We just got back from a week Brac Reef Resort. Our package (7 nights/3 meals/3 dives/3 drinks per day) was a decent value. Though we usually like to explore the local cuisine/culture, we were really happy with the all-inclusive package. Cayman Brac is so small and only seems to have about 3 or 4 restaurants - after a full day of diving it would have been a chore to go find dinner!
The resort was simple but clean and comfortable, with a courteous and helpful staff. They are in the process of building a new bar that I think will block the ocean view from some rooms, which is a shame.
The food was very good. A nice variety of salads, fish and meats at every meal...and the desserts were outstanding. I don't eat meat and I was able to find something tasty at every meal. The restaurant and bar staff were so friendly and they knew us after just one day. Great service!
The real reason to go to The Brac is of course the diving...Reef Divers was the most professional dive operation I've been with in over 10 years of diving. Their “valet” service was a pleasure – just roll out of bed, grab some breakfast, show up at the boat, jump in the water and start breathing! After each dive, they change your tanks and then make sure your gear is dunked and ready to go for the next day. The boats are big, comfortable and well-equipped (I liked the fresh-water hose on the boat to rinse off after each dive). The divemasters draw a sketch of the site on a white board and give an elaborate briefing before each dive. You have the option of buddy-diving or following the divemaster. The divemasters usually go up before the divers, so if you stay with them the whole time you will have shorter dives...this was a concern for me before getting there, but even when we followed the divemaster, we never had a problem as there was always something interesting to see when we got back to the mooring. The divemasters were always looking for ways to make your experience better, whether on the boat or in the water.
They have a great dive shop just in case you forget something, and their resident “photo guy” goes on each boat once a week and takes professional photos and a video of your dive that day (it was free with our dive package, but so good that we would have bought it anyway)...They keep you on the same dive boat all week, so you're with the same divemasters and divers, which adds a comfort level. We had a really good group of people on our boat, so that made the experience much more fun.
The grounds were clean and there were hammocks scattered about the property for relaxing in the afternoon...not a great beach for swimming, though - many urchins and sea grass. They have a nice tradition of guests leaving a painted rock behind as a memento of your trip...and there are hundreds all over the resort!
As they say, we will definitely go "back to the Brac."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover more than 100 unique reef, wall & wreck dives sites where divers can experience an unforgettable adventure. Our resort is complemented by Reef Divers Valet Diving, which takes care of all of the lugging & loading of your dive gear, as you ride on our custom-built Newton dive fleet. This special resort service is a courtesy to guests, creating the most memorable diving experience. For a true one-of-a-kind diving adventure, the choice is Clearly Cayman. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Brac Reef Beach Hotel Cayman Brac
- Brac Reef Beach Cayman
- Brac Reef Beach Resort
- Cayman Brac Beach Resort Cayman Islands