Riu Palace Tropical Bay

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Nestled along a vast expanse of pristine Jamaican beachfront, this splendid All-Inclusive resort combines old-world charm with modern convenience. Carefully planned to the last detail, Riu Palace Tropical Bay will surpass all expectations, offering an array of sports and activities, comfortable air-conditioned accommodations, and a selection of delectable dining options.

Accommodations are junior suites and feature Free WiFi, a flat screen TV, a mini-bar, and liquor dispenser. Guests will love the Victorian-style décor, the pool area beverage service, the nightly entertainment, and non-motorized watersports. RiuLand Mini-Club provides activities and fun for kids ages 4-12.

Sports and activities include table tennis, volleyball, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, and body boarding. Every evening, the RIU staff puts on an entertaining show for its guests. Looking to dance the night away? Down the beach, at Riu Negril, Pacha Disco is open six nights a week, and entrance and drinks are included!

À la carte dining options include Fusion, Japanese, and Grill Steakhouse. A traditional Jamaican Jerk barbecue is available six times a week. An assortment of snacks and lunches are also available. For additional options, guests can walk down the beach to Riu Negril for more amazing snacks!

Exclusive Values!
Honeymoon: Surprise welcome gift in their room and a small bottle of rum. King bed, late check-out, and complimentary upgrade to next available room category (subject to availability and upon request). $40 Spa Credit in Ocean Harmony massage for two (50 min; per adult, per person, per stay;, this discount does not apply with other promotions and discounts).

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Located next to the RIU Negril. Guests staying at the RIU Palace Tropical Bay have exchange privileges with the RIU Negril (except dinner).

Local Phone: 876-957-5900
Fax: 1-876-957-5727
E-mail Address: /sapmnt/P01/transfer/MM/out
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Physician on Call
Number of Pools: 3
Outdoor Pools: 3     
There is a beautiful freshwater pool area with complimentary lounge chairs, towels, cabins and sun umbrellas, swim-up bar and a children's pool. Guests at the Riu Tropical Bay have exchange privileges with Riu Negril.
Negril Hills Golf Course- 20% OFF green fees.
This 18-hole, par-72 course measuring 6,333 yds has gently undulating fairways, elevated tees and greens, picturesque water hazards and lush vegetation. A tennis court, restaurant, pro-shop and club house are all on the property.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: Varies
Cart Fee: Varies
Club Rental Fees: VARIES
Caddy: Varies
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Lighted Courts: 2
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Snorkeling: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Other Sports: Volleyball, beach games.
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Sauna: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
Riu Palace Tropical Bay - a Victorian style of architecture combining old-world charm with deluxe modern amenities. The resort consists of a main building and three-story bungalows, with 416 air-conditioned rooms, each with a balcony or terrace. This All-Inclusive beachfront resort offers unlimited premium brand alcoholic beverages, six bars, five restaurants, theme nights, nightly entertainment, night tennis, and a Kids Club. Food and beverages are available until 2 a.m. Beach: This hotel is situated directly on a long, beautiful stretch of white sand beach in Bloody Bay, complete with comfortable loungers for soaking up the warm Caribbean sun. Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.
Total Rooms: 416
Year Opened: 2001 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, American Express
Springbreakers: The hotel has the discretion to remove anyone that is acting inappropriately or causing disturbance in the hotel. They may also impose a cash deposit or credit card. Fee required for WiFi.
Two double beds or one king. Integrated lounge area with sofa or sofa bed. Oceanfront view from private balcony.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Room Safe
Two double beds or one king. Integrated lounge area with sofa or sofa bed. Ocean view from private balcony.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Room Safe
Two double beds or one king sized bed. Integrated lounge area with sofa. Garden view from private balcony.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Room Safe
One king-sized bed. Bathroom with hydromassage tub. Integrated lounge area with sofa. Ocean view from balcony.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Room Safe
Riu Palace Tropical Bay features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-All
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Palace Tropical Bay:
Hakuchi - A la carte restaurant serving Japanese cuisine. Open for dinner.
Bloody Bay - Serves lunch during th day and a Grill Steakhouse for dinner.
Negril - Buffet sytle with show cooking, serving International and local specialties.
Krystal - A la carte restaurant serving Fusion cuisine. Open for dinner.
Rimini - Serves lunch and snacks during the day and for dinner a buffet restaurant.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Daytime Entertainment Program, Table Tennis, Pool Games, Volleyball, Beach Games, one free introductory scuba lesson in the pool.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Shows, Riu Evening Program and live music (several times a week).
The Children's Program is available seven days a week for kids between the ages of 4 and 12.
Applicable Ages: 4 - 12 years old
Program Fees: Complimentary

