My husband & I stayed at CSA July 6-12, 2013 for our first anniversary. Our honeymoon was amazing, so I had very high hopes for this resort… Boy were we pleased!!
I’ll start our review from before we even got off the plane because I feel like this first part is important. When the flight attendants give you custom forms on the plane, they will tell you that only ONE form per FAMILY is required. WRONG!!!! Take one per person, no matter what. Even take some extras! Our flight attendant, Annette from American Airlines, SUCKED!!! She completely screwed over our entire plane. Customs at MoBay was RIDICULOUS! Just be patient. There is beer waiting for you right around the corner! The Couples Lounge was wonderful! They immediately took our luggage from us & basically handed us a beer! Clean bathrooms & a nice place to relax were great after a long, stressful day of traveling. We only waited maybe 10 or 15 minutes before it was time for our bus to leave.
The ride from the airport to Negril was not that bad. Of course it is a little long (about an hour & a half), but we met several couples on the bus that kept us entertained & the scenery was nice.
When we arrived at CSA, it was pouring! The guys stayed back at the bus to get the luggage & the ladies went to get checked in. The check-in process was quick & easy! We did make reservations for Feathers, Lemon Grass, & the catamaran cruise prior to arriving, so that helped! Once we checked in, we realized our Great House room was on basically the opposite side of the resort & it was raining… BUT! We had a wonderful employee, Marcos, help us get to our room. He was super nice & very funny! I think he could tell we were not thrilled about trekking across the resort, in the rain, with luggage, but Marcos got us to our room quickly! Once in our room, he made sure we were okay with it & even offered to help fix whatever was wrong! Luckily, all was great!
We stayed in a Great House Verandah Suite – room 5110. I was a little nervous about what kind of view we would have, but I was thoroughly surprised. Our view was great! We were right on the edge of the resort facing the neighbors (shops, bar, apartments, etc), but it was never a problem! Our view to the left was of the rest of the Great House rooms & the back of the bar/apartment/shop place. To the right, we could see the beautiful ocean, beach, Cabana Grill, swim up bar, etc. Great, great view! Our room was plenty big enough. We could have used a few more drawers & storage in the bathroom, but we made do. Also, the shampoo, shower gel, & lotion are in pumps attached to the wall. We always take our own stuff anyways, but I know some do not. The shower gel & lotion were okay, but we did not use the shampoo/conditioner combo.
Cabana Grill – Great place for lunch! Everything we had was great & they were pretty quick. You could walk up soaking wet in your bathing suit & they would serve you! Also, you can order & take food to your spot on the beach or pool.
Patois Patio – Very yum!! We ate here 3 times & had basically the same meals 2 of those times. Service was always good here.
Feathers – Made reservations here before we arrived at CSA. Loved this restaurant! Definitely go. Yes, you have to dress up a little nicer, but it is worth it!
Lemon Grass – Also a must! Make reservations here a few days before. I am not a huge thai food fan, but was very surprised! My food was delicious! Our table was outside & not under the fans. Wear something comfortable & not hot to this place.
The Palms – Every meal we had here was good! Breakfast buffet was amazing! Everything you could possibly want for breakfast was available. Dinner buffet was also very good! We did not eat here when there was a set menu available, but assume it was just as good as the buffets!
Sea Grapes Café – Great sweet potato chips & dip! You MUST try these! My husband also tried the fish sandwich & sushi & loved both of these choices.
Catamaran Cruise = Booze Cruise! Such a fun fun time!! You MUST do the catamaran. Mama Virgin was hilarious! We followed the coast all the way to the Negril Lighthouse. We stopped at Joseph’s Cave to swim & jump off the catamaran, which was totally awesome! We stopped briefly at Rick’s Café, Bob Marley’s hotel, & the Negril Lighthouse. You do NOT go into Rick’s or have an opportunity to jump off a cliff (unless you jump at Joseph’s Cave.). On the way back to the resort, they play the typical dance songs (Cupid Shuffle, Wobble, etc.), so be ready to dance! Definitely bring some small bills to tip the crew at the end.
Snorkeling – Another must! It is included & is such a great time. My husband & I went once & then I went solo. There are three snorkel spots to choose from. Our first time, we went to Mexico & it was beautiful! My second time, I can’t remember if we went to Cuba or Bahamas. Either way, it was simply amazing! We saw all kinds of fish, rays, jellyfish, sea urchins, etc. On my trip alone, we saw a nurse shark! The guides were very prepared & got the spear gun off of the boat as a precaution. The shark stayed mostly hidden under some reef. We all got a good look & then off we went.
One Love Pub Crawl – This is not a CSA activity, but it is a MUST!! This bus takes you to several local bars/restaurants. We LOVED it! All the bars were great. This trip has no fee, you just give the driver (Lenbert) a tip of however much you feel he deserves. You will have several opportunities to cliff jump on this tour! About 5 hours total. Wonderful, wonderful time!!!
Most of the bars were the same… they sure don’t hesitate to give you a strong drink! Whew! Our favorite was the swim-up bar. All of the drinks we had here were not-too-strong & tasty! We did notice a lot of times that the bars would run out of things, usually liquor that goes in the drink-of-the-day! Not a problem though. There were a million other choices!
Cleaning service was always great. We did put all valuables in the safe before we left our room, so no worries with anything being stolen.
The staff was always friendly & spoke to us! Although they did not necessarily go out of their way to check on you, they were nice.
The iron in our room was broken (corner was cracked & all the water leaked out). We requested a new iron on maybe the second day & never received it. Requested it again the next day, but still no iron. Not a huge problem, but an annoyance.
The iPod clock/radio clock part worked, but our iPod wouldn’t work thru the dock. We actually brought our own, so this was not a big problem.
BRING A BIG TURVIS TUMBLER!! A big cup is a must-bring item! The cups on the resort are tiny! It was nice to have a big cup for fewer refills! The big cups also came in handy when at the lounge at the airport. We filled our big tumblers up with beer for the ride to the resort! Good call on our part.
Bug spray is recommended! Sand fleas are bad & bugs at night are out in full force, especially after rain! I am still itching from some of these bites.
Stock up on a few extra beach towels in your room because most mornings, the towels were not put out until at least 11 or so.
Definitely take a waterproof camera! I have a Fujifilm xp55 & it works amazingly, in the water & out!
We took entirely too much sunscreen, but that was okay! The sunscreen in the gift shop was way marked up!
Even though there is no tipping on the resort, take a lot of small bills for the airport, bus ride, shops nearby, people selling things on the beach, etc.
Enjoy all the annoying people selling their stuff on the beach – “ring ring Jamaican ring”, “check out my hand work, check out my handywork”, “CIGARETTTTTE!”, “shelllllls”… They are terribly annoying, but pretty funny!
All in all, we had an amazing trip & highly recommend Couples Swept Away!
- 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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