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“What a week at Brac Reef Resort!” 5 of 5 stars
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Brac Reef Beach Resort
PO Box 56 WE | Brac Reef Beach, Cayman Brac   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Cayman Brac
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“What a week at Brac Reef Resort!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2008

We just got back from a week Brac Reef Resort. Our package (7 nights/3 meals/3 dives/3 drinks per day) was a decent value. Though we usually like to explore the local cuisine/culture, we were really happy with the all-inclusive package. Cayman Brac is so small and only seems to have about 3 or 4 restaurants - after a full day of diving it would have been a chore to go find dinner!

The resort was simple but clean and comfortable, with a courteous and helpful staff. They are in the process of building a new bar that I think will block the ocean view from some rooms, which is a shame.

The food was very good. A nice variety of salads, fish and meats at every meal...and the desserts were outstanding. I don't eat meat and I was able to find something tasty at every meal. The restaurant and bar staff were so friendly and they knew us after just one day. Great service!

The real reason to go to The Brac is of course the diving...Reef Divers was the most professional dive operation I've been with in over 10 years of diving. Their “valet” service was a pleasure – just roll out of bed, grab some breakfast, show up at the boat, jump in the water and start breathing! After each dive, they change your tanks and then make sure your gear is dunked and ready to go for the next day. The boats are big, comfortable and well-equipped (I liked the fresh-water hose on the boat to rinse off after each dive). The divemasters draw a sketch of the site on a white board and give an elaborate briefing before each dive. You have the option of buddy-diving or following the divemaster. The divemasters usually go up before the divers, so if you stay with them the whole time you will have shorter dives...this was a concern for me before getting there, but even when we followed the divemaster, we never had a problem as there was always something interesting to see when we got back to the mooring. The divemasters were always looking for ways to make your experience better, whether on the boat or in the water.

They have a great dive shop just in case you forget something, and their resident “photo guy” goes on each boat once a week and takes professional photos and a video of your dive that day (it was free with our dive package, but so good that we would have bought it anyway)...They keep you on the same dive boat all week, so you're with the same divemasters and divers, which adds a comfort level. We had a really good group of people on our boat, so that made the experience much more fun.

The grounds were clean and there were hammocks scattered about the property for relaxing in the afternoon...not a great beach for swimming, though - many urchins and sea grass. They have a nice tradition of guests leaving a painted rock behind as a memento of your trip...and there are hundreds all over the resort!

As they say, we will definitely go "back to the Brac."

  • Liked — Not too fancy but great service
  • Disliked — Their beach
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2008

Everything that has been said already is true. Great food, Comfortable clean rooms (well air conditioned), Friendly staff and great diving.
You won't be dissapointed if you choose Brac Reef Resort.

Awsome dock and pier, Can be seen in photos! Save your bread from dinner for the Tarpon that show up nightly. The beach and hammocks are very relaxing after a long day of diving. Swimming off the beach on the otherhand is almost nonexistant. There is a fringing reef about 200 yrds out and between the reef and the beach the water is only waste deep at best and loaded with sea urchins.

The dive operation Reef Divers is very good. Very friendly professional staff. It is trully vallet diving. They set up your gear and bring it to you at the back of the boat and take it from you when you get back on board. At the end of the day they hose off your gear and it is set for the next day. Your gear never leaves the boat. The only dissapointment was both night dives were canceld due to rough seas getting out of the channel. I don't know if this was true but that was the answer given at the time.
Our boat captain (will remain nameless as to not get him / her in trouble) Said he / she didn't see a problem but it was canceld none the less. The final desision to go is made by management not the captains.

If you are a diver looking for Great plentiful food, Clean cool rooms and great diving you will not be dissapointed.

P.S.
Be sure to ask Omar for a Bob Marley!

  • Liked — Clean rooms, Great food, Friendly staff
  • Disliked — Not much
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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USA - Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2008

We just returned from the Brac (June 22 -28, 2008) where we celebrated our 25th anniversary. We could not of had a better time anywhere in the world! The diving was fantastic and the whole concept of "Valet Diving " with the crew from Reef Divers on the Coral Sister (Ian and B.J.) was top notch. The food was unbelievable. Our most heartfelt thanks to all and we will be "back to the Brac" as soon as we can free our schedules. Highly recommended for a "live aboard" dive vacation on land. Simply the best! Pack light and enjoy 100ft+ visability and some of the most professional divemasters we have ever encountered. The dive sites are pristine. If you want to dive and enjoy incredible food you need to book this resort. Make sure you get the 3 dives per day and the breakfast/lunch/dinner meal plan. You will NOT regret it!! We were almost in tears when we had to leave. We can't wait to "get back to the Brac" Happy Diving

  • Liked — The diving and the food
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Wake Forest, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2008

My wife and I had read so many great reviews about Brac Reef Beach Resort that we had to give it a try. I thought it was no way it could be as good as advertised. Boy was I WRONG! The resort was very clean. Our room was comfortable with plenty of hot water and the air conditioning was plenty cool. But the food? I don't see how they can create such gourmet food and still serve it buffet style. The food was simply awesome! It's the best I've ever had at a resort. If you don't like the food, something is seriously wrong with you. Now on to the diving. Ian and Barb were our guides/captains/friends for the week and they are TOP NOTCH. Believe what you read about the valet diving. The sites around the island are varied and interesting. The boats are large and comfortable.

