March 12th to 19th. After chaos at the airport with 4 or 5 flights landing at the same time, fighting our way through the timeshare people (DO NOT STOP) to get outside, finding our transportation had left without us (our fault it took 2 hours to get through customs???), paying $80 US for a taxi 'flight' to our resort, we arrived at the Riu Santa Fe and were warmly greeted, shown to the check-in counter (smooth process),furnished with a margarita, and helped to our room in building 4. Many thanks to the staff at the Rui who unknowingly salvaged our holidays within minutes, after our a horrific start.
ROOM - Building 4 was the perfect location for us. It was central to the lobby/main buffet/WiFi/main stage, and to building 7 and the ocean. The backside (west facing) room allowed us a quiet escape when wanted and beautiful sunsets to enjoy from our patio. Not once were we awakened by late night partiers. The room was clean, bathroom supplied (bring your own shampoo/conditioner if you don't care for foil packs), the bar stocked, and the fridge was fully stocked (including many bottles of water). The bed was rather firm/hard, but slept surprisingly well on it. Had to ordered a few more pillows for the bed (only 3 small ones for a king bed) which arrived in short order.
FOOD - The buffets offered more than enough options to satisfy most. Considering the volume of food that had to be made, presented and maintained it was surprisingly good. Some items were not as good, so next time we opted for something else. Tried the a la carte dinners, but really preferred the buffet and the variety. Of the a la carte the Asian was the best, but it too incorporated buffet style dining.
BEVERAGES - The coffee was best if you used the self serve brew machines. Drinks were free flowing and decent. Probably diluted, but still alright. If you want to enhance the margarita ask for a different tequilla brand or for an extra shot in your drink.
POOLS - The pools at building 7 (infinity pool) were beautiful. The view was incredible, looking out to the very tip of the Baja and lover's beach. The water in these pools was cold. The deckside was loud (if you were looking to have quiet time to read etc.), but full of activities put on by the Rui staff. Be prepared to be an early riser if you want a lounger and to be in a prime location. The other pool was pleasantly warm, had a swim up bar too, relatively quiet, awesome 'huts' for shade, and also had its' share of activities. Again, you had to be alert to get the loungers here too. When it looked as if we were too late to get a seat, we would watch loungers that were not in use, and after a while moved in, knowing that if the original occupants showed up we would be more than willing to vacate. Never did we have to vacate, and left the chairs and towels as we found them (no one seemed to be the wiser or put out).
PRICE - We purchased this all-inclusive at an unbelievable price (less than $90ppn) on sale. These packages do come on sale, so do some research. Be sure to have $US dollars on hand. Prices for excursions, souveniers, and other things are better in $US than Pesos, and it is difficult to find/get $US there. We were also armed with $1's for tipping. Even though it was all-inclusive, we found the staff were fantastic and deserved recognition for what they did.
It is a large resort, and if mobility is an issue, and you want 'personlaized service", perhaps consider a smaller resort. We thouroughly enjoyed our experience at the Riu Santa Fe, with the happy and helpful staff making up far any shortfalls if there were any. Having never tried an all-inclusive before, we did not know what to expect, but feel expectations were more than met.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 4.5 Km/2.8 Miles from Cabo San Lucas * Opened winter 2007/8 * 1-story main building and 3-story and 4-story annexes * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 3.5 Km/2.2 Miles from downtown Cabo San Lucas * 40 km/25 miles from the airport * 500 m/1650 ft from a bus stop ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas
- Riu Santa Fe Los Cabos
- Riu Sante Fe
- Hotel Riu Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Mexico