March 19 - 27.
Before to buy package I read many reviews. There were many good review, few bad. So, I made a choice... To my surprise, it appeared that more truth was in the bad reviews. It's unusual, but it is so...
ADMISSION was quick, we got good oceanview room in the building #2 on second floor. It was some not fresh smell in the room, but it dissappeared on the second day after room was cleaned.
ROOM was good, no lack of towels. Every day we were met with different towels art that was really pleasant. Air conditioner, practically, did not function. We called to admission about this, they sent technician 3 times. Technician got airconditioner able to make a working noise, but it was not able to cool air in the room. So we were all right with ceiling fan and open balcony door.
Shower was OK except time from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM when it was not hot water. Bed was king size, one half of it was good, and another was bad.
FOOD was good.
BEACH is my main concern. It's not a sand on a beach, it's hard soil covered with tiny gravium that is like sand paper for bare feet. In addition, there is a lot of trees' roots getting out, so you need to watch out in order do not hurt feet. It'd be better do not walk with bare feet. Water looks clean, but has sulfur smell in some areas, but not everywhere. The bottom looks sandy about a shore, but when you walk you raise some clay clouds. When you walking deeper it appears that bottom is muddy like at swamp. Also, there is small sea weeds islands. The swimming area is shallow. And there is no waves at all. For snorkelling it's needed to go to riffs. I found some very poor riffs about massage booth, saw some very few fishes, stars, but it's not place for snorkeling.
if you get BEACH TOWELS at morning you cannot exchange it during the same day, only on next day, and only one time. I found it unusual.
SPORT. Voleyball court is terrible - it is not plain, not sandy, with hard soil covered with small graviums. I played 3 times, got my feet hurt so that I could not even walk up to the end of my stay. In contrary to the other resorts you seldom hear calls to play volleyball, and people did not play much, but , anyway, the court is very bad.
There is available kayaks, sail catamarans, water bikes. The problem is there is not guard. I went on kayak a little bit far, and on the my way back it's got windy. The wind was from shore, and it was so strong that I could not overcome it so instead to move to shore I was moved backward by wind. Big waves appeared, and I got overturned. I got on kayak, but the padle appeared outside about 3 feet away. I tried to get it rowing with hands, but wind moved me in different direction, and the padle got lost. I began to call for help, but nobody watched me from shore. I was riscued accidentally by people who was on water bike. I was not scared, but I thought about probability to get into open sea. The matter is, there is not guard, there is not any riscue boat, and during the storm nobody was concerned with situation. The storm was for about 15 minutes.
INTERNET is expensive in the Club, but it's possible to get it for free (I mean wireless) at Riu Palace Admission area.
ENTERTAINMENT is not bad.
- 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