There are only two measures of a holiday, the first being how you feel the day after you get home. Our feeling today is that it was a really good, rather than a really great holiday. That sounds like we didn’t enjoy ourselves but, I can assure you, we certainly did.
As you do, before we chose Couple Negril I trawled the TA boards for feedback and overall I must say that it is broadly accurate, but the margin between really good and really great is significant.
Let’s break it down:
Setting – the 5km horseshoe shaped Bloody Bay is quite beautiful. The sand is freshly raked every day, the shore gently slopes into the clear water and there are plenty of sunbeds, shady spots and it’s a good running stretch of sand for that morning jog. All that and wifi on the beach, so you can make your social media posts as you place your red flag in the sand to have you drink delivered from the bar! The beach vendors and musical entertainers won’t bother you (unless you want them to) as they ply their trade up and down the beach.
The hotel – At the heart of the main complex is the terrace with one of the nicest swimming pools I’ve ever seen with hot tubs at both ends and a pool bar. The terrace also provides access to the Cassava, Otaheite, Heliconia and Lychee restaurants. We ate at all during our stay and each serve good quality food with very attentive service (sometimes a bit too attentive, but I suppose they can’t win)! My personal opinion is that CN is one restaurant short of offering really great food. Heliconia was the one we enjoyed the most, posing during the day as a beach bar (great jerk chicken) and at night as a bistro. Otaheite was OK, but maybe I’m missing something, having read other posts, in that neither of us found it that special. Cassava offers a good buffet selection at breakfast and lunch, but I’m afraid that after one set evening meal of a pork dish, I was violently ill and on the big white phone all night long. Last, but not least, is the Lychee, which offered a good Asian flavour. After a week we’d eaten everywhere at least once and Cassava and Helconia several times: hence, my personal opinion that CN is one restaurant short of being really great.
The entertainment during the week was good with BB King (not that one) and the Westerners being the highlight. There are also plenty of water sports and trips you can take if sitting on a sunbed gets to be boring and you’ve worked your way through the extensive menu of cocktails.
Room – we stayed in Block Four on the third level, which overlooked the garden. I’d already read the comments about the rooms and they were right, they are tired and dated, especially the bathrooms. The quicker these are refurbished the better. The maid service was excellent so a big thank you to Kishana who was very friendly and helpful and who worked hard to clean up after our mess. The ability to customise your own mini-bar was a nice touch, as was the fresh ice and cold water jugs every day.
The staff were attentive and provide a good service: there were a few who were a bit snooty in their attitude, but I have to say that these were the exception. We did make arrangements on the final day for a late checkout at 1pm only to find when we returned to the room that we were locked out: one of a couple of minor frustrations, including the no-show yoga class on the Sunday morning.
The second and final measure of a holiday is, would I go back? To be honest, CN is lovely and well worth a visit but I’m not sure I would go back. However, plenty of people obviously do and you do meet lots of CN returners, I met one chap who had been 9 times and who walked me through all of the CN changes over the years.
That said, it would not prevent me from recommending Couples Negril to others and letting them make their own decision.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Couples Negril. A brilliant balance of elegant and eclectic. At Couples Negril, style surrounds and infuses everything in sight. From the laid-back charm of the swim-up bar to the intoxicating allure on an in-suite Jacuzzi, there’s just something about Couples Negril that says chic. Defined by imaginative, artistic features and possessing a beautiful balance of elegant and eclectic, Couples Negril is 18 acres of all-inclusive luxury, personality and pleasure. All expertly carved into the captivating landscape of Negril, Jamaica. And while our unique appointments set us apart from any other resort, our unwavering attention to your every desire has earned us recognition as the premier all-inclusive resort not only in Jamaica, but the entire Caribbean ... more less
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