Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive Resort Review
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This Couples Sans Souci Hotel Review is part of a Jamaica trip report including reviews of Jamaican all inclusive resorts, restaurant reviews, and things to do in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Strangely, for someone living in NYC, I'd never been to Jamaica before this trip. But then again, I'm from Hawaii, so I didn't grow up with family vacations to the Caribbean to escape Northeast winters. My experiences with all inclusives have also been decidedly mediocre--some company trips to all inclusive Club Med resorts in Greece and Turkey, while working in Moscow. This puts in context my modest expectations when it came to a Jamaica all inclusive resort, as popular as the four Couples Resorts in Jamaica are. In fact, during my recent visit, Couples Sans Souci and Couples Tower Isle were completely sold out.

Couples Sans Souci has had several incarnations over the years, and was predated by apartments in that spot, set dramatically in the cliffs with sweeping ocean views. It became a Couples property 7 years ago--in fact, during my visit, I was fortunate enough to attend an amazing Couples Sans Souci Anniversary Masquerade Party. You enter a an intimate open air lobby and are immediately drawn to the outdoor terrace, with its view of the pool and ocean beyond:

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive Resort

 

Stone stairs and paths meander down the cliff amidst lush vegetation, especially on the right side, leading to private spa cabanas where you hear birdsong and the crash of waves while enjoying a relaxing massage. 

A small clearing offers an open air gazebo and outdoor chessboard, perfect for enjoying a quiet conversation or a good book:

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica - Outdoor Chessboard and Gazebo

 

From the spa, a path leads toward the main mineral pool, with water from one of the resort's several natural mineral springs:

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive - Walkway from Spa to Mineral Pooll

 

On the left is a waterfall falling towards the mineral pool where one of Couples Sans Souci's most famous "guests," a turtle nicknamed Charlie for the hurricane that landed her there, recovered and spent nearly 60 years. There's a moving plaque to her, and her shell has been preserved:

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive - Waterfall

 

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica - Charlie the Turtle Plaque

 

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive Resort - Charlie The Turtle

 

The main mineral pool, while not large, is wonderfully scenic, with the ocean beyond. Aqua fitness classes are sometimes held, but otherwise it's asecluded, peaceful place to relax.

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive - Mineral Pool and Umbrellas

 

A juice bar by the mineral pool offers freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, such as this papaya pineapple smoothie:

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive - Papaya Pineapple Smoothie

 

Adjacent to the mineral pool is the fitness center, also with a stunning ocean view:

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive - Fitness Center

 

A bit beyond are some stairs leading up to a wedding gazebo for small private weddings. There was a wedding just before I visited, so flowers still adorned it:

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica - Wedding Gazebo

 

Up some stairs was the Dahlia block of suites, where two hammocks tempt you to snooze or read in the breeze.

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive - Hammock

 

Then down the stairs and you see the main beach below. While Couples Swept Away has a longer beach, the Couples Sans Souci beach offered fine, soft white sand and didn't seem overly crowded to me--certainly not compared to, say, Waikiki Beach (which, for the record, as a Hawaii native, I never go to).

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive Resort - Main Beach

 

The water sports section was at the far end, and as at other Couples resorts, in addition to wind surfing, glass bottom boat rides and snorkeling, scuba diving is included within the all-inclusive fee (class + 1 dive for non-certified, daily dive for certified divers).

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica Hotel Review - Watersports and Beach

 

The Beach Grill serves Jamaican fare, such as jerk chicken, and the adjoining bar ensures your thirst never goes unquenched:

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive Resort - Beach Grill Bar

 

Just inland was the main pool, where a group was enjoying a game of pool volleyball, and a swimup bar. 

Couples Sans Souci Main Pool and Swimup Bar

 

The outdoor jacuzzi looked very inviting:

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive - Outdoor Jacuzzi

 

There's also an au naturel private beach for those so inclined, with its own bar, and near it, a lake where birdwatchers will often spot egrets, pelicans, and other birds.

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive - Egret by Lake

 

Don't miss saying hello to Crackers, one of Couples Sans Souci's talking parrots--he said "hi" and "bye" to me, but he apparently says much more--including some rather choice expressions in patois :-)

Couples Sans Souci Jamaica All Inclusive Resort - Crackers Talking Parrot

 

Verdict: Couples Sans Souci is in a wonderfully romantic, lush setting, with a beautiful beach and several lovely, intimate pools. It's probably not the right choice for couples who are seeking a very active party scene, and is much better suited to getting away from it all and relaxing. I'll cover dining in a separate post, but I was very satisfied with it, especially for an all-inclusive. Service was attentive and friendly. Is it for everyone? No--as you probably guessed from the name, these are adults-only resorts, so children aren't allowed. These are casual 4-star resorts, so don't expect the Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton--rooms are clean but quite plain, although chances are you won't be spending much time there anyway. In addition to the idyllic setting and friendly service, you're able to visit and enjoy the amenities of both Sans Souci and nearby Couples Tower Isle, with all water sports, golf, tennis and various excursions included.

Disclosure: I was a guest of Couples Resorts, however the views expressed in this post are my own.

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