Great wedding/week at RIU Ocho Rios!!
My wife and I just spent a week at the RIU Ocho Rios along with 40 guests that came to attend our wedding. EVERYONE HAD A GREAT TIME!!!!!
Chandlyn and Winsome did an absolutely fantastic job in co-ordinating everything from the ceremony to the reception. The entire production far exceeded our expectations! The wedding extras do come at an extra cost and do add up quickly. We paid for a private catered dinner/reception worth every cent, the food was the best we had all week.
The service was absolutely amazing!! Whether over dinner, at the bar or just passing by, the staff were always friendly and quick to help out. I even had a mini fridge stocker stop me in the hall to give me fresh cold beer!
We stayed in a standard room the first few nights which were nice, then after lots of convincing finally received an upgrade to a junior suit. The suit had a bigger bathroom, Jacuzzi tub, bigger king bed, sunken living area and a bigger balcony.
They have two pools, the main one was definitely more of a party, the service was quick at the swim up and pool bar. Lot's of chairs around the pool, some in the pool, fountains and sports nets as well. The second pool was were the suits are, good place to go to get away from the roudies. The infinity pool could have been positioned in a better place.
The beach was huge, both long and wide, lots of chairs, plenty of sun or shade available. Sand was nice, no rocks, great coral reefs for snorkeling with plenty of small fish to see.
Lots of free activities available, kayaks, peddle boats, catamerans, wind surfers, snorkel gear. There was always beach/pool volleyball, football, bocce, horse shoe games always going on.
As mentioned before the pools bars were all great! The Blue Mountain lobby bar and Reggae bar were the early hot spots in the evening, later the disco opens and fills up quick- the decor is pretty cheesy but the DJ has current hip hop, reggae and club music. Once the disco Pacha closes the hard cores can continue their drinkning at the Sports bar. It gets the job done by providing more booze but isn't the nicest place. It does have pool and air hockey tables along with some arcade games, slot machines and a few flat screen TVs with sports playing. I think average bed time in our group was between 1-7AM...every night!
Well I left this for last since it was really the only downfall. Since we were there at capacity the a-la-cart restaurants all filled up quick and we were only able to book the steak house and Asian. The main buffet (breakfast/dinner) had a good selection but always HUGE lines!!! The Plantation was perfect for lunch, quick burgers pasta, pizza, grilled meats and salads. The Steak House food was OK, better salads, a main course menu and fantastic service! We didn't even go to Asian since some of our other guests said it was terrible.
We really didn't have too much time for tours since we had lots to plan for the wedding. We went on the Dunn's River/Snorkel tour ($40usd) - well worth it!!! Dunn's River was amazing, a great hike straight up the falls through the rain forest. Some friends went scuba diving and ATV'ing and a good times.
Overall I'd say the resort itself is the best we've ever stayed at. It was our first RIU experience and plan on visiting others throughout the Caribbean.
"Yeah Man, no problem"
RIU All Inclusive -Ocho Rios
This all inclusive resort is so huge it is possible to be there a week and not be able to see, do or take advantage of all it has to offer. It is located directly on the beach. They have a spa, watersports area, gym, casino, 24 hr sports bar in the game room, 6 restaurants, 2 huge pools, disco, 2 stores, tennis courts, reception area, theatre, and 3 bars. The kids have their own separate area where there is a pool and playroom for them. They have morning and afternoon activities and wonderful night entertainment. You can not be bored unless you are a boring person.
The drawback is the service from the dining staff and short supply. It is obvious that most of the dining staff have no experience. You can wait over an hour just to recieve a cup of coffee. Sometimes you are completely ignored. For example we were sitting at a table that had no napkin and we asked for one the girst set up 8 empty tables before giving us one.
The other fallout is that they do not seem to have enough wash rags to go around because everyday we had to go searching for them. The maid would take them but not replace them unless we called her back, went to another maid or the front desk. The water pressure was extremely low compared to other places. The place is gorgeous and immaculate. The only thing is that most of it is tiled and when it rained it was very slippery. They did the best they could with controlling the problem. Our room had a wonderful view of the ocean, garden, pool, and restaurant. The bathroom was awkward in shape because they put the toilet directly behind the door. You had to be careful in opening it or you might seriously injure someone who is using it. Other than that I was pleased with it.
I was pleasantly surprised with was the food. We primarily ate at the restaurants where you did not have to make reservations because the ones in which you did was hard to get into. For several days we got shrimp, lobster, clams. Days that we did not get this we would get red snapper, salmon or some other fish. These dishes were really good. Some of the Jamaican food selections were not that great for example the calaloo was watered down and they did not have ackee and codfish. However, there patties, dumplins, oxtails, and steak was good. The other thing that was really good was the icecream. They had some really unusual flavors but you had to keep comming back for more.
The people in the spa are really great. I had the neck shoulders and back massage and she really got the kinks out. It was combination masseuse and chiropracter. Then I got a pedicure, and this girl really went to work. She massaged and scrubbed my feet. My feet are so smoothe and pretty now.
The entertainment staff was wonderful. They were full of so much life and energy, all were very friendly. The dancers are seriously talented. The only thing is that they should let the band play a little bit more and on all nights not just some.
Couple's Ocho Rios!! A long...
Couple's Ocho Rios!! A long and treacherous drive from the airport, but well worth it. Wonderful grounds, fantastic staff, and very clean, and love the private beach!!
Couples Hotels - Negril & Ocho...
Couples Hotels - Negril & Ocho Rios.
Both 5* star, exceptional service & amenities, friendly staff - 2 of the best hotels we've ever stayed in!! The food was excellent and there was a huge range of drinks...try the Hummingbird cocktail!! The hidden whirlpools in the gardens at Ocho Rios - made just for two!!
View of ocean, Ocho Rios
We also found a lovely place to stay in Ocho Rios - Hibiscus Lodge Hotel. Ocho Rios is 108 km (67 mi) east of Montego Bay, in a deep bowl backed by green hills and fronted by wide, scalloped Turtle Beach and a reef-sheltered harbor. The town is popular with cruise ships, which disgorge 400,000 passengers a year into Ochi's compact, streets. [Thanks to Lonely Planet - Jamaica]
High Season Rates: Standard $92, Deluxe $115; Low Season Rates: Standard $80.73, Deluxe $105.07
EDEN II: An all inclusive...
EDEN II: An all inclusive hotel in Ocho Rios is the way to go for those who prefer the resort vacation. Everything is included in one price, and that includes alcoholic beverages, especially the local stuff. Not motorized water sports and daily activities are part of the one price deal.
Single in Ocho Rios
Hi! At the end of March, I'll be traveling to Riu Ocho Rios, which I am anticipating will be full of couples. This is my first time traveling alone (usually travel w/my boyfriend who can't make it). I'm a bit on the shy side. Any recommendations for getting to know people? I can easily hang out on the beach by myself, but would prefer not to for the entire trip! Thanks!