We were at this resort from 8/11-818. It is a good hotel and the dive shop is pretty good. But, we did have a few concerns.
The hotel itself is simple and adequate. The staff was very helpful and when we asked ot move to a different room they accomodated us without hesitation. The rooms are basic, but the beds are very comfortable. We had a breakfast/dinner meal plan, and it worked out well. The food was pretty good, given it was served buffet style. They always had a carving station in addition to the buffet, with a different special item each night. The steaks, roast beef and fish were very good.
The bar is adequate, but very expensive. We ended up traveling about a mile up the road to a liquor store and bought enough beer and wine for the week. It was much cheaper.
All in all, the hotel met our expectations. If you are expecting a lively night life, however, this isn't the place for you. The bar was very quiet the whole week.
The diving was good. The dive shop, reef divers, is on property. The boats were excellent, and our crew -- Chris and BJ -- were very helpful, funny, and patient with us. While our morning dives were included in the package, the afternoon dive was not and cost $55 US per trip (per person, one tank). The night dive was also pretty expensive, and only went out on Tues. and Thr. night, weather permitting. Unfortunately, we were also expecting to dive from the beach as "unlimited shore diving" was included in our package. That's pretty close to false advertising, as there are no shore dive sites within walking distance of the property, so if you want to shore dive you need to rent a car. Further, there are a limited number of "shore diving" tanks. So, it's pretty clear that they want to limit the amount of shore diving you do.
Also, the snorkeling and swimming around the front of the property is really lousy. It looks nice in the photos, but most of the lagoon in front of the hotel is covered with sharp objects and see grasses. It's definately not a place to spend a lot of time.
We would recommend a maximum of 4 days diving at this resort. We dove for six days, and while the trip to Little Cayman to dive in Bloody Bay was excellent, the rest of the sites became very repetative.
All in all, this is a reasonable place to dive. But, given the amount of time it took us to get there, combined with the lack of shore diving we expected, we won't return to this resort.
- 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