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Sunset Cove
3.5 of 5 Condominium   |   299 West Bay Road | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Seven Mile Beach 11906, Grand Cayman (Formerly Treasure Island Condominiums)   |  
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Chicago, Illinois
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“First time visitors to Cayman.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We stayed at Sunset Cove and had a fantastic time. Our condo was stocked with everything we could possibly need. It was clean and quiet, with all the comforts of home. The beach was very nice, with plenty of chairs to relax in the sun. Snorkeling was fantastic. We took a trip to the Stingray Sandbar with Captain Dexter of Fantasea Tours. Had the best day on the catamaran with Capt. dexter and Simon. Sunset Cove is an ideal location to the local attractions. We were within walking distance to the local grocery store. And a quick bus ride to shopping by the cruise port. Buses are easy to navigate and the locals are all very nice and helpful. We took a cab from the airport, and never even rented a car, and didn't have any issues getting places. We were a party of three, two adults and a teen. If and when we go back we are definitely booking at Sunset Cove again.

Room Tip: Our room was pool view and we still had a view of the beach.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Our Family arrived in Gand Cayman on 7/17/12 and we were staying there for 10 days. I had booked with Sunset Cove because trip advisor had given them a good rating. When we arrived the condo smelled musty and I was later told by an individual I met on Grand Cayman that people who stay at Sunset Cove develop respiratory issues (I am not sure if that is true or not). Also the beach was disheartening to see. They advertise as being on 7 mile beach and they are at the start of it however the only nice beach to lay on is a small few hundred foot section and the ocean is sourounded by a breakwater rock barrier at this site. The view from our three bedroom ocean front condo was of a section of beach that had lots of seaweed and rocks - not very nice/disheartening. Within ten minutes of checking in I went back to the front desk and checked out. The people at the front desk were extremely nice in all of this and just said they understand and that if I did not like the place they would not want to make me stay. I called their condo agency and received a full refund when I was only entitled to 50% of what my downpayment was. So the people I delt with were very kind and easy to work with. The people get a 5 star rating but the beach and condo gets a terrible rating and that is the whole reason we cam to Grand Cayman - the beach. The people at the front desk sent me over to Regal Beach Condos which was located on a beautiful stretch of beach. Regal Beach was terrific. In the future I would look into a condo on the North end of 7 mile beach. I hear the Anchorage and London House are nice places to also consider. Do not stay at the Marriot the people were packed like Sardines on the beach. I don't think I would go back to Grand Cayman though because food prices are so expensive e.g. Burger King with 7 people $75.00, Restaurant like Ruby Tuesday caliber $150-200, and nice dining $250.00-$400.00. There are islands with just as nice a beach as Grand Cayman that cost much less, I would check those out. Not much poverty on Grand Cayman and felt very safe which was a plus as compared to Jamaica however the cost is not worth it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Loveland, Ohio, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

First time in Grand Cayman. Decided to stay at a condo. This is a nice complex. Beautiful pool great snorkel cove nice pool bar and grill. You can walk to Georgetown as well as other bars restaurants. Grocery store close. Definitely have lunch at billy bones. Stop by the Club House sports bar for tasty eats.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

We normally stay at 4 star hotels and Sunset Cove is not, it was everything we hoped for and more. Terrific condo, pool, bar. Beach is not as pretty due to coral/rocks. it was so much better than staying at pricier chain hotels down the beach with nicer beaches but overly crowded.
Stingray City is a must, next door was a terrific restaurant X-Q's - highly recommend for dining in or take out.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

