What We Love
- Let the resort's fab entertainment team dazzle you with live music and shows.
- The fitness center has all kinds of ways to get your burn on - backfit, aquagym, stretching and more.
- Enjoy room service delivered straight to your room, 24 hours a day.
Things to Know
- The resort is located five minutes away from the beaches, golf, water sports and shopping of Playa del Carmen.
- Maximize your vacation times by checking pick-up times on scheduled transfers.
- Take advantage of unique children's activities and entertainment areas.
Get MORE from your getaway to Riu Palace Riviera Maya. Now through the end of 2020, Riu guests staying in a Suite will get this additional perk exclusive to CheapCaribbean customers:
- Complimentary shared roundtrip airport transfers.
LocationPlaya del Carmen - Beach
General Policies & Fine Print
Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.
Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.
Spring Break Policies - Minimum Age Condition: At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during February thru May. The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request guests show passport or official ID to prove age. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 or older is required in every room. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in case of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.
Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.
General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
Customer Ratings & Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating6620 reviews
Renovation destroyed the character of our favorite Mexican destination
Riu Palace Riviera Maya was our hands down favorite Mexican resort. The pictures of how "sterile" they've remodeled the pool area had completely destroyed what made it the place we bragged about to everyone we know. We were about to book our 3rd trip there next month - until we saw what they've done to butcher the beautiful pool that once was. How hideous!!
Overall I had planned on giving Riu Oalacd Riviera Maya a very high rating but at the end of our stay we had an unfortunate incident which may cost me ~$1200 US. Their customer service was working with me but then without a word they shut down and now I am unable to reach anyone who can help. I tried replying to their last email and called multiple times with no answer. I also called Roy’s main customer support line and they said there was nothing they could do and that no one could reach Riviera Maya because they closed down for the virus. I can’t imagine they have no security or management on site to assist. Unhappily yours DMK and son
Absolutely loved it here. Spotless. Beautiful.
This was by far one of the best places I have ever stayed. The whole place is spotless and the staff was the best. Never had to look or want anything. They were there with a smile 24/7. Leo with other services was awesome. He put on the best classes and always put a smile on everyone's faces. The Buffets were Delicious. The other restaurants could be a little better. Would not prevent me from going back. Location was great. We walk to the other Riu hotels and to the town and shopping mall. Felt safe and enjoyed everything. Was kid friendly and was a nice relaxing atmosphere. If you like to party we went to the Riu Palace Mexico a short walk.
Stress Free Vacation
This was our first time in Mexico. It was a great experience. Our hotel, RIU Palace Riviera Maya, was fantastic from check in to check out. It was newly renovated and everything was first class. The rooms, the staff, and the food was spectacular. My husband,unfortunately ,got sick and for 3 days out of 7. The staff was so kind, he could only eat certain foods and the restaurant staff was so accommodating. We went on 2 excursions, we felt very safe. This is my second time staying at a RIU resort. I would highly recommend them and we are definitely looking forward to our next vacation.
RIU Palace Riviera Maya – Beauty, comfort, and some mad design
The majestic looking 5-star hotel has been reopened at the end of 2019 – as RIU says: following a thorough overhaul of all its facilities and now features redesigned outdoor areas, common areas and bedrooms. It is really beautiful. The huge gleaming-white building-complex has a magnificent Oriental style, a feeling of a charming mix of the modern architecture and the outside appearance of an wealthy Indian rajah’s palace. Its court is large, providing space and comfort for a large lot of guests, and contains three swimming pool. On its large beach, with favourable sunlight, the shades of the colours of the sea are almost unbelievably rich – were it on picture, one would be sure it can only be made with photoshop. Sunbeds are plenty. It is, however, up to one’s requirements or physical conditions, how comfortable they feel. Their fabric is thin and tight, somewhat hard, and in two parts with a gap towards one’s hip – it may be a good idea to use some inflatable cushion to cover the gap and thus make it more comfortable. Food and drinks plenty and good. WiFi is good but some may find hard to log in. The reception helps really kindly. Warning! In the suits, only one or two electric socket are of European standard, the other ones, including that for electric razor is US one. Asked the reception for an adapter and been told to buy it in the giftshop. The main restaurant is comfortably large, but its inner decor is a bit neutral, even cold – significantly less warm and friendly than, e.g., that in the RIU Palace Mexico. Strange it is, but RIU seems to have some ongoing nonsense in the inner design of the suits. There is no bathroom in the conventional meaning, i.e. a separated one. There is a shower cabin, a WC, and part of the room is equipped with a counter of twin washbasins, and a tub. Sweet and nice one would say, but between the room proper with the beds and this part there is no curtain, at least not in the suit we had, or anything else to separate at least visually, although in such places one usually prefers privacy. The shower and the toilet mercifully have a door to it, but absolutely penetrable to all sounds and smells. And true idiocy of a design: the toilet has no forced ventilation at all. Air conditioning set so than the maximum cannot be higher than 23 Celsius grade. Getting in from the outside heat feels not really comfortable. Suite of utmost nonsense: there is a difference in level between the part of the room where the beds are and where the table and the sofa, so one has to go down on steps. The steps are built so into the floor that if one goes around the bed, the steps form a pit in the walkway, invisibly black in the night, and it is easy to fall down on them. In night I put a large suitcase on them so as to block the way into such a mishap. It was good to stay there!