So, we booked the Riu Negril for our wedding. We had a fairly large group, with some young children. Planning it was hard, because we didn't know what we were going to get, but it ended up being perfect.
The biggest downside for our group was the transfer. It's supposed to be an hour and a half, but the guy waited for the bus to be full, and stopped along the way. It ended up being almost 3.
But, other then that, everything was perfect. We got married on the beach, not in the typical spot, but a little further down. They told us they don't normally do it there because when the tide is low, the seaweed pops out and looks ugly. But, when we got married there, the tide was high, and it looked great.
Dionne was the wedding coordinator, and she was great. If anybody from the Riu is reading this, she should probably get a raise. We through about 100 requests at her all at the same time, and she got everything done.
We had a private dinner on the beach, with appetizers and cocktails to start. During the cocktails, we had a steel drum band playing. I would probably skip the appetizers, but the steel drum band was great. Then, for dinner we had a beach bbq, and it was good. We asked them to accommodate vegetarians, which they did. They had veggie kabobs, beef, chicken and fish. It was really good. They provided us with wedding cake, which many people in the group said was very good. Then, after dinner we had a reggae band play for us. They were really great. We actually asked if they could play longer, but the had another gig.
Apart from the wedding, we really had a good time. The food was good for picky eaters and vegetarians. The staff where all super friendly and helpful. They had a steel drum band and a reggae band play on seperate nights, which was really fun (the rest of the shows were not really that good). We had a massage at the spa, and it was very good.
We read some reviews here that people had there rooms broken into. If you are worried, ask for a room on the second or third floor, keep the patio door locked and keep your valuables in the safe. I also noticed some rooms didn't have a peep hole, but ours did. I never felt unsafe at any point.
A couple of notes:
- there is free wireless in the lobby, so if you need to check up on things, you can use that.
-There are no elevators, so if you are not on the first floor, you will need to take the stairs. A porter will carry your bags up.
- there is a lady at the taxi desk who will rent you a sim card or a phone that has unlimted long distance to north america. My friend payed $10 for a day, but I think she will rent it for a week for like 15.
- they have 3 a-la-carte restaurants, but you have to reserve them by 8 in the morning the day of. We ate at Sir Andrews (gourmet) and the steak house. Neither have a great veggie option, but the meat eaters food was good
- you can use the facilities at the other riu, which is about a 10 minute walk down the beach. But, you can't eat or drink there
- the jerk chicken hut is delicious.
- 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