I have to admit that I was extremely curious about Couples Negril prior to our visit last month, because I had been reading the message board for weeks. I could not believe it could be as great as everyone said, but it is! We returned on 4/25/2010 and have already booked a trip to stay for nine days in December.
Our trip last month was our fifth time to Negril, but it was our first time at a Couples Resort. We had stayed at one other AI and three other non AI resorts. Here's what I loved about Couples. There are so many things included: the free snorkeling, scuba diving, catamaran trip, etc. If you were paying for these, you would spend a fortune. Carolyn at the water sports hut was a doll...so sweet, so helpful, such a beautiful spirit.
The other AI where we stayed previously was very nice. We had a great time. But, here is the difference I noticed at Couples. The staff do their jobs "happily" without ever making you think you should tip them. No worries about tipping is advertised by many, but it was really true at Couples.
The food is wonderful. I loved the Lychee martini. Who knew before Jamaica what a lychee was? Not me. And honestly, I had never heard it on my previous trips there. But, this little fruit is delicious. The food at Lychee is great. The food at the main dining room is great. The food at Otaheite is great. We did not get a chance to eat at the Italian restaurant, but that will just give us something new to try when we return.
And let's talk about the beach grill. What wonderful jerk chicken. The Rasta who was preparing the food...I wish I could remember his name...was so great. He prepared a healthy lunch for me one day making some adjustments to the published menu and did it all with a wonderful smile. I loved him!
And the incredible part of all of it is that this resorts sits on such a gorgeous beach. One day I put on my earphones and walked down the beach at sunset listening to my favorite Jah Cure song. I felt like I was floating in a cloud of absolute loveliness. The view is breathtaking!
Couples...you really know how to do things right! You deserve all the praise you receive. We cannot wait to return and hope to make this our home away from home every chance we get.
I do have one question...we forgot to register into the repeater club while we were there. I believe I understood that you are required to do while at the resort. Can anyone confirm? Will we be able to be considered repeaters in December?
Thanks to everyone who posted all the wonderful comments about the resort. You were all "spot on".