Couples Swept Away Hotel, Negril
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Absolutly amazing!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Clean, comfortable, and spacious. The lighting wasn't the best, but it really didn't bother me. My husband and I spent many hours relaxing in the hammock on the balcony. The cleaning staff kept the room immaculate. The Beach: Being from New Jersey, I'm not one to go into the water due to the rough waves and murky appearance - but Jamaica erased all those fears for me. I never spent so much time in the water before and it was wonderful. Clean and relaxing.. The Food: Yum. My husband and I consider ourselves pretty critical eaters and Couples did not disappoint. We ate at all of the restaurants.. Feathers was phenomenal and the service was incredible. The Main Dining Room always had lots of variety and the desserts ( I have to admit, sometimes I had 2!!). The Sea Grapes Cafe/Veggie Bar was great as well. Spent many afternoons at the veggie bar eating their wonderful chicken wraps.
Drinks: Excellent.. they had all top shelf liquor, although I mostly drank Red Strip the whole time. The Service: Friendly, courteous, respectful. Most of the men call you "my lady" - it's very charming. We had not one complaint about anyone. Being a former waitress it's in my nature to tip to show my gratiute for excellent service, so I usually left something under my glass or plate right before leaving. But in no way does the staff make you feel obiligated to do so. Chukka Blue Ride and Swim: This was the best part of our trip.. We did pay extra to go on this excursion. It was horseback riding through farmland with the gorgeous mountains above. They take you past old sugar cane factories and if you ask the tour guides questions they are happy to oblige and give you tons of history. But the most amazing part about this was the swim.. You actually ride the horses into the water, and it's deep. I was sitting on the horse and was covered up to my waist. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever done. If you do go, note the adorable dog (her name is Shiba) following the whole time. She seems to want to take care of everyone and she's affectionate too! Mayfield Falls: This is another excursion we went on. Beautiful clear river with wonderful cliffs and falls. If you don't want to take the drive to Dunn's River this is the place to go. Warning though - the road gets worse the closer you get and if you get car sick take something before you leave.. it's a bumpy ride. Shopping: Oh god.. this was the one thing i hated. Some people on the trip really seemed to enjoy it, but 20 shops - with all the same merchandise and bargaining was not for us.
To each their own.
One of the main reasons we decided to go to swept away is that it wasn't a "hotel". The villas really made you feel like you were on your own little island. We never even saw the other couples staying below or next to us. This place is magical and there must be something in the air that relieves all your stress, because I was never more relaxed in my life. If you're looking for somewhere to stay in Jamaica - go here.
I promise you won't be disappointed.
All Inclusive the way to go...from dmk9851
Surpassed Our Expectation!from A TripAdvisor Member
Better than the first time.....from A TripAdvisor Member
arrival there was a card in our room that said "Welcome home." We had a
gift on our bed,special dinner invation from the General Manager and
free massages. Alex,Antionette and Nickki remembered us right away with
huge hugs and smiles on there faces. We picked up right where we left
off last year. We had a wonderful Garden room, upstairs with beautiful
vaulted ceilings and classic Swept Away furnishings. The view from the
verandah was overflowing with Palms, flowers and Mango trees heavy
laden with fruit. The service was as wonderful and some of the staff
from the dining room waiters, bel captian, watersports guys knew us and
again welcomed us home. The beach is always in perfect shape and the
water is the clearest I've ever seen. The food is wonderful with the
new chef doing very well. The overall feel of Swept Away and it's staff
could not be beat anywhere else. It's true in June it does rain a
little but this is how it happens.....the morning is nice,sunny and
warm then in the afternoon a few clouds roll in giving you a break from
the heat and sun. Maybe it rains,maybe it doesn't but blows over in a
couple hours and the sun is out again. As far as things taking
awhile....dinner and bar drinks......you are on Island time and this is
how it works. Why would you want to watch the clock and fret about
time,don't you do that enough at home. You're in the
Islands.........Sit back, grab a hammock and let Swept Away take care
The first Vist to Jamaica I fell in love with the resort, this visit I fell in love with Jamaica and it's people. Not only do I have a resort I can exscape to but I also have friends in Jamaica. The resort, the island and it's people will cast a spell on your heart.
