Couples Swept Away
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCouples Swept Away Negril
We stayed at this all-inclusive resort twice - in August 2011 and June 2012, even though we usually prefer not to stay at the same resort twice. The reason was not the resort itself, but the wonderful beach it is on. To me personally the 7 Mile Beach the resort is on is its greatest asset. I liked the idea that it's a couples-only, no-tips resort, that the water sports were included (no additional fees for use of catamarans or snorkeling trips to the reef). The food was mediocre in my opinion, the service was generally ok (sometimes great, sometimes so-so). We stayed in their "atrium" room during the first stay and in "ocean view veranda" room during the second stay. The "ocean view veranda" is closer to the beach, more expensive yet tired-looking. "Atrium" is much more charming, in my opinion, even though it doesn't have a TV, for example (it has hammocks on the terrace though). If I were to stay there again - I would definitely go with "atrium".
Overall, it's a nice resort, and whatever the shortcomings - they are more than compensated by the gorgeous beach it is on.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Couples Swept Away Negril
The ultimate place for honeymooners!
We decided to go to Couples Swept Away for our honeymoon. We got there on May 28 and spent 6 days. This resort does EVERYTHING first class. The rooms, beaches, facilities, food and staff are all top of the line. You are not going to find a more romantic place to spend your honeymoon.
Great vacation experience
Just returned from honeymoon, a second marriage for both of us, so we were probably a little older than the average couple. We are mid 40's. Saw lots of people getting married there, weddings seemed lovely. I did not get my paperwork there in time, so got married before we left. We had a great time, the food was delicious and the staff friendly. The rooms very clean and comfortable. Highly recommend!! Only stayed 4 nights, wish we had stayed longer.
Menories of swept away
We have just returned from a 10 days trip to Swept Away, it was perfect.We arrived late, but the young man on reception, knew who we were, and said he would make check in as easy as possible, as he knew we had had a long day. The Duty Manager came to welcome us to Swept Away, we were given a glass of champagne, and as we began to relax we could hear the frogs, as promised.Our room was wonderful, just like having our own plantation house,we could make Blue Mountain coffee with the coffee maker each morning, and sit on the balcony with the songbirds in the background, on the largest balcony ever. The view was a garden view with beautiful trees, but private, as all the rooms are arranged to give the maximum privacy. It was great to have a choice of either breakfast on the balcony, or stroll along the beachfront to the restaurant. The food was a delight at every meal - breakfast and lunch are self service with a marvellous array of choices to suit everyone. Be warned the hotel has a pastry chef, who produces the best desserts and pastries, therefore our promise to ourselves of a light lunch never materialised, as we just had to sample those desserts. Dinner for five nights a week was waiter service, the staff are excellent, there is a great choice of menu, and a choice of wine, and the staff always remember your choice and refill the glass as required.We were told that during the first few days of our stay, the hotel was 95% full. But, we never had to wait, queue, or be refused anywhere on the complex. In the dining room there were plenty of tables, and staff. At Feathers Restaurant, where bookings are taken from 8.00 am the day before, we could always book a table. On the beach there were more than enough sun loungers. So there was a constant feeling of space and relaxation.The staff were exceptional, but in particular, we would mention Antoinette, who took us on our orientation tour of the complex, she never fogot names, always acknowledged us, but knew when to be discreet, and when the hotel. Robert, the barman at the cocktail bar, was fantastic, and could hold his own at any cocktail bar anywhere in the world. Dwayne and Claudette at the Beach Bar, were hilarious, their friendly banter made everyone feel welcome, and relaxed, and the service was great. All the young men on the Watersports team, were brilliant, patient, and knew exactly what we had done, and what we could do.As the sun went down, we could retire to our room, with a bottle of wine, relax, (as if we were not relaxed already) for a couple of hours, then go to the cocktail bar for a Metropolitan , Vodka Martini etc, then to dinner, watch the show sometimes, dance sometimes, chat with new found friends, and then off to bed.Swept Away is truly the place to relax, unwind, and forget the outside world . I was talking to a gentleman in the gift shop, and as he said,'when you are staying at the best, you have to come back, as anywhere else would be a disappointment.'We have stayed at many top hotels and resorts throughout the Caribbean, but Swept Away is the best if you want quality time together, to be away from the pressures of work and home. It is the most relaxing place ever. Now I am home, if I feel under pressure at work, I close my eyes, and imagine I am back in the hammock on the beach, in the arms of my husband, as the breeze whispers through the palms.Please go, you will love it.
