Spanish hotel giant Riu Resorts is one of the leading all-inclusive brands in the Caribbean, from adults-only resorts to family-friendly properties. And its footprint in the region may be even larger than you think — from Aruba to the Bahamas to Jamaica and even the far edges of the Caribbean Basin in Panama. So how do you choose? We have you covered, with five resorts to think about for your next all-inclusive getaway, whether you’re just heading for an adults-only vacation or taking along everyone. Here are some Riu resorts to start thinking about for your next Caribbean journey.
Riu Palace Aruba If you’re planning an all-inclusive trip to Aruba, this imposing resort on Palm Beach needs to be at the top of your list, with more than 400 rooms on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. And yes, all the standards are here: the minibars, the beverage dispensers, the pools and the 24-hour service. That’s along with five restaurants (including a great Japanese eatery). (If you’re looking for Aruba for adults-only, try the company’s other Aruba property, the Riu Palace Antillas).
Riu Republica As good of a value as you’ll find at any all-inclusive in the region, this recently-expanded property is set on Arena Gorda beach in the heart of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. It’s also adults-only, meaning you get serious value and a more exclusive environment.
Hotel Riu Playa Blanca From Caribbean islands like Bocas del Toro to offshore overwater bungalows, Panama has increasingly been appearing on the radar of informed travelers. But while the country’s Caribbean coast has lots to offer for adventurous travelers, there are all-inclusives too, including this one, which includes a special RiuLand kids; club making it great for a family getaway.
There is no shortage of all-inclusives in Mexico’s tourism hub of Cancun, and, unsurprisingly, Riu has a strong presence. We’re partial to the Riu Palace Peninsula, an adults-only megaresort with a great spa. And if you’re looking for an extra degree of seclusion, there are adults-only Deluxe Villas that are unique among Riu resorts.
ClubHotel Riu Negril It’s not a shock that Jamaica’s most energetic beach town should be home to an equally entertaining resort, but that’s the spirit at this more than 400-room property on Negril’s Bloody Bay beach. Try a Jamaican jerk meal or enjoy the watersports at one of Negril’s best-known all-inclusive options.