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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
  • Lauren O : Atlanta, Georgia
Beautiful Views of the Arch!

We stayed at this resort in September 2013 (before the Hurricane of 2014). This was our first experience staying at a RIU property and it did NOT disappoint! Our room faced West and had a spectacular view of the Arch/water. We could see the cruise ships come in every day. It was an unreal sight! The grounds were immaculately kept, the service was superb and the food at the buffet was always delicious and a different them each night. The only downside was the amount of walking/stairs to get from the common areas (pool, restaurants..etc) to your room. It was quite a long walk, even though we were a young couple. Also, the beach has high/strong waves not fit for swimming. You'll need to head toward the Marina in order to get in the water.

  • thalen2016 : Chilliwack, Canada
Beutiful Resort but it ends there

Just came back from the Riu Palace Los Cabos. The resort itself is beautiful and clean. That's where it ended for me. The food was no more than a 3 star and the entertainment was anything but entertaining. Hotel staff were great and bar service was ok. Pools were crowded with drunk 20 year olds, which I thought would have all been at the santa fe next door, but were not. I wouldn't return.

  • Becky R :

5 couples vacationed together for the first time in Cabo San Lucas. We didn't know anyone who vacationed in Cabo so we did our research, read the reviews and picked the Riu Palace for our destination. We picked the perfect resort and went at the perfect time. Spring break was over and the resort was not that busy. The Riu Palace was everything the pictures on it's website shows. Breathtaking views, sandy beaches, beautiful rooms and restaurants, perfect weather, and plenty of pools and lounge chairs. We ate at 3 of the specialty restaurants for supper and the food was good, but the food at the evening buffet was spectacular so we ate most meals at the buffet. The food was plentiful, fresh and quite the variety of offerings. Service was exceptional, from the maids cleaning our rooms, Alexander bringing us drinks by the pool, Jony and Marianna bartending for us, and all of the servers taking care of us during meals. We had a junior ocean-view suite and the view from our room was spectacular. No vacation is perfect and there were a few bothersome things - the hallways outside the bedrooms are tile and the sound of carts rolling over the floor and people talking carries into the rooms. Bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper. You are only given one room key, and since my husband and I did not always do things together, this sometimes made getting in the room difficult. I would strongly encourage people to check out the Riu Palace in Cabo for your next vacation or wedding destination. It is family-friendly but also adult-friendly.

  • serickson333 : Vancouver, Canada
Amazing staff, food, and hotel!

Didn't know what to expect for Cabo due to the poor reviews from friends about the Sante Fe ( they weren't wrong) however, I was very pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the Palace was. Everything about the pools, restaurants, staff and entertainment was amazing. I could not be happier to have taken my trip there and plan to go back as soon as possible. Everything was immaculate and it wasn't a party hotel like the Sante Fe. Very relaxing!

  • Haatley : Aurora, Canada
Not quite what it once was...

So, I traveled with my girlfriend from Toronto the week of April 9th-16th, 2017. This was our 5th time back at the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. We were going to try something perhaps on the Pacific or in San Jose del Cabo this time, but figured since we loved this resort so much, we might as well go see it post renovation. The renovations themselves, I have mixed feelings about. -The lobby looks nice, although I'm not a huge fan of the pink. -The new Lounge 24 where the jewelry store used to be is very nice, but the only time I went in was while I was giving my dad a video tour of the renovations. -The coffee bar, which is located where the pool tables used to be in the lobby bar is an excellent addition. -As is the Beach Club, because even though it is not safe to swim in front of the resort, it is a beautiful beach and was under utilized previously. -Really enjoyed the new colour scheme in the rooms, and the bathrooms look nice. The rain shower is awesome, but they now do not have tubs in the junior suites. This didn't bug me, but my girlfriend loves baths. -We didn't have a swim suite, and to me they look kinda cheesy. The ones located on the pool side seem to get no privacy. That being said, the people staying in those rooms seemed to enjoy them and get use out of the pools. -I love where the buffet is located, but I also preferred the theatre in that location. So that is something I wish had never changed. -Don't use the pool bars but they are a lot bigger. -Best change made, was making it so you didn't have to walk through a restaurant in your wet bathing suit to use the bathroom located in beside the activity pool.Was very disappointed in front desk staff. I e-mailed weeks before I went down requesting a room on the 4th floor overlooking the activity pool and Land's End. Got an email back, as per usual, saying they would try to accommodate me. They didn't try. I know this because people in same room type who didn't email in advance got the rooms located where we asked and we were put in an absolutely TERRIBLE room on the 3rd floor over looking the seating area from the theatre. We arrived at night so we went directly to the front desk and voiced our disappointment in the room. We offered to pay for an upgrade. The gentleman at the front desk was rude and flat out lying about the rooms available. Agreed to take one on the third floor 10 doors down which was at least not on top of the theatre, but returned in the morning in hopes to speak with a manager. Marimar at the front desk flat out denied my request to escalate the matter and wouldn't get the manager. I figured being a return customer (we literally go every year) and longtime Riu Class member that I deserved a little more respect from the front desk staff but they are terrible, and I hope management is reading this.The food at the buffet is nowhere near as good as it used to be and has far less options available. Last year when we visited it was so good we ate there every night. This time we went twice. Nothing looked appetizing. We used to enjoy the pasta station where they would make a dish fresh to order. It didn't look like they were offering this anymore. One evening after walking around the buffet 3 times and finding nothing, we asked if they would make us a fresh pasta. And they did, but it was terrible and cold and basically put a meal for a family of 4 on each of our plates. The waiter looked at us weird when we both said we didn't want it. That is the only bright part of the buffet. Raul and Cesar are amazing wait staff. For our other meals we ate at the Mexican which was okay, and ate at the steak house 3 times (the filet and lobster was the best food at the resort. Do not order the New York). The lunch buffet was not great either, thank god most days they now do a fresh barbecue at the pool or beach, which was also good. Can't mess up breakfast.Entertainment is also dry at the Riu Palace. Years ago the staff was awesome. This place should do everything they can to bring Robbie back, because the way he interacted with the guests is unmatched. Daniel was the only one who took the time to speak with us really and he was a very nice guy and was pretty much the only staff member we liked. The guy who hosts now and I believe is in charge takes himself way to seriously. Very arrogant and unapproachable. The shows are the same old thing. Michael Jackson is always good. The house band was actually very good.There is no more nightclub on the resort. So at about 10:30 at night there isn't a hell of a lot to do. We went to the Santa Fe when we felt like letting loose a bit without leaving the resort. There is no 24 hour bar at the Riu Palace anymore. We were surprised to see that the Lobby bar was closed when we returned from the Santa Fe later in the evening. Only place to get drinks is to serve yourself at Lounge 24 or from in room liquor dispensers late at night.We had a good time. We always do in Cabo. Weather is always perfect and we will definitely plan our next vacation in Cabo, but perhaps for once we will not be staying at a Riu property. The grounds are perfect and the view is amazing, but the quality of food is not what it used to be, and they seemed to have drained a lot of the fun out of the resort. Not saying we will never return, just feel like it's time to try something else as for the first time we left unimpressed. The wrist bands are now blue and the dye leaks out onto towels and clothing, by the end of the week it's white. Room service wouldn't bring us coffee after an afternoon nap at 4pm... weird. Drinks were good, be sure to ask for premium liquors (Don Julio for tequila). No more variety store in lobby, have to goto pool stores for anything you need. The theatre screwed up my drink order often. They also don't have number on the tables anymore for the wait staff, so waiters constantly walking upto your table asking if you ordered drinks you didn't ask for as they are confused.Lovers Beach was closed so we hung out on Medano Beach a couple days. It is gorgeous and was a nice change of pace from the pool area.If you need anything, see Mario on the beach! He runs the horseback riding there and is the most helpful guy in Cabo.Trying to upload pictures but it isn't working. I will try to add later I guess.

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.