With around 100 hotels in a long list of locations from Mexico to Spain, Riu’s All Inclusive resorts have certainly made a name for themselves. Not only do they offer a great standard of food with plenty of choice, but they also come with an excellent service and a line-up of activities.
However, there’s a distinct difference in their All Inclusive resorts, and that’s evident through their hotel categories. Riu’s Clubhotels are perfect for families and groups of friends with their upbeat atmosphere, while Riu Palace hotels are a couple’s heaven offering an extra shot of luxury.
Now you know a thing or two about Riu’s fantastic All Inclusive collections – check out the best stays, perfect for a week or two in the sun.
Riu Touareg – Cape Verde
When it comes to Riu hotels, this stand-out stay perched on Praia de Lacacao’s delicate sands is a popular choice. If you’re after something remote, this 5* stunner has a real sense of solitude with its gigantic grounds featuring everything from grasslands to six pools and towering palms.
Its castle-like exterior is just as impressive too, and that’s before you get inside. As you enter you can expect homely and stylish features everywhere. If you’re looking for ultimate relaxation, there’s a section of the hotel which is dedicated to adults. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy an exclusive restaurant, pool and bar in a more mature setting.
Riu Tikida Garden Hotel – Morocco
This Moroccan complex has everything you could possibly need during your trip to Marrakech. A large pool is the centrepiece here, but the spa isn’t far behind with its highly-recommended hammam.
If your holidays are all about making use of the All Inclusive buffet, you’ll be happy to know there’s plenty of chance to indulge at this hotel. Whether you’re after international favourites like pasta, chips and doughnuts for dessert, or something a little more authentic like couscous served in beautifully presented tagines, your stomach won’t be rumbling for long.
Club Riu Costa del Sol – Spain
Recently refurbished, this stunning hotel places you in a prime position right next to the beach and within reach of Torremolinos’ centre. In true Riu resort style you’ve got plenty of choice here, from three pools to six bars.
There’s a splash park and playground for children as well, so your little ones are bound to love this hotel just as much as you. When you’re not relaxing around the palm-edged pool, the activities on offer will keep you busy all day long – we’re talking mini-golf, bike hire and badminton all included in your All Inclusive package.
Riu Papayas – Gran Canaria
This hotel is an All Inclusive haven, and by that we mean 24-hour snacks and free Wi-Fi – sold yet? The pool is the focus, not only because of its good size but it also comes with a tropical vibe with its carefully planted palms and fresh water.
Riu Papayas will take care of all your needs as well, whether you’re looking for something to keep the kids entertained or you like to keep fit on holiday – their activity programmes and kids’ clubs are first class. One thing’s for sure, you’ll be thoroughly looked after when you check into this beautiful hotel.
Riu Karamboa – Cape Verde
Another one of Cape Verde’s gems, the Riu Karamboa hotel offers the ultimate five-star retreat. With Praia de Salines Beach on the front door step, you’re guaranteed spectacular sea views. The hotel itself has a sprawling pool area with that all-important swim-up bar. Its rooms are pretty impressive too, opt for a suite and you can even have your own living room.
Riu Reggae – Jamaica
This adult-only hideaway was made for laid-back days under the Jamaican sun. Find a spot in on one of the three infinity pools and take in the hotel’s beautiful surroundings – and with two featuring swim-up bars, you won’t even have to get out when you want to order a cocktail.
There’s no shortage of food either, grab a snack from the buffet restaurants, that’s right you get a duo of buffets here. Alternatively, treat yourself to a juicy piece of sirloin at the steak restaurant or sample a taste of Italy at Dolce Vita.
Hotel Riu Palace Aruba – Aruba
This Riu Palace property is extravagant to say the least. Yes, its Caribbean surroundings are a sight to behold, but it’s the extra luxuries that’ll demand your attention. Show-cooking and rooms equipped with hot tubs are just some of this hotel’s many highlights.
Everything here is immaculately presented from the hotel’s grounds to the food in the restaurants – it’s safe to say this hotel lives up to its 5* rating. Days here are all about sinking into your sunlounger beside the pool, while nights centre around entertainment and winning big at the onsite casino.
ClubHotel Riu Paraiso Lanzarote Resort – Lanzarote
Housing four pools and four restaurants, this hotel is big on choice. That said, an All Inclusive stay here means you get to enjoy a range of comforts including a hot tub, solarium terrace and a lounge bar, not to mention rooms which come equipped with air-conditioning and a mini-fridge – the perfect place to store a cold beer.
If four pools aren’t enough, Playa de los Pocillos’ sands sit just over the road – we’d expect nothing less from a Riu. Meanwhile, evenings here are geared towards having a good time, with everything from a mini-disco, cabaret shows, live music, and if you’re still not ready to go to bed, there’s an onsite nightclub which stays open until 2am.
Riu Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka
This sparkling new property is worth the lengthy plane journey. Everything about this hotel mirrors its luxurious surroundings, from rooms which are stylishly decorated to pools with ocean views and buffets serving the freshest seafood.
Featuring everything you would expect from a typical Riu like a RiuLand kids’ club and RiuArt workshop, not to mention the chain’s very own Pacha nightclub, you certainly won’t be left disappointed.
Hotel Riu Helios Bay – Bulgaria
Popular for its great priced All Inclusive packages, this Riu hotel has recently undergone a refurbishment, so you can expect the hotel to look fresh from head-to-toe. Rooms with beautiful Black Sea views, fancy furnishings throughout and a large pool just waiting for you to take your first dip – now that’s what we call a hotel.
Prepare to be entertained all day with the fantastic Riu staff getting sunbathers involved in activities like beach volley ball during the day and fun quizzes and competitions during the evening, the kids won’t be complaining either with a multi-sports court at their feet.
Which world-class Riu resort has won you over?