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    Let me start by saying that I just returned from my honeymoon at CTI, prior to this trip I have never done anykind of public nudity. My wonderful husband I and I spent pretty much our entire week on the island completly nekkid, surrounded by people we had never met before.
    I have never felt more comfortable or less judged in my life, and a complete feeling of security in my relationship.

    Our first day, I listened to the message board and found a quiet spot where the two of us quickly disrobed and laid out to soak up the sun. After about a half hour we were getting a little thirstly so we looked at each other and decided to go over to the pool bar, we just figured, screw it, if we're going to do it let's just go for it.

    So, while we planned to do all kinds of excursions that week, all we did was hang out at the island. Here's why...

    After an hour of being nekkid, you realize that it really is the "natural" way to be. My swimsuit didn't bind me up or create a muffin top, my body just looked like it is supposed to. I never felt like anyone was scrutinzing me, because what can they say? No ones perfect and I'm nekkid but they are too

    I don't know if I have ever met a friendlier or more fun group of people in my life. One of our new friends said it best "coming to the island is like running into a bunch of your friends you haven't met yet", so true. And for a couple reasons, I think everyone at the island is outgoing (you have to be to take off your clothes in front of a big group of prople right?) so it's easy to make friends. 2nd reason, you have to have a comfort level in your relationship and with life in general to go for it too. I met a group of people that #1 - love their spouse/signifigant other and #2 - love themselves, it's just a great vibe there.

    While at the main resort all week we could hear people talking about what they thought the island was all about, the one thing they all had in common was that they had never been there. As it's been said 1000 times on the message board, once you go, you know. I will squash the "rumor" that anyone there is a swinger or creepy in anyway, no one there gave any kind of indication that they were there for any other reason than to have a great time with THIER OWN spouse. And the feeling there is very non-sexual, if anything people go out of thier way to avoid anything sexual going on in front of others. There is of course a loving embrace or kiss between a couple but no making out or explicit touching.

    For those of you considering it, just go for it. Don't worry about if other people are fit or how many people remove body hair, or staying in a spot where no one can see you. RELAX and go for it, you only get one chance at this ride called life. Go your first day, if it's not for you then don't go back, if it's for you then you'll have an amazing time and you'll only be mad at yourself you didn't figure all of this stuff out sooner.

    I know that I have now met some folks that I will be friends with for a long time, and that I know just a little more about life because of the people we met there. Viva, April Amigos!!!

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    Congrats.... and that was an excellent story... Our 1st time being naked with others was at TI in 1999 on our honeymoon... after few drinks jsut did it... 11 yrs later we are members of a resort in our area and visit it in the summer frequently... totally awesome feeling

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    We are so glad that you had a terrific experience! Now you will have to try San Souci. We like the AN facilities there better than CTI. (Plus you can go to the pool and hot tub at night!) We agree that the AN experience at Couples is great mostly because of the open minded, friendly people you meet there. Like the energizer bunny, we just keep going and going and going!

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    Future Mrs Cowan, that was a great review and I am sure that others trawling this website will be pleased to hear that despite your early anguish, everything worked out really well. There is a 'feedback after your vacation' thread just next to this one and I would suggest that you also paste your review into the there. It will be invaluable to others that are keen to know about AN but may be a little reticent. I am so envious of those who hail from the USA! I mean, the caribbean is on your doorstep and it seems so easy to jump on a plane and be 'home' in a few hours. For us in the UK it is a really full day to get there, including 10.25 hours on a plane. Having said that, we tend to book a full two weeks so get more time at CSS and SSB!! YAY! I am so glad that being AN was a life changing experience for you and your husband.

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    Congrats and well put. Our 1st trip to TI was in 2009 after being at CTI 2 times before. The day we went, we were the 1st ones there. After about 10 mins. of being on the right side, it became boring so off to the pool & bar. Thats when the fun began talking with other couples. NO one cared that no one didn't have any swimsuits on. Very at ease feeling. GREAT couples with GREAT drinks= GREAT time!!!

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    Always loved the Isle...but losing several days because the water was "too rough" to take the boat means I will never book there again. (that...and bad memories with an ex !)

    Looks like after several trips to GLB (RIP), my next trip will be to CSS !

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    I am so glad that you had such a wonderful experience at Tower Isle. My wife and I will be heading back in 27 days for our 13th visit . Each time we get to meet some wonderful people and re-visit with old friends who come back each year. 'The relaxed atmosphere of the island is exactly what we love and you are correct about going on the first day. Every year we meet one or two couples that wait til the last day and are so dissappointed that they waited.

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    The new dock should elimintate the island being closed for rough waters...

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    Great! You should put this in the "Feedback after your vacation" thread.

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    futureMrsCowan...one of the best reviews and description on TI I have ever read on this board.
    Peace,
    BostonWalt

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    Quote Originally Posted by futureMrsCowan View Post
    Let me start by saying that I just returned from my honeymoon at CTI, prior to this trip I have never done anykind of public nudity. My wonderful husband I and I spent pretty much our entire week on the island completly nekkid, surrounded by people we had never met before.
    I have never felt more comfortable or less judged in my life, and a complete feeling of security in my relationship.

    Our first day, I listened to the message board and found a quiet spot where the two of us quickly disrobed and laid out to soak up the sun. After about a half hour we were getting a little thirstly so we looked at each other and decided to go over to the pool bar, we just figured, screw it, if we're going to do it let's just go for it.

    So, while we planned to do all kinds of excursions that week, all we did was hang out at the island. Here's why...