As a matter of fact, we had such a great time that I just booked a return trip for this November. We weren't planning to take another trip this fall but I can't pass up the 2 for 1 deal they have going.

Come visit "The Brac" and see what you have been missing.

  • Liked — Food, Staff, and Diving
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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St. Petersburg, Fl
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2008

Resort was great....we had a group of 23 divers, of which the staff and management accommodated every need. Dive shop and staff were professional, courteous and lots of fun, even hung around into the evenings with the guests. Several of us have traveled together before and agreed this was best place yet. Is valet diving, don't have to touch your gear (except mask) from day one until you pack. Boats were easy on and easy off, well stocked with an upper deck for sightseeing. Dive staff was informative and well prepared.

Room was comfortable, clean and had really good A/C. Can rent a small fridge for room (was $5 a night). Plenty of hot water. Computer in lobby, well stocked gift shop. Had a BBQ night, movie night, Karaoke and a manager's welcome party with traditional rum punch and munchies.

Buffets were plentiful, varied and delicious. Should check the desserts before you load up on the meal. Fresh fruits, salads and veggies at all meals, good selections. Vegetarians in our group were equally as pleased as the meat eaters. First dive trip that we gained weight....they have menu dining as well as room service.

The setting is beautiful, the island itself reflected a local pride by its neatness and cleanliness. Worth renting a car for no dive day and checking out caves, bluffs and walking trails.

Resort has bikes for general use. Pool was fresh water and again, very clean with lounge chairs, covered tables and towels (at front desk or dive shop). Spa has two rooms, services were first class, can even get massage on top of dock over looking water. Also has a professional dive photo shop, with photographer on premisis if you have a camera question or problem.

Return flight to Grand Cayman was really early, manager was at front desk at 4:15 am, with coffee, juice and muffins. Understand flight time is going to change and will be more reasonable in the very near future.

Have been to at least 12 other "dive resorts" throughout Gulf and Caribbean, this is first one I would go back to again, tomorrow!

  • Liked — Professional, courteous and accomodating
  • Disliked — no downsides for us
  • Stayed May 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2008

Just got back from the Brac,and while we had a beach house in Bamboo Bay we spent most of our time at Brac Reef.Dive in the morning, eat lunch there,and come back for dinner.
Diving was good,We've been ruined by Roatan,boat crews were great,they thought we were guests at the resort so they wanted to set our gear up for us.Nice touch but i'm a little anal about my dive gear,i know where i like eveything to be.Diving was limited because of rough waters,i few of the guests voiced complaints about the chop,sorry but thats God's doing,people payed money to dive so good or bad you will dive.
Food was the best on the island,and the bar was the only happening spot.A prior comment was left about Lori and Anna ,the bartenders,and they couldnt have been more delightful.On wednesdays and weekends they are swamped,at times they only have two or three running the bar,waiting tables both in the bar and dining room,and busing tables.So about the only complaint i could lodge is give them more help.
All in all if we go back we would stay at the Brac Reef,great times.Steve,Bruno,Sophie,hope you made it home alright,still waiting for the shark photos to forward.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2008

As first time visitors to the Cayman Islands, my wife and I chose Brac Reef as an escape from the "hustle and bustle of Grand Cayman"! Upon arrival, we were whisked the short journey to the hotel, in search of our objective - doing absolutely nothing on a desert island paradise. We were not disappointed. Friendly, efficient reception check in, huge ground floor room with a bed the size of Shropshire, filter coffee maker, scrupulously clean, air-con, spotlessshower/bath and patio door with terrace leading to - WOW!
You are yards from the beach. Literally. It would take a writer or a poet to fully convey the beauty, so I'll let the pictures do the talking. Highlights? The friendly welcome from everyone.Falling asleep on one of the cleverly positioned hammocks, on the beach, under the stars. The best steak I have ever tasted. Making our way through the very reasonably priced bar menu and cocktail list. Sitting in the hot tub with a rum runner. Strolling along a deserted beach, beer in hand, to watch a fabulous sunset every night. Taking photos that look like picture postcards. Painting rocks, shells and driftwood to leave undisturbed as a memento of our visit. Swinging in a hammock on the pier listening to the sea.
For memories that will last a lifetime, come to Brac Reef. We are not divers - I wish I was looking at the facilities - but it is the perfect place for total relaxation.
Take time out to see the rest of the island too - it won't take long. See the lighthouse, the boobies (they're birds), the lush vegetation, the caves, the cliffs, the local reggae bars.
Want the perfect, unspoilt, tranquil island getaway?
Brac Reef. You know you deserve it. Five stars.

  • Liked — friendly and efficient
  • Disliked — checking out
  • Stayed April 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Also Known As:
Brac Reef Beach Hotel Cayman Brac
Brac Reef Beach Hotel
Brac Reef Beach Cayman
Brac Reef Beach Resort Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
Address: PO Box 56 WE | Brac Reef Beach, Cayman Brac
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Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Cayman Brac
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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