I took my 18 yr old daughter and 2 of her girlfriends as a birthday/graduation gift.We stayed from March 26-April 2, 2012. I've stayed at lots of all inclusives and always read the reviews ahead of time just to give me an idea of what to expect. The Riu Sante Fe was what I expected and we had a wonderful week there. It is one of the closest all inclusive resorts down the beach from Cabo. It's in a great location.
We stayed in building 4 and we were very happy there. It was about half way between the lobby and beach. We found that by being in building 4 and not in building 7 we got to see more of the property and ate at all of the restaurants instead of just staying at the pools and restaurant by building 7. We were on the top floor(4th) and it was a hike up with no elevator but we needed it after all the drinks and food over the week. It also meant that we had no noise on the tile floor from other floors.
Ask for top shelf liquor eg. Bacardi, Smirnoff etc.and you will get it. Miami vice, Bahama Mamma, Mango Dacquiri ,Purple Rain were some of our favorite drinks. The fridge in the room was stocked every second day with bottled water, pop and beer. If you needed it restocked sooner and requested it at the front desk they would bring it. There was no coffee maker in the rooms and the coffee in the restaurants was bad-instant coffee in large quantities.
The food was ok.Lots of it. We ate at the buffets as well as the Asian, Italian and Mexican al a carte restaurants. We had no trouble booking them. We loved all the fruit and smoothies in the morning for breakfast. Can't beat eating a meal on the patio over looking the beach every day. Lunch usually had us enjoying a big plate of nachos, fresh salsa and guacamole. Lunch at the pools by the beach also had the grill out with hot dogs and hamburgers. Out by the lobby bar and restaurant in the evening they had make your own tacos with beef or pork and they were great.
There is a computer in the lobby. There was often a long line up to use it though. If you bring your own laptop there is wi fi in the lobby area. I had 3-18 yr old girls that were off of their electronics for an entire week. Way to go Cabo!! ;-D
If you walk to the highway and cross it, you can get the bus for $1 into Cabo.It's a very safe ride and we took the bus back and forth into Cabo 2 different days. It's a short 10ish minute ride. A taxi is $3 pp or the water taxi from the beach is $5.
We did alot while we were in Cabo. We swam with the dolphins and did the zip lines with Cabo Adventures. The staff at both of those excursions were really wonderful. This mom was more than a tad scared about doing the zip lines. The staff were so patient and encouraging and I was able to do all of the zip lines...... without having a heart attack.They were also a lot of fun. I would highly recommend Cabo Adventures.
The girls did a triple parasail and I had a massage on the beach(soooooo relaxing!), both of those were great too. We took a water taxi over to Lover's Beach (bring towels, snacks and water bottles with you) and had a family of sea lions playing within 20 feet of our boat. They let us watch and take a lot of pictures. There were also a few whales out there that we got to see.
The girls played beach volleyball and we met a lot of great people. There is a Walmart and Costco a short distance from the resort if you forgot to bring anything from home.
There was a wedding on the beach that we all got to see from the railing at the pool. It was beautiful and then the bride and her wedding party were hanging out at the lobby bar later that night visiting with everyone. The Michael Jackson show on Monday night and the Grease show on Tuesday night were the most fun to watch at the resort.
We went into Cabo a couple of times and wandered the shops ("almost free for you today") lol and had lunch and margaritas at the marina.
The girls wanted to experience Cabo at night so we went to Cabo Wabo, Pink Kitty and Skid Roe one night. It was an experience. lol
The vendors are on the beach but don't bother you unless you show some interest in what they're selling.
The Riu was everything we were looking for. Friendly service, close to Cabo, and had everything we needed to have a wonderful week relaxing in Cabo on the gorgeous beach. As the tshirt says "No Bad Days in Paradise"
- Also Known As:
- Riu Santa Fe
- Riu Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas
- Riu Santa Fe Los Cabos
- Riu Sante Fe
- Riu Santa Fe Cabo
- Hotel Riu Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 4.5 km/2.8 miles from Cabo San Lucas * Opened winter 2007/8 * 1-story main building and 3-story and 4-story annexes * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 3.5 km/2.2 miles from downtown Cabo San Lucas * 40 km/25 miles from the airport * 500 m/1650 ft from a bus stop ... more less
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