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RIU Hotels & Resorts to Open the $140 Million 562-room
Riu Palace Peninsula in Cancun, Mexico

Palma de Mallorca, 2nd February 2012
- After an investment of 140 million dollars, RIU Hotels & Resorts plans to inaugurate on 4th May, 2012 the Riu Palace Peninsula, a luxurious 24 Hours All Inclusive beach front property located on a spectacular beach in Cancun.  This will be the fourth property in the destination as the Spanish hotel chain already has 3 hotels: the Riu Cancun, Riu Caribe and Riu Palace Las Americas.

The Riu Palace Peninsula will belong to the luxury line of the hotel chain, which will be oriented to a more select and discerning clientele. The hotel will be characterised by its architecture and palace style decoration, its high quality cuisine and its renowned 24 Hours All Inclusive programme. The exclusive and luxurious hotel will be the second Riu Palace in the destination and the sixth in Mexico.  The hotel will feature 562 rooms which will be located in a building of 17 floors and villas.

"We hope the new Riu Palace Peninsula will give a new push to this destination which recently turned 40 years old. For us, this is another example of the importance that Mexico has in our development plans and the high quality that we seek to offer in this country", stated Luis Riu, CEO of RIU Hotels & Resorts.

Guests will be able to enjoy a rich gastronomic offer from its six specialty restaurants and the main restaurant, which will offer an international buffet and show cooking. Customers can also choose from seven different bars to sample the extensive menu of domestic and international cocktails.

Besides the stunning white sand beach, ideal to relax under the sun or practice all kinds of water sports like windsurfing, kayaking or snorkeling, the hotel offers freshwater swimming pools, one heated for the winter, and one with integrated jacuzzi and swim up bar. The Riu Palace Peninsula will also provide a full entertainment programme during the day, a nightly entertainment show and a full Renova Spa, in which the gym, sauna and jacuzzi are included in the All Inclusive package.

Cancun is world famous for the unparalleled beauty of its white sand beaches, the Mayan culture, for the eco-tourism activities and the hospitality of the Mexican people.

For more information about this new jewel in Cancun, please visit:
http://www.riu.com/en/Paises/mexico/cancun/hotel-riu-palace-peninsula/index.jsp

About RIU in Mexico:
Mexico is the top RIU destination in North America, with nearly 50% of the chain’s properties on the continent concentrated there. With the opening of Riu Plaza Guadalajara the company has a total of 16 hotels totaling 8,635 guestrooms in six different destinations. Riu Yucatan Hotel debuted in 1997 in Playa del Carmen and was the first hotel opened in Mexico by this chain which currently has a presence in Playa del Carmen (with six hotels), Cancun (three), Nuevo Vallarta - Riviera Nayarit (three), Los Cabos (two), Mazatlan (one) and in Guadalajara, with its first urban hotel in the country.

About RIU Hotels & Resorts:

The international RIU chain was founded 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 sun and sand holiday resorts. More than 50% of its resorts offer RIU's acclaimed all-inclusive by RIU formula. With the inauguration of its first urban hotel in 2010, RIU widens its range of product with a new city hotel product line called RIU PLAZA. RIU Hotels & Resorts now has more than 100 hotels in 16 countries and 25,000 employees which welcome over 3.2 million guests a year. RIU is currently the world's 27th ranked chain (according to HOTELS magazine in 2010), one of the Caribbean's most popular and the fourth largest in Spain.

For further information: Laura Robles: lrobles@riu.com  

Contact: 

Riu Hotels & Resorts 
Tel.: +34 971 74 30 30
prensa@riu.com
www.riu.com

Laura Robles: lrobles@riu.com
                          
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