My wife and I stayed at The Reef resort for 5 days (4 nights) starting on August 6th. The hotel is located on the quiet East End of Grand Cayman. The Reef resort is located approximately 20-30 minutes away from Owen Roberts Airport. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the resort staff. The check in process went well and we had keys to our room in less than ten minutes. The staff was polite and friendly.
We stayed in a third floor room (329B). All of the rooms at The Reef have ocean views and balconies. Our room had a small kitchenette (sink, fridge and microwave), a king size bed, an LG flat screen tv, a radio with MP3 inputs, alarm clock and a nice bathroom. The shower had excellent water pressure. The rooms comes stocked with a few forks, knives, plates, bowls, a roll of paper towels , a sponge and some dish soap.
The building seemed fairly new, the furniture was in good condition and the grounds were well maintained. Each morning we watched the grounds crew rake up the seaweed and prepare the sand for guests. The beach area is very nice. The water does have a lot of rocks but there are paths where you can walk to avoid the rocks. The water is clean, warm and very inviting. There are large pockets of seaweed which make the water a little less desirable than the seaweed free water on the 7 mile beach side of the island. We did see lots of fish and noticed many of the guests were snorkeling. There are also two freshwater pools on the property if swimming in saltwater is not your thing.
There is a small bar on property. The bar tenders were heavy handed (strong drinks) and were friendly. The mixed drinks were $7 CI ($8.40 US) and an ice cold beer was $4 CI ($4.80 US). There was a restaurant as well but we did not eat there. We did order a cheeseburger from the bar shortly after we arrived. I am not sure if we were just hungry or if it was just that good. The cheeseburger was $10 CI ($12 US) but was worth every cent.
The Reef has wifi throughout the resort, even on the beach. It is not free but the rates are reasonable and can be purchased hourly, daily, weekly or monthly. Since the hotel is on the quiet East End, this is not the place to go if you’re looking for a wild time or a lot of night life. During our stay, we felt as though this was our resort. The beach area was not crowded, there were never any lines at the bar and you didn’t hear a lot of noise. There are laundry facilities; $2 CI ($2.40 US) to wash your clothes and $2 CI ($2.40) to dry them. A great plan B if you fail to pack enough clothes for the trip.
Directly across from the resort there is a small strip mall. There is a Jacques Scott (liquor store), a Fosters Express (grocery store), a Dunkin Donuts (with free wifi), a gift shop and a restaurant (not open – under construction). Instead of racking up a large bill at the hotel bar and restaurant, we shopped daily at the grocery store and bought drinks at the liquor store. We saved a lot of money preparing our own meals and buying drinks across the street.
We stayed at two resorts while on this trip. We stayed at The Reef and then another resort in the more tourist oriented seven mile beach area of Grand Cayman. Though the other hotel was “nicer”, it was crowded and loud. The prices for food and drinks were even more expensive at the other resort.
After a lot of thought, the wife and I preferred the quiet and not so crowded stay at The Reef. Vacation is what you make of it. We had a great time in Grand Cayman and enjoyed our time at The Reef.
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- Also Known As:
- The Reef Hotel Grand Cayman
- Reef Hotel Grand Cayman
- Reef Resort Grand Cayman
- The Reef Resort, A Wyndham Affiliate Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands