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!
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 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
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
Riu Palace Tropical Bay features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-All
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Palace Tropical Bay:
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.
Bloody Bay -
Serves lunch during th day and a Grill Steakhouse 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
Let me start by saying that I did several hours of research for our Caribbean vacation for all islands and all resorts. I chose Riu Palace Negril based on the beach reviews and they held true! The...
Let me start by saying that I did several hours of research for our Caribbean vacation for all islands and all resorts. I chose Riu Palace Negril based on the beach reviews and they held true! The beach here is absolutely gorgeous. We could lounge in the ocean and not get beat up by waves or worry about getting pulled out. The water is crystal clear. Sand is powdery white and maintained daily. No rocks and minimal sea grass. Had read about star fish and had the opportunity to see one alive for the first time! Easy to find and pick up.
Now onto the hotel. There are some improvements to be made but the advantages definitely make up for them.
1. The food is amazing! We made reservations only 1 night out of 5 and ate at the Italian restaurant. The buffet has such a great variety and changes nightly that we didn't feel it necessary to have reservations. But the Italian was wonderful!
2. The staff are so cordial and friendly.
3. The entertainment staff work their butts off and do a fabulous job! We took advantage of the complimentary entertainment every night. A shout out to Chicken and Popcorn :) All nights were entertaining but the Steele Drums will blow you out of the water. (They were on a Monday night when we stayed.)
4. The rooms are large with a balcony. Bathrooms have ample space. We had an ocean view (not front) and were not disappointed. Now here's where the improvements can be made......The room did smell terrible. I can't even describe it other than a very strong musty smell. With that being said I am highly allergic to mold and never had any reaction or headaches. You do kind of acclimate to it after awhile. Then there's the toilet. I think it's a plumbing thing in general there but there wasn't enough pressure to flush often. Maintenance did come very quickly when we called :) but it didn't change. Not a big deal and didn't affect our vacation!
5. We walked down the beach towards the other Riu and there are local vendors set up in small canopies. From reading other reviews (and staying in Cancun) I wasn't sure what to expect from peddlers. These guys are all laid back and friendly. They show you what they have and you just say no thank you and they smile and move on. A much different experience than Mexico! But they had some neat home made items that we watched them make and visited with them about how they do it. Again very friendly people. They are just trying to make some money. While we were talking to one in particular (Arrow) he offered to take us around the mountain on scooters. I have to say I was very hesitant! We talked to others around the resort and received the same feedback from everyone that that was normal and not dangerous. So we did! I can't even describe the experience of a lifetime that we encountered. He took us to a local scooter rental and he had his own motorcycle. For $35 and what we paid him you could NEVER get from an excursion for $hundreds$. We were gone 7 hours (but length of time is completely your choice) and toured his local village. Visited his family and experienced true poverty. Saw the local school, swimming hole, mineral spring and washing/bathing area, Ricks cafe, lighthouse, all the shopping areas. Ate dinner at a local restaurant and visited with more locals. We learned so much about theie culture and heritage. We still talk to him weekly! An awesome individual. If you stay here and want this one of a kind experience, walk towards the other Riu and about the middle of the canopies is Arrow. Just ask around as everyone down there knows him. Tell him Larry sent you! I promise you won't be disappointed!!
All in all we had a great time at Riu Palace and Negril and are planning our return.
Lacking enthusiasm and attention to detail
Brandi S, FALLS CHURCH
Wed May 20 19:07:15 EDT 2015
This RIU falls in line with two others I have visited with my husband (Bahamas and Cabo) in that they have the same restaurants, resort layout, excursion staff in the lobby, and room...
This RIU falls in line with two others I have visited with my husband (Bahamas and Cabo) in that they have the same restaurants, resort layout, excursion staff in the lobby, and room design/decorating. However, the lack of enthusiasm and friendliness from staff (check-in, guest services for a la carte reservations, drink ordering for ShowTime) was not something we encountered at the other RIUs. We stayed for two weeks during our honeymoon and seriously considered transferring to another Jamaican RIU after the first few days, but reviews of the other RIUs didn't seem to be much better. One guest noted each country has their own level of standards, which I now agree with.
To start, our bags were not taken to our room after check-in; the front desk receptionist was quite defensive when we asked about an upgrade to an ocean view room even though it was a request we made several months before arrival. She was able to accommodate, but made the process very uncomfortable in her attitude and responses.
Our room did not have darkening blinds, the safe was not working, and the bar was not stocked at check-in. All three were corrected after we made requests, but I thought these were items that should have been resolved before our check-in. As other travelers have noted, the rooms have two double beds pushed together to form a much larger bed (maybe California King equivalent). It's a little strange, but not unmanageable. Rooms have a moldy smell?likely because the air filters aren?t changed regularly. Expect lots of mosquitos in the room since housekeeping keeps doors open while changing linens, etc?
