Monday, January 31, 2011

The Riu Resort in Ocho Rios Jamaica

This Riu Resort lies in the central part of the north coast of Jamaica. The beaches are covered with palm trees and are the perfect place to enjoy the Jamaican experience.

We were able to tour the Riu Resort in Ocho Rios about 3 years ago. This resort is at the top of my list for a medium priced Jamaica vacation. It is located close to Dunn’s River Falls and you can book a variety of tours at the front desk.

This resort has 856 guest rooms. The standard (double) rooms will be what you would expect at a nice Jamaica hotel. The Jr Suite has a step down to a sitting area and a larger bath with a multiple jet shower. The suites are very roomy with a living room you could entertain in, a very large balcony, and bath area about the size of the bedroom with a Jacuzzi between the two.

Some superior suits have a Jacuzzi outside on the balcony. I always recommend the Jr. Suite and up.

The fitness center and spa are both small but very nice.

Each of the two pools would be enough for a resort by themselves. Each have swim up bars. One pool has more family and sport activities, such as volleyball, and the second has full size lounge chairs sunken in the water and a zero entry at one side.

The beach has plenty of lounge chairs and at lunch, they set up a selection of food on the beach so you can get a plate and eat under the palm trees.

There are several dining options from 5-star food and service (with reservations – no additional cost), a large buffet area, snacks at the sports bar and a pizza shop open almost all the time.

I would rate the condition of this property overall at a 9 for a family resort of this size. I recommend the Riu Resort in Ocho Rios to my past cruise clients that are looking for an all-inclusive land package. Unless my “family” clients are looking for water park type swimming pools with slides and a lazy river, I will always make this Riu an option. It is also great for groups and large wedding parties.

Currently I am quoting a package to the Riu for a couple leaving on May 24th for a 5 night stay in an ocean front Jr. Suite. The quote includes roundtrip air from Orlando, transfers to and from the resort, the 5 night all-inclusive stay, and vacation protection including a "cancel for any reason" policy. The total trip quote is $2,035, which is an outstanding deal for this air and resort package.

Please allow me the opportunity to supply you with a quote on this great property.

Gerry Ash
Jamaica Specialist

1 comment:

Patti Maxwell said...

The ClubHotel Riu Ocho Rios looks fabulous Gerry. It's very well priced, and the pools and beach look very inviting. The prices you quoted are fantastic. I'll be sure to steer clients to this property. Thanks for a great review!

Patti Maxwell
Galavant Travel