Rest & Relaxation in Cabo was what my husband, daughter (23) and I needed at such a fun hotel during the week of October 21-29th and we will go back again, but when isn't soon enough. We had been to Cancun 12 years ago at an All Inclusive and we had great memories of this family trip and Rui Santa Fe measured up even more! In summary, we had the best room of the hotel in Bldg. #7 worth the extra $ to see the view each day. Look at the photo of the hotel in their add and we were right below the "R" sign and couldn't believe what an extra $7 gave us at the lobby check in when I asked for a great room to enjoy our trip. The food at the buffets was better than we expected after reading the reviews,we ate at the Steakhouse (not bad) and yes, the wine was not good, but ask for something else to drink. The buffets are plentiful. The infinity pools are awesome. Bring enough sunscreen or you will pay $22 that will last two days at the hotel. Ok, the pool staff Jenny and crew go way out of their way to make sure everyone is treated special and they make sure everyone has a good time. I never even had time to read a book (a few magazines that I brought) because there is so much too do and nice people to meet with great conversations. Water aerobics, volleyball,beach walks, etc. are a few of the things. All of us had fun throughout the day with different activities. The grounds are SO Clean. I walked early every morning and they scrub the concrete around the pool and clean the pools to perfection and I appreciate this (I go to Las Vegas and the pools aren't even this clean on trips) and tipped these workers, the maids, the bathroom attendants, and staff $1 American bills, and ok a few harder workers got $5 tips because they deserved it and they really work hard! The shows are pretty good and while we went to all the entertainment events every night but one, they were pretty good and didn't cost a dime! We never spent much time in our rooms and they were cleaned to perfection. Our safe wouldn't work one day and someone was there in 7 minutes and I was shocked. Leave valuables in your safe and you won't have any problems. Everyone around us at the pool was trustworthy and we watched out for each other. There were cell phones and valuables close by and no one we talked too missed anything. Don't leave anything of great value laying out in your room as this is common sense! My husband and daughter spent three 1/2 days at the Marina at Mante Scuba Diving and got certified for scuba diving there. While they were there two of the days I went shopping by myself (age 53) and I felt totally save walking around the marina and flea market myself and got some great deals here and at the mall. I talked to several cruise ship guests both times as cruise ships come into Cabo at the marina and learned a few things from walking around visiting with other tourists and Cabo friendly people. It was safe here. Oh, yes the locals at the beach sell jewerly too and my daughter and I got a few great deals. I felt somewhat bad that the deals were so good. As for the beach, it is beautiful and we loved going into the water too. For me, I went in to my knees because the waves are high. My daughter and husband are good swimmers, but were very cautious to not go very far at all because it can be dangerous. Walk 1/2 way to the marina and it is a better place to swim. The water is SO WARM though you will love it! It was 82-88 degrees when we were there, perfect each day! The only complaint my husband and I would have is the beds, but when you have had a fun day and go to bed late like we did and I was up walking at 6:45 am in the morning you collapse anyway. I feared I would gain a lot of weight eating at the buffets, but came back only 1 pound heavier because with walking from Bldg. 7 to the main part of the hotel 3-4 times a day (and my walk since I am a walker) paid off so I could eat what I wanted knowing water activities in the pool were plentiful for even more exercise. This hotel really is not anything compared to Vegas or hotels in Arizona for example, but totally worth the $ and met our expectations for many other reasons. There are couples,families,extended famlies and families with young children all having a great time and several older folks in wheel chairs enjoying their time because it is such an enjoyable place. As for transportation we took a cab to the marina for all three of us and paid $12 which was not bad really because we learn a lot talking to the drivers too.Safe drivers in Cabo compared to Cancun! The only thing I really missed was a coffee pot in my room. I went there knowing this, but learned quickly there is coffee early around the resort. As for drinks and alcohol they were plentiful. Just ask ask and you will receive! I learned a lot of new drinks and my daughter enjoyed herself too, as well as my husband as we all enjoy different beverages. There is something for everyone. Drink bottled water and at the lobby in Bldg. #7 they always have water bottles in the drawer, just ask for them. Getting reservations at 7:00 am was no problem ever since I am early am riser, while my husband and daughter slept in. My 23 year old daughter Krystal had a blast meeting people in the pool and can't wait to take her friends her sometime.We had no problems with internent access either, but watch your cell phone bill and get international access set up which we did with ATT, but our family plan jumped $100 more once I just got our bill, but we needed this for calls.I want to say that this trip was Alll Inclusive and we never spent $ on eating out anywhere which surprised us. We even had drinks right before we left waiting for our transport service to the airport and picked up our lunch to go at the Sports bar with fruit and sandwiches which we ate at the airport while we waited for our flight. Oh, one more reminder and this is all it is because it is minor but worth mentioning, there were some flies around, but this did not bug us. I have been camping in Washington and horse flies bug me, but a fly here and there is acceptable. You will see a few moths on the cement walls but they are few and harmless. The buffets again have a variety of food and we had lots to choose from at all times, but the desserts were ok, but rarely did we need any. There is so much to select from that you will be surprised and at the California Buffet the white talble clothes and linens are added touches to the whole meal. You will also take lots of photos to remember your time at the Rui. Say, hi to Jenny when you go to the Rui from Ryan, Kathy and Krystal and just know the pool staff is what makes this place rock for fun and excitement all day and night. You will learn they work from sunrise to 11:00pm and sometimes later. Book your trip now here and you will not be disappointed.
- 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