RIU opens a new destination in Jamaica!

date_range 3 May, 2022 question_answer 15 Comments

The RIU chain is starting a new adventure in the most charismatic island in the Caribbean: Jamaica. This is where construction has just begun on the new Hotel Riu Palace Aquarelle, a project that brings with it all the excitement of adding a new destination to the RIU portfolio as well as a warm welcome from the authorities and local residents who did not hesitate to join us at the official presentation. This will be RIU’s seventh hotel in the country and the first in Falmouth. Don’t miss any of the details about this fascinating Caribbean city full of culture, nature and stunning beaches.

Get to know Falmouth’s history with RIU

To introduce you to this new RIU destination, located just 35 minutes from Montego Bay airport and two hours from Kingston, we are going to start by telling you a little bit of its history. It is the main city and capital of the state of Trelawny, located in the county of Cornwall in Jamaica. This beautiful place was founded in 1769 when it became an important port and trading centre. The importance of this was crucial when Jamaica emerged as the world’s leading sugar producer. As you can see, this is a region steeped in history as well as a vibrant local culture.

As we said, Falmouth is in the state of Trelawny, which was established in 1770. It is the fifth largest state in Jamaica, bordering the states of St Ann to the east, St James to the west, and St Elizabeth and Manchester to the south.

Lying on a plateau, with its highest point being 910 metres above sea level, the south of Trelawny is home to one of Jamaica’s greatest wonders: Cockpit Country Wildlife Reserve. Also known as “The Jamaican Alps”, this natural area is home to more than 100 endemic species of Jamaican flora and fauna, as well as the vestiges of the history and culture of ancient villages. Amazing!

What is there to do in Falmouth?

Without a doubt one of the best things about this place, and one that has already won us over, is its breathtaking views! The best thing you can do is to get lost in the streets, as there are few corners of this city from which you can’t see the sea, which gives this beautiful place a true Caribbean flavour.

Best of all, there’s no room for boredom in Falmouth. There are countless things to do and places to discover. One of these is Glistening Waters, considered to be one of the most luminous lagoons in the world. Here, you can experience an astonishing colourful phenomenon known as bioluminescence, a reaction caused by the light produced and emitted by living organisms in the shallow waters. It will leave you speechless!

Another must-do is a visit to the Martha Brae river descent, located just six kilometres to the south of Falmouth. Meandering through Jamaica’s imposing tropical rainforests is one of those journeys that will stay with you forever. You’ll ride over 30 kilometres on an ombu raft and enjoy a harmonious connection with the local flora and fauna, laden with pleasant and varied natural aromas.  An adventure not to be missed.

Now do you understand why we have chosen this place? There is something magical about it that won us over from the very start and we are sure that the same thing will happen to you. Don’t get anxious, though! You will be able to discover this beautiful city as soon as the new Riu Palace Aquarelle opens. This hotel will have more than 700 rooms, 24-hour all-inclusive service and an exclusive water park. Its opening will be a great opportunity to get to know Jamaica in a unique way and, as always, with RIU Hotels. We can’t wait for you to join us!


  • Christine O'Reilly

    Please let us know when the hotel opens.

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Christine!

      Thank you very much for your interest! The news about the opening of the hotel will be published on our website and social networks.

      Best regards,
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Dan

    We love your hotel chain, our no.1 pick when travelling to the Caribbean destinations. Keep up the good work.

  • V. G. T. Sandaruwan

    Wow. I would like to work with you. If you have a vecancy please iinform me. I,m Thilina Sandaruwan from Sri lanka.

  • Xiomara Figueroa-Brown

    I am super excited about this new location! We always choose Riu hotels at our destinations .
    Please make this a family hotel .
    Ever since you turned the Montego Bay hotels into adults-only, it has been really difficult for us to travel from either Negril or Ocho Rios with a small child to visit our elderly grandmother in Montego Bay. I am hopeful that Falmouth can solve this issue.

  • Vaughan Rowley

    Our first time at the Rui Palace, Montego Bay we absolutely loved it, can’t wait to go back to Jamaica and rediscover !

  • kevin howard

    Would love to go there in Sept,,will be our 31 anniversary on the 26th,,,was at Riu in Dakar last year and was great…

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Kevin!

      Thank you very much for choosing us to celebrate your anniversary, we look forward to welcoming you!

      Best Regards,
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Sabrina

    I don’t only love RIU because I used to work for the company, but my kids love it so much especially my youngest she always spends her bday at RIU OCHI RIOS whether day pass or weekends she’s going…..and she don’t want to experience any other resort she said riu is the best hahaha (don’t know what she comparing it with in her head being that she haven’t gone anywhere else)

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Sabrina!

      Thank you very much for your comment! We love to read your words.

      Best Regards,
      RIU Hotels & Resorts

  • Winston Hall

    My wife and i got married at Riu Ocho Rios back in August 2006 and we’ve been vacationing at Riu Hotels all over the world every year ever since. Love it!

    • Riu Hotels

      Hi Winston,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      That sounds like a plan!;)

      We hope to see you again soon:)

      Kind regards,

      RIU Hotels & Resorts.

  • Martin John Case

    At the Riu Reggae right now. Will be back in Jamaica and visiting your new venture very soon

    • Riu Hotels

      Dear Martin,

      Thank you for reaching us out and for your comment!

      We hope that you are enjoying your time with us at Riu Reggae;)

      Kind regards,

      RIU Hotels & Resorts.

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