|Couples Swept Away in Negril, Jamaica|
What we want this round is a lounging vacation - no schedule, no obligations, and very little energy expended. I can't think of a better spot in the world for doing nothing than on an island.
|Swim-up bar, anyone?|
- All-inclusive resort. This one is a no-brainer, but I really dig all-inclusive. It means you pay one upfront price for room, drinks, tips, food, amenities, and airfare. The only thing you would pay for out-of-pocket would be extras at the spa or gift shop.
- A higher resort star rating. The Royal Decameron in Runaway Bay was a cozy resort at 3 stars, but we got a little bored with the food options. It was tasty, but nothing that blew us foodies away. We figured another star would expand the menu.
- Couples only. We're child-free by choice and while we love the children of friends and family, there's nothing like being on vacation and competing with teenagers for snorkeling equipment, being crashed into by kids while out for an evening stroll, or hearing the wail of a toddler nearby.
- Simple and peaceful. Some resorts are equipped with tons of bars, nightly theme parties, casinos, and dance halls. We don't need to be entertained. Some water activities, good restaurant options, and the option to splurge on the spa is all we need.
- Comfy room. If I want a posh hotel room with gizmos and gadgets and the latest interior design trends, I'll go to Las Vegas. We want a room that's quiet and secluded. No need for an oceanview or beachfront either (which are more expensive than garden views anyways).
My travel agent sent eight options between Jamaica, Cancun, and the Dominican Republic. Most of them offered the same set of amenities so it came down to the rooms and location.
Because we'd already fallen in love with Jamaica, it was an easy sell to want to go back. We'd heard about the beauty of Negril, an area on the southern side of the island where you can see the sun set into the ocean <drool>
So we settled on Couples Swept Away, a lovely 4.5 star resort that has hammocks everywhere (a major selling point). It offers all of the amenities you'd expect (including fitness classes, which I really like), but the rooms had me at first sight. We reserved an atrium suite that looks awesome!
|I really like this aesthetic - simple and elegant|
Mike's biggest drool factor is the white-sand beaches. Mister Photographer will have no shortage of scenic landscapes to occupy himself with. The resort includes free glass bottom boat tours too.
Our $4,750 price tag gets us airfare, a full 5 days, and then two half days when we travel in/out. We're skipping any day trips (we did two the last time and got our fill, they're also an extra expense) so there is absolutely no schedule beyond arriving and leaving. I cannot wait!
Have you ever done a resort vacation?