Couples Sans Souci - Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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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 at a Glance
- Resort: Couples Sans Souci
- Established: 1991, Renovated 2007, Major renovation planned
- Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
- Airport: Montego Bay (MBJ) - Oracabessa (Ian Fleming Airport) near resort for commuter flights (OCJ) from MBJ
- Rooms: 150 Garden view, Ocean view, Suites and Penthouse accommodations
- Dress Code: Clothing and/or swimsuits required, except at separate nude beach/lounges (nudity compulsory there)
- Guests: Adult couples Ages 20s to 60s
- Mild to Wild: Mild
- Meal/Drink Plan: All Inclusive
- Dining facilities: 5 Restaurants, 1 beach grill plus 7 bars; separate nude beach and pool includes a swim-up bar, grill, restrooms
- Ambiance: Mild with nightly entertainment
- Beach/pools: 4 pools and 1 mineral pool, 3 Jacuzzi Spas and separate white sand beach (swimsuits required) plus separate nude beach and nude pool
- Clubs/Nightlife: Entertainment and music evenings, varies, piano bar
- Tourism: Numerous excursions available in lobby, extra charge
- Airport Transfers: Complimentary
This award-winning property with its colonial ambiance is a beautiful tropical resort. With 146 elegant suites to choose from, this beautiful, adults only, the 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-DiamondAward 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) airstrip. 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 '50s and 60's in Jamaica and the USA before reggae became established in the 1970s. 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 about 90 minutes or less, depending on traffic. Air commuter service is available from Montego Bay to the village called Oracabessa, just east of Ocho Rios, where the airstrip is located, Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ).
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, windsurfing, 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 fees 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, bartender, 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 natural beachside 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
Note: Nude side guests are expected to enjoy the au naturel facilities nude. Casual visitors and gawkers are discouraged.
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 nightlife quickly if you want it. In 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-- 6:30 PM, 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 strolling musicians continue the mood throughout the property.
Don't miss the Grand Gala on Friday nights, which takes place on the beachfront 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.
Rates and Rooms
- Deluxe Ocean Verandah Suite
- 1 Bedroom Ocean Suite
- Deluxe Ocean Suite
- 1 Bedroom Beachfront Ocean Suite
- Penthouse Suite
- Hibiscus Cottage
Rates start at $150-$300+/person/night and vary by room category selected. Room rates vary seasonally and can be less expensive when buying 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.
Room rate includes:
24-hour gourmet dining
Unlimited premium brand spirits
Customized In-Room mini bar
Golf and tennis
Unlimited Scuba diving (Certified divers only)
Unlimited water sports
Activities - daily and evenings
Area excursions and tours
and much more.....Airfare to Jamaica is extra.
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 half a day or more waiting around the lobby for a room that 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 your 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!
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 sightseeing 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.
In 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, rooftop view of the 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 beachside 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 the island have been at Casanova... great for service, presentation and menu selections with a great wine list included. Elegant and romantic, to be sure.
Beach Grill - Serves Jamaican-style gourmet hamburgers and other grilled specialties on the beach under the stars. Bare feet and bathing suits are welcome.
Bella Vista - Enjoy a moonlit dinner right on the beach. The menu of authentic Jamaican specialties and an unequaled atmosphere makes this spot a favorite.
Palazzina Restaurant - Bistro fare from around the world is featured here in a sea breeze setting. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the food includes both buffet and table service and ranges from fresh omelets to coconuts to escargot. Your choice of seating: Outside on the patio or inside with A/C.
Ristorante Casanova - Features an eclectic mix of different traditional food styles mixed with tropical Jamaican and Caribbean ingredients. Nightly changing Chef’s specials are also available.
- The Balloon Bar
- The Beach Bar
- Charlie's Spa Bar
- The Swim-up Bar
- Sunset Bar at the nude beach
◄► 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 saltwater and great for snorkeling. Catamaran trips are also available for the prude side but occasionally someone decides to convert the masses by showing how easy it is to do so. Yes, this is a satisfied Castaways client....gotta love it.
▲ 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.
▲ There's usually a Friday night Gala and BBQ (subject to change). Other wonderful munchies are a sight to behold and is a unique experience on the lawn.
◄►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 5- 6 PM. Depending upon the time of the year, sunset can be about 530-630 PM and of course, earlier in the winter months.
NOTE: At the end of the day, the nude side converts to a popular textile beach location for other (clothed) guests to enjoy the sunset with their honey and drink in hand. Just throw a towel around you and show the other guests how nice it is on the beach.
TIP: The nude beach facility abuts (don't you love that word?) the mouth of Ocho Rios White River, fed by pure spring water up in the hills.
▼ Plan on rain during your vacation... you're in the tropics 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 nightlife, 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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