We just returned from spending 5 nights at 127A condo at Cataways and were happy we did! It was only after reading many reviews, talking to Lyall (manages many rentals for owners) and connecting the dots tht I realized that CAstaways is actually the newest section of The Reef. So I thought I would save readers the trouble of figure this out for themselves-! I believe I was told that the castaways condos were built in 2008. The condo is actually bigger than it appears in the official website pics but the best part is that by being on the first floor, we looked right out onto the sand and ocean. Actually, after pulling the curtain aside, you can see the ocean from the living room, dining area and kitchen. So sweet to hear and see the ocean while making coffee, stroll out to the shady back patio to sip your coffee and easily zip in and out all day to lounge on the beach, snorkel or grab a cold drink. This was our first trip ever to the Cayman Islands and since we wanted to avoid any threat of Spring Breakers, we opted for the East End. We were glad we did because all the people living or visiting Castaways, The Reef and Morritt's (all within walking distance of each other) are people looking to pleasantly enjoy "Island Time." The atmosphere is very down to earth and friendly with families and people of all ages. If you stay at castaways you can use all the amenities at the Reef. We didn't use the pools as we were drawn to the ocean but we thoroughly enjoyed snorkeling ( great to start near dock at morritt's and drift along shoreline down to castaways) and eating /drinking at beach bistro/bar at The Reef. Loved my Cajun grilled mahi mahi wrap while sipping rum punch and toes wiggling in sand all the while. Our family is all about good food in comfortable atmosphere and that it was! If you want stuffy or pretentious, you can surely find that elsewhere. Staff was very friendly and accommodating too. Took part in a yoga class which was wonderful to see the ocean from the second floor veranda. Restaurant recommendation nearby: Tukka for great, fresh seafood. Also, very convenient to be able to just walk across the street for milk, coffee, sunscreen or whatever goodies you need/ forgot to bring at little grocery store. Highlight for our teenage kids was renting waverunners from Red Sail (at Morritt's) and joyriding down to a spot that we had all to ourselves for snorkeling. Andy at Red Sail was perfect as he made sure the kids had a blast yet still was safety-minded and professional with us and another older couple with us. If you need any help finding a condo, reach out to Lyall Watt as he actually called my on my cell in the States and answered all my questions when I was trying to figure out where to stay and checked in on us to make sure we had everything we needed....He works out of the Century 21 office on Grand Cayman. Also, if you need a rental car we rented one from McCurley's and B.A. was great about giving detailed information about where to eat, drive, snorkel, etc. She definitely gives a homey touch and new meaning to car renting! Also, I appreciated that her (and her partner/husband McCurley) have rental cars without huge bumper stickers like Avis or Hertz announcing to the world that you're tourists-! Of course as soon as we stepped out of the car with oddball sunburns I'm sure it was obvious. :)
Enjoy your stay! Lisa & family
- Also Known As:
- Castaways Cayman Beach Resort Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Privately owned beachfront condos, the sister resort of the award winning Reef Resort. The only resort in Grand Cayman with all beachfront suites. 17 deluxe suites with sweeping views of the Caribbean sea. ... more less
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