This hotel has been awarded a place on the Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List for 2013, so you know you can expect good things. The property has been designed to put you in the traditional Jamaican ‘no worries’ state of mind. It's tucked away from the rest of the world on top of a rocky outcrop, and it looks out over the calming scene of a spotless white beach and the Caribbean Sea. The facilities have been created with Zen in mind. There are four swimming pools to relax in, one of which is a mineral pool with rejuvenating properties. There’s a seaside spa, too, which has been named the ‘Best in the Caribbean’ by Travel and Leisure Magazine. What’s more, the hotel runs a regular programme of pilates and yoga. Food is served in three different restaurants. Casanova offers Caribbean fusion dishes like grilled duck breast with West Indian salsa, and Palazzina specialises in global bistro dishes. Then there’s the Beach Grill, which serves grills and salads at lunch before it turns into the Jamaican Bella Vista restaurant in the evenings.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand and premium-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Minibar. Snacks at set times.
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A place of various beauty and body treatments like massage, hot stone therapy, reflexology, waxing, facials and much more.
Bella Vista Jamaican à la carte restaurant
Offering traditional Jamaican cuisine. Closed on Tuesday and Friday evenings.
4 outdoor pools
With 3 whirlpool baths, sunbeds, pool towels and sun terraces with shaded area.
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suite with limited sea view
Suite with limited sea view sleeps 2, with ceiling fan, sitting area, in-suite dining, flatscreen satellite TV, iPod docking station, minibar at a charge, iron and board, bathrobes and nightly turndown service.
suite with sea view
Suite with sea view sleeps 2, with ceiling fan, sitting area, in-suite dining, flatscreen satellite TV, iPod docking station, minibar at a charge, iron and board, bathrobes and nightly turndown service.
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Our first time at an all-inclusive...
The rooms are a bit dated, yet are very spacious. The service was wonderful. The food and drinks were good. I enjoyed the local cuisine. Tennis lessons were fun. The grounds were beautiful! The beaches were small, but clean with little or no waves. It was a nice place to relax. I liked the mineral pool and healthy snack bar. The martini bar was a lot of fun too. Sometimes the events at the Balloon Bar kept us awake longer then we wished, but it wasn't too bad. We did a private dinner on Sunset Beach, and it was amazing! I had a lobster... and that was the best lobster I have ever had, EVER. It was a very private dinner. There was one other couple who arrived towards the end of our dinner and they were seated all the way across the beach. Bring bug spray if you attend to hang around Sunset Beach at night. Onto the tours! We are more the explore the area type and there really wasn't much of that to do. We convinced our driver to take us into the heart of Ochos Rios, so that was fun. I forget his name, but he was very cool. He answered a lot of our questions honestly and I learned a lot from him. Dolphin Cove was fun, but you are there a lot longer then you need to be... and the prices at the resort are way overpriced for it. Dunn's River Falls was fun and refreshing. The lagoon trip was uneventful. You take a small boat out into the bay and swim for maybe 10 minutes... not worth the price. I wish the trips into town were more frequent. The snorkeling trips were not that impressive to me, but I'm comparing it to Belize, so. It is a long drive to the resort from the airport. The roads are not bad, but it's a lot of quick stops and go stuff, so if you get car sick easily take something beforehand. Be prepared to tip people. They told us at the airport to put our bags in a pile and wouldn't let us carry them to the bus. It is a weird feeling because we are used to traveling and keeping our belongings with us. Well, once we got to the bus we were strongly encouraged to tip the men who carried our bags. We are two very able bodied people who were more than willing to carry our own bags. It was silly. We should have the option to carry our own bags.More
C C, Albuquerque, New Mexico
I agonized over finding the perfect hotel for our honeymoon, it was all in vain. Couples San Souci was perfect. It's no wonder they have 'repeaters' who've been coming for 20 years. I've stayed at big resorts like the RIU in the past but this one was small and intimate. I felt more catered too and they remembered our names. You can keep to yourself or get to know other friendly couples (adults only). The rooms are large, quiet and comfortable. There's plenty of seating and you can eat breakfast on the huge balcony. I miss having cook to order omelettes every morning, with fresh pancakes and a smoothie. This resort has a no tipping policy. I inquired at the front desk just like Trip Advisor advises. We actually wanted to tip but they wouldn’t give us change because they said it’s prohibited. I was stunned because we still got good service. People complain about the stairs. I needed a workout after eating so much but if you have mobility issues, that could be a problem. We actually preferred the regular beach to the 'au natural' one. There's always a chair and umbrella available and it's a short walk no matter which area you stay in. We did see some peeping toms looking through the bushes on our bike ride past the au natural beach. Also, the the ocean floor there was more rocky. I'd recommend beach shoes which we bought in the on site store for about $10. But the toiletries they sell are high. The meals were great even at the non-reservation restaurants and Chef George more than accommodated my food allergies. The restaurants are open late which is great if you have a late flight. I took a fitness class in the mineral pool. They make fresh juices there until 5pm (with veggies and fruits) as well as vegetarian wraps. The hubby worked out at the gym and he even found a heavy bag for boxing. Yes the nighttime entertainment was lousy but making fun of the lounge singers and watching people dance is part of the fun ;). There's a business center to print and a really short tour you can take to get acquainted with the property. Check the calendar for activities such as hat making, art, etc. The glass bottom boat ride and snorkeling were fun (weather permitting). Even though it rained a lot in December, we still found plenty to do without leaving the resort. But if you leave, I'd suggest going to the Blue Hole vs. the crowded Dunn's River Falls. If you do go to Dunn's, don't buy the DVD! The Blue Hole is free and you get your own guide, all you have to do is tip them. Catch a cab and wear a life jacket. My husband is already ready to return to San Souci. I hope you love it as much as we did!More
ladylovesrome, Atlanta, Georgia
We were there in February of 2013 for our honeymoon and I would recommend this resort to anyone looking for a beautiful, romantic, over the top place to honeymoon. The resort is about 90 minutes from the Montego bay airport, so come prepared for a long drive, but our host/driver was very funny and provided a lot of local information as we drove around Jamaica. Our room was lovely- not the most modern- but spacious and clean with a beautiful balcony view of the grounds and the ocean as well as a sitting room and huge bathroom with Jacuzzi tub. We enjoyed all of the different restaurants as well as the spa (for couple massage in an Oceanside cabana) and the water sports. All of the staff were super friendly and always helpful. Bar service and entertainment staff were also great. We enjoyed many of the different evening entertainment options as well as the free room service (alcohol included!). We especially enjoyed that the resort included a couple of excursions to town- for shopping and to the famous Dunn's River Falls (which is a MUST do). Another great experience came from a photographer we befriended. Not only did he take great pictures of us throughout our stay, he was always really friendly and greeted us at every event.More
freqtravgirl, Cedar Hill, Texas
This resort is the best one by far. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The dinning experience was out of this world. The all natural beach was secluded and large. All in all a top notch resort.More
There are some widely differing reviews about this place; some exaggerate the good, some exaggerate the bad. Don't be put off by the bad - it has its flaws, rooms and furniture are in need of refurbishment (that is apparently in hand), and not all staff are wonderful (some, a small number, are downright surly and curt). Hence, the 4 stars and not 5. Overall, Couples Sans Souci is really very good. The grounds are as close as most people will get to a tropical paradise and it oozes charm. Most of the staff are brilliant, always ready for a friendly chat they are justifiably proud of what they do. And let's not forget those behind the scenes staff like housekeeping, gardening and catering - they all helped make our stay one of the best AI experiences we've had. The real test is 'will we go back ?' - the answer is a definitive yes, in a heartbeat given the chance......More
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