This review is a little late but as they say . . better late than never. I traveled with 3 girlfriends to the Riu in Ocho Rios last year. I'll be simple and quick since I agree with a lot of the reviews already on here.
We loved it and debated going back again this year. We have decided to go to the Riu in Punta Cana this year and hope to have just as good as an experience. The staff was wonderful. Not sure if Kenny is still working the swim up bar but he was one of the best parts of the Riu. The room was everything we needed but it wasn't the Westin. We never had trouble sleeping though. The jerk chicken hut is a best! You must go there. We went everyday for lunch.
Some people may be disappointed to know that there were only Red Stripe and Red Stripe Light as far as beer choices. We were not but some other people might have been.
Some of the things I would recommend . . . definitely get reservations of the Japanese restaurant. I can't speak to the other restaurants but it was great for a change from the buffett. Bring a big cup if you are a drinker! They serve you in small cups which requires too much going back and forth to the bar . . . who is on vacation for the exercise? Hang around the pool on the non suites side if you are a people watcher and want to enjoy the activities. It was so much fun and the Riu Activities group always had us entertained. Definitely don't overpack with heels and dressy clothes . . . we stayed in our bathing suits during the day and soft cool dresses, shorts and tops at night. We never got out of our flip flops during our stay.
Remember that this is classified a 5 star resort for Jamaica standards . . not American standards. Don't go expecting the Ritz Carlton! Enjoy yourself and if you leave the resort . . make sure you go with a JUTA approved taxi driver.
- 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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- Rui Ocho Rios
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