W just returned from the Riu, we stayed May 11th -May 17th. We stayed in the deluxe building and had a oceanview. Overall, it was a great vacation. As most have mentioned, there were positives and negatives. I had read the reviews so I knew exactly what to expect at the resort. Here are my comments:
Spa-We did the couples massage and spent some time in the jacuzzi. It was really relaxing and romantic.
Entertainment-Sometime is was a little cheezy but they worked really long, hard hours and they were really talented and allows kept a smile on their faces.
Beach-There was a nice stretch of beach to walk on. I wish there was a bar on the beach but other than that no compliants.
Food-I really enjoyed the food. I always found something that I liked. My husband is a little more picky than I am and he sometimes struggled with finding something. The jerk chicken was really good!
Rooms-The beds are 2 queens or doubles pushed together. They constantly separated so it was almost like my husband and I were sleeping in separate beds. On our last night we saw 3 roaches in our bathroom. That really spolied it for me. I spent the rest of my time worried that one of them were going to get in our bags. This was the one day that we didn't have our room cleaned. We put the do not disturb sign up and took a nap in our room. I wonder if they had been spraying everyday to avoid any issues because I never saw anything until that day.
Drinks-Like most all-inclusive resorts, the drinks were really watered down. But at the Riu, even the wine was watered down, which was really disappointing. The red stripes were on tap so they couldn't be watered down and they were really good and refreshing.
Overall, I did enjoy our time at the Riu, however, if we go to Ocho RIos again, I probably won't stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The All Inclusive ClubHotel Riu Ocho Rios open all year round, is located directly on Mammee Bay beach on Jamaica's north coast. It features a Deluxe wing with exclusive services for guests staying in these rooms. It is consist of two buildings of 6 floors and one Deluxe building of 5 floors, surrounded by a large tropical garden. The location is ideal due to its proximity to St Ann's Bay (4km) and Sangster International Airport Montego Bay (MBJ) is approx. 91 km away. The hotel has 856 comfortably furnished rooms and offers many amenities. Relax with a massage at our Renova Spa or get in shape at our gym. 2 outdoor pools, 1 children’s pool. For the youngest guests, there is the RiuLand Kids Club (for children from 4 to 7 years & 8 to 12 years old) and for adults, day and evening entertainment and many water sport activities, discotheque. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer live cooking stations at our main buffet as well as Gourmet, Italian, Asian cuisine and Steakhouse, 7 bars. ... 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