A piece of Heaven on Earth
If I had to rate my vacation on a scale from 1 to 10 I would have to give it a twelve! Couples Swept Away is everything and more than you see on there web-site and there brochures. Every review I read and saw on them made me skeptical and I thought that all the people writing them probably got paid to do it............I just returned on Sat. (March 22, 2003) and wish I could go back today. I felt like I was a queen. I can't remember every being treated so well. I actually just came home from a local resaturant and was thinking when I was there ( when I asked our waitress for more dressing for my salad and a glass of ice) that she should go to Jamaica and see how to treat people. EVERY person at the resort couldn't do enough for us to make us feel like they really cared about our stay there. It took us about 2 or 3 days to slow our pace of living down to enjoy the Jamaican pace of life...........I wish I could live it everyday. The beach was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Every morning it was cleaned and raked. We had high winds three of our seven days there and the winds cancelled all the trips out but they tried to book more trips out when the weather cleared. The food was second to none. We ate at every restaurant they had and I never had one bad meal . If you are into dessert, eat it first, they put out so many wonderful desserts you will want to try them all and after the meals they served I never had enough room for all the desserts I wanted. If you are into top shelf liquor they have anything you want and as much as you can drink. For domestic beer they have Miller Lite but we really enjoyed the Red Stripe from Jamaica. If you are a Coke drinker I hope you like Pepsi as it is all they have. The sports complex was beautiful and looked well equipped. Our friends went there everyday but we opted to be lazy, relax and sleep in. After all, we were on vacation. The lap pool was huge and the regular pool was very small. We usually went swimming in the ocean everyday, your lounge chairs on the beach had a floating cushion that you could take out in the water and float around for ever. So many people warned us before we went not to go off our resort grounds. There was never a time that I was ever scared or felt threatened walking up and down the beach off the resort property. We went into Negril one day and felt total safe there also. If you are looking for a place that parties all night this probably isn't the place to go. They did have nightly entertainment but it was more low -key. There are no TV's in the rooms which my girlfriends and I loved but the guys were having "remote with-drawl" all week. They ended up in the game room or at the Sports complex alot to watch TV. Unfortunately the war started when we were there so there was alot of news to keep up on. If you ever get the chance to go to Jamaica I highly recommend Swept Away in Negril it is worth every dime they charge. Brenda
We were Swept Away- Great All Inclusive!
Absolutely Incredible! My husband took me to Swept Away for my Birthday- 5 days/4 nights & we had a Wonderful time at this Beautiful resort! We just got back last night- March is a perfect time to go (we were even able to escape all the spring breakers). To give you a point of reference for this review- We're big travelers- with the beaches/ocean being our favorite destination! and our expectations are pretty high on accomodations & related services. Our stay at Swept Away is now ranked at the top as one of our favorite places to stay! If you're trying to decide where to stay in Jamaica, Negril is the place to go for relaxation & beautiful beaches (7 mile)! Overall the atmosphere and attention to detail are the best parts of this resort- Tropical, beautiful grounds/beaches/rooms, relaxing, peaceful, plenty of space, intimate dining, etc. One of the nicest things about this property is that you never feel crowded. It really is a great getaway for couples- you can socialize or do your own thing- very very nice!! Most of the staff were very friendly & helpful. They really try to cater to your needs. The only real downside to the resort was the crickets that sang ALL night long (yes, it's tropical so they're to be expected but we didn't expect it to be SO loud- bring ear plugs- we used cotton after we woke up several times the first night. On the flipside- we expected to be bombarded by locals trying to sell things (incl. drugs), but it wasn't as bad as expected- happened occasionally-but just say "no thanks" and they leave you alone. Accomodations- We were very impressed by the rooms (and we have stayed at some very upscale places). It felt like you had your own tropical bungalow with the lanais almost as large as the room. And with all the foliage, you couldn't really see your neighbors. Make sure to get a "beach front" room- the views are the absolute Best & are the only ones that come