The "don't waste your money" review below can't be describing this hotel - I think they panned the wrong one.
I started getting interested in Riu resorts during my first stay at their standard level Riu Caribe in Cancun, right next door to this new Riu, a few years ago. After getting a pretty good price I was impressed that the food, service and in room liquor was quite a bit better than similar priced resorts I had stayed. My Riu experience went to number one favorite resort when I got a great deal on Riu Palace Riviera Maya in Playa Del Carmen. The palace version of Riu resorts are top shelf all the way. The brand new Riu Palace Peninsula is now the top best all inclusive resort I ever stayed.
The food is gourmet even on the buffet. I never found meats at Mexican all inclusive up to very high standards - usually too lean and a little tough. At this resort I found myself overloading my plate with meat delicacies. NY strip sliced off the shank in the buffet one night was the best steak i ever had at a Mexican resort. The morning slabs of bacon were always done to a nice dark brown, better and more consistently than any I recall. The drinks are all top brands and yes they even have Baileys Irish Cream which is one liquor I like that lesser all inclusives never have. As a beer drinker that prefers dark and amber beers, I really enjoyed the never available before at other all inclusive resorts - but at Riu Palace Peninsula I enjoyed Dos Equis Amber and Bohemian dark - a new favorite of mine now. A very nice drinkable champagne was available for every breakfast.
The decor of tbis Riu Palace is modern as opposed to more classical or Victorian I have seen at other Riu Palaces, a nice difference.
The grounds, pools and several beaches landscaped around a small plot of Mayan ruins are huge and beautiful with more than enough room for everyone and their individual taste. I can't imagine any need for saving spots or loungers - every area had overflowing spare capacity. The size of the beaches and pool areas must allow for more guests than the resort can room. The grounds are larger than any of the other three Riu resorts in Cancun and larger than any of the other 5 resorts I have stayed in Cancun.
Directly next door is Riu Caribe which palace users can also use unlimited, but it was closed for remodeling while we were there. We did visit, eat and drink at the nearby Riu Cancun and Riu Palace Cancun which are also open for your unlimited use with Riu palace wrist band.
The resort has quite a few entertainment staff that do a great job with pool side activities and they don't flood the resort with annoying noise. Evening entertainment started around 8:30 with a family/kids show where they get all the kids on stage for various types of fun. The adult entertainment about 9:45 was decently professional - usually some song and dance, which I am not into much, but it was well performed.
My only complaint was internet. The free internet is only allowed for one 90 minute session per day and the 90 minutes starts from when you log in and is not cumulative, that is you don't get 90 minutes unless you sit there for 1.5 hours to use it up. Another annoyance was that Yahoo mail never worked, but I found out later it might have been my tablet's email program. At a Cozumel resort I stayed the 3 days before Riu, Yahoo and all internet worked.
If you get a good price and like luxury and spoiling this resort should be a good choice.
I was off diving much of one day and even more the next for a whale shark tour and only spent one full day at the resort. It seemed a little wasteful to not spend more time at this fine resort. Getting a good price for it's grand opening was an incredible bargain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Riu Palace Peninsula features 3 ADULTS ONLY DELUXE VILLAS in the garden with exclusive services for clients over 18 years old * The hotel is situated right on the white, sandy beach of Caribbean Sea. Its offshore coral reefs and lagoon offers perfect water sports opportunities. The sister hotel Riu Caribe is just 100 m away * Next Village / Location Corazone 4.0 km approx. * Next City Cancún 5.0 km approx. * Airport Cancún International (CUN) 21.0 km approx. * 1 Building 17 floors 514 rooms * 3 Deluxe Villas 3 floors 48 rooms * Accepted Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard ... more less
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