(Closed) Jamaica: Couples Negril or Couples Swept Away?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We stayed at Couples Swept Away.  This may not make sense, but I’ll do my best to explain.  We asked for something that would feel more secluded, less resort-like, and that is what we got.  The rooms were in smaller groupings in freestanding buildings (multiple buildings of 12 for the most part, some smaller 2-story buildings that looked more private) rather than large buildings of hundreds of rooms.  The rooms were okay, a little older than I expected. The food was pretty good overall, though we aren’t drinkers, so I don’t know about the bar/alcohol offerings.  Staff was mostly pleasant also.  Several water sports were included, so we went on a glass bottom boat tour, a catamaran boat tour, and scuba diving a few times (more were offered, but that’s all we did).  From what I could tell on our tours, the beach at Couples Swept Away was the best.  It wasn’t too crowded and looked the prettiest to me. The complimentary massage we received was amazing; I’ve only had about 3 prior to the massage there, but it was by far the best!  We also paid extra to go to Dunns River Falls, a great trip if you don’t mind a freakin-long bus ride.  I was eaten alive by mosquitos, and didn’t even know until the morning after (33 on my legs when we left at the end of a week), so I highly recommend taking bug spray and not wearing perfume or scented lotion.  If you want more info on a specific thing, let me know.  I’m happy to share but tried to just give an overall review in this post.

Post # 4
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2681 posts
Sugar bee

I havent stayed there but I did stay at the Excellence Resort in the Dominican, they have the same resort in Jamaica.  I would highly recommend looking into that resort – it is also all-inclusive, they have a great honeymoon package and superior customer service!

Post # 5
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237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We just returned from Couples Negril and had a wonderful time.

We also looked at both Couples Negril and Swept Away. I think we decided on Negril because it was a tad bit cheaper and I had heard the Negril resort was a little less spread out than Swept Away. I believe Swept Away has more restaurants and a really large sports complex, but we liked the convenience of everything being so close.

I would read tripadvisor reviews for both resorts – but take them with a grain of salt. There’s a lot of good and some bad reviews – most of which I found were unfounded. You can also check out the Couples message boards, http://www.couples.com/08messageF.htm, for info.

One big difference between the resorts – CN has a nice stretch of beach located on Bloody Bay and CSA is located on Seven Mile Beach. Bloody Bay was gorgeous, the water was beautiful and clear and just enough waves. I’ve never been to Seven Mile Beach so maybe read up a little on the differences?

The rooms at the resort were nice enough, the bathrooms needed some updating. If you do CN, ask to be on the spa side because it is the quieter side of the resort away from the stage. Everything is close enough for a short walk. We were in building 4, on the spa side and we had a nice garden view. I’d recommend asking to be on the bottom floor, like we were.

We did the glass bottom boat, which made me a little queasy. Don’t miss the catamaran cruise, they boat you out and you get to swim in the ocean far out in they bay, into a cave and on the ride back you get to see a lot of nearby resorts.

Breakfast and lunch were always ok – some great things some ok things. Dinner was always excellent. Good luck researching!

Post # 6
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521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Darling Husband and I went to Couples Negril on our honeymoon and LOVED it.  It was a pretty compact resort (9 buildings) right on the beach (which was stunning).  The employees were ridiculously friendly, and you felt like they were your friends almost immediately.  The food was great, and the bar was amazing.  We had so much fun at the swim up bar!  We ended up choosing that one because it was cheapest at the time.  It has a really rustic Jamaican charm to it, so the rooms aren’t like what you would expect at a nice hotel, but it feels like they belong there, if that makes any sense.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

our room came with a jacuzzi and we used it about half the nights. We relaxed in it in the evening, put some bubbles in, and read our books. Lame, I know. We just really enjoyed taking bubble baths together and reading before dinner.

Post # 9
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521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We were in the Beachfront Deluxe… a midrange room.  We didn’t spend a ton of time in the room, so personally, I’d say depending on how much it is, you could just take the money for a suite and make a full extra day in a smaller room!  I loved it outside down there!

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