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Couples Tower Isle
Ranked #5 of 35 Hotels in Ocho Rios
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“In love with Couples Tower Isle!”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

This was our first trip out of the country and I do not know how any place will be able to top Couples Tower! The food was excellent, make sure to get dinner reservations for all the restaurants right when you get there so you can plan your stay. Eight Rivers was by far our favorite. Bayside was at the bottom of the list (don't get me wrong the food was still very good) but if you don't have time to get to all of them, cut that one.

Also make sure not to miss the catamaran cruise, it is a blast. Make your reservations the day you get there as well! Unfortunately we didn't get to do the snorkeling trip or the glass bottom boat tour due to the water being too choppy towards the end of our stay. We were bummed about that but hopefully next time! We also went on the Dunn's River Falls trip. I had read mixed reviews on this before going but I am so glad we went, I loved it! The place is beautiful and the climb was relatively easy, but we like doing things like that. The hand holding thing was kind of lame, but I think their reasoning for making everyone do that is to help the older/not as active people up. Halfway through we ended up falling to the back of the line so we could climb up on our own.

Don't bother with doing the resort exchange (they let you go to Couples Sans Souci for the day) we did that and found we liked Couples Tower wayyyyy better. If you go there the bus doesn't come back for you until 4 pm so you have to spend the entire day there. We ended up calling a taxi to take us back around noon. It was fun to see the other resort but not worth the whole day.

Get to know the bartenders, it is more fun! They will also make you special drinks. Rohan was our favorite, he was amazing! Everyone there was so nice. The resort is absolutely gorgeous.

The reason I did not give the rooms four stars is we paid to upgrade our room to an ocean view but the view from our room was just some shrubbery. Still a very nice room, just would not pay extra for that in the future.

Take a trip over to the private island, and don't wait until the last day to do it. We thought it would be incredibly awkward, and it was at first, but we ended up enjoying it. Have a couple drinks beforehand, and you will be fine :) The view from the top of the tower is worth it, I got some amazing pictures from up there!

Can't wait to go back to CTI someday! If you are still on the fence about this resort, I made a photobook of our trip. Take a look and feel free to message me if you want more info! It has information on all the activities we did and TONS of pics of the resort.

Here is the link:
http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=52307e1ba6185be2&sid=0AZtm7luzbN27lA

Honestly we loved this place and were so spoiled, I don't think any other resort will be able to live up to this!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

We just got back from our honeymoon at Couples Tower Isle (7 days), and it is best explained as exceeding our expectations! Our only reservations going into it was from other reviews regarding the age demographic and the nightlife (or lack thereof). About us, we are a 30 y/o couple, at Tower Isle for our honeymoon and are not overly demanding people. Here's our breakdown:

Travel - The airport was busy, but the Couples lounge on the other side was great. They took great care of our luggage, offered an area for changing/sitting and this is where you can grab a couple drinks for the road. We were only there for about 15 minutes before we were on our way. Yes, it's 1.5-2hr drive from the airport to the resort, but it was really cool. The driver, the entire drive, pointed out local landmarks and the history of the island. He stopped halfway for washroom break and for those who wanted to grab a drink for the remainder of the drive. These guys don't work for couples, so tipping is expected, as it is for any driver doing on off-resort excursions (ie. catamaran cruise, etc.). Otherwise, never any pressure for on-resort tipping, which was nice, service remained consistently fantastic regardless.

Room - Our room was great (block 5, 4th floor). Brilliant view of the ocean and close enough to hear the waves at night - you could toss rocks into it from the balcony. Bed was huge and comfortable, minibar was great (you can request bottles of Vodka/Rum/Whiskey or wine, juice, water...whatever) and they would restock upon your request. It doesn't always come immediately, but it'll get there. The only thing that was lacking a bit was the shower; it was reminiscent of a high school locker room shower, and the shampoo/body wash isn't the best (bring your own shampoo for sure)

Food - The food was really good for the most part. The buffet (standard, no reservations for breakfast, lunch, dinner) was good; lots of options and they switched up the menu enough where there was not a lot of repetition. It is buffet at the end of the day, but really good buffet food, and while you're seated and eating there are servers coming around to handle your drink needs. Eight Rivers is incredible...incredible! Service is over the top, food is some of the best we've ever had! The Poolside Grill (open almost all the time) is decent as well - hamburgers, grilled cheese, fries, etc. Typical pub fare, but good pub fare.

Entertainment - Amazing! The entertainment at the Saturday beach party was jaw dropping - fire breathers, dancers, contortionists...it was really good. Same with the entertainment at the main stage. Only suggestion here would be to switch up the "house" band. It was usually the same guys, really talented guys, but if you've seen it once, you've seen it. As for around the pool (swim up bar), Colleen Brown was AMAZING! Such an exceptional soul and she really knows how to engage guests and make it fun. Her Patois class was great, games, everything...she's awesome, as is her partner in crime Asha. We miss her! The Piano bar is a great place to meet up with those you've met throughout the day, listen to some amazing musicians and have a sing-a-long. The talent is great, and they keep serving until you're ready to leave. As a lot of reviews have stated, the 'nightlife' does get bleak around midnight which, to sound cliche, is standard after a full day of sun and drinks. However, if you meet the right, like-minded people and you click, you can hang out until whenever you're ready to call it a night.

Excursions - sadly, we only did one which was the catamaran cruise. Do it! It's an amazing experience with swimming, dancing, music, great scenery and delicious rum punch. Everything else was included (snorkeling, sailing, glass bottom boat, etc) however we were most content hanging out with the awesome other guests at the pool, piano bar, tower isle, etc.

The Island - You have to try this at least once. We were first timers and went on our second day, and we enjoyed it so much that went back 4 times throughout our stay. Trust us, there is nothing sexual about it and there is no comparing of body types, age, etc. You will see every body type and nothing is put on display other than everyone's personalities. If you want to be alone and secluded, you can go to the end of the island and do so. If you want to hang out with others and chat, you can hang out around the swim up pool bar. Everyone is really nice and you'll make some great friends.

Overall - If you're not generally a superficial, secluded, entitled person or couple, you will absolutely LOVE this resort. It is smaller than others we've been too, and we loved it. The best part was the people we met, which you won't get at a large resort. We met, hung out with, and are maintaining contact with, a number of couples from all ages (again, we are 30, and these couples range from 25-60). Go! Book! You will be in heaven.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you have. Cheers!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 11 April 2014 via mobile

Just got back from couples tower isle ! Must say that we had a great time ,the staff was awesome and beach and pool are great !!! Definitely will be back !!!! The food is very good also ! They also have a great spa !

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ellsworth, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

The resort was nice and everyone was really friendly. they over booked the type of room that we booked so got upgraded but only for the first nice, this was a bummer because we couldnt unpack our first night and then had to move all of our stuff in the mid afternoon our second day. Our second room was nice but one of the chairs on the belcony broke(my husband leaned back to put his feet up on the ledge and the back cracked almost completely in half, glad he didnt get hurt) the second day in the room and we asked every day for a new one and never got one. The Piano bar smells funny and needs to be upgraded, but it was fun. For the food we never ate at Eight Rivers(didnt want to have to dress up that much! After all it is a vacation), but Bayside was absolutely fantastic and romantic!! The Verandah was excellent! The buffet had so many choices for every meal and it was always great, lobster night was amazing! The evening/night activites were great, always had great bands, had a magician one night, and we watched a movie on the beach! The only problem was there never seemed to be to many people enjoying all the entertainment, I dont know if everyone went to bed early or what, there were a good nunber of seniors there. the water activites were good, there was 2 days in a row that our snokleing got cancelled due to wind, and they use the glass bottom boat for it and its kind of hard to get in and out of and very packed. We went on the Catamaran and had a good time, wish the trip would have gone out earlier and lasted longer. The crew on it were a blast! We were there over the Super bowel and they had a good party for that. The pool with the swim up bar seemed to always be fun and have things going on but we spent most of our time on the beach. They have a great beach, but get up early to get a chair because people will put there towels down and walk a way and not come back for hours(kind of annoying). I recommend watching the crab races, it was something different and fun, and bring some $ to bet on them. We drove throught downtown one day and it looked nice and like it might be fun to walk around for a few hours, but we didnt and I wish we would have. Highly recommend climbing the Falls, but make sure you have closed toe snug fitting shoes, if you dont you can rent them for i think $7. But watch out for all the locals there trying to sell there stuff, they are a little overwhelming!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We spent 2 glorious weeks here. We were married on the beach at Couples Tower Isle and had a private meal on the private island, which I couldn't recommend enough. The food in every restaurant was fantastic. We ate at Baysde three times, and Eight Rivers twice. Every restaurant including the main buffet couldn't be faulted on either service or food.

All the staff were amazing, all so friendly, and Latoya the wedding co-ordinator deserves a special mention.

We had room 4313 and the view was fabulous. I especially loved sitting on the balcony looking over Tower Isle, glass of sparkling wine in hanf while the sun went down.

We will definitely be returning to celebrate an anniversary one day.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Thank you to everyone at Couples Tower Isle for making our vacation such a memorable one. Your hospitality is unsurpassed. The resort and food was amazing. I could not ask for a better experience. Hope to see you all very soon again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We travelled to CTI from 13/03 to 27/03 - This was a very special holiday for us as we were celebrating our honeymoon and it was also our first time to Jamaica. We had never been to the Carribean before so we chose CTI for our first experience - THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT US, IT WAS AMAZING!!!
We arrived in resort around 7pm and we were greeted by a very friendly 'Everard' who appeared to be front house. Just from the way this gent treated us I knew we had made the right decision as we were treated like royalty. He was very informative, helpful and polite.

Food - The food was great wherever you ate. I would definitely recommend that when you arrive you book your restaurants with guest relations as they do get full but as we were there for two weeks we had ample of opportunity to sample them on a regular basis. Breakfast was plentiful and everything that you could wish for was pretty much available from your healthy options to your not so healthy options. At lunch there was always plenty of choice as you could either eat in the main dining room, poolside grill or veggie bar- all very good. In the evening the standard of food and service was second to none but our favourite was 'Eight River' as it had a more upmarket feel and there was a dress code which we liked because people had to make an effort. I would say that if you are celebrating a special occasion (like we were) then booking a private meal on the island is a must. It was $240 but there was just me, my husband, chef and waiter and we had a delicious meal in lovely surroundings.
I have noted that people have mentioned the behaviour of some guests - I have to say we couldn't have sat around the swim up pool as it was loud and I didn't feel that it was relaxing. We don't have a problem with people having a good time (as you go on holiday to do this) but at times it was annoying and a bit too much. On the plus side though if this is not what you want then the beach and the other pool are very quiet and relaxing which is where we spent most of our time.
All watersport staff are great and helpful - we kayaked, went on a hobie cat, went on the glass bottom boat and also the catamaran cruise which was ace and good fun.

Overall I cannot praise this hotel enough. The staff make this place what it is as they all have smiles on their faces and cannot do enough for you. Hope to be back one day.
THANK YOU FOR A HONEYMOON TO REMEMBER!!!!

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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 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#4 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
#5 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
#5 Spa 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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