I’ve been a fan of Jamaica now for over 20 years, booking Sunwing flights out of Ottawa every winter to escape our bitter and unrelenting winters. In that time, I have visited a lot of resorts around the island. When asked for advice, I routinely recommend Couples Resorts to friends looking for adults-only vacations because of their exceptional service, stunning locales, and seemingly endless activities. There are four Couples properties in Jamaica and I’ve been lucky enough to vacation at three. Asking me to pick my favourite though is like asking me to pick my favourite child—impossible!
What I can tell you is that each Couples resort is unique and one of them is the perfect fit for you. Take Couples Sans Souci in Ocho Rios, for example, which in my humble opinion, has to be the original Garden of Eden. Oh, I know, some will say the Garden of Eden was in the Middle East, but I ask you, does this not look like paradise to you?
You might even find yourself feeling a little like Adam & Eve here. With only 150 suites on this property, it’s easy to find quiet places for two. When we visited, the resort was almost at capacity, yet there were times I felt we had the place all to ourselves. It’s important to note here that all 150 suites at Couples San Souci come with a spectacular ocean view. We enjoyed fresh Blue Mountain coffee every morning on our balcony while taking in the fifty shades of blue in the Caribbean Sea.
What struck me immediately about Couples San Souci was the feeling of serenity upon arrival. Surrounded by dense, lush jungle and far from the madding crowds, Sans Souci is the perfect place for couples looking to push a reset button. If you’re currently debating which Couples Resort you’d like to visit you can read my articles about Couples Swept Away and Couples Tower Isle. But first, here’s what makes Couples Sans Souci so unique.
Only the truly stressed out will understand the beauty of this. When you’re at Couples Sans Souci, you feel like there is no world beyond the lush palms and mountains that surround you; you can’t even see another resort. With a ton of nooks and crannies around the resort, you may not even have to interact with other guests if you don’t want to. If you are feeling social, the piano bar here is the perfect place to make new friends. Worth noting for those that literally do want to be Adam & Eve—Sans Souci has it’s own private au naturel beach.
A Spa As Unique As the Resort
You know when Travel & Leisure names the spa at Sans Souci the “Best Caribbean Hotel Spa”, there’s something special about it. Unlike most spas that have treatment rooms all together under one roof, the spa at Sans Souci has treatment rooms spread throughout the resort. The hydrotherapy treatment room for example, lies between a cascading waterfall on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. You’d be hard pressed to find a more serene setting. Massage treatment rooms are on cliffs overlooking the sea, and are the perfect place to have a massage for one, but even better for two.
Those Delightful Nooks & Crannies
This was me the entire time we were at Couples Sans Souci; this is my favourite spot! No, no, now this is my favourite spot. Nevermind, I take it back, I now declare this spot right here the best. Truth be told; I never could decide. That’s what made Couples San Souci so delightful. No wonder they call it the Jewel of Jamaica. Whether is was swinging in a hammock high above the sea, or swinging in a chair looking out at it, there are hundreds of little spots to just take it all in.
One of those little gems is the mineral grotto. In use since the 1700s, the mineral grotto found at Couples Sans Souci is thought to have healing and restorative powers. Fed with cool spring water, it’s a great place to steal away with your partner for a quick dip.
No matter which Couples Resort you choose to visit, you are eligible for Couples Romance Rewards on your second visit. Romance Rewards are accumulated based on nights stayed at Couples and as you would suspect, get better and better the more you visit. From resort credits to free massages, and other amazing perks, it’s worth your time to sign up for on your first visit, because trust me, you will be back.