Written by guest contributor Aimee Lennie
When you think of the royal treatment, what comes to mind? Amazing people bringing you drinks, relaxing in the sun, putting your feet in the sand, or even enjoying a magnificent meal by the ocean? The Riu Palace Riviera Maya delivers this treatment every day of your vacation. This resort is one of a kind.
When you first drive up to the front of the palace, you see nothing but amazing architecture, luscious palms, and the sun shining. Walk in, and you have someone greet you with a friendly smile and let you know where to check-in and put your luggage. Don’t even think about lifting your suitcase yourself! The staff at this hotel takes initiative to make sure your vacation starts right when you step out of your shuttle from the airport.
Your whole stay at this six-restaurant, four-bar resort is flawless from start to finish. With complimentary drinks when you check-in and anywhere on the resort, to a five-star dinner every night whether you choose buffet-style or a-la-carte dining, you are sure to get the perfect royal treatment.
During the day, relax by the fresh-water swimming pool, have a drink in the air-conditioned lobby, sun-bathe on the beach chairs to get that perfect golden tan. Whatever you choose, you’ll be sure to know that you are experiencing a 5-star resort.
Down by the beach, enjoy non-motorized sports for free everyday of your stay, or go on an adventure with one of the tours provided in the hotel lobby – there are way too many to choose from!
Want to go into town? Not a problem! Take a 15 minute walk to the shopping district or an even quicker cab ride to get to all your shopping needs, snorkeling tours, and unique bars and restaurants. This is also where you’ll grab the ferry to get to Cozumel – shopping, food, drinks, and of course… Fat Tuesdays and Margaritaville. Cozumel has one of the best coral reefs for snorkeling with the crisp blue waters, beautiful breeze, and unique fish all around.
After getting back into the resort from one of your many adventures during the day, relax in your magnificent room on the couch, on your balcony, or even take a nice long bath with a drink from the mini-bar. Just make sure you don’t relax too long, because you have to get ready for your authentic dining experience. You can choose from Brazilian, Mexico, fusion, steakhouse, Japanese or the buffet.
Finished eating? Great! Head down to the courtyard for nightly entertainment with the European-styled chairs, tables, and the water fountain. With all the street lamps lit up for the perfect lighting, enjoy the show and a drink with your friends, family, or even some people you met during the day by the pool!
The Riu Palace Riviera Maya is a must-see resort. As a guest in this hotel you have access to the other Riu Hotels in Playa Car, and have so many amenities on-site so you never need to leave the resort to have a good time. I know my four days there were amazing in every way: from the drinks to the pool to the beach to parasailing over the ocean – even my tan was perfect. If my four days spent at this Palace were spectacular and fun-filled, imagine what you could do with a whole week!