Just got back from CTI and wellÖ..we have a new favorite vacation spot. Hereís my first timerís review.
Pros.
1. Beautiful resort. Layed out really well and not overly crowded even though they were at 95% capacity.
2. Staff is absolutely the most friendly youíll ever meet.
3. Check in was a breeze.
4. Food was absolutely the best and healthy at the same time.
5. Room, deluxe ocean, really large and the view was perfect. A/C worked good which is a plus for me.
6. Scuba diving was really good. The gear, boat and crew were all excellent. Christopher, the dive master was especially nice.
7. The drinks were really good, especially the dirty banana and pina coladas. BTW, red stripe beer is good stuff!
8. The islandÖÖ..OMG the island! It was our first AN experience and the island was the perfect place to experience it. We were there every day except one red flag day (more on that below in the Cons. section). I could write 2 pages on how the experience was both sexual, for me and the wife, as well as layed back and friendly as many others have posted before. Needless to say, we are hooked and canít wait to get back.
9. We met more nice couples on this vacation than on every other vacation weíve ever been on put together. I think the atmosphere and the fact that it is couples only (no children) allow people to relax and enjoy themselves more.
10. DID I MENTION HOW GREAT THE ISLAND WAS!!!!
Cons.
1. It is nearly a 2 hour van ride from the airport to the resort. No oneís fault, just wish it wasnít so far.
2. Bob Marley shots taste like $h-t but they will knock you on your arse!
3. It was very windy every day so they really need to get a boat that they arenít afraid to take people to the island in when the seas get a little rough. The boat they use is a pontoon boat (a small one at that) and they arenít all that stable when the seas are rough so the potential is there to miss an island day if itís extra windy. We missed one day which wouldnít have been that bad except it was our last day, we were already spoiled and the wife got tan linesÖ..she wasnít happy. Itís only about 150 yards from the dock to the island so get a little better boat and this will never be an issue.
4. The Veranda restaurant was a little slow but we were never in a hurry so it didnít really matter.
5. Nightly entertainment was a little weak so donít go there with the idea that there is music and dancing half the night. The steel drum group however, was amazing.