Looking for a Couple’s Resort

I am currently looking for a couple’s resort for vacation. I have already visited Caesars. — Ally, Philadelphia

Dear Ally,

The good news is that you’ll find many resorts especially geared to couples. The island of Jamaica is home to a huge selection including four Couples Resorts and seven Sandals resorts. Both are aimed at couples and are all-inclusive (covering your transportation to the resort, meals, drinks, tips, etc).

Two of the Couples Resorts are located in Ocho Rios, about 90 minutes east of the Montego Bay airport. Couples Ocho Rios is being relaunched this spring as Couples Tower Isle and has just wrapped up a big renovation. Couples Sans Souci has a very nice spa. In Negril, Couples Negril is located on Bloody Bay on a great stretch of beach; Couples Swept Away is on the main Negril Beach and has some of the most extensive sports facilities in Jamaica (maybe in the Caribbean). We stayed at Couples Swept Away last spring and had a wonderful time. Couples Resorts don’t offer reciprocal privileges at other Couples resorts but they do offer several free tours and excursions at each property; all you have to do is sign up and then hop a bus to a top attraction in the area.

Sandals resorts are located in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril and on the South Coast. The Ocho Rios properties are Sandals Dunn’s River which is a high-rise and Sandals Grande Ocho Rios, which is a two-part property (one side is primarily villas with several per unit, the beach side is more of a traditional resort). In Montego Bay, we love Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Montego Bay (which is super convenient to the airport if you’ve got a short stay). Sandals Inn in Montego Bay is not on the beach but is the least expensive of all the properties; all you have to do is hop a free Sandals shuttle to head to one of the beach properties. In Negril, Sandals Negril has some beautiful, newly designed rooms on the main stretch of Negril Beach. On the South Coast, Sandals Whitehouse is one of our favorites; the property is huge and has many dining and entertainment options. Sandals offers reciprocal privileges at other Sandals with free transportation to those in the area (so in Montego Bay, you’ll have access to restaurants, bars, and entertainment at three properties).

Lots of great choices…happy travels! Paris and John

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