with a fully stocked mini bar that they refresh daily- wines, beer, water, sodas, juices, liquor, etc. Also- they'll turn the a/c off & open the windows when your room is serviced. We just left a note requesting that they leave it on- & they happily obliged. It gets pretty warm if you don't. Dining- Overall really good. Feathers is the best/most upscale of the dining choices & has very good food/presentation. You can only make the reservations 1 day in advance so make them early- they book up fast! (we also discovered they don't book to capacity). Our second favorite- was the in-room breakfast service (can only get at breakfast). We did this all but 1 morning. It's continental & better than most- The fruit was incredible & it comes with good breads, yogurt, etc. The veggie bar has great fruit smoothies. They also have cold lunch choices, but didn't try those b/c we were a little disgusted w/ the Beach Grill (next to veggie bar). Where was the ice on the raw meat?? yuck! (This was the worst thing we saw at S.Away) The Dining Room (main rest.)- pretty good food, & even better for dinner when you can order off the menu. The selections were pretty good, but since we're not big on buffets, it got tiring after a while. SeaGrapes cafe- went 1X on Italian night- good pasta & nice dining under the stars. Pasta, seafood, fresh fruit & the rolls were the best choices in all the restaurants. PS- if you want Diet Coke (they serve Diet Pepsi), you can get bottled DC in the pro shop in the sports center (bottled is a big thing for us). Activities/Entertainment- They have a lot of great activities to choose from, but we wanted to relax, so we chose a few. We did the catamaran cruise to the lighthouse & cliffs just before sunset- very fun!!! Good way to meet people! Did some of the water sports- kayaking was fun. Piano bar- just happened to run into this (not open every night). Piano bar w/ sing along- very very fun- we laughed a lot!! Sports bar- fun to play pool. Nightly entertainment in Dining room- did one night- had a great band for dancing- was a lot of fun. Not included- but the parasailing is a must do!Some tips for those wanting to get the best of your stay- 1- Do the in-room breakfast- very nice! 2- To get beer in the can (vs on tap), go to the Beach Bar or Sports Bar 3- Have dinner at Feathers- very yummy & nice atmosphere!! 4- Take the Catamaran cruise 5- Get Beachfront room- great view & better ocean breezes 6- Do the piano bar- most fun bar! 7- Take lots of time to relax & enjoy the beautiful beaches/Carribean sea- it is incredible!!!!Recommendation- Stay at Swept Away- you'll be glad you did!!
Laid back elegance with a few kinks
My husband and I just got back from a short jaunt (4 nights) at the Couples Swept Away resort. Everything started out perfectly. The flying weather was great, the flight there (Air Canada) was comfortable and uneventful, and we got through customs and immigration without a problem.When we exited, a cordial Air Canada agent directed us to the Couples Swept Away desk where friendly staff greeted us and arranged for our transportation to Negril. Our driver was Edmund, a knowledgeable, friendly man who gave us a wealth of information about the parishes (what we call provinces in Canada) and the general lifestyle of Jamaica. It was a pleasant 1 1/2 hour drive to the resort.Upon arrival we were told that we were downgraded to the Garden suite without much explanation. We had reserved the Atrium suite since the Beachfront suite was not available. We were quite disappointed and ticked off that they would do such a thing at a time when we had no other choice. We suspect that the resort overbooks or downgraded us because we were only spending 4 nights instead of the normal 1 - 2 weeks that most couples spend. We were however, offered one hour massages to make up for the downgrade and we were told that we would get the difference between the rooms credited back to us. We couldn't stay disappointed for long. We were happy with our room (a ground level, which I think is the best because you can just walk out from your verandah) and the lush vegetation was just beautiful. In addition, our expectations were on par with what Couples promises in their promises. What you see is what you get. The beach was beautiful, well maintained (raked every morning). It would have been nice if the lounge chairs were also cleaned. We found them covered in sand or wet every morning. We were surprised (despite reading the reviews here) that we were constantly offered pot and bombarded with people selling everything from aloe vera, to bracelets, to cigarettes and cigars. However, if you politely refuse, they do not bother you further. The food at Couples Swept Away is good but by no means gourmet. Breakfast is the usual buffet including eggs, bacon, waffles, french bread, etc. The highlight is really the fresh fruit - wonderful papaya and watermelon. Lunch is also