Post # 1
We currently are looking at Ochi which I know is big. I want a resort where there is stuff to do and not too secluded? is this resort nice or rough and how is the beach? Also how often does it rain in Jamaica in January? thanks 🙂
Post # 2
The best resort all depends on personal preference. Personally, I would love a more secluded resort so I’ve been eyeing Sandals Whitehouse as a possible honeymoon destination, but if you want a busier resort I would avoid this location. If you’re looking for lots to do and a nice beach, you should check out the negril resorts, like Sandals or Couples. Couples Swept Away might be right up your alley- big, tons of daily activites included, and a beautiful beach. January is a popular month to go because it is outside of hurricane and wet season.
Post # 3
Some friends of mine got married at Ochi 3 years ago and go back every year because they love it so much! It is a large resort, but they said that it isn’t bad to navigate. We really wanted to go there but ended up booking the Domincan instead. October – December are some of the prime months to go from what I have read/hear but I think you will still be ok come January 🙂
Post # 4
We initially planned on Sandals, but ended up at Couples Swept Away, also in Negril on the 7 mile beach. We got married there in May, combined with our honeymoon. You can ask travel agents for quotes and Couples is a bit less costly than Sandals. I just compared prices for a return trip for our anniversary in a few years, and found that for Sandals lowest room category, it’d be the same as the Oceanview Verandah at Couples. Included with the room are all your meals, drinks, snorkeling trips, catamaran cruises, glass-bottom boat trips, and they have a water sports area where you can “check out” hobie cats, paddle boards, and go water skiing. It was very beautiful, the staff was nice, the wedding staff was great, and the salon was, too. They know you are on vacation and usually for a special reason, and seem to try to make it nice 🙂
Post # 5
Isilme : I just checked out their website after reading a few recommendations on this thread. I’d like to ask if they had cabanas on the beach, or if they had beach chairs with umbrellas? I got spoiled at an inclusive resort in Mexico where we could also “book” a cabana at no extra cost and it was amazing. Would love that again…
Post # 6
I second (third?) Couples resorts! We stayed at Tower Isle which is the smallest of the four resorts. We liked that it was smaller and more secluded. I chose Couples over Sandals in the end because I didn’t like how Sandals “tiered” their guests. At Couples, every guest gets the same level of service regardless of which room level you choose. I would look into Couples Swept Away or Negril if you’re looking for a busier resort.
Post # 7
nowthisistaken : They have palapas (spelling?) on the beach, the palm-frond permanent beach “umbrellas”, but they are often claimed early in the morning. We never used one, and were just happy with the chair cushions that turn into beach/pool floats/rafts.
We spent a lot of our time at the swim up bar/pool, and just in the water. We bought some dry sacks with shoulder straps to keep sand and water off our dry clothes or towels, and just hooked them to our chairs. No one messed with our stuff, the beach was beautiful and the water warm and clear.
Sandals looks lovely, but I think prolly too extravagant for us. I’d not know what to do with a butler. I felt out of place having our luggage taken to our room as it was. I liked the laid back vibe of CSA, and we hope to head back in 1.5 years.