Couples Tower Isle
Featuring a south beach inspired design, this property formerly known as Couples Ocho Rios underwent a massive renovation and was rebranded as Couples Tower Isle in 2009. The resort is set upon the Caribbean Sea just east of the town of Ocho Rios in Jamaica. The property features a number of hotel buildings spread across the property such that more than half of the rooms have a sea view.
With its small island which is reserved for use as a nude beach and pool area located a short boat ride off shore, the colors in the water are quite fantastic, so if you can afford it this property more than others I’ve been to it is worth the upgrade for the sea view. Both sides of the resort rise up from the sea and are set on a short cliff, while in the middle of the resort the grounds are built with a short flight of stairs walk down to the beach.
There are two hot tubs and a sports pool on one side of the resort, and a pool with a swim up bar, and attached deeper diving training pool, on the other. Both pool decks feature green padded loungers that are very comfortable and quite chic. The somewhat smaller beach separates both pool areas if you walk the lower part of the resort.
The interiors of the buildings are set with a classy elegant feel that has a 50’s era Hollywood glam touch to it, ever so pronounced in the piano bar which features many pictures of the original resort from that era complete with celebrity guests of the day.
If you’re the type of traveler that enjoys activates and excursions you’ll be glad to know the resort offers the world famous Dunns river falls excursion as part of your package among many of its inclusions, and the hotel has three lit tennis courts, a gym, and a beach volleyball court if you’re looking for fitness activities.
The food and dining at this resort are excellent. Bayside restaurant is a romantic experience built right on the cliffs over the sea, with its Asian fusion menu, and the upscale Eight Rivers offers gourmet food, with steaks and seafood in a large ballroom. The Verandah restaurant is yet another option for dinner, as well as the patio buffet. There is also a vegetarian bar open during the day, and a grill offering burgers and other light fare, that also provides late night snacks.
There is a buffet as well for lunch and breakfast that changes over the course of your stay, which served great foods including wood fired pizzas each day for lunch.
The resort also offers room service if you don’t want to leave your room for a meal, and all rooms have been upgraded to have mini bars.
The spa is nestled in the garden section of the resort which provides a nice serene environment for treatments, for some it might be the only time you are on that side of the resort, of course one of the two gift shops is also back in the garden area, and the tennis courts are across the road.
The experience of staying at Couples Tower Isle was wonderful, the great staff working there makes sure your every need is met, and the food and drinks are high quality. The only negatives are the beach is smaller than at the other couples resorts, and the sun goes down early behind the hotel leaving lots of areas in the shade. There is a long pier however where one can go to enjoy the early evening sun and it’s a very relaxing environment.