Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas

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Our Opinion

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
  • Claire W :
Awful Food. Not Worth the Price

I paid an arm and a leg to stay at this resort over New Years Eve and it is safe to say I would not go back. The general decor of the hotel is very interesting with a giant neon pyramid in the lobby mixed with purple baroque wallpaper and grandmother looking furniture...it was very confused. The rooms are also extremely dated and did not fit the amount of money we were spending. Luckily, the pool area did look like the images. Now to the food... I am not kidding when i say myself and my 5 friends ate only french fries this entire trip. I am not a picky eater, in fact i eat almost everything, and i did not like a single meal i had at this resort. We tried 3 of the restaurants as well as all of the buffets and we were always left hungry and disappointed. One night we even ordered pizza to the resort because we were so desperate for food we could enjoy.

  • LongIslandLee : Long Island
Great service and location!

Riu Palace is in a great location and on a great beach! Unfortunately all the vendors basically set up shop right in front of the beach chairs and can be bothersome at times but we did wind up buying from them and it is convenient to purchase and put it right in your room. Its the same stuff you would buy in town and we found the prices cheaper on the beach. Not sure why they say the beach isn't swimmable..my kids 24 and 19 were in and it was very calm but I guess there was an under toe that could be dangerous if you're not an experienced swimmer. There was drink service on the beach as well. We thought the drinks were made perfectly, not too weak as many said and believe me, we are not strangers to cocktails! Buffets at breakfast and lunch were superior to others we have been too. Housekeeping superior to others and friendliness of the staff was awesome! Special shot out to Esme....that girl handled a busy lobby bar so efficiently she could easily be a New York bartender! My reason for not 5 stars would be dinner. We tried the steakhouse and it was really terrible. Horrible service and they served us the wrong dinners....so the waiter put the lids back on the dishes and served it to the table it belonged to! Not sure that it shouldn't have gone back to the kitchen instead of on someone else table! And the steak, not sure how it was cooked, but it looked like raw meat inside, not red raw, like not cooked but defrosted...i couldn't even put it in my mouth. It looked awful. The Mexican restaurant was ok, but unfortunately the food was not served hot enough. The other restaurants we did not bother to try and just did the buffet or went out in town. My other big complaint was that a king size bed is not a king size bed...it's 2 beds pushed together meaning someone gets the crack. Very uncomfortable. The pillows were uncomfortable too. The hallways are extremely noisy but i guess the hotel can't help the guests being loud and rude at 3:00 a.m. We would go back though! We had a great time and for the value, we would return!

  • Nousha S :
Just perfect !!!!!

Just came back from Riu Palace Los Cabos, (January 4th to the 11th). I must say this was a great experience from the moment we arrived till the last minutes of our trip. The check-in was one of the fastest ,organized, I have ever seen . Hence the 2 hours delay from our flight, we got to the hotel at 9:30pm and in my room at 9:38 :) Rooms are spotless and clean ,so is the entire place. They are maintaining it constantly. Our first evening wondering around the resort , we stoped at front desk asking casually about a room with a ocean view and to our nice surprise , Marimare at front desk offered us right away to switch room on the next day , so we did and it was BEAUTIFUL !!! “ Staff are friendly and welcoming. Service is great. Food , absolutely amazing and tasty. Location is perfect and the water is clear and CLEAN ! A big thank you the all staff and the Hotel manager. I will remember this trip to be one of the best one !!! Thank you ! Thank you ! THANK YOU !! Room 3051:)

