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“We couldn't have made a better choice!” 5 of 5 stars
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193 Piper Way, West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach KY1-1205, Grand Cayman   |  
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Flower Mound, Texas
2 reviews
“We couldn't have made a better choice!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We just returned from South Bay Beach Club and couldn't have picked a better place to stay! We stayed at the Westin our other two visits to Cayman and while the beach there is huge, we loved the SBBC. We stayed with our two daughters in Villa #5 and it was perfect. The website photos are accurate, however it is even more beautiful in person! It was great having a kitchen to prepare breakfast, lunch, etc. and even bought fresh fish one night and grilled it by the pool. There are also restaurants and stores within walking distance. We were worried about the beach being crowded or too small, rocky, etc as we had been warned about places to the south suffering erosion, but it was perfect! They only set up 2 rows of lounge chairs on the bottom level (two level beach) but there was plenty of room for 4 rows. We never had a problem getting lounge chairs or umbrellas. It was clean and not crowded and perfect for snorkeling as well. The Marriott next door was crowded, as was the little area next to SBBC where the Comfort Suites has a little spot. We walked down the beach to the Westin (it seemed crowded) and checked out all the other places we had looked at online and felt great that we had found the perfect place! Maggie and Ernie were great and so was Ena our housekeeper! We can't wait to go back! Almost want to keep this place a secret!

Room Tip: 2 bedroom direct access to beach.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Seriously the photos do not really do this place justice. We stayed in the #4 villa and It looks even better in person than in the photos. It was a 2 bedroom 2 bath with a screened in porch with direct beach access. You really walk out the door and down a couple of steps then take about 5 steps through grass then you are on the sandy beach. They have everything in the condo you could need (except a baking pan for some reason). The beds were very comfortable as well as the pillows. The villa was decorated so nicely it really felt like you were at home, but with a killer view of the ocean. We were able to take a bus anywhere we needed to go and found some really great restaurants very nearby.

We did have a few things that were a little annoying during our stay but really nothing the management at SBBC could do about it. There was seaweed all over the beach from a recent storm. The condo hired men to clean it up and they were out there all day with shovels and rakes taking wheelbarrows loads to the dumpster. This went on for 2 days then on the third day and final day of our stay, the Marriott brought in bulldozers and dump trucks that were really annoying. The dump trucks got there early in the morning and we were awaken by the sound of their backup alarm going off as they were backing down the driveway to the beach. The bulldozer drivers kept driving back and forth in front of us as we tried to enjoy a day on the beach. Not as relaxing as we had hoped our trip would be and really pretty disappointing.

We are already planning our 2nd trip to the condo next year, we will just check before arriving to make sure no seaweed is on the beach. Can't think of anywhere else we would like to stay on the island. I have previously stayed twice at the Westin and there is no comparison. Will never go back to the hotels!!

Room Tip: Any room in this complex will be an excellent choice!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mason, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We traveled with another couple and stayed in unit 533 on the fifth floor. The unit is well appointed and very comfortable with daily maid service every day except Sunday. This is a three bedroom unit with one king bedroom, one queen bedroom, and one bedroom with two twins. If you are traveling with more than two couples the fact that the unit only has two baths could be inconvenient but it was perfect for us. There is a huge screened in balcony under a roof that connects to another huge outside open balcony. Great views of the beach and ocean from both balconies as well as from the sitting room.
These condos are in a perfect location on 7 mile beach with great beach access and a number of eating places near by. If you prefer to eat in the condo is equiped with everything you need for food preperation. The snorkeling directly off the beach here has to be the best in Grand Cayman. There are artificial reef balls situated in waste deep water right off the beach as well as a natural reef just a few yards out past the reef balls. We saw a huge variety of fish in all colors and sizes and this was a real highlight of our vacation. Be sure to stop buy the grocery and pick up a large bag of frozen peas. Throw some peas in the water and you will be surrounded by fish. The staff is very friendly and helpful and do a good job of looking after all of the guests. This place is definetely on our list for a repeat visit next year!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora, IL
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5 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My wife and I rented a three bedroom unit (#37) with our two adult children (each brought a friend). The pictures very accurately show how beautiful and open the unit is. The sixth floor view is spectacular any time of the day. There was plenty of room for six adults, the beach was not crowded at all, there are several great restaurants and a grocery store nearby. Additionally, there is great snorkeling right off the beach.

