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Riu Yucatan - A to Z Inspection

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Riu Yucatan GroundsAmbiance-The word that fits this property is Jungle. The grounds have an abundance of trees and foliage giving you this very tropical feel to it. Completely renovated in Spring of 2005 it now looks brand new.

Beach-A great stretch of beach that is excellent to take a long walk and swim.

Charges (extra) - Spa services, Internet access, golf and horseback riding would be extra.

Distances- Located in the Playacar Resort area and about a 20 minute walk into Playa del Carmen or a short 5 minute cab ride for only $5 each way. I really like Playacar. It has this secure upscale feeling to it. I felt very safe walking outside the resort in the evening.

Entertainment on Property -Varied entertainment and activities during the day and evening. They have a different show each night in the theatre.

Fitness Area - An adequate fitness area with machines and treadmills.

Riu Yucatan LobbyFood- 2 restaurants on the property itself but you may dine at any of the other 5 a la carte restaurants at its sister properties, the Riu Playacar and Riu Tequila, both a very short walk from the resort. Cuisines include Asian, Mediterranean, a steakhouse and grill.

Getting Around- Very easy to get into Playa del Carmen and back. If you do not feel like walking, a short cab ride is only $5 each way.

Internet Access -There is an hourly charge for internet access from the small business center.

Jackets and Ties- Keep them at home, but bring slacks and polo shirt for dinner in the A la Carte restaurants.

Kids- There are children's programs that include pool and beach games, arts and crafts and talent shows.

Lighting-The resort is well laid out and well lit at night.

Riu Yucatan PoolMedical Services-On call medical services.

Negatives- The one negative I have with all the Riu Resorts and for most people it is not a big deal is the double beds in all of the rooms are usually inches apart so even though it is two beds you might feel everyone is sleeping in one big bed. For the European clientele, this is not a big deal but for the American market it may or may not be a big deal.

Nightlife- Not only are there shows each night at the resort, guests may use the La Pinata Disco at the Riu Tequila and there is plenty of nightlife in Playa del Carmen.

Opportunities-You may dine and use the facilities at the Riu Playacar and Riu Tequila.

Pool-A great pool area. Ok, no infinity pool but I am ok with the swim up pool bar.

Protection-There are in room safes.

Recreation-Tennis, volleyball, sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking .....should I go on?

Riu Yucatan BeachRooms-The standard rooms are a bit smaller than some of the other resorts but still nice.

Shopping-Small gift shop on property. Plenty of shopping in Playa del Carmen.

Terrain-A lot of trees and foliage throughout the grounds.

Tipping-Not required but as with any service industry, if your bartender, room service attendant or concierge really shines, they will appreciate the small gratuity since most people will not be tipping anyway.

Updates-There is a new Sports Bar opening at the Riu Tequila of which guests of the Yucatan can use. Not that us guys need our sports fix!

View-Most of the rooms will have a garden or pool view based on how the property sits along the ocean.

Weather-December through May are the driest months. September through November are the wettest months

WOW Factor-The location and tropical feel are what sets this property apart.

X-Y-Z-A good solids value and even better now that it has been refurbished.

"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location

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The resort is located beachfront in the Playacar resort development, 3 km from the picturesque town of Playa del Carmen. The sea, gardens and natural surroundings are a haven of peace and tranquility, forming an ideal location for rest and relaxation.


Local Phone: 011-52-984-873-1300
Fax: 011-52-984-873-1266 or 873-0304

Hotel Facilities

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Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (5 km)
Number of Pools: 1
Outdoor Pools: 1     
Swim-up Bar
Tropical gardens surround a fabulous fresh-water swimming pool with a children`s section, jacuzzi and swim up bar. There is also a sunbathing-terrace with loungers and towels at guests` disposal.
Playacar Golf Club
Playacar`s championship-level golf course was carved right out of the jungle by the Robert Von Hagge Associates. This 7,202 yard course is rated 73.1 and has plenty of tee boxes for every level of play. It is situated next to Playa del Carmen.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: 100.00 (approx.)
Club Rental Fees: 30.00 (APPROX.)
Caddy: Mandatory
Lessons Available
Number of Courts: 3
Outdoor Courts: 3
Lighted Courts: 3
Court Fee: Complimentary.
Water Sports on Site
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Jet Ski / Wave runner: Additional Charge
Water skiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge

Hotel Details

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Riu Yucatan is a deluxe beachfront All-Inclusive resort with a Mexican Hacienda architectural style & a privileged location in the exclusive Playacar complex. Air-conditioned rooms feature a balcony or terrace in a relaxed, easy going environment.

The Mexican Street offers a vast array of shops, services and boutiques. Guests can also enjoy food and beverage service until 2am, free entrance and drinks at two discos, and the use of all bars within the Riu complex (except those at Riu Palace).

Beach: The resort is nestled along a beautiful stretch of pristine white sand beach dotted with tropical palms and comfortable lounge chairs. There is complimentary towel service, and guests will enjoy a variety of non-motorized watersports.

Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 507
Year Opened: 1997

Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, American Express

Riu Yucatan Dining
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Riu Yucatan features 1 meal plan options:

All Meals, Drinks & Tips

There are 2 Restaurants at Riu Yucatan:

The Hacienda Restaurant - An International buffet restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Hacienda offers terrace dining in an enchanting atmosphere enclosed in jungle greenery. Men are required to wear long pants for dinner.
Margarita`s - An informal specialty restaurant situated by the pool area, guests are sure to enjoy the delightful theme nights. Men are required to wear long pants for diner.

Activities & Entertainment

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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

Daily activities by the pool and beach areas, with Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaks, Boogie Boards and Snorkel-Equipment.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Live music several times a week, and Two Discos (on-site and at Riu Yucatan).

Children's Programs
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The property offers an integrated children`s swimming pool, Mini-club and playground,and several times a week there is entertainment for children from 4 to 12 years.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12 years old.

Children's Facilities
Game Room

Babysitting Fee: $8.00 per hour

Cribs available on request basis for a small fee.

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