2 times before so recommended it, check in was fine and I had emailed before hand to see if we could be close together which we were. We were in block one so in between both pools. People said you didn't need to be early for a bed I consider 6.15 early!!! I'm an early riser so didn't bother me but lots of beds were taken and no one would be on them till 11 sometimes. The chill pool always had beds but it was so warm around there and the pool was filthy even though the pools were cleaned all day longDidn't do breakfast much but there was plenty of variety same at lunch, the steak place was lovely but had a waiting time our last night they told us 40 mins but it was over 90 and service this night was shocking only offered water once we didn't rate the Mexican at all and beside you have to be up before 7 am the day you want to go to be able to book it Italian and Asian we okStaff and entertainers were amazing can't do enough for you pool party was ace We did got to the other rius and spent time in the tequila sports bar as it's the only place that had air con all the others bars were open and it was really humid especially on a night it had pool tables live sports on many tv screens air hockey etc and was open 24hour plus they have a night club 5th avenue is a nice place to go for a stroll only 4.00 in a taxi some nice shops and bars we did coco bongos bought tickets from the guy round the pool he was ace having been to cancun before I was open to change but I preferred cancun the beach was cleaner and it wasn't as humid Mexico is amazing and will be booking again very soonAll in all a great family holiday would recommend but not sure why people return time after time when there are a lot nicer hotels out there

  • 567345 : Overton, United Kingdom
Perfect Honeymoon

Stayed here with my wife for our honeymoon. What can I say? It was beautiful the sandy white beach and crystal ocean. The entertainment team were friendly especially Pepe, Anthony and Alonzo. The food is average not quite five star and a bit bland but I'm picky and you can't say there isn't plenty to choose from. The pools are great again plenty to choose from. The TUI staff (Craig) were great and we swam with dolphins which was great and an Overall a fantastic holiday destination. Would 100% recommend and would stay again.

  • Darren K :
Great first time at an all inclusive

Our first time at an all inclusive and my 7 year old absolutely loved it! Food is fantastic in all restaurants and the staff are super, always willing to help and always with a smile. The pools are fantastic and the beach stunning, well apart from all the seaweed that washed up after a storm but the staff did their best to try and minimise this.

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. 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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