Firstly we must give a big thank you to Andrew at reception and Riu for giving us a free upgrade to a Sea View apartment in celebration of our 39th. Wedding Anniversary. Our apartment was huge with a great view. Room 4110 is on the ground floor and is one of the larger apartments. Air-con, free mini bar which included Red Stripe Lager, Bottled Water, Tonic Water, Soda Water,Coke,Sprite,4 optics, Toilet, Shower/Bath, 2 Sinks, lounge area, free Wi-Fi and flat screen TV. Our cleaner was Carlene and the room was cleaned every day, as was the bar, also fresh towels daily. Beds were turned down at around 7 o’clock. Carlene gave us towel art every day so we rewarded her for her efforts. I would definitely recommend tipping, little and often but the staff are just as friendly whether you give or not. We can’t praise the staff enough. Everyone was so friendly. We can’t remember all your names but a great big thank you to Tony (Trevor McDonald), Sharon, Dave and Melissa at the Bar Cubano (the one with the Piano) to Jermaine, Aldayne, Aaron and D.Shane at the Restaurant.
We didn't do any of the Trips but we hired Michael of Michaels Taxi Service for the day at a cost of 200 usd. If you speak to Tony at the Bar Cubano he will arrange a meeting with Michael to discuss what you would like to do. We wanted to see the less touristy side of Jamaica so he took us into the interior, through local villages and impressive scenery. We stopped at one point and he cut us some fresh sugar cane, lovely, we then stopped off at a road side seller and had fresh coconut juice followed by the flesh and mango. We ended up at Black River and had a Boat Trip to see the Crocodiles. Michael then took us to a Fish Restaurant at a secluded beach where we treated him to a meal. We finally landed up at Ricks Bar to see the Cliff Jumpers, which is a must do but be aware as Red Stripe is 5 usd. a throw.
There are 4 Bars, Bar Cubano (24hrs.)Reggae (10.00 – 24.00) Plaza (18.00 – 24.00) and The Sun (10.00 – 18.00). If you’re on the Beach the Staff walk around on a regular basis taking orders.
Breakfast at the Negril (buffet) is from 07.00 – 10.30 or at the Bloody Bay (continental) is from 10.30 – 11.30.
Lunch is in the Bloody Bay from 12.00 – 15.00 and is buffet style but you can also have the Jerk Chicken which you can get from the Hut by the entrance of the Bloody Bay.
Snacks from the Bloody Bay 15.00 – 17.00 but you also have 24hr.Room Service.
Dinner at the Negril 18.30 – 22.00 and is a International Buffet.
There is also 4 Specialist Restaurants that you have to book in advance. The booking desk is in the main reception area and is open from 08.00.There are 2 sittings at all 4 restaurants, first sitting is at 18.00,second sitting is at 21.00.
KRISTAL – Fusion Gourmet.
RIMINI – Italian.
HAKUCHI – Japanese.
BLOODY BAY – Steak House.
We tried the Krystal, Hakuchi and the Bloody Bay Steak House and found them acceptable but we did prefer the Negril International Buffet.
The beach consists of both soft and hard packed sand and the sea is warm and crystal clear but watch out for the Stingrays as they do come right up to the beach and range from small up to about 5ft.in size. There are also the odd sea urchin and jelly fish. The beach sellers are not pushy and a polite no is all you need but trust me there are some good buys so don’t discredit them. Some of them are right characters. If you want to do some fishing then speak to Dennis on his boat “Flying Bird” and you can have 3hrs. for 70 usd. his fishing tackle is a bit archaic but works fine and I caught plenty of fish. The second time I used him I took my own. You will constantly be asked if you want cannabis so just get used to it. Apart from the sellers you will also have the Parasailing and Glass Bottom Boat touts.
The Animation Team work hard to keep you entertained with the usual Water Polo, Beach Volleyball etc. We never got to see any of the Evening Entertainment as I suffer badly with Jet Lag and so 21.30hrs to me is 03.30hrs and my body is sending me to bed.
There are plenty of trips on offer but just be aware that Dunns River Falls is 3hrs. away.
Take only USD. with you as this is the main currency. Mosquitoes are a problem. The grounds are sprayed regularly and we tried various repellents but still got bitten. Be aware also that July is the Wet Season and it rained on all but 3 days of our 2 week holiday but it usually only rains for about an hour or two.
The holiday was booked with First Choice/Thomson and so our return flight was on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner and was the most comfortable flight to date. We flew Premier Class and is well worth the extra cost. We also recommend the Club Moby for departure which you can purchase from your Holiday Rep. for £21.00 pp. this gives you Air Con, free Drinks, Snacks, TV, unlimited Wi-Fi, and more.
To sum up, Great Staff, Great Food, Great Hotel, Great Time. This is our third Riu Hotel and will not be our last. Jamaica, we love you. Irie.
- 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
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