Couples San Souci – Ocho Rios, Jamaica – Trip Reports
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February, 2018 TH & JH Couple First visit
We really did enjoy this resort. It was just what we needed—lots to do , but you chose what you wanted and it was tailored to “seniors”- music not too loud, plenty of food, booze, and chairs, etc. The spa was wonderful – we had a Valentine’s Couples massage. We met lots of really nice , friendly new folks and we enjoyed the location. It was a longer ride than we had thought (from the airport) but we met folks on the bus so it went more quickly with conversations. The restaurants gave just the right amount of choices and we loved the reservations.
In conclusion, it was exactly what you said it was. The clothing optional beach was nice with a good bar and it was a perfect walk each morning from our room. Our room was not fancy but it had everything we needed. The shower was awesome! We did have a partial view of the ocean, and when we return we would like that building-and room #5203. Thanks for steering us that way. We heard that Grand Lido was a “pain in the neck”- long walks for food, and rocky walk to the beach, and the clothing optional pool was tiny-glad we did not go there! Thanks so much for all the help.
March, 2017 – KC Couple First visit
Couples San Souci is a beautiful, lushly tropical, intimate resort. It feels a bit like Santorini or Positano with its myriad of steps, levels and niches. The accommodations are Caribbean luxury. The food is good to very good depending on what you order. The beaches are stunning and picturesque. The nude beach is absolutely beautiful and well sequestered from the textile beach as there is literally a large hill with cliffs in between.
The pool/hot tub and bar are all very nice at the nude beach. Nice food service at lunch with a grill and small buffet. It’s easy to walk back to the main part of the resort if you want more food options at lunch.
The atmosphere at the nude beach was quite social or quite quiet depending on where we positioned ourselves on the beach. Conversely, the textile beach was too boring for our taste. Overall, San Souci is the nicest resort we have ever been to that also has a nude beach.
Highly recommended for the right balance of luxury, romance, social options and a great nude beach.
Bring your water shoes due to the rocks in the sea at this beach. (CASTAWAYS NOTE: The beautiful White River outlet to the Caribbean forms the western edge of the nude beach area. During times of heavy rainfall, small river pebbles and sometimes larger stones may be washed into part of the beach area so the beach floor is subject to shape shifting. As KC mentions, take a pair of Aqua shoes in case you need them).
One last note…the Au Naturel beach becomes the Sunset Beach for the whole resort at 530p. However, we found that since the c/o people were the majority…we all remained nude. Also, late night nude pool and hot tub!
May, 2016 – G.O – 7 time visitor May 2016
GG Couple May 2016 Our experience at Sans Souci was absolutely great! The service everywhere on the resort was top notch. They really want to make sure that everything is perfect for you and that you are happy there. We only have good things to say about our trip, the food we ate there, the vacationers we met and the staff. In multiple instances the staff went out of its wayto accommodate us the best they could. The room was freshly remodeled, well located and absolutely fabulous! The most comfortable we have ever had at any resort in the past. Thanks again James for touching base with us and for your recommendations.
PS: The weather was great! Not a single drop of rain! They need to fix the swimmable section (of the nude beach water) on the au natural side. Very rocky. Hard on your feet when you touch the bottom.
Castaways note: Since the nude beach is adjacent to the White River’s outlet to the Caribbean, we’ve found the beach floor near there to be a changeable, movable feature that varies with the rain and weather. Occasionally, smooth beach pebbleeswash into the mouth of the river near the nude beach. Just take a pair of aqua shoes with you if you want to explore more. It’s still a nice option to enjoy.
Couples Sans Souci 7th time in 3 years May 2016
Yes, we are returning to our favorite spot in May, our seventh time in 37 months. Sunset Beach is just amazing! Even more incredible than the beach, pool, hot tub, swim-up bar, and grill, are the wonderful staff and people you meet. (Tanesha, see you soon!). The guests are much more friendly on the A/N side (at Sunset Beach). We see many repeat guests each time we return. That speaks volumes about CSS! Don’t wait to go to Sunset Beach. Go early in your stay. Those who waited were so very sad they hadn’t tried it sooner. We also heard complaints about how the people on the clothed beach keep to themselves and that all the fun is on the A/N side. Well join us! Experience how good it feels. Join the fun playing pool volleyball. You haven’t had that much fun before. The people are great! All this, and no wet swimsuits todeal with! Hope to see a lot of you there. (Pun intended).
