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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
  • Jim K : Corner Brook
just the facts

Location: in gated Playcar and only 30 minute walk to Playa Del CarmenRooms: very basic, no coffee maker, not good quality mattress or bedding, disappointing compared to the rest of the resortBeach: great beach, very wide, only issue and very minor is they have no beach huts. all the shade provided by trees Pools: nice pools right next to the beach and a nice smaller quiet pool next to the lobby. I did find the pool water a little dirty, especially the bar poolFood: food quality and choices were great, you will not go hungryRestaurants: buffet were great especially the Asian. only disappointing thing is no real Al a Carts. the steakhouse and mexican were at the main pool buffet and had no atmosphere resort was rated as 4.5 stars but more like 3.5 to 4. it was nice but we were disappointed based on price we paid vs other resorts we have stayed at. we were expecting a little more wow factor

  • Jane H : Okauchee
Great Resort

Best things about the resort: beach and ocean water are amazingly beautiful, easy to get drinks by the pool/beach area, lots of beach chairs with many having sun/shade options, food was very good in all restaurants, no reservations needed for the Asian and Italian specialty restaurants, large entertainment venue, all rooms have a patio or terrace and are sufficient in size with comfortable bedding, vibrant lobby bar and entertainment area, and a wonderful staff. The guests at this resort can go to the Riu Tequila and Riu Playacar resorts. The area of Playacar is a delightful mix of resorts, condos, homes and some shopping. The worst thing about the resort: cigarette smoke. Our group had 4 rooms and two of the rooms smelled of smoke. The smoke smell was very strong in the lobby bar and in the entertainment area.

  • Chany07 :
In general a good experience!

The costumer service was great and the food was acceptable. It is a match for the price we paid. The beach was not a top notch but acceptable. In general was a good experience because the staff and service. The main pool was to crowded, too warm and not very clean but we like expend our time in the beach when vacating in the area so no big deal. You can walk to the town which is very close, it was nice and safe. My children especially loved the monkeys in the nearby trees and the water sorts. The only negative thing is the room bathroom, does not have door for the shower or to the bathroom itself, big deal if you like your privacy.

  • ptomom2013 : Greenfield, Wisconsin
Great Beach and Location

This resort is located in a very secure, gated community which makes you feel very safe to walk at any time of day. There are many shops located within a close walking distance as well as a 30 minute walk to the main shopping district. We decided to take a cab, which cost us $6usd.Room: the room was clean but very basic, I didn't mind this since we spend little time in the room. There are 2 double beds, but with a family of 3 - 6' tall people this was a little tricky so we decided to push the 2 beds together which made it much more comfortable. Also, the shower has a clear glass door and is not private, which made showering a little difficult with a teenager in tow. The room isn't very family friendly and I'm not sure if a family of 4 would be comfortable.Food: we were able to enjoy all 3 of the specialty restaurants, Asian, Mexican and Steakhouse as well as the typical all-inclusive buffet. No complaints on the food other than the steak, in both the Mexican restaurant and Steakhouse the steak was not cook to temp and was pretty fatty and tough. The Mexican restaurant needed reservations, which can only be made between 7am - 10am but get there early, at 6:50am to get in line or you cannot get a reservation. We tried 3 times and finally did when we got there at 6:50am.Beach: the beach and the grounds of this resort are beautiful! The Caribbean Sea is beautiful blue and green and the beach is white sand. There was a lot of seaweed piled up along the shoreline when we were there which made walking in and little tricky but it didn't keep us away. Pool: There are a lot of beach chairs in the main pool area but you need to get there early (6:30/7:00am) if you want a prime spot. There were days that we were unable to get chairs for our group of 6. The "swim up" bar is not really a swim up bar, it's detached from the pool but it is in water. I see the benefit of having it detached but I prefer when you can actually swim up to the bar. Entertainment: during our stay there was very little daytime entertainment at the pool or on the beach. We have stayed at other RIU's where the entertainment was more frequent and the staff was more present with patrons. It could be the language barrier potentially but it would have been nice for the entertainment team to be walking around and interacting with guests more frequently. The nighttime entertainment was average - "crazy comedy night" was somewhat offensive, but all the other nights were fine - Grease night and Elvis night were my favorite. The Mexican show would have been better with explanations of the dances they were performing and/or more information about Mexican history.Overall this was a good experience but not as great as our other RIU vacation, we would not go back to this resort.

  • jaime l : Rochester, Minnesota
Impressive- Already Ready to go Back

This was my first RIU experience and first all inclusive experience and the only word I can use to describe it is impressive. From the moment we came to the moment we left we were treated like royalty. The rooms are spacious and clean, the food is AMAZING, but the staff really makes it. They are friendly and fun and their performances are incredible. For international travelers, the wifi is free everywhere except the rooms- where you can pay daily/weekly to have wifi in rooms. Really good wifi too. Fun activities daily and plenty of opportunities for fairly priced excursions. I went with a group of friends but it's a great place for couples and families. Would highly, highly recommend.

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.