(Continued from our post about RIU Montego Bay)
Again, as is the standard with RIU Hotels and Resorts, we were greeted with a cold and refreshing glass of fruit punch and lemonade upon or arrival at the front desk for check in which again, went as smoothly as before. Once our suitcases were brought to our Deluxe room with a magnificent pool facing/ocean facing view, we prepared for dinner at one of the 5 a-la-carte restaurants at this location. The first night we decided to experience Japanese cuisine complete with sushi, sashimi, tempura, and a teriyaki steak entree. The evenings’ entertainment consisted of live music, followed by a performance that chronicled the history of Jamaican music from meringue to dance hall and everything in between. After that, the dance floor opened up and the more adventurous and energetic of us (namely our 22-year-old adult daughter) spent the night at the club, our 16-year-old stayed in the room with the younger children giving us a chance to try our luck at the on-site Casino.
The next day began early with a full breakfast on the patio to replenish our energy, followed by an excursion through the Jamaican countryside to visit the Bob Marley Mausoleum in 9 Miles which is the birthplace and final resting place of the late Reggae Music icon. It was quite a fascinating place to learn about the early family life of Robert Nesta Marley, whose family maintains and curates the mausoleum.
On our final day, we took the time to say goodbye to our home away from home for the duration of our trip, the fabulous RIU Ocho Rios. We had just about enough time for one final excursion and ventured to the famous Duns River Falls where we got the chance to climb the falls and traverse the rocks, the rushing waters as it makes it way from higher elevations to the mouth of the river as it returns to the sea. It was the experience of a lifetime which we all thoroughly enjoyed.
We bid Jamaica a fond adieu as our vacation had come to an end; what I think we’ll miss most is our luxury 5-star accommodations provided by the RIU Montego Bay and the RIU Ocho Rios. I can truly say that the staff of the RIU Hotels and Resorts took excellent care of our family and I thank them for going above and beyond in making sure our family trip to Jamaica was a joyous and memorable experience all round. One day hopefully (and without the kids) we would love to experience the RIU Negril which we hear is fabulous.
Written by Roger Grubb. Husband, and father of four kids.