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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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  • vacationlover06 : London, Ontario
Our much needed rest in Cabo at the Palace!

We stayed at the Riu Palace from Feb. 11th to the 18th.The requirements for this trip is that it had to be affordable, the room needed to be swim out/up, it had to be 5 star, and it needed to be in a place that was zika free. Sounds easy, but it's not. Cabo is as close to zika free as you are going to get. It’s in the desert and the nights get cold so mosquitos don’t thrive in Cabo as much as other places.We booked through Carlson Wagonlit, so that we could use our credit card points. The vacation package was purchased through Sunwing, and we upgraded to the front seats because I’m a bit taller than most people and I needed the extra leg room. Just a warning, sunwing seats are very small, and Toronto to Cabo is a 5 hour flight, so you will have to survive slight discomfort for a while.The cabo airport is nice and clean, and getting to the transportation to the hotel was hassle free.The ride to the hotel is 30 mins. We arrived to the hotel around 7 or 8 pm. Check in was very quick. We got a little lost getting to the room, but eventually we found it. The room - 5 stars!Our swim out room was amazing. It had a huge California King bed, a huge washroom with double sinks and rain head shower, a seating area with TV, massive patio, and private swim out pool with an awesome view of the ocean. The room also has a fridge stocked with beer, water, pop, and there is rum, vodka, and tequila in the room too.Room service-4.5 stars.Because we got to the resort in the evening and we were tired from travelling, we ordered room service. The menu is kind of small with a couple sandwiches, salads, nachos, and a couple deserts. However, it arrived quickly, and it was good. We ordered it later in the week for lunch, and it wasn’t as good.Staff- 5+ stars!These people work very hard. They always say hola and have a smile on their faces. The amount of our tips was based on a bunch of different things. You don’t have to tip, but if you do you may get an extra little bit of attention and you'll feel like you are helping these really nice people and their families.Special shout out goes out to Raul who will always greet you with a "Welcome to paradise", and Jose at the Mexican alacarte who answered lots of questions we had.Food- 5 stars!Buffet was great. Breakfast every morning was perfect.Steak alacarte. Had a great time. Food was good, and a mariachi band sang to us.Indian alacarte. Not a big fan of Indian food, but my wife is. She really liked it. It's really authentic.Japanese alacarte. Didn’t go, but wanted to. They have mahi mahi on the menu.Mexican/Italian alacarte. ate here first. It was really good. At lunch it’s an Italian restaurant and you can get lamb chops.Krystal. Ate here twice! On valentine’s day and we went back on our last night because it was so good. Had the lobster risotto and the beef tenderloin. Each could very easily be on the menu at a Michelin star restaurant.The entertainment - 4.5 stars.The Michael Jackson show was awesome! I was singing MJ songs all week, and I think my wife was getting a little annoyed.They have entertainment for the kids to participate in. There were only 4 or 5 little kids at the resort but the staff got them involved with dancing and games. Warning the Rioland songs with also gets stuck in your head.There was a wedding behind our room on Wednesday, so we got a firsthand experience on how the Palace does weddings. It was top notch. We were so close that we felt like we were invited to the wedding. I got to hang out with the father of the groom on the patio, and enjoy the festivities. Congratulations Grant and Brittany!Overall, the Riu Palace is a top notch resort, and the staff makes the environment very classy and sophisticated.For people just looking to party there is the resort next door called the Riu Santa Fe.I would recommend this resort to couples 30 y.o. and older looking to have a relaxing time.I would not recommend the Riu Palace for people with children.The Riu Place gets an overall rating of 5 stars from me.

  • Loretta G : Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Our experience with Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas was incredible. It is a beautiful property with many wonderful amenities. The staff are all very friendly and gracious and the housekeeping is spotless - everything shined. The food was wonderful and we really liked the fact that even though there were themes each night, for those who did not like that particular type of food, there was availability of other cuisines to suit every palate. All in all a wonderful week - did not want to leave.

  • rossdmd : Panama City Beach, Florida
Wonderful place and great food

We had a great visit here and truly enjoyed our meals. Several of the smaller restaurants open at 6:30 and a line starts 15 minutes before that. Krystal is especially nice and must not be missed. Room 4026 was on the top floor and has a great view and Jacuzzis both inside and out on the nice balcony. There are a lot of rooms, but the oceanfront is a very quiet room. Mini bar is refilled promptly and the wall mounted bottles of liquor are a nice plus.I'd say it is definitely a big step up from the RIU Santa Fe which is next door but mostly behind this resort.

  • Ellen S : Buffalo, New York
So great!

We have stayed at other Riu's but never at the Palace. So worth upgrading! Food was wonderful and staff very attentive. Went during February break and didn't have to contend with crazy young adults. 2pools. One with music and activities and the other just peaceful. The views around Los Cabo's friends m hotel are spectacular! Looking forward to coming again!

  • Diane H : Edmonton, Canada
Nice spot and good hotel

We spent a week in February at the Riu Palace upon a recommendation by a friend. The setting was beautiful but be aware that swimming in the ocean is not advised as the undercurrent is strong.The room was clean and comfortable. We did stay in the wing of the hotel that overlooked the "louder" of the two pools and the evening entertainment stage. (When looking at the ocean we were in the LEFT wing.) It was not an issue for us, as the pool closes by 7 p.m. and the entertainment ends by midnight. If you prefer to spend quiet time on your balcony and intend for an early bedtime......ensure you have a room in the RIGHT wing of the hotel.All of the staff were friendly and definitely took pride in their work. I will admit that we tend to tip and a few dollars here and there probably gave us better service than those who do not tip. If you do not tend to tip - I suggest you Google wages in Cabo San Lucas. A dollar here and there does not add up to much above the price of this All Inclusive and it means a LOT to the staff.People have stated that the pool is cold, but we found it refreshing from the heat!We will be back!Oh - and the beds were very comfortable.

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.