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“Beside but Better than the Ritz!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Coral Stone Club
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Calgary, Canada
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73 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 349 helpful votes
“Beside but Better than the Ritz!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Just a few thoughts on our recent stay over our Easter break.... We are a family of four (2 teenagers) that wanted our kids to visit an island that my husband and I both enjoyed in the early 90's (bc...before children!). We had great memories of our visits to Stingray City and the beautiful SMB. We were not disappointed. :)

In my research on the decision of where to stay, it was between a hotel/resort or a condo. The hotel was narrowed down to the Ritz or the Westin. Reviews on the Westin were at best mixed and the Ritz sounded better with some caveats. That is, crowded beach, some rooms located across the road with access by a in-house pedestrian bridge (are you kidding me??).and the possibility of 2 connecting rooms would certainly not be guaranteed!) And as a family, I want to stay here..WHy? I decided to rethink this vacation, as I certainly require luxe accomodations, maid service, great dining options and a great beach! I eliminated the hotel/resort idea based on my dissatisfaction on the noted options and started to explore the luxury beachfront condo availabity. I researched the Caribbean Club (pros...onsite fabulous restaurant "Luca" that we dined at,,,,but was somewhat marred by screaming kids running in front of us on the grass (not the restaurant's fault, but be aware; beautiful suite appointments, nice beach. Cons.....it is a U shaped building that does not lend itself much to privacy on the view rooms around the pool, and even less privacy on an ocean front unit, and also one must rent a minimum of a 3 bedroom condo. I also checked on the Meridian......what steered me away is that the whole balcony was screened in.....I kinda like to stick my head out once in awhile. There was another condo complex that looked very inviting, I think it was called the Water something....It looked great with better balcony/lanais than the Meridien. The last option was the Coral Stone. Besides having the honour of sitting beside the Ritz (we meandered over to their bar and saddled up for an expensive but not impressive drink), the Coral Stone has the dubious distinction of having the best beach in that whole area! THe Coral Stone only has ocean front units and therefore is well-spaced out on the beach. IT is also set further back so that privacy on your lanai is assured. Looking back, we made a great decision in choosing the Coral Stone for our vacation.

Here are my thoughts...

Check-in:
Easy...We were walked to our unit and given a quick tour. We had our kitchen pre-stocked with a few food essentials to see us through the evening and the next morning after which we were able to walk to Fosters, purchase our groceries and take the cart filled with groceries to our unit. The wonderful staff at the Coral Stone offered to do this gratis.....they were so very accommodating!

Condo:

We were in Unit 30. We were able to rent it as a 2 bedroom with 3 bathrooms. Perfect for our family! Our home away from home was well appointed with a small but functional kitchen with every convenience we might need (I think possibly that the owners were foodies (like us) and had some great casual pix with some well-noted chefs....Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain....OK, you might get the idea..nothing was missing in the kitchen. The unit was clean, and well-tended to, I would not describe it as luxurious but it had a patina of great love and affection with a family that obviously has made some wonderful memories here. I would not hesitate to rent it again. :)

Beach and Pool:

Beach was fabulous....never went near the pool! Always was able to secure a chair with shade at any time. I would have a chuckle over my morning java as I sat on my lanai (the one without the screen) and watched the early Ritz crowd running out to claim a lounger.....NUFF SAID!

Restaurants:

It is probably time to mention that I do not prepare dinners on holidays! I am happy to whip out a great breakfast for the family after I have had my morning coffee, and I am Ok to provide some lunch necessities, but other than that....we need to check out the dining scene. So actually, the Coral Stone was great for our quick meals ( we do not enjoy large breakfasts or lunches...we eat too healthy...but would rather save up some cals/carbs for some spectacular dinners.)

Luca: Fabulous service, presentation, food. (try to go just before sunset)

Eduardos: Another must...bit rushed service, however....

Sunshine Grill: reservations are a must....casual but impressive dining..GO!

Ragazzi: Same owners as Eduardos and just as great!

????THai restaurant.. cannot recall name, but very good.

Really, Cayman has some fabulous restaurants, we wanted to try Blue Cilantro, Agua, Blue (although people we met said it was not all that...? we passed). We just did not have enough time to check everything out. I think it merits a return visit

Activities: Stingray city 2x, parasailing, snorkeling off beach (meh), walks on beach (fab), workout in coral stone gym....OK, water trampoline in front of Cayman Club (not sure if my daughter was supposed to use it, but she did and said no bounce...take a pass.)

Conclusion:
I would not hesitate to return to Grand Cayman. Much has changed since we had visited a couple times in the early 90's...some for the better and others not so much. Grand Cayman does not send out that Caribbean vibe that some vacationers may be looking for. Instead, it has its own appeal, that is a known safe island with beautiful beaches and aqua waters with North American standards. And frankly, sometimes that is what I am looking for....we will be back. Happy and safe travels.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Atlanta, Ga
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

First time in Grand Cayman - did lots of research and ending up selecting Coral Stone for our family of 4 - these are all 3 bedroom condos with gorgeous beach view, nice pool, hot tub - easy access to comfortable beach chairs. Some of the 3 bedrooms are offered as 2 bedrooms at discounted price (they lock one room) which is what we did (unit #29). The website photos are very accurate. Furnishings well kept. Full well equipped kitchen. Beds comfy. The location is fantastic - can easily walk to grocery store, liquor store and several great restaurants. The beach is perfect there - not rocky - ocean like swimming is giant super clean pool. There's actually good snorkeling from the beach if you take a 6 minute walk up the beach (past the Ritz) to Governors Beach - nice reef about 30 yards out.
Management at Coral Stone were helpful - I was not expecting daily housekeeping service - but we got it. Would definitely go back to Coral Stone. I have no desire to fight people at large hotels for a beach chair. By the way, you can certainly walk over to the Ritz and buy a pina coloda (for $13) if you want, but we were making our own - and were quite pleased! You can also rent jetskis, etc from the beach easily - so you really don't lose any hotel amenities by staying at Coral Stone.

