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Couples Swept Away
Ranked #14 of 85 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
“The Perfect Honeymoon spot!”
Reviewed 7 July 2012

This was my wife and I first time going to Jamaica and we had a fabulous time. The service, food and resort was excellent but we couldn’t of done this without are awesome travel agent Nanda van Zwam. She is the best travel concierge we have ever experience and already planning another trip with her for next year. Her email is nanda@beachbumvacation.com . Thanks again Nanda.

Andre & Danielle

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2012

This hotel was amazing!!!!! WOOOO =]
The service was brilliant they was always there to help when i needed them and they were so friendly.
The hotel was absolutely beautiful, had great views, was totally mesmorised.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2012

I am personally writing this e-mail with so much gratitude to the memories I have from this island and this resort. My husband and I visited this resort on the 23rd of June and we were truly "Swept Away", there's no other words to sum up the experience we had except for the name of this resort. What a perfect discription for an experience one will never forget.

My husband and I have visited so many resorts in the past, that I asked my self, "Why did I wait so long to visit Jamaica?" Thanks to my travel agent and the great reviews I received from my manager at Sorrelli Jewelry, where I work in PA, I would have never made this my summer destination. You will be in wonderment an extremely proud of the operation of this fine tuned resort, it was operated as if everyone that stayed there was very important. Every little detail, I must say, was given great thought for a couple to be Swept Away. I do not want to go on and on about how happy we were because I would be just going on and on for hours and maybe even days about every little moment we breathed and lived at the time of our arrival until the time that we have left, so I will skip that. I do want to mention how nice it was to be taken to a special lounge upon arrival until our transportation was loaded and ready for us to venture the resort Swept Away. I also want to say how nice it was to be offered the VIP treatment going back home at the Club Kingston Mobay Club, which made the departure as perfect as the trip was...stressless! There was not a detail left out, be proud of it Jamaica, because you have perfected it!

Location was outstanding. We stayed in 4116 and the room was spacious and always kept clean and the bed we slept in was better than I have at home. Mini fridge was a dream come true when wanting a private cocktail together, how wonderful! I have gotten many goose bumps from this resort and I have them now just thinking back in writing you this review.

I have never been a critic of food in the past Island getaways we had together because I am easy to please. I do want you to know I was teary eyed when I ate the Cesar Salad from the Patois Restaurant. I still have not found a restaurant here in Pennsylvania that can master the skill. Needless to say, I was in awe. That was our first night, so I want you to know the days that followed were dynamite. All the restraurants were great and should be commended on the detailed operation to take care of you, with flavors that were out of this world delicious! Our favorite lunch time meal, that was on a daily base, was at Sea Grape's where we had vegetarian meals. Great sushi!!! This resor tailors the needs of so many pallets. Bravo, because we loved it and are coming back for more. The Lemon Grass, with the Thai Cuisine was our favorite, Sandria ordered our meals because we forgot to bring our reading glasses. Superb meal! The down side of that meal is I got hammered with so many mosquito bites I had to rush the meal. No biggie, we came back again. I figured they tasted the love that was emitting out of my pores, and I took it as a compliment since I haven't been bitten in 20 years, must be something in the air:)

About the staff, what can I say?...all professionals, and I mean all the staff, including your ground keepers and all the people you never see that makes Swept Away a masterpiece. It would not be fair to name the staff members that made our time pleasant because there were so many I did not know names, that did the same. I enjoyed my turn down service with a parable that I was always eager to find out the meaning of in the morning, because it was in Creole, this was enlightning to me because I am a Christian and believe in God.

Three summaries I have for Jamaica and the beautiful resort Swept Away is.
#1 Nothing can compare to the genuine smiles we received from everyone.
#2 The love between me and my husband that I will leave unspoken because this is private
#3 The private boat tour from Water Sports will keep us coming back for more.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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St. Louis
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2012

I travelled to Jamaica 6/17-6/24 for our honeymoon. The first 3 nights were booked in Montego Bay and the remaining 4 were booked at Couples Swept Away in Negril. I knew Negril was rustic, and that Couples Swept Away would not likely be as nice as Iberostar Grand in Montego Bay, but wow...I feel so mislead by their website. The pictures on the website must be from whenever the resort first opened...I am guessing 20 or so years and tens of thousands of hotel guests earlier.

