The location is the big talking point at this place. Not only is the property set in tropical gardens, it’s pulled up against the sands of Ocho Rios Beach. What’s more, if you want to get out and about, the centre of town is less than a ten-minute drive away.
The hotel’s facilities are just as impressive. Two large swimming pools take a central spot in the grounds - one's exclusive if you're staying in a Deluxe Wing room. They’re surrounded by palm trees and loungers, too. And, with two swim-up bars completing the scene, you don’t have to go far for a cocktail.
As far as dining goes, you can tuck in to the likes of pancakes and smoothies in the buffet restaurant in the mornings, and international favourites in the evenings. There’s also a string of speciality options, including grill, Italian and Asian eateries.
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Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks, Icecream|
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Snacks at set times.
Facilities► View all
With a whirlpool bath, swim-up bar, sunbeds, parasols and towels.
Pamper yourself and choose from a range of massages and beauty treatments.
RiuLand kids’ club
Daytime entertainment programme for children aged 4 to 7 and 8 to 12 years.
Rooms ► View all
double with limited sea view
Double room with limited sea view sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years, with 1 king-size or twin beds, centrally controlled air-conditioning, fan, Wi-Fi at a charge, clock radio and liquor dispenser.
deluxe double room with sea view
Deluxe double room with sea view sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years, with 1 king-size or twin beds, air-conditioning, fan and clock radio. Rooms are split-level Junior Suites with ocean views and come with exclusive access to the adults-only pool and swim-up bar, the Sir Richard Gourmet restaurant and the Tushima Japanese restaurant, separate check-in, free Wi-Fi zones, concierge service for speciality restaurant bookings, 24-hour room service, premium liquors throughout the hotel and in-room liquor dispensers, mini-bar restocked daily, bathrobes, turn down service, unlimited à la carte dining.
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My wife and I just got back from our week long honeymoon at the Riu in Ocho Rios, April 7th - 14th. My wife wanted the location to be a surprise to her and I was very worried about our stay going into the trip. Once we got there all I can say is that she was more than impressed by the look and feel of the hotel, and the cleanliness too (and that is saying a lot because she cleans our house twice a week). There is always someone going around and cleaning something, I mean I have never seen a staff cleaning chairs, wall trim, pictures on the wall, etc like this place. I have been to about 10 resorts like this one and this one is by far the cleanest. We both thought the food was great, and the service at the restaurants is great too. The main buffet is the way to go on pretty much all the meals of the day. For the premium reservation restaurants, the steakhouse and Asian were great, the Gourmet is ok, and don't waste your time with the Japanese. No matter where you went the service was great, except for the Japanese restaurant, and the food was not good either, hence my advice to avoid it. The upgrade to the Deluxe Wing is greatly encouraged, the pool is very relaxed and quiet and there is never a problem finding chairs near the pool at any time of the day. And if you want a little more noise and fun, the pool bar has fun bartenders and in the afternoon people are drunk and it gets a little more loud and fun. We did both the relaxing part and the fun/drunk part all on the deluxe side. The nicest part we felt about the deluxe side is that kids are not allowed, so there are no little kids running around yelling and splashing in the pool, which is very nice for a honeymoon or couples without kids. Drinks are about anything that you can imagine and the bar staff are quick on the job, especially if you give them a dollar tip once in awhile. The drinks are not watered down and may even be a little too strong. The beer is always cold if you are a beer drinker, red stripe and red stripe light are available at all of the bars. The only negative I have is that if you reserve an "Oceanfront" room, be very specific and sure of exactly where the room is before booking. I was told one thing on the phone when I booked and the room we got when we got there was what I would call oceanview, and not oceanfront. I was pretty upset about it at first, but the manager at the front desk got our room changed it 2 days to what I was looking for, so all in all it turned out fine. I would strongly recommend the oceanfront room on the very end of the building, it is directly facing the ocean so when you are on your patio all you see is beach and ocean, awesome for a honeymoon. I would give this hotel a 4.9 out of 5 overall and would strongly recommend it to a friend.More
