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Wyndham Reef Resort
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Reviewed April 22, 2011

We're just back from two weeks at The Reef. Although it was a hasty change in plans from Sharm El Sheikh, we couldn't have picked a better place for the family. The accommodation was excellent, the concierge team couldn't have tried harder, and the staff (from front desk to housekeeping) were pleasant and accommodating. The East End location worked well during the holidays, we rented a car from the concierge to travel to Rum Point, also to George Town and the West End.
We booked several dive and snorkel trips directly through the concierge, and they had electronic access to the Red Sail booking system when we needed to make any changes. We can't wait to go back next year!

Room Tip: BA Holidays provided really great room access
Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 19, 2011

We stayed for 5 nights at the Reef for a Destination Wedding. We read many of the reviews before going and had a good idea of what to expect. The staff was attentive and fun. Being on the East side of the island makes for a truely relaxing vacation! The food was good at the bar for lunch and the Barefoot Man dinner was good as well. If you want some really amazing food, try Tukka only 5 minutes away. They will even come and pick you up to dine there. Incredible Australian/Caribbean food at Tukka, highly recommend. The beaches were a little rocky so we brought water shoes, the pools and beach chairs were never full. We highly recommend the Reef and we plan on going back soon.

Room Tip: check website 4 deals, early bird/free upgrades
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank blondiestef
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Reviewed April 18, 2011

Mrpappys couldn't have said it better in his review.
I think the Reef is a good place for familys on a budget. You get a lot of space, oceanfront, can do your own cooking and gasp! cleaning on vacation. If this sounds like your thing you'll love it.
Its not really mine. The matresses were so old, the 12 inch tv's a joke, and sand on the floor from one end to the other all week. Front desk staff was quick and efficient and there was plenty of concierge staff to help you.
Ate at the restaurant the first morning and it was so bad, did not return the whole week.
Happy hour priced drinks were awesome. Ate next door at the waterfront restaurant and it was pretty good as well as all the other close by restaurants.
People here were friendly and the sea life in the ocean was awesome.
The drive to Rum Point was great, we did it twice. Both times had a great lunch there and saw stingrays swim around us just off shore. Highly recomend the botanical gardens too.
Stayed at the Marriott on our last night and would definatly return there and to that end of the island.
If you know what you're getting into staying here, it may just be fine for you.
Not sure where they got the 4 stars from. Definatly a 2star with awesome beachfront and ocean life benefits! LOL.

Room Tip: would only reccomend to people on a tight budget
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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21  Thank lobsterlovers
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Reviewed April 16, 2011

We just spent a week there. It is far away from the "main" part of the island - but that's what makes it more quiet and that's what we like. You can drive around the whole island in a couple hours - so it's not like it is that "far" from anything. Georgetown is about 45 minutes away - but is a nice scenic drive with lot's to see and do along the way. Seven Mile Beach/West Bay is another 15 minutes. Not a problem for explorer people like us who will burn a tank of gas + in a rental car in a week no matter where we are! Rum Point is about 20 minutes away. We did not do any of the watersports through the Reef - we brought our own snorkel gear, and went several places ourselves. When we DID use a watersports "company" we used Red Sail Sports at Rum Point. They were AWESOME there - and you can get cheaper rates and no "timeshare hassle" if you just go there.
Now for the Reef - Nice clean room, but the "studios" are very small. Nice back porch and AWESOME VIEW of the ocean. You want to request the "Castaways" building - which is the farthest one North in the complex - and I would suggest either the second or third floor, as the first floor rooms are right on the beach. The other buildings have the bar and pools outside - and can be quite noisy. We only ate once at the bar, and it was OK, not stellar. Restaurant was too expensive. The "continental" breakfast at the resort is basic - with fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, and toast. Good thing they give you free coupons.. The beach is nice - and the snorkeling is awesome right off the beach. Lots of fish and coral life - and shallow enough for beginners. They do have an issue with getting the accumulated seaweed cleaned off the beach - but it was quite entertaining watching the "crew" clean every morning. They don't have the proper equipment, and look like a USA version of the Highway Department (one working, three leaning on shovels) lol.. They manage to get the job done though. We are "do it yourselfers" when it comes to vacations - and do not like to rely on the resort staff for our entertainment - so I can't really comment on that part. If you like quiet and nice beach views and breezes - go here! We read the reviews before we went - so we knew the "towel count" in our room was going to be a problem. It is. Just go to the front desk and make sure they note to give you one or two extra towels, washcloths, and hand towels a day. I would not pay full price for this place - but we got an "airfare from/to MIA + 7 nights + all taxes and fees" deal online from a travel site for approx $1100 US for two people. It was well worth that! One note though - the Internet is $8.99 a DAY - which is absolutely RIDICULOUS. There is a Dunkin Donuts across the street with free wifi. You may not have cell service at the Resort either. We did not until we went toward Rum Point or got closer to Georgetown.
Do yourself a favor and stop at Fosters IGA right next to the airport - get a week's worth of lunch and breakfast supplies, and bottled water there. There is Hurleys on the way to the Reef, and Kirk's Super toward West Bay too. The Fosters main stores have deli's where they will prepare meals made to order as well. There is a small grocery store across the street from the resort with just the staples, but it is more expensive and no deli. You will have a small fridge and a small microwave in your room. When you see the local restaurant prices anywhere in Cayman - you will see why you eat breakfast and lunch out of the grocery store! If you are anywhere near Seven Mile Beach - the absolute BEST lunch at a reasonable price is at "Chicken Chicken" at the West Shore Center! Don't be scared to drive on the left and go exploring the island. We had no issues, and there are many things to see and do!

Room Tip: Get Castaways building, 2nd or 3rd floor
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank mtgstop
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Reviewed April 11, 2011

The reef resort is a 2 star motel on a nice piece of beach in a remote part of Grand Cayman. The beach is large, has nice mostly nice sand and there is above average snorkeling just right off shore. The stuff that can be seen just 20 ft off shore is truly amazing . Unfortunately it was impossible to spend the entire 6 days with my face in the water or gazing out to sea.
The reef resort is a tired 70's era motel with a couple of tiny pools, a high school cafeteria posing as a restaurant and is virtualy devoid of any kind of atmosphere or vibe that makes a place fun to stay at.
The rooms are stuffy, the furnishings like something from a poor university students home, the televisions postage stamp size. Forget about getting a good nights sleep, the mattresses and pillows are just pathetic.
The water is undrinkable however that may not be the motels fault. Another nice surprise is they want money for the internet, theres a pay firewall. Very cheesey.
Its a struggle to stay fed at the motel because after one meal there, there is no way you are going back for a second one,so you have to go for at least a 15 min drive to a real restuarant which gets tiresome. Theres a small grocery store across the street for when you get desperate.
its a good thing theres a liquor store close by because after 4 days this place gets really boring and you will def want to start drinking.
On that note the bar is a palm frond hut and is kind of cool, but for what you have to go thru they should be giving it away.
I would run from this place.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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18  Thank MrPappyshow
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