Room Tip: The Coral Stone website has nice map of rooms - they all face ocean, have great screened porch with...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank platzap
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Fort Wayne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

This was our 4th trip to the Cayman Island and second stay at the Coral Stone Club. There is nothing not to like. They deserve the excellent ratings they have been getting. Excellent location on Seven Mile Beach. Large pool with wade in feature which is awesome for young kids. Excellent beach that is not crowded like you will find in front of the Ritz, Westin, etc.....
Full kitchens save some costs associated with restaurants, which in GC are not cheap at all! The housekeeping staff also does a terrific job and the front office is very responsive to expected small issues like batteries for the remote controls, or "how does the wash machine work".

However, the best thing I can share about the Coral Stone Club came while we were sitting at the Cayman airport waiting to leave. Little did we know that our daughter had left her prized stuffed animal in the bedclothes at the Condo. Suddenly, Valerie (manager) appears at the airport check-in with stuffed animal in hand.

I challenge you to find anyplace, anywhere that would go to this length (chasing you to the airport) to take care of their guests. Don't bother staying anywhere else!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Northport, Alabama
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We traveled to the Coral Stone Club in Grand Cayman, and it is a very special place. It is so quiet and our condo was perfect for us. The sunsets were spectacular and we enjoyed the best beach location on Seven Mile Beach. We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary while we were there and it could not have been nicer. Nice having the Ritz next door for drinks and lunch by the pool. We enjoyed everything about Grand Cayman. We will be back to Coral Stone Club real soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Liddy30744
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Estero, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We stayed in a two bedroom condo - unit 10. The view of the beach and sunset was spectacular- the rooms have two lanais- one with screen and one without. The kitchen had every appliance we needed and there is a grocery store two blocks away. This place is serene and quiet, comfortable and clean. Because it only has 36 units, the beach was not crowded and they provide chairs and towels for guests. There was daily housekeeping except on Sundays. There were some families here, so the joyful noise during the day at the pool isn't for everyone. We have businesses, so we were incredibly relieved to have fast Internet service and a phone for free local calls and another one for free calls to the US. Ours never rang in the middle of the night like a prior writer noted. They can be unplugged. We will definitely come back and stay in the same place again!

Room Tip: We chose a unit located on the far end (south side) from the Ritz to ensure less noise- although it...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

We just returned from a week-long trip to Grand Cayman, and we could not have had a more pleasant experience. We loved the Coral Stone Club. We stayed in unit 28 and loved the decor, cleanliness, and especially the kitchen (which had every appliance, utensil, etc. you could imagine.)

The location was fantastic. We were in walking distance to many great dining options with The Sunshine Grill being our favorite. The complex is also located close to Cemetery Beach which offers fantastic snorkeling. However, we saw some great fish right in front of the condo.

Overall, we were thrilled with our decision to stay here and will be back for sure. Great pool for kids, large beach area, clean, friendly staff make it a must.

  • Stayed April 2013
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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Wonderful property and perfect for young kids. The zero entry pool was ideal for our little ones along with having a full kitchen, laundry, etc.. BBQ on-site and Fosters Market just 2 blocks away.

pros: location, pool, view, stocked kitchen, staff, beach & units are all amazing.

Cons: in the unit we statyed in the phone would ring several times throughout the night waking up or very young kids. The price is comparable for what you get in GC, but I have noticed they contiune to raise the prices at coral stone.

Lastly, having other kids around is great for us, however, if you didn't want to be around kids at the pool this may not be the place for you.

Room Tip: 1st floor near the pool is great for kids, however, you lose out on the views. You really cannot go...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Coral Stone Club
Address: 985 West Bay Road | PO Box 30105, Seven Mile Beach KY1-1201, Grand Cayman
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Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > Seven Mile Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Seven Mile Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Stone Club 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coral Stone Club is the perfect setting for your family vacation. All of our units are beachfront and include a patio or terrace overlooking our zero-entry infinity ledge pool, safe for children yet enjoyable for adults. Whether you prefer to walk straight out on world-famous Seven Mile Beach and tickle the sand with your toes, or perch higher up for magnificent views of the beach and ocean, our spacious units - each with 2 or 3 bedrooms and 2 or 3 bathrooms - will make you feel right at home, yet somewhere special. Conveniently located walking distance to eighteen restaurants, three spas, a liquor store, supermarket and other shopping, you and your family can easily stock up on items for quick rejuvenation (and wheel the cart into your unit and leave it in our parking lot when finished). Local attractions include a turtle farm, Sting Ray City, and the Caribbean's largest man made wave, located within a skate park. ... more   less 
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