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    Default For 'Beach Walking/Lounging Lovers' who have vacationed at Couples Tower Isle

    Our first experience at A Couples Resort was at Swept Away....it was heaven! Schedules and the increased prices have resulted in booking at Couples Tower Isle this year. I'm just not feeling excited about this resort due to the lack of beach. We could have booked another resort with a larger beach but I think once you've experienced a Couples Resort any other resort pales in comparison.
    Is there anyone else out there who have felt the same before going to Tower Isle? And what was your experience and thoughts after being there?

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    After 3 trips to CSA I personally had the same feeling about trying CTI. My wife wanted to try another Couples Resort and I really was happy with CSA. Well after 3 trips to CTI and a soon to be 4th I must tell you that I and my wife are totally happy with CTI. Yes the beach is much smaller, the resort is much smaller but the staff has always been great, the resturants are all great but what makes it special to us are the people that we have met there and remained friends with who travel back each August. Because the resort is not as spread out you actually get to meet people on a daily basis and get to know the staff better for the same reason. Did I mention that the swim up pool bar is larger, better and the entertainment staff come by a couple of times a day and get the guests involved, never had or saw that at CSA. The beach isn't as nice as the Negril side of the island but it is completely adequate and when we go in August never crowded. We had never tried A/N before CTI but a trip to the Island is a must and you may find that will put your CTI reservations away. Go to CTI with an open mind and don't try and compare as they are not the same and you will enjoy your stay and want to go back each year.

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    We did a split stay at CN and then CTI one time. After one day at CTI we made arrangements to return to CN and returned on the next day.
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    🙂thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally View Post
    We did a split stay at CN and then CTI one time. After one day at CTI we made arrangements to return to CN and returned on the next day.
    Do you mean you returned to CN for the remainder of your vacation after spending one day at CTI? If so, would you mind me asking to elaborate on your reasons?

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    😟🕶
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    Sorry for so many post...it didn't seem to be working..😊
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    We have done both CSA and CTI. We like both equally for different reasons. It is unfair to make any direct comparisons to any of the Couples resorts. Would you really want the cookie cutter sameness like you will find at the larger resort chains?

    Yes, CTI has a smaller beach. But it is plenty large enough to handle the number of people staying at this resort. The swimming area is plenty large enough also. Something we like about the CTI beach. In Jamaica, the area adjacent to the water on any beach is considered public property. At CSA there is a constant parade of outsiders, vendors, drug dealers, etc, on the beach. This can't happen at CTI. On one side of the resort there is a rocky area with a sea wall and on the other side there are cliffs. This completely isolates the beach. CTI has the closest thing to a private beach at any Couples resort. Yes, I know at CSA these outsiders will leave you alone if you ask. But at CTI you never need to ask. The resort is also far enough out of town that you don't see much boat traffic either. What you will miss are the spectacular sunsets. You can't have everything.

    CTI has lots to offer. If you would like to try some off resort excursions there is a lot more to do in Ocho Rios area than in Negril. Dunn's River Falls is included for free and is only a short bus ride away. If you try to do this from Negril it will cost you money and you will spend much of your day riding a bus. There are also things like rafting on the Martha Brae and the One Love tour to the Bob Marley Mausoleum.

    We have been to CTI twice and are returning to CSA soon. Sadly, this may also be our last trip to CSA as we may no longer be able to afford another trip. At least we can be flexible with our travel dates so we can try other Couples resorts, select a cheaper room category, and play with the calendar to get the price back to within our budget.

    We are victims of Couples success. You must remember they are a business that is intended to make a profit. If the resort occupancy rate is continuously at an acceptable level, of course they are going to increase their rates. Supply and demand. If the supply is low and the demand is high, you raise your rates. That's what any business will do. If Couples pricing gets too high and the occupancy rate drops too low, they will adjust their rates accordingly.

    As said before. Go to CTI with an open mind and try to avoid making direct comparisons. This isn't fair to either resort. Go with the proper attitude and you will have a wonderful time.

    Finally, try the island. Do something different that you wouldn't do at home. This is also something you can't do at CSA. Don't worry. We are all not Barbie and Ken. People may look, we are human. But we won't judge or stare. If you get too uncomfortable simply put your clothes back on and leave.

    Enjoy your stay in paradise.

    Only 20 days until we return to CSA
    Jack and Kathy
    CSA 2007, 2010, and 2016. CTI 2012, 2014. CN 2016 (Trading Places only), 2018, 2020. 2022?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally View Post
    We did a split stay at CN and then CTI one time. After one day at CTI we made arrangements to return to CN and returned on the next day.
    I never can understand the reason for people to post uninformative vague slams on a resort like this. Please try to provide the reasons why you didn't enjoy the resort. Otherwise, it adds absolutely nothing to help someone's decision process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamaican_junkie View Post
    I never can understand the reason for people to post uninformative vague slams on a resort like this. Please try to provide the reasons why you didn't enjoy the resort. Otherwise, it adds absolutely nothing to help someone's decision process.
    Thank you for that Jamaican Junkie....my thoughts exactly! ��

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    Thank you Mad Jack!

