This place has a choice of pools and a beachside restaurant. Plus you’re close to buzzing Playa del Carmen.
This hotel comes with a trio of pools, the main one flanked by gardens. There’s four restaurants, including a Mexican à la carte and a steakhouse. Plus, live shows are on most nights.
The hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens, and there’s a free 5-minute shuttle bus to the sandy beach. Plus, it’s just 15 minutes’ walk to the shops along 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Local and imported drinks are available 24 hours a day. This hotel is 24 hour All Inclusive, it offers snacks around the clock.
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2 outdoor pools
Dive into the rectangular number, which has partially-submerged sunbeds, or try the smaller circular pool. One of the pools also has a children's section. There's a spacious sun terrace with plenty of space to relax and cool off under a parasol.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sample the specialities and watch dishes being prepared right in front of you. You can choose to dine indoors or out on the terrace, and there are special themed evenings twice a week. There's a dress code for dinner, it's full-length trousers and t-shirts with sleeves for men.
Mexican à la carte restaurant
Maria Bonita dishes up traditional Mexican cuisine. You can pick from 2 sittings for dinner - the first is 7pm to 8.30pm and the second is 9pm to 10.30pm. There's a dress code for dinner, it's full-length trousers and t-shirts with sleeves for men. Don't forget to book a table in advance.
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Double Room with Balcony or Terrace
These double rooms have a neutral colour palette and comfortable furnishings. Your room can sleep up to 4 people with a double bed, a child bed and an extra bed in the bedroom. There's a balcony or terrace for that bit of outside space. Plus extras include a ceiling fan, air-conditioning, a minibar, liquor dispenser and toiletries.
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We have just returned from a fantastic holiday at the Riu Lupita. Yes the hotel is not on the beach but this is not a problem as a bus takes you to the beach (runs every 30 mins) to the exclusive beach club (also stops at 5th Avenue). The all inclusive continues at the beach club as does the pool fun and the entertainment team providing games if you wish to join (no pressure if you prefer to relax). The rooms are very well equipped with plenty of space for your clothes etc and a lovely big shower. We travelled with friends to celebrate a 50th birthday. During a meal at the Steakhouse for my friend's birthday she was even provided with a birthday cake! The staff are wonderful and are genuinely very friendly. The Coatis are no problem at all, in fact, if you don't feed them they do not bother you, they are quite cute really. We enjoyed most of the entertainment, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Grease were amongst my favorites. Having the hotel split between two sites was great as you never have to fight for a sunbed either at the hotel of the beach and you feel like your having a day out when you go to the beach. Thank you to all the staff for making our holiday such a wonderful relaxing and fun time.More
Riu Lupita was the best all inclusive I have been too. It is a smaller resort but had everything you would need. Food was great, pools were clean and refreshing and the staff was incredible. I would almost go back again purely because the entertainment staff was so fantastic (Ricardo, Roberto, Melissa and Deborah especially). If you want the beach to be right there this may not be the resort for you but if your ok with a 5 minute shuttle bus you will love it.More
An all round good experience
Good sized campus - not too big - very good location. Rooms are kept clean/tidy and all of the staff are exceptionally friendly. The quality of the cuisine = very good. Teams of staff work very hard on the entertainment too. I went to play golf at the very near by Hard Rock Golf Club - booked on teeoff.com to avoid ridiculous green fees. Nice course well maintained and great wildlife. You will get paired up though.More
Second visit was even better!
My husband and I stayed for 5 nights last May for my birthday. We had so much fun I decided to round up our adult children and significant others/spouses. There were 10 of us! The friends we met there in May from England joined us again on this trip. The food was excellent. The staff were excellent. I love the smaller resort as it seems more friendly. The entertainment was fun every night and the bartenders personable and mixed a great flaming coffee drink!! We will go back and I can't wait!!More
Mexico, provided as expected
We arrived for a two weeks stay early afternoon before check-in time, but immediately got our room with all the specifications we requested: first floor, quiet room at the end of the corridor with a double bed. The room was big enough for the two of us with a tiled floor, flat screen tv, fridge with soft drinks & beer, (free) safe and alcohol dispencer. The bed(mattress) was a little outdated but still confortable. In the bathroom we found a spacious walk-in shower. We chose this hotel because it is not oversized, the highest buildings are only two floors high. The hotel itselve is not situated at the beachside but they have a private beach club with swimming pool and transportation with a bus every half hour, also accessible by foot after a walk next to the Riu Palace Hotel. At the main restaurant the buffet gives plenty of choice on every occasion; from oriental sushi till pizza, at breakfast we could point out which vegetables we wanted, or not, with our fried eggs. The Mexican and the Mediterranean resto's are smaller and quieter, reservation is necessary. We preferred the Steakhouse at the beach club; the rib-eye steak was a great and delicious piece of meat on more than one evening, also the cheesecake for dessert is tasty. At the bar we were always quickly served, with or without tips, and with a smile on top. Throughout most of the day plastic drinking cups are used, something we do not like so much, but can understand. After six-o-clock in the evening drinking glass are used. The smaller swimming pool at the hotel, reserved only for adults, and evenso the big pool next to the bar looked clean. The animation team tries to involve everyone at the games but without pressure, the most of their evening show programs are really good such as the "Extravaganza" performance. The only moment of real disappointment was a Mayan-costumed photoshoot, organised by the shop next to the reception desk, in the evening. The next day they tried to sell us twelve pictures for (only) 240 US dollar...wich we refused. The complete staff was always friendly and helpfull. All in all, if we compare the balance between wat we payed for this holiday and wat we received, to us it was a reasonable deal.More
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