Pros

  • Located on a white-sand beach
  • Truly all-inclusive: free top-shelf booze, meals, water sports (including scuba diving), excursions, and airport transportation
  • Multiple dining options, including gourmet Caribbean fare and a 24/7 pool grill
  • Gorgeous full-service spa
  • Rooms have 32-inch flat-screen TVs, MP3 players, and free Wi-Fi
  • All units have private furnished balconies
  • No children allowed (a con for some)
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Cons

  • Both pools are small
  • Rooms less luxurious than common spaces
  • No children allowed (a pro for some)
  • Nothing within walking distance
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Bottom Line

One of the island’s first resorts and a former playground for 1950s Hollywood A-listers, this 226-room, 19-acre Ocho Rios all-inclusive is still a sophisticated option. Public areas are chic and modern, but the rooms fall a bit short by comparison. The pools are also unexceptional, though they do have ocean views, and one has a swim-up bar. The gorgeous spa, robust all-inclusive offering (excursions and top-shelf booze are covered), beachfront location, and mellow vibe are the highlights here.

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Couples Tower Isle

Scene

Nineteen acres of amenities and tons of freebies, yet the vibe is still relaxed and mellow

Even travelers who are turned off by the mass appeal of all-inclusive resorts might consider a property like Couples Tower Isle. It's decidedly more sophisticated than competing resorts on the island, such as Sandals and Breezes, and amenities are refined: There is a zen spa, a yoga and spinning studio, and diverse dining options including an all-vegetarian cafe, an upscale Caribbean venue, and an Asian-fusion restaurant that hovers over the water in a thatched-roof palapa. The property is reserved exclusively for couples, so the resort's focus is on romance and relaxation rather than boozing and hard partying.

Perhaps most compelling, though, are the resort's all-inclusive rates, which cover an impressive range of services. At some all-inclusives, rates cover meals and watered-down drinks, but Couples' rates include airport transfers, golf green fees, catamaran cruises, glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling, scuba diving, tennis, horseback riding, and even honeymoon packages with a couples massage and bottle of sparkling wine -- all for free. Of particular note is Couples’ all-inclusive booze policy, which includes the top-shelf liquors in addition to the usual beer, wine, and rum punch.

Most of the Jamaican Couples resorts have a dedicated nude section; at Couples Tower Isle, it’s the resort’s namesake island, a small rocky refuge about a one-minute boat ride away from the mainland. It's a cool little spot, with a small pool, a little bit of beach, and a swim-up bar -- but guests must be willing to bare it all to experience it. The island's policy is not “clothing optional” but rather “clothing prohibited,” which might be disappointing for guests who prefer to keep things covered.

The guest rooms are the most disappointing aspect of the property. They're pleasant enough, with casual island style (pale yellow bedding, light blue accent walls, tile floors), but they're noticeably less luxurious than the rest of the resort. In addition, many units have garden views rather than ocean views. Though the hotel, which dates back to 1947, closed in 2008 for a massive 13-month renovation, certain details in the rooms still show the property's age (the tile floors and tile bathrooms in particular could use updating). In addition, the hallways are so outdated that they feel like they belong in a different hotel altogether.

Couples may be one of Ocho Rios’ more expensive properties, but the numerous extras included help explain the high rates.

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Location

Secluded at the end of Ocho Rios’ strip of resorts, with free shuttles to all the area’s attraction

Couples Tower Isle is one of the last properties in the long strip of resorts in Ocho Rios, and is situated along a secluded beach that faces a tiny picturesque island called Tower Isle. Nothing outside the 19-acre resort grounds is within walking distance; however, the resort provides a free shuttle to virtually every worthwhile attraction in the area, as well as to the Montego Bay International Airport.

  • 2-hour drive to Montego Bay International Airport (resort provides a free shuttle)
  • 8-minute drive to Ocho Rios’ city center for local shopping
  • 9-minute drive to Margaritaville
  • 10-minute drive to Dunn’s River Falls
  • 10-minute drive to Dolphin Cove
  • 14-minute drive to Mystic Mountain
  • 15-minute drive to Upton Golf Course
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Rooms

Clean rooms with casual island style, but they're less luxurious than the rest of the resort

Compared to the Couples Tower Isle’s chic common spaces, the rooms are a bit of a letdown. Both the rooms and the hallways appear to have received less attention during the 2008-2009 renovation than the rest of the resort. The technology is up-to-date and includes 32-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod-enabled alarm clocks, and free Wi-Fi, but the decor isn't as stylish as one may expect, with bamboo furnishings, tile floors that are looking a bit worse for wear, pale yellow bedding, and light blue accent walls. The tile in the bathrooms could use regrouting, and most bathrooms have walk-in showers but no bathtubs. I also spotted a bathroom door that had splintered along the bottom.

