We were 2 couples spending the Christmas Holiday at Swept Away. (First timers at Couples Resorts.) The reservations and check-in process are very laid back. The arrivals lounge at Montego Bay Airport is friendly and efficiently run. The ride to the resort was uneventful and comfortable. The resort is quite nice. Landscaping is beautiful! You would never know how close you are to the road. Main buildings are in need of a little TLC. (Mainly a fresh coat of paint.)
Our Beachfront Verandah Suite was in the absolutely perfect location, (literally 4 steps to the beach). WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!! The room was stocked with our preferred drinks of choice. The room was very clean and well appointed but the tired bathroom left a bit to be desired. They need to update the plumbing at the very least. It would also be a plus if they updated the balcony/patio furniture. Twice daily maid service was exceptional.
We were exhausted from traveling and went to the Patois Patio for an early dinner. The service was almost as bad as the food. We never ate there again.
The remainder of the week was wonderful! The Christmas Eve cocktail party was just lovely! The Caribbean Ship Wreck Party was a delight! The dinner on the beach...well...not so great food but the set up was so romantic and they tried so hard to make it a highlight. (I would not recommend this extra expense.)
The resort was completely full for Christmas, yet we never felt crowded. The staff does a fabulous job of keeping you insulated from the hawkers on the beach. We never had to scrounge for a beach lounge, no matter what time we got there. The beach is spectacular!
The crystal clear water offered daily surprises such as starfish, spotted rays and tropical fish. You could venture out hundreds of feet and still be only neck deep in the beautiful water. The lounge chairs are topped with the very expensive floats that provide perfect cushions OR drag one out into the water and sip on a Red Stripe beer as you float around. Absolute heaven.
The gift shops are fairly well stocked and staff helpful. The wait staff on the beach was spotty but once you made a personal connection, they were wonderful. The scuba, snorkelling and catamaran trips were great! (The catamaran company needs to buy new life jackets. All of the ones on board were children's sizes. Not a big deal... unless there is a problem!!!)
We ate breakfast at the Palms almost every morning. The Bloody Mary and Mimosa serve yourself bar was great!!! It was a daily banquet and the servers were always pleasant. We were usually there early but the one morning we ate at 9am, they had a string duet playing! The room service continental breakfast menu was very nice... but slow.
Lunch was always a buffet banquet at the Palms. The Seagrapes Cafe and Cabana Grill were also great. Fish Tacos were yummy and anything jerked...pork, chicken was a treat.
We had 2 other "special dinners" (reservations required 2 days in advance). Feathers was our first. The dining room is very lovely, sort of Art Deco inspired and the dinner was fine.
Lemongrass was our favourite by far. The Asian theme is carried out quite well, from the decor to the menu. The service was exceptional and the food was beyond sumptuous.
However....I must add for any wine enthusiasts out there... to prepare for disappointment.
Getting a blended Dirty Banana or a thousand other mixed concoctions at any bar or restaurant there, is simple. Getting a glass of white wine with lunch? Good grief. I don't know where they are keeping the wine but it never showed up in time to have with my meal. My suggestion.....order the glass of wine, wait until it shows up, THEN go to the buffet. The same goes with purchasing "higher end" bottles. They have a very limited supply and it seems there is one designated person that handles the wine.
Our departure was very well organized. Check out was easy and fast. The trip back to Montego Bay safe and uneventful.
All in all???
The resort is about 20 years old and it is starting to show a bit of wear. I imagine when it was new, there was nothing to compare to its location or extravagant beauty. They have taken fairly good care of it but I hope they do some major updates. I would recommend this resort to anyone looking for relaxation and a laid back environment.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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