Having spent last year’s vacation at Couples Negril, we hoped we had made the right choice in trying a different Couples locale since we LOVED Couples Negril. No worries!!! Our 8 nights were absolutely wonderful at CSA. To us, there is a different vibe at CSA then CN. Overall, the resort is just a little more casual in the evenings; and the resort is more spread out with a narrower beach. Because the beach is public, there are a lot more vendors asking you buy their wares but a simple no thank you, if not interested, usually sufficed. The activities team though was a key component in getting the guests involved and entertained. Kudos to Garret and his team at CSA. We had lots of fun with all of you – especially Tresina, Akeem and O’Neil!!! Same goes for the dive team - Anthony & Franz - and water sports staff. We took full advantage of diving, snorkeling, water skiing, glass bottom boat and kayaks. Thank you!!!
We stayed in an Atrium Suite and it was better than expected. The floor to ceiling wooden shutters, cathedral ceiling (in top floor rooms) along with extra large balcony w/hammock was awesome. We lucked out and had a partial ocean view as well, so at night, we could listen to the music at a distance from the Palms and once the resort got “quiet”, we lulled off to sleep by the sound of the frogs and the sound of the ocean. Very nice!!!
Feathers & Lemon Grass are the two restaurants requiring reservations. We dined at both. Excellent meals and service. Patois Patio does not require reservations but you do choose your meal off of a menu. We had a very good lunch here one day but did not get to dine here for breakfast since they opened a little later in the morning than the Palms. Next time, we will make it to Patois Patio for the famous banana stuffed French toast. We get moving a little earlier in the day so we ended up dining at The Palms each morning for their breakfast buffet. Very good! The Palms also is the location for the evening entertainment so typically, we would get seated around 7:30 pm and dine slowly and then just stay in our seats for the evening entertainment. The Steel Drum Band (Silver Birds) and the Jamaican Fair Night were exceptional. We thought very highly of a waitress name “Sandia”. She was our server on many nights and she was as proficient, sweet and nice as could be. One could tell that she truly loves her job. Thank you Sandia!
The bonfire on the beach was so peaceful and romantic. Shyam Moses is a wonderful singer and with the lounge chairs set in twos around a bonfire along with the opportunity to listen to Shyam, it was a nice way to end the evening.
We attended the Repeaters Dinner Monday evening. Because of the large turnout each week, they tried a different scenario by splitting the group and having two different seatings. The meal was excellent: Lobster Ceviche as appetizer; Tomato Bisque for soup; Surf & Turf for entrée which included Grilled Jerk Chicken & Smoked Beef Tenderloin and Chocolate Bouquet of Jack Fruit Mousse for dessert. It was more of a formal type dinner –I suggest that ladies wear a dress - and it was nice to meet the management of the resort along with the chef. There was lovely background music as well.
We left the resort two evenings only, once to go to Rick’s Café (it’s a must for us for the fun & spectacular sunset) and to The Sands(more laid-back atmosphere) which is the private bar for the exclusive Caves that is opened to the public on occasion. Again, we had a few drinks here, sat around eating jerk chicken and watched another incredible sunset on the cliffs. Nice!!!
Instead of being just the two of us this time, we brought along two other couples. They all fell in love with CSA and Jamaica. I think both couples will go back and we are trying to figure out just how soon we can go “home” too.
We had one negative issue, which happened at the very beginning of the trip. I feel it should be addressed by Couples Management immediately. Upon meeting in the Couples Lounge after going thru Customs, we were whisked off to our shuttle bus in no time but before we could literally get on the bus, the man who escorted us stood between us and the door entrance of the bus. He told us that we needed to give him money before we could board. One other passenger said outright that she felt like this was extortion. It did feel exactly like that. We were a little appalled that this would be done in such a blatant way, but it happened. What choice did we have other than causing a scene? So…we all paid up, but we may have given him a larger tip if it had been left up to us to decide rather than being forced to “pay up”. Couples – why is this going on???
But back to our wonderful trip……Now that we’ve been lucky enough to spend time at both CSA and CN, I’ve conjured up MY perfect trip to Jamaica. I would take the wider, more serene beach of Couples Negril along with my favorite restaurant, Otaheite, and combine it with the Atrium room from CSA and add BOTH activities team members from both resorts to our stay. The Activities Team at both resorts is exceptional and is a valuable asset to Couples. After our second trip, I can only repeat the now famous saying of “once you go, you know”. Happy Travels to All!
CN - 2010
CSA - 2011