One of two Couples resorts properties found in Negril, Couples Negril is located on Bloody Bay Beach.
Like all the Couples resorts, Couples Negril specifically caters to adult couples (18+), this is a resort policy and all rooms must be double booked, perhaps with exclusions for weddings. The resort promises a romantic all inclusive vacation and it delivers what it promises with quality food, drink, and inclusions. The terrific staff however certainly put this resort above many others in this price range; handling almost all questions and requests with a smile and a typical Jamaican ‘no problem’ response and attitude.
Upon arrival at Sangster airport in Montego bay after you grab your bags and clear customs you will be directed to the Couples lounge where guests arriving in Jamaica to all four of the Couples resorts are welcomed and provided an opportunity to grab a water or red stripe beer while you wait for your shuttle transfer to the resort which is included by the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel you will be directed to check in, and get your first view of the property, the pool, and the beach all from the great views from the lobby which is on the upper floor of the main building. The resort offers pools, a spa, tennis courts, and a perfect beach all on bloody bay in Negril Jamaica.
Food and Drink
Quality food, great variety and great taste were common themes to the food at couples Negril. You can see that thought goes into each meal here and no meal was overlooked. Some of the portions were smaller at the a la carte restaurants, but you can always have more of any menu item you want and it seemed to be aimed at keeping waste down more than anything.
The resort offers a standard breakfast buffet at first glance, with cooked to order stations for omelettes, waffles and other items, but one big difference that makes this place stand out is that some of items for breakfast change daily; side potatoes or precooked eggs, breakfast meats and others vary through the week. If breakfast buffet isn’t to your liking there is a continental breakfast option that you can have delivered to your room each morning, offering such selections as cereal, pastries, and fruits.
For lunch there is a rotating themed buffet. It can be Mexican, Italian, or Jamaican day among others with most of the buffet items fitting the theme. Of course there were always options if the themed food isn’t to your liking and each lunch offered a couple standard fare items as well. In addition lunch is offered at the beach grill with burgers, jerk chicken, onion rings, salads, fruit and more. If you choose to dine at the grill for lunch you are given an electric coaster which buzzes when your food is ready.
Dinner is offered at one of four restaurants with each restaurant being closed one night a week. Lychee is their Asian fusion restaurant with offerings such as stir fry’s, pad thai, spareribs, and sushi. The main dining restaurant cassava features buffet two nights a week and a la carte dining the rest of the week. Otaheite is the traditional steak house and requires more formal attire, with pants and closed shoes needed for the gentleman, and if you want a nice romantic evening it’s a great place to spend time with someone special. Heliconia is the Italian restaurant here and of course features pasta, along with a selection of meat and fish dishes with a salad and antipasto bar to start.
The resort has four bar areas and offers a wide selection, from your typical Caribbean rum based drinks, to premium imported brands of vodkas, whiskeys, and other spirits. Besides red stripe, the resort also carried miller light, and the piano bar having Guinness and Heineken in limited quantities as well. If that isn’t enough there is a mini bar in each room and spirits and beers are included along with soda and juices.
Entertainment, Activities, and Inclusions
The resort has an entertainment staff that schedule events during the day from volleyball, to bingo, and plenty of fun mini games thought the day. Each night there is an entertainment event coordinated by the same staff, featuring additional outside bands, dancers, and other performers. It’s not a Vegas show by any means but for the size of the resort the nightly shows are decent on average, with a couple nights standing out as excellent. They have a beach party, movie night and casino night offering something to do on most nights.
The resort also has a piano bar, which turns into the late night disco, and will stay open as long as people are there enjoying it.
Another area that this resort seems to stand out on is the amount of inclusions. Many all inclusive resorts are offering free, or should I say included food and drink and tips with your room. But when you arrive you find there are many small charges that can add up for other items. Its not like that at couples Negril however.
Motorized and non motorized water sports, including waterskiing, scuba, and snorkelling are all included. Of course if you are not certified in scuba that is not included, but available at a cost, although a beginner lesson is offered for free.
Golf is included, although not club or cart rentals, and there is a mandatory caddie fee.
Wi-Fi and Internet computer rooms are available and are again included for free.
Sunset or booze catamaran cruise, included.
There you have it, great food and drinks, great activities, a great location, and a great resort that offers inclusions without having to nickel and dime you for each little thing, oh and a few big things as well.