This resort is an adults-only, couples-only all-inclusive upscale resort that compares favorably with its next-door neighbor, the Royalton Negril. Couples is independently owned and operated by the Issa family from Jamaica.
All public areas and private rooms are surprisingly and uniquely decorated in contemporary, offbeat tropical colors and textures. Beachfront luxury suites are some of the largest we've ever seen in Jamaican properties. The predominant colors are in the tropical green, yellow and reds families.
Located next door to Grand Lido Negril, Couples Negril shares the same beautiful, wide expanse of near-white sand beach at Bloody Bay.
The resort rooms are in several, separate three-story building units in garden and beach view settings with lots of space, ponds, and facilities spread throughout the grounds, providing an open, relaxed atmosphere where you don't have to walk far to reach your destination. The main activity building for restaurants, reception, spa, gymnasium, buffets, and lounges, is located in the center of the property and very well placed.
All 216 rooms have king-size beds, air conditioning, and ceiling fans, satellite TV, CD player, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, bath and shower, balcony or patio overlooking the Caribbean or beautiful gardens/ponds. There are lots of wickers, tropical decorations and plenty of sunlight, giving each room a bright, airy feel. Electricity is 110, the same as in the states and the water is pure to drink but bring your curling irons and leave your bottled water at home.
Couples is about 4 miles east of Negril village and is across the street from the Negril airstrip, really convenient for using the air taxi shuttles between there and Montego Bay, about 55 miles east or 15 minutes by air charter.
The bus may stop for a passengers' beer or pee break, depending upon the whim of the driver or guests. The coastal road eastward from Montego Bay takes you through the areas of Trelawny, Falmouth, Duncans, Runaway Bay, and St Ann, where you'll pass lots of roadsides stands to sell sea grapes, excellent wood carvings and, of course, Red Stripe beer and jerk chicken, the island's specialty.
Air charter service can also be arranged for trips to Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Kingston or another part of Jamaica, a great way to see the island for a day tour quickly. Complimentary transfer shuttle service from Montego Bay is provided by the resort. The bus ride takes 1.5-2 hours each way.
Many of our clients choose to take the air charter service between Montego Bay and Negril. Lots of folks elect to bus it over to the resort to make friends on the shuttle while flying back on the return trip. Cost per person ranges from $40-$60 each way. You may buy a one-way ticket either direction or round trip...it's your choice.
Note: The return bus trip to the Montego Bay airport usually is scheduled to depart the timar resort 3.5 to 4 hours BEFORE the time of your flight. If you take the air charter, you can cut your time in half.
Reserve your spot at Club MoBay, an upscale traveler's lounge in the newest section of the Montego Bay Airport. The Club provides expedited arrival, customs/immigration, and departure services in addition to the Club admission, all-inclusive, with drinks, bar service, and snacks, WiFi, satellite TV provided.
Room rates include accommodations, all meals, bar drinks, round trip, air conditioned airport shuttle transfers, entertainment, water sports, spa, entertainment, tennis and free golf (including free green fees and shuttle transfers to the golf course), all for one inclusive price. Only your airfare is extra.
Amenities are numerous and are similar to other 5 star resorts in the Caribbean, with a couple of nice wrinkles thrown in like breakfast in bed for you both.
● Freshwater pool overlooking the Caribbean
● Conventional, clothed beach plus a clothing-optional area for sunbathing with a self-service bar
● Four tennis courts, two lighted for night play
● An air-conditioned fitness center with free-weights, treadmills, Cybex bikes, Stairmaster and other similar equipment
● Indoor game rooms with ping pong, backgammon, billiards and Satellite television
● Spa services and beauty salon on an optional basis
● Gift shop, boutique and newsstand
Off-site adventures include free shuttle to Rick's Cafe, shopping transfers to Negril and a catamaran sunset cruise with drinks. Numerous sightseeing and tourism trips can be arranged as vacation options directly at the resort on a daily basis.
NOTE: Please take care of your valuables, cash, airline tickets, and passports while on vacation. Some vacation destinations are considered "third world" countries and experience petty theft. Recommendation: Do not take precious jewelry unless you wear it all times; keep your cash, valuables, watches, travel documentation and cameras with you and don't expect your in-room safe to be "safe." Just a word of caution to make sure you remember to practice common sense with your valuables while you're on vacation.
You can't help but get tropical fever when you first walk in at Couples Negril. The spacious, tropical lobby feels like an upscale, sophisticated Fantasy Island upon arrival plus the decor and textures are beautifully done...blending a contemporary flair with traditional fabrics and colors. Off the main lobby are shops, boutiques and resort offices.
