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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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Fantastic vacation
pochontas1969, Wareham, Massachusetts
Thu Apr 28 05:24:20 EDT 2016
This all inclusive resort was fantastic! The staff was very friendly ,accommodating and willing to go the extra mile! Did I say the swim up bar staff was top notch, they even sang for us! Great drinks. The room had a little bar that was toped off daily. The beach was the best very clean and very calm water no worries of waves here! The shows at night were average, and the restaurant food was good! I would recommend this resort due to its location and atmosphere!!!!! More>

Beautiful Beach
Nancy B,
Wed Apr 27 14:20:18 EDT 2016
We recently stayed 7 days at this resort. It is located in the middle of bloody bay, with a wonderful view out to the Ocean. Its a short drive or catamaran ride to 7 mile beach in Negril. The beach at this RUI is beautiful, quite,clean and well kept. There were more than enough lounge chairs at the beach and pool area, so there was no need to get up early to save a chair .The main area of the hotel is easily accessible with a small walk from the villas. The food at the buffet was very good, with lots of selections. We tried the Italian and Japanese restaurants. The Italian was excellent. The Japanese resturant was good, but we would have preferred it to have been an interactive dining experience. The hotel staff are extremely friendly. The rooms are spacious, clean and well kept but could do with a little updating. We were told the hotel is going to undergo a refresh this year. The activity staff were lots of fun and kept the guest entertained. We took the time to walk bloody bay beach and look at some of the other resorts on the beach. By far this hotel was the best, and we would definetly return to this RUI. More>

Just some FYI...traveled April 17-23, 2016
Jill419, Tampa, Florida
Wed Apr 27 09:25:16 EDT 2016
We have been to Jamaica several times and love Negril. The staff is very courteous and extremely friendly and helpful. No issues with the staff at all. The food at breakfast is the normal stuff you see at any other AI resort, so no surprise there. The cafeteria style lunch is basically the same thing as anywhere else as well. However, there is the Jamaican Jerk Chicken Hut on the beach that is open from 12-3 and get there early if you don't want to wait and possibly miss out entirely. It's the best jerk chicken ever. Don't expect much communication from the Jamaican Jerk guy though, he just kind of chops the chicken and grunts. LOL. We ate at the Japanese place for dinner twice. Krystal place we ate at was tasty as well. Very good we thought. Never made it to the steak house because it was booked. Seatings are either 6:30 or 8:30...8:30 too late for us to eat so we tried to book 6:30. A bit disappointing were the Jamaican beef patties. They use to be homemade and now they are store bought like the ones we get here in Florida. The beach as always is amazing. If you are looking for lazy river type of pools that you often find in the Dominican, you won't be impressed with the pools. They are mediocre at best, but we are beach people so the pools didn't really matter. They play the chair game there which means if you go down at 7 AM or whatever time and put your pool/beach towel on a chair it is yours for however long you want it and it is considered reserved. You get a pool towel for each guest in your party and if you don't return them, you get charged 20 dollars USD a towel. Towel house closes at 6 PM so if you choose to keep your towel, that's fine. We would exchange ours when we went up just to have clean towels in the AM. If you like the beach, try to get a chair in some shade that way you have the shade all day and can pull your chair into the sun when ready. The chairs are not the greatest either. The booze in the room is a little different from other AI's we have stayed in. It's like in a cabinet and has like a pourer on it, plus it's not really what I would consider high end. The rooms are average. We stayed in the 6000 building which if you like quietness and peacefulness with stunning water views, I would recommend building 6000 third floor. The 4000 and 5000 buildings are very close to the street and you get all the street noise. All the first floors look to be terribly hot because the balcony has a concrete wall, so I would avoid that at all costs! The shower towels are like sandpaper and so are the sheets. Their idea of a King size bed is pushing two beds together with a crack in the middle so that was rather disappointing. The ceiling fan has one speed which is warp. The old Grand Lido down the beach is under construction and when it is completed it will dwarf the other resorts and will dump three times as many people onto the beach and I believe that suddenly the relaxing slice of paradise will become overcrowded and jammed with people like sardines. Will be interesting to see. There's plenty of weed everywhere of course. If you want the best weed, walk down the beach a bit to where the Nature Office sign is and look for Tony Montono....best deal/weed on beach. There were some children there, but mostly around the pool, a few on the beach. Well behaved and didn't really matter to us. Most of the regular characters are still there, not much changes. The fitness room was adequate for me. Three treadmills, a few spin bikes, some cross trainers, free weights and a few machines. If you are a room service person, the menu is rather limited, but there are plenty of other places to eat. Overall, it was relaxing and enjoyable. I liked the other AI's we stayed in previously in Jamaica a bit better. More>

Our Wedding!
Katie B,
Wed Apr 27 07:02:39 EDT 2016
Brides! I have just returned home - very happy! - after an incredible destination wedding at the Riu Palace Tropical Bay! I wanted to write a review particularly on our wedding - as when I was searching for wedding specific reviews - they weren't giving me the answers I was looking for. CHECK IN We flew down on April 6th with about 50 guests and got married on the 9th. From the moment we arrived we were very impressed! They front desk gave us an absolutely beautiful room (3217). I have to admit that a lot of our guests wanted to change their rooms etc when we first arrived - but the front desk staff took care of this quickly and efficiently making everyone happy. HOTEL GROUNDS & FOOD The food is superb (and I'm Italian - so that was a concern) - and most agreed that the buffet is actually better than the a la carte restaurants. We did really enjoy Krystal restaurant and booked a table for 12 for a rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. The only negative was that for some reason at the end of the evening the air conditioning was turned off and it got a little warm. The Italian restaurant can be missed. Not great. The grounds are beautiful. This resort is clearly an older resort - and in need of some updates - but we were told a renovation was planned. The ocean and beach is SPECTACULAR - and as a result we spent all of our time there. We didn't even put a toe into the pool - which is smaller than other resorts I've stayed at - but again, the beach is so gorgeous that we didn't miss the pool at all. I will admit - there is some walking at this resort - which isn't something that bothered us - but I could see how it would be difficult for people with mobility issues. There is also a serious lack of washrooms - often it was quicker to go back to our own room than the main washroom - but we were told that more washrooms are planned with the new renovation. WEATHER Brides, if you are constantly checking the weather reports and feeling anxious -don't despair. My weather app said it was going to rain every day we were there - with an 80% chance that it was going to rain at the time we were supposed to get married. We were there 10 days and it rained only once in the evening for 20 minutes - and thankfully not the evening of our wedding! WEDDING! All of the reviews you have read about the Wedding Coordinator Sophia are absolutely 100% correct. She is AMAZING and you are in very good hands!!! From the moment we met her - she put our minds at ease. She is clearly very focused on making the bride and groom happy and went above and beyond to do this for us. Our wedding was a beach ceremony followed by a private reception under a tent on the beach - and Sophia ensured that everything ran perfectly - despite the fact that the poor woman had a migraine headache the day of our wedding. We are two very detail oriented people - and we couldn't have been happier with the way the day went. I can't say enough about Sophia and the job she does. She even kept me distracted as I walked to the ceremony because she could tell I was nervous. SPA I had a lot of anxiety over my bridal hair and make up before leaving - not knowing if I would be able to get the look that I was after. I would highly recommend a bridal hair trial with your stylist a couple of days before the wedding to make sure you are on the same page. The spa is very nice but the room where hair and make up is applied is small and dark - though we did ask them to open the window to let the sun in...and had Champagne delivered to said window :) Peggy did my hair and make up and she did an incredible job. I was so happy with the outcome - but really happy that I chose to do the trial a couple days before so we could tweak certain things -which made getting ready with my ladies more relaxed and fun the day of the wedding. The supplies the girls are working with in the spa are in need of a serious update - and I brought this up to management. The girls do an incredible job with what they have - but I would recommend bringing your own brushes and hair styling tools. I brought my own makeup palette as well - but they did have some really nice stuff in terms of make up. FLOWERS Tai Floral did a beautiful job on the arrangements and our bouquets. They were exactly what I asked for - my bouquet looked even more beautiful than the photos. CEREMONY We paid to have a steel drum band perform while guests got their seats and we walked down the aisle - and right after the ceremony while guests enjoyed some rum punch. It was worth every penny and really set the mood. RECEPTION It was magical. We chose to have the clear tent with lanterns and it was absolutely stunning. We opted to bring down some of our own decor - table numbers, runners, and candles, and Sophia and her staff did an amazing job making our vision come to life. The tables looked even better than I imagined. We had a buffet dinner - and the food was spectacular. We went with the most basic menu offered and it was delicious and beautifully displayed. The service staff was excellent!! We did opt to have a full bar - rather than just wine / beer service - and I'm really happy that we did as the nearest bar was a very walk and I didn't want my guests to have to leave to get a cocktail. As mentioned - there is a lack of washrooms - but Sophia arranged to have an empty room available nearby to us for guests to use which was much appreciated. The DJ Paul was great! My husband is a music fanatic and pretty much designed the music selection for the evening - and Paul had all of the songs he wanted ready to go and kept the party going. The only downside was that because of noise and out of respect for other guests - they shut down the night by 11pm. We kept the party going a little after 11pm - and then all met at the lobby bar after. It was lots of fun and we were all pretty exhausted by that point any way :) CATAMARAN We had tried to pre book a Catamaran trip for our guests prior to our arrival with no success - and were a little bit nervous about it. Our original plan was to book this tour through our Sunwing rep - but when we arrived at the resort we met Sunshine from Scuba Caribe (she has a little booth set up opposite to the towel shed) and she hooked us up with a group rate ($45 USD and Bride and Groom Free! which is much cheaper than other tours being offered) for a day out on the Wild Thing Catamaran. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS! Other tours make you get on a bus for a pick up somewhere far away - but the Wild Thing departs from the Riu and Riu Palace beach so you are right there. The $45 includes a 5 hour boat ride, music, snorkeling, trip to Rick's Cafe, and Margaritaville, a breathtaking Sunset and OPEN BAR! Most people from our wedding group went - about 40 people - and it was an absolute blast - and such an incredible value. The staff on the boat were also lots of fun and we met some great people from other resorts. It was the best way to spend an afternoon - dancing in the sunshine on a boat! Can't beat it - it's a must do! All in all - it was the wedding of our dreams and we wouldn't have changed a thing. I can't believe it's over - and we can't wait to go back! Hope some anxious brides find this review helpful! More>

