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...
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!
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!
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.)
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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Coral Stone Club Hotel Seven Mile Beach
- Coral Stone Club Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands