When I envisioned Mexico I saw turquoise waves crashing onto perfect white sands, Palm trees and blistering sunshine… And when I came across the Riu Cancun in the brochure it looked as I imagined.
Now I know Cancun isn’t the nicest part of Mexico, but for the trip I wanted travelling with a girlfriend I wanted somewhere with beach access, All Inclusive and on top of the nightlife… Which is exactly what I got from the holiday.
Arriving at the hotel I was a little put off by its presence, being a massive 10 storey highbbuilding but once I was checked into my room I couldn’t complain about the beautiful view out onto the ocean it gave me!
As I mentioned, we chose this hotel due to its close location to the nightlife a 10 minute walk away but it also was close to the local flea market, had 2 shopping malls across the road and a local travel agents outside the door. I always used to book my trips through my own agency, but I started to find if I booked locally the prices were cheaper, and it also means your are putting your money into the local community rather than an international brand (although they do now employ local employees than the UK rep they used to provide)
Now onto the best part… The food! There are four restaurants in total at the hotel, the main buffet restaurant serving American style breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The poolside restaurant for lunchtime snacks and buffet lunch, which come evening turns into an À La Carte steakhouse. Then there are the two À La Carte’s only open for your evening meal, An Asian and an Italian restaurant.
I love food and when it’s a help yourself affair I have a tendency to over eat 😉 Breakfast at the hotel was my favourite meal of the day with freshly made juices and smoothies, pancakes and syrup, and the making for a full English breakfast with unlimited tea and coffee sometimes it was hard to stop going back for more.
Lunch was always a little more chilled choosing to have frozen mocktails by the pool bar, still being full from lunch. But if we did dine there was always plenty of choice… From your predictable burgers, pizza and chips to Mexican chilli, pastas and salads.
Dinner was the same with plenty of choice, lots of fresh vegetables, joints of meat, salads but I found unless it was their themed evening there wasn’t much choice of a local cuisine. I did however enjoy what was on offer for my full 14 nights and rarely got bored but we did eat out twice a week to sample some local restaurants and have some real mexican spice!
There’s plenty happening at the hotel activity wise, the Riu reps are always trying to get people involved in whatever they’ve got going on, be it water pollo, beavh volley ball or inviting you on the reps night out. We did end up joining them twice as we found the value was better and you had table service with bottles and mixer rather than having to queue. Think it worked out to be £40 a person a night.
The hotel has evening entertainment every night with some form of show in the theatre, but they also have a Pacha nightclub onsight which is part of your all inclusive. There’s a gym with exercise classes each day, and use of free 90 minutes wifi everyday.
The hotel has 4 pools, one which has its own pool bar, and two infinity pools however I found because of the height of the hotel the main pool area lost sun very early into the afternoon meaning you had to move down to the beach or to the quieter side pool on the right of the hotel facing the beach.
Our room was an outward facing on to the beach and was perfect size. We had two double beds and still had plenty of space to leave our suitcases out. As the hotel is classed as 24 hour all inclusive it gives you optics in your room with a minibar which is all yours to use, meaning you never had to leave your room while getting ready in the evening should you need another drink and our mini fridge was restocked daily with soft drinks and water.
All in all it was as I expected and had a lovely time. I would highly recommend staying at the Riu, but if you were looking for something a little further away from the main club scene try the Riu Palace Peninsular further up hotel zone which would give you that much more distance you wouldn’t walk but would still be accessible.