This beachside hotel has all the traits of a luxury bolthole – a beachfront location, a varied dining scene and great entertainment.
The Riu Caribe is right on the edge of a sugar-white beach. Plus, it’s less than a 5-minute taxi ride from the centre of Cancun, with all its shops, bars and restaurants.
The rooms at the hotel have recently had a make-over to make them contemporary spaces. Each one has a balcony with either a full or partial view of the sea.
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Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. 24-hour selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee at self-service bar. 24-hour snacks at self-service bar.
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Daytime activity programme
For all those adrenalin junkies out there, there's a wide range of activities to get stuck into. Expect windsurfing, body boarding, scuba diving* and catamarans. If you're interested in scuba diving, then there's an introductory lesson which takes place in the pool.
Grill and Steakhouse themed restaurant
Offering lunch, snacks and dinner. The buffet is open between 12pm and 5.30pm, snacks are available from 3pm to 5.30pm and the à la carte service for dinner runs between 6pm to 10pm. You'll need to make a reservation.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner. Themed dinners are provided throughout the week and there's an outdoor smoking section.
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double room with sea view
Double room with sea view sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years, with a king-size or 2 double beds. You'll have a walk-in shower, liquor dispenser and flatscreen satellite TV. Wi-Fi is at a charge.
double room with sea view
Double room with sea view sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years, with a king-size or 2 double beds - can be sold as a single - with walk-in shower, liquor dispenser and flatscreen satellite TV. Wi-Fi is at a charge.
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Fantastic Beaches Good Location
We stopped in the Riu Caribe for the first time in March of this year. This was our first all inclusive holiday and first time in Mexico so we were not sure what to expect. The hotel was excellent and in a superb location if you want to be close to fantastic Caribbean beaches. As we own time share in Tenerife we were used to a certain standard of accommodation and really was unsure what we would find.The room was more than adequate with a very comfortable bed, a large shower room and everything was very clean and tidy. we had a bar that was stocked every second day with cold drinks beers and a few spirits. The hotel food was excellent with a very good choice on the menus. we found the staff very helpful and attentive. Considering how busy the hotel was you could always get a table, never had to wait, and was served very quicly. If you do not like noise avoid spring break!! apparently schools break up in America and it clearly is a party time for them and this was the case at this hotel. The noise levels in the lobby at night were a little painful, but apart from that no problem everyone was having fun. We have all been young once. There are two pools at the hotel one if you want peace to the right of the hotel, and one just as you walk out the back door of the hotel.both our great pools with lilos in the water that you can cool off on. in the main pool you have a swim up beach bar, and in the smaller more peaceful pool you have a bar next to it. The grounds are excellently kept and very clean. the beaches are outstanding with crystal clear oceans. you can do all sorts of water sport from the hotel. The beach is literally down the steps of the hotel. I would recommend the speedboat jungle tour fantastic and fast through the crocodile lagoon into the sea for a snorkel on the reef. The catamaran snorkel and trip to the island is a fabulous day out run by Riu Caribe sports. You get on the catamaran from the jetty on the beach. you can also use the other Riu hotel about a mile away for your meals and having time at a different hotel if you wanted a change. The beach party was a good night and should not be missed but dancing in sand is a challenge!!!. the Entertainment was very good. The only negative comment I would have to say about the hotel was the evening entertainment was not to our taste sometimes, although some of the shows were very good. it would have been nice to have a chill out bar with perhaps a singer and a bit of a dance floor that went on into the night. I am not saying it was not good because some of it was but is was different to what we have been used to. Getting around Cancun is easy a bus seems to run every 10 minutes 24/ 7 and is very cheap. Beneath the hotel you have two shops and a pharmacy. Overall it was a fantastic experience and we would definitely stop in a Riu Hotel again I hope this helps if you are considering a trip to CancunMore
