Couples Sans Souci - Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Couples Sans Souci is a beautiful, truly romantic Mediterranean-style,
all inclusive 5 star resort catering to upscale, spa and sports-minded adult couples
Resort Overview • Getting There • Services • Ambiance • Group Trips
Sightseeing • Dining • Rates • Impressions • Photo Album • Trip Reports
Think of the most tropical movie set for a Jamaican film you've ever imagined and you've got Couples Sans Souci (sands soo-see). Sans Souci ("without worry") is both romantic and sophisticated plus its a favorite with the spa crowd. "Prepare to be spoiled..." is what Caribbean Travel and Life magazine said about Sans Souci in one of its articles about some of the best spa resorts in the entire Caribbean. Couples Sans Souci is only about 5 minutes due east of Ocho Rios and is a fabulous choice for couples, honeymooners and newlyweds alike. All inclusive, adults only, no children.
This award winning property with its colonial ambiance is a beautiful tropical resort. With 146 elegant suites to choose from, this beautiful, adults only, all inclusive property is one of the best you'll find in its class. There are lots of stairs to negotiate... but there is a complimentary golf cart service if you'd rather not walk up and down some of the steep stairs. The topography, however, is what makes the place so tropical and romantic. This resort carries a Triple AAA 4-Diamond Award rating.
U.S. Citizens: Passports are required for international air travel to all destinations outside the USA.
Fly into Montego Bay's Sangster Airport and hop on a shuttle bus for the two hour ride to Ocho Rios, due east of Montego Bay, on the north coast of Jamaica. If you fly into Kingston, the transfer time can take up to three hours and will cost extra. There is a commuter airport near Sans Souci at the Oracabessa (Boscobel) air strip. The cost for an air transfer from Montego Bay to Boscobel via air commuter is over $100/person, one way, plus the cost of a taxi to the resort which is about 15 minutes away. NOTE: Airport transfers from Montego Bay Only are automatically in your resort accommodations' package so allow yourself plenty of time to make the transfer. Prices for air taxi is subject to change without notice.
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 roadside stands selling sea grapes, excellent wood carvings and, of course, Red Strip beer and jerk chicken, the island's specialty.
A few factoids about your transfer trip by bus: A movie classic filmed years ago called "Papillon" about a Devils' Island (French penal colony) starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman was filmed in the old warehouse complex in Falmouth, which also boasts the second oldest church on the island. Duncans is the boyhood home of Harry Belafonte, a Jamaican calypso singer popular in the 50's and 60's in Jamaica and the USA before reggae became established in the 1970's. In addition, several James Bond classic movies were filmed there, including Goldfinger. You will also pass through all three towns plus Rio Bueno, Discovery Bay, Runaway Bay and St. Ann on your trip.
Air service to Montego Bay is provided by both scheduled air carriers and charter airlines worldwide. Typically, charters are your best value, but the flights usually operate once or twice a week from the USA and Europe. If you want convenience, scheduled airlines offer the most flights, most often, to the island. The trade off for you is price vs. convenience. The choice is yours.
.U.S. Citizens: Passports are required for international air travel to all destinations outside the USA.
If you wish, you may hire a private taxi upon arrival, too. Or, take the shuttle bus already provided in your resort package. The ride is usually two hours. Air commuter service is available from Montego Bay to the village called Oracabessa, just east of Ocho Rios, where the air strip is located, call Boscobel Aerodrome. See above section.
NOTE: Make sure you arrive in Montego Bay and not Kingston, the island's capital. The ride from Kingston will cost you money out of pocket, since complimentary airport transfers are included only from Montego Bay. Kingston is 3 hours away by car.
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.
The resort has just about everything you would want to be spoiled rotten. The all inclusive program includes your air conditioned suite with private bath, all meals, snacks, premium bar drinks, water sports (sailing, Scuba, snorkeling, wind surfing, kayaking, water skiing, three swimming pools, hot tubs, etc), nightly themes, light entertainment, three (3) restaurants, 2 snack bars/grills, organized activities, optional tours off site, optional spa treatments (waxing, manicures, pedicures, wraps, etc.) at Charlie's spa, 24-hour room service, fitness center, free green frees for golf, free tennis, hotel taxes, tips and service charges.