Located in the main building on the first floor are restaurants, spa, gym, and buffet areas. The spa is in a separate building and nicely appointed. The nude sunbathing area is located on the west side of the beach next to Grand Lido Negril. The nude area is small in size but it does have its own hot tub.
We do not have listed group trips to Couples Negril, but that doesn't mean its not a great place for two, three or even dozens of couples to get together for a group trip. If you have other couples that might want to join you, please contact us and see what kind of group trip deals we might be able to package especially for you.
There are few local sights to enjoy other than the beaches, sparkling Caribbean sea, and beautiful coral cliffs. The locals are fun to kid with but be ready to bargain if you find that certain something that catches your eye. A local craft market is across the street from the resort, so you won't have far to go to spend your money.
Escorted tours can be arranged at the resort and there are a couple of small native craft markets there, one near the resort. You can also choose to visit Montego Bay for a day of shopping, Mandeville for a trip to the mountains, raft the rivers or visit Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios. A trip from Negril to Ocho Rios (through Montego Bay) is a hike, requiring at least 3-4 hours, one way. An overrated trip to Rick's Cafe on the cliffs in Negril for a beer at sunset is always a common "in thing" to do.
Or better yet have the resort arrange transportation for you to the "undiscovered" YS Falls. It is about an hour and a half away, along the mostly deserted, but beautiful, South Coast of the island. Often you can have the entire falls to yourself and "do what you want to do" when you get there.
Windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, tennis, water tricycles, beach volleyball, water aerobics, snorkeling, yoga and free golf (including green fees and transfers), water skiing, SCUBA for certificated divers and resort course diving for others who obtain a Diving Medical Certificate which can be arranged at the resort for a modest fee. While golf is included, carts and caddies are typically required on the golf course for an extra fee.
We really like the buffet and entertainment concept at Couples. The seating area in the main restaurant is located near the pool for easy access and at night, there is a stage adjacent to the dining areas, great for music, dancing, and entertainment. While there is no separate disco, this area serves as the best place for dancing at night.
Here are your choices for dining:
Island fare, Italian and Continental cuisine plus fine wines are served in Otaheite, the Pasta Bar, and Cassava Terrace. The main restaurant also offers breakfast, lunch and certain dinners The Beach Grill offers you a casual dining atmosphere for meals in your bathing suit.
There are five bars, including a swim-up bar plus an elegant piano bar, all serving premium brands plus a self-service on the clothing-optional beach.
Other nice touches that you can enjoy include 24-hour dining from room service with a great menu, and continental breakfast in bed to wake up the right way without having to dress for the morning meal.
Room categories are the garden view, ocean view, oceanfront, and one-bedroom luxury suites (beachfront). Rates start at $150-$300+/person/night and vary by room category selected. Room rates vary seasonally and can be less expensive when to buy a "package" which combines special wholesale airfare with wholesale resort rates, departure taxes, service charges, and transfers, all in one prepaid price. Seasonal specials are offered annually on sale and may offer lower rates but full payment is expected in advance. Note: Room rates, terms, and conditions shown above are subject to change without notice.
Airfare to Jamaica is extra.
▲ The resort gives Grand Lido Negril a run for its money.
◄► The nude beach at Couples Negril is mostly for sunbathing so don't visit expecting a complete area for socializing or fun and games.
▲ Some folks may think disco is desirable but the stage and entertainment area serves the needs just fine. Don't go to this resort if you like loud music. Couples are more laid back.
▼ Avoid the rooms on the main roadside of the beach. The main road into town curves near the resort and lots of loud cars and trucks can be heard from those rooms.
▲ The spa, gym and work out areas are some of the best we've seen on the island and rivals the Grand Lido product.
Most guests are 30s to 50s with most in the middle. Tends to be a fairly younger, upscale crowd so far. Not too many 20s and not many seniors but seems to be a fun mix of all ages.
Best Time To Go
Fall, winter and early spring can be less humid than late spring and summer. Late spring through the summer can be more humid, with daily rain showers the norm. Of course, late August through early October can be unstable weather with a hurricane or two skimming around the Caribbean. Prices are generally higher from October 15 to April 15, with Christmas holidays rates higher than any time during the year.
● Wish the nude beach area was larger but it's a function of the degree of usage by clients. Few clients actually use the nude facilities so if you want just a little peace and quiet where you can enjoy an all-over than, Couples Negril nude beach should fit your needs.
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