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Updated 5/31/22

If you follow me on Facebook, you may recall seeing all the fun pictures I posted last September of our trip to the Riviera Maya area of Mexico. While down there, my friends and I fell in love with RIU Tequila located in the guard-gated community of Playacar, Mexico, which is a suburb of Playa del Carmen. We had a blast shopping, sightseeing, and hanging out at the resort, in the pools, and on the beach at RIU Yucatan (Tequila’s sister property). We felt very safe the entire trip as there was loads of security and only residents and guests were allowed to enter Playacar. We loved it so much we decided to go back again in September and this time we hope you can join us! 

Who? Join me, Toni Allison, and all our friends on a vacation in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico.

What? Relax in the sun at an all-inclusive resort in a super secure, ultra clean, gated community just 40 minutes south of Cancun. 

When? Tuesday, 9/20 to Sunday, 9/25/2022 

Where? We are staying at the RIU Tequila, a 5-star resort in Playacar (a gated suburb of Playa del Carmen). Download the RIU Tequila Flyer

Why? To have fun, relax, get away from it all, and enjoy some pampering! 

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Perks & Amenities
  • Special Group Amenities
    • $25 off your reservation! 
    • Welcome drink
    • $35 Spa Credit for a Massage
    • Complimentary access to wet areas in the Spa
  • Vacation Amenities
    • Stay at 1 Play at 3 – Guests staying at Riu Tequila will have access to all bars, lunch and snacks at Riu Yucatan and Riu Playacar!
    • Transportation to and from your resort via Amstar’s air conditioned mini-vans
  • All Inclusive Amenities
    • All meals and drinks including local and imported beverages, 24 hours a day. 
      • Rosa Roja – main restaurant open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (buffet with live cooking stations)
      • La Fiesta Lounge bar and Terrace
      • Sports Bar 24 (open 24/7 serving snacks, beverages, and coffee)
      • Coco’s Bar – Poolside bar with swim-up bar
      • Outdoor Grill next to pool (serving lunch)
      • Beach-side dining available at RIU Yucatan
    • FREE Speciality dining (a la carte)
      • “Bamboo” Asian restaurant
      • “Rinascita” Italian restaurant
      • “Black Cow” Steak House
    • Daytime entertainment programs for adults
    • Live music and shows in the evenings
    • Free entry to “Pacha” discotheque and drinks
    • Taxes and tips included!
  • Resort Amenities
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • 4 Pools with sun loungers, towels, and parasols (plus a swim-up bar!)
    • Spa (charges apply)
    • Pacha Discotheque (nightclub)
    • Resort store (sundries, clothing, jewelry, candy, souvenirs, and more!)
    • Gym & Sauna
    • Complimentary on site COVID testing available (required for return to US)
  • Room Amenities
    • Bathroom with shower and double basin & hair dryer
    • Central air conditioning and ceiling fan
    • Satelite TV, Iron, Ironing board, Electronic in-room Safe
    • Balcony or Terrace
    • Click to view photos of the Standard Room

  • Beach & Sport Activities
    • Access to the beach via RIU Yucatan & RIU Playacar (both resorts are in walking distance)
    • Non-Motorized Sports and activities (example beach horseshoes, darts, and more!)
    • 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
    • Small catamaran, kayaking, body board, and snorkelling equipment available at the Water Sports Center located on the beach at RIU Yucatan.
    • Group fitness activities in the RiuFit area daily
    • Volleyball court, water volleyball, Ping pong tables
  • Playacar Shopping Center
    • Located next to RIU Tequila (walking distance)
    • Starbucks
    • Pharmacy
    • Convenience Store
    • Money Exchange 
    • Excursion vendors
    • Multiple souvenir shops
    • TWO massage day/spa vendors
  • Playa del Carmen Amenities
    • This fun and safe resort town is less than 2 miles from RIU Tequila and has tons of indoor and outdoor shopping, beaches, golf, nightclubs, museums, and more!
    • Visit the famous 5th Avenue with outdoor vendors, restaurants, and bars.
    • Take the ferry* to the Island of Cozumel and see parts of Cozumel you’ve never been to!
    • Go to the famous CoCo Bongo Show & Disco * to see a show!
    • Nearby attractions include:

What does it cost? 

