The resort we stayed at was amazing! 2 and a half years ago, after hearing TONS of reviews, many personal, we decided we would get married at Couples Negril resort in Jamaica. It was paradise. For this trip we wanted to re-visit Jamaica, but wanted to see new sights and check out a new resort. In Keeping with the Couples Resorts, we decided to venture to another side of the big island to Ocho Rios, and stayed at Couples Tower Isle. It was renovated a couple years ago and was recently listed as one of Yahoo's best all-inclusive resorts.
Couples resorts are very similar to Sandals in being an all-inclusive, couples-only, and adults only resort. Couples resorts are only in Jamaica, are rated better than Sandals resorts, and cost much less. Great deal, right?! We think so! The great thing about Couples is how inclusive it is: they include all food, premium liquor drinks and alcohol, scuba diving, snorkeling, catamaran cruise, horseback riding, the Dunn's River Fall's trip, fitness classes, and more. They don't make you wear any arm bands to tell you stay there which is nice. In some resorts they have a caste system, whereas the better room you book the more perks you get. Couples has no system to tell which room you book and treats all the same. The staff will get to know your name and make you feel like a celebrity every day! Yes, please!
This resort had 4 dinner restaurants: an Asian restaurant, and Amerian Restaurant, a formal restaurant, and the Buffett. For breakfast you could order room service if you are feeling lazy, or you can be more social at the buffett. For lunch there is the buffett, and veggie grill, and a Beach Bar with burgers, wings, chicken nuggets and tons of other healthy greasy food.
There are two pools, one of which has a swim up bar. There is also an island which is "au naturel" which basically means you have to be naked to go there. We passed that one up--I know, surprising right?? There is a piano bar which is open at night and they like to do "sing a longs' which equals a guy playing the piano and a bunch of drunk people singing along. Yeah, we did that several times.
Overall the resort was beautiful, had a very modern style, and was very relaxing. The nightlife wasn't very big, but I bet that depends on the crowd at the time of your stay. It was mostly relaxing and quiet when we were there, but you could find some fun, wilder crowds if you wanted. If you want to go to Jamaica, Couples Resorts does it right and should be your pick! And no, I don't get any credit for saying that!!