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History of Couples Resorts

Friday, Jan 12, 2018

Since it's establishment in 1949, Couples Resorts has provided a carefree and enchanting environment that encourages couples to forget about everything and focus on enjoying each other. Throughout history, Couples Resorts has offered exceptional five-star service and fantastic amenities in Jamaica's most idyllic, natural setting. Here is the History of Couples Resorts.

Who founded Couples Resorts

Rightly nicknamed 'The Father of Jamaican Tourism', Abe Issa understood the importance of creating resorts as luxurious as they are authentic. Abe opened Jamaica's first year-round resort, Tower Isle, in 1949. The property was the first resort built on Jamaica's undeveloped north coast.History of Couples Resorts

Later, in 1978 he had an aspiration to blend luxury, romance and value into one extraordinary holiday experience. Abe introduced the 'all-inclusive, couples-only' concept to Jamaica and the Tower Isle was renamed, Couples Ocho Rios. This all-inclusive resort served as the foundation for building the Couples Resorts brand.

A family business

Although led by young Abe, Couples Resorts is a family business. Over the years, Abe and his brothers made developments and had continued success with the brand. History of Couples Resorts

Still a family business today, Couples Resorts is led by Abe's son, Lee, and other members of the Issa family. The Family and their dedicated team of management and staff, continue Abe's pioneering vision and are committed to making sure that each visit is a perfect one.


The stunning Couples Ocho Rios was again renamed years later as Couples Tower Isle, similar to its original name. The Issa family went on to expand the business and now have four beautiful, all-inclusive couple's luxury boutique resorts to choose from in Jamaica.

Today, Couples Resorts proudly owns and operates Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci (in Ocho Rios), Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away (in Negril).History of Couples Resorts

Still embracing a casual yet chic style infused with pure Jamaican island feel, each resort offers a genuine, intimate and truly memorable experience.

Service – History of Couples Resorts

Personal service was a key to maintaining the family brand. Throughout Abe's lofty career, he handled everything with personal touches that made every guest feel very welcome.History of Couples Resorts

By intertwining local Caribbean culture, spectacular natural settings, first-rate amenities and exceptional service, Abe achieved a successful combination of luxury and authenticity.

Today at Couples Resorts every member of staff shares in the passion for maintaining the family brand with excellent service and commitment to ensure that each stay is perfect from start to finish.

Planning your next holiday? Experience the closest place to paradise on earth at Couples Resorts for an unforgettable holiday with your loved-one.