Children's Facilities
Babysitting Fee: Yes

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Great time in Riu Palace
dapnj95, New Jersey
Wed Nov 30 08:55:20 EST 2016
On arrival, impresses with the clean and large open foyer. Front desk was very well organized, courteous and efficient. Bell service was attentive and professional. Room was clean and neat - Didn't care for the side by side double beds (not really a king - with a gap in the middle) but we made due. This resort is going under a refurb soon - so be careful when you go - be sure to ask - parts of the resort could be closed. Wait and bar staff are fantastic, friendly and helpful. The jerk stand is FANTASTIC - even the beach walkers will leave you alone if you tell them "I'm good". Entertainment team is an awesome and tireless group of young people. They do a great job to keep things going throughout the day - and when they aren't entertaining they are speaking with guests - playing dominoes with guests..really great group. Water was beautiful - bring your snorkel gear - and be sure to grab an extra roll from the breakfast buffet - wade out to your waist and feed the fish..you will not believe your eyes! Buffet food was good - no waiting - huge variety, carving stations, dessert and salad bars, breakfast buffent was very well appointed and serves European breakfast as well. In room bar was well stocked - but the design needs improvement - each bottle has an automatic pour when you depress the stopper - 3 of the 4 bottles popped out of the rack..we hand poured the rest of the week - no problem mon. Lots of beach chairs and spots around the pools - the pool bar can get quite busy. Saw several weddings on the beach. We will definitely be going back after the refurb. Be sure to visit Rick's café and watch the cliff jumpers (you can do it as well!) and the sunset - both are a must see. We took a day and went to the Appleton rum factory with stops for lunch - was very good - stopped at YS Falls - hiking, swimming and ziplining and took a river cruise to feed crocks.. was a great day, albeit long full on 8am-7pm. Would recommend that as well and can be arranged in the hotel lobby. Lot's of families - didn't see any nudity except if you venture too close to Hedo II - which is down the beach a ways. too each his own.

An Amazing Experience
shannoncan2010, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mon Nov 28 17:27:10 EST 2016
The room was great, and had a fully stocked bar. The location was amazing right on the beach. Utilize the water sports, there's a lot that's included. The spa was awesome! The food and food options were really good. If you missed a meal you can call room service 24 hours. The staff was really accommodating, helpful, and friendly.

Yeah Mon
BristolExplorer69, Bristol
Sun Nov 27 06:38:16 EST 2016
Very clean throughout but in need of a little updating. Touch up painting was being carried out while we were there, although this never interupted our holiday. We were in block 3 which was a perfect location for all amenities. Our room was cleaned daily and a turn down service every night. Mini bar was topped up daily, including the optics (Whisky, Smirnoff, Appleton Special & Jamaican Brandy) should they have need it. The hotel has buffet dining for breakfast, lunch and evening meal. It also has 4 speciality restaurants which you queue for, no pre booking is required and 2 sittings are available, it's first come, first served. Please note that not all restaurants are open every night, they alternate. We ate at the buffet each night and although we found the food to be a little repetitive, we had no complaints. There are 2 pools next to each other which are quite small. One with a swim up bar and the other for games. There are always activities going on throughout the day and the animation team work very hard. I can't remember all their names but Happy Feet, Foodie & Orange Juice were fun. The hotel is situated right on the beach and boy is it a fantastic one. The sand is white and the water is crystal clear and always calm. Even in high winds you only get ripples not high waves, so perfect for snorkling in. We saw Starfish, Crabs and several types of fish. The Jerk Shack on the beach is good but if you don't like hot, then leave the sauce alone. The chicken is awesome on it's own. All non motorised sports are included but if you want anything else you have to pay. Waiter service on the beach could be a little hit or miss. Some days they were everywhere, other days you didn't see one for hours but to be fair the pool bar was only a minutes walk so no problem. There isn't much to do outside the hotel but taxis are available to take you wherever you wish to go. Note that taxis are expensive and you can, negotiate a slightly better price. Everyone offers you Ganja, even at the hotel and on the beach but a polite no is all it takes. The staff all work hard to please and always have a smile from Reception to Gardner. A special mention goes to Crefton aka Dr C who was our evening waiter. He was very attentive and worked very hard. This man is a credit to the hotel. Lastly, you are not hounded for tips but it seems to be expected of you and by not tipping some services are not quite as good. Just a tip, it's much easier to deal in US Dollars than Jamaican, unless you are going off the beaten track. Everything is priced in US Dollars. I would have no problem recommending this hotel.