Amazing beach and fantastic people
Dennis C, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tue Apr 26 19:51:00 EDT 2016
My wife and I met up with family at the Riu, a good resort for couples. The resort is dated, however well kept and clean. The employees are all great, always happy to serve whether they are tipped or not, our waiter reserved a table for us every evening at the buffet and the last night decorated the table with flowers. Waiter at breakfast also reserved our table, not a request by us but nice to be treated like this by both of them. Food was very good compared to other AI, buffet had good variation and Mexican night was our favorite. Went to 2 specialty restaurants Italian and Japanese, both were okay. Jerk chicken at lunch on the beach was amazing. Piano man in the lounge bar was great played every night except Sunday, with no breaks. We were upgraded to beachfront room based on multiple Riu visits, all rooms are close to the beach, so no long walks. No need to reserve lounges as we always found seating and shade. Entertainment was good, as expected at these resorts. Beach is amazing, calm waters no seaweed on shore or in the water, this has been a nuisance at two other Caribbean resorts we went to over the last 12 months. Not many resorts on Bloody Bay so not overcrowded with people! Peddlers on the beach trying to sell their goods, or sing some reggae for tips, but left you alone if you said you weren't interested, plus security guard working for the resort was quick to intervene if needed. Sunsets are spectacular! Long drive to/from hotel but well worth it, we will definitely put this resort on our list for future trips! More>

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