Couples in Ocho Rios, JamaicaAuthor: Roselynn
Date of Trip: October 2005
Around 2 p.m., I went to the lobby to meet Ava. She was to be my lunch companion for today. We went to the patio and ate with Bill (Joe's dive buddy) and his wife Trisha. We had some good laughs. They were leaving that evening to head back home.
I got some more beach time. Then went back and chatted more with Dawn. Her husband John was there. He's one of the piano players for the resort. It turned out he would be working at the returning guests dinner that night. When Dawn finished packing up I headed back to my room to get ready for the evenings activities.
We had some rain in the late afternoon so the manager's welcome party was done just outside the lobby instead of on the pier. The mento band "The Scotch Bonnets" were playing some wonderful music. There were plenty of cocktails and hor d'oeuvres being served. At the party I learned that most of the west wing was shut down for renovations. They were replacing the tile floors. Near the end of the cocktail hour they introduced the managers and some of the staff and also gave out two employee of the month awards. One award for front staff and the other for back staff. FYI the beach buffet and party were also moved to the patio due to rain.
Now it was time for the returning guests' cocktails and dinner, so it was off to the piano bar. There weren't that many repeat guests this week so cocktails didn't go on very long and we all headed for Le Gourmet.
We all sat at one long table and Mr. Henry was at my side. Everyone was chatting and enjoying their salads when two more couples came in. The staff added an extra table at one end and Mr. Henry switched seats so the other couple, a bouncy blond and her husband, could sit together next to me. That's when the entertainment began. No disrespect to John's piano playing intended.
From the moment the blond bombshell sat down until the end of the meal she talked non-stop. She had indulged in a bit too much champagne and wasn't slowing down. We learned that she and her husband lived in Florida but that she grew up in New Jersey, she still had the Jersey accent. We were told about how both her mother and her husband's mother had been friends and that both had "amscraid their husbands", how she and her husband were childhood friends, how long they had courted and were married. She also talked about how everyone wanted her to be a model but "No way!" That would mean she'd have to be touched. "First they touch your hair, then they put their hands all over you fussing with your clothes." She had everyone laughing so hard we had tears rolling down our faces.
It was now time for dessert. Blondie had a cup of coffee. Then she noticed that the female half of the couple they came with had left. She asked the man where she had gone. He stated his wife wasn't feeling well and went back to their room to sleep. Blondie went off on a tirade about how her friend can't sleep now. She was going to go up to the room, climb on top of her and wake her up. Blondie's husband rubbed her leg and Blondie said "I know what that tap means. It means you want me to shut up." He said "No, I'm just rubbing your leg." Blondie said "No you're not! You're tapping! You want me to shut up so I'll shut up now." In less than thirty seconds she was jabbering on again. This time it was about how the coffee was a magic elixir and gave a better buzz than the champagne. It was returning guests' dinner none of us would soon forget!
Staying at Couples alone is a very different experience. Idon't recommend it. I will sayall the staff went above and beyond to make sure I still had a good time. They made sure I had someone to have dinner with every evening so I wouldn't have to sit alone. Everyone from the servers and bar staff from management to the entertainment crew made sure I didn't get lonely and that I was having fun.
A couple I had met on the CouplesNet message board told me about a rumor they heard circulating out on Tower Island. The rumor was that there was a woman alone at the resort. She must be the "owner's wife" they were told since, all the staff were constantly going up to her and taking care of her. Heck, some of the staff even joined her for meals. When they were told what the woman looked like they told the others "that's Lynn, she's a repeat guest and her other half had to leave early." I got a good laugh from the rumor. It just goes to show when you stay at Couples you are really part of the "Couples Family".
Since the rest of my stay was spent just relaxing and socializing I won't bore you with the details. Suffice it to say I spent time playing in the water, enjoying the entertainment and sampling the wide variety of food and drink. There were times when it rained heavily, but water sports didn't shut down for very long. Besides it was hurricane season, so you had to expect it. Both the beach buffet and gala pool buffet were moved undercover along with their respective shows and the late night beach movie.
I wouldn't be truthful if I said everything was perfect. There were a few minor inconveniences with my room. There were some flying insects and ants in the room. But then again Jamaica is a tropical island. Also when you entered the room the light switch didn't work. I simply left one of the lights next to the bed on when I left for dinner, so No Problem Mon. I never had flowers on my bed this trip but none of these things made the trip less enjoyable.
I really liked the new paint job in the piano bar. It made it more cheerful. I thought the martini bar on Sunday night was a nice touch. The new boat beach bar (next to the gym) was very convenient when hanging out on the beach. The private dinner on the beach or pier (extra fee required) looked sooo romantic. All these new touches go a long way to show how the resort is continuing to come up with innovative ways to keep their guests pleased. I do wish they would get a new cat to replace Sylvester. We miss him.
I already miss Couples Ocho Rios and I've been home less than a week. There is something so special about the place I can't explain it in simple words other than it's our second home. We can hardly wait to go back again to our "Couples Family".
-- courtesy of Roselynn www.roselynn.org
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