Well, let me start by saying my review will be much more honest and spot on than that of a previous post. My husband and I stayed for a week 03/26-04/02 and had a very relaxing vacation. Yes, the resort is about 45 minutes out of town which is why we booked there in the first place. The drive to the Reef is very lovely and I did not see many "shacks" on the way, very nice simple and bright colored homes. Driving along the coast was very pleasant and beautiful. The Reef hotel is located away from town, but this gives the resort a more "secluded" tropical island feel which we loved! We ate at the hotel and the food was good. We also ate at Portofinos and Over the Edge, both very good restaurants.
We visited the Botanical Gardens which had some really pretty flowers. We went on the Sting Ray tour (watched our guide feed a huge eel), visited Rum Point and snorkeled around the east end of the island. We were never ask to attend the time share meeting, however after hearing other guest talk about how impressed they were with the meeting (no pressure at all) I ask about it while making dinner reservations one night. We participated and it was nice with no real pressure to purchase and they picked up the bill for our sting ray tour! Thanks Reef!
Every employee at the Reef we encountered was extremely friendly. Excellent staff and they will go out of their way to help you with anything. They will tell you where to snorkel, (thanks Michelle and Jake) what to see based on what you are looking for. The Reef has a great team and they all strive for excellent customer service. All employees from the front desk, housekeeping, concierge and bartender were always friendly and outgoing. We really felt at home.
The beach is wide and long. This is a family friendly resort as I watched several kids running down the beach, playing ball, playing in the water (there are some sandy areas that kids can play in), swimming in the pool (three pools, one large and two others smaller, but still good size) and snorkeling. The kids seemed to enjoy standing on the pier and watching the fish. Some folks were trying their hand at windsurfing and kayaking. The resort has several grills for cooking out doors and the smell was always incredible. I will say with a wide beach, kids can run free and you don't have to worry about them getting out of your view.
My husband and I had a one bedroom condo with a full kitchen. The living space was large and the kitchen had a microwave, full oven, full fridge, toaster, plates, pots and pans, coffee maker, blender (which was used and worked very well) and all the comforts you need from home. Just know the kitchen has everything you need. Oh, and did I mention a view to die for? We were in room 127A, on the first floor. My husband and I both agree this is one of the nicest rooms we have ever been in. We could open our door and walk out to the beach (yes, you are right on the beach). The bedroom was large and we were able to leave our suit cases out along the wall and still move around the room freely. Additionally, we had a washer and dryer.
There is a grocery store across the street and it has most of what you need. For those who do not want to rent a car, but hang out on the beach, you could very easily take a taxi and purchase what you need across the street and never need to leave the resort! I will say, the concierge desk will work hard to arrange transportation for the gardens tour or sting ray visit. There is also a bakery in the shopping center acoss the street and we went there a couple times. Yummy!
On our last day my husband and I drove up seven mile beach and I knew we had made the right choice staying at the Reef. If you like the hustle and bustle, then seven mile may be for you, but if you want seclusion, try the Reef.
Overall, my husband and I had a wonderful first visit to the Reef. Should we return to Grand Cayman, we would stay there again. We enjoyed the rest and relaxation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wyndham Reef Resort is the only ALL BEACHFRONT, ALL SUITE RESORT WITH AN ALL-INCLUSIVE PROGRAM ON GRAND CAYMAN. The white sands of Grand Cayman are your welcome mat and the crystal clear waters are your playground. Since all of our suites are right on the beach, you'll enjoy exploring, playing, snorkeling and diving, or soaking in the beauty just steps outside your door. This East End getaway, far from the crowds, provides a truly serene tropical escape. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Reef Hotel Grand Cayman
- Reef Hotel Grand Cayman
- Reef Resort Grand Cayman
- Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands