Riu’s most recent $12 million dollar renovation in the latter part of 2016 has brought about many changes to their Cancun signature resort (Riu Palace Las Americas)–some guests will like them, some will not. Here is a list of what Riu has done with their $12 million:
- rebranding of the resort to an adults-only (age 18+)
- check-in glass of champagne
- new concierge service
- addition of a special wine list and romantic dinners on the beach
- resort-wide complimentary WiFi
- top-shelf liquors at all bars and in the liquor dispenser in every room
- both pools and garden areas have been renovated
- new décor and furniture in the lobby and all restaurants
- Capuchino–coffee, pastries and ice cream section in the lobby (same amenity at Riu Palace Mexico)
- Lounge 24–snacks and drinks available throughout the day and night (same amenity at Riu Palace Mexico)
- buffet restaurant and terrace have been expanded
Prior room renovations had already been completed–these renovations included getting rid of the tub and making the bathroom shower-only, putting plexiglass panels on all balconies making ocean views easier to see while seated, and new balcony sliding doors. With the adults-only rebranding, Riu has added robes in all guest rooms as well.
While I have been patiently waiting for new videos of the renovation, I have not been able to see any new ones posted. If you visit the Riu website, there are some computer generated pics of the restaurants and theater under the Photos section; Trip Advisor also has some pics from recent visitors–I was surprised just how few of them there were, however.