Spencer W, Aurora, Nebraska
Visited this resort March 14th-21st with 3 other friends. We all thought this resort was awesome. The food was very good. We especially enjoyed the steakhouse and Edward and Adrian took very good care of us when we were there. The breakfast was great, and I really like the coffee! The beach was excellent. Not very long; you could walk it start to finish in 15 minutes, however it was beautiful. We had great rooms (2 of them) and they were situated directly across from each other. I really liked that set up. We were also very close to the beach which made it easy to go back to your room if you need to. The grounds were very nice and all the staff were very friendly. We met some fun people from USA which were a lot of fun to have along on our trip to Dunn's River Falls. You should take that in if you visit. I especially liked the boat ride on the way back. We also did a sunset cruise for 3 hours from 3-6 pm. That was a lot of fun too. I would recommend this resort and I would visit it again in the future.More
423islander2012, Charlottetown, Canada
Clean, Great Food and a nice beach
I went to the Riu with my girlfriend and we had a great time. Listed below are my Pros and Cons; Pros: Clean Rooms Clean Hotel Great Staff We always could find a chair on the beach (Could be the season, less people?) A reef really close off the beach (Bring mask and snorkel) Great food Drinks aren't watered down Pool was really nice with a swim-up bar Cons Entertainment was lacking: I'm not that young but the soft slow mellow sounds of the 70's after dinner, just put me to sleep. However on one night they had a beach party and that was really great. Tips -Bring US dollars to tip staff. It helps get you better service and honestly the people there deserve it. a) I tipped the person who made me Omlettes every morning b) Tipped the servers at all meals c) Tipped the bartenders d) Tipped Taxi and Bus drivers -Check out the Reef by the Adult Beach (Bring mask and snorkel) -Do take some trips away from the hotel. Use the Taxi drivers, it's better than the tour, because you don't have to wait for everyone to get on the bus. -Bring your own insulated drink cups.More
Gary_Francois, Toronto, Canada
an amazing holiday!
Me and my family stayed at riu ocho rios from 4th April-15th April and i would like to say this was an amazing holiday. From Montego Bay airport the bus journey is about 1hour 15 mins approx (depends on the traffic). when you reach to the resort they give you an cool refreshing drink, the check in is nice and quick and they offer you to take your bags up to your room they do expect a tip.The room is huge and very clean, they give you a white sheet with all the television you are able to watch. The cleaners do an excellent job with keeping the room clean and restocking the bar. The food was fab loads to chose from and very and i mean very tasty. The pool is massive with an nice view of the beach, on the left is a swim up pool bar with some tables and 2 Jacuzzi's, the bartenders are really friendly and are really quick to make your drinks. There are plenty of sunbeds but if you want a good spot to sunbath i recommended to go before you eat breakfast, the sunbeds on the pool deck are much more comfy than the sunbeds in the beach. The entertainment crew where AMAZING! (minime, george, kelly, keston and more) they are so talented. They do activities o the beach like volley ball, horse shoe throwing etc. and at 12 oclock Keston does water aerobics for everyone to join in and have fun. At 3oclock all the entertainment crew do an on deck show where they get people with red bands to plays games like beer drinking competitions, dancing competitions, arm wrestling etc they are really funny and enjoyable to watch. They so shows also on the stage like africa dancing, dancers from Cuba and let people from the resort to join in a do games. They have a kids club for your children which my younger brother and others really enjoyed. The beach is very clean and there are men who give you coconuts to drink. Next to the pool is a large restaurant which give you a lunch buffet, you can also go to the Italian restaurant which is delicious! Also on the beach is a jerk chicken hut which with you bbq jerk chicken with rice and peas. The hotel staff are extremely friendly. i would recommend this hotel to anyone. I would also recommend going dunns river and dolphin cove where you swim with dolphins also horse riding in the sea they are such amazing experiences. Love this hotel and will return again soon! Will miss the entertainment crew so much.More
mccole99, London, United Kingdom
Jamaica or No where!! THIS PLACE IS AMAZING
