Couples Resorts celebrates coming of age
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.