CSS review, returned yesterday
Room - we requested G block for 1-bd suite. The room was great, 2nd floor, nice view of ocean and sunset, big patio where we ate breakfsast twice, big shower (no tub, I don't need), clean, great. I think the next time we will request A or B block. WE are in ok shape but the walk to and from the main beach area and SSB area every day was a bit tiring. Lots of uphill on the way back, especially late at night half drunk.
SSB - we went every day and had a great time. Lovely pool with cave and waterfall, nice swimup bar and great bartender (Veronique). we loved going in the water, clear, and cool due the to river water mixing. Liked the water better than the main beach, laid by the water with chair floats most of the time. Bring water shoes. A couple of locals come near from the adjacent public beach but nothing really to bother about. We were kind of irked about never being able to get one of the few thatched roof shade thingys, people come really early and leave their stuff there, not cool. Plenty loungers to put in the shade of trees though.
The beach party and Starlight gala were terrific, very good food and entertainment.
We like the food at Casanova a lot, Pallazina was OK.
Eating lunch on the main beach at the tables by the beach at the beach grill was great. Nice jerk chicken.
Tip - I saw a local boat guy taking a couple around at SSB and asked him to give us a tour the next day. He came at 10am and we went in the wooden boat for 2 hours, all along the coast towards Ocho Rios, getting very colorful commentary all the way from Lipton (like the tea). He was born and raised in the area and apparently knows everyone. We went all the way past Dunns river to the "James Bond Beach", where a water fall comes right into the ocean. STopped and went in the water on a beautiful completely deserted beach. We had agreed on $40 but I gave him $50. We had so much fun I would have given him more if I had it. Total highlight of the trip. He can take you snorkeling or fishing too.
Things to improve_
- I am an avid pool (billiard) player and saw on the activity list that there were two pool tournaments, so I took my cue. The table is not bad, needs to be refelted, but there are only two horrible old cues( to have a tournament you need cues, people are not going to bring their own), and worst of all, NO CUE CHALK. You cannot play pool or have a pool tournament without cue chalk. I asked, they couldn't get any. So no tournaments, and I couldn't even play by myself because of no chalk. Now obviously this did not ruin our vacation, but for about $500 (refelt table, couple of decent cues, and CHALK), you could have a pool setup worthy of a multimillion dollar resort
Hot tub at SSB. Controls on top did not work. Only an on/off switch on the side that turns on the jets AND the heater. So if you leave the jets on any time, the water gets super hot. The only way to cool it down is turn the jets off.
Hot tub near Mineral pool. No temperature control, no any controls. Bubbles from bottom always on and jets never on.
Again, this is not a deal breaker, but doesn't really seem right for a resort as classy as CSS.