riu tropical bay
like many of you, we had some concerns regarding the reviews we read. however, the place is great! no bugs of any kind in the rooms & the rooms are spotless. mini-bar is a nice touch; beer, soda's, water, rum, vodka, gin & brandy is restocked every other day. the landscaping is beautiful; the people are very friendly & helpful. we have been to several all inclusives in mexico & the BVI's-we have never seen such a huge food buffet. they always had a special + a special jamaican dish(s). lots of fruits & salad stuff. take the 7p seating because you can arrive anytime b/t 7p & 8p. you need to be done by 8:30p so they can get ready for the 9p seating. "sir anthony's" was very nice. quiet with great service. again, take the 6:30p seating time & get there by 7p. the pizza place was very good also. resort was mostly europeans: spanish, portugese, german & french-some brit's as well. never had a problem getting beach chairs or towels. the beach is awesome! only resort on the bay w/palm tree's. if you're looking to do nothing but sit on your ass, this is the place. we took out a hobie cat-stay out of the channel b/t booby cay & the island. we used the dive shop at the resort. only drawback is that they dont do 2 tank dives. other drawbacks: red stripe is the only beer they serve. it's good, but for a week it gets a little boring. no king or queen beds-2 fulls pushed together. re: the town of negril-not much to it at all-makes playa del carmen look like NYC. "rick's cafe" is a rip-off & not worth the cab ride or $$$ to get there. if you need to go, get there by 4p or 5p. have a few drinks, watch the sun set & leave. food was not worth the $$$. cab ride for 3= $45 r/t. if you want to get out of the resort, spend the $$$ on catamaran trips & the like. "margaritaville" was closed(off-season perhaps) and "risky business" has shut down. if the "magaritaville" at the airport is any in
ick's". bring US money-no need to echange for jamaican $$$. if you need an ATM, it's a 5 minute walk & the exchange rate is great. $47.62 ja$$= $1 US. airport, it's $44; again, you dont need to switch currency. lastly, if you want to buy ganja or other party materials, buy it at the resort, not the airport. any specific questions, e-mail us!
bill & patty w.
I've been at Jamaica at Riu Tropical Bay all inclisive style.
Were the best vacations of my life.
Great food and the most beatiful sunset I've ever seen.
The Best Hotel
This place will give you anything you want at any time of the day. The bartenders were great, they gave me drinks i never drank before, like the Bob Marley drink. Its 3 alcohols put together, and than you light it up, and drink it out of a straw. You can get a taxi any time, eat any time. You can do any water sport you want, even can get a jet ski. Every staff was very nice, and gave you anything you needed. If you want more information, email me. Great views, i got an ocien view room. I can see the sunset from my room. The beach had no rocks in it, and can walk out forever, still standing up. You can throw bananas out in the water, and the fish will come around you and eat it.
RIU All Inclusive- Negril
This all inclusive resort is a lot smaller than the one in Ocho Rios and Club Negril. Although when you stay here you have access to the Club Negril resort as well. It is located directly on the beach. They have a spa, watersports area, gym, casino, restaurants, 1 large pool and 1 smaller pool, disco, 2 stores, reception area, theatre, 1 beach jerk center and 2 bars. The entertainment here was more varied and a lot more fun than what was offered in Ocho Rios.
The food here was excellent. They served more authentic Jamaican dishes than other resorts that I have been to. It is unbelievably healthy too because eventhough I pigged out I lost 5lbs. Go figure!
The service here was great and far better than the other Rius I visited. It was more personal and you did not have to wait a long time for anything. They went all out to make us feel comfortable. I was not too crazy about the people at the front desk. Although kind at first I realized at the end of my stay they were giving me the run around. Communication between management, customer service, and front desk is deplorable. The landscape is nice. The rooms are well designed. The view from ocean front rooms are blocked by trees. There are no elevators at all. While we were there they were updating the electricity and a few times it went out. Luckily the weather in late November/ December and cool breezes from the beach was so refreshing the air conditioning was not needed.
the greatest vacation ever!
i went to riu with my boyfriend ad it was excellant. The weather was great, the beach was clean and extremely enjoyable with all kinds of watersports and just relaxation. Jetskiing was the greatest. Basically if your looking to relax, enjoy time with a loved one or should i say the one you truely love, and have the gretest time in the most beatiful place of jamaica take my advise and stay at the riu tropical bay. Have a great time!
married at the riu oct 15
All 22 of us landed in mobay on october 12 without a problem than off to the riu , arriving the at 10 pm what a bus drive that was 1.15 minutes we all thought we were in the indy 500 it was great we even stoped for some beers along the way and check in was fast.
For my bride and myself this was our 2nd visit to the Riu Tropical Bay. Everyone fell head over heels especially the lobby than off to the gorgeous rooms etc. etc.
We had the honeymoon suite, ocean from view the best room you can ever dream of.
Our wedding was co-ordinated by Ingrid who was everything you could ever with for in a wedding co-ordinator. Everything was perfect, picture perfect form the ceremony to the pictures/video and of course the sceneary (the beach).
