We've just returned from Turtle Nest Inn, having had a really wonderful time. We stayed for 9 nights in Condo 7, and 12 nights in apartment 5, both of which were great, though for 2 of us we preferred the apartment, as the condo was almost too spacious. Also, the apartment had a superb amount of natural light, with so many windows, and although it was Ocean View rather than Ocean Front, the view from the balcony was excellent. We had breakfast on the balcony every morning looking out to sea, and it was already hot and sunny at 8.30.
All the staff were excellent, as was their care of our apartment. The beach and reef were beautiful, and there are so many sun loungers and chairs, both in the shade of little palm trees, and also in full sun - never any need to rush to get a seat!
Eating out - The Lighthouse, Tukka, Kaibo (slightly cheaper) all very good on that side of the island. We did try the fish fry at The Grape Tree, but frankly it was not good - the fish was very, very dry, and the chips were pale and limp. If you like conch, the conch fritters were probably quite nice. On the other side of the island we particularly liked Morgan's Harbour restaurant.
Outings - best trip was the mangrove swamp kayak with Cayman Kayaks. The water is relatively shallow, it's warm, and there are no nasty creatures to eat you if you fall in (no-one did). We're almost novice kayakers, and not young, and it was fine - the only other time we've kayaked was with the same company 4 years ago, when we did the night time bioluminescence tour, which was also superb. The guide is so quiet and knowledgeable, and very good at imparting information.
Another good and interesting/educational thing to do is the Blue Iguana Safari at the Queen Elizabeth Botanic Gardens. The gardens are also beautiful in their own right, and well worth a visit - take water and a hat, it's not a short walk, and it's very hot!
We did Stingray City, and it was pretty much what we expected. We had quite rough, buffeting seas on the day we went, so if one wasn't a confident swimmer, it was slightly daunting. Also it was a shame to see just how many boats and people were in the water with the stingrays (who were lovely!) - it was extremely touristy. I'm glad we did it, but unlike the above two trips, I wouldn't want to do it again. We went with Captain Dexter and Simon, who were very nice, and our boat had 18 tourists, less than some of the others.
It was very useful to have a list in the hotel of the numbers of cruise ships and passengers each day in Georgetown. We went into town on a day when there was only one ship in port, and that was reasonably quiet - Sundays are also quiet, but no shops open.
We would definitely return to Turtle Nest Inn if we visited the island again.
- Also Known As:
- Turtle Nest Hotel Grand Cayman
- Turtle Nest Hotel
- Turtle Nest Grand Cayman
- Turtle Nest Inn Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cayman hotels' exotic beachfront lodging offers Caribbean elegance, pool, superb snorkelling, and full luxury apartments costing less than most Grand Cayman hotel rooms. Located on its own sandy beach, only ten miles from George Town and the airport, the Inn is away from the tourist crowds, in a genuine island setting. Cayman's only Travel Holiday Magazine's Editors' Choice Award winner for 2003. ... more less