I just got back from five days at RIU Ocho Rios and I have to say that I cannot wait to go back. It's true that the ride from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios can be a bit of a hassle, but when you finally get there it is completely worth every effort. The hotel itself is beautiful and the staff is amazing. Within five minutes of my arrival to RIU I had a drink in my hand and was checked into my room.
The room was extremely clean and nicely decorated. The mini bar has soda, club water, Jamaican beer, juice, and bottled water. Our room was located in building three, so it had full Ocean view. The view is breath taking. The bathroom is very large and has two sinks which comes in handy when you're sharing the room with someone else. There are PLENTY of towels in the bathroom; which by the way are large in size and made of a nice soft material which is great when your skin is a little more sensitive after sunbathing. Our room was cleaned everyday, we would leave in the morning around 8:30 am to have breakfast and lounge by the pool and by 12pm when we returned to the room it was nice and clean. A safe is provided as part of your all-inclusive package, but I can tell you that the maids will not touch any of your personal belongings. Many times we left money and jewelry on the dresser and it was exactly where we left it upon our return.
The food is pretty good in the hotel. I did not make dinner reservations at the other restaurants, only because I am the type of person that does not like to stick to a schedule when on vacation. I prefer to eat dinner whenever I feel like it. But St. Ann's has enough food and variety to satisfy everyone. They even have a vegetarian station, something which I have not seen at other resorts. The waiters in the restaurant are always very polite, friendly, and clean out the table as soon as they see that you're done and ready for your second serving! There isn't an actual bar inside of St. Ann's but they have enough drinks to make up for it, including wine if you want some alcohol with your meal. The drinks at the bar are superb. They use premium rum and vodka and are not watered down.
The entertainment at this hotel is above average. Like other's have said, it's not Broadway, but unlike other resorts they do not have cheesy shows. They had something new each night. The entertainment crew works their heart out to make sure that you have a nice time and to make sure that you feel welcomed. They work from about 8:30 am until about 1am, and they always have a smile on their face. After the show is over at night, they will accompany the guests to the disco and get the party started. They will dance with everyone, and introduce guests that they believe will have a common interest. It's nice to get to know the other people that are staying at the hotel; I can tell you that we made a couple of new friends thanks to the entertainment crew.
RIU Ocho Rios is the perfect resort if you want to relax, not worry about anything as it's all-inclusive and at the same time have fun when you want to. There are a number of activities you can participate throughout the day, or if you prefer you can lounge by the pool or beach and not do a single thing. Either way, I will guarantee you that you will have a great time.
- 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