Couples Can Soon Bask in Modernized Resort

Jamaican resort announces $15 million renovation plan

By: Kara Cutruzzula

Couples Resorts announced plans for a $15 million renovation of one of Jamaica’s first all-inclusive, couples-only resort, Couples Ochos Rios. The resort will close on April 1 and the improvements will be unveiled on Dec. 15.

Nearly all areas of the 59-year-old resort will be renovated as it is restored to its original Old World Jamaican charm, incorporating tropical splendor with an updated, Grand Island style. Nearly every aspect of the resort, from the lobby and restaurants to the spa and pool facilities, will be renovated with contemporary upgrades to ensure romance, refinement and quality.

“We’ve been working on these plans for two years now,” said Couples chairman Lee Issa. “This well-orchestrated renovation effort is an example of our continued investment in Couples Ocho Rios and dedication to quality and guest satisfaction. Our guests are sophisticated travelers who recognize superiority and style when they see it. We want to ensure they get what they desire unparalleled beauty and romance.”

Originally built in 1949, the resort will undergo extensive renovations that include the addition of 20 accommodations, all with ocean views, flat-screen televisions and new doors. Enhancements to the main pool, lobby, piano bar, main dining room, main bar and garden villa suites are also planned.

Brand-new amenities include a new wedding gazebo, veggie and juice bar, pool grill, spa with 10 treatment rooms, swim-up pool bar and new dive pool, gym, aerobics room, photo shop, gift shop, games room and a floating dock at Tower Isle, Couples Ocho Rios’ own private island.

Guests already booked at Couples Ocho Rios during the closed period will be protected at one of the three sister properties (Couples Sans Souci, Couples Swept Away or Couples Negril) and will receive a certificate entitling them to two complimentary nights on a return stay to Couples Ochos Rios from April 1-Dec. 15, 2009. Guests who elect not to travel will be offered a full refund.