Wow...what a truly wonderful vacation we had. We have been home for three days and are allready missing Jamaica and our new friends terribly.
The remodel of the resort is absolutly wonderful, it is beautiful and the swim up bar is our favorite addition. You cannot beat the breathtaking views of the ocean, and this will keep us coming back. This was our second trip to CTI, and it was by far the most incredible vacation we have ever had.
We were so lucky to have the privelege of getting to know many of the employees of CTI. The service is unbelievable, the food was very good, and the entertainment staff were awesome. We spent a great deal of time with them, especially Rasheba and Kadie, who we will surely keep in touch with. Those wonderful girls made our time there so special. We enjoyed talking with them about Jamaican culture, food, music, and their hopes and dreams. Please remember that these people usually work 6 days a week, 12-14 hours a day so treat each of them with respect and kindness. I was heartbroken to leave because I will miss them so very much.
The bartenders are hilarious! If you engage them, they will talk to you for hours. They certainatly do not skimp on any of the drinks, and they are always smiling. A sweet guy named Ricardo tried to teach me a little Patwah but I did not catch on very well! We found that if you treat them with respect they will do anything they can for you. I found myself wanting to send them all laptops and cell phones because those sort of things we take for granted here are extremly expensive in Jamaica. (Not that they asked, I am just a sap)
I would suggest doing the Dunns River Falls activity. It was very fun, and quite beautiful. We had a couple of very funny videographers that made a video of the entire climb, which we bought, and it was well worth it. It was not a physically demanding as I thought it would be which was a pleasant surprise.
The weather was perfect, very liitle rain all week long. Seas were calm, beach was beautiful thanks to the hard work of Delroy. The grounds are spectacular, I could just sit on my balcony and stare at the beautiful vegatation and ocean for hours.
As much as I would love to see more of Jamaica, particularly Negril, I don't see how I could give up CTI, the ocean views, the incredible staff and everything else that makes it so wonderful!