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    We stayed at CTI in January 2014. We won't be back. Our three biggest activities on vacation are beach walking, lounging on the beach and sailing.
    The beach at CTI is really small and not anything like Negril. On top of that it is crowded with lounge chairs practically to the water line. And then the sun went behind the building at about 3pm. All added together to make a less than enjoyable beach walk experience.
    Now lounging on the beach: first the was windy for much of the time - shutting down the island for half our trip and making lounging in the shade (see comment above about 3pm) rather cold. When the island was open it was nice, but literally 3 1/2 of 7 days it was closed.
    As for sailing: no watersports for six of the seven days. And the first day when I did get to go sailing it was still quite windy and doing a loop around the island really tasked my rusty sailing skills.
    I realize that other times of the year might give a better experience, but I will still to CN in the future. You just can't beat walking the shore of Bloody Bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srtaylor View Post
    We stayed at CTI in January 2014. We won't be back. Our three biggest activities on vacation are beach walking, lounging on the beach and sailing.
    The beach at CTI is really small and not anything like Negril. On top of that it is crowded with lounge chairs practically to the water line. And then the sun went behind the building at about 3pm. All added together to make a less than enjoyable beach walk experience.
    Now lounging on the beach: first the was windy for much of the time - shutting down the island for half our trip and making lounging in the shade (see comment above about 3pm) rather cold. When the island was open it was nice, but literally 3 1/2 of 7 days it was closed.
    As for sailing: no watersports for six of the seven days. And the first day when I did get to go sailing it was still quite windy and doing a loop around the island really tasked my rusty sailing skills.
    I realize that other times of the year might give a better experience, but I will still to CN in the future. You just can't beat walking the shore of Bloody Bay.
    Thanks so much for your input....hoping we have better luck with the wind and the setting sun in April. We will miss the beach walks terribly this year. We loved CSA and I'm sure CN is equally as wonderful. Fingers crossed for a long beach next year but I know being at a Couples resort will be wonderful, we will just have to suck it up for a beach this year. I also plan on doing a day at CSS to see what that is all about.

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    People tend to fall in love with their first Couples Resort stay and compare the other resorts to it. The thing they don't understand is their memory tends to romanticize that first stay making comparisons not that accurate. Memories can play tricks on us all. They also lose the ability to enjoy each resort for it's unique and wonderful atmosphere and character. Having been to all the Couples Resorts I have my favorite but had no problem enjoying all the others. Relax, sit back, have a drink, and enjoy your vacation. It's Couples in Jamaica. With any luck you will enjoy them all too.

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    We have been to CTI and CN...and yes your first Couples resort does tend to be your favorite. Nothing wrong with CTI but we prefer CN. I'm going to tell you what I did like about CTI so you can look at it from that view point. CTI has fancier rooms in my opinion and I LOVE the pink piano bar. We enjoyed the pool bar area and the beach, while not large was fine and never crowded. The staff was amazing of course and at the time the head chef for all 4 was at this resort so it was beyond amazing. I loved getting an afternoon espresso and just watching the water. It was also very romantic because it's secluded.

    You will have a wonderful time just because it's a Couples property and the service and staff are just as amazing as the other properites.
    Holly Irvin

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    We have been to CSA twice and last year because of the price difference we switched to CTI. We loved CSA, especially the beach and when we booked CTI, I remember many helpful people suggest to not try and compare both resorts, they are both great in different ways, go with an open mind and you will enjoy yourselves! Well that's exactly what we did...and to be honest with you, we actually loved CTI more than CSA. By no means knocking CSA, but a few things that jumped out for us was the privacy and lack of beach sellers there. We loved the smaller more laid back vibe we got at CTI. We thought the food, drink and staff were great at both resorts, and yes the beach is not 7 Mile, but it's a still great beach!! The one thing me and my wife did miss was the live music on the beach that you got at CSA. Loved lying on the beach and listening to that awesome Jamaican music!! I am happy to say we have booked CTI again this year and we can't wait to head home to paradise!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rckbert View Post
    People tend to fall in love with their first Couples Resort stay and compare the other resorts to it. The thing they don't understand is their memory tends to romanticize that first stay making comparisons not that accurate. Memories can play tricks on us all. They also lose the ability to enjoy each resort for it's unique and wonderful atmosphere and character. Having been to all the Couples Resorts I have my favorite but had no problem enjoying all the others. Relax, sit back, have a drink, and enjoy your vacation. It's Couples in Jamaica. With any luck you will enjoy them all too.
    Thank you!

    I have no doubt we will enjoy

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    Yes I know we will...thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfthunder View Post
    We have been to CSA twice and last year because of the price difference we switched to CTI. We loved CSA, especially the beach and when we booked CTI, I remember many helpful people suggest to not try and compare both resorts, they are both great in different ways, go with an open mind and you will enjoy yourselves! Well that's exactly what we did...and to be honest with you, we actually loved CTI more than CSA. By no means knocking CSA, but a few things that jumped out for us was the privacy and lack of beach sellers there. We loved the smaller more laid back vibe we got at CTI. We thought the food, drink and staff were great at both resorts, and yes the beach is not 7 Mile, but it's a still great beach!! The one thing me and my wife did miss was the live music on the beach that you got at CSA. Loved lying on the beach and listening to that awesome Jamaican music!! I am happy to say we have booked CTI again this year and we can't wait to head home to paradise!!
    I know we will love it because it is Couples! We love to walk the beach and will miss that plus the exercise it provides. Thank you so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janiam View Post
    Do you mean you returned to CN for the remainder of your vacation after spending one day at CTI? If so, would you mind me asking to elaborate on your reasons?
    The staff was great (except for the restaurants)! Also a great view from the room. But that's all. Very small beach with absolutely no free chairs. Course, brown sand. Terrible food, no service in the restaurants. All in one big building that felt like a hotel. To go to supper, you walk out of your room and into a hotel hallway with rooms on both sides, walk down the hall and take an elevator down to the lobby, walk through the lobby to another hallway, walk down that hallway and into your restaurant. All inside. It didn't feel like Jamaica at all. The garden side and the beach side are separated by the hotel...again you have to go inside to get from one to the other. Can't see the garden side from the beach side and vice versa. No sunsets because it sets behind the building.

    I didn't originally want to slam the resort this bad, but you asked.
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    We started at CN after many trips to GLN in Negril. Then we tried CSS and then CSA before (2) trips to CTI. The beaches in Negril are very nice but we loved CTI. The service and restaurants were better at CTI and we liked the (2) pools at CTI vs the big one at CN, when people are loud at CN you can go to the beach, if that happens at CTI you can go to the other pool or go to the beach.

    We were not crazy about all of the vendors at CSA but nothing compared to the hassle you get on the beach in Puerto Vallarta. No jet skis running around all day at CTI, it was very nice and peaceful.

    I like the Hotel Feel of CTI vs the Motel Feel of CN, at CN the staircases are on the back of the buildings and you walk up concrete staircases like you would at an old Holiday Inn to access the rooms. We did like the rooms at CN and enjoyed the rooms at CN so much that we came back and decorated our kid's rooms the same way. The Hotel feel of CTI seems elegant with the hallways that are cooled and we liked coming down to the lobby. Some of the rooms at CN are very close to the road and you can hear the trucks and cars zooming by at night.

    The beach is small at CTI but plenty big enough for us and never felt that crowded because of the (2) pools and the island. Plus, it depends when you go, if you go in the High Season then it is much more crowded at the resort, the airport is more crowded, it takes longer to get into the restaurants. If you go in the fall during Hurricane Season you have the place to yourself.

    Basically, we like all (4) but there is nothing Bad about any of them, our problem is that we cannot go to the same exact place year after year after year

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    Quote Originally Posted by drbcwp View Post
    We started at CN after many trips to GLN in Negril. Then we tried CSS and then CSA before (2) trips to CTI. The beaches in Negril are very nice but we loved CTI. The service and restaurants were better at CTI and we liked the (2) pools at CTI vs the big one at CN, when people are loud at CN you can go to the beach, if that happens at CTI you can go to the other pool or go to the beach.

    We were not crazy about all of the vendors at CSA but nothing compared to the hassle you get on the beach in Puerto Vallarta. No jet skis running around all day at CTI, it was very nice and peaceful.

    I like the Hotel Feel of CTI vs the Motel Feel of CN, at CN the staircases are on the back of the buildings and you walk up concrete staircases like you would at an old Holiday Inn to access the rooms. We did like the rooms at CN and enjoyed the rooms at CN so much that we came back and decorated our kid's rooms the same way. The Hotel feel of CTI seems elegant with the hallways that are cooled and we liked coming down to the lobby. Some of the rooms at CN are very close to the road and you can hear the trucks and cars zooming by at night.

    The beach is small at CTI but plenty big enough for us and never felt that crowded because of the (2) pools and the island. Plus, it depends when you go, if you go in the High Season then it is much more crowded at the resort, the airport is more crowded, it takes longer to get into the restaurants. If you go in the fall during Hurricane Season you have the place to yourself.

    Basically, we like all (4) but there is nothing Bad about any of them, our problem is that we cannot go to the same exact place year after year after year

    We are going to CTI in a few quick, short months. This will be the only Couples Resort that we had not experienced so far. I agree, we have liked them all and enjoy rotating between the four resorts. We went to CN in Sept 2015 and we too felt the same way, the feel was that of a motel because of the layout, not necessarily the room. We look forward our CTI visit and were concerned about the size of the beach. Thanks for the insight.

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    We went to CTI in 2013, and then to CN in 2015. There were many things we liked better about CTI, and things we liked better about CN. Both trips were magical for there own reasons. But in the end, if someone said "you can only go back to one of them, which would it be", we would choose CTI. Personal preference.

    Nancy

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    So CTI visitors, since there is no sunset to see as at CSA , that must mean there is a nice sunrise to see correct??!!! Please tell me this!! We'll be visiting for the first time this December!

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