Overall, we had a great trip. The one thing I can say about this resort is that the service is GREAT. They will bend over backwards to make you happy whether you are a big tipper, or not. It was definately more an adults resort. There weren't many kids, but they did seem to cater to the kids and provide entertainment for them as well, but it was almost all 20's plus.
Rooms - Very average. Not the best I've seen, but also not nearly the worst. Beds are comfortable. We got a kick out of all of the booze in the room - we thought that was cool. I think they restock that and the fridge like every other day, but they never needed to re-stock ours. We almost always went directly to the bars for any drinks we needed. Bathrooms are nice with marbled countertops, but the warnings are true - the tub is angled weird so it's really slippery so you want to be careful.
Service - Like I said, service was awesome. It was the best service I have seen for a reasonably priced all inclusive. Everyone is always willing to help you with whatever you need, even if it's not nessicarily their job. I've been to resorts where you get crappy service unless you tip - THEN they start being nice. Not here. They give you awesome service from the get-go, which makes you WANT to tip them more!
Food - We weren't very impressed here; and believe me, we are not picky eaters. Reservations for the specialty restaurants were very hard to get. 50% of the reservations can be booked up to 2 days in advance, and they hold the other 50% for the day-of. You are supposed to make the reservation early in the AM and are first come first serve. Of course, we never got up early enough, and the days we did, the restaurants we wanted to go to were closed. We were pretty frustrated by that. So we made it to the italian restaurant once, which overall was pretty good. But they have a standard buffet for the salad bar (your 'appetizer'), and the deserts were the exact same as the buffet too, so the only thing different about it about it from the main buffet was the breads they offered, and the entrees (which I was pretty dissappointed about). The entrees they did offer, were good though and were different from what you would find in the buffet. The buffets were pretty good as far as buffets go. I was sad to see that they did not have ready-made omelets, but had the other basics. I felt like the lunch buffet had more options than other all-inclusive lunch buffets I have seen, and every day had a different 'feature' - ready made pasta, fajitas, etc. But the food still gets to be the same day after day. So it wasn't bad by any means, but we were definately ready for something different by the end of our stay.
Drinks - They seemed to have most of the brands that we like to drink, which surprised me after all of the bad reviews i've seen on here about the alcahol. Drinks were generally pretty strong too. And if they weren't strong enough, they are more than happy to add more booze or fix it however you need. Drinks were standard size, but we saw many people who brought there own (larger) glasses. We had no problems going back up to get a new drink when we needed one. You usually didn't have to wait too long. And boy do they come up with some creative/good drinks & shots!
Entertainment - Definately not the types of shows that you would ever go pay to see, but pretty entertaining and laid back if you have nothing else to do, and haven't seen it before. Their version of Grease was pretty fun to watch, and the Mariachi band was pretty cool too. It was fun to sit at the bar, and see the stage from there in the background. We didn't participate in any of the 'day' entertainment - it was the same stuff every day.
Pools - COLD! Maybe it's better when it's super hot out, but we had 78-80 degree temps, and the pools were freezing. I didn't think it was hot enough to want to be 'refreshed' like that, so we never went in. We found the ocean was much warmer. Unfortunately, you can't swim from the beach at this resort though. But we liked going to lovers beach and swimming there. The pool area however, WAS nice for laying out in the sun! Lots of chairs and all in close proximety to a bar. We never had to worry about not getting a chair, or getting up early to "Claim" your chair.
Tours - We did the Miguino Beach ATV tour which was pretty cool. Definately plan on getting dirty, and wear long pants! Also went parasailing (Scary, but amazingly fun!) and jet skiing through a tour company. Jet skiing was hard though, becuase the salt water gets in your eyes & mouth a TON which makes it difficult, so that didn't last too long. And with the big waves, it was unavoidable, especially if you attempted to go fast at all. All tours we did were booked through Eric (Jackie Chan) with Epic Tours who was great to work with.
Nightlife - Most of the nights we just spent at the hotel (Free booze!) When the pools close, the main bars by the lobby are where it's at. They stay open until midnight, in which most people would go to bed, go into town, or go into Pacha (the resort's 'club'). Pacha was fun, but it was completely dead until the bars closed at midnight, and never even really got THAT busy after that. But we always made friends at the bars, which made it more fun to go into the club. Going by yourself wouldn't be any fun. In town, there were a lot of people. Easy cab ride - they charge $6 per person each way. Cabo Wabo was fun, but was definately an older crowd. Squid Roe is where the younger crowd goes. But both are good places to check out, either way.
Other tips - I would highly reccomend the Oceanside massages through Renova Spa (The spa at the hotel). It was AMAZING! Nothing like a massage in the sun, while listening to the sounds of the ocean! Also, especially when we went, it tends to get a little chilly at night, so bring pants and/or sweaters. I was expecting hot all of the time, and was not prepared. If you had pants and long sleeves you were comfortable (which I, unfortunately, didn't). Also, know that if you go down on the beach, you will be hounded by the beach vendors. The hotel does leave an area on the beach roped off which they are not allowed to pass, but they will still come up to the rope, and try to talk to you which can get a little annoying. The vendors are especially bad down at the marina.
Overall, great trip! Can't wait to go back!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riu Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas
- Riu Santa Fe Los Cabos
- Riu Sante Fe
- Hotel Riu Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos