We started out with a private tranfer from the airport which anyone can do, just ask your travel agent. The ride was 11/2 hrs, but it was pretty view and the driver was very friendly and gave us drinks. We greeted with a welcom blue drink and got our rooms fairly quickly.(there were eight of us) We previously upgraded to the deluxe side which is worth it. One of the rooms we needed two beds and had to wait until the next day. Which they did get us the correct room the next day and was great because it was near the elevator on the third floor. The room was always clean and had towel animals everyday. We did not notice the musty smell while we were there, but I am having a problem getting the smell out of my clothes. I emailed the hotel but they didn't have an answer why this happens.
The food was great, except for the desserts, which look pretty but are tasteless. The have carved turkey, or pork nearly everyday and they even had mashed potatoes and gravy! The breakfast were made to order if you want. We went to the steak house which was good, the red snapper was great. The asian was nice for a change and the gourmet was good too. The only problem with the buffet is that there are no time seatings so it is a crazy to run and get in line for the food. Get there right at 6:30 and no problem. They also have a italtain rest. that is open for lunch and dinner anytime. They had meat sauce pasta that was good and pizza's. We really enjoyed being able to eat outside all the time on the patio since the weather was perfect while we were there.
This is the first resort I have gone to that the pools were warm enough to swim in. I went in both pools and they both have swim up bars. It was fairly easy to get chairs most of the time and under palm trees if you want. The beach was good, not as long as some, but you still could get a little walk in. The ocean was so clear and warm that my friend that rarely goes in the water was in all the time. There is a reef which friends did some snokelling, Also they have paddle boats,sailboasts and kayaks which my freinds all used.
They had a beach party on Monday night which was done well. Included dance contests, relay contests and a show with fire eaters so on. Every night there is a band playing outside right after dinner and then the right across from it is the stage with the usual contests and some sort of dance show. They get tiresome after a few days. But it is great that it is all outside!
The weather was so perfect the week we were there. I even had to buy another sundress because I thought it might be a little cool in the evenings, but was never cool.
They have a few stores around which are good enough to get the usual take home stuff.
Don't go on the organized shopping tour for $10. They take you to this straw market and insist on walking with you to shop and do not leave you alone for a second. We had to hide in the casino until the bus came back. Do take a taxi and go the the good shopping center.
We did zip lining, but would not do it again. It required allot of climbing down the moutains and I could not walk the rest of the week my legs hurt so bad. Do go to the Blue Hole, just ask any taxi driver and they will take you. Short ride there and this group of young men will show you around for tips only. It is beautiful, skip the Dunn's River. You can climb underneath the falls and jump in and swing from a rope.
There is a sports bar downstairs. They have great popcorn all the time! The computer are in there if you need to send emails, a pool table and a mini casino.
Everyone was very friendly and always saying hello. Every thing was always being cleaned, saw no bugs at all. The hotel is a little bit dated, but it makes it more homey. Better the new ones that are modern and cold feeling to them!
- 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:
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- Riu Ocho Rios Jamaica
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