buffet style but with a larger selection (in the main dining room) from roast beef, to grilled chicken, to stuffed lamb or salmon. Great selection of food! If you want something lighter, the Veggie Bar/Seaside cafe is great for the grilled fish sandwich and of course, the juices. Dinner is a bit more formal. Although the dress code for dinner is casual elegance, not many people opt for that. We both thought that the quality of dinner in the main dining room or at Feathers (in the Sports Complex) were about the same. The difference is really in the service. At Feathers, the setting is more elegant and the service more formal and attentive. Seafood is always a good choice since it is always fresh. Most of the staff at Couples appear to genuinely like working there. There were a few people who did not go out of their way to be friendly. But my husband suggests that they may expect a bit of small talk/socializing to be a bit happier. One case in point: the woman at the Beach Front bar. Couples Swept Away charges $2 US when you connect to an international operator. We found that we couldn't dial direct and always had to connect through the hotel operator. In addition, a photographer usually takes pictures of couples throughout the day. Our picture was taken during dinner on two nights. We reviewed the pictures and wanted to by them only to find out that each photograph was $8 US which we think was outrageous. All in all, Couples Swept Away met our expectations and we would recommend it to anyone who asks. If only they would work out the little kinks.
Relaxed and laidback
Spent a week at Swept Away January 20-27. Excellent food, drinks and service.
The staff were for the most part friendly, and assistive.
This is a laid back resort so if you want excitement, this is not the place. None of the activites were overbooked (we heard the opposite for the other Couples Resort).
The horseback riding is not as nice as was promoted ($140US for 2); however, still interesting.
Lovely beach which was large for the resort compared to many others.
I am always swept away at swept away (three time guest)
To the anonymous reviewer from Ottawa, Canada . .thanks for the wonderful review. I read your review and was actually able to relive my three wonderful visits to Swept Away through your words. I too am a HUGE fan of Swept Away. My boyfriend and I LOVE the place. We have been there in Nov 2000, March 2002 and July 2002. We are going again for eight night in February 2003 . .can not wait. I wish I could LIVE at Swept Away and never leave. It is just heavenly.
There was an ant problem when I was there in July, but like was said in the previous review . .certain amounts of bugs, etc will be found in this tropical environment. It did not bother me. The modesty of the rooms which is also part of the places beauty puts you more in contact with the environment. They do a great job in giving you all the amenities, but also making you feel at the same time that you are one with this tropical paradise.
I did want to note that I had a beachfront room all three times I went to Swept Away and we always just had a stall shower. Perhaps they have bathtubs in the beachfront suites? If you can swing the extra money for the beachfront suites .. they all look wonderful and well worth the money. The verandahs on the beachfront suites are all HUGE. I also would NOT recommend the garden rooms. They are way in the back of the property and the verandahs are very small. Go for at least the atrium rooms.
The variety of the food was definitely great. They do what I believe is an ackee handroll at the veggie bar and that was excellent. There were several ackee dishes that they made and all were excellent. I would not say that the food was of a five star restaurant quality, but I was mostly happy. I am a big beef fan and when I realized that the meat was not of the quality that I like and that they tend to overcook it . .I opted out of beef and thought what would be the thing to eat in Jamaica?? The answer was seafood/fish and ofcourse their Jamaican specialties. Would you expect to have great sushi in Iowa, but the beef would be great . .so fish is what is great in Jamaica!!!
Without hesitation I would recommend Swept Away. The no tv policy is something I hope they never change. My boyfriend can become quite a coach potato and he just can't help himself is the tv is there, but if it is not there . .he becomes oh so much more social and he does not even miss it. The only people that might not like Swept Away are those that like lots of pushy social directors planning activities or those that want wild partying all night. Swept Away is in general a mature crowd aged maybe 25-45 that enjoy the beautiful scenery with some laughs here and there, but mostly want peace and quiet and romance. For some great laughs take the Catamaran Cruise with Rasta Ralphie. My boyfriend and I love him and even bought his CD.
