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Riu Adding Two New Cancun Resorts To Its Portfolio In 2022

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Popular hotel brand Riu has announced it will open two new resorts in the world-leading destination of Cancun in 2022. The new hotels – Riu Latino in Costa Mujeres, and Riu Palace Kukulkan in Cancun – will bring the total number of Riu brand resorts in the Cancun area to six, offering over 3,400 rooms to visitors.

The Spanish hotel chain also announced the remodeling of a number of their international properties, including the Riu Los Cabos resort in western Mexico.

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Despite controversy over the construction of the Riu Riviera Cancun – another of Riu’s projects still to be built near Punta Nizuc, which has experienced delays and opposition since its approval in 2015 – these two new resorts appear to have the green light, and development is expected to begin imminently.

Details are minimal at this stage, but The Cancun Sun will keep you posted when more information is made public. 

What Other Riu Resorts Are In The Cancun Area?

Riu resorts in the Mexican Caribbean are among the region’s top hotels which have enjoyed record sales recently, thanks to Mexico’s restriction-free entry requirements during the pandemic.  

Riu resorts all offer their ‘24-hour All-Inclusive Service’, meaning drinks, snacks, and entertainment are never far away. 

Currently, there are Riu resorts in and around Cancun at:

Located in the up-and-coming Costa Mujeres, or Mujeres Coast, Riu Palace Costa Mujeres is a 600-room all-entertainment all-gastronomy hotel suitable for families or couples. 

The Junior Suites offer a balcony or terrace, a seating area, comfortable furnishings, and bright, inviting decor. And little touches like in-room drinks dispensers and coffee machines will make your vacation extra special. 

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Image: Riu Costa Mujeres

Being in a beachfront location, you can choose to cool off in the ocean, or one of the resort’s five swimming pools. And when you need to refuel, stop in at any of the resort restaurants, which include Mexican, Italian, Sushi, and even a pastry shop.

Guests can also access sister property Riu Dunamar, which offers a nightclub and water park, Splash Water World, which is perfect for keeping little ones entertained.

Check prices at: Hotel Riu Palace Costa Mujeres

The most highly-rated of Cancun’s Riu resorts, the Riu Palace Las Americas is an Adults-only space, where you can relax and rejuvenate, and drink and dine to your heart’s content.

There are over 350 rooms, with the 35 sq mt Junior Suites offering comfortable, traditional furnishings and decor, with sofa, satellite TV, plus drinks and a mini-bar. Suites are larger at 61-70 sq mt, some offering outdoor tubs, perfect for taking in the ocean views in style. 

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Image: Riu Las Americas

Dining options are varied, with Mexican, Japanese, steakhouse, and Italian restaurants, plus coffee and snack spots, and of course plenty of bars.

There are 3 swimming pools here, one has a swim-up bar, and another offers hydrotherapy. Also here for guests to enjoy is a gym, sauna, and the Renova Spa. 

Check prices at: Hotel Riu Palace Las Americas 

Opened back in 2012, the Riu Palace Peninsula is located on the northerly section of the Cancun 7, a great place for swimming straight from the beach, as well as accessing downtown Cancun, or taking the ferry over to popular Isla Mujeres. 

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Image: Riu Palace Penninsula

This is a family-friendly hotel, which also offers adults-only deluxe villa suites, catering equally to both demographics. There are plenty of opportunities to try watersports, including kayaking and snorkeling and guests can also enjoy the on-site spa, taking advantage of vacation time to indulge in some self-care. 

There are several pools to choose from here, set amongst pretty tropical gardens, and an entertainment program to please kids and adults alike from the early mornings right through to nighttime.  

Check prices at: Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula

Other Cancun-based Riu hotels are: 

  • Hotel Riu Cancun
  • Hotel Riu Caribe
  • Hotel Riu Dunamar

Are there any other Riu resorts in the Mexican Caribbean?

Playa del Carmen also has a number of Riu resorts, some located in the gated community of Playacar. Resorts in the Playa del Carmen area include: 

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Image: Riu Lupita
  • Riu Lupita
  • Riu Palace Mexico
  • Riu Playacar
  • Riu Tequila
  • Riu Yucatan. 

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