Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Couples Negril is wonderful

Yes, I'm still around.  I'm having a hard time getting back into the swing of things, but I wanted to let you all know that we loved the honeymoon!  The resort was absolutely perfect!
To recap, we paid 3k for 7 nights at Couples Negril, that price includes our flights out of Milwaukee, transfers to and from the airport, and a complementary catamaran cruise through Island Routes.  I think it was worth every penny! 
The pool area was so nice, with a swim-up bar and pool volleyball every afternoon.  We spent most of our time here. 
The beach at Couples was perfect, much nicer than the beach at Sandals Negril and Riu Palace - totally smooth sand, no rocks, large and long...you could walk forever!  
The catamaran cruise was added on as a special deal through Cheap Caribbean, and it was SO amazing - we got to drive the boat!
I wasn't good at it, that's for sure.  The staff took my camera and got some awesome shots of us.  I can't thank them enough!
Shaun is obsessed with this 'eating the sun' picture - we tried to get more like it throughout the trip. 
We got a funny one of me jumping holding some big leaves...nerd! 
The food at the resort was decent at the buffets, and really great at the sit-down restaurants.  We ate at the asian restaurant twice, the food was so delicious!  This is about all we did with the chopsticks, we are 'fork' people.  I guess that's because we are uncoordinated. 
I also must mention the booze - they have TOP shelf stuff here.  Grey Goose martinis, good whiskey, and lots of champagne in the evenings.  I loved it! 
(BTW - there is no tipping allowed at this resort.  That really makes it easier to not have to carry around cash wherever you go - it was amazing)
All the drinks definitely helped me take my mind off the dozens of bug bites, heat blisters, and sunburn I got by the third day.  It doesn't matter that I was in all the same places as Shaun, he got no bites, no rashes, and hardly burned.  I was under a hat, an umbrella, with SPF 85 on and I still got all messed up!  Stupid pale, sensitive skin.  Paradise didn't agree with it, that's for sure.  Oh by the way, don't visit Margaritaville if you stay in Negril.  It's a dump, and this tiny margarita was $10.50.  Say wha??
Shaun made me feel better with a note in the sand.  AWE.
The last couple nights we were there, there was some burning going on nearby.  I heard some people say it was old sugar cane crops, others said it was just trash - but we saw this Saturday night:
It looked like the whole resort was on fire!  And Sunday, ash and burned leaves covered every surface - including the pool and all the walkways.  The resort staff was up very early hosing everything down, and they never did get the pool very clean.  When we woke up Monday for our flight, the smell of smoke was so overpowering that we were incredibly happy we were leaving.  If we had been just starting our vacation, I would be so pissed!  That is the only big negative we experienced.  And the shuttle ride to and from the airport was about 1.5 hours, so that was definitely tiresome.  
That didn't stop us from having a wonderful time, though!  We can't wait to come back someday soon. 
If you have any burning questions, I am happy to answer them.  Please make sure you have a link to your email or blog in your comment so I can answer you.  I can't wait to start working on the house again...and catching up with all your blogs, of course!

31 comments:

Michelle said...

Ahhhhhh Sara, GORGEOUS!!!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Welcome back! Looks lovely - I have been to Sandals Negril and while I loved it, I would definitely do Couples next time :-)

naughteebits said...

lovely! yay! cheers to the newlyweds!
i LOVED jamaica, negril is next on my list! (when i went i stayed in ochee)
congrats girl =>

KellyMichelle said...

wow, looks like you had an amazing time. You got some great pictures! Glad to see you got home safe and sound. Anymore wedding posts?

PoetessWug said...

Welcome home guys!! That honeymoon spot looks like the perfect place to start a life of fun and sun together! I'm glad you had a good time. :-] By the way, I mentioned your wedding on my blog a while back--> http://poetesswug-thewugsbackyardblogspot.blogspot.com/2011/05/monday-is-creepingmarchingdancingand.html I thought your wedding photos were hi-lar-ious!!! :-]

-Kasey said...

Looks like you guys had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing these photos because right now I currently have this massive itch to go on vacation... specifically Bora Bora [if only that trip didn't cost as much as a car lol]. :)

Simply LKJ said...

So glad you all had a wonderful time! Great pictures too!! I would have been really pissed if that burning was going on after shelling out that much cash!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Oh my goodness, looks like so much fun. And could you two BE any cuter? Adorable! The boat looked like a lot of fun.

And, I think you got a great deal on the trip, with airfare.

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

What a fun start to your marriage!! Congrats to the newlyweds. :)

Alexson said...

So jealous! Looks like a great vacay. That picture you got of the fire is crazy; it looks like Gone With the Wind!

Cindy @The Flipping Couple said...

Sounds like an amazing trip!! Welcome back to real life. : )

Deb said...

Welcome back :) And Congratulations!!!

Lisa said...

Welcome back! I love the sun eating pics. Never gets old!

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

Welcome back ..

Morgan said...

What a great trip! It looks like you guys had an awesome time. That place is absolutely beautiful. The beach looks amazing.

Erin said...

Great pictures - you two look so happy and relaxed! THanks for sharing!

Kerry said...

Welcome back Sara! Looks like you two had a fabulous time. So many gorgeous pictures of the two of you!

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Looks like it was a wonderful trip - what a beautiful place!

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Congrats! and welcome back.
My hubby and I were married at Sandals in Ocho! We had a great time and want to go to Negril someday. Did you go to Rick's cafe ?

Carolyn said...

I cracked up laughing when I read your comment about Margaritaville. We went there about 6 years ago and I kept thinking "get me the hell out of here!"

Mary @ stylefyles said...

I love your eating the sun photo too. Awesome! You two look great! The burning photo is gorgeous too, with the dark purple of the sky vs. the orangey fire, and then the blue and green at the pool. It's sad though that things were burning, hope everyone was okay and that nothing precious was destroyed. You both look great, congrats!!

Lisa said...

you guys are the cutest couple! Glad you had a good time -)

Life in Rehab said...

Welcome back, newlyweds, I'm glad you had an awesome time! And yeah, 3K for all you got is a great deal!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Great pictures! Underneath my superficial jealousy, I am very happy for you and your awesome honeymoon! :) We know sooo many people who have been to resorts in Jamaica... someday I really hope we get to go to one, too! That fire looks CRAZY.

Sarah said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time. I love those pictures of the sun-so fun!

Angela said...

Looks like an awesome trip. Congrats!

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

So gorgeous...you two and the beach! So thrilled you had a great time...yay married life now!

Suzy Q said...

Just discovered your blog when searching for home improvement ideas. Congratulations on your wedding! Love the halter dress you are wearing in the double champagne shot...would you mind sharing where you found it?

Thanks!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Suzy Q - the dress is at Maurices right now!! I'm so glad you like it, it's a maxi dress...I love it!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

MCH - we didn't go to Rick's because some other people we were there with did, and they said it's super expensive and not worth it. Just a big tourist trap, I guess!

Lauren said...

Umm.. totally unrelated question but how do you get your curls to cooperate like that? Please share!!