I have had Jamaica on my 'wish list' since falling under the spell of reggae music as a young lad growing up in West London in the 1970s. The friendly stories and magical names held a particular passion for me, so my first visit to the hotel was made with the fear of potentially 'broken dreams'. I was not disappointed at all - having returned to a grey, drab UK today with my family (two teenagers and my wife) we are all sitting here planning a return trip to this wonderful hotel.
I read the negative reviews and the mealy mouthed comments and wonder if people 'get off' by just being generally negative for the sake of being miserable. Get out there - have some fun and enjoy yourself. This is the place to do it.
The hotel caters for all ages - with a range of entertainments (produced by a hard working in-house entertainment team) and delicious food with varied dishes. Where did some people go to eat to not find this spread enjoyable and well cooked? This was a superb achievement to feed so many people so quickly - we never waited for a table once - even at the Gala Dinner on New Year's Eve - and had no problems booking in the restaurants if we decided not to eat in the buffet each night. You could eat there for a week and still not repeat your menu - the jerk chicken on the beach was amazing. Drinks flowed all day and no sign of watered down spirits (most taken straight from unopened bottles in the bar etc).
Staff we met across all areas were friendly and engaging - provided you made the effort as well. I saw some extremely rude guests snapping fingers and 'barking orders' to staff.
Amongst many members of the team on site we were entertained by Kevan, Slim Jay and Mini Me with stories, banter and jokes which were naturally good fun. The reggae band each night were tight, well rehearsed and had a perfect feel of relaxed style - they covered a range of tunes so well, they really knew their stuff.
Rooms were clean, well provided and whilst you won't find magnetic key cards (?) and flat screen TVs - get out and party - enjoy the sunshine and the friendly people. Get out to Kingston and the local town - see some local life and provide some spending cash for the people there - you will get great deals and have some friendly bartering. We weren't troubled by sellers on the beach or in the water - and a simple "No thanks - not for me" works every time if someone pesters you to buy a carving (a few traders at Dunns River Falls were pushing goods - but please don't forget these are people just trying to make a living).
Jamaica is the place to go - a number one holiday in a number one place! Gwan have fun :)
- 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
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- Rio Ocho Rios
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- Rui Ocho Rios
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