For our first trip to Cabo we decided to stay at the Santa Fe, and we were not disappointed in any way, either by the town or the resort. First off, we knew that the beach directly in front of the hotel was un swimmable, so that was no surprise. Really, anybody who comes on the forum to complain about that in a review, certainly should have known that fact before they travelled. Either by reading about it in the same forums or from their travel agents. It is no secret and should not come as a surprise to anybody with internet access, the videos are all over youtube, showing how crazy the waves/undertow can be. The beach is beautiful none the less, and we would walk for ages everyday, just enjoying the views. There is a swimmable beach that is approx a 15 minute walk from the Riu, and we did just that many times during the week. The sea water was quite comfortable and very clean and clear.
We did not have any "tummy" troubles while we were there either. We were careful with handwashing, keep well hydrated esp during the day, and were careful with the type of food we consumed. We stayed away from food that we knew would affect us and still had plenty of choices to choose from. I do not eat meat and can also be picky with what I do eat, and never, not once, did I go hungry. I do not understand the multitude of complaints on here saying the food is inedible. Really?? What the heck do those people eat at home? There might have been one or two items not to our liking ( which happens everywhere/anytime no matter where ) but we found plenty to choose from. We are not big dessert people so cannot comment on those however. There was bacon each morning which made my husband very happy and he said it was cooked perfectly. The fish was so fresh and was available every lunch and dinner. We never tried the specialty restaurants to can't comment on those.
We were lucky enough to be located in building 7 right across from one of the "party" pools. The noise level never bothered us and we were outside all day the pool closed down just after sunset so by the time you head back to the room, it was quiet outside. We didn't have the AC running, as we like to leave the patio door open and listen to the surf/birds etc and it was not hot in our room, the temp was fine. At night, we could hear the sealions barking! Awesome! The inroom safe worked fine, the water pressure in the shower was better than what we have here at home. One small thing, that never bothered us, but might be useful for some with hip/joint problems, is that the tub can be difficult to climb in/out because it was deep. Just something to think about for some people. The bed was hard, but that was fine for us, we slept just great, no sore backs in the morning. The room was marble and ceramic everywhere and was kept spotless on a daily basis. The fridge was restocked daily as well, although we only drank the Pepsi and the water bottle, and did not touch the alcohol provided. We had purchased wine at the duty free to drink and stored it in the fridge.
Yes, the wine isn't the best, it was ok, but honestly by the end of the week, I was looking forward to having a better glass when I got home. It was still drinkable though. As for comments on here about weak/watered down drinks?? HUH?? We found them to be quite strong. Almost too strong to finish.
The resort itself is massive, easily the biggest we have ever been to. It takes a few days to get yourself sorted out and learn little shortcuts, but we didn't mind the walks back and forth. It was spotless ( even had a guy out scrubbing the walkways in the mornings ) and everyone we encountered would shout out "HOLA" all day long. I would run in the early morning ( quite a few people did ) and the walkways were great for this. Not once did I step into the gym, but preferred outside, which is opposite to what I do at home. If you are up and out by 07:30 at the latest, it is easy to run in the shade the entire time, and plenty of paths to choose from.
We are not really show people, but we did watch the Michael Jackson one and found that to be quite enjoyable, but other than that , did not stay up to watch any others. Mostly we were wiped out by the end of the night and chose to relax on our balcony listening to the waves. There were vendors every night. Sometimes you got a deal, sometimes not. The ones on the beach gave better deals, but be prepared that once you show interest it was like vultures diving in for the kill. They would surround you and start in with their sales pitches, and you gotta give them and A+ for effort, as they will not give up.
The worst we saw for vendors were down on Medano beach after the cruise ship had just sailed. They were relentless and in the end, we left the beach for the day, we just couldn't stand it anymore. At the resort they are not allowed to cross a roped area so you do get some peace, whereas anywhere else, you are fair game. In town it was worse and a couple of time, downright scary. One very young boy out late at night and alone was harassing us to buy a magnet and would not let up, and when we kept refusing, he finally told us to go "eff" ourselves and left. My husband got propositioned once right in front of me at the marina. If you don't want to buy anything, just don't make eye contact , say 'NO GRACIAS" , don't slow down and keep moving.
One night we made a reservation at a restaurant called Sunset de Mona Lisa. The views from this place are breathtaking and the food was excellent. We even got to check out the full moon and jupitor from their telescope! Words cannot do this place justice and the prices were not bad either. I think we have paid more at The Keg here at home!?! The service and great and they have blankets on the chairs so if you get chilly you can just get cozy and keep eating.
The pools were huge and kinda cold for my liking but very clean. The lounges, well, not the resorts fault, but hard to come by as the usual "chair hogs" were in full force. You know the kind, get up early, save a chair, show up mid day and stay in the swim up pool and basically use the chair to hold the towels. UGH!
I think I hit on the main points, if there are any questions, I would be happy to answer them.
I would definately return and would also recommend this place to family and friends.
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