This was our first trip to Couples, Negril and it will not be our last. We had some friends that were going to try the resort along with one other couple and they asked us to join them for a long overdue get together. In the past, we have spent our vacation time in Los Cabos, Mexico and really didn't want to go to Jamaica. We like Los Cabos and thought it would be better if we met there instead of going all the way to the other side of "close tourism". Bending to pressure from our friends, we figured we would go to Jamaica this year and then switch back to Los Cabos.
Like we always do, we spent a lot of our free time on the internet looking at the new area and trying to see if we could find anything to keep our interest while we were there. Even with all the great reviews on the resort, we never expected to fall totally in love with the area and the people. In fact, this was such a wonderful experience that we are already planning our next trip!
Since we spent many months going over some of the reviews, we have attached some tips we wanted to mention to other travelers.
We both wore jeans traveling on the plane and to the resort and we weren't too hot in them. The wife half is usually the one who gets too hot but, this was not the case this time. Besides, jeans are typically safer if something were to happen or if you had an unexpected stay outside with the bugs.
Once we landed in Negril and got off the plane, our whole process took a little longer than others had posted. We think it was due to our arrival happening at the same time everyone else was getting in. The good thing was that there is a bathroom to use while you so standing in line doesn't seem to take very long.
Please be aware that things are really different when you get up to the couples lounge. There will be people there that are associated with the shuttle service to the resort, that will take your luggage from you. This caught us off guard because they didn't really make it clear that they were part of Couples. We've seen people in other countries be swept away by people not with their resort and they spend several days trying to get back to where they originally were headed. This was not the case at Jamaica but they could help themselves if they would make it more clear that they are tied to the resort. Once we checked in at the desk inside the lounge, our suitcases were tagged in a group to go into the shuttle. We had to wait for other people to come off the plane to take the shuttle to the resort so it took about 30 minutes until we finally were on our way. Ladies, there are two bathrooms to use in the lounge while you are waiting to get onto the shuttles so the wait doesn't seem long.
Our ride to the resort was comfortable but the delays pushed us into night-time so we couldn't see the beautiful countryside. Everyone is quite laid back and when a giant pothole opened up and blew out our back tire, the driver quickly called another van and we were fast on our way. We don't believe the new van was even with the same company but they did what they could to make sure we got to the resort. Nice guys, dealing a frustrating situation. We should all act so nice when faced with a simialr problem. Like we said, after only a few minutes, another shuttle was traveling in the opposite direction turned around and offered to load us up on their van and take us to the resort. As others have stated, the resort greeted us with wet towels and champagne to drink. This process went by fast and we were then taken to our room. We got a beach front room in building 6 on the second floor and the room was almost exactly as shown on the web site. We were very happy with the view ( you are very close to the beach) and we felt the room was very nice. Because it was late when we arrived, we actually didn't see anything outside until the next morning. Wow...What a beautiful place!!!
Beyond the many things to do and the terrific people at the resort, there are some practical things we would like to pass on. The resort provides you with some aloe vera gel to use if you get sunburned. This means that there is no need to pack any extra sun burn lotion in your bag. We never had a problem with a sunburn as we spent some months getting our skin conditioned by using the tanning booths before we arrived at the resort. We spent a lot of time out in the sun and we believe the preparation made all the difference.
In some of the reviews it was mentioned that the humid weather would make your hair go frizzy. The wife side has naturally curly hair in which she usually doesn't have problems with it getting frizzy. Still though, from reading the reviews, she was very concerned and packed a lot of anti frizz products. They weren't needed. In fact, we found out that by just using the local shampoo and conditioner that our hair was just fine. We also just let it air dry too. So, ladies you might want to pack some anti frizz products but unless your hair normally frizzes don't load your suitcase up with all the extra weight. It will make it easier to get through the security areas at the airport too.
Like we said, there was a ton of stuff to do at the resort. One thing not at the resort was a zip-line tour. We found out about this tour through the motel desk and they helped with setting everything up. The zip-lines are in the rain forest up by Montego Bay so plan on abount an hour and a half drive each way.
First, let's be clear that the wife half was quite the coward of the group and this tour really stretched her comfort zone. However, after a long night of talking, all you can eat food & drinks, and a moonlit walk on the beach, she did end up doing the tour and would think about doing it again. The jamacian tour guides for the zip-line were excellent. The wife-side cried and screamed on almost every zip line but the guides were very supportive and encouraging to her. By the way, it does really help to scream since it helps release the fear.
For the guys out there, it was refreshing to see a company so completely concerned with your safety. Before each run they checked the complete harness and made sure you progressed about the many acres in a safe, enjoyable manner. Americans could learn a lot about customer service and safety from these folks. So, if you want to try something new in your life, please look into doing the zip-line tour. You sign up for it in the lobby at the resort and the whole thing costs around $200 for a couple. It takes you away for about 6 hours but the van driver gives you a constant view on the history for the area as you drive by land marks and the zip-line people also add to the historical tour. The ride to the zip-line is about an hour and a half so ladies don't drink too much before you get on the shuttle. There are bathrooms to use when you get there and you should take some extra money to buy the dvd's of the pictures they take of you while you are going on the zip lines. It is cool to look back at those pictures and to realize you actually had the nerve to do the tour.
We can't even begin to say enough about our positive experience while at the resort. Even with some windy weather taking away some of the water sports, there was plenty of other things to do and, unlike other resorts, if you wanted to just relax then that was there for the taking too. We have found that other resorts want to always keep you busy and for some reason they feel the need to keep you on schedule. That was not the case here. There were things to do, but only if you wanted to do them. This resort is a great place to relax, whether it is in a Hobi-cat or a hammock.
This was the most relaxing vacation we have ever had and we would highly recommend the resort to other people. We spent a lot of time laying out of the beach, eating & drinking, socializing with old and new friends and yes, even kicking back in their hammock built for two people. There is nothing like a nap together under the shade provided by palm trees as the wind gently rocks you to sleep. One final thing. It was great going to a resort that didn't have kids and only couples. We think this is what made a big difference in being able to kick back and relax. Previous resorts that we have been to have allowed little kids and it seems that the parents think the resort is nothing more than a baby-sitting establishment for them to drop their kids off while they go off and drink. That is certainly not the case at Couples. Everyone is there for a good time, they are respectful to each other, and the staff is absolutely amazing. What a great place!
- 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
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