Pricing (as of 5/31/22) for a 5 night stay (September 20-25th 2022)
  • Standard room, single occupancy = $699.07
    • Deposit = $50 for per person
    • Upgrade to a Junior Suite for only $355.26 more
    • Final due 8/1/2022
  • Standard room, double occupancy = $976 ($488 per person)
    • Deposit = $50 for per person ($100 total)
    • Upgrade to a Junior Suite for only $490 more
    • Final due 8/1/2022
Can I make monthly payments? Yes! Just email Paula and let her know.
Is financing available? Yes, low-interest financing available through Uplift.

Want to stay longer than 5 days? Or fewer? Prefer to stay at RIU Yucatan?
No problemo, amiga! Ask me for a quote! 

Contact Paula today!


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How do I pre-book an excursion?

Excursions in Riviera Maya

Sample Excursions

There are over 100 excursions available through Amstar*, including water activities, culture & sightseeing, snorkeling, adventure, night life (Coco Bongo tickets!), dolphins, diving, fishing, boat tours, shopping, gold courses, and more! You can choose the day of the week you would like to go, the excursion length, and more.

step 1 – Visit the Amstar website
step 2 – click Excursions
step 3 – choose RIVIERA MAYA
step 4 – Book the excursions of your choice! 
step 5 – send your booking to Paula

How to book excursions in Riviera Maya

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Not sure what you want to do? No worries, there are Amstar representatives at the resorts. Or you can walk to the shopping center next door to RIU Tequila and book directly through a local vendor. 

Are there COVID requirements?

NOTE: The rules on this are constantly changing!

At this time, Mexico does NOT require proof of vaccination, or negative test results, and they dropped their health questionnaire. (Hurray!)

For the US: a negative COVID test is still required to fly home. You can sign up to take a low-cost covid test at the resort, on the last day you are there. See this post for more details on this topic. 

What are my options for Travel Insurance?

You have several options for travel insurance. While it’s not required, it is highly recommended.

I recommend you purchase insurance through Allianz. The average cost is about $100 per person (based on your age). It includes excellent medical coverage, including $500,000 in emergency transport back to the US if you get hurt. It also covers Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption and even has Covid coverage. Download a brochure here. Call me for a custom quote.

While Allianz is my #1 recommendation, FunJet Vacations also offers these three options:

  1. Travel Protection Plus (Full Travel Credit) $49.99 per person. It does NOT include medical and you will not get cash back if you cancel. 
  2. Travel Protection Plus (Cash Refund) $139.99 per person. It does NOT include medical, but you will get cash back if you cancel. 
  3. During Travel Protection Plan $29 per person – see details below**

Travel Protection Plus may only be added within 7 days of your initial deposit, provided you have not yet made your final payment.

What is the Hotel Cancellation Policy?

Cancellation Deadline: 3 Days prior to arrival. Cancel before 9/17/2022 to avoid penalties. Late Cancellation Penalty: 1 Nights.

The Fine Print (aka…important things to know!)

  • All promotions and quotes are subject to change until guaranteed with a deposit.
    Pricing can fluctuate within the same day!
  • Must book by 8/16/2022 to receive the $25 discount and other special group amenities.
  • Must book through Hill Top Travel (Paula Hill) to receive the $25 discount and other special group amenities.
  • Travel insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Ask me for a quote.
  • Flight information MUST be provided to Paula Hill, in writing, by 8/16/22 in order to receive transportation to and from the resort.
    • If you need help booking flights, I can help! 

* Fees apply

** FunJet’s “During Travel Protection” coverage: Up to $3,000 for meals, lodging, and local transportation costs if the trip is delayed for a covered reason including Quarantine, up to the total trip cost to change or purchase a new airline ticket if you can’t continue on your trip due to circumstances such as illness or injury, up to $300 if bags are delayed, up to $1,000 for lost belongings, and up to $50,000 reimbursement of medical expenses if you get sick or hurt during your trip, plus up to $75,000 for emergency transportation. To review full plan details online, go to prior to your purchase, or for a summary of this information, review the Travel Protection section below.

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