I’ve been scouring the forum and reviews the past couple of days as we may be rethinking our vacation which is scheduled for the Renaissance St Croix in early December. I’m not sure if the property/island will be ready after the Maria damage so looking at plan B...
We’ve never been to Grand Cayman and it looks beautiful! As we are planning on using points, I am leaning toward the Westin (I dont currently have enough for the Ritz). One of our main considerations is the beach, and based on reviews, comments and pictures, the Marriott beach isn’t our idea of relaxing beach time. The Westin’s beach looks beautiful. My concern after reading years worth of posts and reviews is that they possibly let cruise ship passengers use with a pass and let the hotel from across the street have access. Does this create a packed beach area? Do you think the first week of December in Grand Cayman is a real busy time (well, if not in the past, it may be now with so many travelers needing to relocate). At this resort, do you need to get up at dawn and save your beach chairs? That is a real turnoff for me. Also, in reviewers pictures, I see some cabanas or covered type lounge areas. Do these need to be reserved, and if so, how far in advance and what is the cost?
We would not be renting a car; we prefer to taxi and walk. It appears there will be plenty of restaurants within walking distance or a short taxi ride. Is that correct? Also, is the island/area quite casual as far as dinner attire?
Thank you so much for any information. Any information, tips, etc. on the Westin is greatly appreciated.