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Riu Palace Jamaica
-An Unforgettable Experience!

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You've heard about Riu Palace in Jamaica, right?

Well, I can showoff that not only did we hear, but we have also experienced it :-)

Thanks for the kind gesture extended to us by their PR team.

It was our third wedding anniversary and I tell you, it was a time to remember! Pure luxury! 5-star style!

To be honest, I was pretty beat up and exhausted but I felt rejuvenated by the time we checked in - perhaps it was an ingredient in the free champagne we were greeted with upon arrival - the little 'a' word? Lol!


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chairs_at_reception_at_riu_palace_jamaicaChairs At Reception At Riu Palace Jamaica

This time was going to be less activity though. We needed more peace and quiet and this resort was what the doctor ordered!

The reception was impressively swift -and polite too. In no time, we had checked in and were on our way to room 2018!

Riu Palace Jamaica | HallwayRiu Palace Jamaica | Hallway to Our Rooms

Rooms At Riu Palace

We got one of the most luxurious rooms; one of the posh Jacuzzi suites! Pretty cool huh? 

jacuzzi_suite_at_riu_palace_jamaicaJacuzzi Suite At Riu Palace Jamaica

And that room came with (in addition to the jacuzzi) a host of really great amenities. These included:

  • Bathroom with hydro massage bathtub and shower cabin
  • Double wash basins
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Cable TV
  • Electronic in-room safe
  • Iron and ironing board
  • A huge King size bed
Double Wash Sinks At Riu Palace JamaicaDouble Wash Sinks At Riu Palace Jamaica
Jacuzzi At Riu Palace JamaicaJacuzzi At Riu Palace Jamaica
Closet At Riu Palace JamaicaCloset At Riu Palace Jamaica
Bathroom With Hydro Massage BathtubBathroom With Hydro Massage Bathtub & Shower Cabin

We also enjoyed the luxury of a mini refrigerator loaded with water, juices, colas and beers. All that in addition to a liquor dispenser - good thing we were not heavy drinkers, but we had a 'good' time :-)

Liquor Dispensers at Riu Palace MobayLiquor Dispensers at Riu Palace Mobay

And, of course, the (now essentials) were also there:

  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Coffee maker
  • Central air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan and
  • Free Wi-Fi (in fact on the entire property)
television_in_suite_at_rui_jamaicaCable TV
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Backed by 24 hours room service!

By the way, we were truly impressed by the service. We were constantly checked on to make sure that everything was perfect.

We were even given another welcome via this note and token (below) way after we have settled - and after that, another free bottle of champagne on ice!

welcome_note_and_token_at_riu_palace_jamaicaWelcome Note

Food And Drinks

By the time we settled in, about 3:15 pm, we were pretty hungry so off we went to find food :-)

And we needed no great search, food (and drink) was abundant. Apparently, lunch (at the buffet) had just finished serving, but there was the 24-hour, all-inclusive Aqua Chill Out snack bar!

Chill Out Bar And Grill At Riu PalaceChill Out Bar And Grill At Riu Palace

Not sure why they call it 'snack' bar though, as it seems you can order hefty entree type meals there too.

Bars

From my recollection, I counted three bars:

  • The "Vogue" lobby bar
  • The "Hanover" poolside and swim-up bar &
  • The "Aqua" chill-out beach snackbar 
lobby_bar_at_rui_palace_jamiacaThe Lobby Bar
The Pool And Swim Up BarThe Pool And Swim Up Bar
aqua chill out bar at palace_jamaicaThe Aqua Chill Out Bar

All captivating as you can see, right?

Most of our downtime was spend at the food stations though. You will notice that too, looking at our 'just arrived vs the about to leave' pictures (lol) ;-)

Restaurants

The property boasts five restaurants:

  • The "Montego Bay" main (buffet) restaurant
  • The "Seaside" poolside restaurant / grill and steakhouse + the three specialty restaurants:

  • The "Zen" Japanese restaurant
  • The "Krystal" Fusion restaurant & the 
  • "L'Acquedotto" Italian restaurant
The Zen Japanese & The Krystal Fusion RestaurantsThe Zen Japanese & The Krystal Fusion Restaurants at Riu Palace Jamaica
L'Acquedotto Italian RestaurantL'Acquedotto Italian Restaurant

We had decided to go to the Japanese restaurant for dinner but, unfortunately, it was fully booked by the time we reached.

That, however, provided us with the opportunity to experience Italian food - and we did!

Wife and I awaiting dinner at the Italian restaurantAwaiting Dinner At L'Acquedotto
Mrs Gayle having champagne at rui JamaicaMrs Gayle having champagne at Riu Jamaica
Grilled Fish At L'AcquedottoGrilled Fish At L'Acquedotto

But in case  you didn't know, I have a very healthy appetite, so I convinced my wife to check out the main "Montego Bay" buffet!

Dinner Tables At Riu PalaceDinner Tables At Riu Palace

That restaurant has almost everything you can think of, including traditional Jamaican dishes, fruits, salads, pastry, and an exciting array of vegetables and legumes plus your choice of wines!

Jamaican Cuisine at Riu Palace JamaicaJamaican Cuisine at Riu Palace Jamaica

And believe me there was a lot more than this!

Beans and VegtablesBeans and Vegtables

In the end, we had a satisfying dinner. Enough to give us the energy to stroll across to the sister property, Riu Montego Bay for the weekend show!

By the way, guests of Riu Palace Jamaica (the adult-only resort), do have the privilege of enjoying the facilities at the sister (family resort) property, although they are not allowed to do the same.

And that we did!

