Why We Recommend It:
Opened in late 2018, Riu Palace Baja is the third Riu resort in its huge Los Cabos complex, joining Hotel Riu Santa Fe and Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas.
All three are of course all-inclusive but only Riu Palace Baja is adults-only, and is also a tad more upscale, and more expensive, than the other two.
It sees a nice mixture of couples on romantic breaks and groups of friends of all ages. It’s a popular resort so book well in advance if possible, and note that there is a minimum stay of three nights.
Rooms & Suites:
The 602 rooms at Riu Baja are all in suite form, starting with 430 sq ft Junior Suites, some of which come with views, some of which don’t, then slightly larger Junior Suites then their top of the range 764 sq ft Full Suites which come with tremendous open ocean views.
They sleep a maximum of four, on two double beds, in the case of the larger Junior Suites, or on one king bed and one sofa bed in the case of the Full Suites.
All are bright, airy, and nicely furnished, and come with some outside space – a balcony or patio. Their bathrooms are particularly luxurious and all suites have a free-standing bathtub in the room.
Other facilities include bathrobes, minibar, air-con, blackout curtains or drapes, satellite TV, WiFi, safes, tea/coffee makers, drinks dispensers, and 24-hour room service.
Food, Facilities & Things to Do:
You have some great buffet spreads at Riu Baja which also involves live cooking shows, and you also have a la carte Steakhouse grill, Japanese, Italian, and Indian.
The latter three are fairly formal affairs, men are obliged to wear long trousers and shirts for dinner for example, and their Krystal Restaurant is more formal again. It’s a fine dining venue specializing in what it terms fusion gourmet.
Snacks and casual fast food are available at the bars though. There is a snack bar open 24 hours too and of course, you have 24-hour room service. All food and drink, except for some premium wines are included in your all-inclusive deal.
There are four pools at the resort, one of which has a water slide and two of which have swim-up bars. The beach is pretty nice here though the water like in a lot of Los Cabos, is unsafe and suitable for swimming due to ocean currents.
Entertainment is plentiful at Riu Baja with daily and nightly live music and shows and in general there’s a lively, jovial nighttime atmosphere throughout the resort but without it being overtly rowdy.
There is an onsite spa here, Renova Spa, though as pretty much standard at resorts, health and beauty treatments are not part of the all-inclusive deal.
The gym and health club facilities are free though and you can join various classes and sessions such as yoga, aerobics and pilates.
Guests here can also use the extra facilities at Riu’s sister resorts – the tennis courts at Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas and the Splash Water World water park and the nightclub at Hotel Riu Santa Fe.
All sorts of off-site activities and excursions can be organized by the resort concierge including scuba diving and other water sports, whale watching, golf and paragliding.
The Riu three resort complex lies just outside downtown Cabo San Lucas on Medano Beach, right across the bay from Land’s End, the famous rock formation of El Arco, and Lovers Beach, sites you can visit by water taxi from Riu Baja.
Los Cabos International Airport is just over half an hour away.
Some Guest Reviews:
“We enjoyed three days here celebrating our 25th anniversary. We loved the clean property, friendly staff, and great location!!…”
“First time at an all inclusive property. Absolutely loved it! The staff are wonderful. Andres @ Krystal, Janett and Leni @ Promenade, Lupita and Enrique at the pool and Pitta the photographer all made us feel like we were celebs, while providing excellent service. So many options for food we couldn’t try them all. No Michelin rated restaurants onsite so don’t set your sights too high that type of dining is a 10 min taxi ride away……”