We stayed here for a week in June - my mother, sister, husband, and 4 year old son really enjoyed the condo and the amenities. We stayed in a privately managed unit - not rented out by the condo management - but by a private individual. Their condo was absolutely lovely! Beautiful deck with grill and lounge chairs, water hose for washing of your dive gear or other stuff. The unit was ocean front with great views of the lagoon and ocean out front. This condo was located at the end of 7 mile beach just a short distance from George Town - we walked to town one day - but it's quite a walk. I definitely recommend renting a car to get around the island - you could do the whole bus thing - but I prefer a car. The beach in front of the condo is beautiful, and almost never crowded, there are lounge chairs and little palm thatch huts for shade. The lagoon is great for individuals who want to swim in the ocean without feeling that your out in open water. Lots of people brought their pool floats out into the lagoon - though I wouldn't recommend walking barefoot past the sand line.The snorkeling in the lagoon isn't to bad, there were occasionally small rays and rainbow parrot fish. It would be perfect for someone who isn't comfortable in open water. You can snorkel/swim out of the lagoon into open water for some really great snorkeling just a short swim away. There were no currents that I could tell of - we even took our 4 year old out in his life jacket with us and let him snorkel with us. He loved it! We saw lots of marine life, and even a large school of tarpon. The condo also has a large pool with swim up bar (Billy Bones), kid pool, and hot tub. This was one of the BEST condo/hotel pools I've even been in. Kept immaculately clean. Big enough that it didn't feel crowded when people were there. The bar, Billy Bones, serves drinks and food from around noon until about 10 or 11 at night. They don't really stay open late. But, the food and drinks were some of the best on the island. The locals like to come to the bar for lunch and after 5 for drinks. If the locals come - you know it's good. The wait staff were also good. This would be a good place to take a family with any age kids, it would also be good for groups of friends of all ages. It would also be good if you were traveling alone. I wouldn't recommend this for business travel. Note! This is not part of the Treasure Island hotel - which is in front of the condo. Though you can use their pool and vice versa. Also, when cruise ships are in port - they ARE not allowed to use the facilities. There are some older reviews that talk about the cruise ship people crowding the beach and pool. This does not happen anymore. The condo has a "guard" on the beach and at the pool who monitors this. Everyone staying gets a "pool pass" that your are supposed to keep with you when your at the pool and beach. No one asked for ours while we were there - but the guard's presence was enough to keep the cruise people away. This condo is also within walking distance to at least 2 dive shops, and several restaurants (Coconut Joe's), a few bars (O Bar) and an Irish Pub. All in all. Would definitely stay again! Great place we will be back!

Room Tip: Corner ocean front rooms will be quieter than the rooms on the interior of the condo complex.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maryland
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

We just returned from a week, staying at Sunset Cove Condos, on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. We rented a 3 Bedroom, 2 bathroom ocean front condo on the third floor for our family of 7 (Room 304). After walking the beach and driving all over the island I would stay here again in a heartbeat, if we were to return. We had a full kitchen, enormous balcony on the ocean with a grill. We were able to buy fresh fish every morning at the fish market (a 3 min. drive into Georgetown on the water) and grill it for dinner at night. When traveling with this many people it was much more affordable for us to make most of our own meals rather than going out to eat every day, so we loved having the full kitchen and grill on the deck.

The beach here is much larger than the other resorts nearby because of the containment wall of rocks built up around the beach, keeping the beach from washing out. The resort is also a lot less crowded than some of the bigger name resorts, like the Marriott or the Westin. There were usually one or two other families out there with us at a time each day. So you almost had your own private beach. The water is sandy at the immediate entry point within the rocky alcove. Then it turns to sea grasses and some old coral/rocks. It is perfect for little kids or beginner snorkelers. However, if you want to see real beauty, swim out past the rocks about 50-100 yrds and you will find the reef. Beautiful fish of all kinds, huge parrot fish, Southern Rays, and many other species of fish. Lovely coral formations as well. The water is between 10'-30' deep depending on how far out you go. But when you swim off shore, don't stop until you see large coral formations all around you. Some people were just swimming just outside the wall and did not realize how close they were to the reef. We took blow up inner tubes tied off to one of us, for our kids to hold onto to get a rest so they could come with us (a short swim, but too far from shore or shallows to put your feet down to rest or adjust your goggles for a child when we stayed out for a longer period of time). The inner tube also let any boaters or jet skiers see where we were.

