There is a difference between the Morritt's Tortuga Club and Morritt's Grand. They are the same overall resort, but the Tortuga Club is technically the older buildings which are not all on the ocean, while the Grand are two newer four story buildings all with direct ocean front/beach views. We had a unit in the Grand and I am sure it is MUCH better. The unit looked just like it does on the internet (for a change) and the view was spectacular. It was not extremely clean, as we had to re-clean the floors ourselves to have them not creep us out. The bathrooms are OK, but no tiled showers or anything like that. The fridge ran water all over the floor and you had to keep your finder on the toaster buttons to keep the bread down, etc. Overall though, we were pleased with the unit, and we have been in much worse for sure. Just do not expect the Ritz Carlton. Please be aware that this resort is isolated on the eastern, remote, and much windier side of the island. This is both good and bad. I had no Verizon cell service at all (once again, both good and bad). The common resort computers to access the internet usually required a wait and only 2, or sometimes 3, out of 5 were working at any given time. Since it is remote they have you over a barrel as far as prices go. The local grocery store, located in a commercial building owned by the resort, is across the street and has the essentials, but it is a bit pricey. Watch dates on milk, bread, etc., as we found stuff on the shelves many days past the expiration date. Grand Cayman is a nice island with a higher standard of living than most islands. The Cayman Island dollar (CI) is actually worth more than the US dollar (1 CI to 1.25 USD), which combined with high pricing to begin with, makes this island an expensive one for sure. Dinners with 4 adults and 2 young boys routinely cost us between $250 and $300 (i.e., Tukuk [Sp?], which had a great outside deck to eat right along the ocean about a mile or two south of Morritt's.).
You need a car! We did not plan on having one, due to concern over driving on the wrong side of the road, but it was not that bad to get used to. With the van we were able to visit the other side of the island, including the main town of Georgetown (typical island cruise ship port city), the Turtle Farm (cool for kids, but overpriced), etc. They have a car museum next to the Turtle Farm and Dolphin Experience which apparently has a good collection (Ferrari, Mercedes, Batman car, etc.), but we did not get to visit. Rum Point was a nice area with an excellent restaurant and informal beach grill. This is also where you catch the Red Sail Sports catamaran sailing boat for the sunset cruise and trip to Stingray City and snorkeling, both of which were great. All Red Sail Sports people at both the Morritt's Resort and at Rum Point were EXCELLENT! (Mostly Aussies and Brits). The Waverunner attendants from Red Sail at Morritt's were a blast. The botanic garden is also on the eastern side of the island and worth a visit.
The general vibe from the resort workers and islanders was not rude at all, but not overly friendly and service oriented. The food at the main outside resort bar & grill was pretty good, especially the fish & chips, but the service was really not good at all. The guy running the main swim-up ocean pool bar kept playing rap-based island music way too loud which was very annoying to everyone I spoke to. He was enjoying it, but did not seem to care that we were not and got a bit mouthy when we told him we would rather just some relaxing Reggae at a softer volume. This situation made it hard to relax and read at the main pool, on the beach, and even on your balcony in our units. Speaking of the pools, I find it very hard to believe that out of three pools not one was heated. For most of the week the pools were so freezing nobody was going in them. Even our kids were having a hard time, which I thought was impossible. The ocean was warmer than the pools. Everyone was crammed in the hot tub.
Overall the vacation was a good one and the spectacular view from our unit over the beach and ocean made it all worth it. Morritt's, from all accounts, after speaking with owners, used to be nicer. They had a lot of damage and were closed for a year after hurricane Ivan in 2004. They have never fully recovered. The kids program, which they talk about on the internet, was a joke and non-existent when we were there (We were told the lady who runs it had the flu). The loaner sports equipment is sparse and not in good shape at all. They have a putting green, no putters and don't seem to even know what one is. The gym is horrible and not even worth going to. The equipment is old and much of it non-functional. They need to upgrade these issues. The Grand has a "Gold Crown" designation from RCI, while the Tortuga Club has a Silver Crown, which tells you something about RCI and it's rating system.
OK, overall, It is not honeymoon nice or Sandal's, but overall a good place for a island remote location vacation as long as you know what you are going to get.
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- Morritt`s Tortuga Club And Resort
- Morritt`s Tortuga Club Hotel East End
- Morritt's Tortuga Club & Resort Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands