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 d้cor, 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!
ภ 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!
Located next to the RIU Negril. Guests staying at the RIU Palace Tropical Bay have exchange privileges with the RIU Negril (except dinner).
BLOODY BAY BEACH
Barber / Beauty Salon
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.
Green Fees: Varies
Cart Fee: Varies
Club Rental Fees: VARIES
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Lighted Courts: 2
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Other Sports: Volleyball, beach games.
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
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.
JUNIOR SUITE OCEANFRONT
Two double beds or one king. Integrated lounge area with sofa or sofa bed. Oceanfront view from private balcony.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
JUNIOR SUITE OCEANVIEW
Two double beds or one king. Integrated lounge area with sofa or sofa bed. Ocean view from private balcony.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
JUNIOR SUITE GARDENVIEW
Two double beds or one king sized bed. Integrated lounge area with sofa. Garden view from private balcony.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
One king-sized bed. Bathroom with hydromassage tub. Integrated lounge area with sofa. Ocean view from balcony.
Other Amenities -
Balcony or Terrace
Riu Palace Tropical Bay features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-All
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Palace Tropical Bay:
Bloody Bay -
Serves lunch during th day and a Grill Steakhouse for dinner.
Buffet sytle with show cooking, serving International and local specialties.
A la carte restaurant serving Fusion cuisine. Open for dinner.
Serves lunch and snacks during the day and for dinner a buffet restaurant.
A la carte restaurant serving Japanese cuisine. Open for dinner.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
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
Babysitting Fee: Yes
Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
1645 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Palace Tropical Bay to their friends and family
The most disgusting room I have ever stayed in. We where in the 7000 building. The odor in the room was overpowering; my eyes are still burned red from the allergic reaction to black mold. All of my clothes, worn or not, needed to be laundered from the smell upon our return home. Just don't stay here. There are many other lovely properties in Jamaica from which to choose. Glugg on every level. The topper was the group of friends smoking weed in the cocktail lounge. The Michael Jackson show was super and some of the entry level staff were kind and helpful but, that it the only good thing I can say. We toured many other properties while in Jamaica so this is not a typical tropical climate problem.The disrepair and black mold is an unkempt Riu problem. If you are already locked in to this hotel and you get a yucky 1980's smelly room, insist that they change you up to a better situation on day 1. Good luck.
Lostyeti73, Aberfan, United Kingdom
Wed Sep 30 16:48:01 EDT 2015
Check in was quick our cases being taken to the room as we were given the keys we received a very warm welcome and immediately felt at home. We were fortunate with it being rainy season, the hotel being quiet as Riu class members we were upgraded to an ocean view suite. The room was very large with a four post bed, Jacuzzi, large lounge and large bathroom with separate shower and W.C. the room was decorated with dark wood furniture which some people find dated but I personally prefer to the new clinical Ikea showroom bedrooms that are being fitted in a lot of the newer and renovated Riu resorts. The balcony was also very large giving stunning views of the bay and also views of the gardens to the side. Service was excellent at all the restaurants and bars with the exception of the main bar near the stage where the barman was too busy chasing tips. The main restaurant served food of a high quality with lots of variety breakfasts were particularly good. The speciality restaurants were of a good standard krystal giving an almost fine dining experience, I really enjoyed eating there and I'm more a steak and potato kind of guy, speaking of which the Steakhouse was very good as was the Japanese the only one that I found not quite up to scratch was the Italian I found the service a bit abrupt and the food not as good as the others but still better than the majority of speciality restaurants I've eaten in at other resorts. The pools one of which has a swim up bar the other used for activities were a bit small but with the sea being as calm and clear this was not an issue Bloody bay being in my opinion better than the much hyped 7 mile beach the other side of the peninsular. The beach has plenty of loungers shade is provided by the trees there is a shack on the beach that serves jerk chicken and pork along with rice and peas. The nightly entertainment was fun but amateurish, the house band however were a pleasant surprise as was the pianist in the lobby bar which was a great place to relax and watch the sun go down. The management were very visible with Jose and his team being very approachable giving the impression that they valued your feedback and genuinely cared about making your holiday the best it could be. I cannot recommend this hotel enough the best Riu Palace I've stayed at.
Wedding in Paradise
Joe S, Detroit, Michigan
Tue Sep 29 12:03:48 EDT 2015
My wife and I were married at the Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay on Saturday September 19, 2015. Our wedding, and our entire week at the resort, was a spectacular experience. Going there for our wedding was the best decision we could have made.
We arrived at the hotel with two teenagers, an aunt and my senior-aged Dad in tow. It had been a long travel day from Detroit. My group was, tired, frazzled and kind of grumpy. When booking, we had been told that our three rooms would be near each other if possible, but it wasn't guaranteed. I believe the lady at the front desk was named Elaine (but I may have that wrong). She watched me try to corral my group away from the desk, and keep a friendly conversation just between her and me. The only way she could keep us together was by putting us all in upgraded rooms on floor two of building 6, each room with an ocean view. And that's exactly what she did โ at no extra cost. She put me and my wife in an upgraded jacuzzi suite. She was kind and friendly about everything. Throughout the week I dealt with many of the front desk folks. All were exceptionally friendly, kind, accommodating and respectful.
My family was so happy with their rooms. And my wife and I were ecstatic. We were in the last room on the property, bordering the Couples Resort, with a gorgeous view of the beach. We had so much space and privacy, with a giant balcony. Last November (2014) we stayed at the Riu resort in Montego Bay (where we got engaged). We were very satisfied and happy there, and that's why we chose Riu again in Negril. We were expecting the same type of room in Negril. But these rooms in Negril far exceeded the MoBay property. Everything was newer, more luxurious and more comfortable. And just like MoBay, everything was immaculately clean.
Our room attendants were wonderful people, too. We had one main lady who looked after our room most days. She was gracious and overly accommodating, always working around our comings and goings. Both she and another room attendant went over the top decorating our rooms with rose petals on the night we were married. We never requested any of this. They just did it.
Everybody on the property was kind to us. The gardner was so cool. He was always friendly while busting his butt to keep everything "100."
The bartenders at every bar were great, too. We spent the most time with the guys and ladies at the pool bars. They were full of energy and laughter and fun. "That's a stale drink, man. Let me make you a fresh one!" I wish I had written down all their names so I could shout them out properly.
The buffet breakfast lunch and dinner were all very good โ better than what we had in MoBay (though MoBay was totally satisfactory). You can eat light or heavy for every meal. There were always fresh fruits, vegetables and greens. Dinner at the steakhouse was very good, and so was the dinner in the french restaurant. My wife didn't like the jerk chicken on the beach, but I think that's because it was too spicy for her. I loved it! I overate it almost every day.
Our wedding reception dinner had been booked in the steakhouse for Saturday night. But when we arrived on Wednesday, there was a seating available for our party at the steakhouse on Friday night, so we took it. But then after we ate there on Friday, most of our party didn't want to eat there again the next night. So on Saturday, my sister made a special request to have our wedding dinner moved to the French restaurant. This would seem impossible, because the restaurants are booked days in advance. The restaurant booking manager bent over backwards to locate a party who would be willing to switch with us โ and he found one! It took him all day. They sat our entire party of 9 people in the french restaurant, plus our photographer, and treated us like royalty. We were dressed up in our wedding clothes and it was real hot outside. The steakhouse is open-air, but the French place is air-conditioned. So we were way more comfortable. The restaurant manager and waitstaff were fantastic.
In addition to being constantly accommodating, everyone was very chill. We could do what we wanted and no one gave us any problems, as long as we weren't messing with anyone else. Move your chair... move your table... take a plate of food or some drinks to anywhere you want on the property... no one cared. And then there was always someone to clean up. The vibe was so chill. We felt like kings.
Music is life in Jamaica. It's not part of the background sound. It's always right there, like the sun. And it's everywhere. It was wonderful to be surrounded by it. The bands that played the resort were great. We saw a band out at the Sea Star Inn in the West End that was incredible. We caught a band at Bourbon Beach that was fantastic. And the beach musicians were stellar, too. There was a solo guitar player who's voice boomed like it was coming from a speaker. Our very favorite musicians that we met are a duo called Father and Son. They play a upright bass and drum. We fell in love with them and their music. My family hired them to play our wedding ceremony. Technically, they're not supposed to be on the property, but we invited them to join us and the Riu staff was totally cool about it. They rocked our wedding! We had our first dance with them.
The beach was the nicest I've ever seen. No wonder it's rated one of the 10 best in the world. The water is gorgeous, clear and calm. The sand is beautiful. And the life all around is full of color.
A quick note about the neighbors โ we walked past the Couples resort along the beach. When we booked our trip, Couples was charging more than Riu. We weren't impressed at all. The Riu property was super luxurious, open and easy to walk around, with great flow and beauty to the layout. From the beach, the Couples property looked like a scene from Naked and Afraid.
We had heard the beach vendors were aggressive. They are, but they're just hustling for their living. We're from Detroit. Everybody has to hustle to make a living here. So we weren't bothered at all. If you smile and engage them, you can have a great conversation. If you're upfront that you don't intend to buy anything, they'll just talk to you. But they'll keep working you as long as you talk. If you don't want to talk, don't.
We took a day trip on the boat, Wild Thing for a trip to Rick's and Margaritaville. It was an absolute blast! The captain was super cool. The staff was up and ready to party. But it wasn't too much. We had my teenagers with us and everything was cool.
RIU PALACE ROCKS!
Overall, Riu Palace in Negril is a marvelous resort. I give them my highest praise.
