We've been to both resorts. We prefer CN over CTI as CTI had more of a hotel feel to us and not a resort. The beach at CTI may
be private, but it is very small. The beach at CN is very deep with soft silky sand and is 2 miles in length. Plenty of space to go for a stroll along the water's edge.
We also preferred the layout of CN as there were winding trails through the property to stroll hand-in-hand with my hubby. CTI didn't have any trails and it just didn't feel as romantic to us as CN does. There are 4 restaurants at CN and only one of them require reservations, unlike CTI where there are only two restaurants that don't require reservations.
The island at CTI is very nice since it has the pool to cool off in, but we missed the beach at CN and floating in the ocean. MBers will say that CTI is more social, but I think it really depends on what you make it. Every time we have been to CN's AN beach we have made friends and had a wonderful time. The beach lends itself to allowing you to be social or not.
As you can tell, we really prefer CTI over CN, but you should go to the resort that tugs on your heart. I know lots of people love CTI and the old hotel style resort, it tugs at their heart. I know they prefer the private beach as opposed to the public beach of CN.
Whichever resort you choose, you can't go wrong. As long as you go with your heart, you won't go wrong.
Juliann & Jeff
Jamaica Soon Come