This was our first trip to Jamaica. We typically travel to Mexico, but my husband and I (early 30s) decided we wanted to try something different this time. We chose Couples Tower Isle after much research on Trip Advisor and discussion with our travel agent. We were considering Couples San Souci and The Jewel at Dunn's River Falls. We finally settled on CTI because it seemed like a better fit for us as a couple and was a good value for the quality. We visited March 31 to April 7, 2012 during our schools' spring break time for Easter. We arrived early in the morning and breezed quickly through customs and immigration at the airport. We easily found the Couples lounge and we were the only ones there initially, so we sat at the bar to have a refreshing drink after the flight. We waited maybe 30 minutes and then were escorted out to the bus to take us to our resort. We traveled with three other couples - 2 were heading to San Souci and we with another couple were headed to CTI. The other couples had previously visited CTI and CSS and spoke very positively of their experiences. The bus ride was about 2 hours (with two stops along the way). It was a nice ride as you get to see the country. When we arrived at the resort we were greeted by the bell hop who took our bags and offered us a drink (we ordered a rum punch). We were promptly escorted to our room on the main floor (4112). It was an ocean view room and definitely worth the slight extra cost to upgrade. The room was adequate for our needs and included a mini fridge with soda, beer and wine/champagne (that you could request). You could also request alcohol and they bring you a whole bottle. We didn't drink much of it since you can get it any where on property and we weren't in our room much. I liked that they give you a reusable water bottle which you can fill up at the fountains located in the hallways and around the resort. The only things I didn't like about the room was that the bathroom mirror got steamed up since the sink, toilet and shower are all in the one room together and the bed (it was hard as a rock!!)
The first day we spent some time exploring the property, although its very small so that didn't take long! We were there to relax so it was fine not to be walking all over to get to things on the property anyway. There are two pools, although we only went to the one with the swim up bar. They have pool floats that sit on top of the pool chairs so you can hang or lounge in the pool. The pool drinks were good and people were fond of ordering the Bob Marley shot at the bar (be warned it tastes gross - like you are drinking mouth wash and it burns doing down). The service was slow at times, but remember you are on Jamaican time!! The restaurants were very good and we liked the food especially at Eight Rivers and Bayside restaurants. Be warned that if you plan to make a reservation at Eight Rivers, men need long pants - they won't let you in without them. My husband didn't bring long pants so we had to go to the gift shop and purchase some. I didn't want to miss out on the experience at Eight Rivers and it was worth the investment. We didn't always enjoy the breakfast in the morning as it was a buffet. We would have preferred a sit down meal for breakfast and have the option of ordering what we wanted. The lunch was good at the snack bar. The jerk chicken and pork, meat pockets and fish sandwich were all delicious.
The night time entertainment was okay. They typically had a live band playing each night. We often chose to go to the piano bar and enjoyed the piano sing along later in the evening. The activities were wonderful during the day. We climbed Dunn's River Falls, which was a very cool experience. We also went out on the Hobie Cat, Catamaran cruise (booze cruise) and the glass bottom boat. I would recommend all of them. We also wanted to do scuba and kayaking, but didn't get to it. They also had beach volleyball and a number of other activities that we didn't do, but seemed fun.
We met some really nice people who were vacationing at the resort and overall the employees seemed friendly and accommodating. We didn't like that the policy at the resort is not to tip the servers and other staff as this was uncomfortable and I bet if we had, we would have received even better service!
Overall, the resort was small and quiet. We had a nice relaxing time, but we will probably head back to Mexico in the future. We prefer the Mexican culture, food and larger resorts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Playground to Hollywood celebrities in the 1950s, glamorous Couples Tower Isle exudes a chic sophistication perfectly balanced by a relaxed Caribbean sensuality. Perched on the lush terrain of Ocho Rios, Jamaica—the resort seduces with breathtaking sea views, a wide sandy beach and century-old palm trees. Discover the joys of snorkeling among the reefs, windsurfing on the waves, or sailing into the sunset on a catamaran, rum punch in hand. Intricate blue tile work and jade chaise lounges offset the striking white retro architecture. Luxurious rooms boast private ocean-breeze balconies. Whether being pampered in the Zen-inspired spa—recognized as "Best in the Caribbean" by Travel+Leisure—sipping cocktails at the piano bar or indulging in an exquisite meal alfresco, Couples Tower Isle creates countless intimate moments that inspire you to return again and again. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Couples Tower Isle Hotel Ocho Rios
- Couples Hotel Ocho Rios
- Couples Ocho Rios
- Couples Hotel Isle
- Couples Ochos Rios
- Ochos Rios
- Couples Tower Isle Jamaica/Ocho Rios