July 24th, 2012, 11:18 AM
What an AWESOME Vacation! Absolute Perfection!
Just completed our first (but not our last!) trip to Couples! We visited Couples Negril beginning July 16th and had the time of our lives. We're not ones for revisiting vacation locales, preferring to see as many new places as possible, but we'll definitely make an exception for Jamaica and particularly Couples Negril.
We arrived in Jamaica after hours of travel (thru ATL, natch), cleared customs and headed for the Couples Lounge at the MBJ airport. We were met as we were walking up to the lounge and were told, "As of now, you're on vacation and you don't have to worry about another thing". Does it get any better than that??? Waited for the shuttle for only about 20 minutes...just enough time to enjoy a couple Red Stripes!...and we were off to Negril. Had a great shuttle driver, who pointed out lots of stuff along the way. Nothing beats that moment when you stop off the shuttle in front of the beautiful open-air reception area and are greeted by friendly, smiling face and a cold glass of champagne. The "real world" completely melts away!
The week flew by. We had such plans before arrival...snorkeling, sunset cruise, going to Rick's Cafe to watch the cliff divers, ocean kayaking, etc.....and ended up doing absolutely nothing (and loving every minute of it, I might add!). It was so wonderful to simply sit on that beautiful beach and watch all the comings and goings of other people taking part in the water sports and enjoying the vendors and musicians on the beach, that we simply couldn't roust ourselves. It was wonderful!
That being said, however, we DID enjoy all the incredible entertainment each night. We loved the Reggae Dance Party, and Sweet Sensations, and were completely blown away by the guys who entertained on Thursday night (July 19th) at the Beach Party. You cannot believe the incredible strength and beauty of the acrobatic routines, and the juggling and fire dancing were just mind-blowing.
Just when we thought that we'd seen the best entertainment possible, Couples Negril raised the bar yet again with the incredible steel drum show on Friday night (July 20th). There are no words to do this show justice! It was a performance unlike we've ever seen. The music of the steel drums almost took a backseat to the energy and enthusism of the drummers/dancers/performers. It was a solid hour of the most intense, high-energy dance/drumming routines imaginable. I was totally exhausted just watching! And as if that weren't enough, the show also included a jaw-dropping contortionist who just blew everyone away!
Everything about Couples Negril is so special. The resort is beautiful and clean, the food is phenomenal, and the service is spectacular! We'd like to give a very special shout-out to the Couples staff! Thank you, thank you, thank you for making us feel so welcome, so at home and so pampered!! The staff at Couples Negril is second to none!! Everyone was so pleasant, friendly and helpful! We loved talking to all of you and learning about your beautiful country! Thanks to each one of you for making our vacation the most perfect we've ever experienced!! We can't WAIT to come back!!!
July 24th, 2012, 02:34 PM
Ahhhh...the powers of "sand gravity".
Originally Posted by John and Abbie
Happy and Safe Travels!
July 24th, 2012, 09:13 PM
This is the beauty of Couples Negril. You can do everything or nothing or a little in between. No one tells you what to do. You can make plans and then decide not to do it. No problem mon. I also enjoyed the surprise activity I might come upon. But nothing beats the fact that you don't have to stress out about anything. Ahhhhh, take me back there.
July 25th, 2012, 02:38 PM
Oh so that is what sand gravity means. We go on August 17th! Yay. We want to do EVERYTHING! But I have a feeling we'll just be lazy as well and enjoy actually resting!
July 27th, 2012, 12:05 PM
Sounds like you had an amazing time! Awesome! We also learned that relaxing and doing a whole lot of nothing is our ideal vacation. Filling our schedule with so many different things is just exhausting to us.
Couples Ocho Rios 2005/2006
2012 x2/2013 x2
July 27th, 2012, 05:57 PM
Sand gravity has a mighty powerful pull and long lasting effects. After a little over a year.... It is pulling us back on the Aug 17th too!
July 28th, 2012, 11:06 AM
I must have been staying at a different Couples Negril. Had a 3 hour wait for room. Had a 1 hr. wait for drink on beach--(no clean glasses and rain delay). Took 3hrs. to get a bar of soap and wash cloth. This was my 6th year and 8th visit to this resort. I also thought I had found my new home. Since they changed managers and hired a LOT of new workers they have gone down hill in service. They even changed head chef and it shows. I got realy sick from a bacteria in something I ate(first time I ever got sick). They said a Dr. could come and look at me for $150 cash(american money) plus cost of med. Sorry but I will never be back to Jamaica. Being your 1st you have know idea how wonderful and freindly it use to be. After spending my last 4 days in bed in Jamaica . I am sure I will not go back!!!
July 29th, 2012, 10:35 AM
We have never returned for a second trip to anywhere we have ever traveled either. But after going to CN in January we booked a return trip for January 2013 as soon as the 2013 rates came out! It is something that we talk about all the time now! We didnt plan anything other than a day trip to the Pelican Bar on wednesday. This year our only plan is to go to CSA on wednesday (trading places) to walk 7 mile beach! Other than that we dont plan anything, just take it as it comes. We will definately go on the catamaran cruise again and do a few other thing but when will we do them....Who knows!! No Plans, No Worries! Life goes by fast enough but we cant wait for Jan 5th, 2013 and Couples Negril! Will we return for a 3rd trip? I wouldnt be surprised!