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Congratulations
Congratulations to our Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas grand opening contest winners! We thank all of you who entered and shared vacation dreams with us. Your dream hotel descriptions are inspiring and renew our commitment to exceeding the expectations of our guests.

Patrick Crowley
Getzville, New York
U.S.A.

Riu Palace Cabo San LucasCradled on a pristine white beach, the outline of the hotel forms an awesome, yet gentle silhouette against an azure sky. The structure is a blend of tradition and contemporary elegance. Approaching the entrance, we are treated to the fragrance of the tropical gardens that caress the property. Inside, the stunning lobby is at once inviting and breathtaking. Striking foliage and brilliant blooms accent the classic marble walls and floors. Strolling the grounds, the sounds of rolling surf mingle with the tunes that waft from poolside. The dazzling pools are spacious and meander throughout the lush grounds. As the aroma from the barbeque wafts about, the short walk to our room concludes with a step into an oasis of pure luxury. Brilliant light pours into every corner, washing the walls with radiance. The king-sized bed beckons us to siesta following a whirlpool in the impeccable bath. Dinnertime brings a fine dining experience befitting the elegant surroundings. While day blends into night, the disco will wait as we stroll the moonlit walkways and beach, hand in hand. As another day comes to an end at the hotel of our dreams, we look forward to tomorrow's tee time, followed by a relaxing afternoon in the warmth of the Mexico sun. Only in our dreams could we imagine a more perfect resort.
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Codie Volpi
Calgary, Alberta
Canada

Riu Palace Cabo San LucasA dream hotel is somewhere where that has anticipated your needs before you have arrived. Perfection. A dream hotel would look and feel as though it was meant to be in the environment that it stands in. It would respect the local architecture and enhance rather than take away from the natural existing beauty of the landscape. The hotel of my dreams would not look as though it was not supposed to be in paradise it would highlight paradise. A dream hotel would take satisfaction very seriously with an ďall about our guest" mentality, with service that is from the heart, so that a guest would never even have to ponder the service or the dedication of a resort. They would just have an unimaginable time in paradise. The most satisfying dreams are when you awake in a state of relaxation with warm indescribable sensations and that is what it would feel like in my dream hotel.
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Bruce Young
West Hollywood, California
U.S.A.

Riu Palace Cabo San LucasThe facility is secure at all times from all uninvited outsiders. The ambience is only the purest of the natural environment the resort intends to portray (e.g. beach, forest, urban, etc.). The facility should be physically positioned to exploit its environment in every possible way, and have no noticeable disrepair. My wife and I should be addressed by name when possible/known. We should never need to ask for assistance. All service posts should be adequately staffed, and we should only appear to be benefited by a voluntary offer of assistance from a staff member. Concierge or bell staff should be able to reliably recommend local attractions (e.g. night clubs, restaurants, etc.). Room appointments should include a mattress and linens worthy of complimentary discussion on the return trip home, multilingual TV service, and a small refrigerator. If the resort has a pool, there should be a pool bar with sufficient wait staff. Food service should be multi-level. On the lowest level, quality sandwiches and coffee should be available 24/7. At the other extreme, some of the finest local cuisine (at least dinner) should also be available onsite. There is a full service spa that provides an immeasurable level of serenity. Adjacent to the spa, there should be an exercise facility that is free of any additional charge. The gym should have a trained attendant, towels, ventilation, cold water, enough updated and coordinated exercise equipment, and preferably audio and/or visual entertainment. Only a small number of resorts we've been to successfully cover every one of the above areas. For those that do, we certainly spread the word!
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My Dream Hotel
Your dreams set the standard at Riu. The wish list below was compiled from entries in our Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas grand opening contest. Entrants shared their definition of the hotel of their dreams. If these dreams match your own, we welcome you to Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, where vacation dreams come true.
... would include entertainment and fun for all ages.

... is a vacation in itself. The hotel would have to combine the quality of total relaxation with the opportunity for excitement.

... must have a beautiful pool and spa area that is well equipped with lounges, towels, shade areas and a service staff offering excellent pool side snacks and lighter fare ...

... would be located on the ocean featuring fabulous views enticing romance ...

... would have a spa that pampers to your every wish ...

... is a hotel where hotel employees must be efficient, but also courteous, helpful, and disciplined ...

... is one that will provide the tranquility and serenity essential to make a vacation worthwhile ...

... must generate a sense of security and safety ...

... would have staff that are able to smile, but also be capable of resolving problems ...

... would offer a morning walk on the beach. I love going to a hotel where the staff are happy and enjoying their jobs.

... would be a place where I would try new things and experience new adventures ...

... would have a blend of traditional and exotic ...

... would be a place where my wife and I would be made to feel welcome...

... would be a place were you take away memories ...

... would include outstanding service and a friendly staff. I would love to sit by a sparkling pool, relaxing with a drink in my hand ...

... would be a place that take us (my family) away from the every day humdrum of life ...

... would have beautiful surroundings, clean pools, a beach, wine in your room ...

... is where I can pretend, just for a moment, that I am a princess ...

... would include a terrace with a perfect view of the moon illuminating the waters and a pool that seems as if it spills into the beach ...

... is one that allows you to feel pampered and sexy ...

... is a place where you can do some whale watching ...

... is a place to wind down after a glorious day on and in the water ...

... is a resort that embraces my children as if they were its own, whisking them off with awesome activities ...

... is a resort where the staff will do everything possible to pamper and fulfill your every need ...

... is a place where I feel totally relaxed and where the daily problems in life are the last thing on my mind ...

... would be a place where I am confident that all of my needs will be met for the duration of my stay ...

... would be a place where you can hear laughter in every direction -- people playing in the pool, a child who swims for the very first time ...

... would be a place where you can experience the constant light sway of the waves ...

... should reflect the native culture and traditions ...

... would have large, clean rooms with views that go on forever ...

... would include a full mini bar after a full day of sun and fun ...

...would have an atmosphere that feels like you are with family or very close friends that care about you and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable ...

... would have rooms with soft down feather king size beds that I can fall into and sleep soundly. I would want a whirlpool in my room with a large balcony opening to the sights and sounds of the ocean ...

... would have plenty of sun, water and a golden beach ...

... would offer a blend of tradition and contemporary elegance.

... is a place where we are treated to the fragrance of the tropical gardens ...

... is a place where the staff is courteous and professional, yet not pretentious. The food and beverage choices are exceptional and plentiful ...

... is a place where one can relax leisurely under the swaying palms and allow their worries to disappear as their needs are attended to ...

... would include unlimited comforts, beautiful surroundings, clean, modern amenities and friendly, prompt and courteous service ...

... is a place where you can see the sandy shore from your hotel room ...

... is a place where you donít even have to leave the room to feel like you are on a vacation of your lifetime ...

... is a beautiful place with the ambiance of romance and adventure ...

... is a place where you will be treated as royalty with great service, food and drink ...

... is beautifully decorated and offers comfortable suites ...

... is a place where the restaurant has food to please all tastes: simple, exotic, quick and fine ...

... would have a gentle silhouette against an azure sky...

... would include beautiful shows with dancing and music ...

... would have manicured gardens and architectural excellence of the highest order ...

... would include privileges of unlimited fine dining at six themed restaurants ...

... would highlight paradise ...

... is a place where you can only hear the waves lapping against the beach ...

... would have an atmosphere that feels like you are with family or very close friends ...

... is a place where you can look out and marvel at the beauty of an ocean view, and a breathtaking sunset or sunrise ...

... is a place that will always stay in your scrapbook of life as being very special ...

... is a place where everything seems effortless ...
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