My wife, teenage daughters, and I planned a last minute trip to Grand Cayman, and after extensive research, decided on Pappagallo Beach Condos, in particular #41.
The location was ideal for our purposes – we were looking for a two bedroom condo w/full kitchen, nice pool, and good beach access. Since our daughters were getting SCUBA certified (with Cayman Turtle Divers – separate review on Tripadvisor), we wanted someplace convenient to the northern side of 7 mile beach.
The owner was extremely prompt answering our questions, and was very helpful regarding the unit, as well as the surrounding area. She also arranged for an island “greeter” to meet us shortly after arrival; “George” was very pleasant, and walked us through the unit, and the Condo grounds.
The pictures posted of the unit we stayed in (#41) don’t really do it justice – the condo was in immaculate condition, and the owner thought of just about everything you need/want as a short term vacationer. The “basic” cooking essentials were already in the kitchen, including spices, cooking oil, etc., along with coffee filters, and a starter bag of coffee (especially important since we landed on Easter Sunday when all of the stores were closed). There were plenty of towels, spare linens, beach toys, board games (Othello was a hit), cards, etc. The condo is the top two floors of a three story building; you walk up a short flight of stairs to the main level, which had a kitchen, large living room, dining room, and two decks (off the living room, and the dining room). The upstairs had bedroom with 2 twin beds, full bathroom, and a huge master bedroom with a king size bed and private bath. The master bedroom had a large deck facing the ocean. Both decks had absolutely incredible views of the ocean, and the pool area.
The condo grounds were immaculate; we saw George, and the other condo staff working every day to ensure that even the stray fallen leaves were picked up – and they pressure washed the deck leading out into the ocean. The beach is right outside the pool area, and leads to an area of ocean protected by a reef about ¼ mile out. The water is quite shallow – even at the end of the dock, it’s only about 4 feet deep. My wife and I swam out to the reef several times (w/snorkel gear); although it’s a long swim over a mostly barren plain, it’s worth it – the reef is stunning, with lots of fish, hard/soft corals, sponges, lobsters, etc. Even at the reef, it was only 5-10 feet deep.
Pappagallo is in a fairly secluded area – there is really only one restaurant within walking distance (and its probably prohibitively expensive to eat at every day). Everything else was within a 5-10 minute drive. There was a full grocery store (IGA) 3 miles down the road, and several restaurants. We ended up trying Alfresco’s, the Greenhouse, Pappagallo’s, XQs, and the Cracked Conch – all were good. I’ll post reviews of them separately. Suffice it to say, you will want a car, but you’re not going to have to spend a lot of time in it. Even the far end of 7 mile beach was only about 20 minutes. If you’re diving, most of the dive operators will pick you up from Pappagallo Condos; CTD picked us up most mornings at 8:30am for dives out of West End and the Yacht Club.
Negatives? We’d be hard pressed to come up with any. Driving up to the unit, we noticed some construction – fortunately, unit 41 is on the absolute far side from the construction, and we were not bothered in the least by it. The ubiquitous roosters in GC were also not a problem; we could barely hear them in the morning, and only if we were sleeping with the deck doors open to hear the ocean. . The beach was used for a wedding the last Saturday we were there; apparently the beaches are public property – while it speaks to how beautiful the location is, it did make it a bit awkward returning from our snorkel to find they were taking wedding photos!! The only other thing which was a bit nerve-wracking was having to mail a check to her in Canada for payment, a process which took 10 days. I’d suggest accepting alternative forms of payment to make this a smoother transaction.
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- Villas Pappagallo Hotel Grand Cayman
- Pappagallo Hotel Grand Cayman
- Villas Pappagallo Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands