All-suite Riu Tropical Bay Resort new in Negril

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NEGRIL, Jamaica -- Jamaica's sleepy south coast and the more visited city of Negril have undergone changes aimed at making the destinations more attractive to visitors.

The following are some of the developments:

  • The newest hotel on Bloody Bay in Negril is the 396-room, all-suite Riu Tropical Bay Resort.
  • A member of Riu Resorts, the Victorian-style Tropical Bay is located down the road from the popular bars and restaurants of Negril's West End.

    Riu has brought all of its signature touches to Jamaica, including its children's program for ages 4 to 14; daytime and nighttime entertainment, including live bands and theme nights; a disco open until the wee hours of the night, and a wide range of water sports.

    For additional information or reservations, call (876) 957-5900 or visit the chain's Web site at www.riuhotels.com.

  • Jake's, a small, eclectic resort in the fishing village of Treasure Beach on Jamaica's south coast, plans to start building two new rooms this summer in time for winter.
  • The new one-bedroom units will bring the number of rooms to 14, including two two-bedroom units and 12 single units.

    The rooms, to be designed by co-owner Sally Henzell, will be similar in design to Seapuss, one of the resort's more popular units.

    The rooms will feature a private bathroom and shower and will be furnished with Jamaican antiques, local art and CD-cassette players.

    Meanwhile, two other rooms at Jake's, Sweetlip and Treasure Cot, were expanded into two-bedroom beach cottages with Internet access.

    In other news, Jake's added yoga classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    For more information or reservations, call (800) OUTPOST or visit the Web at www.islandoutpost.com.

  • Couples Negril is taking a hands-on approach to guest activities by offering massage classes taught by certified instructors.
  • For guests with a taste for the exotic, the resort is offering Jamaican cooking classes.

    Couples Negril also added a coffee house at the Beach Grill to satisfy guests' craving for cappuccino, espresso, lattes and, of course, Jamaica's Blue Mountain coffee.

    For more information or reservations, call (800) 268-7537 or visit the company's Web site at www.couples.com.

  • Times Square Plaza in Negril, a duty-free shopping plaza and garden attraction on Norman Manley Boulevard, recently opened for business.
  • The attraction, which was built to resemble an Italian plaza, is divided by two courtyards lined with 13 shops selling everything from Jamaican arts and crafts and imported cigars to clothes and watches.

    Meanwhile, Negril's Rutland Point Craft Market added 44 shops, selling made-in-Jamaica items.

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