Sunshine Suites - an excellent choice for a low key, relaxed holiday. Accommodation bridges the gap between self-contained apartments and a full hotel suite experience. This is an informal resort (exactly what we like) without door flunkies, vast receptions, shops, or gyms. The things that matter, namely service, cleanliness, quality of accommodation, and value for money, are very very good.
Suites are located in 2 attractively designed blocks - one at each end of the beautifully manicured grounds. The centre section between the blocks contains a small 2 storey reception block, the medium sized pool, and the Sunshine Grill. The reception is air conditioned and has two work stations for guests to use with free internet access - there is also a book swap bookcase.
Each accommodation block has three floors with 15 excellent one bedroomed suites at each end and a total of 36 1 and 2 bed studios rooms in the centre sections. The larger one bedroomed suites are well worth the additional expense - apart from the sitting area, they have a window at each end and the kitchen, bed and living ares are better separated. None of the rooms have a balcony but all the front doors are on open air walk ways. All rooms have air-conditioning, a full kitchenette, hob, fridge, microwave, kettle, all utensils, iron & board There is a good bathroom, table & chairs, couch and satellite TV (there are 2 TVs in the one bedroomed suites). The rooms are maid serviced fully every day. There is also a laundry facility in each block.
A very good inclusive continental+ breakfast is served in the Sunshine Grill every morning between 7:30 and 9:30. One of our few gripes related to the bizarre crockery and lack of metal spoons at breakfast. Cereal bowls were OK but well worn and made of an unbreakable bakelite style material as were the white square dinner plates - OK in a pool area but a bit eccentric. The real annoyance was the cutlery!!! About 15 metal spoons were put out every day (for 200 guests) - a hotch potch of cheap soup and dessert spoons which were just about functional . . . but when they ran out (about 8 am), cereal etc had to be eaten with a cheap plastic teaspoon!!! Worse was when the steel knives and forks ran out . . . they were substituted with the cheapest impossibly flexible plastic knives and forks.!!! I actually started bringing my own spoon from the room with me. This just seemed like some sort of craziness when compared to the attention to detail in every other aspect of the resort. How much does 50 utility steel dessert spoons cost for heavens sake???? OK really only a minor inconvenience but just seemed odd.
The hotel is set back about 100 metres from Seven Mile Beach, and the landward side of the main coastal West Bay Road. Walking to the beach is no trouble and although the road is busy, drivers slow and stop to let you cross. Once you cross the road, the path to the beach goes between Villas of the Galleon and the Westin Casuarina and there is an excellent section of Seven Mile beach at the end although both the adjacent properties are protective if you encroach too far either side. One thing you will notice for a few seconds on the path to the beach (well away from the Sunshine Suites) is the ghastly smell from the Westin Casuarina's dustbins which are kept in an area adjacent to the path - something that would annoy me if staying in the adjacent property. Sunshine Suites supply beach towels and light reclining beach chairs which are easy to carry to the beach - be careful though because although OK to sit in, the chair legs are short to allow reclining and once they dig into the sand can result in a rather ungainly attempt to get to your feet from the seated position!
There is no official bus service in Grand Cayman but licensed minibuses stop and pick you up if you flag them down. They are marked with a yellow or green circle and come along every few minutes on the West Bay Road. Hiring a basic entry level car is a good idea for going farther afield and is very straightforward although extras seem to bump up the daily rate to about $100US. There is a large Fosters Supermarket about 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel and also various good restaurants nearby (Gateway to India, Edoardos, Luca etc). The hotel's Sunshine Grill is a great venue for a drink at the bar or a meal - burgers are excellent! Something to look out for generally in bars and restaurants is the 15% gratuity - some restaurants automatically add it to your bill but elsewhere it is left to your discretion - at one restaurant we inadvertently added another 15% to the already included 15% gratuity and only noticed after leaving! Never mind - all down to experience!
All in all we had a superb time at Sunshine Suites and would thoroughly recommend it. One final point though is regarding late departures - check-out is midday and if the hotel is full, then there is no proper guest facility with a shower to change in after that. When we got back to the UK we noticed in literature that the hotel has one room labelled as a Board Room but it appears to retain its bathroom and kitchenette facilities - I'm sure it wasn't in use on the day we left so why this wasn't offered to us we don't know. We ended up with a 12 hour flight delay and stopover in Nassau so the extra 4 hours kicking our heels at Sunshine Suites would have been eased a bit with access to a guest facility of some kind.
For quietness/outlook go for top floor 1 bedroom suite at ends facing away from pool area
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