This hotel was awarded a place on the Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List for 2013, so you know you’re in for a treat...
This luxury hotel is tucked away on top of a rocky outcrop, and looks out over a spotless white beach. The sea views are second to none – and you get to enjoy them whichever room you’re staying in.
There are 4 pools here. And dining is a real pleasure, with options including a gourmet venue and a beach grill. Beyond the hotel, Ocho Rios – home to Dunn’s River Falls – is about a 10-minute drive away.
Honeymooners staying 7 nights or more get a room upgrade subject to availability, 30 minute massage each and sparkling wine. Offer valid for travel within 30 days of wedding. Please state 'Honeymooners' at time of booking and travel with a copy of your wedding certificate.
Food & Drink
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Selected local-brand and premium-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Minibar.
Snacks at set times.
Suite with limited sea view sleeps 2, with a king-size bed, ceiling fan, sitting area, in-suite dining, flatscreen satellite TV, iPod docking station, iron and board, bathrobes and nightly turndown service.
Suite with limited sea view sleeps 2 - with a king-size bed and with ceiling fan, sitting area, in-suite dining, flatscreen satellite TV, iPod docking station, iron and board, bathrobes and nightly turndown service.
We just returned from our fourth trip to Sans Souci and were pleasantly surprised that the resort has had a major facelift. The grounds are gorgeous and immaculate. The pool decks, the bars, and most notably the au natural side have been seriously refurbished. They have also started to remodel the beach front rooms.
As always the staff was excellent. Everyone from reception to the wait staff to the entertainment crew to the bartenders made you want to return for another vacation here. A special thank you to Oscar, the visiting tennis pro, for making the tennis portion of our trip most enjoyable. Also of note was Veronique at the au natural bar, Keaston at the Palazzo Restaurant and of course Milton from entertainment.
We will definitely be returning to Sans Souci.More
moocDundas_Canada, dundas, canada
We just returned from a weeks vacation at CSS. It started poorly with our dinner on our day of arrival taking 3 hours because of some very poor management of the Bell Vista restaurant this was the only time we dined there. A simple grill/ bar food dinner option in the evening not only one restaurant that you do not need reservations to go to. The only other issue is the lack of water pressure and hot water.
This resort is built on a hill side maybe a water tank on the top of the hill would greatly increase the pressure.
Here is a few things we learned to do that will make your stay better.
If you arrive late afternoon or evening, just order room service dinner, it is included. For room service breakfast you can add items to the door card like eggs, bacon etc, look in the info binder.
We did this all but one day and it was on time every day.
The resort does have many stairs we were in the G building on the 4th floor no elevator. It was good exercise. If you go to SSB the water is rocky so bring water shoes, they sell them in the gift for $12. SSB is a great beach, the guests and staff were very friendly, we always find people on this type of beach to be very social. They have a grill and other items for lunch. The other restaurants were all excellent. We did an after hour party at SSB, $20 per couple which covered the bartender. We also had a repeater who reserved the mineral pool for a late get together what a great why to end our vacation.
We would and hope to return to this resort next year.
Thank to all of the great staff.
Sunnyirishman, Columbia Md
as good as advertised
Recently returned from a fantastic November stay with my wife on our honeymoon. Romantic, fun, relaxing, Sans Souci is all these things. It all starts with the wonderful staff - an amazing group of locals who excel at all they do. They work extremely hard to make your stay first class and it shows. The property is extraordinary. A blend of old world style with modern swim up bars, pools, etc. A complaint about the property from many are the stairs. This is the trade-off for a resort built into a hillside/cliff, the upside are the amazing views from terraced pool decks, outdoor dining & bars. If you're still young the stairs are fine, if you're getting up there I'd suggest a different Couples property. The food is excellent, neither of us ever felt bored or tired of eating the same things. Grilled food on the beach, buffets, and fine dining high up on the property at Casanova, Couples SS has it all covered. In-room dining is a treat and available all day. I could continue but then it'd just be spoiling all the surprises. We'll be back.More
Benjamin S, Garden City
Honeymoon at Couples Sans Souci
My wife and I spent 5 days/6 nights in the Hibiscus Cottage for our honeymoon, and it's hard to imagine a realistic better experience! We stayed in the Hibiscus cottage, which was the private villa on the hillside, and it was beautiful. The villa had it's own private Jacuzzi, lounge chairs, hammock, large porch/deck with some more lounge chairs, huge bathroom, huge closet, sofa, and wet bar/fridge. If you're traveling all the way to Jamaica, I would highly recommend spending a little extra money for the villa. We didn't feel like we were staying in a hotel at all, and never felt like we were missing out if we wanted to spend some time in/around the "room". The only downside is that if you stay in the villa, there are a lot of stairs/hills to deal with getting to/from your room. We're in our early/mid 20's so it didn't bother us, but it definitely isn't for everyone. Now on to the resort itself.
