Sunset House is a gem. Four dive girls from the south and we were a crazy handful. Let me start at the beginning:
BOOKING: Flawless. Ask for Kim, she is wonderful. We emailed and got an immediate response. We were able to book separately and I know that can be a pain. Kim included a plethora of GC information in her replies and answered all questions, from ‘is there a hair dryer?’ To ‘where is the closest store?’
ROOMS: because Kim knew we all wanted to stay in the same room she booked us in Rm 410 on the ground floor. The room was HUGE, clean, with a Full size fridge, a microwave, a safe, a dining table and 4 chairs, a large comfortable sofa, a nice flat screen, access to the outside grass area with picnic tables, lounge chairs and a spectacular view of the water! The bathroom was large with a dual shower that could fit a rugby team (don’t ask).
RESORT: I was expecting it to be older than it was. The hotel has beautiful grounds, rooms have been upgraded, Free Wi Fi works in rooms, MY Bar is a great relaxing place that we spent most of the evenings with crew, locals and other guests. Food was good and drinks were fantastic...ask for Eric. The pool is small but we were diving so a big pool did not matter. Morning Breakfast was perfect, with several choices. John was a super waiter with lots of interesting information to help us navigate the town. The Cathie Church Photography studio was amazing and with our package we all got one free 8x10 photo! Keith, the manager has a relaxed professional style that shows in every aspect of this hotel. He was always available for questions and always over shadowed by his firstmate Murphy!
DIVING: As stated in ALL the magazines…It’s absolutely beautiful! Clear 100ft+ visibility, healthy coral, turtles, eels, rays (yes Sting Ray City dive is Sooooo worth it), wrecks, etc. The water temp is a little on the chilly side, so a 3 mil is the best. The Ocean pool is so easy to enter and exit. Our shore dive was great…the mermaid is a must see.
DIVE OPERATION: Book the package that includes daily breakfast…worth it. There is easy access to the 3 dive boats. Lockers are provided for gear with a freshwater rinse tank and shower located close. The ratio was max of 8 divers per guide, usually less. Boats are easy ladder access and tanks are changed out for you between dives. Safety is a BIG DEAL and emergency procedures are repeated each trip. Dive masters are very knowledgeable of each site, which is amazing because there are 365 possible dive sites in GC! Some shallow dives are un-guided but the explanation of how to navigate each reef is quite clear.
DIVE CREW: What a great group! From the day we walked up to the Dive shop, to the day we got on the boat, to the day we left, there was a smile on our faces. Professional, witty, helpful, proficient, and accommodating, can briefly describe these Dive Masters.
GC (Grand Cayman): The hotel is an easy 10 minute walk from town, but 7 mile beach is too far to walk. GC is expensive, taxis, food, drinks, gifts, etc. The road has little to no walking space so be careful. Every single person we met was beyond friendly, helpful and courteous. The Warf was great but $$$, Calacojacks on 7 mile was a fun barefoot type beach bar. The Office is an amazing karaoke place.
TIPS: When you get in the taxi from the airport ask the driver to stop by the Grocery store and stock up. Rent Bikes ($13 a day) or a car. Taxi’s are pricey and not the happiest people so you may want to avoid them. If the Cruise Ships are NOT in, the shops are shut down, and Shops/grocery stores are closed on Sunday as well.
Overall it was a super week of diving, making new friends and relaxing. I would highly recommend Sunset House!
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Thanks Avery for the kind words and you all were just the best! Glad to hear at least two of you have already made plans to come back soon!
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Just wanted to let folks know that your spacious junior suite was actually 404 and NOT room 410. (maybe that is where the rugby team came into play?) ":O)
There is one other additional junior suite above 404 in room 415. There are only two on the property, so solidify these rooms quick as Avery and her friends did!
BTW, Murphy still heads up to your room to see if you 4 are there! He misses you, too!
Thanks again! BTW, all the staff said to tell "Team White Teeth" HI!!!
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