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Couples Resorts celebrates coming of age

Published:Sunday | October 16, 2016 | 10:00 AMNashauna Lalah
From left: Suzanne Issa poses with Nerissa Braimbridge and Carole Cortade.
Ramon Bremmar posing for our camera with Phyllis Scarlet.
Doniell Lawrence is all smiles with Nicholas Bromley.
From left: Kiandra Plummer, Rochelle Clunie and Alicea Stewart.
From left: Loren Claussen, Janeice Sudbeck, Kimberly Cruey and her husband Brandon.
Having ball are (from left): Jeff Belletier, his wife Robin, and David Brown.
From left: Coral Williams is all smiles with her husband Wayne Williams, general manager of Couples Negril, and Karen Lanigan, general manager of Couples Swept Away.
Bernard Quick and his wife Barbara returned to the spot where they exchanged vows 26 years ago.
Cheers from Angela Waboso and her husband David.
From left: Richard Williams is all smiles with Denise Morrison and Wayne Williams, general manager of Couples Negril.
It’s all smiles for the happy bunch of (from left): Kurt Markley, his wife Lisa, and Meghan and Steve Rak.
Nerissa Braimbridge (left) strikes a pose with Suzanne Issa.
Yvonne Hankins pauses for a photo with owner of Couples Resorts, Lee Issa.
From left: Rosa Young, proprietor of Waves Negril, shares lens with Gary Stephens, vice-president of operations, Couples Negril; Kara Lanigan, general manager of Couples Swept Away; and interior decorator Cecile Levee.
From let: Jane Issa, Debra Cumming and her husband George obeyed the dress code to a T.
Peyten Battle and his wife Cheryl make a cute couple.
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Two of Jamaica's finest all-inclusive resorts celebrated anniversaries last weekend, turning Negril into the centre of festive attention.

Negril is known as the 'Capital of Casual', but there was certainly nothing low-keyed or casual about Couples Swept Away's anniversary party held on Friday night, or Couples Negril's, which took place on Saturday.

Celebrating 18 years is an amazing thing, and the hotels did not hold back. They were legal to have a ball, and that they did. On Friday, Positive Vibrations steel band rocked the Aura Lounge at Swept Away, while bars were kept busy and guests sampled delicious treats during cocktail hour. Later, it was dinner at The Palms. But this was no ordinary dinner - it was an elaborate, delectable spread created and presented with the excellence for which Couples Resorts is known. During dinner, guests were kept well entertained by a performance from Trevor Nicks and the Silhouettes.

 

CELEBRATE EN BLANC

 

On Saturday, as the west end's famous sunset painted the sky, Celebrate en Blanc - a Parisian-themed event - got under way at Couples Negril. Guests, dressed in all-white, gathered in the hotel's lobby for cocktails.

Two skilled aerial dancers attracted lots of attention. Guests, most with drinks in hand, were transfixed by the gravity-defying acrobatics.

Dinner was heavenly, while a mento band, fire breathers and a fashion show provided entertainment.

Veteran performer Georgia Henry later took to the stage and immediately had everyone on their feet with disco hits such as Celebrate and I Will Survive.

As someone who has been doing this for almost four decades, Henry knew how to keep the party going. She was all energy, later running through hits made popular by the likes of Chevelle Franklin, Beenie Man and Shabba Ranks.

Now of age, there was no curfew, so Couples Negril partied the entire night away.

nashauna.lalah@gleanerjm.com