An isolated beach resort on Bloody Bay, removed from the bustle of Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, Riu Palace Tropical Bay caters to both couples and families; the atmosphere is quieter here and less of a party scene than at most Riu resorts, and the hotel was beautifully refurbished in 2018. The swimming pools are small relative to the size of the resort, the food is only mediocre overall, and restaurant variety isn’t overly impressive for an all-inclusive (there are four a la carte choices plus buffet); but the property offers one of the best stretches of beach in the Negril area (this factor upgrades the Overall Beach Resort Rating from the upper B range to the lower A range), a small on-site casino, decent spa and fitness facilities, an above average swim-up bar, a very friendly staff, and a great jerk chicken station. Rooms come with re-stocked minibars, 24-hour room service, large flat-screen TVs, and modern décor with a tasteful, beachy vibe. Activities include jet skiing, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, beach volleyball, parasailing, and tennis. Riu Negril (B1) is also on Bloody Bay, but it’s not right next door and hasn’t been recently renovated like the Tropical Bay; its beach isn’t as strong, either.
Guests returning to the U.S. can take the COVID-19 antigen test on-site. There is no additional cost for all adults and children. This service is available at all Riu resorts in Mexico (except Riu Plaza Guadalajara), Jamaica, Aruba, and Punta Cana and is provided by an accredited medical testing lab that complies with the requirements of the CDC. Test results are received within 72 hours prior to departure, as required by the CDC. In the event of a positive test, Riu Hotels will provide an extension of up to 10 days at no cost.