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Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas

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Stunning grounds, impeccable service, and top-rate facilites make the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas a splendid 5 star resort. Two large infinity pools offer great views of Los Arcos. The beach here is expansive, but swimming in the ocean is not recommend because of strong currents. This popular resort is a great getaway for couples and families. Singles and might prefer the more active and lively setting of the Riu Santa Fe next door. Guest of the Riu Palace can use the facilities of the Riu Santa Fe next door, which is a good feature as the gym and spa are larger at the Santa Fe. There is free wifi in the lobby area.


This luxury, beachfront resort located on the Southern Baja California peninsula, has all the amenities, facilities and service that make Riu resorts so popular. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas is the place to be in Cabo. The Riu Palace Resort of Cabo San Lucas a striking resort complete with well manicured grounds, two stunning infinity pools, and awe inspiring facilities. This superior all inclusive resorts pampers guest with is luxurious facilities, outstanding service and unmatched amenities. Luxury is universal throughout the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, a feature that enables vacationers to experience Cabo San Lucas in an entirely new way.

Location: Beachfront on the Southern Baja California peninsula, 4.5 kms to the town of Cabo San Lucas, 40 km from the airport.

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  • patnwendy : Toronto, Canada
The Best Time

Just got back on Monday the 16th. I read all the reviews before I left and some not so great. I had read they didn't speak much English. I thought they spoke perfectly fine. I also read the food wasn't great. I thought the food was delicious. It goes to show you don't always believe what you read as no matter what you do there are people who just love to complain.I highly suggest the Riu Palace. Our room was immaculate, the food amazing and the people are so nice and accommodating. Please note this time a year it is a little cool at night so bring a sweater but during the day put on your sunscreen!!!I would like to recommend a couple of the tours by CABO Adventures. It is approximately a two hour drive to La Sur to do the Sea Of Cortes Adventure but so much to see on the way. We snorkeled with seals and saw whales breach the surface and it was amazing. They made us lunch and it was fantastic. Chris was the photographer and he was very professional. I would like to make a special mention to my man LEO!!!!! He was funny, friendly and very accommodating. That tour was topped off with the fact that Leo was there. Miss ya LEO!!!The following day I did the Whale Shark excursion and it was amazzzzzinnng. Mario ran that and he was the best. He has such a respect for these creatures and the environment. Thanks Mario!!! We jumped in 3 times and each time there was a whale shark there. Magnificent. Low and behold though Leo was there again.Unless you are very hard to please Riu Palace in Los Cabos was the place to stay and I have seen more on this trip then I have in years.Thanks again to Cabo Adventures and to Leo and Mario. My only complaint would be when we came back from the Whale Shark dive we stopped off at The Hotel California but the guide Oliver seemed to rush us out to quick. I know if Leo was there we would have been able to stay there longer. To all going there relax and enjoy it is an amazing place to go to and the sites sooo beautiful.

  • Blanca C : Lexington, South Carolina
"Good but can probably find a better deal"

My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas from December 27th -January 1st. There are a lot of good things and bad things, hotel location was great and since this was time for just the two of us we reserved the Suite with jacuzzi, our room was super spacious, balcony outside and another jacuzzi tub (this one didn't work), but the views made up for it. The hotel is big so even though there are children there it wasn't a bother, the pools are huge (however in cold temperature they are not heated or at least it wasn't turned on). A downside for being big, depending where you stay you may have to walk so far to get somewhere. This was a huge disappointment for us because we knew the ocean wasn't going to be much of an option but we hoped to spend a lot of time at the pool and unfortunately it was too cold. The food was mediocre, we kind of expected this since we've stayed at past Riu's before but being that we were in Cabos and cuisine is more upscale we thought we would get better food. From this experience we learned in the near future to not stay at an all inclusive and actually go out to eat since we did go out one night and the food was wonderful! Out of all the Riu's we've stayed (Riu Pacifico, Riu Palace Las Americas, Riu Caribe) no one had a dessert bar and views like this one. The staff lacked attention that we have received at other places but they did do an amazing job putting together a New Years Eve feast. Decor here was spectacular as well. If you're the kind that likes to be at the hotel all the time during you're stay this may be the place for you but if you like good food, learn more about the place you visit and explore I don't recommend it (not good for your buck).

  • jenstew2 : acton
Fun but too loud!

Girls trip. Myself and my best friend visited this resort hoping for fun in the sun and some relaxation. Great food and fabulous service was top notch! Daily maid service was just ok. They forgot to clean our room after we contacted them twice and when we called for them to come open our safe as it wasn't opening they took 45 min! Room was nice but could hear everything when people were in the hallway. Very noisy!

  • Melissa H : Winnipeg
Modernized aged resort, would go back for a discounted price.

We booked last minute and solely based on me asking my travel agent if it was at least 4 stars and a good price, so you cannot have many expectations of grandeur based on that. However a couple items did bother me and because of that I do not think we would return, unless for a very good deal. The rooms were quite loud. I could hear music outside very clear and everything in the halls. The a-la-carte restaurants do not all allow kids, which was not what the website says. You can only dine at the Buffet of the associated hotel, not the a-la-cartes which to me in counter-intuitive. Also they are going through a management change so you could literally see the improvement in service when management was walking around. Aside from that the beach is beautiful, the new areas are great, and the rooms have great bathrooms.

  • LisaLaHabraHeights : la habra heights
NOT worth the price! So many greater hotels.

Let me start by saying that I have been going to Cabo since the early 80's so this is not my first Rodeo.I wanted to stay where I could go into the water and my husband thought an All Inclusive sounded good. Both ideas did not pan out. You can not wade out into the water. The guests are told that if you go down on the beach turn right and walk about 30-45 minutes you will be in an area with shops and water you can go in. What? Now the All Inclusive part. The drinks are so highly watered down that we did an experiment in our room. They had four bottles of liquor we filled one all the way with Bacardi and you could EASILY drink it with a slight hint of Rum.Really? I get it you really don't want a lot of drunken people walking around but then just charge for the drinks. Regardless if you drink or not the price of your room includes everyone else's drinks. Now the restaurants. We waited with a buzzer for 45 minutes for the "Steakhouse". It was half full. Many staff standing. Our meal took another 45 minutes and arrived stone cold. Could not eat it! Got up and left without having dinner. The buffet breakfast is huge but totally without flavor. You could get a lot on your plate but you did not want to eat it. The Mexican restaurant (San Jose) is not bad.4/5. Minimal choices for room service,about 5 things. We ended up taking a Taxis for 250 pesos or 14$ to town to have breakfast at Mamas 5/5 and dinner one night at the Office 4.5/5. Now let me say some nice things. Our room was great. The most expensive one there. On the beach beautiful view. Jacuzzi on the balcony.The service is wonderful. Everyone is smiling and cleaning. The only service that they could have improved on was at the Steakhouse and around the pool. You mostly need to go get your own drinks at the bar.Once in a while you see someone around but you could grow very thirsty waiting. They apparently just had a renovation from Dec 15-aug 16 on the left side rooms and pool. It is nice and so clean. For the price I would say try SolMar,Hacienda Dorada or Playa bonita.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet made to order food stations for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • 24 hr snacks
  • Specialty restaurants for dinner; no reservations required
  • Domestic & Imported beverages
  • In-room mini-bar & liquor dispenser (replenished regularly)
  • Kayaking
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Gym
  • Sauna and Jacuzzi
  • Towels in the pool area
  • Pool loungers and sun umbrellas
  • Live music & theme shows
  • Daily activities for adults (6 days a week)
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Entrance to disco, drinks included 7 days a week
  • Restaurants including Mexican, Japanese, indian and Steakhouse
  • Bars including Lobby bar
  • Disco
  • 2 swimming pools w/adjoining Jacuzzi
  • 2 children's swimming pools
  • Terrace-solarium
  • Children's playground
  • Volleyball court
  • Tennis court
  • Gift shop
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Gym, sauna & Jacuzzi
  • Spa w/different treatments, beauty salon & massage (fee)

All accommodations include:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini bar & liquor dispenser (replenished regularly)
  • In room safe
  • WiFi internet access
  • Balcony or terrace

Junior Suites include:

  • Beautifully decorated
  • 2 doubles or 1 king bed
  • Small sitting area with sofa
  • Full bathroom with hairdryer
  • Max occ. 3 adults & 1 child

Suites include:

  • 1 king bed
  • Separate living area including sofa
  • Larger full bathroom
  • Walk-in closet
  • Larger balcony
  • Max occ. 4, up to 3 adults

Kids Deal - Children under 2 years stay and eat free. Child's age must be specified on the rooming list. Children sleep in existing bedding and must share the room with two (2) full paying adults in order to receive the discount. If one adult is traveling with 1 child, the child will be considered an adult. If an adult is traveling with 2 children, the 1st child will be invoiced as an adult and the 2nd pays the child rates.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel offers early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas
    Los Cabos,Mexico

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Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas
Av. Camino Viejo a San Jose Del Cabo KM 4.5 El Medano Ejidal, Cabo San Lucas 23410 Mexico

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.