On November 1st, 2005, the 856-room Riu Ocho Rios opened on the north coast of Jamaica. The Riu Ocho Rios is the largest Riu resort in the Caribbean, and is the third Riu resort in Jamaica, joining its sister resorts Riu Tropical Bay (opened in 2001) and Riu Negril (opened in 2004). A Happy Birthday is in order!
Visually stunning from any angle, the bright pastel purple colors really stand out against the 300,000 square feet of tropical gardens. Although it’s over 800 rooms, it’s not so spread out that one can get lost or feel overwhelmed – Riu has done a great job in keeping everything cozy.
Guest rooms at Riu Ocho Rios are situated in a Club wing (basic rooms) and a Deluxe wing (upgraded amenities, all Junior Suites, with additional dining options just for Deluxe guests.) All rooms have a balcony or terrace, AC, complimentary in room safe, mini bar, liquor dispenser, satellite TV, telephone and hairdryer. All rooms are considered oceanview, although guests in the Club wing rooms on the first two floors will quite honestly be hard-pressed to see the ocean, as they sit back from the beach a bit and are behind the main pool with many palm trees – if you do want a true oceanview, go for the Deluxe wing, or at the very least request a high floor.
Somewhat unusual for the Ocho Rios area, the Riu has a nice stretch of white sand beach, plus very calm water. The beach is not very ‘deep’ from water’s edge to the resort grounds, so it can get crowded during peak times, but plenty of chairs and shade. Large pools and lots of dining options (including a la carte dinners without restrictions on the number of times you can dine) make for a very enjoyable stay.
A great addition to the Riu family of resorts – and keep an eye out for the Riu Montego Bay, scheduled to open in the fall of 2008!