Right at the airport the fun begins. Couples has a lounge after baggage claim for you to enjoy a cold Red Stripe or two before the ride to Negril. This is complimentary, of course. Upon arrival, you are met with huge smiles and a crew of employees who are there to make your stay the best ever. The rooms can use an upgrade but we have been in worse rooms at more expensive resorts in the Caribbean so do't sweat it. It's all good, Mon! The beach is one of the nicest in the Caribbean and the drinks keep coming. They have cocktail servers who will bring you a drink if you don't feel like getting out of the sun! All of the bartenders are great. The pool is nice and clean and is connected to the swim-up bar. How nice.....:) If you are a beef eater I suggest you get your fill before you come to the Caribbean. The meat is kind of tough but the chicken and seafood are to die for. Don't forget to try something different like the curry goat or the other Jamaican dishes offered. You will not be disappointed. We also strongly recommend the catamaran booze cruise offered a few days a week. This is also included and a total blast! They take you for a sunset cruise and you get to swim in the Caribbean and see some cool caves. There are some little Jamaican boys who are at the caves looking for some money from tourists. We gave them a dollar each ($4) and they seemed genuinely thankful. Also check out Tyme Square shopping- they take you there free, too! Visit shop #14- it is the only shop owned by Jamaicans. All others are Indian owned. So, visit Couples Negril, eat, drink and be Irie Mon!
This was our first time to an all‑inclusive resort. During our visit we found that Couples Negril is a great place to relax and completely unwind for a few days. My wife and I were there from the afternoon of May 31 thru mid‑day June 5th. The facilities are great, always plenty of beach lounge chairs to choose from at the pool as well as on the beach. As we spent most of our time on the beach and in the waters, the only shortage of chairs, if you can even call it a shortage, were for spots in the shade under a tree to escape the burning mid‑day sun. The concept of the lounger's cushions doubling as a float is a great idea. Not only is it super convenient for being both in and out of the water, but it also leaves your chair cushion‑less and unlikely to be commandeered by someone else while you are in the water. We also loved the red flag drinks service. Put one up by your chair, staff comes by to take your orders. Average response and delivery time, less than 10 minutes. The food was good. Mondays is Beach Buffet and Thursdays is Jamaican night. Al the jerk chicken and red stripe beer you'll ever want. The portions at Lychee's are huge. One dish of Pad Thai would serve 2 back home. We gained 3 lbs in 5 nights. The trick is to diet it off when you get home inside of a week to avoid a "permanent" gain. The beach and the waters were fantastic, gently sloping clean sand, the swimming area is cordoned off by plastic twine rope and floats to keep the jet‑skiers and other watercraft out. The max depth is 5 1/2 feet which is reassuring to some of the novice swimmers who are afraid of accidentally getting into deep waters. One just needs to be aware that the jet‑skis do generate 6‑8 inch wakes and if you are half‑on, half‑off the floats, you could get tipped over. We enjoyed the included watercraft activities; paddleboats, kayaks, Hobie‑cats. For good swimmers and experienced snorkelers, GO on the Night Snorkeling excursion. For just $35, you are taken 1/2 mile offshore around the point at 7 mile beach to a set of reefs and jump into the waters at night with nothing but a high intensity underwater light and a inflatable life‑vest. Far more fish come out at night, they didn't seem to be bothered by our lights. Our guides did a really unique thing at the end before we got out of the water. All lights out and we saw schools of photo‑luminescent fish faintly glowing all around us in the pitch dark ! For those interested, I also highly recommend the included PADI "Intro to SCUBA" session that runs from 8:30a to about noon. I often free dive to 20‑25 ft when snorkeling and always wanted to try SCUBA where I could "fly" around under the sea for a long time. "Fly" I did, it was like flying the blimp that flies over sports stadiums; inhale to rise and exhale to sink. The fins enabled me to go pretty fast too. Be sure to wear a T‑shirt for SCUBA, the tank and air bladder straps will chafe your shoulders and back, the tank is quite heavy when you are out of the water. The instructor (Sugar) is excellent. He was very thorough in the instruction session both in the practice pool as well as at sea where we dived to 30 feet. On my next visit, I'm looking to get fully certified ! We felt safe at the resort at all times. There were guards either stationed individually at the 3 security huts or constantly roving the beach. At night, we saw at least one guard constantly making the rounds to all 9 buildings and pathways so we felt quite safe walking around, even late at night. The 4‑5 vendors that pass by the resort are all very nice and non‑aggressive, staying by the water's edge while hawking their goods or trips (paaaarrra-sailing, jet‑skiing, water‑skiing, cigarettes and ceee-gars (Cubans too), etc.). We were there just 2 weeks after the civil unrest resulting from the Jamaican authorities chasing down a drug kingpin. Never once did we feel any kind of threat to our