We're headed to CSA for the first time in just a couple of months, so in the meantime I've been daydreaming and planning what we'll do with our 10 days there, other than soak up time on the beach due to 'sand gravity.' :)
Sometimes though, at other resorts we've visited, it's nice to take a break and spend a day or afternoon by the pool. I've read that the pools at CSA are a bit on the small side though, so we'll probably check out the pools at CN when we do the trading places day.
But I was wondering, can anyone tell me the difference between the two main pools at CSA (the pools on the resort side, since I gather the one on the fitness side of the resort is a lap pool)? Is one better than the other for space and shady spots? I see that one has a swim up bar, does the other one have easy access drinks too? I'm just thinking ahead, trying to decide which of the two we'd have the most fun hanging out at, when we're ready for a break from the beach. Thanks!
Palms has a full bar and is right next to the pool... right next to it - less than 15 second walk. Outside of that, there is a beach bar hut just a little futher down on the sand as well.
Since our room (BFVS) is at the opposite end of the resort from the main pool by the lobby, we only see this pool when we go to eat lunch at the Grill or at breakfast and dinner at Patois. Usually the pool is empty and everyone there is sitting around the bar. Not to say it doesn't get busy at other times, I'm just speaking of the times I've seen it. The only time I've gotten in that pool is to cool off while waiting for our food. We prefer the beach, always. :)
I have been to CN and their main pool is very large and very nice. It also has a swim up bar.
There are 3 pools at CSA. One is over at the Sports Facility and is a lap pool and not used a lot. The next is a pool by the Palms restaurant and there is lots of foliage around and it's not very crowded. The last pool is on the opposite end of the property from the Palms pool. It is in front of the Great House where Patois, Feathers, the casino, piano bar, and aura night club are located. It is a rectangular pool that has an infinity edge going into a lower pool where the pool bar seats are located. Off to each side of the pool is a hot tub. This pool is not very big. I've heard the pools at CN are much bigger. I think you'll love what pools CSA has to offer, but checking out the other resort would be fun too! Enjoy. CSA rocks!
The old pool at CSA by the Palms is small and quiet. The one by the swim up bar isn't huge but its a lot of fun. Two hot tubs on each end and if course the bar. The pool at the spa is huge though and there is nobody ever there.
There is a lap pool at the fitness center which is pretty big. The one on the North end of the grounds is just outside the main dining area. It has lots of shady spots and isn't typically crowded at all. There is a bar just inside the door and the martini bar up the steps. The South pool has a swim up bar and the Grill. The pool isn't typically crowded here either, but sometimes the bar is. It's not as big as CN pool, but it does the trick. There isn't much natuaral shade here, but there are umbrellas if you need'em. Have fun!!
Fitness pool is a lap pool
Main pool- does have access to Sea grapes and the bar at the palms. The only thin I didn't like was the fact that you had to enter the restaurant entrance to use the washroom or walk down to the beach bathroom. This pool does have a deep end which is nice. Lots of loungers with shade although there was a couple of times that finding a chair was difficult.
Swim up bar- it's almost broker up into two pools there's the top part that flows into the second part that has the bar stools. We never used the swim up pool because of all the people smoking at it (I'm highly allergic to smoke). There are plenty of loungers at this pool with shade, more so that the main pool. There's also a bathroom by the grill, but if you watch not many people remove themselves from the swim up bar all day. I'm a nurse which means I have excellent bladder control I just don't have time to pee, and those guys who knock back drinks all day and never move put me to shame or else they're in kidney failure.
There are two pools on the resort side. One is by The Palms restaurant and is nice. Then there is one by Patois Patio. There is also a hot tub and the swim up bar. The pool on the spa side is a lap pool. So there are actually three on the property.
Also, make sure you take advantage of the Catamaran Cruise. Lots of fun. There are also water activities you condo. Checkout the website for information. There are also some crafts if you are into that.
Enjoy and have fun!!!!
The pool beside the Palms is a little bigger than the swim up bar pool by the Cabana Grill (on the other side of the resort). There are umbrellas at the pool by the Palms as well as some trees for shade. I don't think there are umbrellas at the swim up bar pool (except for those at the Cabana Grill), but I could be wrong there.
Drinks are easily gotten at the Palms pool (from the bar at the Palms). No problems, mon!
When the Activities team is able to get people up and moving for pool volleyball, that's usually done at the Palms pool, as is preliminary pool training for scuba in the morning.
The pool with the swim up bar has 2 levels - the lower level is the swim up bar and the upper level is for floating around.
The pool at the Sports Complex is for lap swimming, but if you're looking for some quiet, it is very infrequently used, and you certainly can use your floatie and just laze around, as I've never seen more than one or two people swimming laps.
10 months isn't too long to wait!! :-) Enjoy thinking and dreaming about your awesome vacation!!! :cool:
Yes they are on the small side, especially compared to the main pool at CN. But there is a bar close to the pool that does not have the swim up bar so drinks are easy to get.
The pool bar is of course the easiest to get a drink if its not to crowded. The other pool has a bar very near it so you can get a drink at both pretty easy. Also both pools have chairs with umbrellas near them so shade is not a problem.They are a bit small but rarely packed. The swim up bar will get crowded more than the other one most times. When you see this awsome beach though I think you will understand why most of us don't bother with the pools.
Originally Posted by NCGal
To expand on the other replies:
The pool at the Palms is usually quiter. There will be people lounging on the chairs and often people will be reading their books here or napping. There is also a hot tub about twenty feet away at the edge of the Palms dining room that is rarely used. This pool is larger than it looks because of the curves and it's fun to hang out in with your significant other. Overall this pool is good for peace and quiet.
The pool at Patois Patio can be more lively because of the swim up bar. Usually this happens after lunch or if the afternoon shower shows up. Spent an entire afternoon here while it was cloudy/drizziling. Went from hottub to pool and vice versa. There are plenty of chairs and umbrellas. There is shade to be had in the pool as the day goes on by hanging out near wall to Patois Patio. Great palce to meet people.
The pool at the Sports Complex rarely has anybody in or around it. This is a great place to get away from it all. So quiet and peaceful. There is also a hottub located about 20 feet away from one end of the pool. We usually hung out over there at least once a trip for a little while. Not much alcohol over there so plan accordingly.
CSA Main Pool (quieter, on north side of resort, used for scuba class):
CSA Swim-Up bar pool (more social, on south side of resort):
CSA lap pool (in fitness complex, used for exercise):
Though smaller on the main side of the resort the pools at CSA will give you that much desired break. Like mentioned in other posts the main pool by the Palms is quiet and relaxing. The other pool by Patois is more upbeat with a swim up bar and jacuzzis. Still, it is the beach that sells everyone on CSA! Long relaxing walks up or down the Seven Mile Beach to pass other resorts, small local hotels and restaurants, and of course the locals with their gift tables and shops set up. There is plenty to do and see other than the beach and pool. Book your catamaran sunset cruise early as you may want to go again. There are 3 snorkeling sites they take you to. Try to get to the "Mexico" site with more fish, and anchor, and cannon to see. You will only be as bored as you let yourself be and in Jamaica that is called chillin". No problem mon...irie.