In 1949, Jamaica’s first year-round beach resort opened on 19 tropical acres fronting a strip of sand with a private island sprouting its namesake tower. It lured the Hollywood set in its 1950s and '60s heyday, playing host to Noel Coward, Walt Disney, Errol Flynn, Joan Crawford, Eva Gabor.
In 2008–09, Couples sunk $30 million into restructuring it along clean white lines splashed with color, adding a dive pool and a Zen spa that was quickly crowned Best Caribbean Hotel Spa by Travel+Leisure. That private island, with its own little pool and swim-up bar, is now a haven for sunbathing au naturel.
Tower Isle exudes a more serene vibe than many of the more party-oriented resorts with an all-drinks-included (even-premium) policy, setting itself up as a place for quiet romance and adult fun, extending its all-inclusive offerings to cover complimentary scuba diving, tennis lessons, catamaran cruises, and glass-bottom boat rides, plus golf greens fees (and transfers), shopping excursions, trips to Dunn’s River Falls, and more. Of the half-dozen dining options—including a smoothie and salads veggie bar at lunch—the most picturesque is Bayside, a set of interlocked gazebos marching out over the water serving Asian cuisine.
- Reid Bramblett