This is the second time we have visited the Tequila. The hotel is right on the beach but when we came before we were disappointed as there was hardly any beach left because of the storms and what was left was covered with huge black sandbags which wasn't highlighted in the brochure or on the website. As beach dwellers this had put us off visiting again more recently.
What a transformation! The beautiful beach is back and no sandbags.
The beach is spotless, cleaned daily and any seaweed raked and buried (!) with lots of sunbeds both in the sun and back from the beach under the trees which give good shade.
We had phoned in advance and asked for a particular block and had been assured that this was no problem but when we arrived we had been allocated a different block. We asked the manager if there was any chance to swap but he said no as the block was full but said there was a room available in a similar block which we took and WOW what a star he was as when we arrived it was a suite with a separate living area and TV as well as the two queen sized bed bedroom with TV as well! This hotel also has the full size spirit optics in the room (local gin, vodka, tequila and whiskey) as well as soft drinks and beer and water in the fridge. You can also get extra water from the reception area each day if you get through a lot like we did.
Hotel is great, very clean and all the staff are friendly and helpful, always smiling and greeting you. They all speak spanish and it really amused the staff when I tested out my very limited spanish on them especially one of the breakfast chefs who tested me each morning with daily greetings!
The food is amazing - so much choice at all meals. We had breakfast in the main restaurant each day (try the banana smoothies) and tended to have a snack at one of the beach front bars at lunchtime and then eat late dinner in the main restaurant or one of the a la cartes. The restaurant booking system is much better here than at previous hotels - you just book for the same night when you go in for breakfast. We like to eat later so never had a problem booking a table but I think the 6.30 sittings tended to get very booked up. There is always a huge range of food available and I challenge anybody to not find something they like and you should see the HUGE range of puds if you still have some room - plus try the ice cream, it is out of this world and the only time my husband ever eats ice cream!!
The guys in the bars are great, especially the ones in the front nighttime pool bar! They obviously enjoy their jobs and always remember what you drink and quite often have another one ready for you as soon as you finish the previous one unless you stop them!! They do fab cocktails too and watch out for the tequila slammers!
The entertainment crew work really really hard all day and through the evening and are always smiling. Each night is themed both in the restaurant and in the main theatre with a Michael Jackson night, a Night at the Movies etc and they review this in front of the main restaurant earlier in the evening which is fun. There is also a cocktail of the day as you go into the main restaurant each night and the reception area becomes quite lively.
The hotel is located in a sort of hotel complex - this is Playa del Carmen - with a number of other hotels. You can go into the other Riu ones to drink and you can also have meals at some of them if you want to, and use their pools etc but we mostly found that their guests came to ours at it was right on the beach. There is a little golf cart type bus that ships people backwards and forwards between the hotels if needed but we walked. There is a small shopping mall about half a mile down the road which you can walk to - it is very safe and no hawkers or you can get a cab to the local town where there are loads of shops and restaurants and bars which we did a number of times.
There is lots of wildlife in the hotel grounds including howler monkeys who gather in the mornings in the trees above the path to the restaurant posing for pictures (and peeing on unsuspecting people too!). There are also lots of agouti (a bit like big guinea pigs) and huge lizards who like to come up and take bits of melon from you if you are patient.
When we came before we did the Chichen Itza trip which was amazing - but a long bus ride to and from the site. This time we visited Coba which was closer and absolutely amazing. If you get a chance to go, do do it - and do climb the temple - it is quite scarey and I couldn't quite believe that you were allowed to do it - or that there was only a piece of rope up the middle for those that wanted to hold on or that nobody actually fell on the way up or down. The view from the top is amazing. In contrast to that we visited a natural pool in the forest on the way back and were allowed to swim as long as we wore a lifejacket!! The Mayans obviously have a confused H&S criteria!
We took lots of one dollar bills to tip bar staff and cleaners etc during our stay. The staff don't expect it but those guys really work hard for the very low pay they receive and we always like to show our appreciation.
We would definitely recommend the Tequila to anybody who wants a relaxed holiday with a great beach. This hotel and the location are definitely on a par with some of the more expensive Palace type hotels we have stayed at.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Within the resort area Playacar along with the hotels Riu Palace Mexico, Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Riu Yucatan and Riu Playacar * Main building and 1-story buildings * Surrounded by 48,000 m2 / 57,600 sq. Yards of lush gardens * 800 m / 2,650 ft. From the beach (complimentary shuttle) * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 300 m / 990 ft. From Mexican Street * 55 km / 34 miles from Cancun Int'l Airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more less
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