The power went out daily, though only for maybe 15 seconds at a time. Water went out twice in the first week for several hours each time without notice from management. Once in the late evening after dinner, and another time mid-afternoon, which might have seemed like opportune times as guests are usually not in their rooms, but a notice would have been nice. Staff seem to think leaf blowing and loud steam cleaning in the common areas around pools and dining areas during busy times are acceptable. Again, the details of things that seem amiss were what made us think this RIU is missing a link with management for the luxury experience.
The beach on this stretch is wonderful, which is good because the pools are small (just beware being offered all kinds of drugs despite RIU security). You can walk down to the RIU Club along the shore, past market vendors (not too pushy, just say no thanks if you aren?t interested) and hang out or dine anytime with privileges that Club guests are not afforded. The pools are larger at the RIU Club and there is a nightclub for evening music and dancing, but the food and alcohol are not nearly as good as at the Palace.
We discovered that the bartenders aren?t as experienced at either RIU compared to other country locations. Their liquor stock or brands aren?t the same at individual bars within the resort, even though the drink menus are the same. It would seem with such a large corporate all-inclusive as the RIU that these are small details that would be consistent.
The food is the best part of the experience, and servers are pleasant. The a la carte restaurants can be hit-or-miss, but the Steakhouse and Italian restaurants were the most impressive. The buffets have a large selection and there is always a section for Jamaican-specific foods, which were our favorite. This RIU knows how to cook their proteins?always perfectly cooked, juicy, and seasoned.
If you book excursions, make sure to reserve morning times since the afternoon weather can be stormy and unpredictable. A local told us that June is their rainiest month?so if you?re reading this for a visit next month, you might want to wait until another month.
Overall, the experience was not what we hoped based on previous RIU visits. It did seem like there were improvements over the two weeks with more management presence, but it was a rough start. We will continue to consider RIU for future vacations, but we won?t be returning to Jamaica.
Great staff and beautiful beach
bud_green604, Coquitlam, Canada
Wed May 20 13:46:29 EDT 2015
this was our fifth stay here and for obvious reasons. the hotels is luxurious and sits on the nicest beach in Negril. the staff are very helpful and friendly. rooms are spacious and kept tidy by a...
this was our fifth stay here and for obvious reasons. the hotels is luxurious and sits on the nicest beach in Negril. the staff are very helpful and friendly. rooms are spacious and kept tidy by a hardworking staff. the food is good. menus were updated and improved. everyone loved the steak at the steakhouse.
Family and Friends reunion May 1-6, 2015
westernstargal, Ben Wheeler, Texas
Wed May 20 09:46:41 EDT 2015
We booked this resort a year out from our actual travel, and was not disappointed by any means!!! The Resort itself is well kept, and the grounds maintained beautifully! There were a total of 18 of...
We booked this resort a year out from our actual travel, and was not disappointed by any means!!! The Resort itself is well kept, and the grounds maintained beautifully! There were a total of 18 of us on this "Jamaican Invasion" trip, and not a single person involved had anything other than "compliments" toward the resort itself, and it's friendly and inviting staff! I had an ocean view suite. The room was spacious with plenty of storage for clothing etc. The bed was absolutely comfortable! I made use of the in-room safe, and it was easy to use. Housekeeping came around twice a day, and was always courteous and helpful as well as efficient! Food at the buffet was delicious, and the variety was more than expected. We ate at 3 of the "reservation required" ala carte restaurants, and were thrilled with the food and the service ( "Rimini" Italian food, "Bloody Bay" Steak house and "Hakuchi" Japanese) Formal dress is required for these restaurants, but the food and service is worth the hassle of getting dressed up while on vacation! Nightly entertainment was a ton of fun! They try to involve the guests as much as possible. Best service EVER was by the swim up bar, and the Bartender ANDREW!!!! You Rock!!! Thanks for taking care of our crazy crew!!! You will always be part of our "Invasion Crew!!!" Daytime game staff was a blast, always looking for people to partake in their daily games! We won bottles of RUM!!! And, the tour desks were a great help in helping us decide what to do, where to go and making the arrangements for us. TRIP OF A LIFETIME! Thanks to the wonderful staff at the RIU Tropical Bay!!!!
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Jeanne B, South Lyon, Michigan
Wed May 20 00:19:32 EDT 2015
Pro's: beautiful beach. Calm and crystal clear. Couldn't get enough of it. Friendly employees. Room was clean. Food was good. A large variety. Only ate at the buffet. Drinks were not strong but they...
Pro's: beautiful beach. Calm and crystal clear. Couldn't get enough of it. Friendly employees. Room was clean. Food was good. A large variety. Only ate at the buffet. Drinks were not strong but they were willing to make them stronger if that's what you wanted. Pools were clean.
Cons: no clock in room and the room had a slight musty odor. One of the towel guys was rude to my friend and also overheard another guest complain about him. My friend loves to play volleyball but they never pulled together a game in the sand all week. The pools were small.
Even with the few con's it was a nice place to stay. We went on the Wildthing to ricks cafe, margarita vile and snorting. It was a fun trip and worth taking. Saw a dolphin jump in front of the boat. Went sailing almost everyday. Absolutely loved the beach area. I would go back.
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