I have been to a number of other Riu Palace properties, and i liked this one the best. The food was better, some of the better label booze, and a great beach. its actually on Bloody Bay which is beautiful - only 4 resorts on the bay (5 if you count the Sunset at the Palms beach next door): 2 Riu, Sandals and Breezes. Entertainment was outstanding. Service was generally very good. We moved into a oceanfront room after being in a room overlooking the restaurant roofs due to noise from air conditioners, and while it was billed as a Ocean View, it was a stretch to see much ocean. Be aware that the first floor oceanfront rooms you may get a few mosquitos/gnats, but they spray along the balconies regularly and it goes with the territory in June in the tropics. High floors are better in that respect.
This is one of the smaller Riu's in their portfolio, which i liked. Some of their places are mega resorts.
We also toured (my wife is a travel agent) Sunset at the Palms which is across the road, but has its own beach next to the Riu. Beautiful property and high-end place if you dont mind walking across the road to the beach and paying more, but it was like a jungle botanic garden.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Renovated in summer 2008 * Located in Negril, on Jamaica's west coast * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 1-storey main building and 2-storey buildings * Victorian-style architecture * Surrounded by 47,000 m2 / 56,500 sq. yards of lush gardens * 7.5 km / 4.7 miles from Negril West End * 6 km / 3.8 miles from various shops * 80 km / 48 miles from Montego Bay airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel Negril
- Riu Tropical Bay Jamaica
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay Negril
- Riu Tropical Bay Negril Jamaica
- Negril Riu Tropical Bay Hotel
- Riu Jamaica
- Riu Tropical Jamaica