Just got back this weekend. I don't think I expected it to be GREAT so I'm not too disappointed.
Not sure if it's the time of year we went, or what... I think they were fully booked to capacity. At least, that would make the most sense, otherwise I don't know what's wrong with them.
We stayed on the Deluxe side which was nice. Away from the crowds and noise and all... Our own pool with swim up bar, unlimited WIFI, nice beach.
The room was nicer than a lot of the resorts we've stayed at- a bit more modern and new.
Food: The food itself was OK.. The Jamaican food like Oxtail, and Goat Curry, Ackee and Salt Fish were great. The only issue is that the line ups for food were ridiculous!! Again, may be because they were super busy. Only one restaurant at dinner also, so everyone is eating at the same place, unless you have a la carte. I have never had to stand in a line to wait for food at a buffet! Weird. So besides a 5 minute wait, food was good. Rice was a bit undercooked.
Jerk hut was good. Not too flavourful though...
A la cartes were not very good. Gourmet was the best. Chinese was OK. Japanese OK. Steakhouse not so great.
Bartenders were generally good. I mean, it's Jamaica so did expect some attitude (and got it!), but other than the occasional eye roll and ignoring, it was fine... Bar by the club seemed not to want to help though (lots of young male bartenders there).
Great entertainment, fun.
Overall, it was a really fun trip- locals are very nice (not the ones trying to get your money). Authentic food was great. Grounds are nice, and rooms are nice. Only thing is probably the food and restaurants that were not the best... I would not say this was a 5 star. Maybe a 4 & 1/2.
- 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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