safety while in Jamaica; airport, shuttle buses and in the resort. As it's a couples only resort, there were no loud or wild partiers in the crowd. Most were in their 20's and 30's with quite a number of 40 and 50 somethings and even a few 60's. The place went quiet after the entertainment ended at near 10 pm. Tree frogs (dozens of them) were all that we heard until the next day. I recommend building 8 or 9 (we were in 8) to be away from the restaurant and entertainment noise at night. Perhaps buildings 1 and 2 were quiet too as they are far from the noise too. Buildings 5 and 6 are too close to the restaurants, etc and can get a lot of the noise. We also visited the nude sunbathing section a few times during our stay. It's next to the border with the Breezes resort next door and is separated from the rest of the resort grounds by tall bushes and fencing on 3 sides and open to the bay. In that section, no clothing is allowed, leave your cameras and video in your room, they are a Definite No‑No. There's a guard right at the beachside entrance to enforce the rules. We enjoyed it along with the 3‑4 other couples who were there). Better than the NYC area nude beaches we go to in the summer (no long hikes to get there, no biting bugs, gawkers, heavy surf and rip‑currents, colder waters, etc). The place has it's own attended bar and jacuzzi and plenty of lounge chairs under the shade at mid‑day. On a couple of the days, the guard was cool about it and let us nudists run naked onto the beach and into the waters to skinny‑dip and float around. Ya Mon, No Problem !! All in all, I highly recommend Couples Negril. As a frequent and experienced cruiseship passenger (14 cruises); for a totally relaxing time, I'd opt for a resort like this as you can always do things when YOU want to and on YOUR schedule. Not so on the ships, too structured, even with anytime dining which has horrific waits. And the ships are only there 7am ‑ 6pm, at best. Too rushed. The all‑inclusive nature of these resorts is another plus, no nickle and dime‑ing of people on drinks, extras, overpriced shore excursions, etc. Last but not least, I recommend American Airlines as the air carrier. I am happy that cheapcaribbean.com uses first rate airlines and doesn't force one to take the discount carriers (especially ones that go on strike). I have read all the complaints about how the resorts oust everyone off to the airport 6 hours before flight time but in our case, this time, being at the airport over 4 hours in advance was a godsend as our 3x a week flight to NYC‑JFK had been canceled ( our Verizon and Sprint cell phones did not work in Jamaica so we never received the phone alert ) and American's check‑in staff were able to quickly re‑book us on a flight to Chicago leaving in just 35 minutes. There was also an option to fly on a codeshare emergency accommodation with Air Jamaica later that night ( nice to know that American will do that ) but with the recent news reports, we wanted a guarantee of being back on US soil ASAP. With all of the confusion, flight changes, rushing thru security and to the gate, I have to hand it to American Airlines that both of us as well as our checked luggage made all the flights back to NYC that evening.
Couples Negril is Amazing! My wife and I have a rule to always choose a new destination for a new adventure. However, I think we will break that rule and go back to Couples Negril. Most of the people we met there where repeaters several times over. Started with Red Strip beers at the airport. Transportation to and from was about 90 min but a scenic ride and drivers were always pleasant. You will pass many churches, bars, and strip bars…sometimes all clustered together. Funny We stayed at CN April 15 through April 20. I would add at least another day next time. Stayed in building 1 garden. A little street noise but nature at night will drown that out. We might try a beach front next time just to improve on location. Room overall was great. Food was very good and always something that will work for you. Drinks are fun and very good. I like their selection. Anything with rum was a hit. Had a couples massage in the treehouse which was fun but a guy walking up the beach with a bullhorn advertising some party kinda killed the whole effect. I would do it again but on the beach for a different spot and hope there are no bullhorns. The beach was incredible. Enjoyed every second in the sun on that beautiful beach. The seat cushion floaties are pure genius. The red flag drink service was a great idea as well. The pool was great and fun to pull up a stool and drink at the pool bar. The catamaran cruise was a blast. Really people…loosen up! We were having a great time with another couple being silly and dancing with the deck hands and entertainment…the rum runners may have helped. The others really didn’t show signs of life until half way back. Delay in the rum effect I guess. They take you to the caves and you jump in and swim around. Don’t pass this up! Trip to Rick’s Café is a must. Sunset is incredible. Last but not least, nude beach was fun. Be adventurous and live a little. You can sit in the front row and smile at the passers by or a few rows back. Everyone in the nude area are respectful. I saw no gawkers. People will walk by and look but nothing rude. We spent some time there toasting our behinds;-) Even walked out to the water and went for a nude swim. Awesome feeling swimming au natural. The first night after dinner we walked to the nude beach, stripped down, and enjoyed a hot tub under the stars. All in all, we have been all over the Caribbean and this was the best trip ever. Already looking forward to returning next March. Brian and Laura
