Our Trip Journal
Jamaica & Couples Swept Away vacation
limo picked us up at 3:30 am, great way to start our
Comfortable ride to airport flew Air Jamaica flight 70,
Champagne and breakfast flight. The flight took just under
4 hrs. Left
Chicago and arrived in Montego Bay on time.
Jamaica, went through immigration & customs, easy
process and then on to the Couples lounge. It was full, we were
Met Dr_Bird, Rastagirl and Ralf from the message
for approx. 15 minutes and then hopped on a bus to
was our driver and we had a nice ride considering we were
riding on the wrong side of the road. Stopped on the way and had
our first taste of jerk chicken and jerk pork
locals in town, homes of various sizes, a little Jamaican
boy waved at me and I saw my dream car, a Cadillac Escalade
along the way.
Couples Swept Away in Negril around 2:15 PM, got checked in,
handed cool washcloths and offered a glass of
Check in process went very smooth, given keys to our room
and our bags soon followed within 5 minutes. Spent time unpacking, as
we didn’t want to live out of our suitcases for a whole
Got room that
I had requested through our travel agent (heard great things
about this room on the message board). Atrium room #1117 was more
wonderful than we ever imagined. Beautiful porch/patio area
with hammock and built in couch area, first floor, loved the
fact we could walk right out the back door and be on our
way. The bed is
large, a bit too firm for my taste but Kev liked
it. Good size
bathroom, large shower, very tiny bugs around sink area,
walls, and floor and red ants on patio. Hey it’s the tropics, what
do you expect?
Partial view of the sea and love the sound of the waves
crashing, we could hear it from our patio. Shelved closet
space-pretty good size, safe, iron, ironing board, extra
pillows and a large umbrella inside.
a bit, went to Seagrapes/veggie bar and had sweet potato
chips with 2 types of dips and a smoothie-the smoothie was
not very tasty.
Service here could’ve been more attentive and
was our first stop so we didn’t let that first experience
sway us either way.
Went to the
resort orientation at 5 PM. Andre “Chubby”, the
Entertainment Coordinator, was an excellent guide, fun, very
knowledgeable and informative. We would highly recommend
this to all first-timers for sure. Had a blast learning about
all the resort had to offer, even after over a year spent on
the Couples message board, I still learned things I had not
read about before.
Ate at Cabana
Grill, it was fantastic! I had the snapper sandwich
and Kev had the jerk chicken sandwich. We shared the appetizer
for two (various foods like calamari, spring rolls, conch
fritters (yum-o), etc). Patricia was very nice and
Took a stroll
around the resort, checked out the Internet café, the
Internet was down but we found a great drink machine where
we got awesome cappuccinos, mochas, lattes and
reservations for Patios with Tecita at the concierge’s desk,
she was very nice and helpful. Saw couples having dinner
on the beach and got very excited about ours booked for
Sat., the night of our vow renewal. Also saw the wedding arch
Both were very pretty locations.
Walked on the
Definitely in awe of the entire resort at this
back to room to find Gladys doing the nightly turndown, what
a treat. She
folded back the bed covers, closed all the shutters and left
daily thoughts cards. She was very
frogs sang us to sleep, not a disturbance at all but
actually quite calming.
AWESOME first day @ Couples Swept Away!