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Riu Santa Fe

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Our Opinion

Located alongside the Riu Palace Los Cabos, this resort is excellent for couples, families and singles alike. Not too far from the shopping and nightlife of Cabo San Lucas. The beach in front of the resort stretches right into town, but swimming in the ocean here is limited due to strong ocean currents. However, a swim-able area is just a short walk down the beach towards Cabo San Lucas. As a clean, well maintained resort with great service, the Riu Santa Fe is a definite recommendation. Over the years it has been one of our most popular resorts in Cabo.


Overview

Located alongside the exciting Riu Palace Cabos San Lucas, the magnificent Riu Santa Fe is a stunning piece of the Riu Resorts portfolio. The finest details went into creating this extravagant resort, including first rate restaurants, beautiful pool areas and tropical grounds.

Location: Beachfront property, located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 40 km from the airport and 4.5 kms from the town of Cabo San Lucas.


tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Candice T : Hamilton, Canada
Overall very happy

Was there January 8-15. So, very clean very nice resort. The lobby lacks a bar but the sports bar is right around the corner so i guess that made up for it. The snacks at the sports bar are bad. Really needs a kitchen to make fries/pizzas etc. So we didn't really take advantage of the 24/7 snacks. They make a mean cup of coffee in there though. The theater is right beside that. The shows progressively got 'worse' as the week went on but overall we were happy. Fun Michael Jackson show! The bars surrounding the theatre are busy but good. The staff here work hard and for the most part go out of their way to make you feel welcome. I did notice a few employees who slacked, didn't seem into the activities, got in trouble for not being as interactive as they needed to be, only seemed like they wanted to dance with pretty young girls. So kudos to the people who said hello and smiled at EVERYONE. There were a few entertainment staffers who danced with little girls ..older women and seemed to genuinely have fun. The show MC was hilarious and energetic. The dancing after the shows were fun. Not dancey enough for me but they need to appeal to everyone.. The disco is smaller but nice inside. I didn't dig the music too much but I didn't hate it. I'm pretty sure they play the same thing every night which sucks. I was looking forward to more dancing music not just electronic beats. The main buffet was always good. We didn't have many complaints about the food. We always found something to eat EVERYWHERE. We tried all the restaurants. No limits. No reservations! Yay! Mexican was meh..not the greatest but not awful by any means. Steakhouse, not GREAT...but also not bad. Asian was yummy. Loved the appetizer buffet. Italian was the best. Very good. The portions at the restaurants are quite small so fill up on the appetizer buffets. Smaller pool was very chill (until about Friday saturday) ..we called it the boring pool and it served it's purpose when we just wanted to relax. A bar with a swim up. All good. The guy who usually ran activities here didn't do a good job at talking to everyone..saying hello..including everyone and a lot of the time seemed unhappy..unfriendly. but he was always by himself so maybe that was why.The infinity pools were beautiful. You can't beat that view. The rocks in the background. Wow. Disappointing that you can'tswim in the ocean and that the beach is littered with people selling. I had hoped they would keep them off the property like in other resorts but no dice. They didn't push hard and backed off when you said no. I noticed the bartenders weren't great at making you new fun drinks when you say "I don't know what I want..make me something fun pleasee" I've been places where I've been super happy with everything they've made. I tried a lot of them here and was meh. Didn't dig their Pinas or daiquiri too much but it was good I just got sick o f them. The dirty monkeys and mudslides were delicious. I drank quite a few Caesars and Ron punch's too. Yum. The activities at the 'party' pool were sometimes fun. I did zumba and aerobics. They were always energetic. One day they had a beer drinking contest..that was fun to watch! Also a pool foam floaty party. Fun too. I got some mosquito bites that were pretty nasty. They come out around 4ish so bring bug spray. My biggest complaint would be the weather! I didn't know it'd be like 20° in the evening! And windy! I was freezing all the time out of the pool and so cold in the evening. Bring sweaters and pants and forget the cute outfits!!! Also unfortunately near the weekend tons of people came and we're annoying. I have no problem with partiers but they were obnoxious and trouble causing. A few fights happened. So it deterred us from staying out at night. And from staying at the infinity pool the last couple days. The hotel was very well maintained and the fun is there if you want to have it. The rooms were nice. Roomy balcony. Nice bathroom. Not enough pillows! But I had good sleeps!!We signed up for a water taxi and had a really good experience. The drive there was a bit nauseating lol but the boat guy was awesome. Saw sea lions very close! We also signed up for whale watching on a bigger boat 99 dollars us with nexus. SO FUN. The crew was amazing and we saw several whales. GRey and humpback. Met great people. I believe the boat was called 'sunrider'... Bring tips for the boatman and crews if you do any of these. The hotel staff work very hard. I like to tip those I appreciate. I saw multiple people there every single day ...day and night. And they were still lovely.

  • kathleenk28 : Calgary, Canada
Family Christmas Vacation

Our family of four spent Dec. 24th - 31st at this property (kids are 12 and 16). Overall our experience was very good but I have a few notes/recommendations. We did stay in building 7 with ocean view rooms, but they gave us rooms beside each other but not in the same hallway (with doors facing each other) which would of made much more sense. We were in the back half of building 7 which was quiet but a bit of a hike from the main restaurant/lobby area. Rooms around the main pool would be very noisy. The rooms are basic but clean and housekeeping was very good. The main pool is the party pool and we choose not to spend time there with our kids as there were lots of people drinking all day and not getting out to use the loo - eww|! We did enjoy the Iguana pool which was a lot quieter but still fun and had a swim up pool bar. Our first lunch was kinda scary as the food was terrible and the restaurant was dirty -restaurant nearest the beach. Luckily the Christmas Eve dinner in the main dining room was lovely and the rest of our meals were pretty good, although we went into Cabo for dinner 4 of our 7 nights as we found the food very repetative ( as with most All Inclusive resorts) and they specialty restaurants were too much effort as you had to stand in line for at least 45 minutes and hope that you were not too far down the line so they would not reach capacity before you were seated. The beach is nice but the sand is fairly course and you have to steer clear of the many horses that are trekking up and down the beach all day (and their road apples (beach apples?) . We booked a last minute holiday special at a discounted rate so we found the value to be reasonable but would probably look at staying at the Riu Palace for our next visit to Cabo.

  • tropiclikeitshot : Toronto, Canada
Riu Santa Fe

Liked- the people - the view- the infinity pools - whale watching- the city - bottle of champagne, treated well- respectful employees - clean rooms - safe on the resort and off the resort Don't like- handlers on the beach - too many of them - food- cold weather at night - bring pants and sweaters- no bar on beach, had to go to the pool- no food after 10 except sports bar which sucks - no lobby bar- some rooms outdated - sand is rough on the beach - no inseat service by the pool or on the beach- uncomfortable beds

  • raz m : Toronto, Canada
Great time but still prefer Bahia Principe properties over RIU

Just came back from annual vacation with two grown up sons and my husband. Here's my honest opinion:If you have never been to a chain like Bahia Principe, or if this is your first time visiting an All inclusive or if you are under 30 or simply young at heart.....you will love it!!The resort is lovely with a rustic and very Santa Fe decor and amazing landscape. The vibe is very energetic, youthful and Partyish.We had one of the most smooth and efficient check in and out...very impressed. The staff is very helpful IF approached. Tipping does make a difference!! Food was quite good. It was a typical All inclusive buffet...you will always find plenty to eat. What made food very special here was the tortilla cart, the poolside BBQ lunch and the no reservation Alacartes. We tried the steakhouse and enjoyed it. We were in building 5 ideally located between the beach and the main lobby. Our room was on the ground floor and we had a lot of mosquitoes...not happy about that. As other people have mentioned previously, it is very noisy, especially around 2 am when the Disco closes. Not sure what is the fuss about building 7, yes it is close to the beach and the infinity pool but also has a very distinct sewage stench around it. Absolutely loved Cabos!! The views are breathtaking. The town is a 15 minute bus ride using local collectivo. We went several times during the day and once at night...very safe.We booked an ATV excursion with Nexus. Very disappointed with Omar. He actually ripped us off by lying and he spoke very well so it was definitely not due to language barrier.....so word of caution, be very clear on the terms and conditions.Personally for us, We missed the exceptional hospitality we always experience at Bahia. The resorts are much modern, cleaner and people actually dress up in the evening! I missed the extravagant tea times at Bahia, there is no tea time at RIU. All in all it was a good vacation, would love to go back to Cabos but perhaps a different resort. My boys on the other hand are definitely going back to RIU Santafe!!

  • Dad-on-Vacation : Chicagoland area
Good not great

The RIU Santa Fe is an all inclusive resort just north of the marina in Cabo San Lucas. I booked it through Southwest Vacations because the total cost for my wife,me and my two college age sons was a little over $5200 - which included flights, food and adult beverages for six days and nights. My 19 year old son really enjoyed the resort. He was "legal" to drink and took advantage of the poolside activities, bars and restaurants. He stayed out in the plaza a few nights until 1 or 2 am. Unfortunately he said that late at night there were prostitutes that came into the resort with their bodyguards (pimps?) . He was propositioned a few times. During the day there were no such issues that I was aware of.The rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. The pillows were exceptionally thin - uncomfortable. Also- the rooms and all the bathrooms through out the entire property smelled very musty. In fact the musty smell came home in all of our clothes and even our luggage. I had this same issue in Cancun at Riviera Maya- Mayan Palace . Maybe its just a Mexico thing.The food was plentiful- many , many options to choose from. My wife and one son really enjoyed all the various fish choices. I'm more of a meat and potatoes guy as is my 18 year old son so we didn't enjoy the food as much. It's not bad it's just not very good in my opinion. The hamburgers didn't taste like any hamburger I have ever had and that was not a good thing. The steaks are thin and tough/chewy. The breakfasts were very good with plenty of egg choices, omelets, pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage and a lot of Mexican specialties. Breakfast was by far the best meal of the day.The pools were very very nice. We stayed mostly at the beach side pools and swim up bars. The drinks are good, not great. The alcohol brands are not "top shelf". They had Smirnoff vodka if you asked ofr it and Beefeaters Gin but other than that the only other "brand" I recognized was Early Times bourbon and Johnny Walker Red scotch. I tried the Red scotch and it did not taste like Johnny Walker scotch that I have a t home. While it is "all inclusive" the bartenders seemed to expect to be tipped. So I did and that usually resulted in stronger drinks. Overall the resort is ok. You get what you pay for. As I said, it was clean and for a cheap family vacation it served the purpose.

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 Italian, Asian, Mexican and Grill Steakhouse 
  • Bars including Lobby bar
  • Disco
  • 2 swimming pools with adjoining Jacuzzi
  • 1 children's swimming pools
  • Terrace-solarium
  • Children's playground
  • Volleyball court
  • Tennis court
  • Gift shop
  • Internet access (fee)
  • WiFi in lobby
  • Gym, sauna & Jacuzzi
  • Spa with different treatments, beauty salon & massage (fee)

All accommodations include:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini bar & liquor dispenser (replenished regularly)
  • In room safe
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max. occupancy 3 adults & 1 child or 2 adults & 2 children
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 2 double beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathroom with tub & shower
Suites include:
  • Larger and beautifully decorated
  • 2 doubles or 1 king bed
  • Small sitting area with sofa
  • Full bathroom with hydro-massage tub
  • Separate shower and bidet
  • Hairdryer
  • Walk-in closet
  • Larger balcony or terrace with Ocean view
Suites with Jacuzzis include:
  • Same as Suites
  • Balcony with private jacuzzi
Kids Deal - Two kids 12 years & under stay and eat free. Limited availability.

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.

Golf Special - From US$55. Cabo San Lucas Golf at its finest. Challenging 18-hole golf course with expansive fairways in spectacular Cabo San Lucas surroundings at Raven Golf Course. Includes: 18 hole green fee, shared cart, practice golf balls & bottle of water. Local taxes (10%), caddy service, tips and other incidentals are extra. Shuttle service available to & from hotel & golf course (extra charge). For further information about pre-booking tee times call the toll free 1-888-328-8501 from Canada or via email at www.ravengolf.com or locally once you arrive in the destination (first come first served) with a Raven Club agent who is located in the lobby of the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. Book & pay locally.

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 Santa Fe
    Los Cabos,Mexico

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Hotel Riu Santa Fe
Camino Viejo a San Jose Cabo San Lucas, 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.

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