More to you than playing mom and dad?

More to you than playing mom and dad?

BONDING EXERCISE If you’ve been blowing up all your hard-earned cash on the children’s schooling, these romantic getaways are not for you!

These include  Couples Ocho Rios Resort, which has a private island where au naturel sun bathing is allowed (provided you’re ready to show those piles of fat and more). The oldest (circa 1948) of the resorts, Couples Ocho Rios, was once a Hollywood hangout.

And like many screen divas, she went in for a facelift and makeover (in 2009) and emerged a beauty with a new name: Couples Tower Isle. Walt Disney, actress Eva Gabor, screen sensation Debbie Reynolds, movie star Errol Flynn, boxer Joe Louis and playwright Noel Coward are just a few that were drawn to the old world charm of the resort. Even Princess Margaret stayed at the resort on one of her many visits to the island.

Return guests praise the service, private beach (which means no hassling by vendors), and restaurants. A free trip to Dunn’s River, a catamaran cruise, and horseback riding are included. Couples who want to go clothesfree can head to the resort’s au naturel island. At night, there is reggae and Caribbean steel drum bands and movies on the beach. And, no kids!

Couples Swept Away: The most popular of the Couples Resorts, Swept Away lays claim to 10 acres in Negril. All rooms overlook the ocean or tropical gardens. The new, top-of-the-line Great House contains a wedding reception space plus 28 suites, some with a wet bar, jacuzzi, and plasma TV. Part of the all-inclusive’s offerings are a free trip to Margaritaville, Pirate’s Cove, and catamaran cruise. They are not the height of luxury, but many couples believe they offer a terrific value in relation to the cost.

Couples Negril and Couples Sans Souci are the other two. Rents touch $500 a night on special offers. They say their loyal guests are those that value experience over price and would like to be pampered in an environment conducive to romance. Now, if you’ve been blowing up all your hard earned cash on the children’s schooling, this is obviously not the place for you.