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RIU VS. Beaches Negril HELP!!!

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I stayed at the RIU Palace in Negril (down the beach from the RIU Negril) this past April. We were not there for a wedding, but there were some weddings going on and these are my thoughts on seeing the weddings and on the resort in general:


- RIU seemed like fantastic value for the money - it was quite affordable and I imagine it would be cheaper than Beaches.

- The a la carte and buffet restaurants were awesome

- The resort had daily activities going on, like cricket one day, ping pong tournament, etc etc something everyday for those who need more action. Plus their nightly shows really were entertaining.

- The weddings we saw were all on the beach, under an archway or just with rows of flowers on either side of the "aisle". The dinner afterwards was in a semi-private section of their steakhouse a la carte restaurant, which is right beside the beach (great view). The reception dance/party was on the beach, with a DJ from the hotel. It was not private, anyone seemed to be able to pop in if they wanted, but to be honest I thought that was more fun - if it were me I say the more the merrier! Especially b/c you tend to make casual friends with random people at the resorts so why not have them share the party. That's just me - not everyone wants that type of thing of course.


When we left the resort I definitely felt that it was a place I would love to get married at.

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I chose the Riu over Beaches because the Riu seemed more affordable. I knew I'd have at least 50 people coming and when I inquired about a Beaches reception I was told it was like $72/pp which was way to much. If you have under 50 ppl at the Riu you can get a free wedding dinner which is what pretty much sold me. The other thing that persuaded me was this website, there were so many Riu weddings that went really well. You should read through some of the wedding reveiws, it'll give you a lot of insight and help you narrow down your choices.


SN, even though I'm getting married at the Riu I seriously wish I would have checked into Iberostar Rose Hall Suites.

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My daughter is a control freak and was OK with the planning. She was married at RIU Club Hotel Negril. This was the best choice due to the price. The wedding coord really doesn't do much you will control what you can. I am sure you will make the best choice for you good luck!

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