My wife and I recently vacationed at Couples Negril for our honeymoon in November, 2008. My wife and I frequently travel on business both domestically and internationally so we typically stay at four and five star hotels. Couples Negril claims to be a five star resort but certainly does not live up to the rest of the world's standards.
Check in: Speedy and impersonal. You are herded with the rest of the bus load of people and given a quick rundown of the rules of the facility.
Rooms: The rooms are equivalent to a run down Comfort Inn. We booked a Beachfront Deluxe and were located on the first floor right next to the nude beach. We were able to be relocated to a second floor room on the opposite side of the property the next day, but it is ridiculous they would consider that room as one of their premium, select rooms. The stocked bar is nice, but you constantly have to run to get ice (which is in a tub on the first floor and usually half melted) and the liquor brands are subpar. One nice thing is the abundance of US TV channels.
Food/Drinks: Not bad, not great. The Asian restaurant was surprisingly good (in comparison to the others). The breakfast was always good and I always started the day off by eating too much. However, it would have been much more enjoyable if the buffet was located inside. The other restaurants were ok, nothing notable. The drinks were acceptable with the right amount of coaching. Tell them how you want your drink and the exact brand. Otherwise, they will try to give you the cheap stuff. The piano bar has Grey Goose, but it's hidden in the cabinet so you'll have to ask for it.
Beach/Service: The beach is definitely the best part of the property. The beach is beautiful and the lounge chairs were usually readily available. I can't say the drink service is quick, but it beats getting up and getting your own. The trick is to put up your flag when you are halfway finished with your drink. The service is moderately friendly and very inefficient. They tend to act annoyed when you ask them to do their job. When we arrived, they supposedly took our bags to our rooms. Thirty minutes later we discovered our bags four doors down the hall sitting outside.
Activities: I would highly recommend the sailing. We had a blast. The catamaran cruise was ok. They just play really loud Raggae music and try to shove shots of overproof rum down your throat. We didn't participate in many of the social activities as the overall crowd was much older, but there is the opportunity to participate in as much or as little as you would like.
Conclusion: I won't say this was a horrible experience. But, in the future, we will stay elsewhere when vacationing in the Caribbean. It’s all about your expectation. If you are expecting a five star resort, do not go to Couples Negril because you will be sorely disappointed. If you are looking for a three star property with a great beach, you will get exactly what you are looking for in Couples Negril.
- 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