Los Cabos

Riu Santa Fe

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The exciting Riu Santa Fe is located alongside the luxurious Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas on a prime beach location and boasts amazing views of the famous arches. The Riu Santa Fe is less than three miles from the marvelous town of Cabo San Lucas. This 24-hour all-inclusive resort contains first-class facilities such as specialty restaurants, bars, a disco, and Renova Spa. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

The two pools are the perfect spot to relax, and the adjoining Jacuzzi is a perfect place to mingle with new friends. Children have their own pool to enjoy activities. Non-motorized watersports are available nearby for a fee, or spend your time walking along the miles of beautiful beach. Exciting bars are lined up on the beach just a mile or two away!

Comfortable rooms feature a stocked mini-bar and liquor dispenser and a balcony or terrace. Ocean-view rooms are suites are also available. Children ages 4-12 can spend their days playing at RiuLand Mini-Club.

Exceptional Values!
Family: Kids 12 and under Stay and Eat Free, max 2 kids (valid 5/112/23/16).

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Beachfront property located in the southern Baja California peninsula, less than three miles from Cabo San Lucas.

Local Phone: 011-52-624-16...
Fax: 011-52-624-146-7161
E-mail Address: /sapmnt/P01/transfer/MM/out
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Number of Pools: 3
Outdoor Pools: 3     
Three swimming pools with swim-up bars & adjoining jacuzzis.
Holes: 0
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Lighted Courts: 2
Other Sports Available
Other Sports: Kayaks,
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Sauna: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
Riu Santa Fe features five restaurants, seven bars, two pools, disco and spa. Beach:
Total Rooms: 902
Year Opened: 2007 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, American Express
One king bed and split-level living room with sofa. Regularly replenished minibar and liquor dispenser. Hydromassage tub in bathroom. Balcony or terrace with ocean view.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
One king bed. Split-level living room area with sofa. Regularly replenished minibar and liquor dispenser. Hydromassage tub in bathroom. Balcony or terrace with ocean view and private Jacuzzi.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Two double beds or one king. Regularly replenished minibar and liquor dispenser. Bath amenities. Balcony or terrace with ocean view.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Two double beds or one king. Regularly replenished minibar and liquor dispenser. Bath amenities. Balcony or terrace with garden view.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Riu Santa Fe features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Santa Fe:
Torote - Lunch and snacks during the day. By night a Grill steakhouse specialty restaurant for dinner.
Zashila - Asian specialty restaurant. Open for dinner.
Carusso - Italian specialty restaurant. Open for dinner.
La Baja California - Buffet style with show cooking, serving Internationa and local specialties
La Mision - Lunch and snacks during the day. By night a Mexican specialty restaurant for dinner.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Volleyball, Waterpolo, Ping Pong, Billards, Parasaililng, Table Tennis, Water sports are available nearby.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Daily entertaiment for adults and children, live music, variety show, theme shows andPacha disco,
Mini-club with daily activities.

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool
Babysitting Fee: Fees Vary
Advance Notice for Babysitting: Yes

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
Hotel Average
What to expect
Food Quality
2887 Recommend
2887 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Santa Fe to their friends and family

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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Good and not so good
Wed Oct 19 23:04:31 EDT 2016
The grounds, pools and view of the beach are just beautiful and made everything okay. The food was average, I'm the worlds fussiest eater and I still managed to find something to eat (mainly Nachos and fries!) although nothing was ever delicious. Also there were a lot of flies on the food at the buffet. The TVs need to be updated desperately. Rooms were clean although slightly dated. Staff were friendly. The two biggest issues we had: there were sooo many bugs in our room. Like I understand we are in Mexico, but we always had our door shut and would get covered in mosquito bites every night while sleeping. Also when we went (early October) it felt really quiet at the resort. So I literally cannot fathom why we were in a room facing directly onto the construction going on at the palace. I'm sure the would have been plenty of other rooms. It was bad enough trying to relax by the pool with the noisy construction work but in the room, but we would be woken up at 7am by the noise... the only reason we didn't request to move was because we were only there for 4 nights. This hotel was the last of 6 hotels we had stayed in during our America trip, and we couldn't be bothered packing everything up yet again. Overall we were happy with the place for the very cheap price we paid.

