We stayed in a beachfront condo for 11 days and really liked Turte Nest Inn. Compared to the mass-tourism of 7-miles-beach, we liked to peaceful location and the trully amazing condo with sufficient space and excellent bed- and bath rooms. Kitchen, washer and dryer, all was available and all was well-stocked including sufficient towels, washing powder for the washer, etc. Staff is very helpful and friendly. There is a sea kayak available for use at no cost. Beds are of good quality, there were three tv's and airconditioning worked very well. The sea view from our master bedroom with small balcony was magnificent and we still miss the continuous sound of the sea at night.
Snorkeling indeed is very nice at this location though the nicest areas are quite shallow with waves / currents making it not the easiest snorkel trip. But you do see a lot of fish, including an occasional ray and an impressive barracuda. We had our car upgraded to a Jeep which you do not actually need on the island but still it was a nice ride. We visited many of the island’s sights and really liked the botanical gardens (absolutely worth the visit). Stingray City is impressive although it does not feel like the most natural way of encountering animals with loads of boats and squid. But still, something you want to experience. Turtle farm was ok, although I would recommend the “dry tour” as the snorkeling / swimming is not anything special. Furthermore we really liked eating at the Lighthouse restaurant and our visits to Rum Point and Kaibo (45 minute drive but nice to visit!). Together with my son we went diving for a couple of times with DNS, a great dive operator.
Any downsides? Hardly, I must say. Obviously the beach at 7-miles is nicer for kids to play and swim - the beach at the resort is quite narrow and you need shoes to enter the water. But by car 7-miles-beach was an easy 25 minutes drive (most of the time we went to government house beach, next to the Westin with was quiet with free and always available parking directly at the beach).
Also, during our stay, the wind was causing the sea at this side of the island to be a little rough - not an issue thanks to the protecting reef but not easy for a kayak trip. Also we had some ear issues after swimming in the pool (my daugther had a nasty outer ear infection) - not unusual for a pool, but you may want to bring or buy ear plugs to avoid this. Medical care was excellent after being referred by TNI staff to visit a closeby doctor and pharmacy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cayman hotels' exotic beachfront lodging offers Caribbean elegance, pool, superb snorkelling, and full luxury apartments costing less than most Grand Cayman hotel rooms. Located on its own sandy beach, only ten miles from George Town and the airport, the Inn is away from the tourist crowds, in a genuine island setting. Cayman's only Travel Holiday Magazine's Editors' Choice Award winner for 2003. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Nest Hotel Grand Cayman
- Turtle Nest Grand Cayman
- Turtle Nest Inn Grand Cayman/Bodden Town, Cayman Islands