Expected better Wedding Coordinatorfrom A TripAdvisor Member
After sending all the certified documentation and the certified check, we did not hear anything over a month. I sent an email (that is how we communicated with Tamika) and inquired if the documents had been received. After 7 more emails and another month later, I still had not heard back. I then sent an email through the Couples website and WHAMMO I got a response. She said she had left a message on our answering machine--not so. I couldn't understand why she would try calling as we had strictly been corresponding via email. It should have been very apparent that the message was not received when I continued to inquire her about it. Communicating through email gives both parties record of it.
The bars were not consistently good. The same type of drink did not taste the same from day to day. Some days not enough alcohol and some days so much it was hard to even drink it. In addition, they did not always open on time. When open, many times you had to wait quite awhile to be waited on.
Anyway, on to the wedding planning. An appointment was made for us the day after we arrived to meet with Tamika. We found that many of the decisions could be made prior to arrival; instead of cramming all those important decisions into a half-hour.
We ordered pictures to be taken after viewing the samples in the book.
We were very disappointed with the quality--but what do you do--you can't do it over again. First, there were TOO MANY KISSING PHOTOS! Not enough of our faces. The color was a little washed out and they were not completly in focus. Obviously, the guy was NOT a "Photographer". We simply expected better quality!
The wedding was performed by Winston and he gave us a very meaningful talk prior to the nuptials. A+ for Winston. Above everything I mention during this review the EXCHANGING OUR VOWS was the most important thing we did. And the actual marriage when smooth as silk. That is one reason why I gave an above average rating.
Onto the beach! This was by far the highlight of the trip. We love the ocean and crystal clear water of Jamaica. It was never crowded--even during the peak of the day. We were usually on the beach by 7 and sometimes we were the only ones on it Our own private beach!). We saw several star fish and sting rays. We enjoyed floating on the water and soaking up the sun. We went on the glass bottom boat ride it was just OK. It was hard to see through the dirty and mucky glass. The best part of the ride was going past the other resorts north of SA. After looking at Hedonism, Sandals, and Beaches, we definately had the best beach!
Our beach was deeper and a lot longer than any of the others mentioned.
Half-hour massages were included and were wonderful. The 1/2 hour massage normally costs $50 so we thought we could pay the additional $30 to upgrade to 1 hour--not so. The coupon for the free massage is only for $25 and you have to pay $50 more dollars to get an hour. Again the massage was wonderful and she touched ever muscle within the 1/2 hour.
The Sports bar had great pub fare. The only problem is they never opened on time. They were suppose to open at 3 but no one took our order until 3:40 one day. That is excessive, even for Jamaican time.
Feather's was very nice with the best quality of food. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance; however, we were never seated on time. We had dinner there twice--one night there was live entertainment (Cello and guitar). They played "My Love" and "The Long and Winding Road" two of my favorites of Paul McCartney.
Despite the photographer, occasional bad/slow service, and Jamaican time; we had the most unbelievably romantic experience! The whole resort revolves around romance. Our wedding went perfect and that is truly the most important thing for us. We enjoyed our experience and had a wonderful time.
Positive reviewers must not go anywhere else!from A TripAdvisor Member
Truly Swept Awayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Fantastic, romantic get awayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Perfect!from A TripAdvisor Member
This was first class-Highly suggestfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Negril
What to Bring Make sure you bring nice clothes for Feathers, men need pands, closed toed shoes and a colared shirt,. Also, bring bug spray and something for your bites. If you have an ipod stereo or a little radio for the patio. I wish we would've had that!
Best Patties in Town! Right on Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril there is a quaint little resturaunt called Miss Sonia's Patties. She has the BEST patties (IMO) that you will find in all of Negril. Her patties are not like the general patties you would get from Juici Patties or gas station. Miss Sonia's Patties are very large and plump and stuffed with your choice of beef, chicken, pork, lobster, calaloo, ackee, etc! These patties are made right from scratch the moment you order. Absolutely tantalizing to the taste buds. =)
Purchasing Items We wold recommend purchasing your coffee in town as you can get a deal from them. Buy your spices or bottles of spices etc. before you leave your bagged luggage as you can't bring these on the plane. Purchase your liquor at the airport, they package it for you and you can bring it on the plane.
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- Address: Norman Manley Blvd - Negril - Jamaica
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