For a sprawling resort experience combined with the nightlife of Playa del Carmen, travelers will be hard-pressed to find a better all-inclusive experience than the Hotel Riu Palace Mexico.
The two-story building in the secluded, gated community of Playacar is directly on the beach, whereas other Riu properties in the complex require their guests to travel via shuttle for beach access. The Hotel Riu Palace Mexico offers direct beach access along with free sun loungers and food and beverage service.
The resort boasts a nouveau chic feel with whitewashed walls, accented with opulent chandeliers and bright purple furniture. The 434 guestrooms offer room service 24 hours a day, bathrooms with a hydromassage bathtub, free WiFi and a liquor dispenser and include a balcony or terrace.
The junior suites take it up a notch with a lounge area that has a sofa, and the suites offer a full living room. Spring for the whirlpool bath suites, which have a living room as well as a whirlpool bath on the upper terrace.
When it comes to dining, little is left to be desired with a broad selection of restaurants. La Dolce Vita is the Italian specialty restaurant, while Krystal offers a fusion cuisine. La Bodega is the signature Mexican eatery, and Miyagi is the Japanese restaurant. One of the most popular spots on property is Guacamole, which doubles as the beach restaurant and steakhouse.
Other amenities include three pools, the RiuLand kids' club for ages 4 to 12, El Palmer swim-up and poolside bar and the Renovation Spa with a steam room, two whirlpool baths and a gym.
Beyond the resort is Playa del Carmen, which is less than 2 miles away from the front gates. A short taxi ride places guests at the doorstep to Fifth Avenue, with its array of bars, clubs, restaurants and entertainment.
Of course, should travelers decide to remain in the Riu fold, there is daytime entertainment daily for adults as well as at RiuLand.
For those who want to tear up the night, guests of Riu Palace Mexico are entitled to free entry to the on-site Pacha disco and drinks at Riu Tequila, which is open every night.
So whether travelers are looking to hibernate in true hermit style or have a healthy combo of introvert/extrovert, Riu Palace Mexico has got the all-inclusive crowd covered.