My wife and I just returned from our visit (Dec. 2-6) and I must say having stayed at several nice Hotels elsewhere( Ritz Carlton Kapalua among them), the Riu Chain of resorts has it all together. It was our first stay at a Riu property, and we plan on returning. All of the staff were very friendly, with a couple of minor exceptions.
The food was really good in general. The buffet for breakfast was quite good, with several different stations. One for eggs made to order, great omelets, sausages, really good bacon, etc. One section seemed geared more to the European guests, pates, cold cuts, lots of yogurts, fruit, etc. There was a fresh juice station with lots of great combinations..banana and milk ? Delicious! My only complaint would be the coffee. Sometimes it was OK, others not so. We had similar-tasting coffee on a Princess cruise last fall, didn't taste fresh brewed, a pre-mix perhaps.
LUNCH ! El Patio and La Traviata, located near the beach share the same pavilion, one side had primarily American fare, burgers, dogs, chicken etc., which we shied away from. Not that they didn't look good, we just wanted to have some thing different. la Traviata had a terrific selection of cold salads, meats, the olives were great. The hot station had fish, pasta, and a great carne asada. We tried not to over indulge!
DINNER We dined at Sir Edward, one of the a la carte restaurants, two of our four nights. You must make reservatiions early AM the same day, if you want to get in. Crab Bisque and Yucatecan lime soup were excellent, and a nice touch was a plate of melon, jambon, and slices of a great parmesan (Reggiano?) for starters. A pretty decent Spanish Champag.... er, sparkling wine, was always available. The wine was surprisingly good, Chilean Merlot and Cabernet, Gato Negro, I may try to see if I can get it in the States. Grilled Red Snapper, lamb chops, beef tenderloin with mushrooms, and duck breast were the main course selections. We had all but the snapper, each was well prepared and served hot. Dessert was crepes suzette, peaches melba, or mixed fruit with honey. Cointreau and various other spirits were offered after dinner. We had the early seating @ 6:45. We never felt rushed. A pleasant dining experience indeed. Sunday night, we celebrated my wifes 40th birthday, and the staff made it special by singing to her and presenting an excellent chocolate mousse cake. Everybody in the restaurant cheered, and she was somewhat embasassed but very thrilled. Again, the staff at The Riu Palace are terriffic. We will be returning ! I will end it there. I will be glad to comment on the beach, pool area, spa, whatever specific questions you may have in the forum area. Just post your question Re: Riu Palace Convert. LOL!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on the Yucatan peninsula, 3 km / 1.9 Miles from Playa del Carmen * Within the Playacar resort, along with the Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Riu Yucatan, Riu Playacar and the ClubHotel Riu Tequila hotels * 2-storey building * Surrounded by 20,000 m2 / 24,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * Located on the beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 200 m / 650 feet from Mexican Street * 55 km / 34 miles from Cancun Int. Airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more less
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