We just returned from a 10 day vacation from this awesome resort to celebrate our ten year anniversary. We had scoured TripAdvisor prior to booking and settled with this resort...we made the right decision. My husband and I were desiring a kick back atmosphere, all inclusive, plenty of activity and a friendly/community feeling, and we were not disappointed. This review will be long and descriptive but hopefully those reading will realize the awesomeness of this place!
Upon arrival to the airport we did not do the Club Mobay that people had suggested doing on the message boards...we arrived on a friday and it did take about an hour through customs, but WHO CARES! You are in Jamaica, mon! We were greeted by several nice gentlemen at the couples lounge, immediately given a cold beer, and only had to wait about 10 minutes until we got to the bus. Note: the bus drivers are great but highly suggest tips...just be prepared. We had a great bus driver who answered lots of questions and stopped at a local tavern for 10 minutes for bathroom breaks and beverage/snack pickup. The bus is where we met great friends that we hung out with throughout the week. The party starts already!
Arriving at the resort you can finally settle in, drink some champagne, wipe down with a cold towel and realize, this is HEAVEN! We waited just a few minutes to receive our room keys and had all our luggage brought to our room. Rooms are great. We were in building 6 in a deluxe beachfront room. Had a great view of the beach, but a little too much view of naked people on the nude beach. It's a little way away so you can't see much, but just thought i'd mention it. The rooms are cool, well tended to, and they surprised us with cake and champagne for our annivesary. My hubs had also surprised me with flowers and a spa package and this was already in our room as well. Every day is a new towel arrangement on the bed, several days with flower petals. VERY romantic. We spent several days hanging out on our veranda, which is really nice when it rains.
Moving to the food...this is one thing I may have a few issues. Don't get me wrong, it's good. However, the choices are very limited. There are two sit down restaurants that don't require reservations that provide dinner...helleconia (italian-ish) and Lychee (asian bistro). We enjoyed food both places but the two nights we went to Lychee the service was HORRIBLE. Super slow and unfriendly. We wouldn't have returned except for the fact that we love sushi and fried icecream! There is also a buffet restaurant (cassava terrace) that serves for breakfast/lunch/dinner and occasionally becomes a la carte for dinner. It's the same breakfast each morning (for the most part) but they have a lot of choices so it's not too bad. Some lunches looked really unappealing so we usually went to the Helliconia grill for lunch. The grill was tasty (jerk chicken, cheese burgers, onion rings, daily sandwich specials,) but plan to spend at least 30 minutes waiting for your food. You could fill up on the nachos/patties/salad-ish bar they have that is self serve but then you aren't saving room for the good stuff. The self serve bar definitely was nice for those late night munchies. I brought some nachos to the beach one day and apparently that was frowned upon, but I didn't care. It's my vacation. Otaheite was very nice (requires reservations) and so was the same menu for the dinner on the beach. We did both and were very satisfied. Note: nice sundress for the ladies and slacks, collard shirt and close toed shoes are fine for the "fancy" nights. Shorts, sandals, sundresses are fine for all the other restaurants. This place is CASUAL.
The bartenders at the resort make it AMAZING. They remember you by name and are so attentive. They really have fun with you too! Shout out to my girls Camille and Floy...definitely the best there. They have a fantastic drink menu and you never get bored!
We really are active people and enjoyed so many free activities. We were able to waterski, snorkel (on an excursion), paddle board, and go sailing...all by just going over and grabbing a life vest. No waiting, no worries! We also really enjoyed that the activities people were very active in getting people to come to the activities. We played volleyball twice daily and we always had enough players because an activity employee was always getting it going. Shout out to Nina, Okeno, Kiev, Ballard and Shawna! They rocked and we will keep in touch for a long time!
By the end of ten days we were ready to get home (partly due to over consumption of food and alcohol and partly due to missing our kiddos!) but 7 days would have been too short. We made such great friends because the resort is small and you meet plenty of people on the beach/bars/nighttime activities.
We would love to return if we get another chance for an adults getaway. Clearly many people feel the same way about the resort because several had been there multiple times already.
Thanks Couples Negril! We loved it!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Couples Negril Hotel Negril
- Couples Hotel Negril
- Negril Couples Hotel
- Couples Negril Jamaica