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 The RIU Chain Opens the 856 room ClubHotel Riu Ocho Ríos, 
its Third All-inclusive Resort in Jamaica
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September 23, 2005 - RIU will open its third resort in Jamaica in October, 2005. ClubHotel Riu Ocho Rios, the chain’s largest resort, will have 856 rooms and feature RIU’s world-famous all-inclusive formula.

The RIU chain will open ClubHotel Riu Ocho Ríos, its third resort in Jamaica and the chain's largest, with a total of 856 rooms and its all-inclusive formula, on October 28, 2005.

The resort is a small, authentic holiday city with 90,000 sq m of gardens and a wide array of services, located on the seafront next to the zone’s best beach, 4 km from the city of Ocho Rios in Jamaica and 105 km from Montego Bay International Airport.

The five-star establishment will boast swimming pools, sports installations, a gymnasium, a wellness centre and all kinds of areas for fun and entertainment.

The broad range of entertainment and activities offered is the defining characteristic of RIU’s ClubHotel product, which combines the comfort of a traditional hotel with the fun and entertainment of a club.

The establishment’s all-inclusive gourmet culinary offer is also very extensive: international cuisine, Caribbean cuisine, Jamaican dishes and theme restaurants, such as the à la carte “Sir Richard” restaurant, a wide selection of oriental dishes in the “Mandalay” restaurant, a grill/steakhouse and the “Piccola Italia” restaurant.

Guests staying in special deluxe suites with sea views (of which the hotel offers 371) will have exclusive access to the “Tushima” Japanese restaurant and enjoy other advantages, such as luxurious palatial furnishings and a hydromassage bathtub in bathrooms.  Some suites have their own Jacuzzi.

The “all-inclusive by RIU” formula allows guests to enjoy food and drinks whenever they like, 24 hours a day, as well as liquor dispensers and other drinks in rooms, and free consumption in several of the resort’s bars, such as the “Sport Bar”, “Reggae” and “Rastafari” bars.

The “all-inclusive by RIU” formula also includes free, complete access to all the installations (except individual services at the wellness centre), admission to shows, Pachá Nightclub and entertainment activities - for both children and adults - as well as music concerts in general and the reggae beat in particular.

The resort offers everything imaginable for holidays full of fun in a truly exotic atmosphere.

RIU Hotels & Resorts also operates the Riu Tropical Bay and ClubHotel Riu Negril establishments in Jamaica.

ClubHotel Riu Ocho Ríos is the RIU chain’s 27th establishment in the Caribbean, where it has become one of the region’s most important brands, thanks to its world-class quality and presence in a variety of destinations in the area.

RIU has recently been declared “Best International Chain” in Canada.

According to the American magazine “Hotels”, RIU is the world’s 26th largest chain in terms of number of rooms (34,000).

Ocho Ríos’ attractions
Set in the northern Jamaica, Ocho Ríos is one of the island’s most emblematic cities, thanks to its excellent climate, beautiful beaches and proximity to the famous waterfalls in nearby rivers. This old fishing village has become an emerging tourist destination with a wide array of amenities and the starting point for cruises around the Caribbean in the past decade. The name “Ocho Ríos” appears to come from the Spanish word “chorreras”, which means waterfalls, one of the zone’s most popular attractions.  Over time, the term was confused with the expression “Ocho Ríos”, which in Spanish means “eight rivers”. World-renown Discovery Bay, named after its discovery by Spanish sailor Christopher Columbus in 1494, is also located in the area.  This great explorer was enchanted by the site’s beauty. Also close to Ocho Ríos is Golden Eye’s mansion, where novelist Ian Fleming wrote a large part of the adventures of his famous character Bond, James Bond, the world’s most universal secret agent.  The house is open to visitors and the desk where Fleming designed his ingenious plots is on display.  Several scenes from the James Bond series were filmed on a nearby beach. The mythic reggae singer Bob Marley had a getaway home in this same idyllic area.  Nowadays, celebrities such as top model and Jamaican descendant Naomi Campbell and other international VIPs own houses there. The city of Ocho Rios offers a wide variety of nightlife opportunities and gourmet cuisine at a number of restaurants as well as the chance to hear authentic reggae at local spots or outdoor concerts in the countryside or on the beach. The neighbouring mountains and rivers afford striking excursions to lush, exotic spots.  Especially popular is Dunn’s River Falls, which attracts countless excursionists eager to experience a swim in its cool waters. In recent years, the beauty, music and fun of tropical attractions have helped Ocho Ríos become one of today's most exotic holiday destinations.

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Contact:

RIU Hotels
Tel: +34 971 743030
E-mail: cschunk@riu.com
 

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Also See: RIU Hotels and Resorts Opening its Largest Hotel, the 700 room ClubHotel Riu Jalisco in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico / April 2002
The RIU Hotel Chain Ends 2004 with 110 Hotels, Starts Construction of New Palace Resorts in the Riviera Maya, Mexico and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic / February 2005


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