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“Fantastic Honeymoon”
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Couples Sans Souci
Ranked #4 of 35 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Certificate of Excellence
Startford upon Avon, England
1 review
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“Fantastic Honeymoon”
Reviewed 11 March 2010

After many months of searching for that perfect honeymoon location I decided on Sans Souci. Good choice!! My wife and I absolutely loved it.
Yes, the rooms could do with a bit of a face lift but the rest of the resort and staff made up for it in shed loads.
I cannot describe it any better than it has been said in other reviews except for the fact that we had 14 fantastic days and nights on honeymoon in December 09 we already have re-booked to go back for a fortnight in September 2010. The first time either of us have booked the same place twice. AND WE CANNOT WAIT.

For me three words sum Sans Souci up.
Romantic, Calming, Paradise

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2010

Having never been to an all-inclusive resort and after having tried a cruise, which we disliked, my husband and I were a bit skeptical about spending a lot of money on a vacation, but needed to get out of Vermont for the winter. We really wanted someplace warm and sunny. Most tropical locations seem to have many resorts and fewer "traditional" vacation ammenities. A few friends have recommended all-inclusive resorts in the past and the reviews on trip advisor helped us decide on a resort vacation;
and we're so glad we did!! We loved it so much in fact that we planned to come back next year after only about 2 days into the trip. We chose not to go on most of the included excursions because the resort was so nice we didn't want to leave. We did play golf at a nearby Sandals course and had a great time (quite a bit extra cost because of rentals and caddies - I would recommend bringing your own clubs, shoes, balls, etc. to cut down on costs). Greens fees were included in our package though.

The food was wonderful, the service excellent (whatever we asked for we got), our room was phenominal - a presidential suite in the D-block overlooking the ocean (it seemed a little worn from age and the fact that it was white tended to make it look a little dingey but it was sanitary, comfortable, and felt like home). The minibar was always stocked with whatever we wanted. The grounds were immaculate, the animals on the property were very fun, and there was no end to use of water sports equipment and activities. We sailed the Hobie cats nearly every day. The game room was great, the mineral spa was beautiful. The massage cabannas were very romantic. We got a couples massage together in a cabanna overlooking the ocean. One of our most favorite attractions was the smoothie bar! The fitness center was very nice too - although we only used it once for about 20 minutes ;-)

The weather was perfect for nearly the whole week. Even on the day it rained we had a wonderful time.

We took up tennis there - I had never really played before, but we loved it. Our instructor was a pro tennis player and just wonderful!! They went out of their way to make sure the lights were on for us at night so we could practice. Needless to say we are now taking lessons at the local gym.

We felt safe on the property. They were very diligent about security. All in all it was probably our best vacation in 12 years of marriage. Can't wait to go back!!!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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chitownshandi, Director of Sales and Marketing, Couples Resorts at Couples Sans Souci, responded to this review, 11 March 2010
Hello and thank you for your review of Couples Sans Souci. We are thrilled that it cured your winter blues. How fun that you were able to try new things and enjoying your time together doing them - truly romantic. Thanks again, we look forward to welcoming you home again soon.
Andi Conway
Director of Sales and Marketing, Couples Resorts.
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Michigan
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Reviewed 9 March 2010

From the moment we got off the bus at the resort we were treated like a king and queen. The check in was smooth and we got our room right away. The room was more than we expected beautiful, clean and very spacious. I cant understand why anyone wouldn't fall in love with this resort and the staff. We stayed for 7 whole days in December 09, and will go back every year if we can. The hotel goes way out of there way to please the guests and to make every event perfect. We made new friends there and are happy to call Couples San Souci our second home.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Southern California
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Reviewed 8 March 2010

We had a marvelous time at Sans Souci. The setting is like a village on the coast in Greece, the grounds are lush and lovely with lots of romantic "knooks and crannies" to explore. The food was abundant and delicious and the service was gracious. We love the Jamaican culture and we were not disappointed. The spa facilities are amazing too! We are scuba divers and the dive team was great! We will surely return to Sans Souci.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham
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Reviewed 7 March 2010