Great trip.. fantastic vacation
Fri Nov 25 14:31:37 EST 2016
We stayed at Riu Palace for five wonderful days. The staff was amazing. Check in was quick, Andrew at the front desk was very helpful, he made sure everything was accommodating to us. Dining room staff was awesome, especially romaine, Marcia and others. Sorry for not remembering your names. Overall the vacation was wonderful, the only downside there were not enough Jamaican cuisine. My husband and I had a great time. I also thank the dining room staff for helping me celebrate my husband's birthday.

Full review of what to expect at Riu Palace
Doug0816, Panama City Beach, Florida
Fri Nov 25 06:15:28 EST 2016
I will start off by saying , I have been to many resorts in Jamaica and all over the Caribbean so I can give a fair comparison. 1. Location... Keep in mind, you are about 1 hour and 15 minutes to airport and its a winding road. It is shorter than Ocho Rios but you will have a ride. This hotel is on a beautiful beach , it is not 7 mile but it is close and in my opinion is almost as good. The water is blue , clear and calm and you will not always find this in Jamaica. It is about a 5 to 10 minute cab ride to Negril , which is just a small town if you are wanting to shop or just walk around. I read alot of reviews about hotel being secluded, but most are in Jamaica. If you want to be in a big town outside hotel , stay in Montego Bay and you will have it. If you want tropical with great beaches but more remote , stay in Negril. 2. Hotel... This is a typical Negril hotel, it has no elevators and is 3 floors high which most are. If you have issue with stairs get bottom floor. It is the Riu pink which you will find a lot of them to be, but is a beautiful resort. This is a tropical resort with lots of palms and nice landscaping and it is not so big you cant just walk around. They have shows every night about 9:00 pm which are about like a cruise ship staff show except when they have bands or fire show going. If you go in expecting Vegas shows you will be disappointed but they are not bad at all , I have seen Riu shows all over and its about the same, but they have a really good beach fire show here. 3. Staff.. I have stayed here twice and front desk was always great and just about everyone in general are very friendly. I have read this posted and again I had same issue.... the beach bar in front of towel hut staff are the only ones that sometimes will not even speak to you, I tip every time but it does not matter to them , I had same issue before , they act like you are bothering them so I hope management is reading this. My room was cleaned every day and spotless, the entire hotel is the same. 3. Rooms.. You need to know that at most Riu's , a king bed is 2 full bed pushed together and you only get a true king if you book the suite. I have found this to be true in Mexico also. I have never stayed in a bad Riu room, you get what you pay for when you go in, so if you are wanting a ocean view you should book that and not be mad if book garden and dont get upgraded. All the oceanfront rooms here are literally on the sand, you are about 200 feet from the waters edge if you book oceanfront. If you book garden , it is possible you will hear road noise because its on the highway to Negril, but again....you get what you pay for and most hotels in Jamaica are exactly like this. Just keep in mind, this is a extremely humid environment that is right on the water, so your room will more than likely be musty smelling and damp, we live in Florida and its the same way here, we have to run a dehumidifier and its still humid. 4. Theft .. I would like to address this..... I do not understand how any personal items get stolen, every Riu I have ever stayed in has a nice safe that has digital code you enter every time. Every time we leave room , we have passports , cash and any valuables in that safe and would do that anywhere we stay. When you read reviews on theft at any hotels , see if they mention the safe cracked open ( which I have never read), if they didnt they left valuables out in room. Food... As I have posted over and over , the food will be blah at all Riu hotels. They all have a good breakfast but it goes downhill from there. I go there expecting that and its all good knowing that . They have to serve people from all over the world and everyone has different taste so they just go the middle of the road, so when you order a steak just expect about like a 24 hour diner steak and you will be fine, expect high end steakhouse , you need to book Secrets or Couples for about double the price of here and you will get it. Overall , we have stayed here twice and we really like this place. I have stayed at Riu in Montego bay and Ocho Rios and the beach and water here is much nicer. This is smaller tropical resort but you dont feel too private being there is always a lot going on. After about 10 pm , it gets really quiet just like most other ones, but nightclubs are only about a 10 dollar cab ride away. If you have any questions , feel free to email me, I will answer you back.

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