Riu Montego Bay Review Hotel: A I would definitely go there again. I. Rooms: - I have heard some complaints about the rooms. We had 46 guests with our group for the wedding, and we had NO problem with the rooms. They had AC, they were plenty big enough, balconies were great, and most of allâ€¦we were never in there! We were outside the whole time unless we were getting ready. If I had to be pickyâ€¦our bed was two beds pushed together which I did have an issue with at first, but it turned out to be, â€œNo problem, Mon!â€ It was totally a non-issue. II. Food: A - There are three specialty restaurants open for dinner: Asian, Italian, and the steakhouse. There is also a buffet. Iâ€™ll break it down by restaurant. (If you want to eat at one of the specialty places, make reservations!) Asian: This was my favorite! The seared tuna was awesome, there was a small selection of sushi, but it was enough to satisfy my craving. Spring rolls and lo mein were delicious. J Italian: I liked the salmon from here. They have a huge â€œappetizerâ€ buffet-although this could have been my dinner. Then you order your main course. Itâ€™s hard to get into though, so make reservations. Steakhouse: We had our reception here. I really liked the food. Also hard to get into. Buffet: It was fine! They always had fresh fruit and delicious fresh blended juices in the morning. There is always a lot to choose from, howeverâ€¦you wonâ€™t want to eat there for every single meal. It just gets boring as does any restaurant if you eat there every day lol. Jerk Chicken Hut: This was pretty much our lunch every day. They open for lunch on the beach at 12 with great chicken, sausage, and sides. Line can get long, so get there early! III. Drinks/Bartenders A -One thing is for sure, they definitely do NOT skimp out on alcohol. The drinks were awesome. The pool bar was definitely my favorite, and we hung out at the Coconut bar later on. Caprini was my favorite. Itâ€™s like a mojito. J In room mini bar is included. There is also a liquor dispenser in your room which they refill every other day. IV. Entertainment: A -There is a show every night. The entertainers are awesome! Theyâ€™ll play beach volleyball with you, theyâ€™ll play water polo in the pool with you, and theyâ€™re awesome dancers. If you are lucky enough to see the King of Fire show or the Michael Jackson showâ€¦youâ€™re in for a good time. V. Beaches/Pool: A -Water is beautiful on the beach! We hung there every day just hanging out in the water. We usually made our way over to the pool bar around three. Then weâ€™d head up around 6 to get ready for dinner/entertainment. Water at the beach and pool is warm and perfect. Pool is cleaned every night. VI. Excursions: A -Jamaica Tours is a great company to use. There are lots of desks set up in the lobby every day. You can talk to them all and get info on excursions. -We did a booze cruise for $59 a person (kids and teens had a lower price $25-$30). Iâ€™m so glad we went with them! Scuba Caribe offered a lower price, but their boats are soo small! All 40 people who were still there were able to go on ONE boat which had a bathroom on it (this is a big deal!). We were out for 4 hours, we snorkeled, we went to Margaritaville, we danced, we drankâ€¦.everyone had the BEST time. Do this for sure if you can. Definitely compare companies, so you know what youâ€™re getting. -We also did the zip line tour. This was a bit expensive, but it was still a lot of fun. You were up in the Jamaican mountains and saw some great views. I think there were 10 drops. It was about $90 per person. - We did not do the waterfall. Itâ€™s 90 minutes away from Montego Bay. Iâ€™ve heard a lot of people say that itâ€™s beautiful, but itâ€™s not something you have to do. Plus, who wants to be on a bus for three hours? Transportation plus the waterfall climb and thatâ€™s your whole day. It can also get very crowded since itâ€™s such a big attraction. Iâ€™m not saying donâ€™t do it! It just depends on how long youâ€™re there. It just wasnâ€™t a priority for us. J VII. Customer Service: C+ -Iâ€™m giving this a lower rating because itâ€™s just different than America. In the U.S., the customer is always right, and you want to please them. This is not the case in Jamaica. If you want something (room upgrade, help with something, questionâ€¦), you need to go in CALMLY! Having an upset or angry attitude will get you nowhere. They honestly donâ€™t care. Itâ€™s just a different culture. I didnâ€™t need to talk to them much, so I wasnâ€™t affected, but I could see how it bothered other people. Like I said, our rooms were fine, but I canâ€™t imagine taking a problem to them to be solved. Entertainers, waiters, and bartenders were amazing, but I was not impressed with the customer service. Wedding: A++ -Wedding was everything we imagined it would be. It was perfect. I would recommend it to anyone. I. Hair: A -We did the Caprice wedding package so my hair and nails were included. Since I wanted tips, I got my nails done before I went, but I did use my pedicure which was very nice. If you do the Caprice, you also get a free couplesâ€™ massage. We did this the day before the wedding. It. Was. Awesome. My hair turned out great. I took some pictures, a hair flower, and my veil. She was very fast, and I loved it. II. Flowers: B -I was not a fan of the free flowers that come with any of