Good Location.Lacks in everything else.
mred_70301, Thibodaux, Louisiana
Wed Oct 19 16:55:27 EDT 2016
Let me start with the good which is the location, view and pool areas. Housekeeping was also very satisfactory with no issues. Now the not so good. This resort has 7 buildings where guest can stay. 6 of the buildings have no elevators. That's right NO ELEVATORS. Imagine climbing all those stairs and the extensive walking needed at this resort and you had better be in good shape. The RIU Palace right next door is under major construction so get ready for constant construction dust and debris in the air and heavy machinery including jackhammer noise 7 days a week including weekends. I would not recommend to go until after December 2016 when the construction is scheduled to be finished. This is literally about 40 feet from the outdoor steak restaurant and all they have up is a couple of clear screens to help with the dust. Don't plan on listening to music by building 7 pool only machinery sounds As far as the food is concerned it was OK. Just OK. Nothing served hot in any of the restaurants as food is always served warm. The only hot fresh food is served when they grill next to the main pool on some days. Just like grilled meats at home. Just a quick note not to go in the water on the beach as it is not recommended and red flagged, and there is very rough current that can pull you in. There is more but I have said enough to get my point over.Would be happy to help anyone that has questions that I can answer if possible about this RIU Santa Fe Resort.

Worst trip ever !
Ally B,
Tue Oct 18 15:09:58 EDT 2016
I don't even want to give this place one star ! Let me start out by saying that the staff are extremely rude and unaccommodating. I have travelled all over Mexico and always had an amazing experience. This place is huge and super spread out so be prepared to walk a lot. All the food is buffet and at dinner you can order off the menu with buffet. If you have any dietary restrictions this is not the place for you. I could barely eat anything and have allergies to dairy and nothing had ingredients listed . Beware of the beach and the people that are trying to sell you excursions. We were sold a fake excursion and they tried to make us pay twice . They will fool you with fake names on the receipt they give you and tell you that person doesn't work there anymore , and they can't help you. We were told we would go snorkeling and go to lovers beach . There was no where to snorkel where they dropped us off . Make sure you go to the designated snorkel area , because lovers beach is basically sand and there is not much to see. The man that took us out in the boat was extremely rude and was wanting us to pay another 40$ usd for the same boat ride and also had overcharged us in the beginning because we never got to go to the snorkeling area. The lovers beach boat ride should only be 10$ usd per person to go , we had paid extra for the snorkel and like I said never got to snorkel. Bring a lot of pesos , you will have a better exchange rate. Also make sure you bring travels of shampoo, conditioner , sunscreen and soap. They had some crappy bar soap and a generic pump in the shower . I'm also used to small travels of toiletries when staying at resorts . My boyfriend got food poisoning from the Italian restaurant. Beware of the food they try to cook it fast so it's super under cooked . He was sick for 2 days and was very scary . They tried to charge him for the one Imodium that they gave him! I was in complete and utter disbelief. They try to charge for every single thing so all inclusive is bare basics. I never write reviews but I had to warn people. I would have rather been home working then be at this resort . It was not a vacation but a horrific experience.

great resort
Hapavletich, Franklin, Australia
Tue Oct 18 15:01:24 EDT 2016
This resort was amazing. Its a huge place with plenty of wonderful eating places. Lots of bars. The food was very good. great views along the beach. beach can be very rough and not really for swimming but there's plenty of pools(6). Entertainment was just ok. rooms were spacious and staff very friendly and honest. great place for a relaxing holiday

