We just returned from a wonderful week at this resort. We got a fabulous deal with Air Canada vacations so that really helped!
Some background - we have visited several tropical destinations - including Costa Rica (Marriott), Bahamas (The Cove Atlantis), Mexico (Barcelo Palace), Jamaica (Sandals, Couples Tower Isle), Florida (Marriott) - so I will provide a few comparisons. I will try not to repeat too much what others have already stated.
What we LOVED about this resort -
1. Sports facility - we visited this resort specifically for the tennis and it exceeded our expectations - 10 beautiful courts in a very tropical setting with many trees to provide shade (many other resorts we drove by like Sandals had courts out in the open blazing sun) - - private lessons with great tennis pros - thanks to Brenton and David - and great tennis clinics every morning tailored to different tennis levels with a different visiting pro every week - also excellent - Besides tennis there was a nice (but not excellent gym) with the option of a personal trainer - that's a nice touch - a beautiful lap pool and a great smoothie bar for when you are done your workout. This was an incredible value when you think that private tennis lessons alone are worth at least $60 per lesson and I had one every day and clinics are generally $35/clinic. That's almost $100/day in tennis alone. This is by far the best facility we have ever experienced at a resort.
2. The food - this was also very important to us and I spent alot of time selecting a resort that had good food reviews - again we were not disappointed in this. We really liked that there were NON buffet options for every meal - other resorts we have been to did not have this option - this really made this resort stand out. The quality of the food was excellent at every meal - perhaps not the vast variety that we have seen at other resorts like the Barcelo- but we would rather have less variety with better quality - when we did eat at the buffet - the selections were always very tasty and very fresh tasting - great salad bar for lunch. I have a very sensitive stomach and I had NO trouble with any of the food during the entire week. The food at Feather's was particularly outstanding - not to be missed - we ate there twice and wished we could have sampled everything on the menu - speaking of menus - they change on Thursdays - this is a nice feature - because you can eat at restaurants several times and never get tired of the food! The wine was passable at best - but the wine at the Barcelo Mexico was MUCH worse so we were satisfied! This was definitely the best all-inclusive food we have had. The cost of the food when we stayed at the Cove Atlantis was over the top expensive but the quality was very much the same ($35pp for the buffet breakfast plus tax and tip- granted the selection was vast and it was lovely, but way more than any one person needed) - - so we felt that the value/quality of this food was A+.
What we LIKED about this resort.
1. Definitely a beautiful beach - but we the beaches we have seen in the Bahamas and Mexico (Mayan) were equally as nice. We love to walk the beach, but prefer a more "secluded" atmosphere when we walk - and this is not like that - very populated beach as far as you walk. Some of the warmest water that I have been in in the tropics and I am VERY fussy about warm water - it was lovely.
2. The room - definitely not the fanciest room we have been in (The Cove Atlantis wins that award), but we don't care about fancy so we were very happy with the room - clean and well appointed - just not fancy. The bed was comfortable but again, not the most comfortable hotel bed we have slept in (Marriott wins for that). We had a look at a room in a smaller very nice "boutique" resort down the beach - room was comparable - but the resort had nothing else to offer but a VERY small area of beach and a small very basic restaurant - the rooms there were $250/night - no meals no nice grounds, no sports facility, no pool, no nothing - so that may give you an idea as to the value of the room at couples - the room alone should be worth at least $300 or more per night, plus meals, plus tennis, plus drinks, plus all the water sports - do the math - it's good value.
3. The grounds - loved all the palm trees and flowers - yes there were many beautiful flowers - not manicured flower gardens, but beautiful tropical flowers growing naturally - we loved strolling along the pathways and seeing so many varieties of palm trees. Many newer more contemporary resorts have a much more "spartan" approach to landscaping and we prefer the more mature tropical foliage that this resort had to offer.
What we did not love about the resort (only if I am being very picky - I don't want to sound like I am really complaining)
1. We booked a garden room (all that was left with the deal) - we were prepared for noise - but I did not think it would be quite as noisy as it was. I did get used to it so it didn't interfere with my sleep - however it just seemed to take away from that "tropical feeling" that we have had at other resorts (except at Atlantis which is like the Disney resort of the Bahamas)- You could hear the traffic all the time when you were walking in many parts of the resort and sitting on your balcony - I mean the highway is REALLY close to the resort particularly at the end of the resort where Feather's is - the lobby area there is very open to the road -- and it is a very busy highway - we do prefer to be a bit more isolated and quiet - but keep in mind that all resorts in this area are along this same highway and have the same problem - it's not just a Couples problem - Note that the rooms by the water do not hear any noise at all (but of course are much more expensive) - even some of the atrium rooms could potentially be a bit noisy.
2. Vendors on the beach - again, this just took a bit away from the tropical experience - no other resort we have been to had this issue - it just got to be a bit much after 7 days - not really the vendors, but the singers - again - just a bit annoying after hearing the same song several times a day every day while trying to read or take a nap. There is no way to avoid this if you sit on the beach.
Overall we LOVED our stay here - and would not hesitate to return here - we would not stay anywhere else in Negril that is for sure.
- 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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