My wife and I and three other couples spent January 23 - 30 at Couples Negril. This was our tenth trip to the Caribbean/Cancun/Riviera Maya. Our traveling companions have traveled more than we have and Couples Negril quickly became, to all of us, our favorite resort.
We took the bus ride to and from the airport. No problem. Don’t think you’d save but an hour on each end taking a puddle jumper.
We had the pleasure of dining with General Manager Karen Lannigan and we found out (amongst other things) that they import cheese and beef, but just about everything else is “local”. ALL of their food was EXCELLENT. Don’t be afraid to get a burger at the beach grill and add a little jerk sauce. Delicious! Dinner for our group of eight took about two hours for all 5 courses. I would have liked it to be a LITTLE shorter, but hey, we were with good friends and just enjoyed each other’s company. As was mentioned in another review, the portions are smaller than we are accustomed to in the States, so order something from every course. If you ate at the dinner buffet, it was quicker and more casual.
The one thing we did miss a little was bananas. According to Head Groundskeeper Charlton (don’t remember his last name), Hurricane Ivan wiped out the banana crop on the island as well as damaging about 100 trees at Couples. Even with the damage to some of the trees, the grounds were beautiful. The aforementioned Charlton took us on a little “flora tour” of the grounds and showed us many interesting and lovely plants. He pointed out that the southern half of the resort was more manicured, while the northern half was more “au natural”.
Even though we got one of the less expensive garden-view rooms farthest from the beach, it was still only a minute’s walk away from the beach. We’ve stayed at some rather large resorts, but loved the cozy size of this one. We stayed in a ground floor room and had a small patio with a table and two chairs. The second and third floor rooms had a balcony. The rooms are plenty big and well kept. Besides the regular maid service during the day, the maids also came by in the evening and turned down our bed and gave us fresh towels, if needed. Nice touch. Some other reviews mentioned road noise when staying in a room at the back of the resort, so we left our windows closed and left the AC blower on for ‘white noise’ and had no problems, mon! One of our fellow travelers opened their windows at night and turned off the AC. They heard the occasional car go by, but it didn’t bother them much. Water pressure was a bit of a problem in the early evening, but the resort is aware of it and is trying to remedy the situation.
The beach was beautiful and kept clean. Even if you didn’t have a ‘red flag’ to signify that you needed something to drink, waitresses were still on the beach and were happy to get a drink for you. The water temperature of the ocean was a little cool and the pool was colder yet, but we’ve found this to be the same everywhere we’ve been this time of year. The hot tub sure got used more than the pool.
Was it perfect? No, but very close. I don’t think a perfect resort exists – at least an affordable one.
With this resort, as well as any in the Caribbean, when you get there, RELAX. Slow down. The sooner you get to the point that you are not ‘walking’ but ‘strolling’ the better. You will then be on Caribbean Time – a better place to be. Like our bus driver said, there are no problems in Jamaica, just situations.
All in all, a great place to stay. Laid back and fairly quiet. No loud music or screaming kids. We are already planning to return next winter. A special thanks goes out to GM Karen, Charlton, Cleon (omelet maker extraordinaire) Alain (water sports) and Teisha (bartender).
Thanks for your website, Tripadvisor!
Mary & Pete (and Sheryl/Moe, Cindy/Rodger and Cindy/Beeps) St. Louis, MO. USA
- 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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