We were there from May 26th(our 24th Anniversary) to June 2nd. We arrived at the resort at 4pm on Monday. We had talked about doing it for over a year. This was our first time in Jamaica and this was our first time doing the AU NATUREL.
On Tuesday, our first full day. We got up, ate breakfast and headed straight over to SSB. We went to the far right, as we had read about. We stripped down and laid in our loungers, there was hardly anybody there. After about 20 minutes, 2 female staff members came over and started talking to us about booking a massage. We talked to them for about 10 minutes and didn't feel uncomfortable once, we did book 2 massages.
Another 20 minutes went by and she said that she needed to go to the restroom. I said it's up there somewhere, she asked if she should wrap a towel around her, I said they my frown about that. So away she went, she came back and said lets move to the pool area, 1 because she need a drink, 2 because over there at the far right, there is no wind, and it was getting hot.
We moved to the pool area, it was fantastic. We met some nice couples and had some great conversations. Never did we feel uncomfortable, never in our wildest dreams did we ever think we would do this.
We went back everyday, except for Friday, I fell ill for that day.
There was never a problem finding a place to lounge, there was always a umbrella for shade.
The only time we did not lounge up at the pool, was when there was a group of about 6, they must have gotten there on Friday...they were very LOUD, which I guess was ok, you are there to have fun...But it was a continues Loud all day. The bartender even commented to us that she thought they were being annoying also. The other couples that we had met earlier, had all moved back down to the beach and we joined them..they didn't like the LOUD atmosphere either. What's funny though, is on Saturday, the Loud group must have decided to to an excursion..after they all left, the rest of went back up to the pool area...LOL
All in All, we enjoyed time there tremendously. We plan on coming back again. Our ages are, 44 and 46.
Thank you to all the wonderful couples that we met and for making us feel comfortable in our own skin,
Joe and Leslie
Hey Joe Schmo, great review. Just what this thread is all about! I am just kicking this up again to make sure that those, like you, who have recently taken their first steps into AN activity at any of the Couples resorts should come to this thread and tell us about their experience (good or bad). Many have done just that over the last few years and it seems to be such a great help to many who vascillate between being interested in the idea but not quite being ready to take the plunge (nekkid!).
My wife Michelle and I (Jim) visited Couples for the first time recently. We stayed at CTI from June 25th - June 29th, then transferred to CSS until July 6th. Let me summarize by saying WOW, what an awesome vacation! Best ever and we will absolutely be back!!
When I first started looking into Couples 9 months ago, my lovely wife was not convinced that my motives were pure, and that I was just looking for a "nuddie" vacation, and not considering her wants. She was looking for 1) All Inclusive 2) No Kids 3) Couples Only. I told her that Couples is all of this, and although Couples does offer the AN opportunity, it is not a crazy lifestyle resort or nudist colony. I had Couples mail her the pretty marketing brochures and had her visit the website and watch the promotional videos. These were very effective marketing tools and it eased her mind to know that Couples is truly a top-notch resort offering everything we were looking for... plus the possibility of visiting an AN beach. I told her that yes, I would like us to experience the AN beach, but this is her vacation too. If after an hour at the Island she did not feel comfortable we could always go back. But, we needed to try it EARLY in our vacation based on what everybody advises on this message board.
At that point, she put the planning in my hands as she began to feel comfortable with the research I had done. I sent her pictures and posts from the message board EVERY SINGLE MONDAY for 30+ consecutive weeks so that her excitement and anticipation would grow during the long wait until departure. This was both an agonizing and fun 9 months as we looked forward to our trip.
We arrived at T.I. early afternoon, absolutely famished. We grabbed a quick bite at the snack bar by the main pool (not a great meal). Then we began looking around the resort. The first 3 or 4 staff members we met were not overly friendly or welcoming, which was strange because I kept reading about the wonderful staff on this message board. We had only been there for a couple of hours but the thoughts began to creep into both our minds "Did we select the right resort for our vacation?" We were off to a slow and unenthusiastic start. Later in the afternoon we went on the orientation tour and met a few staff members, including Miguel. He walked us around and told us about the resort. We shared with him some of our concerns and he reassured us that we were in the right place, we just needed to settle in. Miguel is a great guy and compassionate listener. He gave us advice on things to do, and encouraged us to NOT MISS the Silver Birds Steel Drum Orchestra... and he was right. Great show! From the moment we met Miguel, things just kept getting better and better for us.
The next day was our first full day. My lovely wife wanted to check out some other things around the property first, but was preparing to make our way over the the island at some point during the day. Personally, I was ready to go first thing in the mooring, but I tried to hide my anxious anticipation from her, and go on her time frame. After a few hours of walking around, eating, and planning out our next three days, we got on the boat and headed over...
Just like everyone says, go over to the right side of the island away from the bar and find a secluded spot. The island was kinda slow that day so we had no problem finding shade under the gazebo out by the point. We ditched our bathing suites, spread out our towels and got comfortable. She with her Kindle and me with my music, we laid back and chilled for about an hour. I'm not sure who was the first to need to get up, but I think she needed to use the bathroom. I walked with her and stood outside the bathroom door naked as a jaybird, feeling really awkward because naked strangers were walking by and I'm just standing there naked, twiddling my thumbs, and very pale (first day.. no suntan). She came out of the bathroom and we went back to our chairs. A short time later we agreed we needed a drink from the bar. I told her I have no problem walking to the bar to get some drinks, but chances are I will start talking to someone and I might not return for a while. So, she decided to join me and we walked over together. We hopped in the water and ordered a couple of drinks. Little did I know she would be the first one to strike up a conversation with a naked couple in the pool. She jumped into Michael and Karen's conversation when she heard their daughter was traveling overseas in the mid-east for school. Our son happened to be in India on a mission trip at that same time, so we shared some of the same anxiety about our kids. Then we introduced ourselves to Josh and Edy who are an adorable newly wed couple from KY. From that point on we met couple after couple and had an AWESOME time!
We returned every day to the island and met so many great and interesting friends. Our last day at T.I. we decided to stay all afternoon to hang with our friends on the island and transfer over to CSS at 6:00 p.m. As we were checking out and waiting for our transportation, my lovely wife was sobbing because she was so sad to be leaving CTI and all the friends and wonderful staff we had met. Fortunately, all of our friends from T.I. joined us the next day over at CSS (trading places) and we got to party with them one more time.
Our time at CSS was also incredible. Sunset Beach is a very special place and we spent part of every day there and met a bunch of great people. SSB is definitely larger and more spread out... Plenty of shade... The pool is way bigger... but there is something about the CTI island and the connection we made with other "newbies" out there. We were first timers, and we met a lot of other first timers at CTI. The excitement, anxiety, awkwardness, and genuine fun all combined for an incredible, unforgettable experience.
So, which one is better? CTI or CSS? There is no correct answer to this question. We love both and I anticipate another split stay in our future!! See you next year!
Jim & Michelle
CTI Shout outs to:
* Michael & Karen (The real mayor)
* Josh & Edy (Congrats on your marriage, and best of luck in med school)
* Cory & Loren (What a beautiful wedding on the beach. We are honored to be your witnesses)
* Devin and Anna (Do not challenge Devin to movie trivia. Anna, I'll pay for your head shots but I get 10% of your net worth when you make it big)
* Dan & Amanda (Queen of the grand entrances into the CTI pool, declaring at the top of her lungs "I've never done this before")
* Heather & Tom (a.k.a. Richard Dreyfuss and Gwyneth Paltrow. Really enjoyed meeting you both)
* Jim & Jan (I hope your finger healed, and your insurance covers some of your Jamaican medical bill)
* J.J. & Kevin (If your students could only see you now!)
* Chuck & Mary (Thanks for the advice on keeping my teeth clean and white!)
CSS shout outs to:
* Kim & Jason (Congrats on your marriage. Y'all are adorable!)
* Alan and Alan's Angel (Watch out for these two... they are TOTAL party animals)
* David & Beth (What a nice couple. We moved into their room in G-block once they departed)
* David & Phyllis (a.k.a Chi-Chi & Chong-Chong)
* Scott & Melissa (Representin' the ATL)
* John & Heidi (Stood us up for dinner, but we'll get over it ;-)