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Couples Sans Souci
Ranked #3 of 35 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 3, 2013

My husband and I honeymooned here and loved it. It's all inclusive with beautiful beaches, pools, trails and more. They always has activities going on if you want to keep busy, or you can relax pool or beach-side and chill.

There were multiple restaurants to choose from, or room service. It was beautiful and we want to go back.

PS We visited in April 2008.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

My wife and i stayed here for our honeymoon and were blew away by the resort. We loved all the walking around the resort. I believe 150 or so rooms on 30 acres. Perfect! We upgraded and gotthe Steve Mcqueen penthouse suite. We loved our room and our view. I was so relaxed after my trip i didnt want to leave. We got home and booked our anniversary back to Jamaica and we cant wait . Everything from the food to the service was amazing. We ate and drank so much!! When we called room service they didnt take longer than 10mins even late at night. The resort was just perfect and i cant wait to try another couples resort.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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3  Thank MattA450
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Our 5 th trip
Have always stayed in the original part of the hotel
Great big rooms or penthouse suites
The food is outstanding in all of the venues
Just a fine old fashioned classy spot
Even if you get a little rain is there a better place than the balloon bar
Ps the staff is outstanding
Head and shoulders above couples tower isle
Fris

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

we stayed here for my birthday. More then enough food and drink .Lots of space .great staff .will be returning.From landing at the airport the staff was supreme .It was a wonderful experience! The views and elegance of this resort far exceeded our memory. he people working there were so friendly and accommodating!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank elaine61155
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

My wife and I stayed here on the 2nd week of our 2 weeks in beautiful Jamaica. We had been here for a day a few years ago and were excited to spend a week here. The population was low but that was nice in few ways. We got to meet some vacationers and no need to fight to get in a restaurant for dinner. There are a lot of stairs to get to the lower areas including the beach. This is not the nicest beach and Negril spoils you if you have been there before. The food was amazing here and the service was impeccable. I must say that management seemed to be M I A and some staff may have decided to call it in , but luckily there were so many helpful staff to make up for that aspect. Kemar Valentine (trainee), Corrine and Kourtney were very gracious and hospital in service our meals everyday and I hope kemar gets the job and gets quickly to management as he knows how to treat a guest like a guest !!!. There was lots of renovating going on but it done not really effect us except walking to the lobby when needed due to a pool being re-constructed up top. Our room was like living in the rain forest and we loved that feel but you can be also down on the lower level so choose your style room with that in mind. We will be back I am sure and Couples is such an amazing chain to use for vacations. Maybe we will head to Barbados next? We will see.

Room Tip: If you are not in to stairs and walking, get a beach level room as breakfast , lunch is all there an...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Room Reservation, Romance Rewards, pre-checkin... √ check!
R & R ~ Rest, Restore and Relax... √ check!
Rustic, Remote & Rugged... √ check!
Rare & Real Retreat... √ check!
Respectful & Refined staff... √ check!
Rejuvenation & Renewal at the spa... √ check!
Relaxed Repeaters... √ check!
Renowned Recipes ~ ha! Always expect some kind of glitch! Mr. Nicholas Lynch, if you're reading this, the promised "Scotch Bonnet CheeseCake Recipe" is long overdue! =D
Required necessity ~ the proper understanding of the word "Relax"... √ check!
Recurring yearning to Return... √ check!
Ready & Re-Booked... √ check!

Once you go you know...

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Hello everyone, before getting into the Sans Souci review, I will give you a few details on the type of vacations we enjoy taking. Additionally, we have gone to Jamaica about 25 times or so to the various all-inclusive resorts.

In almost every formal vacation we take, we go to au natural beaches to wine down from our busy lives. We are foodies, but on vacation, we focus more on fun in the sun than we do on our dinner plates. Therefore, food is not a make it or break it experience for us. We also tend to do nothing other than relax on the beaches, so we will have very little to say about off-property excursions. Finally, and this is a make it or break it experience, we only go to adult properties, and avoid like the plague family friendly resorts.

On to our experience at Sans Souci...

Sans Souci is about two hours from Montego Bay Airport. The Couples lounge is nice and the staff are very friendly. You can get a cool Red Stripe while you wait for the shuttle to take you to the resort, which was about 15 minutes for us.

The drive to the resort is straight forward, and we made to San Souci in under two hours. Typically, the driver will make a pit stop for drinks and bathrooms, as this is a common occurrence when driving to a resort, but we were not at all disappointed with the straight-to-the-resort approach.

