This review may be a little lengthy, but I try to cover as much as I can…bear with me. This was our second time to CSA…we loved it then…we love it even more now. I won’t say much about the weather…Couples has no control over that, although our days were bright and sunny. I won’t say much about Customs and Immigration either…it is what it is. I will say that our wait in line for Customs was less than an hour this time. If you want an “express lane” into and out of Customs, have your travel agent check into Club MoBay. It’s an exclusive service which kind of takes you to the “front of the line”. It does cost though…not sure how much it is coming into the country, but going out, it was 30 dollars per person. We used it going out…there is a VIP area where you have complementary drinks and food. For us, it was worth the money. The restaurants in Sangster International Airport can be pricey. Now, on to our visit.
We found the Couples kiosk in the airport and were graciously greeted and our baggage checked. Be sure to have a few dollars on hand for the baggage handlers. Couples does not allow tipping, but that does not apply to the baggage handlers. After a nice cold Red Stripe, we boarded our bus for CSA. The trip takes anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the traffic. Our driver was pretty good…you have to be to navigate those roads and the other drivers. Make sure you get the driver to stop and get some real “jerk chicken.” Those little roadside rum bars and grills are the best for that.
Arrival at CSA was as enjoyable as it was before. We were greeted with a cool towel and some champagne. I’ve read where check in was not very pleasant…I can’t say that. Everyone we came in contact with was very cordial. We arrived before 3:00pm so our room was not quite ready….so if you arrive before 3pm, don’t be surprised if your room isn’t ready either. The official check in time is at 3pm. We just took the time to find a bar and have a nice, cold rum punch. The thing to remember here is that you are in vacation….so just relax…don’t be in a hurry.
Rooms-We got to our room shortly after 3, and it was just as we expected…clean, and comfortable. I’ve read where some folks feel the rooms here are “dated.” I didn’t see that…I prefer to call them nostalgic. It reminds me of an “old world look.” We had an ocean view veranda….very nice view of the beach and some foliage. We were most pleased with the room. Our room was cleaned daily and there is also a turndown service…so our room was checked and “refreshed” twice daily. Don’t get there here in the states. There is WiFi in all the rooms and most everywhere on the resort.
Food…something we all enjoy. There are several restaurants on the property. All are not open all the time and some require long pants and closed toed shoes for the gents. Feathers is one such restaurant…and you must make reservations for it. We ate at several of the restaurants…but I’d have to say that Patois and the grill were probably our favorites. Mostly because the food was great, and they were both just steps away from our room. There is also a place called Seagrapes which caters to non-meat eaters…very nice place. Be sure to go to the Managers Cocktail party on Monday nights….gives you a chance to meet the managers.
Alcohol-something else we all like to partake of. There are several bars on the resort. They all open at 10am and close at different hours. The tiki bars close earlier than the restaurant bars…just keep that in mind. They do not skimp on the alcohol.
Activities-CSA has several activities that you can participate in like, Volley Ball kayaking, Hobie Cats, deep sea fishing, and glass bottom boat rides. There is also water skiing. Be sure to go on the sunset “booze” cruise. You have to schedule it as it is only offers on certain days. We were entertained by "Rasta Ralphie" who has to be in his 70's but acts like he's in his 20's. We enjoyed that very much…takes you out to Negril Point, where Rick’s Café is. You can also go swimming to the limestone cave there…nice little trip. Be sure to visit the Piano bar in the Great House….lots of fun there.
Beach-Can’t say enough about that beach….unlike any other in Jamaica. It’s an open beach, so anyone walks it….including the locals and folks from other resorts. The “higglers” are always out…they peddle anything from shells, to wood carvings, to cigars, parasailing…and I believe they all peddle pot. One word about the pot…you may already know this, but it is illegal in Jamaica. If you smoke it, don’t be stupid…that’s all I’ll say about that. Back to the peddlers…some are persistent. A polite and simple “No Thank You” works most all the time if you aren’t interested in their wares. If you are interested in what they sell, never pay what they ask…start out by offering half of what they ask…then pay what you are comfortable with. Also, be aware that this is how they make their money…and most are poor. Take a walk down the beach. There are many little local shops there and their prices are reasonable. If you are a Jimmy Buffett fan, Margaritaville is about a 10 minute walk from CSA. The beach itself is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen…and I live near the beach.
Staff-Can’t say enough about the staff at CSA. We met several who quickly became friends. Once, Cecil, who took our pictures 2 years ago, took our pictures again this trip….and he remembered us from our last visit. Everyone staff person who waited on us from the General Manager to housekeeping were most pleasant and very eager to see to whatever needs we had. When they do something for you, you can’t tip them…so say a simple “thank you.” They appreciate it.
I’ve tried to think of some cons…I’m sure that there are some with CSA. No place is perfect. But right now, I really can’t think of a thing that I didn’t like. My advice is, go to have fun, slow down, relax, and don’t be in a hurry. You’re on vacation!!
Ask question if you want…I’ll be glad to answer them. Don't let a few negative reviews and people steer you away from this place. Its awesome!!
- 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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