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Paradise Villas
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Little Cayman
Kelso, Washington
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11 reviews
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“An Awesome Vacation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

What can we say? This was our ninth stay at Paradise Villas and it's still the best place on earth. Marc & Sabine go out of their way to make your stay memorable and relaxing. The new chef and crew at the Hungry Iguana restaurant really has a flair. And the diving with Conch Club divers is always the best...best crew, best boat, best of everything.

Room Tip: Each villa has a porch about 50 feet from the ocean, so the view is consistent...great! Rooms 11...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

This was our fourth trip to Paradise Villas and they've stepped up their game. Not that one would need to do much to make this place wonderful. We were there with my parents and so took both sides of one of the cottages. Little Cayman is a quiet island and the Villas are the epitome of that spirit. We were diving with Conch Club Divers (Hi, Bill, Claire, and Tim!) and also snorkeling in the afternoons. The great advantage of the Villas is that you've got a great restaurant right there, the store is a short walk, and you're right on a southeastern facing beach. The porches have lots of space to hang out, read, or play games. The kitchenettes are fine for moderate cooking. The restaurant has made big jump in creativeness since our last visit. The new chef is doing inventive things with local ingredients and is enthusiastically vegan and gluten aware. The fish dishes were splendid and curries rich and tasty.

The rooms had been recently repainted and, as before, were clean and tidy. They've upgraded the A/C units, but we never used them in the time that we were there. There are ceiling fans in both the front and back rooms and, with the lovely breezes, were all that we needed.

It was too long since our last visit and we'll be back soon!

Room Tip: All of the rooms face the ocean, so the only question is whether you want to be closer to or further...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

We wanted a place that was within feet of the sea, with bikes to see the island, close to excellent snorkeling, where we could relax in a hammock near the beach, where things are quiet and slow, where we didn't have to compete with traffic or noise from nearby nightclubs or "attractions". The added and unexpected treat was the Hungry Iguana, a GREAT restaurant on the grounds, everything made from scratch and wonderful fresh seafood. right next door. Our villa was bright and cheerful, with an amazing view of the sea, a great porch and hammock, always clean, with all we needed. I envisioned a specific trip with those things in mind, and I got it at the Paradise Villas. Our week was perfect. THIS is the place to feed your soul.

Room Tip: We asked for a villa as far away from the pool as possible, anticipating possible noise, but it wasn...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Wonderful getaway with easy access to top notch dive sites. Absolutely cannot beat the restaurant, the Hungry Iguana. Great chef and varied menu, we never tired of eating there. Homemade ice cream unmatched, we looked forward to it daily!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

We couldn't have been happier with our choice for our weeklong getaway trip. If it's low-key quiet and relaxation you're looking for without a "hotel" feel, this is a great place. The managers were genuinely interested in doing what they could to help us find what we wanted on Little Cayman (good beaches, snorkeling spots, scooters, etc.) and helped arrange when needed. The view from the porch or hammocks was flat-out gorgeous. The units are nice, great beds, and the small kitchen was particularly helpful. Restaurant was very good - every day we looked forward to our dinner on the restaurant porch, listening to the waves and enjoying the meal as the sun went down. We'd go back to these villas again without hesitation.

A few tips for Little Cayman. If you want to explore, a scooter is a great way to do it, and you'll need a scooter or car to comfortably get out to the east end where some of the beautiful beaches are. Snorkeling was great, particularly at Bloody Bay. If you're a good swimmer, several excellent dive sites with mooring bouys are accessible to a snorkeler from the beach. These sites are over a "mini wall" inside the bay's main wall, 10-30 down which gives snorkelers great viewing and chances to see turtles and spotted rays. Last, Little Cayman is remote with prices to match. Liquor and grocery store are steps away from Paradise Villas, but byob and staples like good coffee are recommended.

The only possible caveat to mention at Paradise is there will be some prop plane noise 3-4 times a day, for anyone bothered by that. The LC airport is close, and by about 8:30 in the morning the first flight takes off with a few seconds of moderate noise. No noise really early or late, and we weren't bothered at all.

Room Tip: Lower numbers are farther away from pool and restaurant. But neither pool nor restaurant were genera...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

We spent a week diving on Little Cayman and Paradise Villas offered the perfect place to relax and unwind. If you're looking for a big swimming beach, jet skis, parasailing. etc., look elsewhere, as in another island. Little Cayman is very low-key. If you want fabulous diving, meticulously clean accomodations, a comfortable bed and a friendly staff, Paradise Villas can't be topped. Our morning routine was to sit on the porch with coffee and listen to the surf. After morning dives, I usually adjourned to a hammock on the beach with a book while my husband used the available wifi to catch up on some work. A couple of afternoons, we borrowed bicycles that Paradise Villas makes available and we went for a ride around the island. After dinner, also usually enjoyed al fresco, we would walk along the beach from the restaurant to our room and stare up in amazement at the number of stars visible.
Food in Little Cayman is somewhat expensive and dining options are limited, so be prepared for some sticker shock, especially at the small grocery store. But the Hungry Iguana restaurant, located next to the Villas, offers fresh, well-prepared meals, the portions are generous, the menu varied, and the friendly staff works hard to accomodate special dietary requests.
The team at Conch Club Divers is a delight! They pick divers up and drop them off at the Villas. They are humorous and have an exhaustive knowledge of the walls and reefs. They provide thorough briefings before each dive, bring tanks to the dive platforms so divers don't have to do the shuffle to the end of the boat, and they are there to remove tanks as soon as divers are back on the platform. They work hard to ensure divers of all certification levels have a great experience.

Room Tip: We heard that Villa one is special and in demand, but I have no insight as to why it's considere...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Clayville, Rhode Island
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

We just returned from our first visit to Little Cayman and The Paradise Villas. This was the most relaxing and enjoyable dive trip we have ever taken.
1. The Villa - you are 40-50 ft from the ocean. Sunrise to your left, sunset to your right! The unit was spotless and just big enough for two. Lying in a hammock on water's edge, reading and relaxing was incredible. Biking around the island - no need for cars. Michele would come in every day to clean and was delightful. Mark & Sabine, who manage the Villas, could not have been nicer or more accommodating. The were always there for advice, directions or just good conversation.
2. Diving - with Conch divers was great. All set up in advance by Mark & Sabine. They pick you up in the AM and keep your equipment so you don't have to lug it around all week. Diving the Bloody Bay Wall has always been on our bucket list and we were not disappointed. It was astounding. Teeming with wildlife, colors, turtles, occasional sharks, Moray's, lion-fish,etc. The guides, Bill (the owner), Tim and Claire were at once fun and professional. One of the best dive outfits we have dived with.
3. The Hungry Iguana restaurant is right next door and had delicious food and good service. We are vegetarian/vegan and they made sure a vegan soup and entree were on the menu every night. They would also modify anything on the menu for us. We ate there every night.
They even made vegan muffins for us one morning.
As you can see, overall, it was a fantastic week. We can't wait to go back. If you're looking for great diving, relaxation, nice people, beautiful sights above and below the waterline, and are not interested in shopping and nightclubs and buffets - this is the perfect place.
Don't miss it!!

Room Tip: Villas 11 & 12 have the best WiFi. Villas 1-4 are the most private. All are identical and all...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Paradise Villas
Address: Paradise Villas Lane, Little Cayman
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Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Little Cayman
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Little Cayman
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Paradise Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our twelve oceanfront villas are located a mere 50 feet from the Sea. They each feature a large front and back porch, air conditioning, and a kitchenette equipped with a coffee maker, toaster, microwave oven, refrigerator/freezer, as well as necessary kitchen dishes and utensils. Our "Hungry Iguana" Restaurant & Bar serves lunch & dinner with daily specials and special requests! So if small, quiet & private appeals to you....contact us today! ... more   less 
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Paradise Villas Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

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