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“Best Jamaica resort”
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Couples Swept Away
Ranked #14 of 85 Hotels in Negril
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Troy, Illinois
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“Best Jamaica resort”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

This was my 5 trip to Jamaica my first at Couples Swept Away Negril. The resort was the best. The beach is the main attraction however the staff became close personal friends. My husband and I always go to different resorts every time we go on vacation. However, next trip to Jamaica it will be Couples Swept Away. We spent 7 days and we really never had to leave the resort. They have catamaran trips included, snorkeling trips included. YOu are on the 7 mile beach which you can walk to margraritta ville or go shopping right from the beach. IT was a wonderful relazing vacation, Entertainment was excellent. They had live entertainment every night which we enjoyed. I wished they had other properties on other islands, I would try them all.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

We visited both properties in March for one week. We stayed at Couples tower the first week and enjoyed the stay. Food, entertainment, & staff were superb. The Towers resort is located near Dunn's River and Ocho Rios. (1 1/2 hour drive from airport.) Couples Tower is smaller than Couples Swept Away. If you are looking for something a little more intimate & smaller in size, Towers may be for you. My wife has mixed feelings on which location she enjoyed more, and she's fussy. I liked Swept Away more because the beach is longer and you can wade out almost 50 yards and still see your feet. ( It doesn't hurt to have sting rays swim with you every day) For me, the food at the Tower Resort was better. but the feeling of being at a Resort, which I felt at Swept Away, has me voting for that Resort. You will not be sorry if you select either one. Tipping is not accepted!!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

My husband & I are not the type to go to the same place more than once because we like to see as much of the world as we can. But this place has drawn us 3 times & counting! IT IS AWESOME. We love the people, the location, the amazing long beach, the fitness facilities +++, the FOOD, & the accommodations. From the arrival at the airport on, we are treated in a friendly, unimposing manner that relaxes us instantly. An all-inclusive that MEANS all things are included. It is so much more of a vacation when you don't have to carry a wallet full of tip money. We are going back this year again!!!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brandon, Canada
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

Try to not get a room by the service road on the resort. That was our only problem as you can hear the staff go home late or early in the morning and you also hear the early staff coming to work. They were going to move us when we mentioned it. But we just loved the service staff that did our room we gave up the move just to have them. We just loved it, the food was amazing and the drinks kept on coming. The staff one of the best up beat and friendly and very energetic. Excellent water sports included with your package. Facility was kept immaculate. We will definitely go back again but we are waiting till our kids are older as it is a Adults Only. We just loved everything about it. I have been to a few more resorts then my husband and I definitely will go back for a few more rounds. It will be hard to beat their standards, next time beach front rooms that is a given. We did the dinner on the beach highly recommend it it was very good and very, very romantic!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

We stayed here in January for our Honeymoon and absolutely loved it! The resort is beautiful and the staff are very friendly. The staff don't work on tips, so you don't get bugged for tips, but when you leave you can leave a generic tip for a specific staff member or hotel in general. The restaurants are great, a good variety for 1 week at the resort...but just remember to make reservations early for the fancy places! They offer good off resort activities, such as ziplining...on the big tamba! awesome! One con, is that it is about 1 hr 30min taxi/bus ride from the main airport. All in all, great resort for a honeymoon...no kids, no loud parties, just romance.

Room Tip: corner units have bigger balconies with better views.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