The grounds were absolutely beautiful and well maintained. The whole resort felt very tropical, intimate, and romantic-the perfect getaway vacation. You could really explore the grounds for a week and discover something new every day. The makeup of couples there seemed to be mostly middle aged and older, with a few younger couples there on their honeymoon. The resort felt like it gave you the opportunity if you wanted, but you could also easily spend a lot of one on one time with your significant other if you desired.
The staff here was amazing! The bartenders kept things fun, with Akeem and Qwayne really going above and beyond. Those two would keep an eye on you and have a new drink ready for you before you even realized you were done with your last one. The whole staff seemed eager to make sure you had an amazing time and wanted for nothing. The people really give it that authentic Jamaican feel, and will have you never wanting to leave.
There are only 3 restaurants, but as long as you aren't there for two weeks and aren't super picky, you won't run out of options to try/eat. The food was great and left us satisfied, but if you're expecting 5 star for every meal then you'll be disappointed. We ordered room service one night and had dinner on our porch, and I would highly recommending it if you can.
We went in November, and had no problems with bugs whatsoever. It seemed like the resort did a good job of actively spraying and warding the bugs off, but it never smelled of gross insecticides or anything along those lines. The weather was PERFECT outside of the wind for the first two days. The wind made the water much choppier (and thus murkier), and kept people from participating in most watersports. The water wasn't your typical Jamaican clear when you were in it close to the shore, but still looked beautiful from a distance. The main beach is small (for a beach resort), but we never really had a problem getting a spot and never felt too crowded. The main beach is in a cove and protected by a reef, which makes the water generally very calm (like a lake on a non-windy day). The sand seems to be brought in from elsewhere and isn't a beautiful white color, but it didn't bother us. The selling point of this resort isn't the beach itself, but we still enjoyed our time on it.
As far as extras go, we did the 55 min couples massage (ask for the hut that sticks out furthest on the cliffs, it's so relaxing and a beautiful view), glass bottom boat tour as my wife is not much of a snorkeler, paddle boarding, paddle boat, kayaking, and Dunns River Falls. The falls were not what we were expecting (maybe google it before you go), but we had a blast! We are big golfers and planned on golfing while there, but all the additional fees start to add up and we had such a great time at the resort that we didn't want to leave the property.
The ride to/from the airport is about an hour and a half and can fly by or be miserable depending on your driver (we had one of each), but it's well worth it to get to this jewel of a resort. We had an amazing vacation, and our only regret is that we didn't stay longer!
If you're looking for a romantic getaway, Couples Sans Souci is absolutely your place to go.More
I will never go to another resort in Jamaica again. This place is AMAZINGNESS.
I just came back a few days ago from a 7 night stay from Nov 8th - Nov 15th, and I've been a walking talking billboard, trying to tell anyone who will listen to me to not only go to Jamaica, but to stay at Couple's Sans Souci. My boyfriend, who had already been to Jamaica, and I decided that WHEN we return (there will be no "if"), we don't want to try any other resort, because this one was just way too breathtakingly magical and gorgeous.
What I liked the most: The vibe of the place. I could give or take the other guests. Most were empty-nesters, and a few were young honeymooners. My boyfriend and I are mid-30's DINKs (dual income, no kids) and while many people were friendly, we didn't really connect too much with the others staying there, as we're just at the in-between age of the average person there. But that whole place is one big beautiful living, breathing machine of paradise. We arrived our first night extremely late (2am) and were greeted by the most boisterous and happy hosts imaginable, even at that hour. I was delirious from having traveled for 20 hours straight to get there, I grabbed my luggage to carry down to find our room, and I was "scolded" by the gentleman working front desk, that "I am a lady, and am on vacation", in which he immediately removed my luggage from my hands, and placed a glass of champagne in them instead.