We arrived just in time to see the last 15 or so minutes of a reggae band performance that had almost everyone out of their seats! 

This response (below) was to the closing song; "One Love, One Heart" by Bob Marley.

Nightlife at Riu Palace JamaicaNightlife at Riu Palace Jamaica

Stuffed with good food and drinks, and some entertainment, we hauled ourselves to the lobby bar where we had a few sobering drinks before departing upstairs.

A Drink at the Lobby Bar Riu Palace JamaicaA Drink at the Lobby Bar Riu Palace Jamaica

A Drink at the Lobby Bar Riu Palace Jamaica

And yes, we woke up another feast of food at breakfast, I really tried hard not to oblige, but believe me it wasn't easy :-), In the end we went relatively light.

Jamaican Breakfast at Hotel Riu PalaceJamaican Breakfast at Hotel Riu Palace
Mrs. Gayle Having Breakfast at Hotel Riu PalaceMrs. Gayle Having Breakfast at Hotel Riu Palace

That said, I couldn't resist the variety of fresh tropical juices at the juice station. Take a look at this… wouldn't you agree?

Tropical Juices at Breakfast at Hotel Riu PalaceTropical Juices at Breakfast at Hotel Riu Palace

From left to right:

Cucumber + Spinach juice, Beetroot juice, Pineapple juice, Otiete Apple juice, Mango juice, Soursop juice and Banana + Strawberry juice -prepared right on the spot!

Nice fresh blends eeh?  I was impressed with the selections, the presentations, and of course the taste - I tasted a few :-)

Breakfast at Hotel Riu Palace

But there was a lot more to choose from, if you so inclined. Believe me, the food options (and quality) here at Riu Palace Jamaica is really great.

Cereal Breakfast at Riu Palace Resort Jamaica

Lunch

There were even more choices at lunch that included much of Jamaica's favourites, including jerked chicken, baked ham, boiled corn, steamed fish (sliced) and traditional Jamaican rice and peas.

lunch at riu palace jamaiaca

And yes, there were the veggies, pastries, eggs, cereals and another wide variety of Jamaican and Caribbean fruits!

Activities

To be honest with you, we had very little activity - and we didn't need nor mind it either - we really needed the break. It was mostly a time of relaxation (outside of the food).

By the way, this adult-only resort is known for its peace and quiet - not so much the busy stuff.

Wellesley By The Beach At Riu Palace JamaicaWellesley By The Beach At Riu Palace Jamaica

That said, they do have some activities for those who want to get busy, or at least want to burn some of the calories from all their foods :-)

We did play some darts though...wanna guess who won? Lol.

Omeil Bryan-Gayle playing Dart at Riu Palace Resort 2014Omeil Bryan-Gayle playing Dart at Riu Palace Resort 2014

We also noticed that a few other activities taking place... including beach volleyball and table tennis.

Beach Volleyball at Palace Riu JamiacaBeach Volleyball
Table Tennis at Rui Palace JamaicaTable Tennis

And then there were the energetic entertainment coordinators (ladies and gentlemen)!

Full of life and energy! This picture captured the so-called, pool aerobics session in full swing!

pool_aerobics_at_riu_palace_jamiacaPool Aerobics

We also noticed that there were still a wide range of  other activities and equipment available, including a giant chess board, pool table -adjacent the chill out bar, and a multitude of water sports activities, that included windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling etc.

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Giant Chess Board

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Pool Table

watersports at hotel riu palace jamaica

Water Sports

So, if you want to get active, there are many options, much more than you could experience in a stay. There is a gym as well - how could I forget?

You'd be proud of me! I did spend some time on one of the bikes :-), don't ask me where my wife was (lol).

Gym at Riu Palace JamaicaGym at Riu Palace Jamaica

A gift shop is also on property with convenience items as well as unique Jamaican souvenirs and clothing items that can be taken back with you.

The Gift Shop at Riu PalaceThe Gift Shop at Riu Palace

The People

You can tell we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, right?

Yup, we certainly did -whew!

The rooms, food, ambience and cleanliness of the property were top class! But the people and the service delivery took it to the roof!

We met some great team members there, Jodiann, the energetic bartender at Aqua Chillout bar, Kerene at the swim-up bar and Andiene Blanco at reception were just a few of the wonderful folks that did their part to make our experience unforgettable.

Friends At Riu Palace JamaicaFriends At Riu Palace Jamaica

So thank you Riu Palace Jamaica!

And thanks to Virginia in Public Relations for the opportunity to make our dream a reality!

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So have you been to Riu Palace before? Or thinking of going in the future? Anything to say regarding our experience? 

Share your feedback, comments or wishes here.

Thanks!

About Riu Palace Jamaica

Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica is a 238-room all-inclusive, adults-only resort, located in Montego Bay, Jamaica, just under two miles from the MBJ airport. The hotel was opened in December 2013.

The property offers three categories of rooms; junior suites, suites and jacuzzi suites with a modern design, a relaxing atmosphere, and beautiful sea views.

The hotel neighbours the existing Riu Montego Bay. Guests of Riu Palace Jamaica have direct access to all the facilities at the sister property.

The first Riu property opened in Jamaica in 2001.

Contact Riu Palace Jamaica

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You may also visit their website at www.riu.com ...
Choose 'destination' Jamaica, and select the property from there.

You may also contact them via the address, phone and fax.

Mahoe Bay, Ironshore P.O.,
Rose Hall, St. James, Jamaica

Telephone: (+1 876) 940 8022
Fax: (+1 876) 940 8018

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Updated: August 2nd, 2022

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