Please note - we travelled there in Feb 2011, but Tripadvisor doesn't show the option to post that long ago...Having been to Swept Away twice (Feb 2009, 2011) we can without hesitation say that it is one of the most beautiful places we've even been. We've travelled to several places around the Caribbean - Club Meds and Melia resorts in Bahamas, Mexico and Cuba - and this is by far our favourite. Exquisite beach - long, well groomed, white sand and some of clearest, calmest water I've even seen. Never once did we have a problem getting a lounger or feel crowded. Yes, it is a public beach and throughout the day people selling souveniers or singing songs will walk by, but the resort security who quietly and discreetly wander the area watch them like hawks and keep them moving along. The grounds - lush and manicured palms and gardens everywhere. The snorkelling is very nice - the reefs are not in as great shape as those in the Bahamas or Cuba, but still lovely. Snorkelling tours go out twice a day, and take you to one of four sites around the bay. Try to go on the catamaran tour to the caves - its included in your stay (although since its a separate company that runs them, tipping is appreciated), and its a great rum-punch-sodden boat ride to the caves on the westernmost tip of Jamaica, where they let you off to go swimming into them. The spa and fitness centre, across the road from the resort (don't let people make you think this is a "highway" by US or Canadian terms - its a two lane road with a nice crossing guard) takes about 2 minutes to walk to from the lobby and its incredible. A pristine lane swimming pool, jacuzzis and tennis courts are all part of your package, and the spa, an extra cost, is well worth it. The essential-oils infused hot tub, with the chromatherapy lighting is SO wonderful. The rooms are lovely and clean, with very well stocked mini bars. Getting room service coffee and croissants every morning, and sitting on our little balcony was one of our favourite things. The food, by and large, is very good. We found that the a la cartes were the best places. The Patois was wonderful for any meal, and needed no reservations. The locally inspired dishes were very good, and always served by the most prompt and friendly staff you could ask for. Feathers is a bit more upscale, and only for dinner, but again, food easily as good as any higher end restaurant we've eaten in back in Toronto. Sea Grapes has great light, healthy lunches and daily smoothies (anything from the usual Mango to Soya/Beet). The Thai place, Lemongrass, has an amazing view of the ocean, but if you live in a bigger city and regularly eat Thai food, you may find the dinners only ok. After a couple of early tries, we avoided the Palms altogether. Not terrible, and I think were I at many other resorts, I'd be raving about how good the food there was but given how spectacular the Patois and Feathers are, it pales a bit.
The bad about this resort. Can't really think of much. Yes, there is a bit of mildew in the showers. Welcome to the tropics. I think my only complaint these days is that after getting to Swept Away twice for very reasonable prices (around $1900 CAD each, including flight from Toronto, high season), we couldn't seem to find anything near that this February, even though we'd been watching the rates for months. We ended up going to Mexico instead, because while we LOVED Swept Away, we couldn't cough up nearly $500 more per person without a good reason.

Room Tip: As mentionned in several other reviews, the rooms near the road can be noisy, especially in the morn...
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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alabama
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

My husband and I have been coming to Negril since 2005 and have stayed at all different all inclusives along the beach. This is by far our favorite not only in negril but anywhere we have ever been! The grounds are lush and beautiful, the views are excellent from the rooms(ocean or beach front), the food is AMAZING in every single restaurant too! Feathers and Lemongrass are exceptional(the two you need reservations for) and they also do turn down service in the evenings. The mini bars are stocked everyday and they will put anything in there that you want. We also loved the fact that they have every top shelf liquor you can imagine. The bartender at the beach even made me my favorite shot from home which calls for Frangelica and Absolut Citron. I also loved the bloody Mary/mimosa bars in the morning at the buffet restaurant. There is even a food place that stays open until 5 am with great burgers. Lots of nice people staying here too that we were able to talk to and hang out with! We WILL be back! We loved it. I also suggest taking Timair to get there in 15 minutes vs. 2 plus hours on the bus!!!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Property: Couples Swept Away
Address: Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
#10 Luxury Hotel in Negril
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#14 Romantic Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Couples Swept Away 4*
Number of rooms: 312
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Immediately upon entering Couples Swept Away, you realize that you have arrived in paradise. Exotic flowers bloom amidst acres of green—on seven miles of the purest white sand beach in Negril, Jamaica. Dotted among the tropical gardens—open-air cafes, small pool enclaves and fresh fruit oases are yours to discover. Never crowded or hurried, the resort offers an intimate tranquility and when desired, total seclusion. All rooms embrace a quiet elegance with island cedar furnishings and pure white linens. Plantation shutters open onto private verandahs with views of gardens and azure sea. Breezy open-air restaurants engage candle-lit lanterns and billowing white curtains to strike a romantic note. While the pristine 10-acre sports complex encompasses every imaginable activity, the superb spa serves as a haven of relaxation. Couples Swept Away simply captures your heart and soothes your soul. ... more   less 
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