Part of a massive six-resort complex on an excellent stretch of beach in the upscale Playacar neighborhood just south of Playa del Carmen, the Riu Tequila is surrounded by a golf course, hosts weekly parties, and boasts high quality rooms for the price. The Lupita (B2) and Tequila (Ba2) sections aren’t directly on the beach, which is predominantly why they have lower Overall Beach Resort Ratings; logically, they’re also the two most economical of the six sections. The four sections directly on the beach are the Riu Palace Riviera Maya (A2), the Riu Palace Mexico (Baa1), the Riu Playacar (Baa1), and the Riu Yucatan (Baa2). The Riu Palace Mexico and the Riu Palace Riviera Maya are the most upscale, but rates among these four beachfront sections are usually very comparable. The on-site restaurants at the Tequila are just so-so (as they are at all six sections) and dining variety is below average for an all-inclusive (just three a la carte options supplement the buffet); but the property offers recently refurbished accommodations (renovated 2018; the only section renovated more recently is the Riu Palace Riviera Maya, renovated in 2019) with large flat-screen TVs and liquor dispensers, a nice pool with an often-lively swim-up bar, and friendly service. Activities at the greater resort complex include excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, sailing, kayaking, tennis, jet skiing, and more. The beach is across the road; it’s about a 5-10 minute walk.
Guests returning to the U.S. can take the COVID-19 antigen test on-site. There is no additional cost for all adults and children. This service is available at all Riu resorts in Mexico (except Riu Plaza Guadalajara), Jamaica, Aruba, and Punta Cana and is provided by an accredited medical testing lab that complies with the requirements of the CDC. Test results are received within 72 hours prior to departure, as required by the CDC. In the event of a positive test, Riu Hotels will provide an extension of up to 10 days at no cost.