This enormous all-inclusive serves its luxury with an extra helping of glitz, but its breathtaking beach and exceptional service are what really shine. The decor—oversized columns at the entrance, gigantic crystal chandeliers, gold details, and fountains—comes across as gaudy. Although equipped with all the amenities, rooms are not particularly large, with two double beds that are often pushed together for couples. Request a room overlooking the courtyard since those
near the entertainment area tend to be noisy. There are plenty of dining options, but the steakhouse and Brazilian restaurants are the most popular, despite the fact you have to reserve a table in advance. Guests of this resort are permitted to use the amenities (including the restaurants for breakfast and lunch) at any of Riu Palace's six sister hotels throughout Playa del Carmen.