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Riu Palace Riviera Maya

Riu Palace Riviera Maya - Amazing Beach 

As part of our ongoing commitment to our clients, Purple Palm Vacations spends a lot of time learning about the destinations you want to visit by visiting them firsthand. This fan favorite re-opened in December 2019 after extensive rennovations. This resort, with its amazing beach, beautiful grounds and friendly staff, now has refreshed rooms, new restaurants and updated beautiful decor throughout. 

We Recommend This Resort For:  Couples, Short Getaways, and Groups


The Riu Palace Riviera Maya grounds and architecture is gorgeous.

Photo Tour

Take a photo tour and see for yourself the classic beauty of Riu Palace Riviera Maya. All pictures were taken during our stay and none have been modified or enhanced.

The grounds of the property are very elegant
The lovely new lobby
The coffee bar in the lobby serves delicious concoctions
Comfy underwater pool lounge chairs
The swim up bar
Riu Palace Riviera Maya sits on beautiful Playacar Beach
Live music is played nightly on the plaza

Resort Highlights

The premier highlight of the Riu Palace Riviera Maya is its location on the best strecth of Playacar Beach with a wide expanse of perfect white sand and gorgeous aqua colored water.  It is ideally located in the gated community of Playacar.  The resort is set on lush tropical grounds with a compact layout enabling you to walk virtually anywhere within the resort in 5 minutes, including the beach.  All rooms are spacious Junior Suites and include a lounge area, hydromassage bathtub, WiFi, air conditioning, a minibar and beverage dispenser, a coffee maker and a balcony or terrace.


  • There is a fun show every night on the small stage including a great Mariachi band, a Mexican tribute, a Las Vegas show and more.
  • If you win one of the daily competitions like darts or horse shoes, you get to collect your prize on stage before the show each night.
  • The entertainment staff at the resort are extremely friendly and fun.
  • There are plenty of fun activity options with exchange privileges at the four other nearby Riu resorts.
    • At the Riu Tequila guests can enjoy the "Pacha" discotheque (open every night) and the "Riu Get Together Party" once a week.
  • Children have special entertainment options at the RiuLand kids club plus their own pool with slides.
  • Other activities included are daily group fitness activities in the RiuFit area, one introductory scuba lesson in the pool, windsurfing, catamaran, kayaking, body boarding, snorkeling, plus a steam bath and a gym.

Food & Drink

  • The lobby bar is a nice place to relax with live piano music and premium drinks.
  • Guests can enjoy delicious coffee drinks and treats at "Capuchino" pâtisserie & ice cream parlor.
  • For dinner, choose from one of the best all-inclusive buffetts with different themes 3 nights a week and five a la carte restaurants with no reservations required.
  • Snacks and room service are available 24 hours a day.
  • For additional lunch and snack options, guests have access to a selection of restaurants at all the Riu hotels in Playacar
  • Guests also have free access to all bars at the Riu hotels in Playacar.


  • Its location within the gated community of Playacar makes it safe with few beach vendors.
  • The wide beach has a plethora of palm trees for shade which only adds to the beauty of an already lovely beach.
  • It is only a 15-20 minute walk into Playa del Carmen for shopping, nightlife and the ferry to Cozumel or you can take a stroll along the beach to get into town.
  • For closer shopping, there is a shopping plaza with many local crafts within the gated community of Playacar only a 5 minute walk away.
  • Guests have access to facilities at four nearby Riu resorts:  the Riu Yucatan, Riu Playacar, Riu Tequila, and Riu Palace Mexico.

Why Book With Us

  • We know the best All-Inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, and Mexico and can help you get the most value for your travel dollar with our firsthand knowledge.
  • You will always have a dedicated travel agent who cares about your vacation to contact directly with questions or help with any problems that may arise.
  • Round-trip airport transfers are included with our packages so there is no need to worry about finding a ride at a foreign airport.
  • You can book your vacation with a low deposit and even utilize our no fee, no interest Payment Plan option.
  • We have partnered with the best Destination Management companies who will take good care of you from start to finish once in your destination.

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About the Author

My name is Amy Burbank, owner of Purple Palm Vacations and the Traveling Travel Agent. I travel throughout the year to the destinations that are in high demand looking for quality vacation options that go above and beyond. This blog is a collection of my All-Inclusive Resort reviews that I feel are the best of the best and will truly provide a great vacation. Happy Travels!

Posted: Sun, Jan 14, 2018

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