Resort: Riu Palace Tropical Bay
Location: Northern most bay of Negril, Jamaica
* A large all inclusive resort for singles, couples, and families
* Located next door to the Riu Negril north of the main Negril beach
* Exchange privileges with Riu Negril
* 400 junior suites
* Children under two stay free, children two to twelve stay at reduced rate
Riu Palace Tropical Bay Video Tour:
Food & Drink:
All Inclusive 24 hours a day. All meals and snacks:
Full American-style breakfast buffet
Hot and cold buffet with cooking stations
Pizzas, pasta, salads and assorted desserts
Buffets and dishes prepared on the spot
Special Evenings: Theme buffet two times a week
Optional dining (reservations required in advance):
D Angelo – Pizzeria open for lunch, dinner, late snacks and early breakfast.
Bloody Bay – Open for lunch, dinner, late snacks and early breakfast. For dinner in the steak house, 2 seatings are available at 7pm and 9pm; long pants required.
Hakuchi – Japanese style restaurant. Reservation required.
Krystal – Fusion cuisine. Reservation required.
Rimini – Italian restaurant. Reservation required.
Formal dress is required for dinner (main restaurant: shirts with sleeves for gentlemen; theme restaurants: long trousers and shirts with sleeves for gentlemen)
Snacks 24 hours a day
24-hour room service available
Local and imported beverages served 24 hours a day
Drinks service at the pool
Regulary restocked liquor dispenser and mini-bar in rooms
Room service 24 hours a day
Riu Palace Tropical Bay Review:
A large all inclusive resort for singles, couples, and families. Like most Riu resorts the buildings, grounds, and pool are very impressive, but the natural setting of the beach, water, and sunsets is the most impressive of all. The staff is wonderful and they appreciate tips. Overall, you will be disappointed if you expect a five star resort, otherwise this is an impressive place.
The food is good with large buffets and beach grills with good jerk chicken. The specialty restaurants are good, but they could be better considering the trouble you need to go through to get a reservation. You have to wake up early and go to the front desk on the same day you want the dinner reservation. There are only two seating times available (early and late) with most people wanting the early seating so they won’t miss the evening entertainment.
You will need to take a cab if you want to take a walk down the famous seven mile beach in Negril. The trip to the “cliffs” area is a long cab ride and probably not worth it unless you really enjoy diving off rock formations into the water. The other potential day trips (such as waterfalls and mountain riverwalks) are nice, but they are long trips.
There is very little nightlife at this resort and no disco. However, you can take a short cab ride to the Riu Negril to find more options for nightlife after 10 pm.