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“Not just a "worry free" resort, it's full of joie de vivre”
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Couples Sans Souci
Ranked #3 of 35 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 19, 2012

Our first time to a Couples resort and definitely not our last. Sans Souci exceeded our expectations on all levels. We had a spacious, clean, quiet room with good views. Staff were consistently cheerful and helpful. Food and beverages were superior quality. Two good beaches with plenty of lounges available, even though the resort was at 97% capacity. Entertainment and activities were top notch. We especially enjoyed dancing to the reggae band, the wine and cheese tasting, bocce at the au naturel beach, aquacize in the mineral pool and the Dunn's River Falls adventure. Very well done Sans Souci!

Room Tip: "A Block" rooms on 2nd and 3rd floors are great, close to everything, good view of ocean a...
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

Couples San Souci- Extraordinary, Magnificent, and Unbelievable. These words are what best describe the Property, Staff and Service at Couples San Souci. A true 5 Star Resort, bar none. From the Grounds Keepers all the way up to the General Manager this Resort will be above and beyond what your expectations are. What I mean by that is, the “Little things”, things like your sheets turned down nightly, the guy raking the lawn, stopping and asking you “How your stay has been?” The fact that your water glass never goes empty, and a staff that will remember your name. While your getting ready for the evening a saxaphonist playing out on the lawn. This is NOT a party resort, where groups of people are whoopin’ and hollering all night. This Resort is quite, respectful, and pleasurable resort for you and your loved one to enjoy without doing all that. We are an ordinary couple from small town Iowa that is in our upper 30’s that can truly say you won’t be disappointed with this resort.

Room Tip: Higher Floors have an excellent view of property.
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4  Thank Jesse and Tiffa... D
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

We have stayed at newer and more grandiose resorts, but none where we were planning a return trip before we even left. Couples San Soucci is like a magnet drawing us back. This was our first trip here, but it won't be our last.

I've read many of the reviews, and can agree with almost everything written about this place. Lots of great tips about room location, service and activities have already been posted. I suggest that, if you are considering this resort, you read the reviews here. A couple of points I'd like to make to add to the discussion.

I think one of the things that makes this resort special is the size. I believe there are somewhere around 115 rooms. This size allows for all the amenities one could want and yet the guests don't get lost in a mob. We found CSS to be a very easy place to meet people - especially around the pool, at the beach, or on a water sport excursion - and develop friendships. We got to know 8 or 10 couples by name and had great fun socializing with them.

The grounds are lush, tropical and magical. Exploring the many paths through the tropical jungle-like landscaping and finding secret waterfalls, pools and Caribbean vistas was unforgettable. The place is beautiful in an Old Jamaican way. Yes, the rooms can be described as "Jamaican shabby-chic", but they are clean, spacious and nice. We were unhappy with our first room because it didn't have a balcony, and were moved to a room with a huge veranda and a breathtaking view of the mountains and the ocean.

Some people may be concerned because this resort has an au natural beach. Let me reassure you that unless you go in search of it, you wouldn't even know it was part of the property. Those who would like to try a nude beach sometime before they die couldn't choose a better, more accepting place. Those who cringe at the thought will enjoy all the activities of the resort with no worries or unwanted intrusions from the people at the other, very secluded beach.

With great service, world-class food, scenic grounds, friendly guests and staff there is no need to ever leave the property (except don't miss a climb up Dunn River Falls - which is included at no additional charge.) No wonder people return year after year.

Room Tip: The steps are a good way to burn off some of the calories from the outstanding food and drink, howev...
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

This was our first visit to any Couples resort and to Jamaica. We finally found a place to relax, to get back to finding a place to reconnect as a couple. From the time we landed in Jamaica, everyone treated us like we were special.

The ride from Montego Bay to our resort was an adventure in itself. Make sure you have change US small bills to tip the person who brings out your bag. Once your in the comforts of your small van ride on the opposite side of the road, you will enjoy someone else is driving and not yourself. There are Jamaicans on the road ways waiting for rides and vehicles passing on areas which you think can that driver really make it through those two vehicles. We felt safe knowing Couples San Soucci was taking care of us as our driver never took any chances and got us safely to our resort.

Time to change and go eat....a beach front candle lite table right on the beach overlooking the ocean and the warm carribean winds blowing in. The red snapper was wonderful and this is where we knew if this was just a normal meal for this resort, we were in heaven. The rooms were spacious, comfortable king size beds, and you don't have to bring shampoo, body wash, body lotion or robes, they are all supplied. The only thing I would recommend before you go down to the beach at sunset is to put tea tree oil or bug spray on your legs. I normally don't get bitten by mosquito's but I was not thinking about sand flies. Yes these bugs bite and you don't even feel it until you see the red marks. Mine did not swell until I came back to Canada 7 days later and the internet suggested tea tree oil and the itchiness went away.

We stayed in A block, Azelea near the pond. Each morning I would bring back bread a feed the turtles and be joined by the neighbourhood penguin, king fisher and turtles on the bank. The omlettes served in the mornings we lived off them as they were a touch of heaven in your mouth. As we love cats it was nice to see only a few cats, well taken care of around the resort, if you don't like them then they don't bother you either. Sitting drinking that wonderful coffee (black gold), eating omlettes, fruit in front of an ocean view was not a bad start to our day.

