|QUICK UPDATE: We just visited Couples Tower Isle and have
new photos in the photo album for you. This
resort has recently undergone an extensive renovation. Even though it's now one
of the most modern and up-to-date resorts on the North coast, the property
hasn't lost its charm and character. An update to the below report is in the
works... in the meantime... call us... and see
the new photos.
acre, adults only/couples only (no singles) resort is dedicated to the romantic
celebration of the couples relationship.
Castaways Travel is a
||U.S. Citizens: Passports are
required for international air travel to all destinations outside the
Its name, Couples Tower Isle, says it
all. Formally known as Couples Ocho Rios, this 19 acre, adults only/couples
only (no singles) resort is dedicated to the romantic celebration of the
couples relationship. For this reason, there are lots of honeymoons, weddings
and anniversaries celebrated there. It's right on the Caribbean on a wide
expanse of broad, white sand. Completely renovated in 2009 this resort is now
one of the most modern and up-to-date in Jamaica.
The resort has 212
rooms and suites in several multi-story buildings with king beds in each room
with your choice of mountain, garden or ocean views. Rooms are beautifully
decorated with satellite TV, direct dial phones, a CD/cassette player with
clock/radio, hairdryers and private
bath. The one bedroom suites and villas also contain Jacuzzis with 4 poster
beds, a nice, romantic touch. Couples has 4 bars, 5 whirlpools, 2 large
swimming pools and five tennis courts, night club with evening entertainment,
piano bar and shops.
For weddings, Couples provides several scenic
locations for the ceremony, the marriage license, pastor, bridal bouquet, cake,
champagne reception, live music, half hour massage and gifts.
|| U.S. Citizens: Passports are
required for international air travel to all destinations outside the
Couples Tower Isle is 5 miles from Ocho Rios and 65
miles due east of Montego Bay's international airport. The resort is located on
the north shore of Jamaica.
Most travelers fly into Montego Bay. You
may elect to take either the complimentary bus shuttle to the resort or private
car. The bus shuttle takes about 2+ hours. There are also air taxi flights for
$80-$120/person, round trip to an airstrip about 15-20 east of town. Taxi back
to the resort is extra.
Reserve your spot at
Club MoBay, an upscale traveler's lounge in the newest section of the
Montego Bay Airport. The Club provides expedited arrival, customs/immigration
and departure services in addition to the Club admission, all inclusive, with
drinks, bar service and snacks, WiFi, satellite TV provided.
|| Couples' packages are all inclusive which means all your
basics are provided for one price. Included are: complimentary bus shuttle from
airport, room accommodations, all meals, bar drinks, premium liquors, water
sports, hotel taxes and gratuities, plus free half hour massages for returning
guests, honeymooners, anniversaries and wedding couples.
Sports features include an equestrian
center, big fitness center, aerobic classes, pool, video games, free golf/green
fees/transfers, squash, racquetball, basketball, boat rentals, tennis,
windsurfing and waterskiing and various lawn games. Other water sports include
SCUBA, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing. No tipping
The Tower Island off the main beach in the bay is a private
compound for nude sunbathing with plunge pools and refreshments provided. You
can get a nice tan and meet some interesting couples there. Be friendly and
strike up a conversation to get things started.
Make sure you ask your
waiter's name, introduce yourself, be happy and converse with the locals.
Remember, Jamaica is a low-income island so be friendly but expect to be
offered items for sale on the street. Drugs are against the law.
Please take care of your valuables, cash, airline tickets and passports while
on vacation. Some vacation destinations are considered "third world" countries
and experience petty theft. Recommendation: Do not take precious jewelry unless
you wear it all times; keep your cash, valuables, watches, travel documentation
and cameras with you and don't expect your in-room safe to be "safe." Just a
word of caution to make sure you remember to practice common sense with your
valuables while you're on vacation.
||A full buffet is served in the Patio Restaurant open air on
the beach for breakfast and lunch. Casual and fine dining is offered in four
other award winning restaurants including the Gourmet (French); the Veranda
(bistro with international/Caribbean fare; Bayside (pasta); and the Beach Grill
for snacks and sandwiches. Guys, take a jacket to wear in the finer
restaurants. But, no ties.
Meet your waiters and say hello and be
friendly. Jamaican, American and seafood dishes are featured during the main
buffets. The food is plentiful and filling plus you can return for seconds and
more. Premium liquors are served along with beer and fine wines. Don't pass up
our favorite island beer, Red Stripe.
A nice touch is to have
Continental breakfast in bed with your honey or enjoy 24 hour room service at
the touch of your phone.
||Per person nightly rates START at about $235/person/night
and up to $300/person/night. The lowest price can be secured via vacation
"packages" primarily. Seasonal specials and early booking discounts apply some
parts of the year. The rooms are priced according to location, size and
amenities--mountain view, garden view, ocean view, villas. Check with CASTAWAYS
TRAVEL for an exact quote for the resort and airfare. Charter airfare packaged
with resort rooms offer the best value for an all inclusive vacation.
