The Riu Palace Peninsula Cancun: All-Inclusive Fiesta
The second I walked on to the balcony, I was done. Panoramic views of crystal blue and an outdoor jacuzzi was all I needed to make my heart beat just that much faster with anticipation. Four nights and five relaxing days awaited us.
Right when you enter the grand lobby at The Riu Palace Peninsula, you know you’re in for an all-inclusive experience beyond what you may have had before. Bland, flavorless buffet food? Not here. Cocktails that are a bit light on the liquor? No chance. Staff who just seem somewhere else? Never.
Upon check in, we were given a Whirlpool Bath Suite on the fifth floor, and while five doesn’t sound very high (and I initially wrinkled my nose), we decided to have a look before balking and I’m glad we did. The views are so expansive and the rooms are elevated so high above the lobby that floor five feels like floor twenty so don’t worry if you’re on a lower floor—all rooms have excellent views.
The room was impressive and spacious. When you enter you’re greeted by a case built into the wall, fully stocked with name brand alcohol (Smirnoff, Bacardi, Cuervo) and a fridge full of name-brand mixers (Canada Dry, Pepsi) so you can make a cocktail whenever you fancy. The only small drawback is that the ice machines are not located on every floor but instead every 2nd floor, which meant we had to either go to 4 or 6 for ice. As for the rest of the room, it was well-appointed with a King bed, flatscreen, inside/outside jacuzzis, his/her sinks, bathrobes and a bidet.
The resort itself is laid out extremely well. Nothing feels too far away. Around the pool, the layout of chairs works so well that you never feel stacked on top of each other like you do at other all-inclusives. There’s room to get away—and be advised, the poolside service is great. Seriously. They have a mobile drink cart they bring by to make sure you’re all set and host daily barbecues incase you’re too lazy to get up from that chair to hit the buffet.
Speaking of food, The Riu Palace does quite well where others fail. It was a first for me to see international meats, foie gras, and cheeses beyond your typical spread at the buffet. Caviar and mimosas at breakfast? Sure why not! The buffet offers a wide array of culinary choices and all the food was very fresh. When you grow tired of the buffet as anyone inevitably will, make sure you have reservations at one of the six specialty restaurants. Insider tip: Make reservations immediately after check in. If reservations are full, ask to be put on the waitlist. A lot of people change plans or miss their reservation and you will likely still be able to get in. We ate at Kulinarium, Kabuki and Krystal, all of which offered incredibly delicious specialty foods like fresh sushi, ceviche, lamb curry, lobster risotto and crispy foie gras with honey.
After several luxurious days lounging poolside and a visit to their spa, Renova, we were remiss to leave. With 562 guest rooms, 4 pools, an Adults Only villa area, 24 hour room service and plentiful good food and cocktails, The Riu Palace Peninsula is a place I’d be happy to find myself at again. Muchas Gracias, Riu.