We stayed at Rui Negril from May 14th until May 22nd, 2009. We stayed in the 3100 block. Our group consisted of 15 people. Ages from 13 to 49. We had a great time there. The service could have been a little better but for the most part the service was good. The drinks tasted strong but the alcohol content is low. The serve draft beer and light draft beer. They ran out of light draft beer almost every day.
Food: The food was okay. Good varieties. Breakfast was excellent every day. They have an omelets station. Lunch buffet is okay. The Jamaican Jerk Hut on the beach is good for lunch. Get there right when he opens. Dinner buffet had good varieties, the steak house is good. They don’t have very good fruit or bread and very little seafood.
Activities: When you first get there a guy named Nigel will try to sell you a "Ricky Cafe Sunset Tour" for $50.00. If you go the beach on the left hand side there is a guy named Patrick there. He will sell you the same trip for $30.00. The trip is from 2 till 7. You go snorkeling and cliff jumping. The ride back you will see a beautiful sunset. He serves red strip on the boat. I highly recommended this trip. Once you get to Rick Cafe beware they only give you change back in Jamaican money. So take lots of little bills. I also recommend the zip line tour. You book this right by the front desk inside the hotel where the vendors are located. It is $70.00 a person, it is a blast. Make sure you wear tennis shoe and take bug spray. The bugs are bad there. The bus ride to get to the zip line place is long.
We walked the public beach, which to the left of the beach at the resort. They have a lot of jewelry, woodwork and paintings. Most of the outside venders are connected, so if you like something at the first stand just wait, the further down you go a lot of times it is cheaper. The locals are okay but I would go in a group on the public beach. There is a guy name "Itil" he sells lobster, he serves it with toast and tomatoes . The lobster is excellent! He charges anywhere from $15 to $30 per lobster but it is worth it.
Rooms: The rooms are nice, we got an upgrade because we had our wedding there. I had to argue with the front desk for three days to get the upgraded suit but it was well worth it. The sliding patios doors must be locked for the ac to work. They lock by a latch in the middle of the door.
The beach seemed clean by a little rough in places. Take insulated mugs to the beach. Which they don’t sell at the resort. The drinks they serve are tiny, they will fill up your mugs for you if you ask.
Me and my husband both got massages in the beach hut. The massages were wonderful, very relaxing. I had the salon do my hair and nails for the wedding. I highly recommend doing a run thru with your hair for the wedding and take a picture of what you want. Warn them before they start, that you don’t want a bunch of hairspray. I took my own hairspray, but they caked it on. They do an okay job on your nails, but not worth the money.
We booked our wedding online. The only communication we had with the wedding coordinator was thru email. You send your legal docs down 30 days before the wedding. I highly highly recommend doing a run thru of the wedding. I would suggest ordering chair covers for the wedding if you have guests sitting. They are $6 a chair. But the chairs look like lawn chairs w/o the covers. When you finally get the hotel, make sure you tell the front desk you need to make an appointment with the wedding coordinator. If your dress needs steamed it take them at least 48 hours to get it back to you, they send it off site to get it steamed. They did a good job on my dress. You pick out your bouquet when you get there, but if you want something other than the free ones. Make sure you order it before you get there. We made the bouquets are home with fake flowers and carry them on the plane. The groomsmen wore linen pants with white short sleeves and my husband wore a linen suit. We got the guys outfits at JCPennys. We had four groomsman and four bridesmaids The preacher is very nice but a little hard to understand. He does a traditional religious ceremony. We signed the marriage certificate and had our first toasted right on the beach after the ceremony. I had no problem changing my name when we got back to the states. As for the champagne, it isn’t the greatest they also serve an orange punch, mix the punch and champagne together and it pretty good. We had a great time at our wedding. Our pictures are beautiful. The photographer did a good job but a little pricey. We took our own photographer too. We had a great time at our wedding. Wouldn't change it! We had our reception at the steak house. The food was good. They had the cake set up for us. We had plenty of room to throw the bouquet and the garter. We did our first dance on the walk way in front of the beach. We took an iPod and speaker. After the wedding there is a dance club you can go dance at but it isn’t open on Mondays. The next morning they served us breakfast in bed.
- 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