How to compare CSS to CN?
I know all the resorts have their strengths, but I am wondering about how happy we would be at CSS if we are big fans of CN?
Obviously CN has nicer beaches, but how nice are the CSS beaches? (Are they bad enough that we would want water shoes to get in the water?)
How do the restaurants compare? One of the things we like about CN is that we can have the option of an air conditioned restaurant that does not require reservations or long pants (Lychee). Is there anything similar to that at CSS?
What is the least expensive room we would need to book to be in a nice room that is located convenient to the nude beach as well as a good place for breakfast without having to climb a lot of stairs? (Happy to climb as many as we need to for dinner)
We've stayed at both and been to all (almost)
Last year CSS was having a deal we couldn't refuse with an added resort credit and I think a free night, so we made the jump from CN (where we've stayed 3 times) to CSS. It was nice to experience something different, where we knew we'd still have an amazing time.
Beach: I think both my husband and I prefer the Negril beach and water, since it is so much larger and there is not sea grass. I also like the roped off lap-swim lane at CN. But my husband loved how quiet and relaxing the beach at CSS was. It took us a couple days to realize it was because there were no jet skis or boats or vendors. That aspect was really nice.
Pools: I loved the choice of pools at CSS - epsecially the mineral pool. That was a great place to sit at the end of the afternoon. Great view of the ocean from there. There were also some semi-hidden jacuzzi's at CSS which was nice.
Food: Comparable at both. Think I liked the options at CN better, but really nothing wrong with CSS. We went to the repeaters dinner and it was not a buffet for us like a previous poster mentioned. I think we had lobster. Also loved the smoothie bar by the mineral pool at CSS.
Grounds and rooms: CSS is fun to explore and I think is bigger, but I like the layout of CN better. I did like the birds and the pond and the cats at CSS, though. I really love the garden view rooms at CN and felt a bit exposed having a room at CSS that overlooked the pool (even if it gave us a view of the water). I also prefer the rooms at CN, even if what we had was smaller. Also found the restocking of mini-bar at CN was better (ie, they replaced what we requested).
Snorkeling: Nice to go to some different spots at CSS, but water is calmer and clearer at CN. Staff that took trips out at both places were great.
Staff: Excellent at both places. No complaints at all.
Spa: We both had two massages at the most amazing hut which overlooked the ocean. The sounds of the waves crashing against the rocks while having a massage surpassed any of the locals at CN. Serisously amazing.
Overall: I would certainly return to CSS, but prefer CN. We're heading to CB in September. Then we will have at least visited every resort since we did the Exchange to CSA in the past and to CTI last year. CN is our favorite, then CSS, then I'm not really sure - maybe CSA, though we enjoyed our time at CTI as well.