Honeymooners and First Time Couples Guest: Questions & Feedback for Swept Away!
My fiance and I literally just stumbled across the Couples website after months of hemming and hawing over where to book our honeymoon for this May 29 - June 6, 2012. Having friends and family who swear by the Sandals brand, we did our research but just couldn't seem to commit...seemed overpriced and lacking it the things we really value (customer service for everyone not just butler level guests, all activities truly included, etc.). It took only a few moments researching the Couples Swept Away website to realize we had found our perfect honeymoon spot! We will be booking this week once we book our airfare (being gifted to us via miles from the future in-laws so we have to get that taken care of first). Have spent the better part of the past 48 hours reading through reviews and these boards, which have been helpful, but still interested in some fresh perspective/answers to the following:
-Many reviewers swear by the Beachfront Verandah Suite and suggest the second or third floor. We are inclined to book this level and beg to get the third floor corner. Some of the pictures show these rooms with the plantation shutters featured it the Atrium suites and some without; we like the rustic charm of the shutters and prefer that to the more "modern" looking rooms with the split angled mirrors above the bed (again just going from pics). Any insight from frequent or recent visitors who had a BFVS and if so, did it have the shutters?
-As we will be honeymooners staying for 7 nights, we will qualify for champagne and a 1/2 hour couples massage; have read about people upgrading these massages to a full hour or even 80 minutes. Has anyone done this and, if so, what was the price difference? Do you book this upon arrival or do we need to make arrangements prior?
-This might be silly, but I really want a place with crystal clear water...how's the water? It looks clear in some pics but murky in others. Probably depends on the weather. We see in our research that it could be rainy in late May/early June but if so typically just for a little bit in the afternoon.
-We would love to snorkel and kayak every day; can you snorkel in the swimming area or only on the boat trip?
-We are not terribly worried about additional excursions (again another reason we like the Couples brand, it already has just about everything we want included/at the resort) but if we were to allow one day for an external excursion are there any suggestions? Have read about Mayfield Falls and YS Falls. Any feedback on trips and companies you booked with appreciated. Wouldn't mind some sort of waterfall/ziplining combo.
-Any other thoughts/suggestions to make what already seems like a magical place even more enjoyable? We have been forewarned about bug spray (and thank goodness, I have extremely bad reactions to bug bites) and are pretty seasoned travelers (we met while touring the U.S. in a theatrical production). This is a pretty big treat for us and we just want to make the absolute most of it.
Thank you all in advance for responses to my rambling note. Counting the days til we experience paradise! : )