Normally I would stay away from brand new resorts until they work the kinks out. But we decided to take a quick trip down to The RIU Palace Costa Mujeres just before Christmas. Partly because we had not seen the new resort area of Costa and Playa Mujeres, and it had been awhile since we stayed at RIU resort.
One thing to keep in mind is the transfers from the airport up to Costa Mujeres was about an hour and 15 minutes, Playa Mujeres about 50 minutes. There is a lot of construction between the two resort areas with several new large resorts going in making the traffic sometimes slow and the road bumpy for the last 20 minutes. My first impression of the resort was “big, square and bright white”. Designed in a cubic style of architecture, the resort looked very modern and the color reminded me of the Greek islands. There is an abundance of beautiful tile throughout the resort in the floors, reflecting pools and benches. Even though the landscaping is new, it is lovey.
Flowing curved beds with palm trees and plantings in many colors that soften the straight lines of the buildings. The lobby and restaurants were inviting, all with high ceilings in bright colors all decorated for the holidays. However, the hard surfaces and ceiling height made the restaurants pretty noisy. The hallways were stark white with light tile floors. Guest rooms are again white with light wood look tile floors and accents of taupe and red. I really liked the rooms; the floor tile gave the look of hardwood and the red was bold and cheery. Also, very spacious with lots of drawers and a large closet with a safe.
The beach was outstanding. One of the best I have ever been to anywhere in the world. Deep wide beaches with plantings and palm trees between the pool and the ocean with gorgeous white sand. Lots of lounge chairs and tables with volleyball and soccer nets. Waiters frequent by, happy to bring you drinks or anything you need. There is also a Splash Water World aquatic park that is shared with the RIU Dunamar next door. There are bigger slides for the brave souls as well as a separate smaller area with little slides and fountains for the smaller guests. Both these areas are free to RIU guests.
There are five swimming pools, two with swim up bars. All in some form of square or rectangle. There is not an adult only pool, so be prepared for kids everywhere. No need to get dressed for lunch, there is a fun grill with great burgers, chicken, chips and guacamole conveniently located in the middle of the pool area.
The food was good, not fantastic but very good. Perfect for families as there is absolutely no way a child could say they didn’t see anything they like on the massive buffets. Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, American, salads, breads, cheeses, meats, fruit, juices, ice cream and endless desserts. The main buffet dining room was open air on the second floor overlooking the pools and ocean. The specialty restaurants did not require reservations and were very good. Again, the high ceilings and hard surfaces made it very loud but the décor was bright and modern.
Nice new work out room and spa staffed with friendly helpful people. There was live music and shows in the evening at the Pacha Disco. It looked like almost everyone turned out to party the night away! Hands down the best thing about the RIU Costa Mujeres was the staff! Not once did I run into anyone who did not greet me with a smile and “how can I help you”? Front desk, bellman, dining room and pool waiters as well as the housekeeping service. I would recommend the RIU Palace Costa Mujeres to families with children and multi-generational groups of any size.
Sandy Hunt has been in the travel business for over 35 years. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean and specializes in custom international and vacation travel. Sandy is an AMResorts Master Agent, AMA waterways and Viking River cruise specialist. She enjoys booking family, multi-generational travel, river cruising and adventure travel. Some of Sandy’s favorite destinations are Egypt and Costa Rica, some favorite cities are Vienna Austria, Budapest Hungary, Cologne Germany and Riquewihr France.