December, 2015 – J & C 5th visit
We were there for a short visit in December and enjoyed the new, improved Sunset Beach area, especially the new pool deck. If you’ve been there before, you may recall the old stone grotto in the middle of the former pool. Well, it’s gone now and more space for fun and splash has been added for an expanded pool. Plus the pool deck surrounding it has been enlarged, too. Things get better and better plus you will likely see some repeaters you may know if you’ve visited previously. We had a chance to run across our favorite restaurant supervisor down at the beach bistro….Raquel. She formerly worked at Hedonism 3 for several years and now has spent several successful years at Sans Souci. Her development and experience are being rewarded as she enjoys well deserved promotions. Say hello to Raquel next time you enjoy the lower level restaurant, Palazzina.
Sept 2015 – D & B Couple
As advertised Couples San Souci is a beautiful resort with all possible amenities available. The fact that buildings A & B (near nude beach) were unavailable made for a very strenuous trip every time that you went down to sea level to enjoy the 2 beaches. Our room was in the furthest building from the beaches so we in our mid 70s found it to be quite a challenge. The only derogatory thing that we will say is that the nude beach is not conducive for enjoying the water. The water is very rocky (small river pebbles from the White River nearby) and unless you had special (aqua) shoes, the water was not an option. Other then these comments, the resort will beckon us again if and when buildings A & B are completed and the adjoining restaurant is available.
June 2014 – CSM MCM
This was our first trip to a clothing optional/Au Naturel resort as well as only our second trip to an inclusive resort. The experience was better than we could have imagined and we are trying to figure out how soon we can return. I did plenty of research on all the resorts and felt this to be the one with the best nude beach option along with what reviews had indicated would be a resort with good food, beverages and activities.
We stayed in the A section of the resort and that is where we’d like to stay again. The first full day we took our things to stake out a spot on the Sunset Beach or AN side then went to the gym and breakfast. As Au Naturel virgins, we caught on pretty quickly, but there were some awkward moments. The first walk to the bathroom or the beach or the bar totally naked was took some getting used to then we were all comfortable in the buff.
The staff and facility were excellent, I’ve seen some reviews that the rooms are a bit dated… maybe a touch but all were clean and well kept. The drinks were ok, but were often quite light on the alcohol. We (my wife and all the new friends we made) determined that this being both financially motivated and the fact that the resort has many, many stairs and they are worried about drunken falls. While on the AN Sunset Beach side, we noted two incidents of stepping on sea urchins. So bring water shoes for that side or stay on the river side of the beach where there is more sand. Also I wish the bar at the AN Sunset Beach was a bit higher, order a drink naked is a bit awkward ones junk is at the bartenders eye level.
June 2013 – BV
We were very pleased with our stay. We felt like we got a good value for our money. Spent all day on the nude side except for a few activities. Got dressed at night for dinner. All the activities included is what really sold us. Food was good. Room was clean and spacious. No complaints!
August 2011 – JC
After reading all the reports, I found the resort to be everything I expected…and more. The room was very spacious and comfortable. The staff went out of their way to make it a delightful experience. The guests at the nude beach/pool area were very friendly and the staff kept everyone entertained with daily games and activities. We can’t wait to return !!!
July 2011 – MJ + LJ
We stayed at both Couples Sans Souci and Couples Swept Away July 2011.
I was asked by the the staff and other guests which resort we liked better. I think it all depends on how you want to spend your vacation. They are different.
Swept Away, being in Negril, was more active. Faster pace, lots to do, hotter. Can tire you out.
Sans Souci, there were still a lot of activities but seemed more relaxed. Slower paced, cooler temps. I think we did it in the right order.
Negril first then Ocho Rios for some much needed relaxation before heading home.
Only thing I would do different is stayed one day longer at Swept Away and one day less at Sans Souci. It was VERY hard to leave Swept Away. My wife had such a great time.
We were treated extremely well by everyone at both resorts. Show a little “respect” towards the staff and they will bend over backwards for you. Our battery ran out on the camera and the guy in the gift shop was willing to run to town for us and try to find one. We were leaving the next day so we said not to bother but appreciated the thought. My wife was tearing up when we finally had to leave. Would highly recommend both resorts but as I said it would depend on how you want to spend your time on vacation. Negril has better beaches, Ocho Rios(Sans Souci) has more lush vegetation and better grounds. Very pretty.Thank you very much,
Will see you soon. MJ