Need help in choosing
Help, please. We are a couple in our 60's and will be celebrating our 10th anniversary next Feb. Considering a Couples resort, but not sure which one works for us. We like to "veg out" on the beach most of the day, after the gym and breakfast. We usually have dinner early and look around for some form of entertainment in the evening. We don't dance and we don't do casino's. We were supposed to visit Swept Away 2 years ago, but had to cancel at the last minute when I needed heart surgery. From everybody I have "talked" to the suggestion has been Swept Away. As I stated earlier, we are up early to use the gym, but then spend the day on the beach. My wife likes to swim laps when she can get a pool that accommodates her. We are not anti-social and would like to meet people, but we do like to have resort entertainment available when possible. I like to have a couple of drinks in the evening, but my wife does not drink. And we are rather limiting with our diet (mostly salads, a lot of veggies, small portions of meat, etc.)
We have been to Aruba MANY times, as well as the Riviera Maya, Dominican Republic, Bermuda (where we were married), Bahama's, Curacao, and Jamaica (once).
Any and all info/suggestions would be appreciated.
IMHO CSS would be the Couples resort you should consider going to. From what you are saying your daily and evening activity would be CSS fits the bill. It is the most romantic, has a great airconditioned gym, no casino, is in the most beautiful setting with 50% of the rooms beachfront and the other 50% set in cliffs. Being in the hotel is like being in a botantical gardens. While it does not have a true lap pool it does have the mineral pool that your wife could do her laps. tyhe entertainment at night is basically over by 10:30 PM The guest age group is more like yoiur age group.
A comment made by many is that when you walk the property you feel that you are the only couple at the hotel
Yes, the hotel is in Ocho Rios, but with the new road being completed it is less then a 90 minute ride from Mobay. \
The beach is not as large as the Negril beaches, but it is a totally private beach.
Email me directly is you need more info or have any questions Richli2@aol.com
Sounds like SweptAway for you two! Your bride will love... LOVE ... the olympic size lap pool at the sports complex/spa across the street! I don't think any of the other Couples have this (am I wrong folks?). The beach... very, VERY "vegable". The live entertainment is over by about 11 pm nightly.
Sounds just right for you.
It sounds like CSA is the best for you guys - it's the only one with a pool large enough and designed specifically for lap swimming. All of the resorts, including CSA, have healthy eating choices.
If you're still not sure, here are some quick differences between them:
CTI - Completely private beach, yet small; separate island for nude sunbathing, 5 restaurants including Bayside that sits on the water; the most inclusions (Dunn's River, catamaran cruise, horseback riding in addition to the others). Only 5 buildings with rooms so the resort is very compact and intimate (though 3 are connected). Everything revolves around a central location. Just underwent a $30 million renovation - new rooms, new decor, new pools, etc.
> CSS - the newest to the Couples resort, but not the newest built. It used to be a Grand Lido then Couples bought it. Also has a completely private beach. Separate beach for nude sunbathing. Resort is spread out and built on cliffs. It's split into 3 different levels, lots of steps throughout. Lots of foliage and hidden spots. Does not offer a catamaran cruise. 3 restaurants but room service. All rooms are suites with mini bars. Rooms are more hotel like as far as the decor.
> CN - Sits in Bloody Bay which it shares with 3 other resorts and public beach access. Separate section of main beach used for nude sunbathing. Individual buildings throughout the resort for the rooms. All on beach level. Somewhat spread out. Huge main pool with swim-up bar. Rooms decorated in bright colors. Room service only in select room categories and it must be ordered a day in advance. All rooms have mini bars.
> CSA - Sits on 7 mile beach. Separate buildings for rooms that are cabana like, dark wood and white linens. Resort is spread out along the beach but all on beach level. Only resort with rooms right on the beach where you can walk off your first floor patio into sand. Night Club. Some rooms do not have televisions or mini bars. 5 restaurants. No nude sunbathing option. Huge sports complex across the street.
Keep reading this board, look at pictures, see what each resort offers and go with your gut! As long as you're at Couples, you can't go wrong. I'd be happy to share our CSA pics if that would help (firstname.lastname@example.org).
....Sounds like you're "Beach People". We, like you, are in our 60s. I think you will love CN.
Originally Posted by caribbeanpaul
See my write up and pics from CN during Thanksgiving at the linc below;
Here are a lot (over 800) photos of our trips to CSS. They should give you a real idea about the resort.
One FYI - if you enjoy working out, CSA has a fair amount of equipment, but the gym is open air....we generally try to get there by 5:30 or 6:00 AM, as even at 8:00 AM it is starting to get humid....They do offer aerobics, etc. in an air conditioned room, but if you really need to work out in a climate controlled area, you may want to consider another resort.
Thanx to everyone for your reports, pic's, and info. Since we are not planning to travel to Jamaica until next Feb. we still have time to check into everything. I have heard that all Couples resorts are great and that we would enjoy any of them. And I am sure that would be the case.
This coming weekend is a AAA Travel Show at Gillette Stadium and Jamaica and Couples are listed as presenter's. Guess I will travel the 45 mins. to get there and see if I can get some additional info, i.e. brochures, talk to reps., etc.
Next step to wait until airlines publish their schedule's for next Feb. to see what the flights from Boston will look like.
Again, thanx for all the responses.