We stayed at Swept Away as an alternative for our cancelled holiday to Mexico & by the end of the week we were wondering why we hadn’t gone for Jamaica before! This resort is awesome & all the disappointment over Mexico was forgotten immediately!
AIRPORT: I will start with the only negative which was the airport. It took us about 2 hours to go through immigration/customs. We already knew we were in for 1 ½ hour journey from the airport so this slow process was a bit of a nightmare after a long flight. It was a relief to be met by our rep & also to be escorted to the Couples lounge for a nice cold beer. On your departure be sure to check the weight of your suitcases as if you are even .5 of a kilo over – they will either charge you or make you repack. With hundreds of people all trying to do the same thing it is a bit of a chore. I don’t know why we bothered checking in on line as we were still made to queue up with everyone else. Security is very tight & they even do random bag searches as you board your flight. This again was a slow process & ended up delaying the flight.
ROOM: We stayed in a Garden Verandah Suite which was quite basic but very comfortable. These rooms are quite close to the road but that didn’t affect us too much. We had hoped to have a hammock on the balcony but these are only in the Atrium Suites but there was always one free on the beach so it wasn’t a problem. There were a few little bugs (spray is provided in room) around & the bathroom could do with updating but the bed was huge & really comfortable. There is a minibar with soft drinks, juices, wine & spirits plus plenty of tea & coffee. Rooms were always made up early & the nightly turn down service with a little Jamaican note was lovely.
FOOD: My favourite restaurant had to be Feathers. The food was divine in here. We mainly had breakfast & lunch in Patois as this was nearest to our rooms & we loved the staff in there – especially Kevon & Sasha. They were so warm & friendly & even when they were not serving us they would make a point of coming over. We only ate at the Palms once but they had a good variety of food on offer. The Cabana grill is good for snacks – nothing fancy but it did the job.
DRINKS: Again, very good. We varied the cocktails, alway try the cocktail of the day. Be sure to try a “Bob Marley” If you are on the beach you will be given a green flag, just stick this in the sand when you want a drink & one of the bar tenders will come & take your order.
BEACH: Exactly what you would imagine a Caribbean beach to be like. So nice and relaxing! We never understood why people put towels down early in the morning as there are plenty of chairs & plenty of shade but each to their own. The sea was beautiful blue & warm. If you get down early enough you will see plenty of fish, starfish, rays which was amazing. All the chairs have cushions which you can take in the water & float around on which was a nice touch. There are security guards on the beach but they are not intrusive at all. There are a fair few locals who walk up & down the beach selling a variety of goods. They only ever walk along the shoreline & should you buy anything the security will watch over the transaction from a distance to make sure you are not ripped off etc. These guys didn’t bother us at all infact it was good to see a slice of the real Jamaica. Our favourite was the cat in the hat. “Cigaareeeeeeeeeette's, Cuban Cig-ars, rolling papers" just made us laugh the whole time! I also liked the 3 guys who come along with their drums & guitars & belt out a couple of tunes!
ACTIVITIES: Couples Swept Away has the largest sporting facilities in the Caribbean. The Gym & aerobics studios are great for those who like to workout. There is an Olympic sized swimming pool & loads of tennis courts. We didn’t use the pools much but they are open 24 hours. The sporting facilities are across the road from the main resort along with the spa. There are guards who will stop the traffic in order for you to cross. We found this really funny but please use these guys because drivers out there are a bit mad to say the least!
We went snorkelling (day & night) which was just breathtaking seeing all these animals in their natural habitat! The water sports guys are brilliant & such a good laugh! The catamaran cruise is a lot of fun! They take you around the coast of Negril, by Rick's Cafe, etc. and then you can swim in these caves. The best part of the cruise had to be Rasta Ralphie who plays his guitar & sings. He is one of the coolest, nicest people we have ever met! So much fun! He carved us a little drum & blessed it for us which was lovely. One little note - Make sure you don’t take too much with you as you are waist deep in water when you board the boat.
There are opportunities to do paragliding & jet skiing but these are not run by the hotel & if you do these it is at your own risk.
ENTERTAINMENT: We didn’t make it much past 11 but the nightclub was really nice & closes when the last person leaves. Be sure to check out “Ultimate Chocolate” in the Aura lounge. It’s basically a big karaoke session but he is an amazing pianist. Word has it that if you ask for a song which 4 people have heard of but he hasn’t you will get a bottle of rum. He can play anything. The bonfire on the beach was romantic – they give you blankets to snuggle up with whilst being serenaded by a couple of singers.
SERVICE: Very friendly staff, I love their laid back attitude! They can’t do enough for you & will always stop for a chat!
It can be a little slow at times but this is Jamaica & it really isn’t a big deal!
OVERALL: Holiday of a lifetime for us. We will definitely be going back. The resort is beautiful (they grow all the plants/flowers in their own nursery), the people of Jamaica are great. They literally have thought of everything & go out of their way to make sure you have a perfect holiday. The other thing we liked was the age ranges – no drunken louts. There was a great mix of people. Sorry for the long report but I can’t bang on about how great this place is enough. You will not be disappointed if you choose Couples Swept Away. It is paradise.
- 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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