We stayed at CSA from 9-20 Feb and had a wonderful holiday. This was our third trip, in 3 years, to Jamaica but our first to CSA. The night prior to flying out we stayed in the Aurora Hotel in Crawley on their Meet & Greet package (car is left at the hotel then brought to you at the airport on your rtn). it was £97 for the room and 2 weeks parking. This enabled us to start the holiday one day earlier and we had a lovely evening in Crawley.
I contemplated whether we should go for a private taxi (always done previously) or even take the plane from MJB to Negril, however, decided to go with the flow and use the Couples lounge and transport. So glad we did. Managed to get my shorts and flip flops on in the airport. The free red stripe in the lounge was very well received. They put tickets on your luggage and then get the baggage porters to take all of the luggage to the mini bus. You are expected to tip the porters around $1 a suitcase. There were 4 couples on the shuttle with 1 couple going to CN.
On arrival at CSA we were greeted with smiles, cold towels and sparkling wine. We were allocated a Garden Verandah room on the ground floor. I asked if we could have a top floor room which they said would be no problem (first example of the excellent service that we received). They gave us a corner room which was in touching distance of the atrium suites. We liked the rustic feel of the room and knew straight away that we were going to be extremely comfortable. Prior to travelling I was concerned with about the rooms and did indeed try to get upgraded to the Atrium suites (no availability). I took the advice of one of the reviewers on here to go and have a look at the room first then, if unhappy, ask them to change it. The maid and turndown service was great. We did not notice a lot of noise from the traffic. There was the safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, large dispensers of shampoo and body wash. I know the rooms are not brightly illuminated, however, we thought it looked rather cosy. The mini bar stocking was fantastic. We did pre book the mini bar and after being there a few hours they came to fill it up. We selected quite a few of the upgrade drinks on the order form (no extra charge). Although the gin was not Gordons it did suffice. They refilled your ice bucket daily.
We did not eat at sea grapes so cannot comment. We dined at lemongrass 3 times, feathers 2, patois patios 1 with the rest taken at the Palms. Our favourite was lemongrass with feathers coming a close 2nd. We enjoyed all our meals, and although they weren't Michelin star, I felt they were extremely good. I am not one for standing in queues at the food counter so was really pleased that the main buffet restaurant, at dinner, gave you the option of having al'a carte. We used this option every time at dinner at Palms and thought it was great. The house wine in Feathers was far superior than wine served in other areas (lemongrass did, at times, also serve the superior wine). We found the Cabana Grill great for our regular supply of Jerk chicken.
All the bars were great. I predominately drink lager and Southern Comfort (SC(not in the same glass)). How pleased was I when I discovered that SC was available in all of the bars. JD and Jim Beam were also. We loved the Martini bar for pre dinner drinks. My wife was introduced to Cherry Martinis which she loved. I have now had to invest in a cocktail shaker and cherry brandy. The Service for the vast majority of the time was exceptional. Your drink would be replaced before you reached the bottom. Fraser at the swim up bar was great as was Romaine at the bamboo bar. I thought the green flag drink service on the beach was a nice touch, as was the fruit kebabs and cold towels brought round, however, we tended to wander up to the bar ( this was the only exercise we had). Your room has two beach towels which you can change at any time of the day at either end of the resort; there are no cards involved and you don't have to do a one for one exchange. Although we were on a public beach, traders, musicians and other tourists were kept at arms length by the resort's security. They were very professional and always on the ball. The way that this was managed enabled residents at couples not to have to endure labelling with wristbands which I really appreciated. We did enjoy our walks up and down the 7 mIle beach.
I can't comment on the sports facilities as we didn't take advantage of any of them (shame on us). That said I was still very impressed at what was included. We did go on the Catarmaran cruise which we thoroughly enjoyed. This gave us a glimpse of Ricks Cafe which convinced me to pay a proper visit.
I mentioned to Susan that everyday seemed like Valentines day at CSA so wondered what (if anything) they would do to commemorate this romantic day. It started with breakfast at the Palms where a guitarist and Chellist performed a large repertoire of love songs. Susan loved the omelettes, coupled with the sparkling wine set the day off to a lovely start. After a couple of cocktails we walked down the beach for a mile or so until we came to Bourbon Beach where we had a few drinks before going onto the main road to get a taxi to Rick's Cafe. We went fairly early in the afternoon so were able to get a lovely table overlooking the small bay and diving. We had a light meal, although the drinks were quite expensive we had a great time. We got back to our room to witness the south lawn being transformed for a Valentines cocktail party. The party was fantastic; the band, food, drinks and decoration were all top notch and a great way to start the evening. From there we had dinner at Palms followed by the resident band (Exodus) and Mr Montana. They all are extremely talented musicians and always put on a good show. We danced the night away, again, to some lovely romantic music. After this we went to the bonfire on the beach (usually every Weds) with a duet singing some more lovely romantic songs. They put loungers all around the fire, provided a bar and sheets to keep you cosy.
We did go to the beach party, however, we just stayed to watch the reggae band. Queues seemed to long for the food so we didn't bother.
Ultimate chocolate in the Piano Bar was a real treat followed by the night club. We only went there the once and had a really wonderful time.
The only thing that grinded my gears was the reserving of the Palapas the night before. I don't tend to sleep much so I was usually the first on the beach (between 4.30 and 5.30 every morning bar one). I loved lying on the lounger reading my pad and watching the dawn break.
The majority of Palapas already had towels on them. We even saw people, when we were returning to our room in the evening, putting towels on them. I know there is an abundance of loungers and there is usually adequate shade to be found. It was just the audacity and lengths that certain people would go to to reserve loungers. I feel the management have quite a laid back attitude with this as they do with everything so do not blame them at all.
Couples is a very well run resort full of friendly employees who certainly gave us excellent service. Both Susan and I sat down and discussed all the pros and cons about the resort, there ware plenty of pros and no cons. We just couldn't fault CSA on anything. Well done and thank you for providing Susan and myself a very special holiday that we will never forget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Immediately upon entering Couples Swept Away, you realize that you have arrived in paradise. Exotic flowers bloom amidst acres of green—on seven miles of the purest white sand beach in Negril, Jamaica. Dotted among the tropical gardens—open-air cafes, small pool enclaves and fresh fruit oases are yours to discover. Never crowded or hurried, the resort offers an intimate tranquility and when desired, total seclusion. All rooms embrace a quiet elegance with island cedar furnishings and pure white linens. Plantation shutters open onto private verandahs with views of gardens and azure sea. Breezy open-air restaurants engage candle-lit lanterns and billowing white curtains to strike a romantic note. While the pristine 10-acre sports complex encompasses every imaginable activity, the superb spa serves as a haven of relaxation. Couples Swept Away simply captures your heart and soothes your soul. ... more less
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