Can't wait to go back...
What a great time. My wife and I spent our honeymoon at the Couples Swept Away resort in Negril from July 6th to 16th of this year. Having never been to Jamaica, we were not sure what to expect. The resort was *exactly* as it was described on the internet. We knew ahead of time about not having a TV in the room, and that was OK with us. If you want to veg in your room and watch the tube, go somewhere else! The rooms are beautiful, bright, airy, and with just the right amout of privacy. After reading many reviews on the internet, we chose an Atrium room and were very happy with our choice. The Atrium rooms are in between the Garden View Rooms and the Ocean Front rooms. The result is you get none of the road-traffic from the "outside world" and you are nestled within the most lush greenery you will ever see. If you have money to burn, upgrade to the Ocean Front, but the only things you get are a slightly larger room and a mini-bar. Trust me, the mini-bar is not necessary. We ate at all of the restaurants except the "fine dining" place, called Feathers, mostly because we just didn't want to waste 2-3 hours on a meal. We got the room service breakfast most mornings which offered you a choice of many different breads, muffins, fruits, cereals, etc. Delivered to your door at a time of your choosing each day. We usually ate on our very large veranda (where the hammock was!). The buffet for breakfast was also excellent The lunch buffet changed daily and was full of excellent hot foods as well as fresh fruits, etc. Our favorite place to get food was the "veggie bar" right next to the pool where you could get things ranging from a very good jerk chicken sandwich, to a hummus platter. By far the best of the bars was the beach bar. The staff here (as with everywhere on the property) was amazing. Thanks to Duel, Ulando, and Doilette (nicknamed Trouble) for making our vacation AWESOME! There were several other bars, including the sports bar (see more detail later), the martini bar, and the main restaurant bar. The sports facility (which is across the road) is also excellent. It has 10 tennis courts, 2 squash courts, 2 raquetball courts, a lap pool, small pool table, and full spa facilities. We had a massage at the spa, and played a little pool. If you are interested in Tennis, this is the place. They have a resident pro and a different visiting pro each week. Every guest can get a 30min private lesson each day for FREE and they also have group lessons for all levels. The Gym and Aerobics room are also here and have VERY good equipment, although the open-air atmosphere makes it a little unpleasant to work out since it is almost always in the 80's. We had no real complaints during our 10 day stay. We had a problem with our phone in the room and once we mentioned it to the front desk it was fixed immediately. The resort is currently expanding, they are adding more cottages and apparently another pool (with swim-up bar) and restaurant. I hope that they keep the atmosphere consistent with the rest of the resort b/c it would be a shame to lose the vibe they have going now. We used the resort services for snorkeling (excellent) and also went on the Catamaran cruise. The cruise was nice, good to do once, but not too exciting. If you want to do motorized water sports, Elvis is your man on the beach. Anything you want, Elvis can get. Literally, anything. Jet Skiing, Para Sailing, Water Skiing, Banana Boat rides, etc, as well as anything you might want to "have a good time". We went on the shopping trip which was OK. The duty free shops are a good place to get your souvenirs, much better prices than the resort obviously. For example, an 8oz bag of Blue Mountain coffee (beans) was $13 in the hotel and $8 in the duty free shops. The craft market is not too exciting, definately avoid it if you don't to be pressured to look at and buy things and especially if you don't like to haggle, it is a must here. I could go on and on, but I won't. Suffice it to say that if we go back to Jamaica (and we will) we won't even bother looking anywhere else. Couples Swept Away is our home-away-from-home in Jamaica.Feel free to email me for more details or with specific questions if you are so inclined.
Couples Swept Away is OUTSTANDING. From the time we set foot in the lobby up until the day we left the lobby, the resort rates an OUTSTANDING. We felt that the most outstanding trait of the resort is the staff. They are wonderful, friendly and extremely helpful. Not enough can be said about all of them, from the front desk personnel, including the Reservations Mgr who had resemblances to my wife, to the beach bartenders to the gym personnel and Feathers staff. We were extremely surprised that after one day, they remembered our names, This is impressive in itself. The Guest Coordinators, Alex, Antoinette and Shamar were simply topnotch. They were always inquiring if there was anything that we needed or could be done to make our stay better. If we asked a question and they did not know the answer, they would find out and get back to us with an answer. We just loved them. Everyone seemed to want to make sure that we enjoyed our stay. Even the landscapers would inquire if we were enjoying our stay. Next, the resort itself is so beautiful with all of the tropical landscaping. The location of the villas themselves within the foliage was beautiful and gave the feeling of privacy. The rooms (we stayed in an Atrium suite) were just our ticket. The openness, with the louvered walls was great, and when we needed to cool the room down, the AC was always available, although we only used it two nights. The patio was huge with a ceiling fan, hammock and sofa. This was great for lounging at anytime, especially after returning from the beach, plus the surrounding tropical foliage made it so nice and peaceful. The restaurants and the food were simply outstanding, and served some of the healthiest eating. The menus were changed daily and we rarely saw fried food, only the fritters. Lots of fruits and vegetables, fish and chicken. Feathers restaurant, a classy place, can compete with any of the top restaurants here in the states. Again, the food and staff were outstanding. Also, the food and beverage manager was another person that put a lot into satisfying the guests tastes. The beach was one of the best we have seen in the Caribbean. The clear multihued water had sand, not rocks, and the beach was very wide, with plenty of loungers with pads that are used as floats. While we were there the resort was full and the beach was not crowded. There are really three bars near or on the beach, two strategically located on the beach served up your heart's desire for a cooler. The bartenders also served fruit kabobs and cool towels to the reclining beach guests during the day. A great idea. The gym had any piece of equipment that you needed and it worked. We used the treadmills which were of high quality, and we used the jogging trail. It was all open air, which we did not mind at all. The entertainment varied nightly and was excellent. The performers were simply great, especially the 'high energy' reggae singer. The house band 'Exodus' performed each night and you could not ask for a better group. I really enjoyed the lead guitarist (Lincoln) who was extremely versatile and whose playing style reminded me of either George Benson or Earl Klugh. What did we miss? Not staying longer. A week is definitely not enough. We shall remedy that on our next trip.
relaxing and romantic
My husband and I just returned from an anniversary trip to Swept Away.
We had never been to an all-inclusive resort and I had done a lot of research when I was planning my son's honeymoon as a wedding present.
We sent them to Couples Negril and when they got back we decided to go to Swept Away. I wanted a place that was very tropical, and my husband needed a place that he could really relax. This resort is even more wonderful than I could describe. We really enjoyed our atrium room; it felt like we had our own villa. I think I could have just stayed in the hammock there or on the beach all day. I am the type of person that doesn't relax easily on a trip. I am always on the go to see everything I can while I am there. Even I slowed down to Jamaica time. I also must comment on the desserts on the buffet. They tasted even better than they looked. The last day at lunch I ate 4 different kinds of chocolate cake and couldn't decide which one was the best.The food was wonderful.
The snorkeling and sailing were great also. The only negative thing that I can think of was that they played loud music after dinner every night till 10:30 or 11:00. Our room was close to the dining room and we weren't able to go to sleep until the entertainment was over,so if that would bother you, be sure and get a room on the other side of the property. Even with this small problem, it was the perfect island vacation and we will definitely go there again.
What area and all inclusive hotel in Jamaica is the best and more fun than all the rest?
We've booked our first Jamaica trip just a couple of weeks ago. We chose Couples Swept Away. After much research, it seems to be the best package.
You can search on Expedia to get all the details. Also, go to the Swept Away site and check out the message board. You'll find nothing but good things about this place. Good luck.