My boyfriend and I went to Coyaba for 7 nights from 20 June '13. I will start with the cons:
I travel a lot for work, and have come to appreciate suites with iPod docking facilities. This is by no means a need, just a spoilt want, but thought it would have been a nice touch here too.
Rooms: when we first booked, we selected a garden view room. Then a few days before we left for Jamaica, we decided to upgrade to a junior sea view Suite. We emailed the hotel, who charged us USD$25 a night for the upgrade, down from $100 a night. The upgrade was worth it. Imagine waking up every morning to the sound of the ocean, you turn your head and the first thing you see is turquoise clear waters. Worth every penny to get a sea view suite, folks!
The interior of the suite was breathtaking, in plantation style. Every element from the curtains, very high wooden ceiling, wooden window blinds, the way the suite is arranged etc- all very stylish and practical (fitting for the warm weather).
About 20m Way from the furthest suites, that's my guess. As mentioned earlier, clear turquoise water, clean and warm too. The hotel has a dock, where people could chill and just take in the beauty, watch the fish that come around most of the day, drink some rum punch, meditate...whatever.
The resort has about 52 suites in total spread over 3 buildings (of 3 floors each),I think- so it's small and intimate and the staff are attentive to your every need. So there is a beach hut, manned by lifeguards, where they also provide water sports equipment that hotel guests can use freely. This includes snorkelling gear, pedal boats etc. Roaming around the beach and resort are security guards, so one always feels safe around the resort.
Breakfast menu is the same daily, but the choices are broad- Jamaican, continental, some form of English breakfast, and loads of fruits. We always had fruits and Jamaican breakfast- ackee, salt fish, jimmy cakes, bammy, breadfruit, yam, fried plantations and calaloo.
Lunch also had the same menu daily, but all the items were good, so one could easily change daily to avoid repetition, if that is an issue. You will find jerk chicken and fresh full fish here, among other goodies.
Dinner is always a la carte and 3 course, if you want it to be. They have theme night e.g. Native night, jamasian etc. Its quite a classy affair, with live bands playing every day.
Drinks: we were on all inclusive, so could try different types of drinks, from rum punch, martinis to daiquiris with different fruits. I strongly recommend the sour martini (ask Barbara :)).
Excursions could be booked with the hotel, through Sonia. We went for the spirit of reggae Bob Marley tour, to St Ann where the legend was born and is not buried. What a trip, especially if you are a Bob fan. Then to the Dunns River Falls- breathtaking and cool- for the outdoors lover a must. Then we went to the Croydon Plantation- a must for the nature lover, you will see nature's wonders you never thought existed before.
All in all, if you want to chill, relax, have a good time in a safe place that feels like home and where you are treated very well, then I would recommend booking yourself into Coyaba- you will not wanna leave!