Resort: Riu Palace Mexico
Location: Riviera Maya, near Playa del Carmen, Mexico
* A large all inclusive resort for singles, couples, and families
* Recognized as a Four Diamond resort by AAA
* Children under two stay free
* Exchange privileges with next door Riu resorts
* White sand beach, huge pools, fitness center, tennis courts, etc…
* 18 hole golf course nearby
Riu Palace Mexico Video Tour:
Food & Drink:
All Inclusive 24 hours. All meals and snacks:
Full American breakfast buffet and on the spot cooking stations
Hot and cold buffet and on the spot cooking stations
Pizzas, pasta, salads and assorted desserts
Buffets and dishes prepared on the spot
Special evenings: theme buffet twice a week
Optional dining (reservations required in advance):
Don Julian – Main resort restaurant with both indoor and outdoor dining areas. International and regional specialties. Theme nights three times weekly. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No dress code.
Miyagi – Japanese restaurant. Dinner only. Reservations required.
Brazilian Rodizio – Brazilian specialty restaurant. Reservations required.
Krystal – A la carte restaurant specializing in fusion cuisine that blends local ingredients, regional flavors, and international techniques. Menu developed by Michelin-star Spanish chefs. Reservations required.
Formal dress is required for dinner (main restaurant: T Shirts with sleeves for gentlemen; theme restaurants: long trousers and T Shirts with sleeves for gentlemen)
Snacks 24 hours a day
Local and imported beverages served 24 hours a day
Regularly restocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser
Riu Palace Mexico Review:
A well reviewed and ranked all inclusive resort for singles, couples, and families. The resort is beautiful and the staff goes out of their way to please their guests.
Make sure you know what the bedding situation wil be. Some room categories have king size beds while others have two twin beds that are not as convenient for romantic evenings. Most of the rooms have liquor dispensers, mini-fridges, and private balconies.
The food is good with huge buffets and good specialty restaurants. You need to get in line each morning to get reservations for the restaurants, but it is worth it, especially for the fusion restaurant called Krystal. The specialty restaurants require long pants and sleeves for men. If the reservation system (or dress code) is too much of a hassle for you, the buffets are a good option. They have a different theme each day with a wide variety of choices.
Exchange privileges allow you to use the bars, restaurants, beaches, and services of next door Riu resorts. This greatly increases your options for food and leisure activities, but dinner must be eaten at your own resort. The fitness center at the Riu Palace Mexico is a little small, but you can use the larger fitness center at the Riu Yucatan.