Makeover: Riu Ocho Rios – the First Water Park in Jamaica

RIU Opens Water Park

Water parks at all-inclusive resorts are popular and you gotta love a good makeover, too.  Riu Ocho Rios is now better than ever.

In a nutshell: Riu Ocho Rios has reopened after some extensive renovations.  The good news for kids (and parents) is the opening of their very first water park in Jamaica, aptly named Splash Water World.   This addition, which is in the new area of the resort, makes RIU Ocho Rios better than ever for families (and good news for local tourism, too).

RIU resorts in both Mexico and the Dominican Republic already had a water park so it’s about time for Jamaica.

And guess what? You don’t have to be a little kiddo to enjoy the slides and splash around – they have an area for older kids and adults, too. However, if a water park isn’t your thing, you’ll be happy to know they’ve redesigned their pools and now have a total of five (two of these are swim-up bars). Whew!

Here’s more good news:

  • All rooms were renovated.
  • Expanded to 901 rooms (including new family rooms).
  • A new RiuFit area (yay!) – daily activities with water classes, too!
  • A new fusion restaurant (Kulinarium).
  • Renovated existing restaurants (total of four).

Children were a priority as there’s also a new RiuLand for kids with an indoor playground with mazes and slides (it’s also close to the water park).

Teens (13-17) got a new area called Riu4U with daytime programming and if they’re really finicky they may want to go off on their own and experience their independence with beach volleyball, windsurfing, or kayaking (good news is they’re still close to mom and dad).

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Donna Adinolfi is a wellness travel expert, a freelance writer, an award-winning photographer, and the founder/publisher of Her 30+ year career includes serving as the Travel & Spa Editor of Balance Magazine as well as planning wellness travel & retreats. An avid fan of the freedom from carrying cash or credit cards, Donna loves to visit all-inclusive wellness resorts in the U.S, and traveling to some of Mexico's and the Caribbean's many all-inclusive resorts several times each year. She's also a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association.
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