The staff is also very friendly led by property manager Ernie, who checked on us a few times to make sure that everything was OK. I can't imagine staying anywhere else when we return to Grand Cayman.

Room Tip: #37 has a huge balcony with a large dining table and a sitting area with access from the family room...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Medford, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

From the moment we arrived we knew we chose a winner. The staff is truly amazing. Maggie, Ernie and Ena couldn't do enough to make our trip memorable. The resort is first class not to mention we were steps away from the most beautiful water. My sisters and I have traveled to many resorts but now we cannot wait to return next year.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

My family and I just got back from our second stay at South Bay Beach Club and had just as great a time as we did the first time around. We stayed in unit #3, a spacious 2 bedroom unit on the first floor with direct access to the beach (literally steps away from the ocean). We spent our days snorkeling around the man-made reef and the natural reef which both can be found right in front of South Bay. Perfect beach with the sand raked every morning and of course the crystal clear water is great.

Something has to be said about the staff at South Bay. Ernie and Maggie were terrific and always willing to do anything to make our stay perfect. Maid service was also great - we always had fresh towels and linens.

South Bay Beach Club's location is within walking distance to numerous restaurants and shopping. A rental car isn't even needed unless you are planning a trip to West Bay or Georgetown.

All the conveniences you would expect are also included like free wi-fi, fitness center, outdoor grill, and pool.

No doubt that we will be staying at the South Bay Beach Club for years to come!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Connecticut, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Just returned from a stay in Villa #6 on the ground floor with our two children, 12 and 9. This was our first trip to Grand Cayman and I am certain this is the only place to stay. A beautiful, modern two-bedroom villa with full kitchen and beach front view from the large glass sliders that lead to the screened in porch. You literally walk out your porch and onto the best beach in Grand Cayman across a beautifully maintained grassy area to the private beach area for the guests of South Bay Beach Club. The beach area was raked out smooth every morning by the grounds crew and there was always someone on site monitoring the property for the comfort of the guests. The manager and staff were the nicest, most helpful people you could ask for and were aways available for any questions. Beach and ocean here are incredible, with a wonderful man-made reef just 10 yards from the beach stretching along the front of the property. We snorkeled every day, seeing large schools of "Chubb" (who love to be fed), stingrays, and various other colorful tropical fish. The ocean is very calm, with the only waves coming from the occasional boat or jet ski off shore. There is a beautiful heated pool as well, which our kids enjoyed at night. The property is most convenient for its full kitchen and two gas grills on site, available to all units, which mean you don't have to eat out every night if you don't feet like it. We often cooked on the grill for lunch or dinner to maximize our beach time and relaxation. Maid service came every day for clean linens and towels and were the nicest ladies you could meet, and all appeared to be long-time employees. Unit 6 had free wi-fi and even a phone to make free calls to the U.S., both pleasant additions that you do not see in a hotel without a service charge.

All in all a great spot for couples or families. We will be returning to this property!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 193 Piper Way, West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach KY1-1205, Grand Cayman
Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > Seven Mile Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 38 Specialty lodging in Seven Mile Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newest luxury property on the world famous Seven Mile Beach, located next to Marriott Resort Grand Cayman. Two, three and four bedroom villas all oceanfront. Heated swimming pool, 2 beachfront hammocks shaded by 4 swaying coconut palms, 2 Weber gas grills and fitness room. A snorkeler's paradise with colorful tropical fish just feet from our shoreline and fantastic snorkeling areas just beyond our beach. Relax on our private beach, lounge chairs and umbrellas available to our guests. An amazing vacation awaits you at South Bay Beach Club in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. ... more   less 
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South Bay Beach Club Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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