My husband and I just returned from CSS, and it was the best vacation ever!!! I will try to organize my review into separate sections, so I can keep it all straight. Sorry it's a bit long...
Arrival: MBJ and Customs was a breeze. Just make sure you have a pen or two with you on the plane so you can complete the form on board and don't have to waste anytime once you land. Also make sure you fill out the top part of the form that deals with your arrival info and the bottom part of the form that deals with your departure info. Once you make it through Customs, just head down the hallway and into the Couples Lounge. The first words spoken to us by the staff were "Welcome Home" and I truly felt that from my first sip of Red Stripe. Our luggage was tagged and we chatted with the other couples waiting for shuttles. We only had to wait 20 minutes and we were on our way to CSS. There was only one other couple in the van with us (they were going to CTI), and we decided to skip the stop in the middle and just head to our resorts. The traffic was minimal, and the road was in excellent shape, but hold on for quite the ride--lots of passing using the lane for on-coming traffic! We made it to CSS in about 1hour and twenty-five minutes.
Check-In: Was uneventful and glorious. The minute we sat down at the reception desk, we were handed cool towels and a glass of champagne. The open air lobby was beautiful and our room was ready for us. We had selected a Penthouse Suite and were assigned D-14, the Steve McQueen suite.
Steve McQueen Suite: The suite had a living/sitting room, a half bath off the living room, a large bedroom with a king size bed, and a full bath with a beautiful blue-tiled walk-in shower, and a huge balcony with 2 lounge chairs, a sofa and coffee table a a dining table for two. Our view was of the Main Beach and the Main Lawn. Granted, the room was showing a little bit of wear, but it was immaculate and lovely. If only the closet could have been a bit bigger. But that was my issue though, I totally over packed. After checking out every nook and cranny of the room, I truly felt that I had arrived in paradise and never wanted to leave. We had just been in the suite a few minutes when there was a knock on the door--it was room service with more champagne and an appetizer tray with seafood and cheese and crackers. I told them that we didn't order anything and the waiter said --- "not to worry my lady--compliments of the hotel." I had truly died an gone to heaven--I knew we were in for a truly wonderful 5 day vacation experience.
A/N Beach: SSB was great! There was no ackwardness or gawkers. The beach is on a bay and was very private. There were plenty of lounge chairs and palapas to go around, however, the earlier you got there the better location selection. Jheanel, the bartender at SSB was fantastic. She would be waiting with another rum punch just as I finishing. Also the grill had great food for lunch and throughout the afternoon. The french fries and jerk chicken were great!:-)
Food/Drinks: Almost every meal we had was good. I must admit that I was under-whelmed by Bella Vista. No matter what I ordered, it was always lukewarm or cold. The wait staff also wasn't very friendly. However, the food and waiters at Casanova were amazing and the drinks in the Balloon bar are heavenly. I must mention the Starlight Gala--the food although a buffet was high-end, delicious and plentiful. It is definitely a not-to-miss event! One more thing--room service is sooooo fast you barely have time to hang up the phone before they are at the door with your order!!!
Private Dinner: Our anniversary is Valentine's Day so as a surprise for my husband, I booked the Forever Yours package that included a private dinner. Our dinner was scheduled for the Wedding Gazebo, and I had selected the Moments Menu. The gazebo was beautifully decorated with flowers and candles and the champagne flowed from the appetizer course through dessert. Our waiter Daron was terrific and at the end of the meal sent us to our room with 2 bottles of champagne! He said we needed to continue the celebration!
Check-Out: Our departure date came all too quickly, but it too was handled professionally by Couples staff. We received a notice in our room the night before check-out telling us when we had to have our luggage outside, what time we needed to check out, and what time the airport shuttle would be picking us up. We had an early afternoon flight so we left the resort at 8:30am.
Future Plans: We had such an awesome time, I am trying to book another trip for later this year. We are still trying to organize our photos, and I will try to post them soon. This was our first trip to a Couples Resort, but it won't be our last! I can't wait to be home again!