After obsessing over honeymoon options for months, and reading hundreds of reviews on TA, my fiance and I chose Swept Away for our honeymoon. We stayed there May 28-June 3, 2012, and were generally very happy with our decision. The couples lounge at the airport was fun, we had enough time for one Red Stripe, and then our bus was called. The bus ride was pretty straightforward, and check in was a breeze. Our room was 1109, garden verandah suite. I was initially concerned with the location. We were one of the closest buildings to the road, and very close to the lobby. However, we only heard road noise a few times during our stay, and it never interrupted sleep. The room itself was a bit of a shock initially, but we settled right in and were pretty comfortable during our stay. I'd say the room was "shabby beach chic", and it took some getting used to. My husband and I both felt the bed was a little firm, but you can't please everyone, right? We didn't come to this resort for the rooms, we came for the beach. And the beach was AWESOME. Tons of chairs, plenty of shade, and green flag service was great. We were offered fruit skewers nearly every morning on the beach, which was fun.
Food: The food was great. I'd been to other AI's in Negril, and the food was SO much better. We ate breakfast at Patois Patio most mornings (stuffed french toast, omelets, breakfast pizza all SO good). Lunch we either ate at Cabana Grill (most of it was ok, not great) or lunch buffet at the Palms. The Palms lunch buffet was really good. My husband and I loved the grilled red snapper there. For dinner, we ate at the Palms almost every night! It was relaxed, yet the food was always awesome like a more formal restaurant. We debated on the two reservation restaurants, and settled on Lemongrass, since it was open air. I wanted to try Feathers, but had no desire to sit in an air conditioned room and eat for hours on end. I loved Lemongrass, but my hubby was not pleased with his bbq spareribs. (He ended up finishing my pad thai for me). About 90% of the staff we encountered were awesome. Friendly, helpful, and genuinely happy. We had a few issues with servers forgetting drinks, but that can happen at any restaurant you go to. No worries, mon. Dermon worked a few days at the swim up bar, sunset bar, and green flag service, and he was hilarious. If he's working, you must try a brown dermon. So good! We also felt the liquor selections were great, and all of our drinks were very boozy. There is definitely no watering down of liquor here.
We booked a ziplining canopy tour through the trip desk, and it was a great experience. We would definitely go again. In the same lobby as the trip desk is the photo desk. We had at least 50 photos taken of us in the 6 days we were there, but didn't buy any because of the ridiculous prices. We also did the catamaran cruise offered by the resort, which was really fun.
We didn't come across a lot of negatives, but there were a few annoying things that happened over the course of our stay. The one that really bothered us was housekeeping. When they cleaned our room, they did a fabulous job. However, we would get tired of the beach and go back to the room for an afternoon nap most days. Several days we did not return to our room until after 3pm, and they still hadn't showed up to clean yet. Normally, I don't care about having clean sheets and towels each night. However, we were tracking tons of sand all over our room, and needed sheets changed each day. Since we were tired from the beach, we would have to put the "do not disturb" sign on the door and forgo sheets and towels for that day. I understand "island time", but I've never had my room still unmade at 5pm! I thought this was unacceptable for the price we paid. Also, the resort is in need of some serious upkeep. Even paint and some new furniture would make it look like a different place. It literally looks like the public areas have not been painted since the resort opened.
Overall, it was a great honeymoon. The whole resort has a very romantic vibe, and even though evening entertainment was pretty lacking, most nights we were ready for bed by 9 anyways. The resort could use some updating, but the outdoor space you get with each room is really amazing. We had a few rainy days where we sat on our verandah with books and drinks, and it was great. Will we return? Someday, probably.
- Also Known As:
- Couples Swept Away Negril
- Couples Swept Away Hotel Negril
- Swept Away
- Jamaica Couples Swept Away
- Swept Away Resort
- Negril Couples Swept Away
- Swept Away Negril
- Couples Swept Away Jamaica
- Couples Negril
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Immediately upon entering Couples Swept Away, you realize that you have arrived in paradise. Exotic flowers bloom amidst acres of green—on seven miles of the purest white sand beach in Negril, Jamaica. Dotted among the tropical gardens—open-air cafes, small pool enclaves and fresh fruit oases are yours to discover. Never crowded or hurried, the resort offers an intimate tranquility and when desired, total seclusion. All rooms embrace a quiet elegance with island cedar furnishings and pure white linens. Plantation shutters open onto private verandahs with views of gardens and azure sea. Breezy open-air restaurants engage candle-lit lanterns and billowing white curtains to strike a romantic note. While the pristine 10-acre sports complex encompasses every imaginable activity, the superb spa serves as a haven of relaxation. Couples Swept Away simply captures your heart and soothes your soul. ... more less
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