Rates quoted above are subject to change without notice.
||Guest ages vary from the mid 20s to over 60, with most
averaging in between. Lots of newlyweds and honeymooners make this place
popular due to free weddings and the romance of the place.
||Resort rooms are beautifully decorated for a couple's
comfort. The main pool is the center of daytime activities as is the clothing
optional island. Nightly planned activities and entertainment all combine for
relaxed, romantic evenings. Couples are friendly and like to have fun during
the day. Nightlife can be fun in both the jacuzzis, piano bar and nightclub.
There's lots to do there, so pace yourself.
Dress throughout the resort is
casual, with beachwear the norm from thongs to shorts to nothing on the island.
NOTE: If you visit thenude island, expect to be nude and
only out there. Most guys and girls wear shorts and polos for meals and in the
evenings, long pants and some dresses are seen, but keep it casual. Ladies, on
the north coast of Jamaica, take along a light wrap or sweater in case a breeze
The quietest and best rooms we think are the rooms in the West
and East wings and in the private villas. Better views are in the East and West
towers. The villas are in the back of the property.
Tower Isle Nude Island from one of our clients -
Thank you BRJ
There is no beach at all at the island, it is made
up of volcanic looking rocks and mostly covered with paved or decked
walkways.There is a wooden stairway down into the mainland side sea waters, but
be careful of the rocks. You could see a very small sandy area at the bottom
and I did see a few people go in for a dip.
There is a fresh water
shower at the left or west end of the island that is very refreshing for the
ladies to rinse the chlorine from their hair if they wish. It provides a nice
quick cool down while tanning, as well.
It is definitely not a
lifestyle" event, but still very enjoyable. We stayed there all day for a
couple of days and were there every day except the afternoon we
They do allow non-nude photography trips out to the island,
which occur about 8:45 a.m., but when the island users go out at 9:00 a.m., the
textile crowd is required to leave. I think some of us were nude before they
even got loaded on the boat. They also do private dinners for two on the
island, which are really nice according to some friends we made there.
Nude hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, but depending on the ocean waves/wind, the
boat may not be able to go to the island. We were delayed one day until about
10:30 as the waves were traveling right into the landing pier.
heard that if the island is not available for a day, they will let you do the
Trading Places routine and go to Couples San Souci which is only
about 5 minutes away. The trading places thing is allowed any time if you sign
up for their Romance Rewards program. You can go to Sans Souci for a day and
have full access to the resort, restaurants etc, just as if you were staying
there. They drop you off and pick you up about 4pm, no charge. This is a
popular option with the repeaters.
You can see the resort from the
island well, and we got the occasional paddle board or water trike, or kayaker
coming very close to the island, but no one on they island really cared, we
just waved at them. For the most part the island vegetation provides cover
between users and the mainland, but there is no vegetation on the ocean side of
the island. Still, that is not a problem, unless a kayaker comes through, as
boat traffic is usually quite a ways off from the island.
||There are lots of sights to enjoy in addition to the
beaches and beautiful Caribbean sea. Escorted tours can be arranged at the
resort. You can choose to visit
Ocho Rios for a day of shopping, Mandeville for a trip to the mountains, raft
the nearby local rivers with a guide. Shopping at the craft markets in both
Ocho Rios and Montego Bay is fun but be prepared to bargain and listen to
Other optional adventures include a day trip to
Dunn's River Falls, Prospect Plantation Tour, Sunset Catamaran Cruise, bicycle
tours and glass-bottom boat rides.
||Marriage ceremonies are complimentary to guests.
Jamaican residency requirements must be met-usually 2 days or 48 hours of
residency. Plan ahead and send all your marriage documents ahead of your trip
for filing at the local court house. Otherwise, be prepared for a 3 or 4 day
wait for everything to be processed if you don't send in your documents and
application ahead of time. A marriage co-ordinator is assigned for each couple
getting married, so you always have a contact on site to help make all the
arrangements, including the minister and witnesses, if necessary. Castaways can
put you in touch with the proper coordinator. There is typically at $150
administrative charge by the local parish to file your marriage your
certificate. Charge subject to change without notice.
||Getting to the nude island requires a small boat
supplied by the resort which can restrict your spur of the moment whims to
skinny dip. The island's plunge pools, water and plenty of Red Stripe beer tend
to improve the situation, however.
||Don't sit in the grass. One amorous time, we were in
the hot tub late at night, decided to carry on further on the grass next to the
hot tub and promptly got stung by some kind of critters lurking nearby. Boy,
what a way to dampen your libido!!!
||Fall, winter and early spring can be less humid than late
spring and summer. Late spring through fall can be a bit more humid. The north
shore is not quite as wet as inland or west towards Montego Bay or Negril. Of
course, late August through early October can include unstable weather with a
hurricanes a seasonal threat. Prices are generally higher from mid December to
April, with holidays rates higher than any time during the year. Rain can occur
at any time so be prepared.
||We wish they would establish a nude beach ON the beach
instead of taking the mini-ferry to the Tower Islands.
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