This was our first time staying at CSA but not our first time in Negril. We stayed 7/11-7/20 and really enjoyed our stay. We had a Beachfront Verandah Suite on the third floor in a corner room in the building closest to Patois. Walking up 3 flights of stairs was tiresome at times --- especially if we were coming from the other end of the resort near The Palms ---but we really needed the exercise after all the eating and drinking we indulged in. All in all it was a good location---the beach and the beach bar just a few steps away. When we arrived our room was ready, but I asked if they had a corner room available--- they did, but they had to get it ready --- so we walked around and stopped for lunch and after a couple of hours our room was ready. I liked the style of the room with a large verandah --- however the bathroom was very basic and could use some updating. Ladies ---bring your own blow-dryer --- ours did not work that well and bring your own shampoos and lotions --- I didn’t like what they had and they were actually locked down.
Loved the food---especially at Patois which became my favorite---loved the al a carte breakfast and the menu changed midweek. We had coffee, juice and pastries delivered every morning to our room at 6:30 which was nice to have out on the balcony. The coffee was so much better than what was in the room. The buffets were okay for breakfast, lunch and a few dinners--- but I preferred the al a carte restaurants. On Saturday night they have lobster---but each restaurant had a different version--- I was expecting lobster tails--- went to Patois where they had Lobster Thermador, which I never had, and it turned out to be delicious!! Had I known how much I would like it and if I had known how small it was---I would have ordered 2. The crab dip there was also wonderful --- I did order 2 of those. Also loved the martini bar at the Palms!! Tried a lot of different martinis and the dirty martini has become my new favorite!!
My husband played golf every morning --- but he likes to get out early and come back as soon as possible--- but there was only 1 shuttle that left at 8:05 and did not come back until after 1:00. The first day he found a caddy--Marlon, who turned out to be the golf pro, and he made arrangements for him to come every morning at 6:00 to pick him up and returned him after he was through playing and he paid him $20 a day for this--- in addition to tipping him for him being his caddy. My husband said he also played along with him and he learned a lot from him --- so if you are going to play golf at Negril Hills ask for Marlon. My husband said the golf carts and the golf clubs they rent are old ---but he always brings his own clubs. Also bring extra balls – he lost quite a few and they are expensive there to buy.
The only excursion we did this time was the One Love Bus Bar Crawl which I arranged prior to going as they do not offer this through the resort. Other guests there said they wished they had known about it. We had a blast and saw places in the West End we would not have otherwise. Next time we are going to try the Seastar Inn --- on Saturday nights they have a buffet and live Reggae music for $18 and they pick you up and return you for free---looked like a really nice place.
We did take advantage of the free catamaran ride---almost didn’t get to go out because a storm came up---but we managed to go out about 4:30. It was okay—lasted about 2 hours, but not as much fun as we’ve had on other catamaran cruises.
The beach --- what can you say but it’s one of the best beaches I’ve been to—I could float for hours. We had no problem getting loungers or floaties and no problem finding some shade --- though I did notice people out on the beach at 6:00 in the morning getting the Palapas. Beach service was great---we didn’t even really need the green flags--- they also brought around fresh fruit kabobs and ice cold face towels. The first few days I did get bit up really bad by sand fleas --- in all the times I’ve been to Jamaica I have never been bitten before --- and I did use OFF!. My husband wasn’t bitten once. The sunsets were spectacular!!
The vendors--- this is part of the Negril experience. I didn't find them to be a problem and I did notice that security was always there when guests went up to the vendors. Loved the beach musicians who will play for you for tips. We walked the beach with no problems.
The staff ---- wonderful!! Except for a few bartenders at the bar at The Palms who didn’t seem too friendly.
Entertainment – was nice having live music while having dinner at the Palms. Also enjoyed all the reggae music played during the day at the beach bars and the restaurants. Missed the Silverbirds twice---but we have seen them before lots of times--- but if you have not seen them---do not miss them.
A few negatives --- 2 of the liquor bottles in our room had their seals broken and looked like they had been refilled several times---the label on one of the bottles was really worn. Not knowing if these bottles had been in other guest’s room previously, I did not want to drink from them. I mentioned this to one of the bartenders and that afternoon they delivered 2 new bottles to our room. I also did not like that although I completed the pre check in online as to what liquors we wanted in our room we did not receive them until the day after our arrival. Housekeeping was very good, and I’m use to rooms being made up late in the afternoon as I know they have to get the rooms ready for arriving guests, but 3 days our rooms were not made up until after we went for dinner.
Pools --- if you are a pool person I don’t think this is the place for you ---both pools were very small. I noticed they did the dive lessons in the small “main” pool and the swim up bar only had about 6 seats and you had to get out of one part of the pool to actually get into the bar part of the pool which became crowded very quickly. There is a large pool across the street at the sports complex though.
All in all we had a great time and plan on returning next July!!
- 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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