Went to Swept Away March 17th-24th. Flew with Delta Vacations and had a direct flight from Detroit Mi. Arriving at the airport was about a 45 min. wait thru customs. Then went to the Couples Lounge for about 20 minutes. This lounge was a nice change with drinks and a bathroom. Usually we head out to the parking lot and have to find our tour company people for the shuttle ride to the resort. At the lounge they will tag your luggage with whatever couples you are going to and then just have to wait for your resort name to be called. About an hour and 20 min. ride to resort. But I really enjoyed the scenery on the way there and chatted with people on the bus. Driving on the opposite side of the road was different for us.
Upon arriving to the lobby, we were greeted with a washcloth and champagne. Went right to the check in desk. Have heard other comments about check in being slow. This was not so with us. There were 5-6 people behind the desk eagerly to help. Check in was a breeze. We reserved a beach-front veranda suite in the new section with a TV. We got 3rd floor. Thought I wanted a 1st floor, but 3rd floor corner room was the best for view and privacy. There was not much privacy on 1st floor. The gentleman said if we were not happy with the room, we could switch , but we were happy. Corner rooms have a side and front view. Middle rooms , just front. Yes, beach front verandas is a little pricey, but so worth it. It was 4:00 and our room was ready.
The room had a tropical feel and was a little older. Im used to marble-glitz and glamour at new resorts. Because of the view and tropical vibe-it was fine. Alot of wood. Bed was a wood frame and very comfortable. Flat screen TV on the wall with alot of channels. We were signed up for the romance rewards and the mini bar was stocked with exactly what we requested. Every night we slept with the patio doors wide open and the ceiling fan on. It was the best listening to the waves and frogs & crickets.
Room service-only in the morning. There is a tag on your door knob. Fill this out before you go to bed and put it on the outside door. Someone will pick it up at night. There is a continental choice. I only wanted coffee and milk and orange juice. You can pick the time when to have it delivered. They were right on time every morning. My husband went jogging on the beach every morning and I sat on the patio with my coffee and the million dollar view and watched the resort come to life. This was one of the best times of the trip. Ha! The coffee is strong-just add more milk.
There are 2 orientations daily to tour the resort. Glad I went, met new people just getting there also. They take you on a walk around the resort and to the spa-gym area across the road. Learned a few pointers, like were the martini bar was. Ha! The spa-gym area was one of the best I have ever seen at a resort. Pool was nice, so was the gym under a thatched palapa. Big aerobic room. There is a TV there in a lounge area and a health bar. They were making all kinds of smoothies and vegatable drinks. There is a hot tub there also. A jogging track goes around the whole area and around the tennis courts. Spa was kinda pricey-did not use any services.
Beach-This is the main reason people go here. Pure white clean sand and clear water. It is a public beach, but we enjoyed people watching and taking long walks. Enjoyed viewing other resorts and all the places to eat and shop. Walked to Margaritaville. Very short walk, 5-10 min. No problem getting beach chairs in the morning. Always seem to find 2 somewhere. But it is impossible to get a palapa it seemed. But we did not want these, wanted to be in the sun. The bar beach huts had alot of drink choices on the menue. They also had Miller Lite in cans at the huts. We brought insulated mugs to keep our drinks cold. The cushions on the beach chairs can be floated in the water and pools. This is the best idea ever. Went to the swim up pool bar in the afternoon for a change of pace. The pool here is small compared to alot of other resorts.
Restaurants-There are 2 places you have to make reservations for. Didnt have any problems doing this. Ate at Feathers once and Lemongrass 2 times. Up the stairs to the Lemongrass is where the martini bar is. Food was fine all around . We ate at all the places. The chicken seemed to be the biggest hit. I ate alot of red snapper all week. There is snapper sandwiches at the swim up pool restaurant and at sea grapes on the beach. Saturday nights they have lobster at all the restaurants. Friday night is a beach buffet. That was a very nice set up-so dont miss that. One night they have a beach bonfire. Wine-I discovered that the rose` wine was better than the red and white. Patois has stuffed french toast for breakfast and good pizza for supper.
Excursions-we have done so many from years of traveling, we did the least here. Did take advantage of the sunset catamaran cruise that goes by Ricks Cafe and made a stop to let us swim in a cave, and use the slide on the boat. They do serve a rum punch-which I did not like, so
I had a beer. Do take tip money on this trip. There also is a free snorkle excursion that we did. Make sure you sign up a day ahead of time. Also have to sign up ahead for the catamaran trip. There is a free glass bottom boat ride-did not do this. One day we signed up for a shopping trip and to Ricks Cafe. They pick you up at the shore excursion desk and take you to a craft mall and local craft area , then off to Ricks to watch cliff divers. This is a good way to see the town. We were the only people signed up for this trip, so we got to leave whenever we wanted and just told the driver. This trip only cost 20.00$. At the shore excursion desk , they have alot of choices for things to do.
Being here, I do get the "Jamaican Vibe". Dont let the vendors on the beach scare you. Just say ( no thank you ). Would we go back-yes-someday. I usually book different places every year.
Take alot of sunscreen.
I take a pool float with me on trips-dont need it here.
Took snorkel equipment-used 1 hour on the snorkel trip-they do provide eqipment though.
Take insulated mugs.
Dont take alot of clothes-Just wore bathing suit and cover up, and dinner clothes at night. Men-make sure you have pants, closed toed shoes, and a collar and sleeved shirt for the 2 places for dinner that you need reservations for. Khackies, polo shirt, and shoes are fine.
The rose' wine tastes like white zinfandel and is good.
Coffee is stronger here. Had to use extra milk and a little sugar.
One day, go to the other Couples resort for a change of pace. They do have a free shuttle to go there. Have to sign up for this also. It was nice to see it, and a chance to see bloody bay.Had drinks and lunch there and hung out at their beach and pool.
The piano bar was fun, also enjoyed the martini bar. Did not go to the night club.
The resort has a very tropical feel. Alot of Palm trees, flowers, and fish ponds. This takes the place of a new and marble feel. Glad we went! Didnt encounter any issues. Check out went smooth. The gift shops at the resort doesnt take cash, so we just had to pay at checkout. Went to breakfast and the bell hops came for the luggage and took down to the shuttle back to the airport. Good and relaxing trip.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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