Our kids loved running back and forth between the beach and the pool. Again, we almost had that to ourselves as well. The pool has a couple of small waterfalls the kids enjoyed playing in, and a baby pool if you have little children. There is a swim up bar on the far end as well. You can get something to eat at the tables while your kids play in the pool if you like, though we did not eat here. There are ample reclining chairs for everyone at both the pool and the beach. In both locations are palm trees for shade and one palapa on the beach. With the number of people sharing the beach this was almost always available and then there were the palms if that was taken.

We were a little worried when we pulled up off the highway and saw the back of the resort. It looks like old apartments (see the picture I uploaded of the worn down orange colored building. These are the apartment rentals) that are in desperate need of repair. There are two parts of Sunset Cove on one property. There are units that they rent to locals, foreigners working here, and medical students. These are not very nice looking from the outside at least. However, you drive through the parking lot and will reach the 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom (mostly pool side, some ocean), and 3 bedroom (all ocean front - I would go with these) condos. The 3 bedroom condos are the only ones that have grills on the decks since they are tiered and open above. They are also huge decks, about as big as the living room. We had our dinner outside every night. Beautiful sunset views. The third floor offered us the best views. If you have little children or elderly family in your party, I would recommend the ground floor, so you don't have to do stairs. There is no elevator.

The staff were friendly, and Mike, at the office, was very courteous and laid back. Note that the office is only open for a few hours every day, so you have to time when you need to get in touch with them for any needs. We ran out of gas for the grill and they sent someone up to change it for us. We did not use the weekly maid service so we had to bring our own toilet paper, trash bags, and toiletries. Not a big deal, but good to plan for. They do have enough towels for everyone to use for showering as well as separate beach towels so you do not need to pack your own. There is a washer and dryer too, so we did laundry mid week to keep the towels fresh and so we were able to pack light for our week there.

I would recommend this resort to families with children of all ages, couples, retired folks. It is a quiet resort and we felt very safe. You can walk to some shopping and many different restaurants (don't miss Coconut Joe's across the street). But renting a car is the way to go on the island. We drove all over (on the left side of the road), and were able to see so much, snorkel on many different beaches, and move at our own pace. I hope you enjoy the resort and island as much as we did.

Room Tip: It's worth staying in the 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath ocean front condos if the price is not too much for...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

We stayed in Sunset Cove in the end of April. We had an ocean view condo on the third floor. The condo was very clean and well maintained. All of the necessities were provided - including dish soap and laundry detergent, which was nice. The bed was quite uncomfortable, and I'm usually not one to have an issue with this. Air conditioning worked well. There was a beautiful balcony/outdoor space. I would consider this a high quality 3 star acomodation. I have no qualms about recommending this place to others.

The beach is ok. As you can see on their website, they have a manmade lagoon. Its pleasant enough to swim in, but I missed having waves crashing on the shore. To get to the rest of 7 mile beach, you have to walk through a rocky patch - it takes about 3-4 minutes to traverse - not a deal breaker, by any means.

The grounds and pool are lovely. The bar/restaurant is ok. We ate lunch there one day and felt like it was pretty average. The Treasure Island Resort immediately adjacent to this property, however, is a total nightmare. It is clearly not fit for tourists - especially not at the prices they advertise.

Grand Cayman itself is nice, but extraordinarily pricey. Definitely rent a car online before you go - we got a really good deal from Hotwire.com and ended up paying $20 less per day than we would have if we rented on arrival. We appreciated the freedom that having a car allowed. And there is free parking at the condo, fyi.

Room Tip: Check the condo website if you are travelling in the low season for last minute discounts.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 299 West Bay Road | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Seven Mile Beach 11906, Grand Cayman (Formerly Treasure Island Condominiums)
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Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > Seven Mile Beach
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunset Cove 3.5*
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