Nice resort, when price is considered
Chris H, Elora, Canada
Tue Oct 18 10:05:15 EDT 2016
Having been to a good number of all-inclusive resorts throughout the Caribbean and Central America (including another Riu property), I feel I had very realistic expectations for this property. What follows is my objective opinion of my experience, and the experience of my travelling companions. In general, everything is very nice. The grounds are lovely and impeccably manicured. The pools and pool bars are great and kept very clean. Pool bar staff work hard to keep up with demand, and the drinks were generally very enjoyable. Dos Equis on tap is a nice touch! The "piazza" next to the lobby is expansive, has two outdoor bars, and includes a huge outdoor theatre for evening shows. We were all thoroughly impressed with the quality of entertainment....it helps that you can hang out at the bar while you're watching, but the shows were truly fun to watch. The 24-hour sports bar is just that...a bar where you can watch sports. The food served consists of pre-made burgers and sandwiches, hot dogs, and plain nachos. But if you're looking to eat at 2:30 in the morning that is probably sufficient. The rooms (I saw rooms in Buildings 3, 4, and 5) are generally very pleasant. I liked the dark furniture and the tiling, and the bathrooms were very nice overall. Yes, the TV is an old CRT....but I don't go on vacation to watch TV. The bathtub/showers are perhaps a bit small, but certainly manageable. The beach is definitely not a "Caribbean" soft white sand beach with the ocean lapping at the shore. But (as some people seemed to forget) Cabo is not on the Caribbean Sea, it is on the Sea of Cortez, and adjacent to the Pacific. Beach sand is coarse quartz sand (almost like the salt you spread on your driveway in the winter), which made walking in bare feet a bit uncomfortable after a while. The ocean has large waves and a strong rip current....definitely not ideal for swimming or frolicking. Perhaps that changes during the winter (?) The "disappointment" of the property would be the restaurants. While everything was "good", I can't say much was "great". Buffets were somewhat limited and repetitive, which meant that many guests lined up for omelettes in the morning and tacos at lunch....of course making for long lines. While the cold buffet options were generally quite nice, the hot buffet options were a bit plain and uninteresting. I expect that from Latin American countries where their cuisine is more simple....but having been to a couple of properties in Mexico I expected better variety and flavour. There is no beach grill; instead, they set up a grill next to the pool each afternoon. The lines were a bit long so we never bothered to wait, but everything certainly smelled great. Our group ate at the Italian, Mexican, and Asian restaurants - we heard unanimous comments that the steakhouse was disappointing but I can't speak from direct experience. As for the three we visited, the Italian and Mexican were quite nice, and the Asian was decent. In all three cases they are a combination of buffet and a la carte. Ultimately, I don't go to a resort to gorge myself. But I do appreciate a nice meal, and found that the quality and variety was a bit lacking compared to numerous other properties I've visited (with similar overall pricing and ratings) in the last five years (and particularly when compared to the Riu in Panama, which was great). As for the town of Cabo San Lucas - it is as American as you can get without being in America. If you like Cancun, Las Vegas, and New Orleans (I've been to all three), you'll love it. And we had fun - no doubt about it - but if you want to see anything that resembles Mexican culture, you're in the wrong part of Mexico. I had a rental car and I drove a bit east to Playa Santa Maria - a little public beach. It was lovely, and the snorkelling was surprisingly great (moray, turtle, squid, lots of fish). We heard about interesting places to visit, but the drive was a bit longer than we were interested in undertaking. Scuba diving (through the on-property Scuba Caribe) was well organized and reasonably priced. Diving off Lover's Beach and around Land's End was enjoyable and interesting. As a group we went deep sea fishing (also through the resort), and while not quite as well organized at first we were very happy with the crew and the trip. When judging the resort overall, I think it is important to consider price. We paid $1067 for a week in mid-October. Overall, I feel I received good value for my money. For what we paid it is hard to expect perfection. So with realistic expectations I think you can enjoy your experience, but there are some limitations to the property that might push you to select something else for your vacation. NOTE: The Riu Palace (adjoining property with full ocean-front accommodations) was under heavy renovations while we were there (it appears they're adding a floor to the building). Thankfully we were not staying on the east side of Building 7, or the back side of Buildings 5 and 6, as the noise was fairly constant all day. But that happens in the off season....there certainly were rooms in other buildings where you could move if it was a problem.

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