I really enjoy reading these posts when I'm waiting to get to Couples so I thought I would give it a try. I'm hoping to post every morning but we'll see how that goes. It is after all a vacation.
This one has started off pretty well. We convinced a couple of friends, B and K to come down with us and try CTI. My wife and I have been to CSA twice, but we couldn't resist seeing the re-done CTI this time around. She sure does look good, and everything that people say about her staff seems to be true.
B & K are Key West fans. They go every year and rave about it. We've been there with them and I can testify to the fact that Key West is a really fun place.... but still, we figured that they just didn't know what they were missing. Having convinced them to come with us, I can tell you I under-estimated the amount of apprehension that comes with convincing friends to spend thousands of dollars to go on vacation with you. Now that we're here, it is apparent that I was worried about nothing. They love it. And my wife and I love it also.
We flew American airlines through Miami yesterday. Flights were uneventful. At immigrations and customs, there were more people than I had seen before, but it still went really smooth. The couples lounge was pretty busy too, which I was glad to see. For the first time we rode in a small bus to the resort. In the past I've always gotten a van. I convinced B & K to ride up front, and crossed my fingers that we would get a good driver. Well, Doctor Admiral SA certainly delivered the goods. He was everything you could hope for with respect to your driver. His voice was clear as a bell. He was funny, clever and really informative. He gave us Patios lessons. He taught us about Rastafariens, and their religion. We had a fun group on that bus, and with Doctor Admiral SA's help we soon were in a Jamaican state of mind.
The road to Ocho Rios makes for an easier drive than the road to Negril in my opinion. It smoother and in very good condition. The road to Negril isn't bad at all but the road to Ochie seems more like a highway. It is very beautiful. We got into Ochie right about dusk and the trip in at twilight is just beautiful. We stopped at a jerk joint about 2/3's of the way there for a bathroom break. On the way in I walked past a father and son having dinner. I've got to tell you, that was some of most amazing smelling jerk I've ever been around. I now wish I would have gotten some, but we wanted to get to CTI so I held off.
We got to the resort, and got checked in. Met the world famous Byron. He is exactly as advertised, a really great guy. We then went straight to the main bar got a couple of drinks, and then headed to the buffet at the Patio. I was really impressed. I do expect a certain standard at Couples, but the food at the Patio exceeded that last night. It was really, really good. I'm getting hungry again now just thinking about it.
The star of the night for us was Simone at the main bar. She is kind and friendly, and made us feel right at home. By eight PM, B and K had decided this was the best vacation ever.
As I'm typing this at the internet cafe, I'm noticing it is a gorgeous morning out. The skies are blue and the water is very calm. I'm going to go wake up my lovely wife and take her to breakfast. Stay tuned. I'm sure there will be more to report.
Jeff (and Marybeth)