Yes we were Swept Away
Trip Report Couples Swept Away Negril Jamaica
We recently returned from Couples Swept Away in Negril, Jamaica. We were married at Swept Away on October 4, 2002.
I did extensive research on where we wanted our special time to be through the Internet and contacts who had traveled to Negril. One of our contacts was familiar with Swept Away and gave us his opinion. Many of our contacts encouraged us to visit Jamaica and experience the diversity of the island and the people.
Our criteria for the adventure was a smaller, more intimate resort property with a tropical feel. We were not interested in a huge property with social directors and a focus on the party atmosphere. We like to have fun but at our own pace available if we choose. We chose Negril for the world-class beach, Jamaican hospitality and spectacular sunsets. Swept Away also had so many options for water sports, diving and a fantastic fitness option.
We corresponded many times with Tamika Jones, the Swept Away wedding coordinator she was always attentive and courteous and did everything she could to help us get our wedding organized. We were planning a Catholic wedding at a nearby church Tamika helped us get connected with Father Joe at the church and also coordinated our wishes with him. The celebration was everything we hoped for and more thanks to Tamika and the group at Swept Away.
Our arrival in Montego Bay could not have better. We began our journey to Negril in a small bus with Errol who gave us the option of seeing a bit of Montego Bay. It was Saturday and we had an opportunity to drive down James St. and see the sights great. He also stopped several times on the way out of Montego Bay to run and pick some native fruit (Ackee) and tell us about it. We also stopped for a couple of stripes along the way a terrific start to the trip. FYI our trip back was also very pleasant 1 hour and 15 minutes to Montego Bay with a good driver, air conditioning and some nice couples on the bus.
The arrival at Swept Away was all we expected. A young woman presented us with a cool towel and sparkling wine as we checked in in the beautiful open-air lobby. We checked in and made our way to our Atrium lower level room. The room was right in the middle of the property a great location. The room looked exactly like the rooms we had seen in the literature. Modest, tropical, intimate and as much as we needed. The verandas are great our veranda had a hammock, a couch and a table. We used the veranda often in the morning and for naps during the day. The verandas light up at night a nice place to unwind before going to dinner.
After settling in, we made a quick tour of the grounds and were told our orientation meeting would be 6:00 p.m. I stopped at the Dive Shop to check in for the week and Donovan (an instructor) could not do enough for me and welcomed me. He also asked (unprovoked) if my wife would be diving and taking the introductory beginners course. His communication was genuine and it gave us an immediate impression of good service.
Here are a few impressions of Swept Away and some Recommendations
Understated, tropical and very much suited our needs. The Atrium bathroom had a stand-up shower and the wooden shutters on the windows give the room a nice feel. There are safes in the rooms to keep your valuables. A few people we met talked about the cleanliness of the rooms and appreciated it. The rooms have air conditioners to cut the humidity at night and ceiling fans. The verandas were great with hammocks to relax and the couch to take a nap. Our atrium room was about 40 steps (a 10 second walk) to the beach - we could partially see the beach from our veranda. The garden view rooms were in the back of the property near the road (may be noisy) and the ocean front were right on the beach. It looked to us that the view from the ocean front rooms may be partially blocked by the trees and plants behind the beach. But the location of these rooms were right on the beach. We were satisfied with our choice of an atrium room. I saw a few complaints on the Internet about bugs in and around the rooms. We saw a few ants on our balcony etc. but it seems impractical to think that you wont see a few bugs in the tropics. We understood that the ocean view rooms had bathtubs if you are interested in soaking in a bath during your stay. The gardenview and atrium rooms only had stand-up showers. There are no TVs in the rooms but we had no intention of watching TV with the variety of things to do and the opportunities to meet people etc.
