31 Jan Barefoot Elegance: How Couples Stands Out in Jamaica
Despite the emergence of an array of new brands and products among all-inclusive resort properties, Couples Resorts stands out among the pack as the only brand whose very name is synonymous with the clientele it accommodates: couples seeking romantic getaways where they can create memories that will linger far beyond the vacation’s end.
In all, the brand has four Jamaican properties: two in Negril (Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away) and two in Ocho Rios (Couples Tower Isles and Couples Sans Souci). Guests enjoy 24-hour gourmet dining and unlimited premium-brand spirits and complimentary Wi-Fi, plus special activities including a sunset catamaran cruise excursion, water skiing, Hobie Cat sailing, golf, tennis, non-motorized water sports and unlimited PADI-Certified Scuba diving.
What distinguishes Couples Resorts from the other all-inclusive properties and brands?
Couples Resorts defined the all-inclusive experience in 1978 and we are constantly refining it. From our founding, our intent has been to deliver a level of barefoot elegance, amazing cuisine and almost limitless inclusions designed to delight and surprise our guests day in and day out.
Our product is so unique and occupies a niche within Jamaica’s product offerings that is very appealing—to our first-time guests, our large percentage of repeat guests and to me. We are not the largest, nor do we want to be. We offer an experience, a way of life that is truly Jamaican. We are authentic to our core. All we have to do, as a sales and marketing team, is provide the exposure. As one of the prior Jamaica Advertising campaigns stated, ‘Once you go, you know.’ Find someone that has experienced Couples first-hand and you’ll see the delight in their eyes.
Whether you are the GM, the president of a large tour operator, a travel agent who works out of the home or the front desk agent who welcomes a guest to a property, our goal is to deliver an amazing experience that is above anything ever anticipated. Everything that we do must be focused on the guest experience, which in turn produces a product that is second-to-none.
In your view, what are Couples Resorts key points—in terms of what guests will enjoy most?
Family—which may seem like an odd reply. We pride ourselves by saying, ‘We never have guests, we have family.’ Our property teams and countless guest volunteers work year-around to give back to the country of Jamaica through medical missions and adopting schools. Lee Issa, our chairman, with the soul of Jamaica pumping through his veins, is on property every day for hours, mixing and talking to countless guests. Our staff has developed countless bonds through the years with thousands of guests, each time welcoming them back by name.
Lee Issa, our chairman—with the soul of Jamaica pumping through his veins—is on property every day for hours, mixing and talking to countless guests. Our staff has developed countless bonds through the years with thousands of guests, each time welcoming them back by name. Our property teams and countless guest volunteers work year-around to give back to the country of Jamaica through medical missions and adopting schools.
How would you describe the typical Couples guest in terms of demographics and vacation styles?
First and foremost, our guests are anything but typical and range across all demographics. We have many guests from many walks of life, and they all come together for ‘One Love’ of Jamaica, and its people and a resort experience that is unique and unmatched … to celebrate a marriage or renew vows—the list goes on and on.
What’s Typically Included in Couples All-inclusive Packages?
- Deluxe Accommodation
- 24-hour Gourmet Dining
- Unlimited Premium Brand Spirits
- Customized In-Room Mini Bar
- Nightly Entertainment
- Golf & Tennis
- Unlimited Scuba Diving
- Unlimited WaterSports
- Catamaran Cruise
- Area Excursions
- Trip to Dunns River Falls
- Trip to Popular Sunset Bar
- AND MUCH MORE!
Does Couples Resorts Offer Discount to Veterans?
Absolutely! Couples offers exclusive savings on our four all-inclusive luxury resorts with 3-day minimum stays. Discount available 365 days a year, with no blackout dates. The Veterans Advantage discount is only available when members book directly through the Veterans Advantage private reservation site which is Veterans Advantage.com.
Is there Topless sunbathing?
Topless sunbathing is allowed in designated beach areas:
Couples Tower Isle: End of the pier off the main beach.
Couples Negril: Main beach.
Couples Swept Away: Main beach.
Couples Sans Souci: Main beach.
Is there an “Au Naturel” beach?
Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci and Couples Negril resorts have waterfront areas designated for “au naturel” sunbathing. It is intended that these designated areas are for couples only, ie. not to be used by individual guests whose partner is unwilling or unable to participate.
Couples Tower Isle’s private “au naturel” island, featuring a pool with swim-up bar, is open for nude sunbathing from 9am to 5pm daily, weather permitting. The Island will close at 4pm on days when an “Island Wedding” has been confirmed. Transport by small boat to the “au naturel” island is provided.
Couples Sans Souci has a small bay, called Sunset Beach, dedicated to “au naturel” sunbathing. There is a pool, Jacuzzi, bar and grill. Sunset Beach is opened for nude sunbathing from 9am – 5pm September to March and 9am – 5:30pm April to August. Sunset Beach opens to all non “au naturel” guests at 6pm. Sunset Beach will be closed at 3pm on days when a “Sunset Wedding” is scheduled.
Couples Negril, has a small semi-private beach area designated for “au naturel” sunbathing is located just off the main beach.
Can we visit other Couples Resorts during our stay?
Romance Rewards members can visit nearby Couples Resorts (Couples Swept Away / Couples Negril) and (Couples Sans Souci / Couples Tower Isle) using the “Trading Places” pass. Visiting days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-4pm and include food, drink and property activities. “Trading Places” are subject to availability, one time per stay. Visit Romance Rewards for more details and to register for our rewards loyalty program.
Learn More About Couples Resorts:
Begin the journey – or write the next chapter to your love story – at Couples, Jamaica’s favorite all-inclusive luxury resorts. From Ocho Rios to Negril, our four oceanfront hotels were built on one idea: true love is the trip of a lifetime. Learn More…..