Post # 1
My husband and I are planning our summer vacation and are thinking about going to Jamaica. We have stayed at a few “general population” all inclusive resorts before and are considering staying at a “couples only” resort instead this time.
So besides the obvious (i.e. no drunk teens, kids running around) what makes a couples only resort different from a general population resort?
Post # 3
Our experience at a couples-only resort was wonderful, to say the least. We went to Couples Sans Souci, and i think what makes couples-only resorts different from the general population resort is that the focus really is just on each other. At a CO resort, everyone has a partner, and no one’s looking to pick you up at the swim up bar or anything like that. They tend to be more romantic and focused just on enjoying quality time with each other. Plus, everything there, from meals to rooms, is made with acoomodating TWO people in mind! =)
General pop resorts are just that-general. They have to accomodate not only couples, but also families with little kids, singletons, etc. It’s still possible to have a good time there but the focus is definitely not on couples and it’s a less romantic atmosphere.
Post # 4
Well, I’ve never been to an all-inclusive resort but I can say that I would prefer the couples only if it was my honeymoon. And probably even if it wasn’t. lol I just think it’s more fun and relaxing without screaming children/teens. Period. Plus, you can socialize with other honeymooning couples, etc.
I guess I sound like Captain Obvious, but choose the “couples only”:)
Post # 5
@Ayslinn87: Good point! True, that dining, atmosphere, activities would be planned w/ couples in mind vs. having to please everyone.
We’ve always had fun at the general populations, but thats when we were really into the party scene – we want a more relaxed vacation this time 🙂
Post # 6
@Ayslinn87: not to hijack, but how did you like CSS? We are going there for our honeymoon and are very excited!
Back to the original question I would do couples only – one of my BMs got married last fall and went to a resort in Riviera Maya. She said she really liked it, but the one thing she would change is do a couples only because there were a lot of kids crying or being loud randomly.
Post # 7
I also went to Couples Sans Souci. One thing sums it up – giant jacuzzi tub and a mini bar in the room with free champagne upon arrival. The great thing about couples only is that yes, you can still party and have a great time and hang out with other people you meet but you can also stay completely to yourself and it wont matter at all. There were lots of romantic places around the resort – hidden hot tubs, hidden hamocks, little benches off the beaten path and it made it very romantic.
Post # 8
I’ve never been to an all inclusive anywhere (but DH and I are going with his family over Thanksgiving – Yay!), but I think a couples only resort would be really nice for relaxing. Plus, the points PPs made about everything being gearing towards couples instead of having to accomodate everyone make a lot of sense.
Post # 9
@hisgoosiegirl: omg, it was amaaaaaaaaazing. Truly, so beautiful- the entire resort makes you feel like you’re in a hidden jungle oasis. The staff are amazing and will help with anything you ask, the food is great. And the no-tipping policy is WONDERFUL. I have yet to see that anywhere else, even in other AI resorts. The only thing I found a little lacking was the nightlife- but you can always find things to do. =) The Gala night and other special nights are awesome as well. Get a couple’s massage in the Hide Away hut! It’s cliffside overlooking the ocean and you can hear the waves crashing as you get your massage. To. Die. For. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me, I could literally go on for DAYS about CSS. I loved it!
Post # 10
I dunno, but my FI and I are going to Sandals Jamaica and we’re totally excited! We don’t have any experience in Jamaica from general population or couples only. I just had to mention how excited I was. We also like the fact that kids won’t be around… we don’t like them too much. And activities are geared towards adults, instead of catered towards kids, which is what happens many times when we travel to a beach place.
Post # 11
We ONLY go to couples only resorts. Its just a completely different atmosphere, especially if you want romance. And i find it a lot more relaxing when there are not screaming kids hogging the pool or creepy guys hitting on you when your FI is not around.
Post # 12
We picked couples only ressorts in Jamaica (Sandals Negril and Royal)and were really happy with the atmosphere. You won’t find discos like in some other all inclusives but, at least from my previous experience at a ressort int he Bahamas the on-site disco is not as good as going into town anyway. Also, couples ressorts have programming to suit couples and not families. For us the biggest factor is no children and if it is coules only that’s an extra bonus.
Post # 13
OMG I would love to do a couples only resort for all the reason listed above. I vote for that!!