Food and Beverage
This was a challenge for me because my wife is a former chef and gourmet cook. She is a food person and has very high standards when it comes to food. I had read from a few reports that the food was average so I was slightly concerned that the food would not satisfy her. That said, I have no idea how anyone who had eaten at Swept Away could call the food average it was terrific. Breakfast included fresh fruit (delicious mango), smoked salmon, omelettes, bacon, eggs, hash browns, french toast, fish dishes, cereal, all juices, breads, fresh (hot) crossants, chocolate croissantes, great coffee, etc. etc. Lunch was also great with so many choices. Many chicken dishes, fresh fish, vegetables, some Jamaican specialties (jerk chicken), pasta, fruit, cheeses, desserts etc. etc. The dinners were very good in the main dining room. Several nights there was a wide variety of choice at the buffet and other nights a nice selection off of a menu. The five course meals off of the menu were very good. Appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts were all tasty. The gourmet restaurant, Feathers, was superb. It would compare with most top end restaurants in our city. Patrick, the resident chef, is very creative the presentation was great. We ate at Feathers twice they even had a special menu for our wedding night which was spectacular. A selection of wines is also available at Feathers with some nice Californian, Chilean, French, Argentinean wines & others. We also ate one night at Sea Grapes right on the beach. They serve pasta dishes with different sauces we enjoyed both the food and the atmosphere. The famous veggie bar is certainly a highlight at Swept Away. Laura makes terrific smoothies (anything you want). I had a variety of fruits (mango, banana, papaya etc.) with soy milk and ice and it was delicious. The chicken, tuna and veggie wraps are also great as are the pastries. Guacamole, salsa and chips were also good. If thats not enough you can also choose fish and chicken sandwiche
to the veggie bar. This is all served of course with any drink you want and as many as you want. There were two other bars down the beach a bartender, Linton, kept us entertained through the week with jokes at one of the bars.
The grounds at Swept Away are simply beautiful. They are spectacular at night when the place is lit up under the stars. The main dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner is beautiful open air, giving a very tropical feel. There are many ceiling fans to move the air around. The upstairs of the dining area has a piano bar, pool room, movie room and an abundance of games (checkers, chess and board games). The upstairs also features the sunset deck with great couches for views of the sunset. The pool on the beach side outside of the main dining room is small but it seemed with an incredible beach 10 yards away why would you want to be in a pool?? It appeared everyone else staying there felt the same way. The Beach chairs included floating rafts to use in the ocean very relaxing.
Across the street is a 10-acre fitness facility which was terrific. You are escorted across the street by a security guard and we had no problem with that. It was a 2 minute walk from our Atrium room to the fitness facility. The facility included 10 tennis courts (5 clay, 5 hardcourt), squash courts, racquetball courts, an aerobics/yoga studio, a large cardio/weight area (open air) with treadmills, bikes, weight machines and free weights. We enjoyed working out in the open air gym it was hot but it was fine. There is also a great 7-lane lap pool which I used every morning. I never saw anyone else in the pool in the morning. The fitness area also has a nice sports bar to get a drink or snack (finger foods). Snacks are served between 3 and 6 and come out of the Feathers kitchen very tasty we tried a few. There is one of the few TVs on the property in the sports bar.
We also had massages the best massage Ive ever had from Nadine. There is a full spa also in this area.
FYI the head fitness instructor Donovan trains Lennox Lewis the World heavyweight boxing champion. He knows his stuff.
Lessons for all of the sports are available from professionals these can be booked in advance and are part of the all-inclusive package. My wife had a one hour tennis lesson from John Powliss one of the worlds best senior tennis players who was at the resort for a week of clinics.
We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the entertainment each night. A house band plays through dinner in the main dining room and is then joined by a professional act. A couple of nights we had singers (Jamaicas Karen Smith is a good performer), several nights were offbeat entertainers (the bamboo man, Yogi the contortionist) and others. Friday night is Jamaica night with the Jamaican steel drums very good. The entertainment wrapped up about 10:30 11:00 and that was fine with us. After a long day of activity, food, sun etc., the day was long enough. The bar is open until 1:00 a.m. the option does exist to party a bit with people after the entertainment. There was a bonfire one night on the beach beginning at 11:00 we attended but there were only a few people.
