(Closed) Couples or Sandals resort?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

*Bump* I’d love to know the answer to this too! We aren’t sure which to choose for our anniversary trip

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d like to know too! From my very brief research, Couples looks more affordable. Has anyone been to both places? Do either have honeymoon specials?

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

we went to a couples resort not too far from us so we could drive there and they did have honeymoon specials. Its nice to go to a couples only place because romance is all over the place

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We stayed at Couples Swept Away in Negril and absolutley loved it! i seriously would reccommend it to anyone. The resort was beautiful, the food was delicious and the service was great- we had an AMAZING honeymoon! Its couples only so it really makes for a great atmosphere – we went during valentines day/presidents day weekend and our resort was booked full but i never felt like it was crowded, we never had to wait for dinner or search for chairs on the beach. Its about a 45 min – hour drive from the airport but they have shuttles and they stop at a roadside bar halfway into the drive to use the potty and grab some beers if you choose. The one thing i really loved about couples (besides their banana bread and sweet potato chips yum!) was all the included excursion from sunset tours, snorkling, scuba, kayaking, trips to margaritaville, glass bottom boats tours, all kinds of fun things to do. Another great feature was all the nightime activities, they threw a cocktail garden party one night we were there, a beach bonfire where we got to send off chinese lanterns (so romantic!) and the last night they had a shipwreck beach party with tons of entertainment and tables beyond tables of food!

They have honeymoon packages that can be purchased – we opted not to do this but we did get a free couples massage and bottle of champagne for showing them our marriage license. I would totally check out CSA or any of the other couples resorts – i’ve heard great things about all of them.

here is a pic from our balcony!

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

We just came back from Couples Swept Away in Jamaica for my FSIL’s wedding and it was FABULOUS! After their wedding, the newlyweds went to 2-3 of the other resorts around as their honeymoon and they said none of the resorts were as nice as the one they got married at and they wished they had just stayed there!

The atmosphere is soo relaxing and romantic, the people are very friendly and fun, there are a ton of extra activities to do, excellent shows and nightlife, rooms are very comfortable (espcially the king sized bed!), the food is AMAZING and all around it was a wonderful trip!

Here are some pics from our trip:

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We also went to Couples Swept Away in Negril and I have been dying to go back ever since….and we have only been back for about 3 months!  Nothing but good things to say about it.  From the moment we stepped on the resort, it was literally paradise.  Food was great, drinks were awesome (you have to try a dirty banana!), and it was very romantic.  The beach was gorgeous, pools were perfect.  I can’t wait to go back someday!!!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

We stayed at a Sandals in the Bahamas this past summer, and I wouldn’t recommend it. The food was lackluster and I just felt like they plopped an American standard hotel in the Bahamas. Just no frills except for the all-inclusive part. 

From what everyone else is saying about Couples Swept Away in Negril…my vote is there!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

We stayed at Couples San Souci in Ocho Rios (Jamaica) we really liked it – it was a small resort, very private and secluded. We loved walking around at night and finding hidden hammocks and fun little spots everywhere. My only thing was the beach is not fantastic – but it sounds like the ones in Negril are. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

Here are some pics!

ETA: I have a lot more pics on my fb page, so message me if you’d like to see those – these are just the two I happen to have on my work computer.

 

 

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

We have sandals whitehouse booked at the same price as one of the midlevel rooms at Swept Away. I have been thinking about switching to Swept Away. I can’t decide if we want the seclusion of whitehouse or the proximity to everything. At swept away. I also feel like whitehouse is such a good deal right now that I would be stupid to switch. How many restaurants are open air vs air conditioned at Swept Away?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Willow1991: Not sure about the open vs air conditioned at Swept Away but we went in October and we were never overheated while eating at all.  It was always comfortable.  Swept Away is actually really spread out as well, not overly spread out but it def doesn’t feel like a hotel atmosphere…it’s definitely a resort atmosphere.  You will not be disappointed if you switch to CSA. 

Also, if you do decide to go to a Couples resort, I would choose the ones in Negril as the beach is BEAUTIFUL!  The ones at Ocho Rios are man-made, and therefor not as nice.  However, I can’t speak from experience as I haven’t been to the resorts at Ochos Rios, just what I have heard. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@cherrycoke: We’re considering swept away as well and since our wedding is about a year after yours, I was curious about the weather during that week (rainy season??). Thanks!!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Couples Negril was amazing. I sincerely can’t recommend it enough. Most relaxingprime I’ve ever had.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I will go against the norm and say sandals. I have stayed at Sandals Royal Caribbean and Royal Bahamian and loved both trips!! I had no issues with the food. I would go back to either in a heart beat!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Couples resorts usually have more adult activities and no kids!!!

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