Upon arriving in Jamaica, my boyfriend and I were warmly welcomed into the Couples Lounge at the airport where we were offered a beer, Red Strip, of course or some water. It was a nice touch while we were waiting for our transportation to arrive. After the 90 minute ride to Couples Negril we were greeted with cold towels to wash our hands or face and a glass of champagne. The check in process was quick and we were given our room keys within 10 minutes of our arrival. Our room was spacious, clean, and there was a balcony off the back. The bathroom may be considered out dated by some people but I didn't mind. It was clean and we always had more than enough towels. The food at Couples Negril was outstanding! From breakfast to lunch to dinner and everything in between was very satisfying. For breakfast there are many options for all tastes. From local favorites to eggs and bacon, waffles, smoothies, omelet station, mimosas. The staff is very attentive and very noticeable. I can't begin to imagine how many people are employed there. The bars are great! They serve top shelf liquor and they will serve the usual tropical favorites like the frozen pina coladas, strawberry daiquiris and yummy Miami Vices. They will also make mojitos and cosmopolitans and other martini type drinks!. If you go to Jamaica you must try the Bob Marley shot. It's not for the faint of heart as it will leave a bit of hair on your chest after you try one! Your refrigerator in your room is re-stocked, for no additional fee,everyday!! You can fill a card with the items you wish to have in your fridge. Be careful they give you whole bottles of booze. We asked for some rum and we surprised to see it wasn't just a few nips! You can also get wine, soda, and water as well. The beach is very nice and clean. Occasionally you will get a few vendors trying to sell you something but they are not pushy and if you are not interested they leave you alone. The mats on the beach chairs you can take out to the water and use them as floats. Very nice feature! At the beach and the pool they have flag service. If you feel like a drink, all you have to do is raise your flag and someone will come over and take your order. This is a no tip resort. I tried to slip some money to a few waiters or other staff but they did not accept it. Recommendations: 1. Sign up for the Catamaran Trip--it's free and well worth it. 2. Take a trip to Rick's Cafe to watch the sunset and the cliff diving. It's pretty spectacular! It costs for the van ride there but it's worth it. 3. Make reservations for the fancy restaurant for Friday night. This is night when they serve lobster and it's amazing. Couples Negril is well worth every penny!! If you are looking for a relaxing, fun, low key vacation...this is the place for you!
A February trip to a warm, sunny, relaxing place has become my birthday present to my beautiful Wife, E. An added bonus is that I am relieved from having to come up with a creative new birthday present idea every year! This was our second visit to Couples Negril. Our requirements are pretty simple: warm and sunny climate, laid back venue, decent food and drink, comfortable accomodations, and a beach where we can lay naked in the sun. Couples Negril delivered all of this to us. The food and drink is very good- not 5 star gourmet but tasty, interesting, well prepared, and clean. The buffet is great, and the three restaurants serve a variety of cuisines and give you the opportunity to get a little fancier with dinner. The beach is wonderful- there is both a nude section which we use, and a general beach section to enjoy. We only used the nude side but it was never crowded, never obnoxiously noisy, and the other couples using the beach were polite and seemed very nice. The accomodations were clean and comfortable, plenty of hot water, quiet- again, not the Four Seasons Hotel but perfectly appropriate for a Jamaican vacation. (If we want a Four Seasons experience, then we'll go to the Four Seasons!). The only big detriment- and it is an important one for us- is that there are NO non-smoking buildings (we asked). Although the rooms didn't have any trace of stale smoking odor, there were many smokers out on their balconies and that significantly reduced our enjoyment of the balcony at night and in the morning. If smoke doesn't bother you, then this is not an issue. For us, it is the reason we will probably NOT go back (until they designate some non-smoking buildings). But- we had a wonderful time and if you go, we hope you have the same! E & P in NYC
My husband and I went to Couples Negril in Jamaica because we got a good reference from a friend and we LOVED it!!! We loved that the resort was all inclusive which included food, drinks, water sports, entertainment and several local excursions!! We were treated like royalty and didn't have to worry about a thing during our stay at Couples. And if you requested anything or had any questions, the staff were always very helpful and everyone's response was " No worries..." The room was clean, all the food was delicious (especially the lobster tails for dinner one evening), and there was live entertainment and a dance party every night that we were there! We REALLY enjoyed ourselves and are planning to go again next year!!