Spa extra: For repeat guests staying 6 night or longer plus honeymooners and anniversary stays of 6 nights, a complimentary half hour massage is included. All other spa treatments are extra. All spa services and complimentary optional treatments are subject to change without notice.
Tipping is not necessary since it's included in the price. Your kind words and especially a written recommendation of an employee's performance you have enjoyed is the most valuable token as anything you can tip.
Introduce yourself to your waiter, bar tender and maid and make them a friend. The junior wait staff are often new or are trainees so they may be a little shy so be friendly. They will often reward you with better than expected service.
NUDE side: All guest rooms are "prude" requiring some type of cover up in and around the hotel. On the separate au natural beach side of the resort, no guest rooms located there but the walk down the lushly tropical path is only about 50-100 meters from building A, so take your "stuff" with you such as sunscreen, beach cover up, sandals, snorkel gear, hat and whatever else ladies can find to pack into their beach bags. The nude beach is physically separate from the main beach and includes its own nude Jacuzzi, nude pool, beach bar and grill, with a great view of the Caribbean sea... a super place to be at sundown about 6-630 PM daily with your champagne in your hand.
Typical organized daily/nightly activities include daily orientation, yoga, aerobics, Tae Bo, trivia contests, karaoke, sing along's, golf and tennis lessons, pool volleyball, fashion shows, dance classes, pool Olympics, ping pong, pool, bingo, dominoes, Casino night, cards, pool and on and on. The entertainment will keep you busy if you want to be.
Theme nights include Caribbean showcase & Carnival fever, Casino night, Friday night celebration and dining on the lawn and more. NOTE: Theme nights and special occasions are subject to change without notice. The above activities may be revised by the entertainment staff occasionally.
There is no disco on site and entertainment nightly usually includes a band or singer with combo or variations thereof. If you enjoy more of a subdued atmosphere, this is the place for you.
However, Ocho Rios is just a short, five minute cab ride away, so you can find night life quickly if you want it. An addition to downtown Ocho Rios is the Island Village, a colorful complex and entertainment park near the main street, located in a beautiful cove where you're near everything. See SIGHTSEEING below for more information.
Couples Sans Souci offers a degree of style and sophisticated elegance not often seen in the Caribbean. With its quaint Bermuda-inspired architecture, lush tropical foliage, and dramatic cliff-side location, with two perfect beaches, Couples Sans Souci is a place guaranteed to spoil you. If you want "romantic," this is the place for you.
All suites have great views and for those with balconies, you can't beat having your morning coffee overlooking the ocean. Or, at about 6--6:30PM, share a sunset drink with your honey on the same balcony, patio or beach.
With several different building units, you'll never feel crowded and you won't feel like you're in a cookie cutter resort. Best location of rooms, in our opinion, are buildings A and B, beachfront, nearest the nude beach and facing the main beach. Both two story buildings have patios on the first level and balconies on the second level.
Light entertainment, a resident band and a strolling musicians continue the mood throughout the property.
Don't miss the Grand Gala on Friday nights, which takes place on the beach front lawn in front of buildings A & B, where you will enjoy an elegant meal with all types of food and ice carvings outside plus Tuesday nights, it's Jamaican night barbecue on the private, torch lit beach.
Make friends with the wait staff and treat them with respect... learn their names and introduce yourself.
Check IN time is officially 3 PM. DO NOT count on a room being available beforehand. If you get one, consider yourself blessed. If not, leave your luggage at reception, stash your carry on bag, hustle down to the nude pool and drop your drawers. We've seen numerous couples waste a half day or more waiting around the lobby for a room which won't be ready until after 3 PM anyway. Just go ahead and have fun... you can go back to the reception area after 5-6 PM to claim you room key. One of the bellmen will take your luggage to your room and you can leave your bags with him while you do your thing if you wish.
As soon as you arrive at the resort, ask the concierge to make reservations for Casanova. Get a massage outdoors in the rock house overlooking the ocean for a real treat!
Check with the water sports shack to schedule your snorkel or dive trips. Divers, bring your "C" Card with you for scuba trips. Dive in the morning and do your sailing in the afternoons, since the wind picks up after lunchtime, usually.
CHECK OUT time is 12 noon daily. Just stash your carry on luggage in a friend's room if you stay after 12 noon and party on until your shuttle bus is scheduled to depart the resort.
