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Wyndham Reef Resort
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

This was our 2nd trip to The Reef Resort to celebrate a wedding anniversary and they didn't disappoint. The room had a fabulous view of the ocean, but we spent most of our time lounging by the water. Tony was still there tending the beachside bar. He and Nick took great care of us. We love how uncrowded this side of the island is. The weather was nice most of the time even though it had rained for several days straight before we got there. We drove into Georgetown for 1/2 day on the one day it was raining when we woke up, but hit the beach again when we got back. The staff is really friendly and helpful. Hell was open this time around so we mailed a postcard to ourselves from the post office. Last time we came to Cayman Hell was closed when we got there. With Tropical Storm Beryl affecting the weather ( I guess that's what it was) the waves were higher and sent the water at the Blow Holes shooting much higher. Rankins was still there and had expanded. Excellent Jerk Chicken. Ready to go back now.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank dsllprice
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

In April we went to the Reef for the second year....naturally we were happy with our experience the first time. My only hesitation was that it may not live up to the first experience but it was great. The resort is about 45 minutes from the airport so be prepared for a taxi bill of $120US. However, after that it is a fantastic relaxing place. Every room has a view of the beach and the kitchen suite allowed us to cook as much or as little as we liked. There is a grocery store and restaurant across the street if you don't want the resort food.

However, this is the most relaxing type of vacation you can have with a family. The kids occupy themselves and there is a large waterfront beach to walk/play on. Also, the white sands watersports on site is very reasonably priced and gives all kinds of tours and rentals. The staff there are also very friendly and helpful. Everything you could have wanted.

The only word of caution I would give is that it is a nice place to relax and enjoy. If you are going to shop and go to clubs then you should pick a place in Georgetown instead. If you want to unwind, I think this is perfect.

Room Tip: There are 3 buildings. one is far from the main lobby so try to stay away from that one. Just a long walk on checkin and sheckout.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Anwar1234
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We rented the unit from the owner from May 12 to May 18.

Location: This place is far from George Town and the airport. It is very quiet. We went to Seven Mile Beach (SMB) to see what it is like, and we decided that SMB is a very special place. It is what the Cayman is known for: white sand beach, calm and clear water. We were told that the East End can have similar conditions, but certainly it was not our experience. The prevailing wind blows from the East; it carries plenty of seaweeds and some trash along with it. During our stay, the beach in front of the resort was choked full of weeks along the shore line. When the wind shifts, the weed and trash moves, sometimes about 100 yards -- enough to clear the beach in front of the Reef. But you still see the weeds. Just past the Reef and the Morrits next door, the weeds and trash are not cleaned. And you see piles of these along the shore. None of this is evident on the West side of the island, where SMB is located.

Food: We went to the Monday BBQ, because it was recommended by the owner. He warned us that the food was not the best, but the BBQ was supposed to be good. We would compare the quality of the food to that of a school cafeteria. It is also comparable to the food from Old Country Buffet, only at the Reef offers less variety. In a cafeteria setting, it is understandable to prepare large amount of food in advance for convenience. At a resort with no more than 40 diners, taking this approach is baffling. The restaurants nearby are good, but be prepared to pay. A dinner for two at the casual Italian kitchen next door runs about US$100, not counting the wine.

Service: Be careful if you rent from the owner. The management refuses to help you regardless of the problem. During our stay, the door lock malfunctioned. They told us this is the owner's problem. We were stranded outside the apartment for hours. In the end, Mr. Chung, the manager, went out of his way to help us fix the problem.

Traffic: There are a zillion circles in Cayman. The big ones are navigable, but there are many small circles drawn on the pavement. If you are not familiar with driving on the left side, be careful at these circles.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank pchang
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

We took an unscheduled vacation week for sun and relaxation at The Reef Resort. A resort off the beaten path and far from Georgetown and the hubbub of Seven Mile Beach. With constant rain, and no sun, the remote location was rather burdensome as there is little else to do in the East End. The resort was certainly nice enough and the staff was helpful and very friendly. But due to the constant rain and wind, this is not a place to be stuck inside.....it cast a pall over the whole purpose of a sun-filled and relaxing vacation. Fortunately, there is a nicely appointed gym and a few restaurants in the area. But, again, we felt imprisoned by the relentless rain. As this was our second trip to Grand Cayman and the first was similarly rain-filled, it might be best to make plans on a last minute basis so that you might consult a weather forecast......hurricane season isn't supposed to start until June.....unfortunately for us, it arrived a month early.

Room Tip: Definately opt for a room facing east, to the beach. For a quieter sleep, opt for a room furthest away from the bar/restaurant/lobby area.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

We stayed at this wonderful resort for 7 days. Everything was amazing!! The view, the beach bar, the food and the staff - everything was GREAT!! We did have a problem with the stove in our unit, but as soon as Jake Morgan, the manager learned of the situation - he made it up to us with lunch and drinks, which got us through until the stove could be repaired. Very professional!!

Room Tip: Room 117 - absolutely great!
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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