Where do I begin? This was our 10th stay at Couples Negril and before we arrived I thought that it might be our last awhile, not due to our circumstances changing but due to changes at the resort and with the company. When we were last there our visit was less then stellar, for a Couples property.
This trip however, exceeded my expectations. My kudos to Wayne Williams, general manager, David, the new Ops Manager (I am sorry I do not remember his name) all the way to Oshane with Ground Maintenance, and everyone in between.
The Grounds, Beach and pool
The property looks wonderful; the beach is pristine thanks in large part to Oshane and his co-workers. It is raked every morning and I noticed several times that even later in the day after the beach was raked that if they saw something on the beach as they were going from one end of the resort to the other they stopped and picked it up.
There are a lot of new floats on the chairs on the beach, gone are the torn, grayed or stained floats that we saw a lot of two years ago. Couples have purchased new beach tables as well and they are plentiful. Which was a good thing because I think that they are a little smaller then the tables of the past, but there were so many we were able to use 2 of them.
There are new plantings, flowers, shrubs etc. all over the property, the last couple of days they were working on new outdoor lighting and plantings around the pool. The pool looks great, although I have to admit that we did not spend a lot of time here. Maybe a hour or two at the swim up bar in the afternoons but that was about it. It was great to see Elkie and Camille, I still remember when Camille was a trainee working the beach.
This is the first time that I have been able to see the renovated bathrooms in person. I really like them. I like the walk in shower and love the rain shower, most important we never were with out hot water. Although they still have shallow sinks, the faucets have been changed so you don’t get the splash over any longer.
The yellow coverlet is gone and currently there is clean, white cotton coverlet and blankets. I was told that there is another step in the renovations, the soft finishing in the rooms are being updated to soft greys, some of the rooms have been done but I could not drag my tail end off the beach long enough to check them out.
The air conditioning units have been replaced and they work like a charm. In fact you can get the room so cold I think that you could hang meat in there.
Food is a very subjective thing and I have always thought that food at Couples Negril was very good. This year we thought that it was outstanding. The meal that was served at the Repeater’s Dinner was amazing, I thought that chef did an outstanding job.
When you are there be sure that you try the Cream of Corn with chicken at Heliconia as well as the shredded pork Quesadillas, they were both great and hubby’s favorite. Mine was the Garlic Pasta with grilled shrimp, I could have eaten that every night if it was on the menu. And don’t forget the handmade spring and shrimp rolls served at lunch, they were to die for.
And for all of you CSA fans who love the veggie bar you will soon be able to try CN. They are putting in a veggie bar similar to the one at CSA. They are hoping that it will be in place by the end of the year, but knowing Jamaica I would imagine it will be spring of next year.
We both loved not having to listen to the jet skies and not having to smell the fuel when we were out in the water near the rope. But I guess with the good you get the bad, there seemed to be many more vendors on the beach this year. Selling jewelry, visors, wise old owls, etc. and of course parasailing and “cigars, cigarettes, it is going to be hot, hot, hot”.
We did go parasailing one say and that was a lot of fun as well as paddling boarding and kayaking, other wise we chilled on the beach or in the water.
Will we be back, with out a doubt, I am trying now to figure it out in my budget for next year to make two trips.
- 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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