We do not have listed group trips to Couples San Souci, 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 almost 20 choices for optional tours and sight seeing off site. Highlights include a shopping tour to Ocho Rios, a downhill bicycle tour from the mountains, past villages and ending at sea level for a meal and drink, a tour of Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios for a great, wet climb up a waterfall (do it once at least), a rafting trip down one of the many scenic Jamaican rivers, sunset cruises, a chance to swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove, horseback riding (nude or prude), deep sea fishing and trips to other villages such as Negril or Port Antonio. These trips can be arranged at the Tour Desk at the resort.
Private drivers can also be hired right at the resort for a do-it-yourself tour if you wish. Rental cars can be arranged at the resort but don't expect any deals since both vehicles and gasoline are no bargain in Jamaica.
An addition to downtown Ocho Rios is the Island Village, a colorful complex and entertainment park near the main street, located in a beautiful cove where you're near everything. The complex was developed by Chris Blackwell, the entertainment and resort honcho. For a taste of island culture and creativity, drop in for a visit to its specialty stores, restaurants and entertainment venues including another of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville chain, Starfish Oils and the ReggaeXplosion. Visit a "Taste of India" also on the main street with a drop dead, roof top view of town, the cruise ships and bay across the street.
You cannot go hungry at this resort. Choose from the following for your meals and snacks: Two beach side grills, Casanova French restaurant or the Ristorante Palazzina for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a swim up bar on both the nude side plus room service.
Reservations are required for Casanova. Long pants for the guys and jackets are required for Casanova (NO ties, guys). Make your dinner reservations for Casanova with the concierge.
Some of the finest meals we've ever had on island have been at Casanova... great for service, presentation and menu selections with a great wine list included. Elegant and romantic, to be sure.
All room rates are seasonal and can vary from $175/person/night to over $400/person/night, all inclusive.
Airfare to Jamaica is extra.
There are lots of stairs up and down the guest room areas. Our favorite rooms are in Buildings A & B, which are beachfront accommodations, nearest the Nude beach area.
Room choices include verandah, one bedroom, one bedroom with balcony, beachfront suites with balcony and Jacuzzi tub and penthouse accommodations, all in a suite format. Each suite contains air conditioning, radio/TV and cable, CD player, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, direct dial telephone and most have a small fridge. Electricity is 110 as in the USA. TIP: You may want to take your own hair dryer as the ones furnished are a bit weak. Nice touches in each guest room. Flat screen/satellite TV. Plus, complimentary red or white wine and several bottles of hard liquor are also included.
◄► You will want for hardly anything at this resort except nightlife, if you're expecting it.
▲ The nude side beach (about 400-500 feet long) is separate from the prude side with a nice little lagoon in which to enjoy the salt water and great for snorkeling.
▲ Never a difficulty finding a chaise lounge or towel on the nude side.
◄►The Balloon bar is charming if small but, hey, what a way to meet your new found friends.
▲ The Friday night Gala and BBQ with steak, lobster in season, seafood and other wonderful munchies are a site to behold and is a unique experience on the lawn. Take your camera for the spectacle, complete with ice carvings.
◄►On the nude beach, there's lots of space for all nudists and plenty of places to park your butt without any crowding whatsoever. If you wish to take in the sunset on the nude beach or in the nude pool, make sure you order your drink before the nude swim up bar closes...usually around 6 PM. Depending upon the time of the year, sunset can be about 630 PM or later and of course, earlier in the winter season.
▼ Plan on rain during your vacation... you're in the topics so take an umbrella.
Adults only, couples only. Most guests are late 30's to the 60s with most in the middle. After about 10-11 PM, the resort can be very quiet, except for perhaps the hotel's bar If you want night life, go into Ocho Rios, only 5 minutes away.
Best Time To Go
Just about anytime is great in Jamaica. Hurricane season can bring potentially unstable weather during late August, September and early October. But, such storms are not frequent.
• Wish there were guest buildings and rooms right in front of the nude beach... it would be a great view. The existing soccer field would be the perfect place for it.
• Wish there were maybe a small disco or dance floor, to shake your bootie if you so desire, out by the soccer field perhaps, away from the guest rooms and hotel buildings.
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