We almost changed resorts at the last minute, based on reviews we read, but very glad we didn't! We were there for a week in April and enjoyed almost everything about this resort. Great snorkeling, fabulous food, wonderful service by a friendly staff, and the entertainment staff was truly remarkable! We did luck out with a room in building 2 that was a short walk to everything. We probably would not have been very happy closer to the road or in building 4.
We are beach people, not pool, so we were a bit disappointed in the quality of the beach in that area for swimming. Seagrass, rocks, and some muddy areas...but the trade off is the good snorkeling. I'm not sure if the much higher price at the Tropical Palace would justify a better beach. You can walk over and use the beach at the Palace...just carry your own towels and cocktails with you! I also recommend bringing some floats with you, as I found it way too hot to sit in the sun without being in the water. Also fun for "surfing" waves if a storm brings them in!
This was a great value and we will probably return to see what the renovations bring. Hopefully they add some stand up paddle boards to the water sports area!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Newly renovated in November 2015 * Located on Jamaica's west coast in Negril * Located on the beach front * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Main building and four 2-story annexes * Surrounded by 45,000 m2 / 56,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * 9 km / 5.5 Miles from Negril's West End * 7 km / 4.4 Miles from various shops * 80 km / 48 miles from Montego Bay airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Hotel Negril
- Rio Negril
- Riu Negril Jamaica
- Riu Resort All Inclusive Negril