If you haven’t been to Jamaica or Ocho Rios in a while (my last visit to Ocho Rios was June 2007) you are in for a treat. Couples Tower Isle, formerly Couples Ocho Rios, is now open!
Our Air Jamaica flight was the one of the first flights to arrive into Sangster International Airport on Sunday. We passed quickly through customs and immigrations. Once we arrived at the Couples Resorts Lounge area, we were offered drinks and within 15 minutes, our luggage was whisked away to our transfer bus. The new road is great and the ride was about 1 hour and 20 minutes. (Our driver stopped once, but it was not necessary.) We arrived on property at about 12:05 pm.
Our room at Couples Tower Isle, 4513 in the former West Wing (now Building #5), offered an excellent view of Tower Isle and, if you looked down, a great view of the new swim-up pool bar.
-The room was completely refurbished.
-New 32 inch flat screen TV, with numerous cable channels including movie channels.
-Rooms are the same as the rooms in the newly refurbished East Wing (now Building #1) and Main Building (now Building #3) featuring yellow duvets and light wood furniture.
-New doors with key cards
-New safe boxes, without key locks.
-New walk-in showers, nice tile work. New Kohler sinks.
-Halls nice and refreshed painted a light mint.
-New indoor/outdoor carpet throughout the hallways, low maintenance.
-Water filtration fountains located on every floor. Upon arrival each room receives a keepsake Couples Resorts logo water bottle to refill with purified water. The resort is going “Green” and will not issue bottled water at the bars.
New swim-up pool bar, with area for dive training. The pool is about the size of the new pool at CSA. New bathrooms, formerly the beauty salon.
New Logo Shop (Former Gym) – Located by beach, not quite ready.
Lobby – The nice, very South Beach, very fresh and crisp. Mint leather couches with black & white pillows and red accents tables. New scones and light fixtures throughout the property.
8 Rivers Restaurant – new white shutters, (dark heavy drapes, gone!) New seating formation, with tables for two against the walls (like the Otaheite Restaurant at Couples Negril). Piped-in music, no more piano. Top notch service and fancy cuisine.
The Verandah Restaurant – New red and white décor. Very pretty. Intercontinental cuisine – consistent quality and great service.
New walkway between the restaurants. Also a ramp for wheelchairs.
Patio Restaurant – buffet and ala carte format, but all new. New pizza oven. White and blue décor. Open all day – fresh and made-to-order items.New bathrooms located behind the Patio. Very Nice.
Bayside Restaurant– Same set-up – new furniture, very nice, great Asian menu. New Bathrooms close by. Wonderful Asian cuisine which is such a popular choice at Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away.
Couples Tower Isle’s New Building
Lower level – houses the entertainment office, with games and library.
New computer room, with flat screen monitors and at least 7 stations.
Photo shop with monitors to view photos taken throughout the days and nights.
Aerobic room for yoga and step classes.
Cardio room with weights, treadmill, bikes and elliptical machine.
Pool Grill with great menu, frozen yogurt machine, soda machine and self serve nachos. Seats about 20 guests.
Tennis Courts – 3 just resurfaced with synthetic grass, slow like clay. 2 others courts will remain hard courts.
The new Premier Ocean Rooms — great views, rooms pretty much the same as the other room blocks, however, the bath was larger.
New Suites, set-up similar to the suites at Couples Negril — 1 large room with mini -fridge and complimentary stocked bar, sitting area with couch.
Main pool area, dive board was converted to a water fall. At night the waterfall is lit with rotating colored lights. Very Pretty.
Veggie Bar (Old Grill) — nice snacks, hummus, veggie plates, and fresh juices.
Couples Tower Isle Spa
One word. “FABULOUS”. Similar to the new spa at Couples Swept Away, it features a plunge pool, his/her locker room with showers, steam rooms, whirlpool, hydro therapy tub, out door showers and juice bar.
Couples Tower Isle Staff
WOW – they are back and on top of their game. If you haven’t met these folks when the resort was Couples Ocho Rios, or if you have favorite staff from past visits, do not fear – they are all still there! Kirk’s great smile still greets you as you get off the shuttle, Andean in the 8 Rivers Restaurant, and more. They are so excited and happy for the resort to be open and better than ever – I really sensed the pride and care!
This modernized, historically significant resort has great appeal for so many of today’s travelers:
-Jamaica travelers that want a new experience
-Caribbean travelers that have not been to Jamaica in while and want something fresh and new.
-Those wanting a modern luxury getaway – like South Beach, W Hotel, or Kimpton hotel, but better pricing due to all inclusive amenities.
-Savvy travelers seeking a union of modern amenities and cultural significance.
-New travelers and newlyweds, wanting a stress free and complaint free vacation
-Repeat guests will be amazed and right at home again due the enthusiastic and friendly staff!
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