CSS review-June 14-21, 2010-WOW
My review is a bit late but I think I needed a couple of months for the experience to fully set in.
We arrived at CSS very late in the evening and were greeted with bright eyes and happy smiles. We booked a one-bedroom ocean suite. We were given D17, which was a very nice room, however, it was not what I expected from the description and photos I used on the resortís website to make my room decision. I asked the bellman if we were indeed in the correct category and he confirmed that we were. Being so stressed from travel we decided to just head to the beach bar and address the issue in the am. Early the next morning I went to reception and addressed my concern. Without hesitation I was shown a different room, G2. Now that was what Iíd been dreaming about. Problem solved and not another single issue with anything the rest of the trip.
We spent the following two days just exploring the resort, finding all those hidden nooks and crannies everyone mentions, stopping to take a dip here, have a drink there along the way. Iím still not sure we found them all. If you are able to handle the stairs you will find your trek from the beach area to the upper levels to be a great daily adventure. What a place-lush, romantic, classy yet casual-a true sight to behold. I donít think Iíve ever taken so many photos of a resort in my life. From every vantage point you could turn just a few degrees to the left or right and see something completely different and spectacular. This place is a true gem.
The food was great at every restaurant. I especially loved being able to eat a casual dinner right on the beach without reservations. All the drinks were top notch.
The beach is small but very well maintained. It is in a cove so there is no foot traffic from other resorts or vendors. The water is shallow, perfect for swimming or relaxing on the floaties they provide. There are plenty of chairs-and shade if you need it. The pool is also fairly small, but crystal clean. Even though the resort is very large and spread out, their capacity is low so you will never feel crowded. Donít let the small beach or pool deter you, there is no need for anything bigger. You can always find a place to congregate and socialize, but at the same time you can always find spots to be alone.
The biggest asset to any of the Couples resorts is their staff. They are over-the-top first class. We have only been to CN (3x) and CSS (1x) but Iím seeing a trend here and canít imagine it to be any different at CSA or CTI, which we will eventually get to. If youíve been to other resorts youíll notice this HUGE difference the minute you arrive at the lounge at the airport and all thru the trip. If a Couples resort is your very first vacation, be prepared to be disappointed at any other subsequent resorts.
To sum it up, donít doubt the great reviews, they are right on, and the beautiful pictures you see posted-well, they are even more spectacular first hand. We will definitely be back, but not before we return to our first love, CN, and P.S., Tommywommy, I dreamed I met you at the STL airport in the lounge waiting for a flight to Jamaica. Care to take a guess on whatís been on my mind lately? Hoping to get to CN this fall. Happy and safe travels to all.