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    Default Long Review of CTI and CSS

    Late Review (I wrote this on the flight back and forgot to post it)
    We were at CTI from 12/10/09 to 12/14/09

    I want to start by saying that my wife and I had a wonderful time at CTI this week. We have been to CSS twice and had spent a day at CTI (Trading Places). Our most recent trip to CSS was July 2009. I thought that this perspective of two trips to the two resorts might be helpful for those trying to find the right place for them. There are some similarities and some differences between the two resorts.

    Transfer from Mo Bay-basically the same. The bus stops at CSS first to let off passengers and then arrives at CTI about 5 minutes later.

    Check in-great at both places. Bell staff is great, friendly and waiting with a cool towel. At CSS we got champagne, but at CTI he went to the main bar and got us a Red Stripe.

    Room- To be honest we don’t spend much time in the room, but CSS is clearly larger. It is a two room suite, with a bedroom and a sitting room (or area). The room at CTI was more like a hotel room. The balcony is awesome at both with a great view of the ocean. But the balcony at CSS was a bit bigger. Both were great for sitting and sipping coffee and watching the sunrise (or set). Having the minibar at CSS was a plus. There were several times at CTI that I thought I would like a drink but I would have had to walk to a bar for it.

    Bars-CTI has the Main bar which is nice. Pretty busy but good service. It was easy to pop over during the entertainment and get a drink. There is also the Piano bar which was great. Lots of old charm with pictures of famous guests. They had sing-a-longs at night. The new Swim-up bar was nice. The service was very good here. I lost my lighter and one of the bar tenders loaned me his lighter until I got my cigar going. There is also a Juice bar down below at the beach level which was good.

    CSS has the Main beach bar which is great because it is right by the beach. It is centrally located but the service was sometimes a little slow. There is a swim up bar at the main pool. The Balloon bar was the center of activities in the evening for Showtime. They also have sing a long and karaoke. There is also a juice bar by the mineral pool but we didn’t use it much.

    Pools-CTI has the original/Main pool which was redone in the remodel. There is a new Swim-up bar pool which seemed to be the most active. There are also several hot tubs.

    CSS has the Main pool which is in the center of everything at the beach level. There is an upper pool which is by the Balloon bar and doesn’t seem to get much use. There is also the mineral pool which is right by the workout facilities and has a great view out of the cove.

    AN-we loved both, but they are very different!
    CTI-Tower Island is aweome. It is an island in the middle of the Caribbean. The pool is really small. It has a swim up bar that has great service (Go Kimoni!). When we were there in the summer the pool was packed. In December, the pool was pretty empty. The Island had about 10-15 couples every day in December. The last day that we were there the island was closed due to high winds. Another day the island closed at 300 for a wedding. No food available on the island. They actually ran out of Red Stripe when we were there in the July. Not much of a beach on the island, mostly rock.

    Sunset Beach is also amazing! You can lay on the sand, under a little palm shelter and look out to the horizon on SSB. The beach is large--about 75 yards long and pretty deep (30 yards). If you don't like the beach you can head over to the large pool or the hot tub. There is a swim up bar with great service (Go Jhaneal!). They have food during the lunch hour with a grill and some selections from the main buffet. There were between 5 and 20 couples there depending on the day. SSB is never closed due to winds, but at 5:00p it is open to clothed folks.

    Restaurants-Both are great. We liked Bayview (at CTI) the best because of its location. It sits out on the water and is very romantic at night. Honestly, there isn't any bad food. We had lots of great meals at both CTI and CSS.

    Grounds-CSS is much more lush. It feels more like a resort with paths that wind around through the tropical jungle. CTI feels more like a hotel. Buildings with sidewalks beside them. Upkeep on both is immaculate.

    I hope this is helpful. We love Couples. We will continue to go back. CSS is our "home" but we had a wonderful vacation at CTI. I think at some point we will have to try CSA and CN just to experience the entire Couples world.
    John and Heidi

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    Great review John. Were you at CSS over the 4th of July?

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    Thanks for the GREAT review. We're headed to CSS in May (our first time)and really enjoy hearing opinions and thoughts from couples who have been there. We can hardly wait.
    Mike & Martha

    CSS 2010, 2013, 2014
    CTI 2011
    CN 2012

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    szap
    Yes we were there over the 4th of July

    bowlcoach
    you will have a great time at CSS
    John

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    We were also there over the 4th and remember the two of you. Your wife had her hair corn-rowed and you regularly had a cigar going. We are Steve and Joanne from St. Louis

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    We are also going for the first time,jan.22/29th and after reading the great reviews feel like we have been there before, can't wait.

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    thank you so much for your reviews of both css and cti. we are planning a trip in late may and are torn between our favorite css and trying something new cti. we may split a week between the two. your overview has been helpful
    thanks
    csr

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    szap
    that was definitely us
    We are heading back again this summer
    John

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    Default Awesome review

    great and to the point!
    (and why have I never thought to write up my review on the plane ride back?!? what a wonderful way to cap off the trip!!)

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    Thanks for the great review, John !! Nice comparison. I totally agree w/ your views about CSS & CTI !!

    Jackie

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    Jed,
    Great job on the comparisons, We did CN twice, toured CSA then ventured to CSS, we will do a trading places day in April to CTI while we are at CSS.

    If you love CSS you would love CN. You would love the beaches in Negril, they seriously cannot be beat.

    I say all the time if you could take CSS and plop in on CN's or CSA's beach that is my idea of pure perfection, but I have to have Otaheite too... lol

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    Wonderful information! We are going to CSS for our first time end of April, first of May. Sounds perfect.

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    JackieMRP
    thanks

    beachwed2007
    It requires you to take a laptop on the trip which can be a distraction
    but for our jobs we have to stay somewhat in touch with home.
    I found that writing on the plane was a great way to bring closure to an awesome trip

    Mzambo
    thanks
    We would love to try CN
    Problem is we don't have enough vaca. We will get there sometime I am sure.

    ceseaside
    Have a great time at CSS. I am sure that you will love it

    John

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    Does anyone know how late the latest bar stays open at CTI or CSS. I see CTI has food available late but no metion of bar hours.
    Thank you

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