If you can't swim but love being in the water this is the place to be. The water is rock free, clear, calm with no waves to knock you over and is the warmest ocean I have ever been in. The resort is small and easy to get from point a to point b. The staff are vey friendly.. It isn't a big loud party type of crowd. All the other guests we spoke with were there mostly to just relax. Only one restaurant requires you to dress up but the other ones you can eat in shorts and casual clothes. They have bar service at the pool and on the beach.
My husband and I just returned from Couples Negril on May 1st after an awesome, relaxing 10 days of celebrating our 10th anniversary and having our every wish happily fulfilled. From the incredible staff (everywhere), to the wonderful variety of foods for all meals, to the beautiful pool and swim up bar and last but not least, the most gorgeous beach that I have ever seen.... the kind you dream about. Once on the beach, all you have to do is put your flag in the sand to have a smiling face come take your drink order and serve it to you. The options of eaterys was wonderful, some being very "come as you are" right off the beach, to a more romantic restaurant requiring a 48 hour reservation (we didn't think the food was any better but the atmosphere was much more intimate), to our favorite, the oriental restaurant that was fabulous. If we had a complaint at all, which we really didn't, it would be that the rooms could use some upgrading. They were VERY clean, the bed was comfortable and being that we were really only in the room to shower, change and sleep, it wasn't an issue at all. Our balcony was very private and offered shade of the palm trees with a beautiful view of the ocean. We enjoyed steel drum band shows, beach buffets, movie night on the beach (complete with a popcorn machine!). There was something going on all the time for you to enjoy, or not. Whatever you were there for, it was there for you. We took an excursion leaving out of the Sandal's resort, about 10 minutes drive from Couples, and we were SO glad we had not chosen this resort!! The beach couldn't compare to that of Couples! We not only recommend Couples Negril, we cannot wait to go back...... and I'm really hoping that will be next year! If you're looking for a real VACATION, I cannot speak highly enough of Couples Negril. You will not regret your decision!
This was my 6th all inclusive resort experience, and the best. Food was good, clean resort, clean rooms, beach was excellent. Staff was good, except it seemed you had a really friendly staff member, or very subdued. During breakfast, I was getting up to get yogurt, and took my husband’s coffee cup to fill, the manager was near the coffee and asked me why I was getting his coffee, was the server unavailable...I told no, the servers were great, I was getting up anyway...he said "that tells me my servers aren't doing their jobs" I assured him that was not the case, and he was kind of angry unnecessarily.. he calls over all the servers and yells at them...I felt awful and it was completely uncalled for...this same manager spoke to some people at the outdoor bar who ordered shots, and he told him he can shut them off if they got out of hand...we were looking at him like he was crazy, because it had just started to downpour and we all had just gotten to the bar..that was strange... All the water sports were great...definitely do the catamaran cruise, it down poured on us, but cleared when we got to the caves, and it was alot of fun...make sure you sit in the net! The drink service at the beach was great...plenty of towels, and chairs. Bring an insulated cup; they will fill it for you. I was worried that they didn't have bottled water, but the Grill bar had 2 types of flavored water (cucumber or watermelon) every day, which was delicious & refreshing. Asian restaurant was our favorite, and had lunch every day and dinner once at the Helciona grill ...jerk chicken is the best! Would absolutely go back.. Bring: insulated cup, bug spray, hydrocortisone for bug bites, single dollars and five dollar bills, waterproof sun block, hats, Room: garden view rooms are great, we were on the 3rd floor in 3000 Restaurants: I heard the reservation restaurant was over rated, but try to email and get a reservation before you leave, they are very accommodating. Asian was great! Water sports: go at 8am to sign up 24 hours in advance for excursions, scuba and snorkeling. Room Service: It’s so nice, you can put at tag on your door at night for breakfast to be brought in the morning, if you would like. Internet Café- great for doing online check in and printing boarding passes.
We just returned from our 4th trip to Couples Negril; already planning our return for next year. As usual, the beach and water were the highlights. Warm water, clean, gorgeous beach, and chairs and hammocks to call home. The food was great, as were the folks who served us. They were a pleasure to talk with, and when presented with a question, if they didn't have the answer, they asked the chef to assist personally. Great customer service. The rooms are definitely not the highlight of the resort; if you want to stay in your room, you'll miss out big time on the rest of the experience. Paul in the piano bar is a talented and gracious host, and makes all who visit the piano bar feel welcome. The water sports and entertainment folks did their traditional amazing job, too. As with most every experience at Couples Negril, if you don't see what you need or want, just ask the folks who work there. They did everything they could to help us out. If you want the Marriott, Hyatt or Hilton, don't go to Negril. If you want an overall amazing, fulfilling, refreshing and beautiful experience, this may be the place. It is for us. Thank you to the Couples Negril folks for another great vacation.