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“OK, but not RCI Gold Crown”
Review of Coral Sands Resort

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Coral Sands Resort
Reviewed November 20, 2010

We made an RCI trade for a week at the Coral Sands, but my understanding is they also rent by the day or week. This is a small "resort" with 8 two-story two bedroom units and either one or two single story units over the covered parking. They also have a pool...but it is very small, more of a wading pool...OK for small children, but adults won't be able to swim in it.

Upon checking in, we are handed a "scavenger list" of the items that are supposed to be in the unit and that you will be charged for anything not there if not immediately noted. So, we go thru the list, find several missing things. Not a big deal, but sure wouldn't want to be charged for the stuff.

The two bedroom unit had one queen and one 2-twin room. And if you are as lucky as we were to get one of the two-story units closest to the parking, your view is of the wall of the staircase up to the single story unit(s) and the bedroom window looks out to(or in from) the upstairs unit patio.

The beds are comfortable enough, and they provided both regular and beach towels. Walking barefoot or in socks on the floors and we quickly realized that the tile floors aren't cleaned very well or often.

One advantage of this sort of accommodation is having a kitchen so you don't have to eat out every meal. Of course, that is when everything works. The first morning we discovered that the brand new microwave was completely dead. And after a week-long stay, it wasn't fixed by the time we left. So much for the microwavable things we bought. The hotel has free wireless internet, but I often had connectivity problems with both a PC and an iPod Touch. They use an IP telephony system, and it may be a bit complex for people not used to them (we have them at work). Since they are internet based, I find it bizarre that they charge so much for local calls (including to the best way to get a hold of the occasionally "on site" manager).

Coral Sands is on the ocean. They truck sand in to what is normally not a sandy beach. There used to be a bar or restaurant just down the shore but it is no longer there. It is within walking distance to downtown Georgetown, a grocery store and the closer end of 7-mile beach. Other than the parking of the cruise ships just off the coast, it is a nice place to watch the sunset or spend some time. The one activity is a pot luck BBQ, but we didn't attend as it conflicted with a night dive we had planned.

Speaking of diving, Ambassador Divers that the resort recommends, was very good. See my review on them and be sure to ask for Mike G. for your DM.

The best part of the place is that, since it is so small, there is a fair sense of community and you get to meet the others that are there. The employees are friendly, if not always helpful.

We have stayed a a few "Gold Crown" resorts and one thing that is common is that the units are in good shape and are resorts with amenities. Coral Sands is simply a small apartment complex, and while is good enough for a place to sleep, it shouldn't be considered an RCI "Gold Crown" resort.

If you are looking for a "resort", you probably want to look elsewhere. If you are just looking for an apartment to sleep in and a kitchen to do a little cooking, then this place is OK. My overall rating is based on the expectation that it is called a "Gold Crown Resort".

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank CO_Flyboy
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Reviewed August 29, 2010

Traveled with my family to Grand Cayman and had the pleasure of staying at the Coral Sands resort It's small with a private beach, there is a wonderful bar/restaurant located a short beach walk away, every night the wonderful Island music lulls you asleep, in the morning by the time you walk outside, you will see the various cruise ships that are in port.
Downtown Georgetown is within walking distance and the is a market directly across the street, the resort is a short bus ride away from the Turtle Farm and also one of Cayman's most popular attractions, Hell. We stayed in a 2 story condo that was recently redecorated and it had a well stocked kitchen. Snorkeling equipment is available at the front desk , an activity that can't be beat

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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7  Thank ncc630
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Reviewed June 18, 2010

Gorgeous view and pime location on Seven Mile Beach. Close to shopping in George Town. I think the pool was being redone when I ws there.

Stayed: August 2007, traveled with friends
4  Thank mandychacha
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Reviewed May 24, 2010

We enjoyed our stay here from the moment we checked in. This was our 2nd week in GCM. The staff were friendly, helpful, and upbeat. The rooms were very clean, plenty of towels, etc, and comfy furniture. Also, had free internet - which we really needed to check weather, dive info, and e-mails. Had a nice room by small pool, enjoyed shore diving right near room or nice dive shops within 10-20 minute drive, and restaurants w/in 10-15 minute walk. The mid-week PotLuck was such a nice touch. Within 2 days, all the guests seemed like a little community. No onsite restaurant, bar, or room service - not needed. Grocery store right across street.
We had a good time doing "our own thing" with shore dives. We have stayed at quite a few places and are reasonable with expecting nice/clean accommocations and customer service. This was very much a great value and good time. Every AM/PM, we enjoyed a quiet time lounging in the chairs outside or by the beach.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank LynneD23
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

My family (wife and 2 kids) and I visited Coral Sands report late August to early September. From the beginning we found the staff very helpful, pleasant and very welcoming Coral Sands is located around 7 mile beach and George town. The 2 bedroom suite we stayed at was very clean and over looking the ocean.

I would highly recommend this resort for families as it has full kitchen, washer/dryer, and more.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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4  Thank password123
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Reviewed September 1, 2008

Tiny resort. Apartments are clean but simple. Location is ok, you can walk to either George Town or Seven Mile hotels/restaurants but be warned you will be eaten alive by mosquitoes at night! Take plenty of insect repellent.
There is a tiny pool wich is great for coolng off but you won't get to exercise in it, two kicks and you reach the other end.
The beach that the resort sits on is not a pretty one. Its very rocky but you still get to hear the waves lap.
If you're after luxary then this is not the resort but if you want a basic apartment where and have transport then this is an ok choice.

Stayed: September 2007
1  Thank Wibsy
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Reviewed August 27, 2008

Coral Sands is a lovely little resort. It is well maintained and right on the beach. It has a nice communal terrace on the beachfront and we carried our dinner plates out almost every evening to watch the sunset. Rooms are nicely appointed but not luxurious. Well-stocked kitchen. The pool is tiny, but who cares when the beach is right there? Snorkeling right off the beach is very good and several other great snorkeling sites are within a 3 minute walk. This includes the wreck of an old freighter, which was a first for us. The beach is sandy to the water's edge but then it is rocky and requires booties or water shoes before you put on your fins and begin to snorkel. Harry manages the resort and is VERY responsive to questions or requests for help. He also makes a wonderful chicken BBQ for a mid-week potluck party that you should not miss. We did not rent a car and could easily walk into Georgetown to shop or up 7 mile beach to dine. The Wharf (1 block away) restaurant has beautiful dock dining and free salsa dancing lessons on Tues. -- lots of fun. Captain Marvin's all day Snorkel/Stingray City/lunch tour is excellent and reasonably priced. Get some really fresh fish from the fishermen who set up on the beach on the road to Georgetown(they are only a 10 minute walk from the resort) to make your own wonderful meal. They will let you choose your fish and then filet it for you. This is our 3rd visit to Grand Cayman and we'll be back.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Coral Sands Resort

Address: 293 North Church St | Across From Kirk Grocery Store, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > Seven Mile Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Seven Mile Beach
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coral Sands has 12 condos and all are two bedroom. Each condo has a full kitchen, dining and living area. Parking and Wi-Fi are complimentary. Kirk Grocery Store is directly across the street. While we do not have an official business center, you are welcome to print your boarding passes a day prior to departure. ... more   less 
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Coral Sands Resort Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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