I traveled on my own to Grand Cayman Island last January and loved staying at The Retreat Lookout. I was made to feel like family. Izona, Betty, Harvey and Lisa went out of their way to make sure all my needs were met. They went up and above the regular expectations of a Bed and Breakfast. The food was excellent- fresh from the farm, the property was amazing- the rooms spotless. I would highly recommend the Retreat to anyone who wants to get away from the commercial beach areas. It was a quick drive to all and any beach you desired all the while having the privacy of being in the country to really relax. I saw Betty and Harvey in town a few times and they always treated me like a family member, not just a guest.
The only thing I would say, is the Bird Sanctuary is nothing spectacular. If you go with the expectations of seeing a special, serene spot for the birds, you will feel disappointed- I am a huge animal advocate and saw that the birds were just stuck in cages without any "sanctuaryness" at all. Also was tough since there were Parrots in cages, while other Parrots flew freely on the property. Perhaps I am too much of a softy, but kind of broke my heart. Don't get me wrong, the birds were being cared for, but the term sanctuary just didn't capture the essence. Please for one moment do not think that this made my trip unpleasant in any way- Just important to mention as I am an animal/bird advocate- others might have different opinions. The goats were adorable and so much fun to visit- they are having a blast and enjoying their life.
I really can't stress enough about the people!!! I was nervous going on my own- Lisa did loads of work to answer any of my questions before I arrived and Izona, and Betty were just amazing when I arrived. They all made the trip for me.... as I said, I was treated more like a family member than just a guest. I highly recommend the Retreat in every way!!! Thanks to my Grand Cayman Island Family- for the bike, the ideas, the help with the computer, the cell phone, the amazing food, the beautiful grounds, the extra towels and the extra care!!! You all made a huge difference in my life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the charming district of Bodden Town, amongst a lush tropical oasis of fruit trees, singing birds, colorful native plants and fragrant flowers is the brand new, decadent yet cozy Retreat at Lookout. The Retreat at Lookout caters to the discerning traveler looking for a quiet, romantic and eco-conscious heavenly island escape. Enjoy a full, hot Caribbean breakfast daily with fresh fruits, juices and vegetables from our organic farm. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Retreat At Lookout Grand Cayman/Bodden Town, Cayman Islands