The RIU ClubHotel Negril is a beautiful Jamaican resort which would make for a spectacular destination wedding overlooking the famous Bloody Bay Beach. The resort grounds are nestled in a palm grove with easy access to the glorious white sandy beach. Beyond a gorgeous wedding ceremony, your guests will have easy access to downtown Negril, perfect for exploring more of Jamaica’s local culture.
The resort draws many younger couples, which could be great if your wedding party is similarly built and want to enjoy the local nightlife after your wedding ceremony and reception.
Some of the room buildings can be far apart and require lots of walking to get around the resort grounds.
Bloody Bay beach is often reviewed as one of the most pristine sections of the 7-mile long strip of beach along Negril’s coast, perfect for an elegant destination wedding location.
Free package welcomes up to 10 guests including the couple and allows more at an additional cost. The free package is subject to mandatory payment of documentation, administrative fees, and taxes which are pre-established by local government; this payment will be made at the reception of the RIU Hotel. Upgraded packages, additional guests, and add-ons are available for an additional cost.
$150 – $190 average price per person per night. Rooms include private balcony or terrace and daily restocked minibar and 24-hour room service. Children 2 and younger stay free.
Romantic massage for the wedding couple | Sparkling wine for wedding toast | Late checkout upon availability | Room upgrade upon availability | Special decoration in the room | 1 bouquet and 1 boutonniere | 10% spa discounts for entire wedding party | Wedding cake
There are 420 rooms with resort and ocean views. Due to the sprawling size of the resort, it is recommended for more active guests.
Beach – 80 guests max, Gazebo – 80 guests max
This hotel allows a maximum of 3 adults per room or 2 adults and 2 children 12 and younger per room.
RIU Negril is able to hold up to 3 weddings per day at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. These are the only times judges and ministers are able to perform daily.
The hotel’s busiest months are January, February, June, and July with the highest chances of a sell-out.
The wedding coordinator typically responds in 48 hours.
The resort is located 48 miles from the MBJ airport.
Q: How long have you been a wedding coordinator and how many weddings have you coordinated?
A: 12 years and approximately 2,300 weddings.
Q: What are the challenges brides face when planning their destination wedding at your resort?
A: The challenge they face is not knowing what is going to happen, being so far away. Not being able to have a visual of the location and how everything will play out.
Q: What compliments do brides typically give about the resort?
A: It Varies. (1) The tropical feel (2) The modernisms of the resort (3) How huge the resort is (4) The All inclusivity (5) But most of all the friendliness of the Staff.
Q: What is your favorite part about a destination wedding?
A: The planning; meeting different couples from different parts of the world.
Q: Can you tell us an anecdote about one of your brides when you saved the day?
A: The worst part of a brides day in a Tropical country is if it rains on the day and time of the wedding. Because of our time line, they are always worried that they will not get the beach wedding they hoped for. My team and I try at all times to be patient and give time to wait for the rain to stop, irregardless of the initial wedding time.
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“Lovely Resort. Beautiful location and the staff is awesome. It would be nice to have some cooked food in the middle of the night other than sandwiches. Definitely recommend this resort for your stay in Negril Jamaica.” – Lauran B. 7/17
“The grounds and beach are gorgeous! The staff is generally helpful and the food is so-so. Do yourself a favor and take the day trip out on their catamaran! We had an amazing time snorkeling and got to swim through a cave and jump off the cliff at Rick’s Cafe.” – Adam R. 7/17
“Great hotel, friendly staff and big rooms. Housekeeping are generally on top of the cleaning every day, the food is normally good (but it’s mostly buffet, you’re bound to get some poorer days) and the beach is lovely. Multiple pools and bars, 5 restaurants and daily entertainment. There are a lot of beach sellers but they’re all friendly, have a chat and say no thanks, no one minds at all. The snorkelling is good (but can get murky at times), with plenty of small fish, the occasional barracuda, urchins, starfish and anemones. They can sting but it’s nothing serious or too painful. Definitely get some of the jerk chicken from the beach bbq, an absolute winner.” – Chris G. 6/17