The Reef resort-loved it!
Just returned from Reef resort yesterday- spent 5 nights 8/9-8/14, and had a wonderful time. We stayed in the new 2br condos- even though it was just my husband and me- ( we really wished we had brought our 2 daughters (early 20's)- they would have had a fantastic time too. The room was wonderful- especially the bedroom overlooking the beautiful beach(just steps away). I loved the huge patio- spent a lot of time sitting on the comfy chairs- watching the water. The pool and hot tub on the far side of the resort felt like our private pool- not usually many people in it- probably off diving during daytime. Went to barefoot man show - good time. The staff was wonderful and very responsive to questions and problem solving. I loved the pina coladas at tiki-bar! Melissa (at checkout was great) Thanks to Sandra (for upgrade to condo's).
Unfortunately, Hurricaine Charley passed through the Caymans, but the staff was wonderful on updating and reassuring us. (Special thanks to Lyall). We even had a hurricaine party- with a free drink. The staff was wonderful dealing with the aftermath of the hurricaine (fortunately no serious
damage), and quickly cleaned beaches and pools.
Ethel- the concierge was very helpful.
Rented car from Avis- very satisfied.
Can't wait to go back with whole family to the Caymans, and the Reef hotel in particular.
This side of paradise
Average to mediocre food, choked on boiled pork chops at lunch once. No variety whatsoever, cuisine quality varies from 2 to 5 on a scale of 10.
60's style rooms, clean sheets but the mattress caved in a puff of royal dust. Perfect for cheap Spring Breakers, or bearded bikers escaping from the law.
Phony management, great lip service, Colgate smiles, no results.
The place only survives because of the great diving off-shore, and duopoly position shared with the Brac Reef Resort just down the road.
If your idea of a tropical escape is booze and oversized tatooed mamas, go see for yourself. You might even make new friends.
The only edge over Grand Cayman here is the diving -- and by a nose --
The more ecclectic diver/traveller will no doubt enjoy the five star amenities, up to par dining, much finer beach (sand quality, cleanliness, space), comfortable/reliable boats, comparable underwater scene, anonymity, relative seclusion...
-- of some Grand Cayman properties,
without the added cost, hassle, additional two hour transit wait for this terminally ill destination.
Don't be fooled by the "extra mile" paradigm. Just because it is harder to get to does not mean you will find heaven.
Nothing more frustrating (or hilarious depending who you ask) than perishing in the fumes of an overheated diesel engine on a poorly maintained dive boat. Yeah, yeah, everybody move back, it's only gonna be a couple of hours....island time.
I resurfaced a tad earlier from one of my dives only to find the boat master giving himself a pedicure with the knife destined to slice oranges during intervals.
Honeymooned at the Reef
We just returned from a 7 day stay at the Reef Resort where we were on our honeymoon. I've read all of the other reviews so far and I have to say this -- whether or not you love this resort depends on two things -- whether you rent a car and whether you enjoy peace/quiet or lots of activity.
We loved the fact the the Reef Resort was so secluded. We were happy that the maid only came 2x a week (we didn't need a thing and we certainly didn't mind doing our own dishes!). Everyone was more than polite and helpful at the Reef.
Upon ariving, we were given a schedule of activities -we participated in the Sunset cruise, stingray snorkling (A MUST!) and some others. We were given a 2 for 1 rate for sitting through a 15 - 30 minute no pressure talk about timeshares (this was our choice and was no way pushed on us - it was very low key)
If you want lots of night life and activity, stay on 7 mile. I would have hated it there because it was too crowded, but that's just me.
If you stay at the Reef, rent a car. There is bus service for about $5 per person each way and the service is not as erratic as everyone says. We had no troubles at all, but I think most people would prefer to have a car readily at their disposal.
Everything in the Caymans is expensive no matter where you stay. Make sure you know if prices are in CI or US because it does make a difference when you get the bill!
Overall, I'm glad that we went, we had a great time.
wally in wisconsin
is ther a motel we can stay in grand cayman islands from oct 9th thru oct 25th our honey moon something really cheap please let me know hopefully waiting
Re: wally in wisconsin
I live here in Grand Cayman and it really does depend on where abouts on the Island you want to stay? If its Seven Mile Beach then be prepared to pay top prices US$150 per night upwards. Comfort Suites, Sunshine Suites are middle of the road places, clean and nice but not the Ritz.
If you are happy to stay out towards East End then "The Reef resort" - www.thereef.com is fantastic and only US$99 per night.
Hope this helps.
Re: wally in wisconsin
Sunshine Suites and Comfort Suites are two good suggestions. Since it is low season in Oct also look at the Westin and Cayman Islands Beach Suites for deals.
Nothing fancy but they are clean, staff is friendly, it is waterfront and the price is right: http://www.harbourviewapartments.com/
A bit more, but a step up: http://www.shangrilabandb.com/rooms.html
Also try VRBO.com or Flipkey.com for a rental by owner deals.