Colleen’s RIU Palace Mexico – Part 1

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RIU Palace Mexico Beach

We have arrived in Cancun and we are staying at the RIU Palace Mexico in Playacar. This is a really great hotel and I love our room.

It is on a stunning white sand beach with enough palm trees for everyone. The best part is that there is free WiFi throughout the resort so you can bring your music with you everywhere.  No more sitting in the lobby to access the Internet! Because we are staying at the RIU Palace we are able to go to any of the other 6 RIU in Playacar so we have been visiting quite a few for drinks and to eat. You couldn’t ask for any more.

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Czarina’s Mayan Riviera!

The Mayan Riviera never ceases to amaze me!  Although this is my seventh time to the area, it always feels like the first. The Paradisus La Perla is a stunning, modern resort within a 30 minute walk from Playa del Carmen.  It’s the adults only side to its sister the Paradisus La Esmeralda – the family section – which shares certain facilities.  My first impression of the resort was another Miami inspired, posh, Art Deco hotel with hardly any Mexican feel at all.  Then I realized its the accommodating staff that embodies the Mexican culture and gives it that charm.  This is certainly a five star resort.  No watered down drinks here!  Nothing but the best for Paradisus guests who can rely on the staff for anything and everything.  There are three key signs that this a luxury resort:

1) Cold towel and refreshments waiting for you as you arrive at the resort.
2) Turn down service every night before bed.
3) Waiter service by the swim-up bar and the beach.

I love all three of these things!  How did I live without it?

We are in a beautiful One Bedroom Master Suite with a gorgeous jacuzzi tub on our large balcony, two 42′ plasma TVs, large living room and kitchen area provided.  This room is the nicest room I’ve ever had!  There are so many room categories to choose from including a multitude of swim up rooms.

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The food has been phenomenal with plenty of a la cartes to choose from.  One major upset is the pool is freezing cold and it’s not appealing to jump in even if it’s unbearably hot.  Our first couple days were quiet around the adults only swim-up bar with nothing but some “adult contemporary” to ease the silence. Sadly, that ended when a group of 400 Americans showed up for a wedding taking place on Saturday.  They are loud and unruly.  It went from being the “Ritz” to some raunchy Las Vegas resort in a heartbeat!  I’ve never seen anyone cut off at an all inclusive but a portion of this group were given the red light by the wait staff at the swim up bar at 3pm on Tuesday.  It was like watching a scene from the Jersey Shore!  Good on the Paradisus for drawing the line and not putting up with the crude behaviour.  This incident in no way diminishes what a fabulous resort this is.  Well, off to Playa del Carmen!