We just returned from a weeklong family vacation at the Beachcomber. We stayed in Unit #7 and are completely ruined for future vacations; there is no way any place else will ever live up to this experience!
As background, my husband and I are frequent travelers, and have been lucky enough to stay at top resort chains – Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, The Ritz Carlton, etc. We have been to Grand Cayman twice before this trip, most recently staying at The Ritz Carlton in 2010 (and had a great experience).
Given the duration of this trip and that we were visiting with a toddler and two sets of grandparents, we elected to stay at the Beachcomber so that we’d have more amenities.
The condo had everything we could want and more:
Kitchen: It comes equipped with anything you need for serious cooking (not just breakfast or sandwiches). We have two cooks in the family – one professional chef and one who acts like it (ha!), and had complete gourmet meals almost every night. The kitchen includes a coffeemaker, blender, toaster and water kettle. There are plenty of pots and pans of all sizes and they are all almost new. Plates and cups come in both plastic and glass, and there are enough sets so that dishwashing could be limited to once a day. We used the grills downstairs twice. They are large and clean, and were just what we needed. The kitchen includes dishwashing detergent, but you are responsible for loading/unloading the dishwasher.
Laundry: There’s a full washer and dryer. You need to bring your own detergent.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms: Unit #7 is a 3/3 – one king, one queen and two singles. The beds and linens are comparable with luxury hotels. (In fact, my husband has me trying to figure out where to buy similar pillows for our house!) The bathrooms are stocked with a hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion and face soap. The master has a large tub plus a separate shower. All the bedrooms include an iHome alarm clock to charge an iPhone or listen to music. Each bedroom also has a flat screen TV.
Living Area: We had ample space and plenty of seating for all of our family to hang out comfortably. There is a flat screen TV in the living area. We also spent a lot of time on the porch, which was a favorite place to eat meals and watch boats come and go. The décor of the condo was elegant without being too fragile; we felt very much at home. Satellite TV and high-speed Internet access (free) provided the conveniences of being in the U.S. Some of the units have free long distance; this one did not, but we only had to make one short call and just used Skype.
Pool/Beach: Both the pool and beach areas are very quiet. There was always plenty of seating at both spots. The pool is gorgeous and maintained daily. And of course, you can’t beat the view!
Staff: We corresponded with Danielle several times before the trip by email (we asked a lot of questions before arriving!) and she was always courteous and prompt. By the time we arrived, we felt as if we were meeting an old friend! Ms. Reid, who came every morning to clean the condo and make sure we had everything we needed, is the best and I wish we could have brought her home. The condo was always immaculately clean and she was pleasant and very much a part of our experience in Cayman.
Misc: Fosters (grocery store) has pretty much anything you could want. (I have gluten allergies and found they had a bigger selection than Publix at home.) It is closed on Sundays, so plan ahead. We also ordered ahead from Black Beards and arrived to a fully stocked refrigerator of beer and wine. Ask for Jeremy and he will take good care of you!
Other experiences we enjoyed on the island – some have separate reviews – were dinner at Calypso Grill (get there early so you can eat on the water); lunch at Sunshine Grill (get fish tacos or a burger); walking around Camana Bay (splash park was a hit with our two-year-old); dinner at The Brasserie (Wednesday night is build-your-own-burger night, but still very gourmet); and purchasing fish for dinner from an outfit on the street in Georgetown.
We definitely plan on returning. The Beachcomber combined a luxury vacation experience in a family-friendly environment. It may seem over-the-top, but I honestly can’t think of one thing that could have made the Beachcomber better. Maybe a butler who serves cocktails by the pool?