Chris G, Tamworth, United Kingdom
We have just returned from a fabulous holiday in Mexico, have never visited before and was a little apprehensive due to some of the reviews on here, but we couldn't fault the hotel it was stunning and in an amazing location, with beautiful private beach area!! Pool areas were kept clean, there were ample sun beds for everyone, food was lovely didn't find it repetitive we booked into all 3 speciality restaurants Mexican, Asian and steak house. Booking wasn't a problem got the days and times we wanted without issue. Really enjoyed them. Staff were lovely and couldn't be more helpful, Miguel who waitered in the breakfast hall was particularly lovely, he was so pleasant and always made us feel so welcome and couldn't do enough for us! Cocktails were awesome mango tangos were to die for!! Rooms were cleaned daily with fresh bedding maids were lovely and when tipped well the towel art was getting better and better!! We stayed on 4th floor and had a beautiful view to wake up to! Will 100% recommend hotel and would return in the future. Hotel offers free wifi in the lobby area only for 90mins per day, I'm sure there's an option to upgrade this but 90mins is ample time to FaceTime etc and check in with family, being on holiday isn't for sitting on Facebook anyways!!More
Kerry P, Lochgelly, United Kingdom
What a fantastic hotel
I stayed here for 2 weeks. We had a group of 38 for my sisters wedding, what a fantastic hotel, the staff where the nice friendly could not do enough for you. The holiday reps make this hotel and are far the nicest people I have ever meet on holiday. Not just with the younger generation but from babies to my 73 year old grandmother. Thomson on the other hand who we booked with are alwful! I would recommend this hotel to any one. If you read a bad review i would be sure it's thomsons as a company and not actually the resort. More
Wot can I say about this hotel. Well that's easy fantastic. My self, wife, brother in law and sister in law stayed from the 28th June. We found it to be great value for money. Views you want to wake up to every day. A great beach and pool area. The service from the staff was also great. A young waiter called Ricardo was very attentive when he got to know our breakfast routine he would have it ready for us. The rooms were also kept clean and we're done daily. They gave 3 speciality restaurants Mexican, Asian and American. I found the American the best. However the choice of different foods on offer in the buffet were more than ample. Only one let down, there's no air conditioning in the main areas and that can be a little uncomfortable even when the subs gone down. However the air conditioning in the rooms is great especially after being out in temperatures of 32 degrees plus. I would deffinetley recommend this hotel to family and friends. More
smiffy196, Doncaster, United Kingdom
Great hotel for the price!
My goal for this vacation was a nice hotel in cancun that wasn't a lot if money. We already had a few expensive trips plans but still wanted a summer vacation. The travel agent recommend this hotel - and this hotel fit the bill! Drinks upon arrival were very nice Staff were inconsistent some were very nice and greeted us and said hola and some didn't make eye contact. I've stayed at other facilities in cancun and staff went out of their way to be friendly. The food at the buffet was very good and I read reviews that it was lacking. I found it to be good with many options. The alcohol choices were subpar - again I've stayed at other all inclusive that serve brand name alcohol (all brands of absolut, Hendricks, grey goose, etc). We did find it hard to make reservations even if we were one of the first people in line to make reservations. (One person takes them outside the Mexican resturant starting at 7am). We found it funny that the resturant was booked yet it seemed that most tables were empty at nite. The sports bar serves snacks 24 hrs but they are sandwiches, hot dogs, and burgers that needed heated up. It would be nicer if that food was always hot. The towel rule was weird - if you lose your card or towel they charge you money - what happens when someone takes your towel by accident?? At checkout they want their cards back or they will bill you. It is definitely a party hotel w a young vibe. Now I travelled w my family and my kids (11 and 6) fit in fine w the young partiers. Which we got a kick out of. And if you didn't like that scene or needed a break the quiet pool fit the bill. For the money this is a great hotel! The gym is typical hotel gym lacks a lot of equipment and gets crowded because people work out more on vacation. But the bike was not working very well and they could use more cardio. Ask for a high up room More
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