Our first two days it rained (the end of the tropical storm Lily) we played games in the dining room lots of options. The water activities are great. Windsurfers, hobie cats, sunfish, ocean kayaks, water skiing and water bikes. Instruction is available on anything just say the word. There were two snorkel trips a day to several reefs. We went and enjoyed it. Saw lots of fish and ocean life. If you choose not to snorkel, there is a glass bottom boat for viewing whats in the water. The Catamaran Cruise runs twice a week and is a MUST DO!! There are entertainers on the boat (Rasta Ralphie was awesome) and an open bar with beer and rum drinks. The catamaran sails out to the west end or cliffs and stops for cliff jumping at the Pickled Parrot. You have the option of swimming in crystal clear water into the caves and climbing up to jump off an area of the cliffs .what a blast!! There is of course the traditional mooning of Ricks Café from the boat. We did not get a chance to go to Ricks Café on one of the excursions. The road was blocked that particular day. We certainly were not upset about this. Ricks is a commercialized tourist bar and it looked extremely crowded from the catamaran. We also understand the drinks at Ricks are very expensive ($11 US per drink). On our wedding day, we paid the extra $70 (per couple) and parasailed. That is highly recommended great views and quite a thrill. The hotel offers other extra excursions but we did not have time for them. We understood YS Falls is well worth the trip.
Staff and Service
I save this until the end because we were so impressed. From Tamika, our wedding coordinator, to Kirk and Antoinette in entertainment, to Linton and the bartenders to Laura at the veggie bar to the smiling and attentive waiters and waitresses in the dining area. Feathers was very classy and the staff was well trained. Winsome at Feathers added a touch of class to a great dining experience. I cant say enough about the divemasters. Donovan, Rod and Shaw were all first class and put safety first. They were sensitive to the needs of the people diving and made sure the experience was top notch.
A Final Word
We really enjoyed Swept Away and highly recommend it. If you are an active person, enjoy food, like to have fun, like the water and need relaxation Swept Away will meet your needs. The fitness area is fantastic and has everything a person needs to workout. After discussion with my wife, it is very difficult to find much wrong with our experience. We wanted a Jamaican experience, an intimate wedding and a great vacation and thats what we got. We also thought the value was terrific. For what we received including a wedding, diving through the week and several meals at a gourmet restaurant (Feathers) we felt it was excellent value. It is my view that you can find negative in any experience no matter how much you pay or how high-end the property. I read negative comments on the Internet from Swept Away having too many bugs to bland food to problems crossing the road to not enough time to do watersports because the area closed at 4:00 p.m. etc. etc. As we all know, negatives can be derived from pretty much anything. We accepted the facility for what it was and were generally very pleased. The people really did make out trip. From the friends we made from other countries to the friends we made at Swept Away our special time really was special. We knew we were in the right place the first day when the first couple we met were back for their 12th trip to Swept Away and called the place their second home. Every couple we met (from all over) seemed very satisfied with their experience and wanted to return. We certainly look forward to returning someday.
Everyting Cris Mon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is Swept Away your type of resort?
I had a wonderfull time at swept away! My husband and I have done alot of traveling and stayed at many types of resorts, hotels, ect. I would not say this one is the best I have been in but would say it is nice and As far as rating its really hard only because it depends on what you are looking for! I will share with you what I liked and disliked and then hopefully it will help you on making your decision of where to stay (I did the same, read reviews and at times wish people would say more"
Swept Away is pretty much what it says on there website
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... of it. I will be working on duplicating that recipe for sure.
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Today was a much needed day at sea. We got a ton of sun yesterday and are both pretty tired today. We started with breakfast at the solarium, one of the few places we haven't tried yet. It’s the healthier eating buffet. The food wasn’t particularly good, though to be fair none of the buffet food on this ship is very good. We’ve been eating a lot at some of the other dining venues and have only visited ...
... his fault.
Dinner was good, and after dinner we went to Neptune's bar and had scotch, rum and who know what else. We people watched and laughed, and then we started chatting with a nice couple from NC. They told us all about the membership programs and booking the next vacation while still here. We said we'd check it out.
Then it was back to the room to relax, and we planned to get up early to enjoy our last ...