We spent a week in Negril at the Riu Palace which included our wedding as well. We had about 30-40 people along with us, and EVERYONE had an EXCELLENT stay! I did my research prior to booking and was worried about some of the reviews people wrote about the resort, but it was so much better than what I could have imagined. Here goes it:
Our room number was 4206 and was ocean front. We had a humongous balcony that looked over the pool area and was just feet away from the beach - so beautiful! It had a damp smell, but clearly that was from the humidity and our obvious location! Anyone who said it wasn't tolerable is probably a jerk anyway. Our AC worked perfectly, and the room was very clean and decorated nicely. The refrigerator was stocked with Red Stripes, soda, and wata everyday, and there was also a variety of liquor always stocked up in your room.
The people in Jamaica are just amazing anyway, but the people at the Riu Palace were incredible! They work so hard to make your stay so enjoyable and succeed everytime. We took our 16 month old daughter with us for a few days and she was a hit - everyone was so nice to her and loved having her do her "faces". They are kind people who deserve to be tipped - so don't forget that! I know it is all-inclusive, but they aren't paid well and are still always smiling and happy! Talk to them and get to know them and you will find that to be a huge highlight of your trip. They really help make the experience a memorable one and there are many people that work there that we will never forget! Big shout out to Tracey, Indera, Ann Marie, Solen, Sharon and Renessa - you ladies are lovely and made our week! We hope to see you next year! DON'T FORGET TO TIP THEM PLEASE...IF ANYONE DESERVES IT, IT IS THEM!
The foods at the Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner buffets were amazing! I'm not sure what the deal is with some people - probably just haters, I guess - but, there were so many choices and it was all good. There were also 4 specialty restaurants, The Steakhouse, Krystal Fusion, Rimini Italian, and the Japanese one. The food at all of the restaurants was good, but the two that stuck out the most to me were the Krystal Fusion and Italian restaurants. Krystal had this awesome smoked salmon appetizer with avocado inside - still thinking about that. And, the Italian restaurant had a "salad bar" that was more like a dinner buffet than anything. The Steakhouse was also excellent, but we only ate there on my wedding night and I don't think I ate enough to really give an accurate review. The Japanese restaurant was, in my opinion, just okay. I love sushi, and theirs was okay, but not the best I've ever had. My husband loved his meal there, he had the beef, and my chicken was just okay. There was also a snack bar up in the lobby for "after hour" eating and of course, the round the clock room service - the Mexican toasties were pretty good! We really didn't have a chance to actually be hungry because there was so much food...and good food! Like I said before, I just can't imagine anyone possibly hating everything as there were so many choices! I feel like I probably have an extra 10lbs to prove how good the food was! :)
The wedding was beautifully coordinated, and I really didn't have to do much! Ann Marie helped us out all along the way, and when we got there we met ot go over everything - and it was INCREDIBLE! Everything felt like a fairytale...from the picturesque beach scenery to the beautiful steakhouse reception, it was just magic. I remember looking around a few times that night thinking how lucky I was and how I felt like a millionaire! Everyone had a great time and it went off without a hitch! Definitely the way to go if you don't want to plan silly details and want to have the most beautiful wedding ever! For brides reading this: Pick the 4:00 time slot so that your pictures are sunset-filled, I chose the included bouquet #161 as it is tropical and so beautiful. We also went with the Caprice package, and if you do so, you won't be disappointed! It included an awesome gift package, massages, champagne toasts everywhere, a mani/pedi/hairstyle, and so many other amazing things! Seriously, there is no other way to get married in such a beautiful place for so cheap! Why people do it differently is beyond me, mon! :)
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