Post # 1
We are getting down to the time to make a decision on which resort we want to book with. Originally we wanted Iberostar Grand Rose Hall in Montego Bay. The resort looks absolutely exquisite! However we did not book in time and the trip has gone up $400 per person!
Now we are considering a Couples resort. I am a very picky traveller in terms of room decor, which probably isn’t important to most since the time in the hotel is minimal, but I’m just drawn to the cleaner, modern designs, and Couples look pretty dated. I’ve never been drawn to the 90s carribbean styling with the leaf designed blankets, beige walls, etc.
Here are some pros and cons for each and I’d like your help if you’ve been to either what you found to be pros and cons (and even more helpful if you’ve ever been to both!). We haven’t narrowed down to which Couples resort, we are currently considering all of them.
Access to all three resorts
Big rooms, great balconies
Close to the airport, short transport
Very highly rated
Cons: More expensive, no excursions
Includes many excursions (catamaran sunset tour, scuba diving lesson and trip, Margaritaville)
Moderately highly rated
Cons: Decor, No clue how large the resorts are, far from the airport, 1-2 hour transfers, requires your presence when restocking the mini bar, minimal nightlife
Post # 3
@kmarie719: We’re going to Couples for our honeymoon in June, so we haven’t been yet, but from what I’ve read, it’s definitely a more relaxed, Caribbean-style resort. FI and I don’t mind having less-luxurious accomodations as long as the food is good and the booze is free-flowing, which is why we picked Couples. It’s worth it to us to give up some of the fancier stuff to be able to stay longer. From what I’ve seen of the rooms, it’s definitely not the Jacuzzi tub, high thread count sheets, fluffy robes sort of place. I think if that luxury experience is a priority for you, you should definitely go for the Iberostar!
Plus, it’s your honeymoon. You’ll probably be spending a lot of time in your room (wink, wink) so you’ll want it to be a place you’re comfortable and happy. It might be worth it to have a shorter trip at a more luxurious place instead of a longer stay somewhere where you’re not as satisfied.
Post # 4
@KatieBklyn: I agree it may be worth it to give up the cosmetics for a longer stay, that is definitely part of what is starting to sway me. That, and all of the excursions that are included! Thanks for your input!
Also I edited to add nightlife to the pro for Iberostar and con for Couples. We aren’t huge into nightlife while we are away (one or both of us notoriously gets a game-ending migraine at least once), but I like the option too. I want to be able to sip a nightcap and listen to good music or dance, and not have the whole resort quiet at 8 o’ clock (most of couples restaurants seem to close at 9?).
Post # 5
You know, I actually just checked the prices for the Iberostar for the week we’re going on our honeymoon – just curious about how much money we would be saving over Iberostar – and I found a pretty low price on Orbitz. I think you have to pay upfront with Orbitz (though I could be wrong) but it might be worth looking into. We’re going to Couples 6/18 – 6/27 and the Orbitz price for Iberostar was actually *cheaper* than what we’re paying at Couples.
Post # 6
I went to Iberostar Grand Rose Hall in April of 2011. I’m very picky with decor, food, pool etc and it’s definitely the way to go. The lobby is magnificent and luxurious and rooms are all modern and glamorous as well. The service and atmosphere is amazing too. The staff there is also very friendly and tries to involve everyone in activities. There is alot to do there for excursions as well we went horseback riding where the horses swam with you riding which was beautiful. I really didn’t have anything bad to say about it. I was deciding between the two as well and am a crazy over the top researcher before making a decision and just felt the Iberostar was the way to go. I would highly reccomend!
Post # 7
@KatieBklyn: We are looking to go from 5/27 or 5/28 to 6/5 6/6. I can definitely get even an extra night at Couples and still be saving than if I want with Iberostar. Currently Iberostar is almost $2,200, give or take, and depending on the time and day I search.
Couples Swept Away is the one I am finding most favorable and is currently around $1,800 at its cheapest and $2,072 at its highest. It seems like I can’t search for the beachfront rooms though, which are the ones I rated highest. I’m wondering if I have to book those rooms directly with the resort, or if you need to be a special member. Or possibly they are sold out? I’ll have to try one more search engine.
@primadonna5: That is everything I’m looking for, I really fell in love with that venue. But I also need to be practical and try to get the most ‘bang for my buck’. Couples, thought not as luxuirous, does seem to offer a fair bit more in their price and with the savings could possibly go for 9 days instead of 8.
Post # 8
ive been to couples negril and going there for honeymoon too. The hotel has been recently renovated and although it is meant to look rustic and older, the bed is super comfy and the room was spotlessly clean.
Me and hubby prefer smaller less extravagant hotels though.
As far as the minibar stocking, although you have to wait in your room, they are there within 15 minutes of calling. They are quick.
The beach is amazing! Lots of room and always chairs available. Couples Negril is on Bloody Bay, so the water is smooth and flat and great for laying on your floatie and just floating around.
Beach and pool have red flag service. As soon as you arrive at the pool or on the beach you are given a red flag, whenever you want a drink you just put up your flag and they come take your order and bring your drink. And they are fast too.
the pool there is awesome!!!!!!!!
Couples negril has I think 7 or 8, 3 storey buildings. The resort is not too small but big enough that it doesn’t take long to get around. I love the size of couples negril.
most of all the service at couples negril is beyond amazing and the food was probably better then most places I’ve eaten where I live Haha.