We went for four nights and it was wonderful. I didn't want to leave! If I get the money, I'd definitely love to go back again a few more times. We didn't venture out of the resort much. We went next door to the RIU Montego Bay and it was nice enough, but it was much more dated and crowded than the Palace was. The food was really great. I have never wanted to eat a buffet so much in my life! The staff constantly had a drink in your hand and were willing to joke and talk with you. We got to know Ryan in the buffet area really well and also Recardo, Copeland, Clive, Richard, Silveroy (sp?) in the bar areas. They definitely made us feel comfortable and made it hard to leave when our time was up.
The property was very well maintained, which was expected since it was new. They had two wonderful pools, lots of fun activities (with a great activity staff) and a nice private beach. There were plenty of things going on between this resort and the other.
The only cons to the whole trip were having to walk next door for the watersports (which wasn't exactly a hike, so its not bad) and a bad experience with one of the male reception members. We had purchased an additional night after the original booking and we did waste an hour one day resolving the payment and making sure we didn't have to move for one night when we were already settled. The manager stepped in and it was handled very well though.
I would love to see some more of Jamaica, but I don't know that I could stay anywhere else now!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Adults Only & 24-Hour All Inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica opens all year round and is located on the beautiful beach of Mahoe Bay, next to the hotel Riu Montego Bay. RIU Palace is the most elegant category in the RIU hotel chain, with hotels that meet the highest standards in terms of luxury, excellence and sophistication, creating a unique experience. The location is ideal due to its proximity to Sangster International Airport Montego Bay MBJ (2.7 km) and Montego Bay (4.5 km) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel has 289 cozily furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi and offers many amenities. Relax in our spa, or get fit in the fitness center or on the tennis courts. 3 infinity outdoor pools. Day and evening entertainment, as well as our Discotheque at our neighboring Hotel Montego Bay. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer live cooking stations at our main restaurant, Japanese, Italian, Fusion restaurant and Steakhouse, as well as 4 bars. ... more less
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