Couples Swept Away Negril
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Honey, we're home! Time to ring in the New Year at our favorite spot, Couples Swept Away in beautiful Negril, Jamaica. This time, we did commit on exploring more Jamaican culture and doing more activities, and did learn a little more about their culture . However, most of our days where spent laying on the gorgeous 7 Mile Beach. Ya Mon!
That famous saying : "Once you go, you know", well now I know! Finally found my 2nd home! What do you do when you get home?…Ahhhh! Well, this was my first impression upon entring Couples Swept Away's lobby! An absolute lushious haven on an impressive white sand beach that boasts palm trees and clear, warm, turquoise waters. This is …
Well that didn't go according to plan. I thought we'd be first off the plane, first through customs and first to our beautiful beach front resort.
About 35 minutes into our flight I got a stabbing pain in my stomach, and I spent the entire time in the airplane bathroom getting sick. Back and forth from my seat in the front of the plane, …
I won't get into boring details about flight departure and arrival; our flight was delayed by a few minutes, but we arrived in Montego Bay safely without incident, enough said....
May 27 - June 1, 2012
My review - thoughts, opinions, suggestions, tips, about our amazing 1st vacation at
Couples Swept Away Negril Jamaica
Usually none of our "lazy vacations" (those vacations that we spend entirely on the beach) repeat itself in terms of location...not that we deliberately seek variety - to us, a beach is a beach, after all...in a "lazy beach vacation" our main priorities are good beach, relative proximity of the destination and direct connection to it...that is why …
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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.
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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.
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.
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
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!!
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.
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.
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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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