Couples is our favorite in 13 trips to Jamaica
I could write a novel! My husband and I have been traveling to Jamaica for over 27 years taking our children when they were as young as 13 months. We stayed in Ocho Rios twice before the kids were born, then Montego Bay for 7 visits with the kids and then Negril when the kids were in HS. Negril is definitely our favorite and we will be returning to Couples Swept Away next month.
We have always stayed at all inclusives both in Jamaica and the few times we opted for Cancun instead, and CSA is absolutely the best of everything......food, service, beach, inclusions, etc. In fact, my son and his new wife spent a delayed honeymoon there in January and will go nowhere else (my son, our oldest, has been to Jamaica as a child 6 times) You can do as much as you like or as little as you like. I water skied last year for the first time in more years than I would like to admit....because it was INCLUDED. I met people who were taking advantage of the scuba and snorkeling trips every day.....I will snorkel this year!!!
One of the most impressive things was the service. At other all inclusives, tipping is not suggested, but everyone seems to do it, $5 to a bartender, a little something for the housekeeper, but at CSA, we had heard that staff could be fired if caught accepting tips and guests could be asked to leave (never validated than fact), but there was NO tipping and the service was the best we've ever had.
Food was great...with a great variety at all restaurants. NO problem getting reservations either. We have stayed at other resorts where we stood in line for 45 minutes every morning only to find when we got to the front there were no reservations left for the time or restaurant we wanted.....NOT at CSA. Make sure to take the sunset cruise (yep, included) a couple of times if time allows. We stayed for 14 days last year and again this year and can't wait. The security on the beach was like no others......security staff stopped any "vendors" before they even got close to guests ( unless guest wanted the contact). We had be badgered at other resorts, despite the presence of security guards on the beach.........beach vendors are a part of the culture but it was very nice to not have to tolerate the constant badgering while relaxing on the beach.
We have never had any security issues anywhere we stayed in Jamaica. We always use the in-room safes for our valuables....never had any taken...of any value, not even a bottle of lotion?
We had laptops and phones last year that we never locked up....no problem....... but take advantage of the safes.
I photo journaled our trip to CSA last year for possible wedding plans of my daughter and two co-workers wanting a destination wedding, so I have pics of the food, the beach, the pools, staff, menus, etc....not sure how I could share all of that.
OH, if there was anything that we would not do again, it's the "included" golf. My husband went once and will not return. The course was less than wonderful and transportation was only offered twice a day at times that weren't to our liking.....nothing before 10 am if I remember right. If you like golf in the midday sun in Jamaica...probably not a problem, but not our preference.....we can golf at home.....can't walk the fantastic 7 mile beach at home.
Oh, no annoying "activity" staff trying to get force you into activityes.....again, it's all your choice for involvement.
Of particular significance for me was the work out facilities....some of the best on the island......including a 5 lane lap pool.....great spa options! IT's ALL GOOD
Take swim suits and clothes for dinner at night......pack light!