Here's my trip review, which is also posted to Trip Advisor:
We just returned from 10 wonderful nights at CSA from April 22nd-May 2nd. We honeymooned at Couples Tower Isle and were excited to try CSA as we heard Negril has the best beaches. The beach was even nicer than I expected - warm, crystal clear water as if you're in a swimming pool, and comparable to how clear it was when we visited Hawaii. We walked along the beach and went out on the boats, and CSA easily has one of the longest and nicest beachfront sections out of any resorts we saw.
CHECK IN: We arrived to the resort around 11 am, and they were able to have our room ready by 1:30 even though check-in isn't officially until 4. We requested and got a 2nd story Atrium Suite, which is in the older section.
ROOM: The Atrium Suite has a rustic Carribbean charm to it. Some of the windows and doors just have screens and dark wood shutters (no glass), so you can hear insects and tree frogs at night. If noise is an issue, I would book one of the newer rooms.
I liked that our location was a short walk to the beach, and close to the lobby and the Palms for dining. The best part was the huge balcony and hammock, perfect for reading or taking a nap after a day of sunbathing and drinking. The buildings in this section are more like villas (no neighbors on either side), so you don't have that hotel room feel.
The rooms all have safes which were easy to operate, but we got relaxed and occasionally left laptop, Kindles, and cameras laying around and they were fine. Free WI-FI was another perk.
**If anyone wants detailed photos of the atrium suite, comment with your email and I'll send you some**
HOUSEKEEPING: I was very impressed with housekeeping on this trip. Although a little slow, they were very thorough. Sometimes we would leave in a rush, and come back to see that the maids had hung up or folded our clothes. Almost every day, they would do a design with towels and fresh flowers on the bed.
DINING: Although we had a few minor complaints, overall the food here was excellent. If you're a foodie, I suggest booking reservations at Feathers and Lemongrass right away. You can dine there multiple times, depending on availability. Service at both was efficient and attentive.
I really enjoyed Patois for breakfast and lunch, IF you're not a rush. Since it's a la carte, service here was much slower and I felt staff was not quite as friendly but the food is very good. At the Palms, breakfast and lunch are buffet. The menu was a bit repetitive, but the omelets made to order are great for breakfast and they have a few different local dishes every day.
My one complaint is that all of the dinner options except for Feathers are open air, and it's very hot and humid even at night. We also live in a tropical climate, but were literally sweating through dinner. I suggest packing very light resort wear that will breathe well, to make it more comfortable.
Sea Grape Cafe and the Cabana Grill are also available for quicker, lighter dining options. We love the plantain chips and dip and the snapper sandwich at Sea Grapes!
WATERSPORTS: We did the free Resort SCUBA training and dive (first time for both of us), and we enjoyed it so much we opted to do the PADI Open Water Certification course. It was an additional fee, but cheaper than doing it back home and it's good for life. Franz was our teacher and made us both feel safe and comfortable. I was a little nervous but he, Shaggy, and the rest of the Dive Team were very funny and patient. Once you're certified, you can dive every day & use their equipment for free, so we can't wait to come back!
BARS: There are a number of bars here, so you will never want for a drink. We usually went to the sunset bar during the day, and our favorite was the Martini Bar which is above the Palms and opens at 6. Shaun was our bartender there almost every night and is very personable and entertaining. They have top shelf liquor like Grey Goose and Patron here too. My favorite frozen drinks are the Hummingbird, Jamaica Browning, Miami Vice, and a vodka slushie made with Citron (it's like an adult lemonade!). The bartenders are great about recommending drinks for you to try.
SPORTS COMPLEX: We could have spent a whole vacation just using all the facilities here. Before we got busy with scuba diving, we would start the days here with a run on their track. We took advantage of both the group and free private tennis lessons here (ask for Ashford!). I would have liked to do some of the fitness classes, but didn't make time for it. You can get infused waters, Vitamin Water, and fresh fruit smoothies at the Wellness Bar.
ENTERTAINMENT: At Couples, you can do as much or as little activity as you wish. There are scheduled activities during the day like beach volleyball, martini mixology, basket weaving, etc. You can go across the street for tennis and fitness classes. We're in our late 20s and find the evening entertainment a bit dull on some nights. To be honest, we were so tired after diving, sunbathing, and drinking that most nights we retired to our room early. We never made it to the nightclub. The Steel Drum Band show on Wednesdays is very good, and there's a huge Shipwreck Beach Party on Fridays.
Overall, this was another wonderful vacation at Couples. For the most part, staff provides service with a genuine smile and will take the time to remember your name if you wish to talk to them on a personal level. It is the personal attention from the staff, lush grounds and beautiful beaches, and all of the wonderful inclusions that will keep us coming back to Couples!
We kept comparing CSA to CTI and while we had a great time at both, they have very different feels. I think the food was actually a little better at CTI, but CSA was much more spread out and less hotel like. If you're a beach person at all, I would say spend the extra money and go to CSA as it's so worth it! CN looks like their resort and beach is also much more compact than CSA. If money was not an issue, I would go back to CSA in a heartbeat, but I know we would have a good time returning to CTI too.
For anyone planning ahead for next spring, we were at Couples over the Easter holiday and they were gracious enough to provide a free shuttle to take us to church (only a few minutes drive). They also had Easter activities such as an egg hunt, bun eating contest, etc with prizes.