FrederickAKJ, Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Mon Sep 28 16:45:26 EDT 2015
My wife and I had been to this hotel before it had become a 'palace' and had a really good time, but the hotel had improved tremendously from the previous visit. The rooms were very clean and spacious. The maid made sure the room was cleaned every day and that we had fresh towels. The food was absolutely excellent. The main restaurant was very good with always something to try. The speciality restaurants were superb, especially the stake house where the lobster was mouth watering. We also really enjoyed the Italian. The piano bar was our favourite place to have a pre meal drink. There was always a bit of banter with the bar staff..Trevor Mcdonald was particularly good. I also have to say that the Merlot was surprisingly good. The bar staff were really hard working and friendly. The beach is wonderful and there are adequate sun beds so you do not have to get up at the crack of dawn to bag one. We enjoyed staying by the pool and going to the swim up bar, mostly which was very enjoyable. There always seemed to be a bit of a 'buzz' around the pool. We went last summer [august 2015] and we plan to go back next April, if that doesn't say it all I don't know what does.
Mon Sep 28 12:36:07 EDT 2015
Let me preface this review by saying my husband & i stayed at the riu palace bavaro in punta cana last year and the hotel suite & grounds were amazing. In comparison, negril had better food & beach. But the pool, room & grounds in DR were much better.
I read hundreds of reviews before we went to negril so i knew what to expect. We stayed in 5214, ocean view. The view is decent but the road is behind the building & you can hear the cars in the room.
1. The furnishings & decorations in the rooms are very outdated. There is a smell from the humidity in the room. Other than the 1 red ant i saw in the bed on our last night, the room was clean.
2. The shower/tub is old & small & the shower curtain kept touching me. Also, the water drains very slow. So we were standing in water at our ankles in the shower. Petty, i know. But after a week, its very irritating. They came & fixed it, but no change.
3. We tipped the cleaning lady a few dollars daily to make sure we had enough towels/wash cloths every day. When we arrived there were towels, but no wash cloths or hand towels in the room. The day before we left, we didnt leave a tip & the cleaning lady didnt leave any wash cloths when she cleaned the room. She hand delivered them later, when we were in the room. We suspect it was for a tip.
4. BEACH IS WONDERFUL!!!!!! The beach is clean & no seaweed. Water is clear & calm. (DR beach didnt even compare!) We were on the beach every day. There are plenty of chairs. You dont need to go out early to reserve chairs. However, you may want to go early (by 10 am) to get chairs in the shade! There are no umbrellas. You have to move chairs under the palm trees. The locals on the beach selling things can get pretty annoying. They are friendly & accept "no, thank you" but you will find yourself saying it over & over to the same people every day. There is limited drink service on the beach. This is the 1 time tipping will get you more consistent service!
5. Buffet was pretty good. (Much better than DR.) The night before we left my husband saw roaches in the fruit on the buffet. Steakhouse restaurant was very good. We tried to order 2 dinner enteees each. Waiter said no. My husband insisted so he did get the lobster & steak. I would think since this is ALL INCLUSIVE, you should be able to order as much as you want. Italian was ok. We arrived on Saturday afternoon & asked at check-in for reservations for that evening. Everything was booked but she did get us a reservation for the following evening. We booked the steakhouse a couple days in advance late 1 afternoon. The chicken on the beach was good. Its bbq chicken with 2 different sauces, a spicy jerk sauce & a sweeter, sweet & sour type sauce. We also bout a $20 lobster grilled on the beach right past the riu palace property. This was EXCELLENT!
6. The pool is small and farely crowded. We never got in since we were at the beach every day.
7. Free Wi-fi works great even on the beach!
8. The shows were pretty good. After the show is over (before 11 pm), the resort is pretty dead. The night club is at the riu next door but the resort was closed for renovations, so no club.
9. I figured there would be mosquitos from the reviews. The 3rd day we were there i started getting bit. I put on the repellant bracelet i brought & that took care of the mosquitos. However, the last 2 days something else bit me all over my arms & legs. I still dont know what. Based on appearance it was bed bugs, fleas or red ants (since i saw 1 in our bed). They all appear the same. If it was bed bugs, they didnt come home with us, thankfully!!!!
10. The staff is friendly & give good service. Even better service the next day if you tip.
11. There is only AC in the specialty restaurants (not the steakhouse) and your room. This was ok the 1st couple of days but then i craved AC. At least 1 bar in some AC would be nice.
All in all... I think i would recommend you find a better hotel on this beach, with nicer rooms, more appealing grounds & less vendors to annoy you on the beach. We noticed Couples Resort had security & the vendors didnt go down there. They dont walk up to the chairs @ riu, but they continuously yell at you from the beach. If you read the reviews & know what to expect, you will still enjoy this hotel!
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Recommended for GroupsThis 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 + beverages are available until 2 a.m.
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