My boyfriend and I just spent 8 nights at the Reef and here is my review, feel free to message me with any questions.
The Reef is tucked away on the East side of Grand Cayman, it's away from 7 mile beach and it was perfect for totally relaxing and doing nothing. If you are hoping for crazy nightlife and fancy restaurants, you will not find it here. What you will find is a laid back resort where you can relax all you want. The Reef was about a 45-50 minute drive from the airport by shuttle.
The beach is large and beautiful, nice white sand to lay on while you sunbathe. The water can be a bit rocky in some places so bring water shoes for sure. We didn't mind the rocks because it made for GREAT snorkeling. Bring your own snorkel gear because you will use it every day to see all kinds of amazing fish. We saw lobsters, squid, and stingrays as well, it's an incredible adventure. There is always extra lounge chairs on the beach so no need to worry about getting a spot. When we went (May) sometimes we would find that we had the entire beach all to ourselves, other times there would only be maybe 15-18 people MAX on the beach at a time. You really feel like you are alone and secluded. Incredible!
I would recommend getting the 1 bedroom with the full kitchen. We had a studio at first and had an issue with it but they upgraded us for free, they were so nice. The 1 bedroom has a full kitchen so you can shop at the grocery store across the street and cook all the food yourself if you want, it really made it easy and saved us a bit of money. It felt more like an apartment than a hotel room. Rooms are clean and tidy, every room has a stunning view of the ocean which makes waking up a treat every morning. Maid service seemed to come every day so it was always clean.
The resort has an outdoor bar and indoor bistro as well as a restaurant upstairs. The food was decent but we found with the heat, we were not as hungry so ended up splitting appetizers mostly, the portions are fairly large so it's great to split as a snack. If you are going to drink yourself silly, it'll cost you. Drinks are about $10 US each so check for happy hour specials. We are not big drinkers so it didn't bother us much, there is also a liquor store across the road. The water is totally 100% safe to drink from the tap too if you want, you don't have to worry about food issues, it's not Cuba or Mexico. Food at the grocery store is a bit more expensive but don't sweat it too much, you are on vacation mon! Everywhere takes US $$ and most places take a credit card.
The staff were super friendly and always willing to go out of their way to make you happy. As I said we had an issue with our room and they switched us free of charge to a larger room. Linsy, Sam and everyone else was just so sweet to talk to at any time. Apollo is hilarious, one love my friend!
I strongly suggest you rent a car. We rented a car for 2 days and drove around the East end exploring. You find little nooks where you can discover an isolated beach all for yourself, it feels like the movie cast away LOL. Take a car and go talk to the locals, they are so sweet and genuinely nice people with no agenda. If you want local island souvenirs go down the street about 5-10 minutes to a small shop (house) called "Island wreck", it's blue and painted all with fish outside, can't miss it. Talk to Mathew, he is so nice and will cut you a deal on all kinds of trinkets. For local food head to restaurants like Over the Edge and Vivine's place. We went to Rum point which is nice to sit and relax and have a drink. The island is very safe and secure, no need to worry about venturing anywhere, the locals would love to meet you.
We can not wait to return to the island, the people, location and way of life is all geared towards relaxation and loving life. I can not say enough good things about the Reef Resort. Message me if you want more information as I would be happy to share more.
Natalie & Mike
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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