Stayed at the Riu tequila twice but always ended up over at the Riu playacar everytime.. so this time we booked for Riu playacar.. we are so happy we did.. as its the smallest hotel you get so much more attention from the entertainment team, reception, bar staff ect.. As this hotel is on the beach this was ideal for us.. walking down to the white sand and turquoise sea every morning was out of this world..
Me and my partner were upgraded to a suite as we were a wedding couple.. we were greeted in the room on arrival with champagne and even more champagne and wedding gifts after the ceremony.. My parents stayed in a standard room, and to be honest i would have been happy if we had been given that room, they were so spacious and clean it was unreal, all had mini fridge and mini bar which was great and had a separate dressing area and a step in shower, which was great for my disabled farther.. the wedding co ordinator was great, she had kept a list of everything i wanted on previous emails that were sent before arrival so our meeting before the ceremony was very pleasurable and went very smoothly. We had our wedding on the beach so as you can imagine was WAW! We were a small wedding party of 5 but this made no difference as the amount of support that i felt from people around the hotel was amazing, as i came down in my wedding dress heading to the ceremony people around the pool area and main restaurant all stood and clapped and cheered.. it made me feel so special and very emotional.. Food has greatly improved from last visit.. basically you could eat steak every night if you wanted to.. im a picky eater but if anything, there was way too much choice.. haha.. The only thing i would do differently when i return is not book a a la carte as the main buffet did themed nights every night and so you could get the food there that was in the a la carte's.. Playa del carmen is a 5min taxi drive but has changed a little from when we were last in mexico 2 years ago, but its for the better.. there's tons of shops and restaurants and the port to catch the ferry over to cozumel, which is well worth a visit for duty free shopping.. there is also a wal mart around 10min taxi drive from 5th avenue, it worth looking round if you want something different to do..
We did only 1 trip while visiting this time, it was "wet and wild" in cancun.. Now this is a hard trip to get on while staying in playacar as thomson or scuba caribe don't provide it unless you want to swim with dolphins then scuba caribe provide.. so there was a hut over the road from hotel in mexican street which provided us as a family of 5 with transport, tickets into the park, all the slides and all inclusive while inside with food and drinks and transport back all for £190 (which if you have travelled to mexico before would agree is a very reasonable price for a day trip) Working out £38 each approx. (this was obviously the price without swimming with dolphins, as we have done this on a previous holiday.. with dolphin swim, price goes up approx £30 each for whoever wanted to swim with them.. It was a great day and we would recommend it to anyone travelling with a family or couples.
I also celebrated my birthday out in riu playacar, luckily out of the 2 weeks we were there, it was hot and humid 97% of the time.. on the eve of my birthday, i was sung happy birthday to by all the waiters and were given a lovely birthday cake with their compliments :) on coming back to the room, i had a card and gifts waiting for me from the hotel (very sweet touch)
Ps.. Adventure photos did my wedding pictures which turned out superb.. they'r located in the lobby and Antonio was our photographer (he was such a sweety) they take anything from wedding photos, honeymoon photos, to family photos and couple photos..
One last thing, i recommend that you go to the beach party which the entertainment team organised once a week.. the coconut drinks were delicious.. we will be returning
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * In the Playacar resort area, along with the Riu Palace Mexico, Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Riu Yucatan and the ClubHotel Riu Tequila hotels * Main building and 8 annexed buildings * Located on the beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Surrounded by 21,000 m2/25,000 sq. Yards of tropical gardens * Mexican Street, next to Riu Yucatan * 100 m/325 ft. From various shops * 55 km/34 miles from Cancun Int'l. Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Playacar Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Riu Playacar Playa Del Carmen
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- Playacar Hotels
- Riu Playacar Mexico
- Rui Playacar
- Hotel Riu Playacar Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico