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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.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Vinay P :
Worst hotel in the world

The management staff are rude and abusive and destroyed my property with no concerns or no efforts to fix it. The on staff manager was especially horrible taking my band and threatening to kick me out because I complained that my $300 bag was destroyed. Definitely fire that horrible disgusting rude manager. The rest of the hotel is bad too. Horrible food, cheap drinks, bad location, bunch of gangs outside, very dangerous.

  • Courtney W : Houston, Texas
Riu Palace Cabo

We vacationed here for 5 days the week before Memorial Weekend & it did not disappoint. The property is beautifully constructed! The lobby area was this big open outdoorsy space with more modern decorations & an upscale feel. Past the lobby is more restaurants & downstairs opens up to the blue waters & sandy beach. Breathtaking! Food: Breakfast, lunch & dinner buffets were all really good. It included a salad bar assortment of meat & cheeses, American, Mexican & Chinese dishes, pizza, desserts, etc. You can choose to dine in or outside. We sat outside daily just because the weather was so nice & the view overlooking the ocean was amazing. Favs: Fruit, papaya juice & the assortment of juices provided during breakfast, grilled shrimp for lunch & the fish for dinner. One night we ordered room service: grilled chicken sandwich & chips & a chocolate cake. They arrived about 20 min. later. The sandwich was good but the chicken could've been cooked more. Room: We had a Jr. suite with an oceanview. It contained a "King" size bed (two beds pushed together), couch, flat screen TV, balcony area with 2 lounge chairs, mini fridge & a spacious bathroom/shower. Many reviewers complained the TV only showed in Spanish but you are able to translate it to English. The fridge contains water, club soda, 7-up, Pepsi & cans of Dos XX, which are refilled daily. The room also contained liquor dispensers which are also refilled daily of Jose Cuervo, Bacardi, Smirnoff and Brandy. Room service came daily between11am-1pm. Some previous reviewers stated they had concerns with "sticky fingers" of the maids but we had no concerns. I personally don't trust a safe so we ensured our valuables were put up & luggage's zipped before heading out for the day. The AC worked fine and became very cold at night, especially with the ceiling fan.Activities: There's a black menu board in the lobby area which lists different activities done daily: yoga, bingo, shows, etc. I did yoga early one morning on the lawn with a staff member & it was quite nice! There are several bars around the resort & a menu of drink choices to choose from. Some reviews complained that the drinks are too sweet or not very strong, well the solution would be ask for an extra shot. The bartenders/wait staff are very friendly & generally honor your request. They also have other premium liquors (Jack Daniels, etc.) at the bar as well. Although it is a family-friendly environment, I counted maybe 3-4 children during my entire stay. Everyone else was couples(young & old) & girl/guy groups. Vendors are posted alongside the beach selling hats, shades, blankets, jewelry, etc. You need it they have it or can go get it. We said 'No thank you" at least 72 times but that won't stop them from asking. Transportation: Taxi's are $14 one way to downtown. I'm unsure if this differs going to Wal-Mart (a few miles away) or another local stop. The transportation guy at the podium can have a taxi within minutes. Santa Fe: Friday evening after watching one of the shows at the Palace (which was entertaining), once it concluded the mood dimmed a bit so we headed over to Santa Fe. Where it seemed liked Palace was winding down for the night, Santa Fe was just beginning. Live band on the patio, dancing & conversation.The bar area was packed! After spending about 5 minutes trying to get the bartenders attention, we finally got a drink. When time for round 2, the same wait occurred. The drinks were really good but I was over the wait. They should definitely consider adding 3-4 more bartenders as 2 was not enough. Not far from the bar was a sports bar. I liked this concept considering it was NBA Playoffs time.They also had a pool table (6 quarters), ice hockey table, high-top tables,etc. Very energetic feel & the crowd seemed like they'd be going all night, we were drained from the day & ready to get back to our peace & quiet. Compared to the Palace, the rooms are less upgraded, long lines/waits but the crowds are lively at all times & more cost effective. Santa Fe doesn't offer full WiFi, poolside service while swimming & no mimosa's at breakfast. Palace guests get access to Santa Fe but not vice versa. Even though we are young & enjoy the liveliness during the day, I was grateful for the quiet time the Palace provided. Overall, our stay was perfect, we had no complaints & everything exceeded our expectations and more. Although it's all-inclusive, we always made it a point to tip each time we ate or had someone assist with bags. Shout-out to Vanya (who checked us in & ensured our room was perfect & comfortable) & Alonso (server during breakfast, lunch &/or dinner). Thanks Palace for another great birthday week!

  • Mike O : Northern California
Amazing Stay at the Hotel Riu Palace

We stayed at the Riu Palace for five days and had a very nice time. It was our first trip to Cabo but we've been to other destinations in Mexico and have stay at other All-Inclusives. We picked the Riu based on reviews, location and a pretty amazing price.I'm not going to go into too many details-just a few-but we were very impressed. This resort is beautiful. There was staff everywhere keeping the place clean and inviting. Everybody was friendly and greeted us with a hello or have a nice day. Our room, 4065, was spotless and in perfect condition with an incredible view of the pool, beach, sea and the very tip on Lands End. The bathroom looked like it had just been updated. Great design!There were two huge pools which we labeled the noisy pool and the quiet pool..:) Self explanatory i'm sure. Remember, its an affordable AI so you have some people there that want to party all day. We mostly chose the quiet pool. The grounds are in great condition with easy access tot he beach. We went on several long walks down the beach. The beach has a pretty steep sloop so walking on it was a little bit of a workout. The beach merchants were too bad.The food was probably some of the best we had at an AI especial in the speciality restaurants. We ate at Krystal Fusion twice and would have gone back again except we had to go home. Guadalupe was wonderful as our server. Overall the service in the restaurants was exceptional. Our favorite though was Alex at the breakfast buffet. I've never seen someone work so hard to make even a breakfast buffet experience perfect. When my wife would stand up to go get something he would run over and pull her chair out and then run back to help her get seated. All of this while taking care of probably 20 other tables. Riu need to give this guy a raise!Our only complaint was the noise in the hallways. The floors in the hallways are tile and any cart with hard rubber wheels-housekeeping, maintenance, room service- could be heard coming from a mile away. Luckily, we normally get up pretty early to enjoy the day but if you like to sleep in the cart noise may drive you crazy.Would we go back? In a heartbeat and the next time I'm planning trip anywhere, I'll definitely consider a Riu!

  • Robert D : Punta Cana
Another Great Riu

We stayed there from 5/20 to 5/25 and had a great time. The hotel was great, the staff was the best as usual always very friendly and willing to go the extra mile. There always cleans and keeping the place as nice as possible to. The food was great we ate at some of the sit down restaurants and also the buffets and never had a problem finding something we liked to eat, also a few time we asked for something and they never had a problem trying to fill our order. The rooms were very clean and well kept we had a great view of the pool and ocean. We went to a few of their shows and were very impressed, the service at the shows was also very good we never really waited a long time for a drink anywhere on the property. Thanks again to the RIU staff for another great vacation!

  • bonniemsmart : Mission, Canada
Great food

The food is the best at any all inclusive we have had at any other resort. First and last time at a Riu. So noisy. Extremely hard beds, lousy pillows. Can hear every conversation of people returning to their rooms at night. Very clean. Good service in the lounge and at the buffet. Mediocre entertainment.

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.