Hi - I'm wondering if someone could help me figure out if Cayman is the right choice for my family. I'm trying to find a beach destination to go to with two adults, and two kids - ages 2 and 6. We've been to Mexico, Barbados and Aruba so far. I'm generally not a fan of enormous all inclusive monster resorts, but for this trip we were originally considering going to one - maybe in DR or Jamaica - just because it's so convenient and easy with the kids, etc.
Then I discovered that the prices for Cayman Islands are not so different from these other places (although they do not include food of course). I've zeroed in on the Grand Cayman Beach Suites property because of it's convenient location and of course the suites are great to have with kids. I have a few questions/concerns I was hoping some of the experts here could help with.
+ Has anyone been to this hotel in the last year or so with kids around my ages? Does anyone know if the construction is still an issue next door?
+ I like the idea of being walking distance to a supermarket, and we would probably eat most of our breakfasts in the room and maybe lunches - but are there any reasonably priced restaurants within walking distance of this hotel? I know there are a bunch of options, but it sounds like they are mostly high end type places.
+ Does this hotel have any kind of entertainment at all? I'm not looking for the big glitzy shows like the mega resorts have (although I thought it maybe could be fun for our kids to see), but I would be happy with a small band, steel pan player, etc. to liven things up.
+ What's the overall vibe of this area of the island? When my wife and I went to Barbados, the beach and grounds were absolutely stunning, but the atmosphere was really quiet and dead feeling. For our anniversary trip that was great, but I'm afraid it might be kind of boring feeling for the kids.
+ For those who have been, I'm picturing Cayman as a sort of hybrid feel of Barbados and Aruba. That is, the stunning beach and quiet feel of Barbados, but with a scrubby, desert type of landscape like what Aruba has. Is that an accurate description?
Sorry for the long post, just trying to figure out what's best for us before dropping so much money for a trip!