After closing several months for a complete renovation, Riu Playacar opened its doors Oct. 2015 to a practically brand new resort. I last saw this quaint Mexican beauty Feb. 2013 and there have been many significant changes since then. Here is a list of the most notable additions/renovations: Continue reading
Sea turtle lovers and luxury resort aficionados rejoice! The adults-only Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, a five-star luxury all-inclusive resort which just opened its doors Nov. 4, 2015, has a front row seat and easy access to one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Riviera Maya–snorkeling with sea turtles in Akumal Bay.
Although I had a great time at Riu Palace Riviera Maya when I vacationed there in February 2014, (check out my review), I was curious to see what the other nearby Riu properties were like. Riu Palace guests are fortunate in that they may use all other Riu resort amenities such as the pools, loungers, drink at the bars, eat breakfast or lunch at their restaurants, etc., as long as you eat dinner at the resort with which you’ve originally booked. Since there were several Riu resorts within walking distance to my resort (Riu Playacar, Riu Yucatan, Riu Palace Mexico, and Riu Tequila), I decided to check out Riu Palace Mexico and see what their renovations looked like for myself.
I was eagerly awaiting my first stay at the Riu Palace Riviera Maya. Since my last visit to this part of Mexico was along Cancun’s more commercialized Hotel Zone, I was yearning for a resort with some Old World charm amidst a jungle-like setting of mangroves and coconut groves. From my initial research, I came to the conclusion that this resort was destined to tick most of the boxes for me (well, maybe not the mangroves but I knew they were nearby). I definitely was not disappointed; in fact, I couldn’t stop the Cheshire cat-like grin from spreading across my face as I stepped inside this gracious, beautiful resort. From its gilded picture frames, stained glass ceiling panel, crystal chandeliers, and gleaming wood finishes, I knew I had made the perfect choice.