The world is better with a smile on your face! I travelled to Riu Ochio Rios with my best friend for her 25th bday. Just 2 ladies! April 3- 10 2014 Traveling- The bus is a long ride from the airport your in for a long ride. If you're travelling from Toronto expect to get to the hotel for around 6:30pm. Check in was fast and easy. NO PROBLEM MON Weather- Beautiful breeze so your not scorching hot, it rained once for 20 mins. 29-30 degrees everyday and its not cold at night. People- Jamaicans are wonderful people. They are caring and accommodating and respectful. They want all tourists to have the best time in Jamaica because its their number one money maker. They go out of their way to help you with anything. LEAVE THE RESORT and experience the country. You are completely safe (my friend and I are both young females and we had no issues). We found out that if a traveler has a problem with a local the min penalty is 3 months in jail. There is NO PROBLEM MON! Jamaican's are polite and peaceful people who live by a "love is love" and "no problem" live style. Hotel- The hotel is beautiful its a medium sized hotel compared to the huge hotels in Cuba or Dominican. Everything is central. Lots of Bars, restaurants, shops and the pools are beautiful. I wouldn't personally pay for the more expensive side unless you want complete privacy. The main pool was just the right amount of busy. The Wifi is available in the loby for a free hour anytime. Once you log on you have an hour. Or you can buy a package and pay more. Room- The double room is two beds pushed together. There is a alcohol and bar fridge in the room, hair dryer, full length mirror, shampoo and body wash in one, a drying rack on the balcony, iron and ironing board, TV and air conditioning. The beds were a bit hard for my liking but I didn't have issues sleeping. We had an issue with the toilet running so we just lifted the handle each time and went on with the day. Travellers- A mix of Canadians, Americans and British... there was an issue with a group of young Americans on spring break who got sick in the pool one day. The hotel closed the pool for cleaning and it was open the next morning. We met the best British families who we will stay in touch with for years to come.. Lovely people and cute cute kids! Entertainment- I'm a professional dance coach and the entertainment was AMAZING! well done to all the dancers and singers in the night shows...very well put together and entertaining. The pool entertainment was great, they got people involved and having a great time. My friend and I participated in boys vs girls at the pool (GIRLS WON) and I participated in the arm wrestling competition (yes I lost in the finals, Im still dealing with it lol). GOOD TIMES! Pool- Get a chair early with your towel. I recommend going before breakfast. Its a huge pool and there are lots of seats that you can move around. There are built in lounges in the pool, and they are great! Pool bar is great! Beach- the beach is stunning and there are lots of chairs. the water is warm but has a bit of seaweed in it. Its not the longest strip of beach so its good for short walks. Food- This is a Coca Cola hotel :) :) :) Breakfast... Eggs, Bacon, Ham, sausages, omelets, Fresh Juices, yogurt, regular cereals, breads, fruit ect Lunch... Get the jerk chicken on the beach !!! every lunch, they run out so dont wait. Dinner... There were so many options. Buffet line ups were because people were polite enough to wait their turn. The resort was at full capacity and we never had to wait more then 3 mins in line. There are several restaurants that you need a reservation. We ate at the steak house.. YUM Excursions- If you can bring a water camera or a waterproof case.. youll need it or you wont be able to take photos on the excursions. Catamaran & Dunn River Falls- Good times!. Quick 20 min boat trip to the falls. Its a very long walk up the falls so fun and beautiful. If you have problems walking don't go. On the way back you stop to snorkel for 45 mins. Total Cost per person $50 for the tour (book at the beach for this price) and $15 for water shoes (which you NEED, no, sandals or your own shoes wont work, you can buy them at the beach!). BLUE HOLE- GO TO BLUE HOLE!!! its not run by the government and not on the tourist attraction list. Get a Cab it was $100 for up to 4 people price includes there and back. You pay a $10 tip per person for your guide who takes you through all the things and safely guides you and assists you around. Its stunningly beautiful, cliff jumping, rope swings, waterfalls, caves, swimming .. Ive attached photos. Total cost per person $35-60 depending on how many people you have Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffets)--- SO fun, its a local club with pop, hip hop and reggae music. There is a pool and slide. We went on a Wednesday which was a $25 charge and all you can drink. The locals don't bother you. They will ask to dance and if you say no they leave you alone. It was the tourists who cant take no for an answer. TO CONCLUDE MY REVIEW... Its Jamaica from now on! Riu Ochio Rios RULES!More
KatielH77, Toronto, Canada
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