Once we arrived, we were greeted with Champaign and cool washcloth from our two-hour tour of Jamaica. Our room was not ready yet, but said by the time we ate lunch at the Palazzina bistro it would be. The Palazzina bistro is a casual breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurant with select al a cart menus for lunch, dinner is full menu, and buffet style breakfast. Our lunch was good, and the salad bar had plenty of options to meet most individual’s needs. Additionally, dinner was very good, and it is hard to miss on breakfast.

Our room was ready as promised, and we checked in around 12:30 or so. The hotel guaranteed time is at 4:00, if memory serves, so your millage may very if you arrive to the hotel early.

The room was very nice. We had a corner room with two access points to the terrace. The bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom was very nice having marble, Jacuzzi bathtub, and walk-in shower. We used the Internet to watch a couple of TV shows on NetFlix with little issues in streaming. Overall, the Internet service was fine for the occasional email need, download an eBook, or some other non-mission critical event. For those that liked to be connected 24/7 everywhere, there is no internet on the au natural beach, and I do not know if the textile beach accommodated it.

We wasted no time grabbing the beach gear, and heading to the au natural side.

The au natural beach is down the hill from the A & B block rooms. You must walk on a blacktop\asphalt road to get to the beach. It is probably a couple hundred yards walk, with the possibility of walking on the resort lawn next to the road. You must also venture to the beach with clothing on until you get to the beach. We recommend sarongs for easy cover-up/off functionality.

The beach is very nice with the typical pagoda umbrellas, with lawn furniture, and a couple hundred yards of beachfront. It is very beautiful with a point to the left and ocean straight out. However, the beach does share a public access from the left, where a river flows into the ocean.

As said, the beach shares a public beach, and it is clear where the au natural begins and ends; however, the locals have no problem venturing on the nude side. That being said, there were very few on-walkers, and did not deter us from enjoying the view and swimming during our stay.

I should note that at this point I am assuming public access here, as the guard did not sway others from coming on to the nude beach. Based on my observations, his presents was actually to keep the nude sunbathers from going to the public side.

The nude pool has a shallow area and a lounge side where the water can go from about 4 foot deep to about a 1 foot deep. To separate the two depths, there is massive water feature that is interesting to look at, and has a cave to visit. Not sure, what is going on in the cave? The pool could accommodate a volleyball court, but the shape of it makes it odd to try. Although, I am certain the social vacationers would make a good effort of setting up a contraption to try. That said the pool is a social spot with enough space for a few rafters to enjoy the water, and plenty of water tables and bar space to sit and chitchat.

The pool bar was stocked with the usual libations and soft drinks. The bartenders were excellent by providing great service.

The beach (Sun Set Beach-SSB) opens up to everyone around 5:00 to watch the sun set. I do not know if this means you need to cover, but fair warning all the same.

My wife's birthday was celebrated while at the resort. As a last minute idea by myself, when I called the reservation desk to make our reservation at Casanova, and to ask if I could have a cake brought to the table. They accommodated my request; however, the kitchen needs 48 hours to ensure they can pull off a cake, so your mileage may vary if you attempt something special without planning. They successfully pulled it off at our favorite restaurant the Casanova. They brought out a nice chocolate dense cake with a birthday greeting on top, and not least, the staff sung happy birthday. They did a fantastic job in both servicing a last minute request and pulling off a memorial experience.

Summary Experience
The hotel has everything you would expect at an all-inclusive resort. The rooms are nice, clean, a couple of ceiling fans, and a great air conditioner. We slept like babies, snuggled under the warm covers of a nicely circulated room of what felt like an ocean breeze.

You will want for nothing on the nude side in terms of beach location, swimming pool, bar service, and clean rest rooms. However, Sans Souci does not cater to an au natural vacation, they happen to have a nice nude beach. The resorts has tons of potential in expanding the nude facility. Some of our brain storming ideas where, a Nude Block of rooms across from the beach as it appears they have the space to expand. Enlarge the grilling area where you can snack and sit out of the sun, or simply socialize. Although adventurous, expand the pool and pool bar to accommodate more people and have a proper volleyball area. To do all of these items would require construction efforts, which could deter reservations, but would be well worth it.

If you are looking for an au natural experience as similar to Grand Lido Braco, San Souci has the potential, but falls short. However, if you are looking for a resort with a nice nude beach, do not mind staying covered until you get to the quasi-public-nude beach than San Souci is a great option.

For us, because we love Jamaica so much, we will probably come back to Sans Souci for our nude needs. We have not seen trip reports of other facilities that make us desire to switch just yet, that said, we would also be in search of our 'Braco.'

Feel free to contact us if you have specific questions.

Room Tip: If you want to be close to the au natural beach, than room blocks A or B should fit the bill.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, 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 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
#3 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range: $356 - $780 (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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