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RIU Hotels & Resorts

RIU Hotels & Resorts

 

A unique experience, and more than 100 hotels in which to live it

RIU Hotels & Resorts remains the firm favorite for hundreds of travelers who select them year after year for their vacation.

The warmth of our facilities means our guests feel they are right at home, in modern, comfortable and spacious rooms to suit all types of needs. Attentive service ensures every stay runs smoothly, creating a cheerful, friendly and welcoming environment: the makings of a truly wonderful stay.

Gastronomy is another of RIU Hotels & Resorts success stories. All our guests enjoy a selection of dishes prepared daily with the utmost care and to their liking using fresh, exquisitely presented ingredients.

Likewise, the opportunity to stroll through large gardens and dive into crystal-clear swimming pools and to take advantage of a wide range of activities and enjoyable entertainment programs for both children and adults has become another of the RIU Hotels & Resorts seals of quality. Today clients only need take care of selecting their destination, as fun and comfort are already guaranteed.

 

Riu Palace: a unique experience within your reach

Riu Palace are the most sophisticated of all the RIU hotels, designed to make our guests feel like royalty. With each located on the beachfront, excellent service and wide smiles invite guests to take advantage of their modern facilities.

Bathed in sunlight next to crystalline waters, Riu Palace Hotels are designed with your relaxation in mind. But that’s not all, the range of sports, entertainment and shows on offer ensures each day is packed full of fun and excitement.

Rooms are meticulously designed and offer everything you need to make you feel at home and maximize your leisure time.

Fresh, quality ingredients prepared right on the spot, or exquisite, stylishly presented dishes served in our specialty restaurants: indulging in our hotels' cuisine is a delectable experience that leaves our guests wanting to come back for more.

A luxury stay in the best destinations worldwide. Riu Palace Hotels are ready to cater to any desire: a glass of champagne, some delicious canapés, a bubble bath, 24-hour wi-fi throughout... all this is easily within your reach due to our excellent balance between quality and price.

 

All Inclusive By RIU, a unique experience with everything included

From first thing in the morning, our guests can freely enjoy RIU Hotels’ exclusive All Inclusive service.

A breakfast of fresh fruit, freshly made pastries and hot dishes prepared live, choosing at lunch and dinner time from the extensive range on our buffet or dishes from our themed restaurants and having the chance to savor any kind of drink at any time are just some of the benefits of staying All Inclusive with RIU.

Our catering teams carefully prepare dishes to satisfy everyone; catering to the individual needs and preferences of our guests is a priority. Our live cooking stations use products selected daily, providing optimal quality and freshness. We offer original dishes form every region based on their traditional ingredients, as well as international fusion cuisine and themed restaurants with various types of fare which make up the broad spectrum of eating opportunities found under the RIU All Inclusive seal. Our guests' only task is to have a great time and enjoy their stay.

 

RIU Entertainment Fun for all the family

Smiles, enthusiasm and commitment are the key attributes of the RIU's entertainment team. Entertainment professionals always give the best they have to offer to guarantee a full program of activities for those enjoying our hotels. Sports, shows, children's games and pastimes for adults... all designed and flawlessly planned to keep guests happy all day long so that they can devote their time purely to having fun and being pampered. The entertainment and well-being of our guests have become the primary objectives for those who work from first thing in the morning to ensure guests have an unforgettable stay. Our guests know how to thank us for this by spending their holidays with us year after year.

Taking part in water activities and team sports to keep fit, trying out new cultural and leisure hobbies or enjoying night time shows are the best ways to experience an unparalleled vacation. Our leisure program is therefore the perfect complement to those hours of relaxation offered by RIU Hotels.

 

History

The international RIU chain was founded in Mallorca by the Riu family in 1953 as a small holiday firm and is still owned by the family’s third generation. The company specialises in holiday resorts and 60% of its establishments offer its acclaimed All Inclusive by RIU service. With the inauguration of its first city hotel in 2010, RIU is expanding its range of products with its own line of city hotels called Riu Plaza. RIU Hotels & Resorts now has more than 100 hotels in 16 countries which welcome over 3,2 million guests a year and provide jobs for a total of 25,000 employees. RIU is currently the world’s 30th ranked chain, one of the Caribbean’s most popular and the fourth largest in Spain.

 

1953 – opening of the first hotel

In November 1953, Juan Riu Masmitja and his wife Maria Bertran Espigule acquired, with their son Luis Riu Bertran, the San Francisco hotel, a small 80-bed establishment located in Playa de Palma (Mallorca, Spain). This was to be the first hotel of many in the future of the international hotel chain.

The 60s saw a real tourist boom in the Balearic Islands, which Luis Riu Bertran actively contributed to through his partnership with the German tour operator, Dr. Tigges (known as TUI since 1968). Following the consolidation of charter operations between Germany and Mallorca in the summer months, Luis Riu went one step further in strengthening the development of tourism in the Balearic Islands, by also promoting Mallorca as a winter destination.

During the 60s and 70s, the company underwent significant expansion in the Balearic Islands, consolidating its business partnerships all the while. In 1976, Riu Hotels S.A. was established along with TUI (Touristik Union International) in order to build new hotels.

 

1985 - first hotel outside the balearic Islands

In the 80s, RIU began to expand into other destinations. Its first hotel outside the Balearic Islands opened in 1985, on the island of Gran Canaria. The Riu Palmeras at that time gave a hint of the successful initiative it was to become, as today the Canary Islands are one of RIU’s main destinations, with over 20 hotels located there.

 

1991 – first international hotel

With the 1990s came the opening of RIU’s first international hotel. The Riu Taino began to welcome its first guests in November 1991 in Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic. This was the first step in RIU Hotels’ impressive growth in America, where it currently has over 30 hotels. The partnership with TUI was strengthened even further in 1993, with the creation of the company RIUSA II SA, with TUI and RIU each owning 50%, which operates the RIU line of hotels.

 

1998 – Generational change-over

Following the death of Luis Riu Bertran, his children Carmen and Luis Riu, the third generation of the family, took on the post of managing directors of the chain, a position they continue to hold today.

 

2010 – first city hotel

During the 90s and early 2000s, RIU underwent major expansion in several countries, including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba, the Bahamas, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Morocco, and Tunisia.

After 56 years of specialising in holiday resorts, in 2010 RIU Hotels & Resorts embarked upon one of his biggest challenges yet as a company: the launch of its urban hotel brand Riu Plaza. In September 2010, the Riu Plaza Panama opened its doors in Panama City; it was the first RIU hotel in the country and the first of RIU’s city hotels. The company’s commitment for this new line of business was consolidated in 2011 with the opening of the Riu Plaza Guadalajara in Mexico, and the Riu Plaza Berlin, which will open in the German capital in September 2014.