Riu Palace Mexico

  • Beachfront location
  • 4 large outdoor pools
  • 6 restaurants
  • Free WiFi zones
  • Low Deposit Options Available
  • Interest FREE Payment Plans
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The Riu Palace Mexico is set on Playacar's white-sand beach, and is less than five minutes' drive from Playa del Carmen. There are plenty of pools and restaurants on offer, plus a ... Continue reading

The Riu Palace Mexico is set on Playacar’s white-sand beach, and is less than five minutes’ drive from Playa del Carmen. There are plenty of pools and restaurants on offer, plus a long list of watersports. When it comes to sleeping space, junior suites are the standard here. The styling is sleek and contemporary, and each one comes with extras like 24-hour room service and a hydro-massage bathtub.


The focus falls on water-based activities here – you can try out scuba diving*, or take kayaks, catamarans and body boards out onto the Caribbean Sea. Dry-land sports include volleyball and tennis.


PADI approved scuba diving school*

A PADI scuba diving school operates from the hotel, giving you the chance to gain a full PADI diving certificate – a qualification that's accepted worldwide. For the more experienced divers, there’s a boat that can take you out to a private reef. It's just 15 minutes away, and is reserved for RIU customers only. And if you're a complete beginner and just want to give it a go, you can take advantage of the free introductory session. This takes place daily in the hotel swimming pool.


Two floodlit hard surface tennis courts.

Table tennis

Non-motorised watersports

Including kayaks‚ windsurfing, catamarans, body boards and sailing and snorkelling.





Body boards



Other facilities

A gym features all the usual workout gear and hosts aerobics classes. Nearby, you’ll find a sauna and a whirlpool bath, too.


Renova Spa*

With sauna and 2 whirlpool baths, body treatments and massages.

Body wraps*



Swimming Pool

You’ll find 4 large swimming pools on the edge of the gardens, one of which has the added bonus of a swim-up bar. Poolside waiter service means cocktails are delivered directly to your lounger, too.

Children's pool

4 outdoor pools

These pools are huge, there's plenty of space to take a dip and lounge on a sunbed close by.

Pool towels

Food and Drink

The buffet restaurant offers a mix of themed spreads – look out for glasses of Cava at breakfast. Snacks are sorted at the coffee shop, where you can grab iced lattes, milkshakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries. In terms of dining, you’ve got 6 restaurants to choose from, including Japanese, Mexican and Italian venues, and a beachfront grill place serving surf ‘n’ turf and baked Alaska flambé.

El Palmeral swim-up bar

Don Julian buffet restaurant

For breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a terrace and on-the-spot cooking stations. There are also theme buffet nights three times a week.

La Bodega Mexican restaurant

Open for dinner and reservations are required.

Guacamole beach grill and steakhouse

Reservations are required and 2 sittings are available.

Miyagi Japanese restaurant

Reservations are required.

La Dolce Vita Italian restaurant

For Continental breakfast and lunch at the beach. Reservations are required and 2 sittings apply.

Bar Cubano lobby bar

Cappuccino patisserie and ice-cream parlour

Lounge bar

Open 24-hours a day.

Los Mariachis lounge bar

Los Mariachis has a spacious terrace, making it the ideal place to spend an evening.

Krystal fusion à la carte restaurant

You'll need to book to eat here, 2 sitting times apply.

A la carte dining

At the Krystal fusion restaurant.

Price Overview

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Payment Options

Payment options accepted:

We do not charge a fee to our customers who use debit cards, but credit cards do incur a fee of 2.5% of the payment value.

To make booking a holiday at Riu Palace Mexico in Playacar easier for you, we provide a range of different payment options. To find out if you can book Riu Palace Mexico with a low deposit holiday option, please click the "Price and Availability" button above. Package holidays to Riu Palace Mexico are available from Thomson .

Essential Information

Time Zone

Plug Type

Voltage 127V 60Hz
Language: Spanish,
Currency: Mexico Peso (MXN)

This week's weather forecast

31°C Low 24°C
Today: Tue 25 Oct
Patchy light rain with thunder
30°C Low 24°C
Wed 26 Oct
Moderate or heavy rain shower
29°C Low 23°C
Thu 27 Oct
Moderate or heavy rain with thunder
29°C Low 24°C
Fri 28 Oct

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The hurricane season is between the months of June, through to October and can extend into November.

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