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".
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Coral Sands Hotel Seven Mile Beach
- Coral Sands Resort Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands