We thoroughly enjoyed our first stay at the Island Houses in November 2012 and equally enjoyed our week in February 2013. We plan on returning next year and many years thereafter! The easiest way to book is through Cayman Kai Vacations online as they are veryhelpful and provide assistance when needed.
Location: The Island Houses are located in Cayman Kai, across from Rum Point Beach on the north shore of Grand Cayman. The 45 minute drive from the airport takes you away from the busy Seven Mile Beach area and provides an excellent location for a relaxing vacation. Especially suitable for two couples or a family of four, the Island Houses are situated, in a semi circle, directly on a sand-rimmed, palm-lined cove, perfect for kayaking with easy access to the ocean (a 5 minute paddle). Steps away, out the front door, is Rum Point Beach (directly across the street). This beautiful beach, featuring the famous dock, provides a wonderful spot to swim, snorkel and go for long walks. You can also head off from here for a visit to Stingray City and Sandbar - a must do activity for any trip to Grand Cayman. A number of other excursions, such as the sunset cruise, are also available.
Accommodation: Each of the 18 "Island Houses of Cayman Kai" is a privately owned villa. They are decorated according to the individual owners' tastes, so the best advice is to review them online and find the one best suited to your liking. Each "Island House" is a two story, two bedroom, three bathroom (two are ensuite) home complete with fully appointed kitchen, living and dining room and a large two-story lanai (screened-in porch). This is where you will want to spend your time when indoors - it is a wonderful space.
A number of the "Island Houses" have kayaks for their guests to enjoy (some also have bicycles). Snorkel equipment is available to purchase or rent across the street at Rum Point (we chose to bring our own). There is a lovely pool, with a great view of the cove, for the exclusive use of "Island House" guests. We often found we had the pool all to ourselves.
Amenities: In addition to those already mentioned, the "Island Houses" come fully equipped, including bedding, beach towels, etc. Most evenings we opted to enjoy our surroundings and the BBQ at our villa but there are a couple of lovely restaurants in the neighbourhood (Kaibo is a good walk /short drive, another is directly across the street at Rum Point). Kaibo has both a fine dining retaurant (upstairs) and more casual fair on the beach (downstairs). Each Friday closest to the full moon Kaibo hosts a wonderful dinner on the beach (reservations a must). They also hold other Caribbean style evenings - be sure to check their calendar online.
Other tips: Be sure to rent a car by reserving ahead of time. Once accustomed to driving on the left, which takes no time at all, Grand Cayman is quite easy and safe to navigate and a wonderful island to explore. Although you may not want to leave Cayman Kai and Rum Point, there are many other fabulous beaches and sites to see. If you are into scuba or snorkeling Grand Cayman is spectacular! George Town is a great place to wander about and of course enjoy a drink on the wharf after some duty free shopping.
Getting there: As we are flying from Canada, our most direct and cost effective choices are Air Canada and West Jet. Both offer more than one flight a week in "high season".
- Also Known As:
- Island Houses Of Cayman Kai Hotel Grand Cayman
- Island Houses Of Cayman Kai Hotel
- Cayman Kai Hotel
- Island Houses Of Cayman Kai Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Island Houses are designed for life in the Tropics where "Inside and Outside become "One". "An Island House at Cayman Kai, Rum Point has long been a pleasant alternative to a Hotel Room Vacation." More space! More privacy! More for your money!Located on a protected cove (Sand Pointe Cove) on the Caribbean Sea in the heart of the exclusive area of Cayman Kai on the north side of Grand Cayman and right across the road from the "Famous Rum Point Beach", these Island Houses are ideal for a family of up to six people or for one, two or three couples. Some Island Houses can sleep up to eight people. These Island Houses feature a living room, dining area, music/sun room, fully equipped kitchen, laundry room with washer and dryer, two story screened lanai (with 2 sets of 10 foot sliding doors that open to the lanai which allows you to enjoy the indoor/outdoor feeling) that overlooks the cove and offers additional seating and dining area, two bedrooms each with their own private bath, walk in closet, and balconies which overlook the pool and cove to enjoy. ... more less