We arrived @ Couples on June 20th and I thought we were being dropped off at the wrong hotel. It looked nothing like the website photos. Well, maybe it sort of did. Just much older and in need of maintenance and updating. My husband had to point out the name on the welcome floor mat for it to sink in that this really was our resort. I know a lot of travellers go here because it has not changed, but for those of us who have never been there before, a caveat emptor would have been appreciated. The lobby is dark and old, and the staff was less than organized. Someone grabbed our bags and moved them. Someone else told us to go to the lobby desk to check in. Then someone realized we hadn't received a welcome drink and we were served warm, flat sparkling wine. Not the best first impression. Everyone in the lobby looked hot and bothered. Not a smile to be found. (I mean the guests and the staff.). When we were checking in, we were told we had to go across the lobby to make our dinner reservations, so we went to the "concierge" and did so. I told him I would like to dine at Feathers that night, and his response was, "I'll book you for Lemon Grass. You'll be too bored at Feathers.". I have no idea of what he meant by that, but I rolled with it. I set up the remaining reservations for the other nights and we were bustled off to our room.

The bellman was very sweet and lugged our bags quite a distance through a maze of pathways surrounded by ill-manicured grounds. The lush landscape was out of control in some areas, and just plain dead in others. There were several stray cats roaming the property and we saw room service trays left sitting atop trash cans along the pathway. Again, not a good first impression. I am a fussy person when it comes to cleanliness and having nice accomodations, so my perspective is definitely swayed, but for the same price we were paying for all inclusive at Iberostar, I expected something in the universe. This was worlds away.

When I arrived in the room, my heart sank again. We compared the room to an older Motel 6. Maybe even worse than that. It looked like something you would rent by the hour, not something you pay $440/night for. The room was dark and very outdated. The shower was a tub/shower combo with a plastic liner. Bed was hard as a rock. All of the furniture was original to the room. I asked about room service and he said it was continental breakfast only. No other room service. Seriously?? At an "All Inclusive"? The mini fridge had some soda and beer and a bottle of some cheap liquor. When the bellman left, we immediately started to plan a way to leave. In the meantime, I tried to make the best of it since I knew we may not be able to cancel the remainder of our stay or find another hotel to go to. We went lunch at an outdoor burger joint on the beach. The waitress must have seen the look of despair on my face because she walked over and said, "You'll be alright. Don't you worry...you'll figure it out.". The food was not horrible, but we were sitting at plastic tables on a dirty deck floor. Just not a 5 star situation. My husband and I both agreed that had we paid $150/night, we could have been okay with the situation since the beaches in Negril are uncomparable. However, at the rate we were paying we felt really stupid.

Suck it up. Went to the beach bar to talk and have a drink since there was nothing drink worthy in the room. Not a top shelf brand to be found. The drinks were terrible versions of frozen island drinks. We quickly realized we needed to go straight to the hard stuff if we wanted a drink that we recognized. Vodka tonic is hard to mess up. The crowd on the beach looked like mostly 20 somethings...a smattering of older couples, but not many.

So between lunch (limited times and places on where you can go....have an itinerary if you want to eat) and the beach bar (closes at 6pm, I believe, so go back to your dingy room and have a coke) we had decided to call our travel company and try to cancel the reservation and book another hotel. Our travel company said they already released payment to Couples, so they called on our behalf to try to get the cancellation/refund. No dice. Couples said we didn't have to stay, but they were keeping our money for the remaining nights. So, we went to the front desk and explained our situation. The staff member was very nice, but said we would have to talk to the manager @ 9am the next morning. We went to the dinner at Lemon Grass and it was really a lovely dinner. Food was okay, but the ambiance was nice and the steel drum band show afterwards was really cool. This was the only enjoyable moment of my 20 hours spend at Couples Swept Away. After dinner, we headed back to the room and slept.

At 8:45am we headed up to the front desk and tried to speak with the manager, but she stayed behind her office doors and only communicated with us through the front desk staff member who had to call her and tell us what she said. Long story short, they refused to refund the remaining nights, so we called Iberostar Grand in Montego Bay who gladly found us an ocean view suite and welcomed us back with open arms. We basically double paid for the remaining 3 nights of our honeymoon, but it was worth it to get away from Swept Away.

Warning to those who have really stayed in nice resorts and are expecting this to be what the website looks like: it isn't. The place is a dive, in my opinion. If you like upscale, clean, updated amenities with top notch service, food, and beverages then you will not like this resort. If you are very young, not very travelled, really like camping, or just have a flair for the nostalgic...then perhaps you will see this property through a different lens. I wish I could have liked this resort, as I do love the beach in Negril, but it was not to be.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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, vice president of Operations at Couples Swept Away, responded to this review, 5 July 2012
We are very disappointed that our resort did not match or exceed your expectation and left after a night of your vacation.

I am sorry you felt our resort look dated and built many years ago. Actually the room you were allocated was built just seven years ago and the interior design is intended to be one of a rustic look. Our resort gardens are highly acclaimed and are in keeping with the original look of Negril.

Some guests have been seen to feed the hotel cats on their patio so this lures them to the rooms and this is something we are currently addressing.

We ask guests not to tip our staff. (all staff members do get a percentage of your room charge which is calculated as a gratuity). Team Members normally declare what is given to them and this would be deposited into the resort gratuity pool.

We have little control of the vendors on the beach as all beaches in Jamaica are open to the public. Some of our guests actually enjoy interacting with them most of which are colorful characters and add a certain Jamaican flavor to their vacation.

It is policy to log the names of our valued guests whenever they leave the property. The beaches in Negril are safe to walk after hours; however after 6:00 pm the patrol beach personnel are off duty, hence the reason for the security to say this.

Thank you again for your valued critique. Most of which will help us improve our service standards. I am delighted that you enjoyed the rest of your stay on the island.

All guests that request refunds must be submitted to your tour operator not the resort (i.e. the company that you book with) They may impose penalties for early check out.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2012

I know the beaches in Jamaica are beautiful but this one is beyond your imagination, the sand is so soft.
We stayed in a beachfront veranda suite first floor, just in front on " chapel in the sand". The room per se including the a/c worked perfect. The morning view breathtaking.
Breakfast was good as well as lunch. Best restaurant The Feathers, requieres reservations but it is worth it..
Had bad experience: night before leaving went to pre check out since we were
Leaving to Montego Bay Airport at 7AM ( it is an 1.5 hour ride, not pretty) and we were told, they swore our luggage was ginna be picked up at 6am sharp; it never happened we had to do it ourselfs and twi other couples same happened si we had to depart to the airport late. I found it irresponsible but we were leaving so who cares.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Property: Couples Swept Away
Address: Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#10 Luxury Hotel in Negril
#14 Romantic Hotel in Negril
Price range (per night): ₹ 23,939 - ₹ 37,498
Hotel Class:4 star — Couples Swept Away 4*
Number of rooms: 312
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Immediately upon entering Couples Swept Away, you realize that you have arrived in paradise. Exotic flowers bloom amidst acres of green—on seven miles of the purest white sand beach in Negril, Jamaica. Dotted among the tropical gardens—open-air cafes, small pool enclaves and fresh fruit oases are yours to discover. Never crowded or hurried, the resort offers an intimate tranquility and when desired, total seclusion. All rooms embrace a quiet elegance with island cedar furnishings and pure white linens. Plantation shutters open onto private verandahs with views of gardens and azure sea. Breezy open-air restaurants engage candle-lit lanterns and billowing white curtains to strike a romantic note. While the pristine 10-acre sports complex encompasses every imaginable activity, the superb spa serves as a haven of relaxation. Couples Swept Away simply captures your heart and soothes your soul. ... more   less 
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