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Erynn's RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas Review

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#1 Erynn

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    Posted 07 August 2007 - 01:26 PM

    Hello all! I thought I would give a review of my experience with the RIU Palace Cabo. We were married on August 2nd and I will start at the beginning.

    First of all we arrived around 5:00pm at the RIU and check in was NUTS! We were so excited to be there though, we didn't mind the wait. My husband to be and I (along with all of our 25 guests) were give our room keys and we all split up to go check them out. Originally we were told we would be upgraded to a junior suite but when we got to our room it was a regular room. Prior to leaving both our travel agent and my mom had requested that our group be situated on the side of the resort AWAY from the construction because we had heard it can be disturbing. Well low and behold half of our group was facing the construction and the other half was on the opposite side of the resort. Our guests were not overly bothered by the situation and all swore up and down that they were okay. My husband to be went to the front desk to try to change our room to a suite because our original room had a TERRIBLE smell. He was told by numerous workers and the manager that the resort was at capacity and there was nothing they could do. I was pretty upset because if I had known this would have happened we would have just payed more to guarantee the suite. Well my dad went down and he says he used his "outdoor voice" and before we knew it we had a oceanview suite. Moral of the story is to have your travel agent make sure you are in a suite BEFORE you leave.

    Now that that part is over everything else was FABULOUS!! The resort was stunning...and the weather was perfect! The food was the best I have had in an all-inclusive resort. It is not award winning but definately good compared to other resorts.

    As for the actual wedding day I give it two thumbs up. Adriana is very good and efficient. She is super busy though-there were 9 weddings the week we were there. If possible book your wedding on a Monday to Thursday because they are less busy and you get more attention from Adriana and the other staff regarding your wedding. We had our ceremony at 4:00 on the beach and it was HOT! The funny thing is that you are so happy/excited that you don't even realize how how it is until after the ceremony. Take note that the sand is super hot and we we ended up having to wear sandals. I would highly recommend booking the 4:00 time slot if possible because after pictures and hugging we didn't arrive to the dinner until 7:00! The wedding after us at 6:00 didn't have dinner until 9:00---the bride was upset because it did not leave much time for dancing after supper (they shut the music off around 11:30).

    We booked the San Jose Mexican Terrace for our supper and it was AMAZING! They set up the tables in two long rows of 14 so we were all facing each other and you don't even notice the other people eating on the terrace. The service and food was fantastic and the view was breathtaking. The cake was also said to be fairly good (I didn't have any--I'm allergic to wheat).

    My favourite part of the whole day was the bonfire!! One person spent the entire day digging it out and it was sooooooo wonderful! It was worth every single penny. They set it up away from everything so you don't have many people interrupting. We had a private bartender and music playing. We danced on the beach and had a blast! They came to turn off the music around 11:00pm but the bartender put it back on after they left (just tip him!) We ended up staying out until about 12:45 sitting around listening to music and enjoying the fire. After that the younger people went to the disco and the older folks hung out by the fire for another hour or so. Our guests are still talking about this bonfire---perfect way to end the day!

    Overall it was a wonderful and memorable experience. I would definately go back to the RIU Cabo!

    I may have forgotten some details---so if you want to know just ask! :)

    #2 ajncooter

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      Posted 07 August 2007 - 04:33 PM

      great review@

      #3 StephanieMN

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        Posted 07 August 2007 - 04:39 PM

        Oh I am so jealous! Sounds wonderful. Congrats!

        #4 RAENJAY

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        Posted 07 August 2007 - 04:53 PM

        Hi Erynn!

        I was also a RIU bride, and loved every minute of it. I agree, you've got to start from day one of your planning to request all your guests to be in the same area, and esp. if you want one side of the resort or the other.

        For future brides - I do not know of anybody who actually gets the upgrade. If it's in your budget, just go for the better room to begin with and then you won't be disappointed.

        Stephanie & Jason ~ RIU Palace ~ Cabo San Lucas
        June 23, 2007
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        Photography by Jose "Pepe" Lima

        #5 Jackie

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          Posted 07 August 2007 - 05:32 PM

          Sounds like everything went great!
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          #6 tob1kanobe

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            Posted 07 August 2007 - 05:41 PM

            Sounds wonderful. Were there other diners on the terrace with you? Did you request the private terrace Did you pay for liquor per person per hour? Sorry for the litany of questions. :)
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            #7 TATrisha


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            Posted 07 August 2007 - 07:36 PM

            Great review!


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            #8 Clussy75

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              Posted 07 August 2007 - 09:24 PM

              Congratulations on your wedding and it going so well! You're making me think more about a bonfire now.... Hmm...

              Thanks for sharing your details!
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              #9 Erynn

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                Posted 08 August 2007 - 12:00 PM

                There were probably about 8 other tables of people on the Terrace with us but I didn't even notice them. They set our tables up in two long rows of 14 so we were all facing each other so you don't even see anyone else. Also the way it is set up is that there is a little corner at the end of the terrace closest to your party that they leave empty. It is ideal for a small group for dancing if you don't want to have a bonfire. Regarding the drinks..originally we were not going to pay but the bonfire was FAR from a bar so we just went with it. The bonfire went from 9-11 (we stayed later) and we booked the bartender from 9:30-10:30...my father in law tipped him and he ended up staying until about 12:30. It seems like alot of money since it is an all-inlusive but I would recommend it for the bonfire location. Also the bartender was a great sport and my guests were all taking turns making drinks and playing around! Hope that helps! :)

                #10 BEACHBRIDEMA

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                  Posted 09 August 2007 - 07:39 AM

                  Congrats Erynn, I am glad everything went well for you! Cant wait to see pics!
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