I need some help, so where better to come than the place where all the CSA fans hang out.
Ok.............I'll set the scene! For one reason or another we won't be able to get to Couples this year. We have now taken the decision to miss out 2014, because if we have trip in 2014 we will not be able to afford 2015, and in 2015 I have a Very Big Birthday and I WILL be spending it in Jamaica . Now I have 34 months to save for this trip, and I have already made a good start.
This is where you guys come in..............we usually go to CTI, but I can choose whichever resort I want, and I am leaning towards CSA. So if you CSA repeater fans can help out with a few questions I would be grateful:
We like a high room with private balcony, sun late afternoon if possible, TV, sea view? Any suggestions?
My husband is very keen on sailing Hobie Cats, and while at CTI he usually gets a good sail each day as it's the windier side of the island. Can any keen sailors out there let me know how they find sailing the Hobie Cats at CSA.
I know CSA is on a public beach so does it get busy, or is there a ''private'' bit closer to the resort?
Is there a Beach Party or Gala Dinner held at CSA?
We love the food at CTI, so if you have been to both how would you compare them.
Any hints about CSA would be welcome.
I know this trip is along way off, and I don't want to wish time away, but now the decision has been made I am going to concentrate on planning and saving, making it all the sweeter when we arrive after the long wait, and knowing it's paid for!!!
Thanks for reading this, look forward to hearing your tips and comments.
I'll do my best to answer your questions. First, make sure you go to Tripadvisor.com and read all you can about CSA. That way you can get more opinions and information than just from me.
Room: Beachfront Veranda would fit very well for high room, somewhat private balcony, beautiful sunsets, TV & sea view--can't beat it.
Sailing: I've sailed the Hobie Cats almost every day during our 2 visits to CSA. We tend to take them out when the winds are just right--not too little or too much wind. I don't want to flip the boat with my wife onboard.
Beach: You won't find any area I would consider private. There are several areas you can go, however, that are somewhat quieter than others. We have never had a feeling of being over crowded though even at full capacity.
Beach Party: CSA has one night/week with a dinner/buffet party on the beach. They also have one night/week with a bonfire that is awesome.
Restaurants: In general, the food is great at all venues. Lemongrass (think Thai) and Feathers (think steak & lobster) require reservations and have a dress code. We always go to these two at least 3-4 times during our stay to have the opportunity to have a dress-up night. It provides us the chance to make it a date-night/special event. The other venues are typically a la carte or buffet. You won't be disappointed with the food.
We're going to CSA for our 3rd visit in April. I think the thing that makes CSA so special is the sunset and the staff. We could look at the sunset everyday for the rest of our lives and never get tired out it. It's simply outstanding. That's something you can't do at CTI and that's why we continue to choose CSA. The staff and service has always been wonderful at CSA.
Another big plus is the sunset cruise. We took that for the first time last year and hope to do it twice on our upcoming trip.
The beach: my wife doesn't like waves and is scared to get into the water if she can't see the bottom. The CSA beach provides the perfect solution for her. She goes right out and enjoys the water with no problems.
Entertainment: CSA has just the right amount of nightly entertainment. There's quite a mix every night that you're sure to find something you would enjoy. You'll find us either at the piano bar with Chocolate and at the disco when that part of the evening is over. They also have several stage shows during the week.
All I can say in the end is: You won't be disappointed with CSA. Hope this helps you make a decision.