The resort is set in the hillside and if I can maneuvre myself up and down the steps with my medical condition, anyone can manage. If you can't they will drive you down to your room, etc with a van, so enjoy the walk as you have nothing but time here on this resort. The mineral pools, the entertainment, the local bands, the mango smooties and the craft stands were wonderful. What make this our retirement trip of a lifetime was the couples we met, the hugs we exchanged, the laughter and the hope that one day we would be coming back.

The staff went above and beyond with service and you never saw a staff member who was not laughing, smiling or singing (even if they thought they did not sound good). If you want sun, relaxation, fantastic food, great entertainment, and a chance to meet special people this place is for you. So pack your bathing suit, shorts, cool tops, dress items for your romantic dinners and a smile.

So was it worth every penny we spent "Yes". Will you want to come back "Yes" . A piece of heaven, with nature wrapped around an intimate beach with wonderful, friendly service, what more can you ask?

Room Tip: Any room will be more than you expect. A to C block are mainly on the beach, but D and up are on th...
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15  Thank Harold S
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

First visit to a Couples resort & to Jamaica and I can't wait to go back! The property at Couples Sansouci is so expansive & beautiful. The food & service was fantastic, I have never felt so spoiled in my life! There is so much to do, but if you are looking to just lounge on the beach this resort will suit you to a tee. The beach was very clean & I never felt crowded at all.

Room Tip: The upgrade for a beachfront suite is well worth it. If you are looking for seclusion & a great...
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6  Thank Joanne W
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

My husband and I just returned from our 7th trip to Jamaica. This was our 6th time to a Couples resort and 2nd visit to the San Souci property. The management, food, and staff are far above any expectation. For those that have been to a Couples property, you know there is a definite difference in level of service from other all-inclusive properties-- they are a notch above. We have always visited Couples Negril, and we love it there, but we have also found that San Souci has stolen a piece of our hearts as well. If you like a bigger beach, Negril is the place for you-- otherwise, San Souci is a relaxed wonderful haven away from the pressures back home. I can't say enough good things about it!

Room Tip: We like the Beachfront Suites-- they are near the main pool, beach and two of the restaurants.
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5  Thank Kim K
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

If you want the true Carribean experience you have found it here. The food, the people, the accomodations the service.

You will see a lot of comments regarding the accomodations being tired. to those people I wonder why they dont just hole themselves up in a five star resort and spa and stay inside you have obvioulsy never stayed on the islands before. Our room was in F block and when I first got there I thought we might need to move just from what I had heard. Dont tell anyone but the view of the mountains from F7, Ocho Rio and lobby area were fantastic. You also get the late afternoon sun and a sliver of a view of the mineral pool.

Sure there are steps and lots of them. but while you are walking stop, smell the flowers take a deep breath and enjoy cause you probably dont get that at home. Start taking different routes to where you are going and find those remote carvings, water falls, the small beach by the spa, hot tubs and views. We ended up taking the service road which although very steep made for a quick journey to the beach and also a good work out.

The food is fantastic and being a small resort you dont have the lines or gluttony that we have seen at the larger resorts or the cruise buffets. You may want to make reservations for the main restaraunts but for that carribean feel it doesnt get much better than the beach grill. Think about the beach bars in Cruz Bay and you have it all here. Why eat in a restaraunt when you can have dinner on the beach beside the waves on a moon lit night with your best friend. Euron and Rinella were our first introductioon to the great service we had for the week and it did not lapse.

If you get the muchies talk about putting service in room service. It almost seemed that as soon as we hung up the phone our food and drinks were being delivered.

The resort has a lot of better than most ammenities such as the spa and water sports. Have a couples massage in one of the 6 (7?) hideaways or use your resort credit at the salon. The beaches, well they were just right for us.

The guests were a varied lot but we did enjoy the company of Rick and Rita, Mike and Joanne and had a lovely gala dinner with Erika and Patrick (Sydney Crosby Hockey player?) and others. I only hope we can come back home next year.

The most I can say is go and relax. Cause we sure did and they took care of us beyond expectations.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Route A3, St-Mary | PO Box 103, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Ocho Rios
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#3 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
#5 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range: $357 - $762 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Couples Sans Souci 4.5*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the cliffs of Jamaica’s emerald coast above a dazzling stretch of Caribbean, Couples Sans Souci beckons you to surrender mind, body and soul. The resort's 'no worries' mantra comes to life as every day unfolds. Lose yourself exploring secluded stone pathways. Melt away stress in the healing natural mineral springs. Feel a rush of exhilaration scaling Dunn's River waterfalls. Or simply drift asleep in a hammock by the sea. Located in vibrant Ocho Rios, the resort's design pays tribute to an understated colonial elegance—intricate latticework, white woven furnishings and feathered palms set a refined stage for your island escape. Dining options abound—from authentic Jamaican fare to five-star international cuisine. Private cabanas at cliff's edge provide the ideal setting for our signature spa treatments, while the choice of resort activities knows no limits. Learn the art of living well while living in the moment at Couples Sans Souci. ... more   less 
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