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“We will be back... Quiet time at The Reef” 4 of 5 stars
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The Reef Resort, A Wyndham Affiliate
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Queens Highway, PO Box 30865 | Colliers, East End KY1-1204, Grand Cayman (Formerly The Reef Resort)   |  
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“We will be back... Quiet time at The Reef”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

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.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

If you are looking for a club atmosphere or partying environment, this is not it. This place was great for relaxing The beach on the South side of the helipad/dock is the best for sunning and bathing. the rooms are spacious and clean. The only inconvenience is the distance form seven mile beach, although it is very well situated by Rum point and on the main road. Staff is great and helpful. breakfast is good, although the food and drinks are expensive, bbut good.
Rent a car in order to get there, its the best deal.
I would return

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

Our extended family (grandparents, 4 couples, 4 children under the age of 13, and bachelor brother) stayed here very comfortably! There were plenty of activities for the kids and adults! We had a great Zumba instructor, snorkeling daily on the gorgeous reef in shallow water, and a clean swept beach. The owners and staff of The Reef worked hard to keep us happy.
There is a grocery store right across the way, and fully equipped kitchens in each unit. We highly recommend going to Stingray City and snorkeling anywhere along the Eastern or Northern shores.
Enjoy the jerk shacks and the Caybrew!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

If you own a timeshare elsewhere and you trade your week to stay at the Reef you will pay a substantial energy surtax fee. For a 2 bedroom it is $440.00 and for a 1 bedroom it is $310.00. It killed our vacation. The resort is overpriced and overhyped. Beautiful beach/views but you can find that anywhere in the caribbean w/o the energy tax. They charge $18 US for 2 vodka cranberry cocktails served in a plastic cup at the beachside bar. They charge $40 for internet service that only works in certain hotspots and "is not very good". The staff is unfriendly save the british concierge who was great - her name escapes my memory. We have been to numerous places in Mexico, in Jamaica and we own in the Bahamas and we have never encountered this exorbitant tax. Worst vacation ever. I rate this resort a 3 out of 10.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011 via mobile

We visited the reef during August 2011 for 10 nights and had one of the best vacations. This hotel is located on the east end so it's quiet and not too busy. If you want to get away from the city this is the place to stay. It's only 50 minutes from 7 mile via car if you want to check that out. The beach is a reef and snorkeling is the thing to do. There are some rock formations to deal with but all manageable. Also not too far away is Rum Point which is a very nice place to swimming. There are two pools at this place and both are well kept. Fosters which is a grocery store is located across the street. They have an ok selection being that they are an express store. A ways towards rum point there is another store called Chisholm's Grocery which is smaller but still has different items. Everyone was nice to deal with. They are into selling timeshares but have a low key approach. The timeshare tour is worth checking out. They wont corner you or use high pressure tactics. If you have not been to the island before I would recommend you spend 4 days before going on the timeshare tour as they give you incentives for signing that day- just so you know if you like the place or not. I had only been there two days and wasn't sure. See the Barefoot concert if you get a chance...leave the kids in the room (not for kids). Request Paula's song, Alice, Rum Cake and BS. Know his music before you go. Enjoy. We'll return for sure.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

We have been to the Reef Resort five times in the last six years, and will probably be back within the next year or so. My wife and myself travel to the Caribbean at least four times per year, and usually stay at "high end" resorts, however, when it comes to family vacations, we always seem to end up at the Reef. The Reef Resort is not a " high end" resort, but it is a great place to stay at. All of the rooms have a ocean front view, and the view is beautiful. We rent a two bedroom, two bath unit with a fully appointed kitchen, dining area, and living area. The rooms and property are always clean and tidy.

There is a grocery store and liquor store across the street, so if you do not feel like going out to eat, you can cook in your kitchen, or use one of the available Webber grills, and have a cookout on the beach in front of your room. The room comes with a blender, so you can make your own tropical drinks, and sit on your balcony and watch the sunset. The beach bar has good food, fun food, cold drinks, and a casual atmosphere. If you are looking for a seven course meal, you probably won't appreciate the dining accomodations that the Reef provides. No Sommelier here!

As for the beach, it is as nice as any beach I have seen in the Caribbean. No seaweed, rocks, debris, etc. There are plenty of beach chairs, and there is a " activity" center right on the beach. When you get to the waters edge, you will see alot of reef formations, however, there are plenty of openings to walk out into the open water, where you will find crystal clear water, and soft sand to walk on. About a hundred yards out, you will find miles of reefs and sea life. Only a physically or mentally challenged person would not enjoy this beach.

Again, this is not the Ritz Carlton, but if you want to have a laid back vacation, have a few drinks, do some snorkeling, maybe some deep sea fishing, and walk on a nice beach, this is a great place. But, if you are a "snob" or worse yet, a "pseudo snob", you will probably not enjoy the Reef Resort.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Jersey
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

We have just returned from our 5 night stay at the Reef with two teenagers, 16 and 13 years, and stayed there with another family also with their 2 children.
Reading the reviews, we knew it won't be near the 7 mile beach but went there because our friends had a time share there. it was better than expected. the picture of the outside does not do them justice. the untis are completely updated, with full kitchens, 2 tv's, all rooms facing the ocean. you MUST have water shoes to be comfortable and must snorkel in the resort area. Great location for diving and learning to dive as our friends did. the staff is very warm, and helpful. take the time share tour- it's only 1 hour, NOT pushy at all and it saves you $130 towards the Stingray city snorkeling trip- which is worth it.
The turtle farm- you can pass unless you have younger kids. it's ok but not necessary.
the food at the resort is ok- but expensive. the food on the island is expensive as well.
overall- we don't like to go back to the same resort twice when we travel- but if you are a diver- you absolutely would.
extremely relaxing, clean and very good.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Queens Highway, PO Box 30865 | Colliers, East End KY1-1204, Grand Cayman (Formerly The Reef Resort)
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Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > East End
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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