the packages. Plus, you have to buy the bridesmaids flowers, and they were soooo expensive. I wanted nothing to do with Tai Flora. Iâ€™m sure they do beautiful work, but I wasnâ€™t willing to pay. I made all of the bouquets and corsages. I got the flowers from Hobby Lobby for $1 a stem. It really wasnâ€™t bad to make. I definitely recommend it. They were beautiful, looked real, and of course they held up under the heat. Traveling with them was no problem. Each bridesmaid took her own bouquet down. Plusâ€¦I had them the next day for the TTD. Soâ€¦on the flowers I madeâ€¦I give an A. J (This was the free bouquet pictured above. We used it on our sweetheart table as decoration.) III. Decoration: A -Ceremony site is beautiful all by itself. Wedding coordinator put some fresh flowers, tulle, and petals around which added to the beauty. -We were going to use the beach gazebo until we got down there and saw the plaza. It is absolutely gorgeous! We changed our site right away. The view is awesome. Also, I was a little disappointed with the beach gazebo. There is almost no beach after the gazebo! Your guests are sitting on the grass. Also, thereâ€™s no isle. You come in kind of sideways. Also, there was seaweed all around and beach people literally right next to you. It was nice, but I still think the plaza was a better choice for us. -I brought centerpieces, votives, and tea lights for the reception. Again, itâ€™s just so beautiful there, that you hardly notice the decorations, but they did add to it. Very happy with the way it all turned out. IV. Ceremony: A -Great ceremony! Minister was funny, but he did keep it religious. We did traditional vows, and he even had us bless the rings which I thought was special. You sign your marriage certificate right there as part of the ceremony. It was great. V. Cake: A -So happy with the cake! I honestly wasnâ€™t expecting much. It was a vanilla cake with strawberry filling and butter cream icing. I do not like cake, but this one was awesome! All of the guests were saying how good it was. I brought cheapo tiger lilies from Michaelâ€™s and leftover ribbon from the bouquets. They did a great job with the cake decoration I thought. If you want fondant, you have to pay extra. You just get a white cake, so bring decoration for it! VI. DJ: A+++ -We used Kevan Stewart from JA Events. www.jaweddingdj.com I cannot recommend him enough! He was so great. We met with him on Thursday, and the wedding was Saturday. He played all of the ceremony songs that we chose, and he did a great job with the reception. Every guest was literally dancing the entire time after dinner! He is willing to work with you, and heâ€™s professional and reasonable. If you havenâ€™t booked a DJâ€¦.contact him immediately!!!!! VII. Photographer: A+++ -Similar to the DJ, I canâ€™t say enough good things about Stacey. She is professional, friendly, and so funny! She knows exactly what she wants which I love. Every now and then she would flip through her pictures and show us, and they are amazing. I honestly check my mailbox every day hoping to see the pictures in there. I canâ€™t wait to see them. Sorry I donâ€™t have any to show you. She is willing to break down her time to give you a TTD the next day. Please check her out!!!! VIII. Reception: A+++ -We opted to have our reception at the steakhouse. It is $1000 to do this, but it is worth it! That includes the entire top floor of the steakhouse which is beautiful and overlooks the ocean, food, and drinks for all of your guests. Your dinner is waiter served. The waiters set it all up and took good care of my friendsâ€™ beverage needs. They were constantly bringing pitchers up to us. It is a four hour reception and you can have music. With the free reception you canâ€™t since youâ€™re sharing the restaurant with other guests, and itâ€™s only two hours. The dance floor is on the roof which was awesome. Itâ€™s worth the extra cost to have a real reception. Overall, we would definitely recommend this hotel for your destination wedding. We are not big spenders, but our expenses wereâ€¦ Caprice Package: $2,300 Steakhouse Reception: $1,000 Flights (depends on airline and when you book) Hotel (depends on room and # of nights) We brought down with usâ€¦ OOT bags Favors for guests at reception Flowers Guest book Centerpieces Good luck as you plan! I hope this review is helpful. Take everything you hear (good and bad) with a grain of salt. It is your day, and it is about how you feel. When it is all said and done, you will have memories & pictures that last a lifetime as well as a beautiful start to your marriage. ~Alli Additional Notes: We had a "Welcome Dinner" (/Rehearsal Dinner) the night before the wedding at Rose Hall which is the buffet place. They set up tables for us before we came in. So happy we did this. It's a nice chance to have all your guests in one place before the wedding. Hubby gave a little speech thanking everyone for coming. OOT Bags: We did one bag per couple. We included...a brochure (info about excursions and restaurants as well as an itinerary), cups for all guests (these were a great idea! You can fill them up at the bars. Everyone used them every day.), mini hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works, chapstick with SPF, and a CD of island music and love songs from our wedding that we made. I think it came to around $9 per bag.