This was my first time to Jamaica, to give an idea of my background I've travelled quite a bit to Mexico and the Caribbean several times and stayed in some really nice resorts. I've rated the RIU Ocho Rios as average, it was a good relaxing trip but nothing over the top. I travelled with my boyfriend there in November, at the tail end of Hurricane season. The first two days of weather were not great, but as the week progressed it got nicer. My advise is to wait until December when it should be over. Here's my pros and cons about the resort:
-Resort was safe and clean which is to be expected (Expedia rated this a five star resort)
-Pools were nice. One was the party pool, the other was quiet
-Beaches were very beautiful, white sand and turquoise water
-Food was great, we loved the 'jerk hut' on the beach, seafood was good and the formal dining restaurants were decent
-Staff was friendly and helpful
-Resort is about 3 hours from the Montego Bay airport. We booked through sunwing vacations and took a bus to the resort which was really long. It stopped to drop passengers off at several resorts before getting to RIU last.
-Limited reservations for the formal dining restaurants. I read about this before our trip so I booked our dinner reservations as soon we checked in. You're limited to 3 restaurants with specified seating times. The other options are buffet which was okay but not great food.
-Beach length was limited to the resort property. If you like to walk down the beach, this is not the place to go. We were a bit disappointed with this.
Overall it's a nice place to relax, catch some sun and drink some rum. It's a good place for groups or families, but not so much for couples. We had looked at some of the other couple type resorts and didn't think that was our thing but if I went again I might try a Beaches or Sandals resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in northern Jamaica, on the beachfront. Two 6-storey buildings and one 5-storey building. Surrounded by 90,000 m2 / 107,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 10 Km / 6.2 Miles to Ocho Rios. 4 Km / 2.5 Miles from various shops. 105 Km / 65 miles to Montego Bay airport. 600 M / 1,970 ft. From a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Hotel Ocho Rios
- Riu Ocho Rios Jamaica
- Riu Ochos Rios
- Rio Ocho Rios
- Club Hotel Riu Ocho Rios
- Rui Ocho Rios
- ClubHotel Riu Ocho Rios Jamaica