We went for a week, August 7-14. There were 3 bad things about this vacation,:
•the crappy bus 2 hour ride
•lining up early for the sit down restaurants
But, in all fairness, we knew about all of the above, so we sucked it up, and took accountability for our choices, and enjoyed the resort everything else it had to offer!
The resort is fabulous, it's was newly opened in November 2005, so everything is pristine. We had a standard room with a king size bed and a double bed, and a decent sized balcony. There were 3 of us girls sharing; we were quite comfortable in the room. We had a bathroom that was marble and granite, with double sinks, so space was never an issue.
There are at least 4 buffet restaurants, several sit down restaurants, the jerk pit out on the beach, and bars galore. They cater to your every whim. I can't understand those who say the food sucks. I think some people are accustomed to getting a certain type of food, and want that when they are on vacation in other parts. If you are really picky about what you eat, bring some peanut butter and crackers…lol! Oh, don’t eat the scrambled eggs…I don’t know what they are, but they taste terrible. Go for made to order omelets, or fried eggs, We had our choice of lining up early to go to one of the 5 or so sit down restaurants or eating buffet. Although we made reservations 2x, we never quite made them, and ate happily at the buffet restaurants.
Drinks, drinks and more drinks. A liquor dispenser in your room, fridge filled with beer, soft drinks and water. The bars at the resort are well stocked and specialized in making fruity blender drinks. If that’s not your speed, there is tons’ of rum, rye, scotch, beer…etc.
There are 3 pools, pool on standard side, pool on suite side and the kid’s area. We had a standard room, but roamed freely without question in all areas. The two adult pools have swim up bars, which was very nice.
All in all, I loved the resort, and I am already planning to go back in February. Although during our stay, it was mostly couples and families, I would still recommend it to singles for a great time. It’s a nice feeling, being able to eat and drink as you please without ever pulling out your wallet. Two thumbs up!
- 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
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