Each unit has its own private balcony.

  • King-size beds
  • Private furnished balconies with either ocean or garden views
  • 32-inch flat-screen TVs with satellite cable
  • Free fully stocked minibars that are replenished daily
  • Walk-in showers (no tubs) in most units
  • Gilchrest & Soames bath products in refillable eco-conscious containers
  • Free Nalgene water bottles, which can be filled at filtrated water stations throughout the resort
  • Coffemakers with Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee
  • MP3-enabled clock radio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Two bathrobes
  • Ceiling fans
  • Nightly turndown service
  • 24-hour room service
  • One-Bedroom Ocean Suites are the only units that have bathtubs (with Jacuzzi jets) and separate shower stalls; however, the bathtubs are located within the bedrooms rather than the bathroom.
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Beach

White sand and few crowds

Given Couples Tower Isle’s location as the last resort along the strip of resorts in Ocho Rios, the property enjoys a relatively isolated strip of sand that is both deep and uncrowded. Vendors are rarely a problem here either, although the resort does on occasion allow them in the evenings for guests who wish to purchase local crafts and wares.

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Pool

Two unexceptional pools that don’t seem big enough for such a large resort

The main pool at Couples Tower Isle has ocean views, but the design isn't exceptional. It's a plain rectangle bordered on three sides by walls that house the Beach Grill, the Patio restaurant, and the fitness center -- as a result, it feels a bit cramped. Detracting further are lounge chairs that don’t have any padding, and a former pool slide that has been converted into a pretty pathetic makeshift fountain.

Things improve at the second pool on the other end of the property. Though smaller, this one includes a swim-up bar and a closer proximity to the beach for better views. The design, though, is also standard -- no dramatic infinity edge here.

Unlike at other all-inclusive resorts, activities are not the attraction here; the focus is on relaxation, and most guests can be found lounging or floating on pool rafts.

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Spa

A high-design spa with salon, juice bar, and soaking pool

The award-winning spa at Couple Tower Isle is easily one of the best spas on the island, and has an art-deco-meets-zen style. It is housed in a stark white U-shaped structure supported by oversize columns, and there is a serene plunge pool crowned by a Buddha statue in its center. While it’s unclear if anyone ever actually goes into this little pool, it adds to the relaxing vibe. There are also few lounge chairs with brightly colored umbrellas, a small juice bar, and a relaxation lounge. The spa includes a salon, which features hair, make-up, and nail services.

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Oyster Hotel Review

Couples Tower Isle

Scene

Nineteen acres of amenities and tons of freebies, yet the vibe is still relaxed and mellow

Even travelers who are turned off by the mass appeal of all-inclusive resorts might consider a property like Couples Tower Isle. It's decidedly more sophisticated than competing resorts on the island, such as Sandals and Breezes, and amenities are refined: There is a zen spa, a yoga and spinning studio, and diverse dining options including an all-vegetarian cafe, an upscale Caribbean venue, and an Asian-fusion restaurant that hovers over the water in a thatched-roof palapa. The property is reserved exclusively for couples, so the resort's focus is on romance and relaxation rather than boozing and hard partying.

Perhaps most compelling, though, are the resort's all-inclusive rates, which cover an impressive range of services. At some all-inclusives, rates cover meals and watered-down drinks, but Couples' rates include airport transfers, golf green fees, catamaran cruises, glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling, scuba diving, tennis, horseback riding, and even honeymoon packages with a couples massage and bottle of sparkling wine -- all for free. Of particular note is Couples’ all-inclusive booze policy, which includes the top-shelf liquors in addition to the usual beer, wine, and rum punch.

Most of the Jamaican Couples resorts have a dedicated nude section; at Couples Tower Isle, it’s the resort’s namesake island, a small rocky refuge about a one-minute boat ride away from the mainland. It's a cool little spot, with a small pool, a little bit of beach, and a swim-up bar -- but guests must be willing to bare it all to experience it. The island's policy is not “clothing optional” but rather “clothing prohibited,” which might be disappointing for guests who prefer to keep things covered.

