Right in the middle of the action, steps from Cancun’s best nightlife, the adults-only Riu Palace Las Americas caters well to singles and couples; it’s the more upscale of two Riu properties in this location (although the rooms are less modern). The other is the more economical Riu Cancun (B1), which is typically much rowdier. Riu Palace Las Americas guests have non-reciprocal access to the amenities of Riu Cancun. Two other Riu resorts are a few minutes down the road – the more economical Riu Caribe (B2) and the mid-range Riu Palace Peninsula (Baa2). The Riu Dunamar (Ba1) and Riu Palace Costa Mujeres (A2) are farther away, in a more isolated location on Playa Mujeres to the north. The beach at Riu Palace Las Americas is significantly smaller and less impressive than beaches at Cancun properties to the south, along the eastern edge of the Hotel Zone (this factor has a strong negative effect on the Overall Beach Resort Rating); but the water is calmer and safer for swimming, with less wind typically. The food gets mixed reviews, reserving lounge chairs can be difficult, and the fitness center fails to impress; but the resort offers two fairly large swimming pools (one quiet, one social with a swim-up bar), strong dining variety, a small spa, and a good staff praised by guest reviews. Rooms are in need of refurbishment; they do come with balconies, re-stocked minibars, and liquor dispensers, however, and many have excellent ocean views. Activities include scuba diving, deep sea fishing, jet skiing, snorkeling excursions, beach volleyball, sailing, and kayaking.
Guests returning to the U.S. can take the COVID-19 antigen test on-site. There is no additional cost for all adults and children. This service is available at all Riu resorts in Mexico (except Riu Plaza Guadalajara), Jamaica, Aruba, and Punta Cana and is provided by an accredited medical testing lab that complies with the requirements of the CDC. Test results are received within 72 hours prior to departure, as required by the CDC. In the event of a positive test, Riu Hotels will provide an extension of up to 10 days at no cost.