I am a review fanatic, that said let me begin with the fact that I read reviews on Sandals, Couples and Several boutique hotels in Negril and hands down, the reviews on Couples Negril were consistent with giving it the best overall reviews.
I had been to Negril in 2001 staying at the Grand Lido,next door to Couples Negril and loved the calm of Bloody Bay,so with Couples Negril and Bloody Bay, I knew my vacation was off to a great start.
I booked our trip, August 2 thru 9, 2013 thru Funjet Vacations at the best possible price I could find on the Internet, this company made the transaction quite easy for me and even offered a payment plan with only a $400.00 down payment and the balance due 45 days prior to our departure.
We flew Air Tran and I upgraded to business which made the beginning of our trip much more enjoyable for only an extra $218.00. Upon arriving in Montego Bay we had about an hour long wait thru the lines into and thru customs and then we were directed to the Couple Lounge and Reception area to await the Shuttle to Negril. We were enthusiastically greeted and offered Red Stripes while we took our seats and I already felt as if I was home,beautiful,festive but calming decor and the staff was so friendly and inviting. Within 5 minutes they announced that were loading up, the porter took our bags along with 3 other couple we would be sharing our ride with.
We had arrived in Montego Bay at 2 p.m. and the trip to Negril, complete with rest stop took about and hour and fifteen minutes.
Once we stepped off the shuttle,there were NO WORRIES! That's the phrase, No worries mon!
The staff wouldn't dream of us touching our bags as they proceeded to load them for delivery to our room,we were greeted and seated in the open air lobby with a cold face towel to refreshen ourselves and served a chilled glass of champagne. The check in process was quick and smooth and we were shown a few areas close by, the Activities Desk, Piano Bar and told to make any reservations for Otaheite at the Activities area, where the hanging swings are located just off the upper lobby area and behind the clothing boutique.
We were then guided to our room 1108, which was conveniently located behind the Heliconia Restaurant/Beach Grill. We were also just down from Lychee, the Internet Cafe, Game Room and Fitness Center,so we were more than pleased with the location and the room. No noise,other than your normal foot traffic of others in the building walking by but honestly we never heard a thing. We also overlooked the Spa and meditation pond from our terrace and we could just see the Bay off to the left as we sat drinking our morning coffee.
Our first night there we ate at the Cassava Terrace,open air dining where all Breakfast Buffets and Lunch Buffets ate served. They also have a couple of Dinner Buffets and evenings where they offer a la carte,we had Lobster our first evening and I can't honestly give it 100% as my lobster was mushy and my boyfriends was very hard and dry. I am assuming since it was Lobster night they boil these in a bulk amount since they serve it at all restaurants on Lobster night,that may cause them to be overdone or jay dry as they wait to be served thru out the evening, but other than that the vegetables and dessert were very good as was the service.
We went to our room early,tired from the days trip and found our bed turned down with an origami swan towel and our mini bar was stocked with Red Stripe,Ting, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi and Ginger Ale.
While there we ordered room service once and I must say,the fruit was spectacular,succulent,fresh and chilled just perfect, as we're the Danish and coffee. Other than that we took Breakfast after our morning workouts at Cassava and enjoyed the selection on the buffets and the made to order omelettes. The selection of Danish was to numerous to list,the banana bread is heaven and you must try the Chocolate Croissants. I need not elaborate on the coffee, as it is Jamaica Blue Mountain and that is known world wide and unparalleled in taste.
For lunch you could choose Cassavas Buffet,yet again very yummy and quite a selection or you could got to the Beach Grill,known as the Helleconia Restaurant in the evenings.Jerk Chicken is a must while there and also the Meat Patties, always on hand in the self contained heated turntables. They also offer Hamburger, Cheeseburgers and Club Sandwiches and there are Sweet Potato chips served warm and in a self serve heated container close to the salad bar area and the Beverage area, all self serve.
The Helleconia Restaurant at night serves some wonderful dishes and I had the Best dessert while dining there one evening, a Chocolate sensation that I will never forget ! Denver, our waiter even brought me an extra slice of this cake,wrapped, for me to take to my room for us to have later.it fit perfectly in the mini fridge. Not to leave out the crown jewel , Otaheite, fabulous food, fabulous service and fantabulous desserts!!!! We were fortunate enough to get reservations on a Sunday and then again the next Wednesday. I was surprised at how dressed down some of the women and even their men were, but to each his own. I dressed in formal attire, as my guy likes to see me pretty on occasion and what better place than on vacation and at a 5 star restaurant
The service is yet another topic.......absolutely wonderful, there is nowhere I have ever been where the staff is so upbeat,helpful and will do almost anything to make your stay enjoyable. From the restaurant wait staff,room service, the front desk, the shuttle drivers, the watersports staff,the bartenders,spa attendants,pool and beach service, each and every employee we encountered is what made me give this resort a Five Star rating.
I took several pictures of our room, as I own a Cleaning Service, a few reviews had complained about damp smells, rooms in need of updating and as a very,very picky person, I found the room to be perfectly clean,floors buffed to a high sheen,with not one trace of sand and it smelled clean. I had packed an Airwick Tropical scent for this trip and did put that out to enhance the tropical feel! I did notice upon arriving that they had a duvet to put at the end of the bed and a pillow roll for the bed, but these were in the closet, I do feel that the overall ambiance would be more so if the bed were made with these items upon arrival of each guest, as it completes the look and feel of the room. The air conditioner was A+, kept the room chilled as much or as little as we required.
The bed was turned down each evening with towel origami always on the bed,a very nice touch.
The Spa......bliss! We had a couples massage and it was my boyfriends first massage ever, and now he has said it won't be his last, he loved it as did I, so very relaxing and the smell of lemongrass in the air was divine. First thing I bought when I returned home was Lemongrass essential oil and a diffuser,now I can pretend I am in Jamaica at Couple Negril unit we return, which we intend to!
The watersports, Cattamarran Cruise was so much fun,rum punch served to and fro and the staff very helpful,we lost our room key in the ocean while jumping off the boat and Norman, the bartender dove down to the bottom and retrieved our key and a fellow passengers watch! While in the water my boyfriend got a little sting by a jelly fish and yet again Norman to the rescue with some Rum on the wound.
My boyfriend got the last slot for a Wednesday class and then a dive, so he had his first ever diving experience and LOVED it, so much that when we go back he is going to get the Certification that Couples offers.
We also did the glass bottom boat trip and the staff was very informative and colorful with their stories of Pirates of long ago and a little history and preservation information on the Coral reefs as well. They also pointed out highlights along the stretch of 7 mile beach and then returned us back to the welcoming arms of Couple Negril.
Many nights we would walk down to watch the sunset and notice the paths lot by candle light leading to private dinners on the beach overlooking the tranquil blue and turquoise waters of the Bay. What a nice touch for those who are on a honeymoon, renewal of vows, anniversary or a just because I love you moment. The beach by day was stocked abundantly with chairs and floats,as was the pool. Towels and red flags were located at the Tiki hut on the beach, must get your red flag for the beach drinks!
The pool was busy at times,just depended and we hung out more at the beach, as I love looking at the water and floating in the ocean. Pool was kept beautifully and the bar was stocked and kept the drinks coming. It was a Piña Colada week and the best ones were made at Cassava Bar, as they make them fresh and the Bar Grill got them from a machine albeit good drinks but the made to order ones were the bomb! Humming birds and Dirty Bananas were also drinks I tried......yummy !
We took a taxi for a $15 plus I tipped him $10, to the Harley Davidson store just p the road and he pointed out highlights as we drove. It was the Independence Week when we were in Jamaica August 6, was their Independence Day. So, there were many parties going on and there was one that comes each year sponsored by Smirnoff and it is a traveling party with themes for every night . Although we didn't take the time to venture off property in the evenings, choosing to stay for entertainment at the resort, we will most likely check out Ricks and Margaritaville upon our return.
We did go shopping at the local Times Square, with the shuttle and they had some good deals on souvenir T-shirts,liqueurs and kitschy items. Jewelry,not so much, other than tax free.
Before we left I just had to walk next door to the Grand Lido where I had stayed 12 years ago and I must say looking at the outside, the way the beach area was kept, the postage stamp balconies and just the general upkeep that I could see, I was SO, SO happy with my choice in staying at Couples Negril.
I will close with this, this resort is where you come to relax or to be as busy as you want on your vacation. The staff here is ready to assist you in doing either of these and the property is beautiful, the foliage stunning and staff is out in the morning literally clipping the grass with hand held shears,
Attention to detail is abundant here and the rustic feel here, the sea green/blue paint on the buildings with the patina on the walls, makes this look like it is the lost City of Atlantis before it was covered with water. It is a fairy tale waiting for you to write your own story and it was my fairy tale for a week in August!
I want to thank Couples Negril for making my trip back to Jamaica feel like coming home and we will come back home soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Couples Negril. A brilliant balance of elegant and eclectic. At Couples Negril, style surrounds and infuses everything in sight. From the laid-back charm of the swim-up bar to the intoxicating allure on an in-suite Jacuzzi, there’s just something about Couples Negril that says chic. Defined by imaginative, artistic features and possessing a beautiful balance of elegant and eclectic, Couples Negril is 18 acres of all-inclusive luxury, personality and pleasure. All expertly carved into the captivating landscape of Negril, Jamaica. And while our unique appointments set us apart from any other resort, our unwavering attention to your every desire has earned us recognition as the premier all-inclusive resort not only in Jamaica, but the entire Caribbean ... more less
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