Sandals/Beaches vs. RIU
Posted 26 February 2008 - 10:02 AM
Posted 24 March 2009 - 01:48 PM
Posted 27 March 2009 - 05:04 AM
Originally, I had Sandals Grande Ocho Rios firmly in mind as the resort-of-choice, but then when I came to this site, I was introduced to RIU, a resort I was unaware even existed. Having already done my homework on Sandals, I wanted to see what RIU/ROR was all about. It appears to be a beautiful, all-inclusive resort, with plenty of things to do (not to mention awesome wedding packages) but like a lot of other have said, it seems that the decision really does come down to costs n' kids. I prefer an adult-only resort, and the cost difference to me is not so extreme that I would steer away from my original decision on SGOR.
Thanks for everyone's past input -- this thread was just what I had been searching for! It has made me feel so much more confident that SGOR is going to be the right fit for me, my fiance and all of our guests!
Best wishes to all RIU and SANDALS brides alike!
Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:57 PM
Did this bother anyone else?
Posted 30 August 2009 - 01:17 PM
| Originally Posted by TA Jennifer |
I hope no one minds me jumping in here !
Each Sandals & Beaches properties are slightly different from each other and there are differences from Riu Ocho Rios to keep the thread from getting too long I'll focus on the family properties Beaches Boscabel & ROR!
Riu is a larger (846 rooms), new, moderate resort- family oriented with a children's program that provides activities for kids 4-12 years old. There is a party vibe here, great beach and the rooms are fairly spacious. Prices fairly good. In room mini bar & liquor dispenser. Includes sailing, windsurfing, kayaking & snorkeling for non motorized wattersports.
Quirks- need to wear a wristband, keep towel cards, make reservations for dinner that night early in the morning ( may not get the restauraunt you want). Food is good but not gourmet (you won't go hungry though!). King beds are actually two beds pushed together. pretty sure they water down the alcohol.
Beaches- Boscabel. Mid sized property (223 rooms). This property will cost more but overall it delivers a lot more also! Property has a family vibe but delivers a really good time for the twenty-something crowd.
Childrens programs are broken up into age appropriate with certified nannies-Camp Sesame ages 2-5; Pirates & Mermaids 6-7; Survivors 8-12; the Teen Scene 13+ ( this group is the hardest to keep happy and Beaches has organized activites like karaoke, beach xtreme games, bonfire parties, teen only clubs, theme parties ect)There are also the Sesame St. characters, XBOX game oasis, waterpark and kids Golf clinics. These activirties are not limited to just the kids-ok well maybe the baking cookies with Zoey but you get my drift!
The food quality ranges from snacks to adult only gourmet dining. Food quality ranges from pretty good to incredible. No reservations needed except for the adult fine dining. Pretty sure they do not waterdown the alcohol ( not that I know from any personal experience that I am willing to admit LOL!)
Have rooms that can accomodate up to 5 people.
As far as water sports there is scuba diving ( not just a class - if you are PADI certified your dives are included), snorkeling, sailing, glass bottom boats, hobie cats, kayaking, windsurfing, Aquatrikes. Outside of watersports there is golf ( caddies are mandatory in Jamaica and cost extra).
No towel cards.
All gratuities are already added in ( this can really add up at Riu!).
Quirks- older property, only upper category rooms have minibar. The beach here is smaller than the Riu but perfect for the size of this property. The rooms are older and may need some sprucing up ( although Beaches & Sandals is undergoing an overhaul to all of the properties.)
A few factors to consider-
If your guest are price sensitive (just graduating or recently got married, whatever..) or are only going for a couple of days then all of the extras that are included at Beaches will go to waste and I'd recommend the Riu.
BUT if they are going longer, you want to have a late night reception (and need sitters for the kids) or have kids that are usually high maintanence and need to be entertained (or some of the grown ups for that matter hee hee!) I'd recommend Beaches!
Hope that helped some!
Did this bother anyone else?
Posted 11 October 2009 - 05:01 PM
Would anyone also know more specifics about the wedding planning process at Riu? Since having decided on Sandals I have been working with a TA for a short while to see what her role would be and she seems very flexible and helpful...even seems to have local venues/resources to make your big day that much more special and unique. it's a package. There are some decoration ideas i would like to customize. I wonder what the Riu wedding packages look like? It would be nice to see pictures of a Riu wedding vs. Beaches wedding. It would be great to see someone's Riu Wedding photos ceremony decor and reception decor!