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    Default Which Couples resort for our honeymoon?

    My bride and I will be married in May '14, and I'm tasked with planning the whole honeymoon. Neither of us have been to Jamaica, nor any tropical resort for that matter. I'm excited about having found Couples, but want to do whatever possible to ensure that once-in-a-lifetime experience of a honeymoon at the beach going just absolutely PERFECTLY. And I'm a little nervous about pulling that off.

    For you repeaters of Couples...which resort should I focus my attention on? And is there anything you'd do different than including the honeymoon option in?

    Just looking for guidance here.... let me know your thoughts! Thanks!

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    Some thoughts..... If you want to see sunsets, it's Swept Away , or Couples Negril. If you want a long resort beach, it's Swept Away. Go to Trip Advisor and check out some of the pictures taken by guests and just kinda feel it out. Usually something will click and your choice will be an easy one. The resort layouts are really different, so check out the property layouts.

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    Alan, our weddingmoon in 04 was perfect for us at csa. It was a second marriage for both and we wanted a simple but beautiful wedding on the beach . All I can say is our 6th trip is booked (7th to couples) and we can't wait to get there. If you'd like a few pics and you have any questions, email me at clemonssara40@gmail.com

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    My wife and I honeymooned at CSS in 2010, and are leaving for our third visit there tomorrow. I was like you...she planned the wedding, and I planned the honeymoon. You probably can't go wrong at any of the resorts...though we haven't been to CTI, CN or CSA. I know CSA costs more...and our budget kind of took CSA out of play for us at the time. We would have had to cut a day out...and I wanted a full week. I know CSA and CSS have fewer rooms than the other resort...so stands to reason fewer ppl...and that appealed to us. We wanted a romantic honeymoon, and CSS was perfect for us. The resort is beautiful with plenty of lil places tucked out of the way with hammocks for lazy afternoon naps after a big lunch. We had wonderful meals, and paid a lil extra to get the resorts photographer to take pictures of us all done up snazzy on the beach at sunset. I think couples still offers a complimentary massage for newlyweds on their honeymoon, and its fabulous. We get at least 2 each time we go now. Throw in a trip to dunn falls....and its about as complete a honeymoon a couple could want.

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    Alanter you may want to give some info about yourself and your soon to be, like what your looking for in your stay? and what type of people you are, and things you like to do so we can better guide you

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    We have visited all of the resorts in ja. If you are a true beach person hubby would recommend CN as it is smaller than CSA, has an equivalent beach, & is less "busy." I think if you are wanting a more intimate, romantic honeymoon try CTI. All of the resorts we have visited in ja are wonderful & you can't go wrong. We were married @ CSA & think you will love Couples. They are all wonderful, beautiful, provide excellent service, food, & accomodations.

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    I think you will love any couples resort! We honeymooned at CN in 2009 and loved it. Went to CSA in 2011 to try something different and it was great. But we felt CN was our "home" so we booked it again for 2014. Pick which resort "feels" right to you.

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    Stop worrying. Just book Couples Negril and you're done! Everything you need is included and nothing needs to be booked in advance. That's what we did and everything was perfect!
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    I think you might want to tell us more about your age and what you like to do? Look to party a bit? Be with a mature crowd or more younger honeymooners?

    Some travelers are like to lay low and some like to party it up a bit. No right or wrong answer.

    Not to step on anyones toes but being on a couples site lets just say the more frequent "repeaters" are drinking the "Kool Aid" but the are doing it because they are happy with their experience given what they like to do. Not too many come here to complain, and certainly return.

    My parameters for Negril is on this trip I don't mind pretty much staying on the resort. We love to travel and have vistited many times to Europe, Africa, Asia and south america and they are wonderful cultural adventures. But this is the 4th time to Negril because we are just going to chill out. We workout in the moringings, play tennis, do yoga and then just chill. We like to get up early and usually go to bed by 11. Thats just us and this place works to do that. I don't like hi-rise hotels, places with casino's (bad kharma!), or places that have convention/meetings with companies! Imagine a resort filled with insurance agents hyped up? Or Network marketing sales people? We like smaller palaces and like Jamaica as we can get easy flights from Charlotte direct. The 90 bus ride is part of the experience and we are never bothered by it. Always expect delays and its ok cuz your on vacation. If your early, they won't want you on the property until afternoon anyway.

    This is my first trip to CSA as we were in CN about a year after it opened and have not been to Negril in about 11 years! We went to the Grand Lido back in its heyday, then CN a few years after that, and then Beaches Negril with a big family group. We make a habit to not revisit any one resort. I have never been to Ocho Rios so I can't comment on that. Never been on the ZIpline excersion or the falls. Looks like fun, and Ocho Rios seems to have more to do. Don't discount that and if your younger having experieriences are important!

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    First of all...congratulations on your upcoming wedding and honeymoon. Couples is a great choice to make your honeymoon a special time (we were actually married at CSS). You're going to find that everyone on the Message Board has their own opinion on which resort is best so we agree with weewane in that you need to let us know a little about what your like/dislike and are/aren't looking for in a resort so we can better help in that big decision.

    Let us start by telling you a little about each of the resorts (hopefully others will give you more) as each has its' own personality that makes it special:
    CSA - located on the Negril side, is a larger property with lots of room to roam, a long beach (though not very deep) and awesome sunsets. The rooms are in buildings taking up the central part of the resort with dining/entertainment situated at each end. The spa and workout complex are located across the street (with the resort providing security to help get across).
    CN - also located on the Negril side, is a little smaller property with a smaller beach (as compared to CSA) but deeper...providing gorgeous sunsets. The rooms are found in the 9 buildings situated around the resort with the dining/entertainment being situated in the center of the resort with a large pool as its focal point. It has AN sunbathing separated from the main part (textile) beach by hedges.
    CSS - is located near Ocho Rios and has a Mediterranean feel with suites being distributed between 7 buildings starting at the beach level and moving up onto cliffs (some beautiful views!). The beaches (one textile, the other AN) are private though smaller with more coarse sand (as compared to those on the Negril side). Sunset beach provides some great sunset views. The tropical vegetation and paths to walk provide some private places to explore and have a romantic stay.
    CTI - also located on the Ochi side of Jamaica, is a smaller property with more of a hotel feel as the buildings are inter-connected. This isn't a bad thing as it creates places for easier gathering and meeting with other couples. The beach is small but the resort also has the island where you can experience AN sunbathing with frequent boat transfers between the two.

    The wonderful thing about Couples Resorts is that you can expect awesome staff, service, food and accommodations at each. There is no such thing as a "best Couples Resort" but more one that will become special to you as it fulfills your desires and expectations. This is why we recommend to not only use the Message Board as a resource but go online and check out each resort thoroughly. As it's been said before...one will call to you and that will be your perfect honeymoon resort.

    Have fun planning your honeymoon and enjoy it at your Couples Resort. Best wishes!!!

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    Here are some notes I had posted a few months ago:

    I'm going to qualify this by saying CN is the only one we've been to, but we've been there for a total of 24 nights (going on 31 this year) for a reason. Not because it's CN, but because it's Couples. You will hear a ton of different ideas on which resort is "best", but the fact of the matter is that there are only a few differences between each resort.

    This is not a negative take on any of the resorts, but more of an inventory of features or lack thereof. All of the Couples Resorts are still Couples, so a lot of the best parts are the same: INCLUDED Airport Lounge, airport transfers, welcome drink and easy check-in upon arrival, luggage shuttled to room, no tipping, amazing food, top-shelf drinks, watersports (including scuba, snorkel, glass bottom boat), nice pools and pool bars, entertainment, sports/workout facilities, unlimited green fees for golf (there are other costs associated, though), internet cafes, some off-resort excursions, in-room mini-bars, etc, etc, etc.

    Some of the pros and cons for specific resorts that I've heard over the years:

    CTI - Usually not the most calm sea for watersports, which is just one of the risks on the northeast side of Jamaica and most other Caribbean islands for that matter. The resort is a little more hotel-like, there is a Cat Cruise, and the island is only available for AN or weddings. Off-resort tours included are to Dunn's River Falls, Downtown Ocho Rios and Margaritaville. There is no beach to walk up off-resort at CTI. The original Scotchie's is in Ocho Rios which is a great off-resort excursion, which is widely considered best jerk chicken in the world.

    CSS - Supposed to be the nicest resort from a scenery perspective, very lush, very cool. One drawback I've heard is that you are always walking up and down steps. My buddy counted a 102-step climb to get to one of the restaurants. Also, similar reviews about the sea as CTI, because of the location on the island, but this can be hit or miss. Both CSS and CTI have more red flag days on the water than the other 2 resorts, which means cancellation of scuba and snorkel. CSS also has a very nice, private AN beach. There is no beach to walk up off-resort at CSS. There is also a mineral pool, natural mineral springs, and in-suite dining, and the Dunn's Tour is offered, but no Cat Cruise. Also, within a short cab ride of Scotchie's.

    CN - CN is more compact and not as lush as CSS, but is super easy to get around and the most centralized for restaurants, bars, and activities. It sits on the most protected water of the 4 resorts, in Bloody Bay. The Negril beaches are the best in Jamaica and are powdery soft. CN does not have a Dunn's tour or anything close, but they do offer the Cat Cruise and the Sunset Bar Shuttle. The water is the most reliable for watersports at CN. CN does have an AN beach, but it is the least private AN of all the resorts. I have also heard that CN, of the 4, has the most consistently friendly and reliable staff, which seems to be hit or miss at any of the resorts, depending on the reviewer. While not as extensive as the CSA beach, there is almost 2 miles of beach to walk off-resort at CN. The famed Office of Nature is right up the beach from CN. Some people don't like the fact that locals and people from other resorts occasionally pass by on the beach, but the majority of guests are not bothered by this, and it is by no means "traffic. CN is the only one where room category, for all intents and purposes, doesn't matter.

    CSA - The largest, especially when you throw in the huge sports complex. Very spread out, which some feel is a drawback and some really like. There aren't centralized activities, like at CN, because of the layout of the resort. For the most part, CSA shares the same beach and sea quality as CN. But at CSA, there is approx 4 1/2 miles of beach off-resort and you can walk to actual bars and restaurants, which you can't do at any of the other 3. If you are really going to use all of the sports facilities and spa at CSA, that's also a huge plus, but I have personally found that it takes a special kind of person to play tennis across the street from a beach when it's 90 degrees outside with 100% humidity. Another point to make, which I often hear mixed emotions about is the lack of TVs in some of the rooms. Some people don't care, some really don't like it, but that is a personal preference. CSA has no AN section, which is a deal-killer for some people. CSA does have Seagrape Cafe, which gets rave reviews. CSA also has some locals and people from other resorts that can walk up and down the beach, but this, again, is not an issue for the majority of guests. It would be more defined as "traffic", though, than at CN.


    This is by no means exhaustive and we still have only been to CN (4th trip starts 6 weeks from today!), but that should at least help consolidate some of the info from the message boards, Couples website, and some firsthand accounts. You can't go wrong with Couples, so whatever you choose will be the right choice. Enjoy!
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    If being on a nice beach is important to you, then look at either Couples Swept Away or Couples Negril. If you want to experience more of a nightlife and be closer to the action of the Negril beach scene, then choose Couples Swept Away. If you want more quiet and solitude, like to nude sunbath and enjoy more of a pool scene, then you should consider Couples Negril.

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    Thank you all for all the great comments so far. As a few have suggested, I'll tell you a little more about us...

    My gorgeous nearly-bride and I are each in our 40's, I much closer to "graduating" than she. As I noted in my original post, neither of us have had the pleasure of a tropical vacation, although she has taken a cruise or two to the western Mexican coast. She graciously accepted my proposal during a short trip to the Siesta Key area of Florida, where we LOVED the tiny amount of time we got to relax on the beach. Our first joint decision after her yes answer was that the honeymoon would be based on sand and surf.

    We're both active, enjoy running and cycling, and are generally adventurous; however, we are also both quite adept at kicking back and napping away a quiet afternoon. We would, in most cases, choose a quiet night to ourselves over a raucous party, but can cut loose and imbibe and be generally silly with the silliest of 'em.

    We're hard-working folk from the central states (the centralest, Kansas), and while we plan on pretending that money is no object on our honeymoon, the truth is that we do have a budget within which to work, so we are definitely looking for the most bang for our buck, so to speak.

    I envision us taking advantage of at least some of the extras that it appears are available at the various resorts, like snorkeling, perhaps scuba, etc., so will most likely be choosing some of those once I make the final decision.

    That's us in a nutshell - Any further comments or suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanter View Post
    Thank you all for all the great comments so far. As a few have suggested, I'll tell you a little more about us...

    My gorgeous nearly-bride and I are each in our 40's, I much closer to "graduating" than she. As I noted in my original post, neither of us have had the pleasure of a tropical vacation, although she has taken a cruise or two to the western Mexican coast. She graciously accepted my proposal during a short trip to the Siesta Key area of Florida, where we LOVED the tiny amount of time we got to relax on the beach. Our first joint decision after her yes answer was that the honeymoon would be based on sand and surf.

    We're both active, enjoy running and cycling, and are generally adventurous; however, we are also both quite adept at kicking back and napping away a quiet afternoon. We would, in most cases, choose a quiet night to ourselves over a raucous party, but can cut loose and imbibe and be generally silly with the silliest of 'em.

    We're hard-working folk from the central states (the centralest, Kansas), and while we plan on pretending that money is no object on our honeymoon, the truth is that we do have a budget within which to work, so we are definitely looking for the most bang for our buck, so to speak.

    I envision us taking advantage of at least some of the extras that it appears are available at the various resorts, like snorkeling, perhaps scuba, etc., so will most likely be choosing some of those once I make the final decision.

    That's us in a nutshell - Any further comments or suggestions?
    CSA would check all your boxes:

    It's the best resort for the active couple as it has the best excercise facility on the island, in addition to the included snorkeling, waterskiing, scuba and sail boats.

    I wouldn't consider CSA as a "raucous" resort, but there is always a party going on if you care to look for it. Of all the Couples resorts it's the only one with a nightclub. You also have direct access to the Negril beach scene (just walk to the water and turn left). There are lots of cool little locally-owned bars and restaurants to visit along the way. To access this part of the beach from CN, you would need to take a taxi there and back.

    ..and the beach...WOW! By far, the best beach I've ever seen. Sand is as soft as powdered sugar and never gets hot on the feet. The water is calm and crystal clear. Also, no rocks in the water to stub your toes on. In addition, there are two beach bars that are only steps from where ever you decide to sit.

    CSA also has more dining options than CN does. You will have both buffet and ala carte options for every meal at CSA.

    The one thing CN has that CSA does not is the au-natural beach. If tanning in the nude is important to you, than you might want to consider that option.

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    I would say that you described Couples Negril too a tee on what your looking for. It is compact yet big enough that you are not cramped at all.

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    Based on your latest post you seem to like the beach, are active (while being willing to kick back), like quiet evenings (but can cut loose) and want the best bang for the buck. Based on our experience, and the side of the island that appeals to you, we'd have to go with CSA (Negril side) or CSS (Ochi side).

    CSA has a wonderful fitness complex and includes cycle (a.k.a. Spin) as one of its classes. There is plenty of room to walk (or run) and they have a great disco to enjoy in the evenings as well as the "showtime" events at the Palms. If you're more into beach volleyball then CN might be better (we found more of this there than at CSA). CSA and CN have the best sunsets of the 4 resorts. Snokeling is also better (less choppy water/better visibility on the Negril side of the island).

    CSS has a good workout program (Step, Yoga, Pilates and water aerobics) along with weight machines in their workout pavilion. There is lots of property to roam and explore with hills and stairs to climb (usually a good thing to do after a large lunch or dinner). They did, at one time, have bikes that could be borrowed (not sure if they still have these). There's a little less evening events, other than "showtime", but they also have a great Starlight Gala on Friday evening with an after-party. CSS has a nice view of sunsets from Sunset Beach.

    Hope this helps in your decision!!

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