The guest rooms are the most disappointing aspect of the property. They're pleasant enough, with casual island style (pale yellow bedding, light blue accent walls, tile floors), but they're noticeably less luxurious than the rest of the resort. In addition, many units have garden views rather than ocean views. Though the hotel, which dates back to 1947, closed in 2008 for a massive 13-month renovation, certain details in the rooms still show the property's age (the tile floors and tile bathrooms in particular could use updating). In addition, the hallways are so outdated that they feel like they belong in a different hotel altogether.

Couples may be one of Ocho Rios’ more expensive properties, but the numerous extras included help explain the high rates.

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Location

Secluded at the end of Ocho Rios’ strip of resorts, with free shuttles to all the area’s attraction

Couples Tower Isle is one of the last properties in the long strip of resorts in Ocho Rios, and is situated along a secluded beach that faces a tiny picturesque island called Tower Isle. Nothing outside the 19-acre resort grounds is within walking distance; however, the resort provides a free shuttle to virtually every worthwhile attraction in the area, as well as to the Montego Bay International Airport.

  • 2-hour drive to Montego Bay International Airport (resort provides a free shuttle)
  • 8-minute drive to Ocho Rios’ city center for local shopping
  • 9-minute drive to Margaritaville
  • 10-minute drive to Dunn’s River Falls
  • 10-minute drive to Dolphin Cove
  • 14-minute drive to Mystic Mountain
  • 15-minute drive to Upton Golf Course
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Rooms

Clean rooms with casual island style, but they're less luxurious than the rest of the resort

Compared to the Couples Tower Isle’s chic common spaces, the rooms are a bit of a letdown. Both the rooms and the hallways appear to have received less attention during the 2008-2009 renovation than the rest of the resort. The technology is up-to-date and includes 32-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod-enabled alarm clocks, and free Wi-Fi, but the decor isn't as stylish as one may expect, with bamboo furnishings, tile floors that are looking a bit worse for wear, pale yellow bedding, and light blue accent walls. The tile in the bathrooms could use regrouting, and most bathrooms have walk-in showers but no bathtubs. I also spotted a bathroom door that had splintered along the bottom.

Each unit has its own private balcony.

  • King-size beds
  • Private furnished balconies with either ocean or garden views
  • 32-inch flat-screen TVs with satellite cable
  • Free fully stocked minibars that are replenished daily
  • Walk-in showers (no tubs) in most units
  • Gilchrest & Soames bath products in refillable eco-conscious containers
  • Free Nalgene water bottles, which can be filled at filtrated water stations throughout the resort
  • Coffemakers with Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee
  • MP3-enabled clock radio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Two bathrobes
  • Ceiling fans
  • Nightly turndown service
  • 24-hour room service
  • One-Bedroom Ocean Suites are the only units that have bathtubs (with Jacuzzi jets) and separate shower stalls; however, the bathtubs are located within the bedrooms rather than the bathroom.
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Beach

White sand and few crowds

Given Couples Tower Isle’s location as the last resort along the strip of resorts in Ocho Rios, the property enjoys a relatively isolated strip of sand that is both deep and uncrowded. Vendors are rarely a problem here either, although the resort does on occasion allow them in the evenings for guests who wish to purchase local crafts and wares.

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Pool

Two unexceptional pools that don’t seem big enough for such a large resort

The main pool at Couples Tower Isle has ocean views, but the design isn't exceptional. It's a plain rectangle bordered on three sides by walls that house the Beach Grill, the Patio restaurant, and the fitness center -- as a result, it feels a bit cramped. Detracting further are lounge chairs that don’t have any padding, and a former pool slide that has been converted into a pretty pathetic makeshift fountain.

Things improve at the second pool on the other end of the property. Though smaller, this one includes a swim-up bar and a closer proximity to the beach for better views. The design, though, is also standard -- no dramatic infinity edge here.

Unlike at other all-inclusive resorts, activities are not the attraction here; the focus is on relaxation, and most guests can be found lounging or floating on pool rafts.

See More Pool

Spa

A high-design spa with salon, juice bar, and soaking pool

The award-winning spa at Couple Tower Isle is easily one of the best spas on the island, and has an art-deco-meets-zen style. It is housed in a stark white U-shaped structure supported by oversize columns, and there is a serene plunge pool crowned by a Buddha statue in its center. While it’s unclear if anyone ever actually goes into this little pool, it adds to the relaxing vibe. There are also few lounge chairs with brightly colored umbrellas, a small juice bar, and a relaxation lounge. The spa includes a salon, which features hair, make-up, and nail services.

See More Spa

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Laundry

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Smoking Rooms Available

  • Spa

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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