Our holiday was amazing. There's always some low points but you're on holiday, relax!! On arrival at the airport there are locals waiting to try and help you with your bags into your bus/taxi! They do expect tips and can be quite in your face about it, but as simple as a Jamaican dollar is all they want. Our journey to the hotel was fab, the bus not so much but the driver told us all about the scenery and the history of the island. Upon arrival at the Riu Palace we were greeted with drinks and a smile- what more can you ask for? And we were upgraded. However there had just been a storm and everything looked grey, my boyfriend and I were pretty worried we had chosen the wrong place. However after we woke up the next morning and the skies had cleared - OH MY GOD. The view. I can honestly tell you, you won't find a beach/view like that anywhere else! It was fab!!!
And it just got better, the staff every morning for breakfast were so kind and helpful. Remembering you each day - by our second week our usual drinks were already on way to a table by the time we had got to the door! The food was brilliant. Couldn't fault it and out of all the people we met, there was no illness/tummy upsets etc! The evening meals were great too! Expect to have to wear formal clothes to the a la carte restaurants - we did see one guy being told to change! But the a la carte restaurants were amazing! Don't think I could fault any except for that the Italian didn't really have much choice, but the choice it had was yummy!! Lunch was also great, jerk chicken stand was amazing!! However take a trip outwith your hotel and get the taxi to stop at a road side jerk stand - our taxi man was apprehensive about us wanting to do this but you will not taste real jerk chicken until you do!! It was amazing and the locals were so welcoming!!
The staff - I cannot fault. Service with a smile! Everything about the hotel is "no problem" and anything really wasn't a problem to them. The towel man at the pool was ace, he invited us out to a local football game - so friendly!! The pool bar staff were also great!! Completely up for a laugh and good fun! And the same for the night time entertainment!! Some nights it got repetitive but when it did we headed over to the other Riu hotel just down the road and went to the "night club" the for a change of scenery! Which was fun!!
The excursions are great but be aware there are excursions to be bought not just from your rep! We went to ricks cafe and snorkelling on an excursion by the people who worked at the hotel but not for the hotel or Thomson and it was a great day!! All I would say about that trip though is eat before or take food! The food at ricks is pricey and spicey!!!! But a MUST do!
We also went to bob Marleys grave which was very interesting! Lots of facts to be known and things to see! Plus everyone sings bob over there so you feel you must! We found it funny that there was a peephole in the wall of the sit of his grave, locals would try to sell you weed through it!! Another great thing to do is dunns river falls! Only downside was coming out and all the locals want to grab you to try and look at there stalls to buy something! We were warned to not pick up anything and you are told you just keep walking!!
Lastly, our rooms were spotless!!! Not one insect in sight, the cleaners were fab and our mini fridge and bar was filled up on a daily basis!! the 24hour room service was so quick and efficient and the hotel manager, who was from England constantly made sure you were having a great time. Oh and there was NEVER a problem with sun loungers. The beach is cleaned every morning and the place is seriously paradise!!
This is honestly the best holiday I have had, I am so very eager to return and I would definitely not stay anywhere else! But reading reviews is hard to comprehend how great an experience you will have, we read reviews and thought "oh sh**" but if you go with an open mind you will be extremely extremely happy with your choice!
I would recommends his hotel to anyone who's going (and have done). ENJOY your time and tell Jordian the pool bar waitress we say hi from Scotland x
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Renovated in summer 2008 * Located in Negril, on Jamaica's west coast * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 1-storey main building and 2-storey buildings * Victorian-style architecture * Surrounded by 47,000 m2 / 56,500 sq. yards of lush gardens * 7.5 km / 4.7 miles from Negril West End * 6 km / 3.8 miles from various shops * 80 km / 48 miles from Montego Bay airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel Negril
- Riu Tropical Bay Jamaica
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay Negril
- Riu Tropical Bay Negril Jamaica
- Negril Riu Tropical Bay Hotel
- Riu Jamaica
- Riu Tropical Jamaica