The food was fantastic our reception was at Sir Anthonies and the waiters even sang for us the food in the main resturant was great /weather was good only 3 days of rain but we were on holidays you make the most of it and it really did,nt bother anyone , this resort is a 5 star do not listen to the bad reviews this was or 2nd time the and we will make it a third if you need more ifo please email me
Riu Tropical Bay in Negril Jamaica is AWESOME! We went there on a 7-night all inclusive package, and were absolutely thrilled with our vacation. I had read the reviews before we went there, and felt a little nervous because of what some of the reviews said. But we were all content as soon as we arrived and saw the resort. The bus ride from Montego Bay to Negril took about 2 hours, and was a very pleasant and scenic drive. Our driver was nice, and the roads are paved all the way. Riu Tropical Bay is the first resort as you enter Negril. The lobby is an huge open lobby on the upper level with a view of the pool and beach. They have some gift stores, internet cafe, and one restaurant on that level.
They had 4 restaurants: "The Pizzeria" (made to order Pizza and Pasta), "Negril" (buffet style breakfast and dinner), "Bloody Bay" (buffet style lunch), and "Sir Anthony" (upscale sit-down restaurant that requires reservations and dress-up - nice sea food entres). All these restaurants are part of the package. They all offer free soft drinks, juices, wines, and beer with the meals. No cocktails at the restaurants.
The food was absolutely great. There were several items to choose from, and they changed the menu every night. They never ran out of anything - all stations were fully loaded at all times. Although tipping is "included", we tipped our servers at every meal (about $1 per person at the table). The people are VERY nice and appreciate the tips.
This is a new resort, and the rooms were excellent. They were kept clean, and the AC worked just fine as opposed to some other reviews. We never had a problem with anything in our rooms. The only thing is that they have 2 beds and they simply put them together to form a "king". Other than that, everything else was top-notch. They have a mini wet bar in all rooms, and a small fridge stocked with soft drinks, tonic water and Red Stripe (Jamaican Lager Beer). All this is part of the package. Everything is re-stocked the next day for free.
Excellent people. Very friendly, and everything is "No problem mon" to them. I would recommend tipping. They really go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable.
Riu is located right on Bloody Bay. The water is absolutely beautiful. They have designed it very well with palm tree for those looking for shade. There is an abundance of beach chairs and bed so you will find one no matter how packed the beach is. We went there when the hotel was fully booked (August 2002), but never had a problem finding space to sit or checking out the water sport equipment. The beach is a topless beach. The sand is not white. It's light brown, but it's very clean. They rake the whole beach every morning (it's amazaing how many people they employ and how clean they keep the place). EXCELLENT BEACH.
They have 2 pools. One of them has a swim-up bar, and the other is just a regular 4 feet pool. The only time we were in the pool was when we played pool volley ball. There is always someone you can play with. The pool is kept very clean. The only thing is that it closes at 8p so you can't really go for an evening swim.
The weather was excellent in mid August. It was nice and sunny all morning and through lunch, and it rained for about an hour or two after lunch and became sunny again. I would recommend getting up fairly early (about 8-9 am) and getting your beach activities done in the morning because there is a higher chance of rains in the afternoons.
I would not recommend tours because they are expensive and a waste of time. All the good places are far, and you spend most of your time on the raod. If you want to go to Jamaica to tour the country, I recommend that you stay at a cheap non-inclusive place. There is just too much to do at the resort (you are paying for the food and drinks and other all inclusive services) to pay for other tours. We did the black river/YS falls tour and we felt it was a waste of money. YS falls was nice, but we only spent 1 hour there but took from 8am to 6pm to do the tour.
They had a show every night at about 10pm by the Bloody Bay restaurant. They were pretty entertaining. we just went there after dinner and had drinks while watching the show. They invlove the audinece and make it interesting. They also have a night club (also popularly known as the "disco" in the south of the border places) that is 16 to enter and 18 to drink (although pretty much anyone can drink there - we saw several 10-12 year olds chugging beer). They played some good music and was not too bad.
Most of the people who visit Riu are Europeans. Riu is a Spanish resort, and is very popular in Europe. So don't be surpised to see several topless women at the beach, and 14 year old kids drinking. We met some nice people from England, Spain, and Sweden.
I would HIGHLY recommend this resort. It's new, and is maintained very well. They have excellent customer service, and really make an effort so that you have an enjoyable stay. The food is great, the rooms are very nice and the beach is spectacular.
Riu is also building another resort called "Riu Palace" right next to this one that is expected to be completed in 2004. It's going to be twice the size and maybe a little upscale (although there is not much room for "better" than the Riu Tropical Bay).
Hope you enjoy your stay in Negril, Jamaica!
riu tropical bay,negril
my girlfriend and me are coming to this hotel next year,i have read some very bad ratings about it ,has anyone stopped here recently...thanks...
RE: riu tropical bay,negril
We went to visit Tropical Jan 2005 but stayed at Riu Negril. Both are nice hotels and people we talked to were glad they stayed at Tropical and we were
glad we stayed at Riu Negril. There was absolutely nothing that I didn't enjoy
at Riu Negril, good food & drinks, perfect service,nice staff & amazing weather and grounds.
When we went, Tropical guests could eat & drink at our hotel but we couldn't
use Tropical's resort.
Go enjoy and I'm sure you'll both have a great trip!!