Riu Palace Riviera Maya All Inclusive Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Pros

  • Located on a beautiful beach in Playacar
  • Stunning lobby area and beautifully landscaped grounds
  • Plenty of activities for guests, such as golf, snorkeling and nightly shows
  • Many dining options, casual and upscale
  • A huge pool with swim-up bar
  • Free beach chairs and umbrellas
  • Renova Spa for treatments
  • Guests have access to amenities at all other Riu properties in the area

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • Hit or miss food quality

Bottom Line

The 400-room, all-inclusive Riu Palace Riviera Maya sits right on the soft, sugar-white beach of Playa del Carmen’s Playacar. Surrounded by towering palm trees and expertly groomed greenery, the property is like luxurious tropical eye candy. Architecturally speaking, the hotel puts a stylish spin on the charming, traditional Mexican estate, resulting in an opulent-meets-old-world ambiance. The lobby -- decked out in marble floors and huge chandeliers-- also has an impressive rotunda and radiant glass-stained ceiling panes. The rooms got a refresh in 2012, so they too live up to the hype. There is a good variety of food options (like the Mexican El Porche or the poolside bar), plus a small spa and fitness center. But the pool is probably the highlight here -- it's expansive. As far as the Riu properties go, this one looks like all the others.

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 Location

Located right along the beautiful, pristine beaches of Playacar and a short drive to downtown Playa del Carmen

Riu Palace Riviera Maya is part of the Riu group and shares its location with four other Riu properties. It's in a gated community, but right across the street is a shopping mall with a Starbucks -- a convenience to many guests.

Named for Our Lady of Mount Carmel (the patron saint of Cancun), Playa del Carmen is a beautiful, charming resort town and the third largest city in Quintana Roo. Located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula about 70 km south of Cancun and 20 km west of Cozumel, it's right in the center of the Mayan Riviera and is quickly becoming one of the most hip vacation spots in the area (though it’s said to be quieter than Cancun). It used to be the home of the Mayans and after that a small fishing village, but now Playa del Carmen -- or "Playa" as the locals call it -- is full of exciting nightclubs, popular restaurants, cute boutiques, and resort hotels that sit lovely white sandy beaches. Because many of the businesses are European-run, the rest of the town retains a hint of European flair. The main tourist thoroughfare of Playa is the cobblestone-lined, pedestrian street Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), but there are plenty of fun outdoor activities for visitors, too, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing. The offshore reef is part of the second largest reef system in the world, Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

  • 53-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
  • 10-minute walk to Xaman Ha Aviary
  • 6-minute drive to Quinta Avenida
  • 9-minute drive to downtown Playa del Carmen
  • 20-minute drive to Xcaret Eco Theme Park
  • 44-minute drive to Xel-Ha Park
  • 55-minute drive to Tulum
  • 1-hour drive to Cancun
  • 75-minute drive to Coba
  • 3-hour drive to Chichen Itza

 Bottom Line

The 400-room, all-inclusive Riu Palace Riviera Maya sits right on the soft, sugar-white beach of Playa del Carmen’s Playacar. Surrounded by towering palm trees and expertly groomed greenery, the property is like luxurious tropical eye candy. Architecturally speaking, the hotel puts a stylish spin on the charming, traditional Mexican estate, resulting in an opulent-meets-old-world ambiance. The lobby -- decked out in marble floors and huge chandeliers-- also has an impressive rotunda and radiant glass-stained ceiling panes. The rooms got a refresh in 2012, so they too live up to the hype. There is a good variety of food options (like the Mexican El Porche or the poolside bar), plus a small spa and fitness center. But the pool is probably the highlight here -- it's expansive. As far as the Riu properties go, this one looks like all the others.

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Address

  • AV Xaman-Ha Mza 9 Y 10 Lote 1, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Room Types

  • Junior Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 400
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya
Address: AV Xaman-Ha Mza 9 Y 10 Lote 1, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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