First thing was first, was that I had to see the beach. So we made the trek down to it, and it was unimaginably beautiful. I kept having to ask if it was really happening, if we were really there, because I had no idea that something could be so perfect. It is a small-ish beach, but I preferred that, because it felt like your very own slice of paradise that you were sharing with only a handful of people on this earth. What was awesome about the water, though, was that you could swim around the east side of the property, and come to another very small, hidden beach area by the spa. And if you were adventurous enough, or waited until 5 pm when you could traipse about Sunset beach fully clothed, you had a third beach area to play at. I didn't like the water at that beach as well (more seaweed and leaves) but where the White River runs into that beach is just a lovely sight.
This place does have lots of stairs. And that is OKAY. You're going to need the stairs to get some exercise in, because the bartenders are going to pour drinks down your throat all day long, and you're going to eat SO. MUCH. AMAZING. FOOD. And the best thing about the stairs? They're broken up, and there is so much lush landscaping surrounding you everywhere you turn, that you can take them slowly, and you can stop and gaze at the endless varieties of flora and fauna around. At night you'll see the little frogs that make the amazing chirping sounds that reminded me of summer cicadas in the U.S. You'll see hundreds of lizards and geckos. Hermit crabs even!!! I had never even seen a hermit crab before, that was not residing in a pet shop aquarium with a hot-pink painted shell. In the area where the stairs come down from the D block to the beach, you feel like Tarzan, with tall tropical trees with thick long vines reaching from the top, to the bottom roots that go down to the rocks where the cliff side meets the water. Which was my favorite part of the beach actually - the sound the water made as it gently lapped against the cliff. I spent most of my time near the rocks to feel the cooler water, and hear the amazing sounds of it.
And again - the food. Okay, so what they don't have too much of a variety of restaurant options... but each restaurant seemed to have a rotation of what they offered on a day-to-day basis. Favorites: red snapper sandwiches on coco bread, ackee and saltfish (had that for breakfast EVERY DAY) some kind of pumpkin-seafood chowder they had one day down at the beach grill, and the jerk chicken, of course. In fact... everything was amazingly good. EXCEPT the nachos. If I have to be nitpicky, I'd say that they need to step up their nacho game with their room service menu.
And speaking of room service, the rum that I requested upon our arrival was there and waiting for us, as well as a half-dozen ice cold Red Stripes. And OH MY GOD, the bottled pineapple juice - you've never tasted anything so amazing and sweet (which, incidentally, pairs amazingly well with the Appleton Rum)
And speaking of delicious adult beverages - the bartenders at both the beach and pool bar were a riot. Kareem is a gigantic flirt with the ladies - you have been warned that you will fall in love. Bryan (who worked the pool bar most days) took his job oh so seriously, and is on a mission to be the best bartender in the world. We nicknamed him Cocktail, as in the Tom Cruise movie. He juggled bottles, poured drinks off the top of his head, and served them to you, and kept "buying everyone shots" who was hanging out by the pool. If you couldn't decide what to drink, he'd make the best decision for you, and he was nothing but awesome and charming.
As for the rest, the room we had was gorgeous. We were in D3 (Dahlia block) and while we didn't exactly have much of an ocean view, it was still a breathtaking sight nonetheless. There's not one bad seat in the house.
The beach party and starlight gala they throw are both nothing short of spectacular. I was simply amazed by how much work goes into preparing for those, and they host those parties every week! It was a good opportunity to sample other foods, and get all fancied up and mingle with the other guests. The performers they have are amazingly talented, but again - if I may be nitpicky - I would have liked some more "authentic" Jamaican music on-site. What they had was great, don't get me wrong, but much of it was traditional older American party music. But, if your goal is to get a large group of 50-something's pumped and on the dance floor/stage, you gotta play the music that's going to get them there.
The only things I would do differently next time, would be to travel with another couple, and engage in more activities. We did go on one outside excursion (to the Luminous Lagoon - HIGHLY recommend) and it was the best experience. We snorkeled a couple times, and I was surprised by how much coral reef is just a very short distance away. They offer an activity orientation every morning, and I regret not having gone first day, because there were so many things I would have liked to have done, but found out about them too late. But all in all, I came for the ultimate beach vacation, and spending a majority of my time on the beach and lounging in the water was exactly what I was looking for. The other stuff was just bonus.
Before we made this journey, I obsessed over all the recent reviews, and can only imagine that anyone giving this anything less than 4 or 5 stars, is just incredibly high maintenance and demanding, because the entire experience for myself and everyone else I saw there, was that every talented, kind, attentive, generous, friendly, and caring staff member that keeps that place running, went above and beyond to show you how amazing their land of Jamaica is.More