We (a group of 9 in out mid to late 20s) were at the Riu tequila from Feb 22- Mar 1. This is my 5th all inclusive and 2nd in mexico (the other was the Bahia Principe complex in akumal, which was phenomenal and i would highly recommend that). The Riu tequila is definately the best out of the 4 Rius in Playa del Carmen (not including the 2 Palaces) in terms of food / rooms / resort atmosphere. This is how i would rate the 4 non-Palace Rius (1. Tequila 2. Yucatan 3. Playacar 4. Lupita).
The Tequila is a 5-10 minute walk to the beach which is at the Yucatan. The Yucatan beach is the widest beach amongst the resorts on the strip (there are about 5-6 of them) I recommend taking a walk down the coast (toward the SW) where there are no sandbags or resort loungers as there are no more resorts after about a 10-15 min walk. The beach is beautiful there, great for phots. im not going to comment on the sandbags. there are no rocks in the water anywhere along any part of the beach and swimming there is amazing.
The pool is good, quieter on some days and rowdier on others. there is a lot of shade around the Tequila pool so in the late afternoon, it could get a bit cooler, relatively speaking. Pool bar is good. there is a pool bar at the yucatan as well. thats where we got our drinks from when we were at the yucatan beach.
The food is good, not great, not bad, i've had better at other All inclusives. The lunch is definately the best at the Tequila and I found the dinner buffets to be not too bad as well. The a la cartes were ok, nothing to brag about though. I find Rius to be fairly similar in all things....you've been to one and youve been to them all pretty much.
Drinks are usual all inclusive quality so i wont go into it much. the resort serves dos equis beer on tap and bottles in the room. its quite a light beer. Liquor and mixed cocktails and drinks are same as any other all-inclusive.
This is not really a place for young singles (20-30 yrs old) to meet other people that are in that age group as the people there during my stay tend to be older, couples, or families.
Evening Shows are recycled and somewhat entertaining but more on the not side. Unless there is some audience involvement, its not too exciting. They try to put on a good show for everyone though.
This is my second time to the Mayan Rivera so i didnt do much in terms of excursions. send me a msg if you want to ask a question about them though.
We partied in Playa del Carmen on 4 nights. Its about a 5 min cab ride....for about $4-5 USD. The disco at the resort was a 6/10 at best. We went to the Coco Bongo, Coco Maya, Blue Parrot, Dubai, plus a bunch of smaller bars. My tip is you really have to negotiate the cover charge as they will try to rip you off. we had a few places asking for $10 USD and we ended up walking in for free. Coco bongo is a bit tougher because drinks are included once you are in. Its quite a cool place to go as its a show/disco, on some nights, they will advertise $50 USD to go in....we went on a thursday ngiht and ended up paying $18USD. bars close at 5am so we usually went around midnight and stayed till 3-4am. Beers inside most bars are around $3 USD each
The rooms at the tequila were newly renovated about a half year ago and you can tell. The rooms arent huge but big enough. I was in a room of 3 people and it was fine. we just got an extra bed put in.
If you tend to get mosquito bites or allergic, make sure you bring something to treat it as there are mosquitos around and even in the room sometimes. The problem is when the maid cleans the room, he/she will just leave the door open.
I cant think of much else to write, so if you have a question. Please send me a msg! Hope you enjoy your stay if you are going soon. Truly a wonderful stay. its not a 5 star as advertised but a solid 4. Dont be picky and just have fun!!! Wish i was there still.
- 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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