  • Kyle M :
Just Married

Just got back from the RIU and we loved everything about it! Not to mention we got MARRIED during our stay here. Honestly, I read a ton of reviews on YELP, looked at lots of blogs, and even checked out other reviews from Trip Advisor simply because we wanted to make the right choice for our wedding. RIU was excellent to us during our stay- from the room, food, service by the pool, and of course during our wedding day.RIU Palace is an all inclusive resort in Cabo. It is a huge resort with two huge pools (a party side and quiet side), 5 specialty restaurants, a fantastic buffet, bars located on every floor, and a theatre where they do shows nightly. The shows are entertaining, maybe G to PG 13 rated in some spots, but they run from 8-10pm nightly and provide something to do at night. This place has sooo many stairs! I think I did 31 flights of stairs on our first day according to my app. They do have elevators but we enjoyed our "exercise" during our vacation going up and down from the room to the pools and theater. Our room was the Jacuzzi Suite. Located on the upper corner of the hotel, our view was incredible. We looked out over the Sea of Cortez and straight towards where the Arches were located. (couldn't see them from the room however) The room was perfectly located near, but not too near the lobby which was super convenient considering we had to meet our wedding guests as they arrived. We were also located near the main stairwell so getting around the hotel was pretty easy. Our bed was a full King- not two pushed together doubles or queens like others mentioned. We had plenty of closet space and the bathroom was definitely upgraded recently. The food here was pretty good. We both enjoyed the buffets during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There were some items that we tried once and never again, but we really enjoyed all the options in the buffet and their "specials" during the theme nights. The seafood paella was excellent! The bbq burgers and ribs down by the beach during lunch were also very tasty. And I also enjoyed the red snapper. The RIU has a couple of specialty restaurants on the property as well. We only tried the San Jose Restaurant during our stay. It was ok. The buffet was much better.The service was fantastic. Our servers/busers at the buffet were on top of getting water, juice, beer, and wine when our glasses were empty. And they also cleared dirty plates and utensils very quickly. We tipped a couple of bucks each sitting and noticed that we got some more attention after a few days of being there. At the pool we stayed closer to the quiet side. The service there spotty. We had better service when we tipped. They definitely came by more often when you threw a couple of bucks their way every few rounds or so. Our wedding was amazing! It was such blur that it is hard to say how everything went, but we didn't have any major problems with anything! The staff at the RIU were very organized during our meetings leading up to the wedding, and they took my wife's direction and organization of certain things and followed through with excellent attention to detail. Lupita was our main wedding coordinator, but she had an emergency during our week stay. Instead Haniel helped arrange everything for us. He was amazing! He organized our welcome table, favors, and logistics right down to the last detail. He even escorted out a few wedding crashers we had! Haha! Our wedding was super fun and our guests have been telling us how much fun they had! Thanks Haniel! Also, Haniel handled an emergency with one of our guests hotel bookings. He spent 2 hours on the phone with Expedia to clear up the mistake and confusion that our guest made. Excellent customer service!Our only complaint was that there was no rehearsal for our wedding. Well, actually, you can pay for a rehearsal but we opted not too. They (Lupita) stress to you that a rehearsal isn't necessary because they are with you every step of the way, and that the staff will make sure that everyone is on the same page. Well, Lupita was out on emergency and unfortunately this part of the wedding became a bit confusing because Haniel wasn't as experienced. Perhaps having a back up plan for the wedding coordinators is needed just in case there is another emergency. Cruised over to the RIU Sante Fe which is located next door a few times. They have 3 huge bar areas, including a sports bar, and they have Pacha which is their club. We had a blast dancing there a few nights, including after the wedding. Lots of fun and lots of tequila was had there!!So all in all it was a fantastic stay. Never had a second thought about people stealing from us. We heard horror stories but all of our guests went the whole week without an incident. Next time we would like to take an excursion and enjoy a bit more time by the pool, but would recommend RIU Palace for your wedding.

  • Tommy H : new braunfels

Granted i stayed there before the new renovations but can't wait to return once again next october,the staff even though its an all inclusive this one is beyond expectations and they are there to welcome you with smiles and help anyway they can,i once slipped in my room while holding a beer and sliced my hand and they patched me up without having to pay a doctor its all healed,very fun and beautiful place plus a short cab ride to downtown too,oh and the food outstanding october 2015

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • 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

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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.

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