We stayed at Couples Negril in February last year and broke a habit of a lifetime by planning to return - we never go to the same place twice as the World is a big place. In the event, we decided to change slightly and go to Couples Sans Souci in February of this year. Is one better than the other? Hard to say as both are truly top notch with great food, staff and facilities. Negril has the better beach but Sans Souci has the better location for trips. We are going back next year too so that shows how much we think of Couples. Is it Negril or Sans Souci? I don't know yet but either way I am confident that we won't regret our third trip.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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chitownshandi, Director of Sales and Marketing, Couples Resorts at Couples Sans Souci, responded to this review, 9 March 2010
Hello and thank you for your review of Couples Sans Souci. We are thrilled you are a Couples repeat guest and made an exception to your life rule - kind of - and tried another Couples Resort in Jamaica. Did you know that folks are stating if you try all 4 you made a 'grand slam'? I thought that might be interesting for you. Thanks again, we look forward to welcoming you home again soon.
Andi Conway
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Manitoba
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Reviewed 7 March 2010

My husband and I still can't wipe the smiles off our faces we had the best two weeks at Couples Sans Souci February 7th - 21st, 2010.

Where to begin, from the moment we got on the shuttle at the Airport to the Resort the pampering never stopped.

We are back home and can't stop talking about the GREAT time we had at Couples Sans Souci, the staff are out of this world, they are all so friendly, kind and sincere and never phony they truly care about you as a person. We were lucky enough to meet five other couples who we hit it off with and this was the icing on the cake.

Couples Sans Souci staff goes out of their way each and every day to make your stay special, from greeting you by name and asking how you are to seeing if you need ANYTHING. Of course there are some staff members who stand out, like Michel, and Kaydan two of the social directors and boy can they dance. And of course the best bartender Easton along with two of the intern bartenders, Jason & Delroy who have now mastered our favorite drink “Justine ". To our super friendly housekeeper Colleen. The guest services staff members are always smiling and willing to answer your many questions without getting frustrated.

So much to do at Couples Sans Souci no reason for ANYONE to be board. Adrienne ( always smiling - super guy ) from Water Sports is always there to take you out on the Hobby Cat sailing or the glass bottom boat or one of the many other water activities.

Both the Beach Party on Tuesday evening and the Star Light Gala on Friday evening are so out of this world and over the top in every way, the decor, the FOOD - OMG something for everyone, the entertainment is so so good oh and let’s not forgot those After Parties.

We had the opportunity not only to meet both the General Manager and Operations Manager but talk to them from time to time as you often see both Pierre and Kyle watching around they too always greet you with a smile and conversation.

Each day and night is special at Couples Sans Souci as I said we can't wait to return next year and again and again and again.

Keep it up Couples Sans Souci you truly are the Best.

This was our first trip to Jamaica and now understand why when we arrived we were greeted time and time again with “Welcome Home " because the people of Jamaica make you feel like family and treat you as if you were home.

Dennis & Kelly

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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chitownshandi, Director of Sales and Marketing, Couples Resorts at Couples Sans Souci, responded to this review, 9 March 2010
Hello and thank you for your review of Couples Sans Souci. We are so excited that you truly enjoyed your vacation and can't wait to come back. I am sure all the amazing staff you met are looking forward for your return. I will be sure to pass your 'shout outs' to them - they love knowing they did a great job and made your stay a wonderful experience. Thanks again, we look forward to welcoming you home soon.
Andi Conway
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Peterborough, Canada
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Reviewed 7 March 2010

We recently returned from one week at Couples San Souci in Ocho Rios. We can't come up with even one negative thing to say. We arrived at the Couples Lounge in the Airport, where we were warmly greeted, offered a beverage, changed from our Canada clothing to our Jamaica clothing (which I suggest you do too, we packed light clothing in our carry-on). and then headed to the resort (1.5 hrs). The driver informed us of interesting things to see on the way, and even sang a couple songs, the time seemed to fly by. There was a stop at the half way point, we stayed on the bus. We arrived at the resort, were given a cloth to freshen up, another beverage, and were quickly checked in. I decided after reading some reviews here to go directly to the table where you book dinner reservations, and booked the exact time we wanted dinner for the time we were there. The resort is amazing, not brand new, but that is one of the reasons we love it. The rooms are large and spacious, whatever we asked for in the mini bar was supplied, the room was clean, the air conditioning worked better than well (we had to turn it down), the shower was very powerful (the way I like it) and the water was always hot. Also the high speed wireless internet worked great, and my notebook and iPhone were very happy. Every day we went for long walks where we discovered new places. We felt safe the entire time we were on site. We were never bothered by any of the craft vendors that are allowed on site, and even spent the time to paint a shell and make a fruit bowl (offered as an free activity). When it came time to buy a few things for the children, the vendors were very helpful and we were able to get what we feel was a good deal. We went out on Sailing a couple times (free) , used the pedal boats and pedal bikes (free) went out on a tour in a glass bottom boat (we were able to see Couples Tower isle) free, and spent time cruising the beach looking for shells. After 5pm we scoped out the "Au Natural" beach and found an even better place to find shells. A couple of the days a person was playing music as the sun set. We found where they stored the bicycles and every day rode around the pond a few times (free). OK.... In 20 years I have not seemed to ever had the time to read, so I took one book and thought I would try to read it. At the half way point of the trip I was finished, and then went to the library (games room) and borrowed another. I finished it too. We never had any problem finding a sunny, or shady place to rest. We never waited very long for a drink or a meal. The food, everyday was amazing. We ate in all of the restaurants and never had anything other than an amazing meal. We dressed up at night and ate at the restaurants that we had reservations for. We took a trip to Dunn's Falls, also free. and met some nice couples from our resort. We took a dune buggy adventure in the mountains and laughed almost entirely the whole time. We came back covered head to toe in mud, and people asked us what happened. I suggested you think about trying it. We rented a taxi and went to Island Village in Ocho Rios. While we were in the complex we did a little shopping and visited Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. We love it there and always go to one, when it is near. We decided to take a little walk outside the complex, didn't feel 100% safe and ventured back to Island village. All I can tell you is that we will be back, the sooner the better. There is so much more positive stuff to mention: The staff, Casino night, Lobster night, The parrots, the smoothie bar, the secluded hammocks and hot tubs..... I could go on and on. We absolutely recommend this place, if that wasn't obvious.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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chitownshandi, Director of Sales and Marketing, Couples Resorts at Couples Sans Souci, responded to this review, 9 March 2010
Hello and thank you for your review of Couples Sans Souci. We are thrilled you enjoyed your vacation and found your new home. I recognize your profile photo from our monthly photo contest (free). I loved seeing the resort from that angle, that you took on one of your waterbike rides (free). Thanks again for sharing your experience with others. We look forward to welcoming you home again soon.
Andi Conway
Director of Sales and Marketing, Couples Resorts
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Property: Couples Sans Souci
Address: Route A3, St-Mary | PO Box 103, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Ocho Rios
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#4 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
#4 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#6 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Couples Sans Souci 4.5*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the cliffs of Jamaica’s emerald coast above a dazzling stretch of Caribbean, Couples Sans Souci beckons you to surrender mind, body and soul. The resort's 'no worries' mantra comes to life as every day unfolds. Lose yourself exploring secluded stone pathways. Melt away stress in the healing natural mineral springs. Feel a rush of exhilaration scaling Dunn's River waterfalls. Or simply drift asleep in a hammock by the sea. Located in vibrant Ocho Rios, the resort's design pays tribute to an understated colonial elegance—intricate latticework, white woven furnishings and feathered palms set a refined stage for your island escape. Dining options abound—from authentic Jamaican fare to five-star international cuisine. Private cabanas at cliff's edge provide the ideal setting for our signature spa treatments, while the choice of resort activities knows no limits. Learn the art of living well while living in the moment at Couples Sans Souci. ... more   less 
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