End of January/ February we spent 2 weeks at this small resort. The buffet food was very tasty, so for us there was no need to make reservations at the restaurant. The staff was very friendly and honest, no worries to leave stuff at the pool. Mostly European clientele in this resort, down to earth and well behaved. The 2 and 3 story buildings are surrounded by a beautiful park- like garden with a semi private smaller pool, a chess area and a Kids' club for baby sitting. Saving many hundreds $ over the neighboring Rio Resorts make this quiet, well kept resort a great choice for people who do not like beaches with noisy Seadoos. Because of the international visitors, the bar offered rare drinks like Pernod and other specialties along with a great coffee.
They offer free half hour interval scuttle bus, first stop close to downtown, then private beach with a small pool and a bar / restaurant. We mostly stayed at the pool (I hate sand), went to town, to the public beach and the hourly ferry to Cozumel, all a few minutes walk. Massages are offered at $20/hr, but silver jewelry are offered at a high price you can haggle down to 40% of the asked price. Cigarettes, are a bit cheaper, but more than at the airport duty free. Food is extreme expensive at the Cancun airport. Most sightseeing reminds of Disneyland style attractions, but for nature lovers, there is a beautiful nature reserve just south of Tulum. We went to Coba, which had never been conquered by the Spanish. This trip requires a bit of waling (or bicycling taxy) and you can climb on top of the pyramid. The following swim in an underground cave with blue 24 degree water was awesome and the tour finished in a colonial style town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on the Yucatan peninsula, 2 km / 1.2 Miles from Playa del Carmen * Main building and 1 and 3-story bungalows * Surrounded by 25,000 m2 / 29,900 sq. Yards of lush gardens * 3.5 Km / 2.1 Miles from the beach (complimentary transportation) * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 2.5 Km / 1.5 Miles from various shops * 50 km / 31 miles from Cancun Intl. Airport * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Lupita Resort
- Riu Lupita Mayan Riviera
- Riu Lupita Mexico
- Hotel Riu Lupita Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico