Post # 1
Hello ~ We just met with a travel agent and I was hoping the hive would have some insights on our Jamaica options we’re looking at.
The resorts the agent recommended are:
- Couples Swept Away, Negril
- Couples Negril
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay, Negril
- Iberostar Rose Hall Suites
Does anyone have experience with these places? Any help would be great. Right now I’m leaning towards the Couples resorts because they don’t allow children. The tripadvisor reviews are great, but there are so many of them. It’s hard to pick out resort out of the many options.
Post # 3
We had a hard time deciding to! We’re going to Couples Swept Away in December. What really did it for us is the feel of the resort – very laid back, very tropical as opposed to other which are more focused on the luxury appearance. Not to say there’s anything wrong with luxury!! We just wanted a more tropical, beachy vibe and the rooms at CSA definitley have that. It would seem that some resorts are more pool focused while other are more beach focused. That might be something to consider. We prefer to spend time on the beach so CSA seemed great for that.
If you haven’t already – I would recommend checking out the Couples Message Board on their website. there’s tons of info about all of there resorts. Good luck deciding!!
Post # 4
Ooh! We’re staying at Couples Negril for our October honeymoon. What Maggie says is right; according to our travel agent the only real difference between the two is the decor.
I don’t know anything about Iberostar, but according to our travel agent (who specializes in Caribbean honeymoons), RIU is budget-oriented but also very loud and "touristy" … plus, I think they allow kids, so it is more "family-friendly." I know that isn’t an issue for everyone but we really didn’t want that on our honeymoon. The travel agent was very quick to recommend Couples.
Hope that helps! Let me know if you want our travel agent’s contact info … we found her prices to be in line with what we would’ve got booking it ourselves.
Post # 5
Thanks guys! The quotes we are getting are from $1,550 to $1,300 per person for five nights and that includes air. I think we are leaning towards Couples Negril, but we’re taking a few more days to think it over.
Post # 6
I pretty much left the honeymoon up to my FI. He chose the Swept Away resort after hearing from the travel agent that she’s never had any complaints (large or small) from other customers she’s sent there. We wanted all inclusive and a beach, other than that we were open. He chose this one b/c there were more "things to do" included in the price than some of the others he looked at. (I could lay on the beach all day, but he gets antsy.) I hope it’s everything the travel agent says it is!
Post # 7
I will tell you where NOT to go: Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton or Jamaica. We opted for the highest level of suites (the villas) and it was four days of misery. On my blog at the bottom of the page is the copied and pasted version of my trip review there. Do not waste your money at that resort.
Now my sis and bro in law went to Round Hill last year and LOVED it! They absolutely did and it was relaxed, intimate, laid back, and the food was awesome! You should see their pictures.
Post # 8
I have a question about the Cuoples message boards. Is there a specific area I should be looking for the CN resort only? Right now I’m finding a mix of everything, but I thought maybe there would be an area where all info on one resort is located.
Post # 9
Nope its just one big area for all of the resorts. The exception is their "Meet Up" thread, which is broken down further once you click on it. Otherwise just indicate CSA/CN or whatever in your question or try using the search function to narrow it down. Can you tell I spend a lot of time reading it?
Post # 10
The only all inclusive I would consider in Jamaica is Royal Plantation.
Post # 11
We’re going to Sunset At the Palms in Negril, JA. It’s a small, more private all-inclusive with ‘treehouse style’ rooms. I can’t wait!!
Post # 12
we’re going to sandals royal carribean in montego bay. ive been to jamaica on a family vacation before, by FI has never been out of the country. we were looking for an all-inclusive resort where we could just relax and not have to worry about anything. we also wanted a quick travel time since we only have time for a 4 day trip after our out-of-town wedding.
anyone ever been to a sandals? id always swore against this type of trip but…it seemed to make sense when we were booking….
Post # 13
One thing I love about Round Hill is that the hotel rooms and some of the villas are interior designed by Ralph Lauren…who owns a villa there too!