Got back from CTI about a week ago (we were there Jan 30 - Feb 6), and neither of us have stopped thinking about how wonderful a trip it was.
We've experienced all inclusives before, but never like Couples does it. All the posts on this site and reviews on others were bang on. Wow!! We're hooked on Couples and weren't home 24 hrs before we were planning our next visit.
Atmosphere was unbeatable - never felt more relaxed or at home while on vacation.
Room was great - balcony had awesome pool/beach/ocean/island views (will try to attach picture). Falling asleep and waking up to ocean waves outside your patio doors was awesome(and I mean right outside - not 100 metres back like most resorts). Would have liked a mini-bar fridge in the room, but it was only a 60 second walk to the bar at night and breakfast with coffee and juice delivered every morning (no charge)almost made up for it.
Food was excellent - Eight Rivers was exquisite, Bayside romantic, Verandah relaxed and Buffet always had great flavours (Duck L'Orange was outstanding) and good selection.
Activities are plentiful and included, but we missed most because we didn't want to leave the resort (really, why would ya?). We did make Dunn's River, snorkeling and shopping. Those we talked to said horseback riding, catamaran cruise, etc were lot's of fun (but really... why leave such a beautiful resort...)
As lots of posts have already mentioned, the staff is awesome!! They make you feel like a Queen/King (ok... "Milady" and "Big Boss"... if you don't get it - go to Couples - you will). Special kudos to Captain Kirk, Francine, Antoinette and Delroy. Roger too, for taking us on a great catamaran ride when it was too rough to go out alone (surfing waves back in was way cool).
As for "The Island" - not saying we went. But if we did, it would have been the perfect first AN experience (and second, and third.... "we really should get back for horseback riding...or do you just wanna relax here? Ok. Your turn to get drinks though...")
The whole environment just lent itself to romance. We probably said "I love you" more times in one week than in a month back home. And guys - as for worrying about getting "excited" on the Island - forgetaboutit. You won't have the energy. At least until yer back in your room anyway...
Our only dilemma now is whether to return to CTI or try CSS, CSA or CN. Has anyone else found their favorite Couples resort to be their first? It's almost feel like cheating to go to a different one.
Thanks couples for a wonderful week! We hope to be back soon!!!