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“First time to Jamaica” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Couples Tower Isle
Ranked #5 of 36 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Certificate of Excellence
Bluffton, South Carolina
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22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“First time to Jamaica”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

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.

Room Tip: Choose an ocean view room. It is worth the small increase in price. We stayed in 4112 which was a th...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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green bay, wi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

The resort is beautiful and well maintained. The entire staff was fantastic. This is the ideal spot for adults to rest and relax! My husband certified in Scuba this year. He was thrilled! Vincent, "Thanks for your great beach service!" The Booze Cruise was a hoot. It's too bad they priced their way out of the resort! I hope that the "Silver Birds" continue to perform at the resort. They are fantastic!! The Spa....aahhhhhh! The hot bamboo massage was the best massage I have ever had. I did full braids this year. Now I know why people wear them. Easy care and never had hair in my face!
We met and re-connected with friends at the resort again this year. Fun was had by all! What a GREAT TIME!!! We plan to return again, and again and.....

Room Tip: We have been to this resort several time and really haven't had a bad room. However, I prefere...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Salisbury, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Service, service, and more service. The resort treats all guest as V.I.P.s. Wonderful food and drinks.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portage, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

First off the staff is wonderfull. We had an issue with our room which was corrected the next day. We were upgraded to ocean front, but we had to be a little persistent because of the time it took to do this. Also be prepared for at least an 2 hour ride from the airport could be longer depending on the driver. Make sure you check out activities and the menu on couples tower isle.com sight so you are prepared to book your activities and restraunts as soon as you arrive it is recomended. We did and still had to wait until our 3rd night to even get a reservation at a restraunt. Water was a little rough missed out on 3 days of water activities because of red flags. Also if your going to see the couples tower isle be prepared to go totally nude or you can't go at all this was alittle disappointing. Oh and don't tip employess are not aloud to keep it they have to turn it in to the resort. I know it says gratuity included, but we have always tipped at alinclusive resorts an employee had to tell us not to tip, because the resort keeps it. I also told a few others that I saw tipping. They do not divide it with employess the resort just keeps it.
If your looking for shows fun and excitement couples is not for you. Would we return? No only because we like entertainment(shows) not just music.Also received alot of morning rain when we were there 03/22/12. And a big all after noon and night thunder shower. This is a small resort

Room Tip: Ocean Front only way to go.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

We stayed at Tower Isles 4/11/2012-4/18/2012, and very much enjoyed the trip. To those that have been to Jamaica before, you know the trip to the resorts are torturous due to the time and the roads. This was no exception. The arrival at the airport somewhat prepared us with a couple of short Red Stripes, but we were worn out by the time the 1:45 min ride was over. The check in was very unimpressive, but we were taken to the room within a few minutes. Very impressed with the Deluxe Beach Front room and glad we did not get a Premier room. Great view, and good space. The grounds were nice, the facility not very large, but the attendants working for the guest were hard workers, excellent attitudes for the most part, and the food was excellent. Many of the workers recognized your face and were always asking how you were doing. The room cleaning personnel were always checking on your needs and very attentive. We have stayed at Swept Away several times and based on a comparison, although we enjoyed TI, I feel Swept Away has much more to offer with regards to ammendities, beach front space, work out facilities, etc. Would recommend for couples whom enjoy just hanging out by the pool and little expectation of things to do.

Room Tip: Definitely go with an upper level Beach front room in the main building. Garden views are nice but b...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JamaicaMon4ever
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indianapolis
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

I'll make it short and sweet. We love Jamaica, Couples Tower Isle and Beach Bum Vacations. The staff at Couples Tower Isle treat you so amazing. Very friendly and fun people. Perfect for a honeymoon or just a vacation. The resort was clean and a great layout. Highly recommended and you if want to guarantee an effortless planned trip use www.beachbumvacation.com to plan your trip.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank aturtle79
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

Beautiful resort. Great food and bar menu. The staff is friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Couples Tower Isle
Address: St. Mary, Ocho Rios, Jamaica (Formerly Couples Ocho Rio)
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Ocho Rios
#4 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#5 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#5 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Couples Tower Isle 4*
Number of rooms: 226
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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