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Redifining the All-Inclusive

By Michelle R. Mangio
Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialist of Magical Escapes Vacations


Palm Island Resort - romantic dining on the beach     Imagine for a moment that you are swept away to a tropical island in the Caribbean, to a luxurious resort in an ideal location where the staff is friendly and attentive, the rooms the epitome of comfort, and romance abounds. And to your delight you discover that not only is your dream getaway a place welcoming to couples, it is a place where honeymoon and romance are a part of every aspect of your escape. Could such a resort – or a number of them? – actually exist? Yes, and Magical Escapes Vacations and the Wedding Day Sourcebook would like to take you there.

We aren’t taking about some made-up fantasy, but about Couples Resorts, located in the best places on the island of Jamaica, which some consider to be the heart of the Caribbean. Don’t just take my word for it, however – ask any couple who has found themselves swept away to a Couples Resorts, and you will find two people as in love with their romantic getaway as they are with each other. Couples Swept Away, Couples Negril and Couples Ocho Rios are the highest ranked all-inclusives in the Caribbean and among the Top 15 resorts in the region overall, according to the readers polled in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2006 Readers’ Choice Awards. Clearly, others share our opinion that Couples Resorts are not only among the most luxurious and romantic places to stay, but they also represent one of the best values in the Caribbean.

Couples Ocho Rios is the original all-inclusive resort on Jamaica. An adults-only haven, this resort pairs Jamaican Paradise with a 50s Hollywood Hangout, where stylish rooms are married to views of exquisite white-sand beaches and sparkling ocean waters. Endless amenities, gourmet dining, and beautifully landscaped grounds, complete with Jacuzzis hidden throughout the pathways, complete this luxurious getaway.

A variety of activities await your pleasure, including not only watersports and activities at the resort, but excursions out into Jamaica: from catamaran cruises to horseback riding, to Dunn’s River Falls and Margaritaville. Take advantage of shopping tours and unlimited golf, glass-bottom boat tours and scuba diving. Or just relax at any of the resort’s four bars, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, or five restaurants. For those who desire au natural sunbathing and swimming, take a short boat trip out to Tower Island, Couples Ocho Rios’s au natural private island.

Rooms at Couples Ocho Rios are comparable to luxury hotels, spacious and exquisitely appointed. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a king bed, private bath/shower, satellite TV, CD player, blow dryer, safety deposit box, balcony or patio, and nightly turndown service. Views are of the lush gardens or Caribbean Sea. Junior Suites with sitting area and 1 Bedroom Suites with spacious living rooms are also available.

Couples Negril, on the other hand, combines romance with chic boutique. Infused with both style and laid-back charm, this elegant yet eclectic resort sits on 18 acres of captivating landscape in Negril, Jamaica. This is an all-inclusive resort that includes both personality and luxury, with artistic touches and natural beauty designed to create an unforgettable vacation experience. It is no wonder that Couples Negril has earned a reputation as the premier all-inclusive resort in both Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Open aired terraces and beach side tables provide the settle for the finest in Caribbean and international cuisines at the three unique restaurants. Four bars – including a swim-up bar and a piano – offer alternative places to eat, drink, and enjoy yourselves. But what really sets Couples apart from other all-inclusives are the number of activities included in your rate: Watersports are offered as part of the all-inclusive package, as well as an array of other activites: shuttles to Pirates Cave and Margaritaville, shopping excursions to Downtown Negril, Catamaran Cruise, Unlimited Golf, Glass-Bottom Boat Tours, Scuba Diving, and more. End the day at the Spa, with your choice of treatments, from massages to body wraps, or stroll along the moonlight beach in the perfect romantic setting.

Accommodations here reflect the resort’s elegant, eclectic nature, offering the amenities of the most luxurious resorts and truly setting Couples Negril apart from any other hotel in the area. All rooms are air-conditioned and include king bed, ceiling fan, private bath/shower, satellite TV, CD player, safety deposit box, private balcony or patio, and nightly turndown service. Views include both the gardens and the ocean, as well as beachfront rooms which open onto one of the most beautiful stretches of white sand beaches in Jamaica. The Deluxe Beachfront and Garden or Beachfront Suites all include a fully stocked refrigerator (alcohol is included in your all-inclusive rate), include beer, wine, soda & Champagne. For the Suites, hors d’oeuvres are served nightly, and you can also enjoy special extra amenities: a Jacuzzi tub, and hammocks on the balcony or patio.

For the most romantic spa resort in Jamaica, look no further than Couples San Souci. Here, gazebos overlook the majestic Caribbean Sea, a natural mineral spring pool provides quiet relaxation, and manicured lawns set the stage for cultured beauty. This resort rises against a dramatic cliff, where winding walkways meander throughout tropical greenery and opal beaches. Personal service, renowned cuisine, and unmatched spa treatments make Couples San Souci the perfect romantic setting for a honeymoon.

Four amazing restaurants offer magnificent cuisine, prepared by award-winning chefs. The 2005 Conde Nast Gold List ranked the dining experience at this resort as the best in Jamaica. Impeccable service and scrumptious meals make dining an unforgettable experience. Five bars round out the dining experience, providing the perfect atmosphere for evening cocktails and great entertainment.

Like the other Couples resorts, Couples San Souci offers more activities in its all-inclusive package than most other resorts in Jamaica, ranging from watersports and scuba to unlimited golf and excursions such as glass-bottom boat tours, Dunn’s River Falls tours, Margaritaville, and Shopping trips to Island Village.

All of the 148 luxury suites offer views of the ocean, so an evening on your terrace or balcony has the perfect romantic backdrop. Every suite offers air conditioning, satellite TV, CD player, radio alarm clock, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, mini-bar, in suite dining, and coffee maker. Jacuzzi suites, either balcony or beachfront, and Penthouse Suites offer the ultimate in luxurious accommodations.

But for those who really want to feel as if they’ve escaped away to someplace special, someplace far away, then Couples Swept Away is the perfect resort. Here, ocean breezes whisper to you, as acres of white-sand beaches, breath-taking views, and tropical gardens provide the ultimate in romantic beauty. This is the tranquility of an intimate, all-inclusive getaway, the most private and peaceful of all the Couples resorts. Everything you need to relax and revel in romance is here, from moonlit walks on the white sand beaches, to yoga lessons, to a candlelight dinner at a gourmet restaurant.

Offering the same amenities and activties as Couples Negril, including all the excursions to Pirates Cave, Margaritaville, glass bottom boat tours, catamaran cruises, and mores, Couples Swept Away also offers its own special extras: 10 acres devoted to sports and fitness center. Find the perfect restoration of body and soul in the ten lighted tennis courts, two freshwater pools, two Jacuzzis, a health spa, a steam room, and a handful of other amenities.

Naturally adorned suites complete the romantic touches of this resort, opening to either beautiful gardens or seemingly endless stretches of white sand beach. All rooms are air-conditioned and include king bed (some garden rooms have two doubles), ceiling fan, private bath/shower, satellite TV, CD player, safety deposit box, private balcony or patio, and nightly turndown service. Some suites offer hammocks on the balcony, mini-bars, sitting rooms, and Jacuzzis.

Couples Swept Away also recently completed an expansion and renovation, which included new Verandah Suites with T.V.'s and mini-bars, a new infinity-style pool with swim-up bar, a new beach grill, a new open-air brick-oven Italian themed demonstration restaurant, and a disco/piano bar.

No matter which Couples Resort appeals most to you, you will find yourself transported to the most luxurious all-inclusive resort experience in Jamaica. Here, romantic dreams are made a reality, and you’ll quickly see why so many other couples have ranked these four resorts as the best romantic, all-inclusive experiences not just in Jamaica, but throughout the Caribbean.

With a reputation as deserving as this, it’s no wonder why Magical Escapes Vacations and Couples Resorts, along with the Wedding Day Sourcebook and CJC Events, wants to help one lucky couple realize a romantic honeymoon at the Couples Resort of their choice. Be sure to attend the Western New England Spring Bridal Show on March 4, 2007, for your chance to win a 3-night / 4-day all-inclusive dream honeymoon to Jamaica. Remember, you must be present to win! So stop dreaming of the ultimate all-inclusive honeymoon, and look no further than one of four Couples Resorts in Jamaica.

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About Michelle Mangio
Michelle Mangio is the owner of Magical Escapes Vacations, based in Attleboro, MA. She is a certified Honeymoons & Destination Weddings Specialist, with expertise in many popular honeymoon locations, including Tahiti & the South Pacific, Australia, Aruba, Hawaii, Cancun, and more.

About Magical Escapes Vacations

Magical Escapes Vacation is a full-service travel agency specializing in complete destination planning for any occasion. “Don’t just make reservations. Make experiences. Create memories. Live your dreams.” Let Magical Escapes Vacations take the stress and uncertainty out of vacation planning by assisting you in creating a vacation to remember for a lifetime. Our unique personalized approach will exceed your expectations. We treat each vacation like it was our own, and will work with you to find the perfect getaway. So escape away today… because everyone deserves a vacation.
For more information, contact Michelle at Magical Escapes Vacations toll-free at 866-698-7849 or locally at 508-717-2535, by email at michelle @ magicalescapes.com, or online at http://www.magicalescapes.com

About Couples Resorts®

Couples Resorts proudly owns and operates four luxury all-inclusive, couples-only resorts on the beautiful island of Jamaica. The properties include the first-ever couples-only, all-inclusive resort, Couples Ocho Rios, along with Couples Sans Souci, Couples Swept Away and Couples Negril. For over 28 years, Couples has delighted guests with outstanding service, exceptional dining and unparalleled value-added experiences. We are different from other all-inclusive resort companies. We consider ourselves Artisanal, not Mass Market; more of a Boutique-style collection of unique resorts within the all-inclusive category. We are driven to provide the highest quality product with the most inclusions, at a competitive price.
For more information, visit Couples Resorts online at http://www.couples.com


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(This article originally appeared in the March 2007 Edition of the Wedding Day Sourcebook)





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