We loved this place!
First about Grand Cayman: My wife and I have vacationed on or visited many of the Caribbean islands over the last 20 years. We had avoided Grand Cayman for some reason. Our mistake. Grand Cayman is now our favorite. By far.
The natives are fantastic. Very educated, enjoy a higher standard of living than other natives in the Caribbean, and rarely do you find them doing any of the tourist service jobs. Instead they find employment with the government, or one of the many financial service jobs on the island (more financial service companies exist in GC than in Manhattan). Instead, most restaurant and other tourist service jobs are filled by people from other countries (a lot of Canadians, eh) who are happy to spend a few years in paradise. Thus you avoid the surly, manana attitudes you find among native service workers on other islands. You don't drive through shanty towns to get to the resorts.
Seven Mile Beach is the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean. Full stop. Beautiful sand, even as you walk into the water (not at all rocky).
The restaurants on the island rival the best restaurants in Manhattan (where we live). By contrast, most restaurants on other Caribbean islands are uninspired and adequate at best, usually very blah and overcooked. The fish on Grand Cayman comes right off the boat and prepared perfectly by terrific chefs. Kept going back to “Deckers” for their Red Snapper. May take a flight down there this weekend for more! Calypso Grill and Blue Cilantro were also excellent. Don’t miss the Sunshine Café for the best burgers in the world. I’m not kidding.
Snorkeling and scuba are fantastic. I scuba dove off the Great Barrier reef in Australia and this definitely rivaled that experience. If you want a great novice scuba experience (1/2 day training), go to Ambassador’s Divers by the Comfort Inn Resort. Really nice people, great experience, and a lot less expensive than the resort scuba packages.
A visit to Stingray City (a shallow pool by a sand bar and reef) is a bucket list absolute MUST. Stingrays come up to snuggle and kiss, friendly and gentle. No way to really describe this unique experience.
Taxi drivers from/to airport were very honest. Were never taken for a ride.
The only downside is that it is expensive on Grand Cayman. So save up and live a little!
OK, so back to the Beach Suites… when were first got there we walked in the lobby and wondered whether we came to the right hotel. The lobby looks like something you might find at a Motel 6. That’s because the hotel (Hyatt) got clobbered in a hurricane a couple of years ago and they turned a service area into the main lobby. We were not impressed. The front desk staff were nice but more reserved (shy) than you normally find in resorts. They were very un-intrusive, which my wife and I loved. In fact, we got “stuck” on the island for an extra 5 days because of a winter storm in NYC, and the manager went way out of her way to give us a discounted rate to stay longer, when they could have really hammered us.
Once we left the lobby and toured the rest of resort which is just beautiful. Our room was great, clean and well appointed with great views. There is construction next door facing the south side of the resort, so you want to avoid those rooms. The best views are on the 5th floor facing the ocean. Just above the palm trees. Nice private patio off the suite. Smoked Cohiba cigars from the cuban cigar show across the street, watched the gorgeous sunsets. Couldn’t ask for more.
The road in front of the hotel is very busy but the noise level not bad at all within the rooms. Bus services will take you up and down the Seven Mile stretch for around $2.
Bentley’s, the resort restaurant, is very good, but not as good as other restaurants close by. The bartenders were fabulous, very friendly. The music at Bentleys was a bit lame, but there are plenty of other places nearby.
The beach area just in front of the Beach Suites is cramped with lounge chairs. Picture the gate seating at La Guardia airport with lots of sand. But the other resorts are no better with not a lot of privacy. But you have the rest of Seven Mile Beach to spread out and relax.
Health club was well equipped and clean. I only wish I had visited it more often!
Compared to the Ritz, Marriott, and Westin, the Beach Suites resort feels like a “boutique” resort and not Grand Central Station. Smaller, more private, which my wife and I really liked. If you want the action of the other resorts, just walk down the beach a few minutes to the other places and enjoy.
My wife and I felt like this was a 2nd honeymoon (after 30 years of marriage!).
In summary, if you are looking for a great vacation spot in the Caribbean with great food and lots to do, don’t miss the Grand Cayman and the Beach Suites.
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