My husband and I spent a week at CSS (December 18th - 26th)for our "weddingmoon" and I cannot be more thankful to the staff for our amazing experience.
We arrived late (stupid US Airways) but we still had time to head down to the Bella Vista. This is where Nick fell in love with the "Crab Stamp and Go's." Eat them. Just do it.
We picked the one bedroom ocean suite for our room and we LOVED it!!! The view was AMAZING! We could hear music from the Balloon Bar and we would sit out on the balcony with a bottle of champagne to listen. Our first day at the resort we explored the grounds and then fell asleep on the lounge chairs on the balcony...for five hours. LOL - it was so peacefull!
The beach is small but we loved it. If you go in the water, be prepared for the seaweed out there. It isn't horrible once you get use to it. The bar is very close and you can also get a blue flag - stick it up in the sand and someone will come to get you drinks. We live on the Carolina coast so it was weird to have to face your chairs inland to get full body sun. We are used to facing the water. No worries!
Our second day was the wedding - but I'll post that on the wedding side of the message board! (WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO for the wedding, though! It was done to perfection!!)
We did the Dunn's Fall tour and it was one of our favorites. We hated how they make you hold hands in a chain at the beginning. We felt as though we needed our hands to help us climb. Nobody was doing it after the first ten minutes. We had a water camera for this trip, but when we got home the camera said there were not pictures on it. Sad - it is a BEUTIFUL trip. A great outside workout!
We also did the horseback ridding tour down to the ocean. This was very interesting, the guide was great, but we felt bad for the horses. They were so skinny and sad looking. The guide said they were rescues...I hope that's true.
The last trip we did was the tubing and zip line combo. I was really scared about the tubing because they kept egging me about how big the falls were that we would be going down and saying that at least half the people flip over. It wasn't bad AT ALL! I wish I would have relaxed and enjoyed it because it was the most beautiful thing I've ever done. We did the ziplinning after the tubing and it was SO MUCH FUN! I just wish it would have lasted longer!
If you are going to CSS, then I am jealous. Don't worry about a thing!! SERIOUSLY! I was all through the message boards trying to find out everything possible. I was so worried that something would happen that I wouldn't be prepared for - some kind of extra charge or hidden fees. I'm telling you right now that there isn't! You will not meet a better staff, a more beautiful resort, and you will not have a better time if you go here. I can't wait to go back. I have no idea how I'll ever enjoy a different vacation!
PS - go see Orlando in the Balloon Bar (best bananna daiquiris on the resort...especially if you add a shot of dark rum on top), Kevin and Jestein at Bella Vista, and Judith in the salon.
If you cut me, I'd bleed rum, champagne, and jerk chicken!