    After an hour of being nekkid, you realize that it really is the "natural" way to be. My swimsuit didn't bind me up or create a muffin top, my body just looked like it is supposed to. I never felt like anyone was scrutinzing me, because what can they say? No ones perfect and I'm nekkid but they are too

    I don't know if I have ever met a friendlier or more fun group of people in my life. One of our new friends said it best "coming to the island is like running into a bunch of your friends you haven't met yet", so true. And for a couple reasons, I think everyone at the island is outgoing (you have to be to take off your clothes in front of a big group of prople right?) so it's easy to make friends. 2nd reason, you have to have a comfort level in your relationship and with life in general to go for it too. I met a group of people that #1 - love their spouse/signifigant other and #2 - love themselves, it's just a great vibe there.

    While at the main resort all week we could hear people talking about what they thought the island was all about, the one thing they all had in common was that they had never been there. As it's been said 1000 times on the message board, once you go, you know. I will squash the "rumor" that anyone there is a swinger or creepy in anyway, no one there gave any kind of indication that they were there for any other reason than to have a great time with THIER OWN spouse. And the feeling there is very non-sexual, if anything people go out of thier way to avoid anything sexual going on in front of others. There is of course a loving embrace or kiss between a couple but no making out or explicit touching.

    For those of you considering it, just go for it. Don't worry about if other people are fit or how many people remove body hair, or staying in a spot where no one can see you. RELAX and go for it, you only get one chance at this ride called life. Go your first day, if it's not for you then don't go back, if it's for you then you'll have an amazing time and you'll only be mad at yourself you didn't figure all of this stuff out sooner.

    I know that I have now met some folks that I will be friends with for a long time, and that I know just a little more about life because of the people we met there. Viva, April Amigos!!!
    I have just come across this old post and love it.

    I thought I should revive your post by inserting below the comments I made yesterday encouraging people to go AN and dispelling the fears many have about shedding their textiles:


    Having just returned from Couples Tower Isle (CTI) where we went over to the nude Tower Island several times during our stay and where it was the second nude beach stay for us (with the last being 27 years ago when we were in our mid- and late 30s), it was such a joyful experience for us who are now in our 60s.

    Having read all the questions on this 'Au Naturel' (the correct spelling) board, I feel I should say that the fears many have will be seen to be unfounded once they try going AN.

    When we went to another Caribbean Island first where the resort was clothing optional but the beach was nude, we did not hesitate for a moment once we hit the beach to take everything off and enjoy the experience. The same went for CTI last month.

    I have read about people wanting to have "liquid encouragement' before taking that plunge. To this I say: there is absolutely no need for that. We saw a woman who had too much of such encouragement before going to the island and while there that she passed out. Apparently, the embarrassment was too much for her that she and her companion never went back over.

    When we went on the first day (the morning after we arrived), we found loungers near the tower (slightly to the right) as we walked up the walkway, and we stayed there since we did not see the need to go further right. Someone on his was to the bathroom stopped to talk to us and we had a pleasant conversation while we were getting undressed, but we did not feel awkward.

    The next day, one of the regulars to the 'island' introduced himself to me at the bar, then called his wife over and we struck up a conversation. We all met several other times over at the resort.

    The new friendships on the island helped when we did the 'trading places' day at Couples San Souci (CSS). It allowed for us to have a better time there. Even some of the CSS people in the AN pool area were so friendly. Some of us got into the hot tub with the CSS people and we had good fun and good conversations. It was a great experience that day.

    To those who are worried about grooming, I'd say this: You can have all, or you can have none; it is your preference and no one cares. While it is true that most people will be bare, many others will not be.

    Here is my observation based on our time there; and I hope this will be taken in the way it is meant to be: We found that while the Caucasians were mostly bare or nearly bare, those of African stock (Afro-Americans; Afro-Caribbeans; and Afro-Jamaicans) were not, in the main.

    I do not believe in altering my style to be in keeping with others and I commend those who were in the grooming minority for remaining as they were.

    As a matter of interest on this topic: when we went to our first nude beach in 1987, almost no one was shaved. However, somewhere around the mid-1990s the idea of taking it all off gained currency with a 'Smoothie' movement in either Holland or Germany and continued to the point where many have embraced the style; but there are many others who do not.

    Therefore, do not worry about other people's preferences; go with yours and what you feel comfortable with, as opposed to feeling that you must do what others are doing in order to conform to their norm and to 'fit in'.

    The other questions on the board are about whether one must put something on in order to go to the washroom; or whether one can reapply sunscreen where one is lying; etc.

    Again, no one cares. People walk up and down to and from the washroom all day with not a stitch on. In our time on the island one couple who had never gone AN before found loungers near to the pool (where the action is) and while the wife appeared to be a bit timid on the first day, she lost all of that by the next morning and fit right in as so many others do.

    On the subject of body types and body issues. We saw all types and no one batted an eyelid. Whatever you feel is wrong with your body that you are hesitant to expose it can be corrected instantly once you get to the AN area and see the others who are not ashamed of theirs. I gather that at times you may see someone who has had a mastectomy. You will certainly see all kinds of surgical scars.

    My advice to you, therefore, is: Do not spend time worrying about all of the issues with which you are troubled. Just tell yourself that you are going to Couples and WILL go to the AN side. Then, when you get there, go to Tower Island or SSB or wherever and take it all off and enjoy the experience. If you have never gone 'au naturel' before, you would probably ask yourself why you hadn't done it earlier.

    Another thing about CTI:

    The boat runs to and from 'the island' all day and no one at the resort or on the pier is concerned about who is going over to (or who is returning from) the naked island.

    Even on the island we saw the pool cleaners cleaning the pool while the naked guests were on their loungers around the pool.

    Again: just let everything be 'Irie' and do not make anything a problem, mon.

    Going AN is a great 'not-to-be-missed' experience while at a Couples resort and one should embrace it from the first day.

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