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Wyndham Reef Resort
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Reviewed May 9, 2006

I went with my husband to this motel (I didn't feel as though it didn;t have a hotel atmosphere at all so thats why I am calling it a motel). We had no linens for a week except 1 set we had in the roomfor the whole week. Jacuzzi never worked. Made beyond noisy sounds. Very rocky beach and yes I agree, great for scuba divers but bad for anyone who wants to just relax by the beach. You need wet shoes to walk anywhere!
I had this manager show up at another forum and hounded me over the same type of experience. Far away from alot to do. The management attacks people for giving their own opinion of this hotel and follows people regarding this.
I would never stay h ere again. Stay at the Marriott next time!and we weren't pleased with our stay there either. I wanted to go next door instead but room was paid for all week. Never again. No activities either!

  • Stayed: June 2005
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25  Thank twinadomom
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Reviewed April 30, 2006

Accommadations-The Reef Resort's 80 something condos and suites are all clean and up-to-date. Every unit in the resort has a balcony with a great view of the resort's beach. One bedroom suites have complete kitchens with ovens and microwaves.

Friendly Staff- The Reef Resort's staff try hard to accommodate the needs of their guests. When I requested a DVD player in my room, someone came to install it five minutes later. When I needed restaurant advice, the concierge proved very knowledgeable. It's always service with a smile at the Reef Resort

Location- The Reef is located on the East End of the island, an easy 45 minute drive from the airport. The East End is mostly residential and retains the natural flora and fauna of the island. Sure there are no bars (except Castro’s at the hotel) and few restaurants, but the East End is much nicer than the endless souvenir shops and crowds of Georgetown and Seven Mile Beach.

Weather- The first few days of the trip, the East End’s famous winds were down to a gentle breeze. The wind picked later in the trip making the ocean a bit choppy, but still swimable. Grand Cayman is very humid, so a little wind is a welcome relief. The East End also appeared to get less rain than Seven Mile Beach when I was on the island. One day I decided to drive across the island only to find it pouring everywhere west of Bodden Town. I returned to the Reef Resort to find that it had not rained there at all.

Snorkeling Beach- The Reef, along with the adjacent Morritt's Tortuga club has control of the only sandy beach on the East End of the island. The water is shallow and the barrier reef offshore acts as a natural wavebreak, making the beach safe for families with small children. While water clarity varies and is never perfect, there's still great snorkeling off the beach. Schools of 3-6 foot long tarpon congregate under the Reef's pier, along with snapper, juvenile french angelfish, squirrelfish, bermuda chub, jacks, puffers, and a solitary (perfectly harmless) six foot great barracuda. Be sure to use some kind of protective footwear when entering the water, as the bottom is covered with hardpan and turtle grass. If you ever get bored of the Reef Resort’s beach, ask some of the locals how to find Queen’s Monument, a great uninhabited snorkeling beach. If you're planning on visiting during thimble jellyfish season (March-May), be sure to use Safe Sea brand sunscreen, it's designed to repel the little buggers.

Food- Portofino's Wreck View is a great restaurant only a five minute drive from the resort. Lighthouse, twenty minutes away in Breakers, is also good.

Diving- For all of you divers, Ocean Frontiers operates a small shop on the resort property, and their main shop is only a few minutes away. The best dive sites from my trip were Babylon, Jack Mckenny’s, Fantasy Land, Little House, and Chub Hole. East end is composed of steep walls and tight swim-throughs. Sightings included, among the Caribbean’s usual suspects, an adult spotted drum, a refrigerator-sized tiger grouper, a rather skittish Caribbean reef shark, a nurse shark’s tail sticking out of a hole in the reef, and a spiny lobster locked in a fight to the death with a green moray eel. The moray had succeeded in pinning the lobster, but the lobster managed to swim (I didn’t even know lobsters could swim) to the surface.

Unusual Activities- Stingray City was great. I never thought southern stingrays were so friendly. If you have food, the rays will bump into you give it to them. If you’re with an independent operator, find out the cruise ship schedules from the port authority and try to chose a day when there are fewer ships in port (though some operations only run on weekdays). The rays will likely be more interested in you when they haven’t already been harassed by an endless number cruise ship passenger that day. If you go with the company that’s based at the Reef, you won’t have that choice. IMHO Soto’s Cruises in Seven Mile Beach is the best option.

And that’s the trip.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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12  Thank Howdoesthiswork
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Reviewed April 21, 2006

The Reef Resort is on the secluded east end of Grand Cayman. They have a great beach with good snorkeling-many fish-great for kids also. We heard about the winds but didn't notice it while we were there. The Seven Mile Beach area is more touristy-this is were the cruise ships dock. Ocean Frontiers provides top-notch dive service. We plan on visiting again in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2005
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17  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed April 16, 2006

We stayed at the Reef in November 2006. Since we had not been to Grand Cayman before and could not compare it to pre-hurricane standards, we thought it was a beautiful island. The Reef Resort was wonderful. Great service and excellent accomodations. Our one bedroom condo was absolutely spotless and nicely decorated. All the staff we encountered were very nice and helpful. It is in a very quiet part of the island, so if you're looking for hustle and bustle, it probably is not the place for you. The night we ate at the resort's restaurant was the best meal we had during our vacation and the Barefootman was great! We had a great trip and recommended it to others on our return. Stingray City was also a great day trip...probably the highlight of our trip.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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9  Thank OtisClark
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Reviewed March 23, 2006

From the first moment we stepped inside the lobby and were greeted by the smiling attendant at the check-in desk, I knew we were in for the vacation we'd been dreaming of. Our one bedroom suite was immaculate and spacious and tastefully appointed. The kitchen was stocked with all the items you could possibly need. All the units at this resort face the sea and the view from our balcony was to die for. We did not have to worry about finding a chair on the beach as they are plentiful. The two pools and the hottub were also well cared for. I am not a strong swimmer and had absolutely no trouble snorkeling right at the Reef's beach. It was excellant right under thier own dock. On Tuesday's and Thursday, they have Cayman's answer to Jimmy Buffet, the Barefoot Man. We took in the Tuesday dinner show and had a blast. We had dinner at the Reef's own restaurant twice and enjoyed it both times. We also dined at two local restaurants, the Lighthouse and Portofino's, which were very good. They also have a full service beach bar, Castro's Hideaway, which can serve you your favorite cocktail or a nice selection of food. If you go to Grand Cayman and You want a stress free vacation, with just the right amount of activities, this is the place to go. We liked it so much, we are already booked for next year!

  • Stayed: March 2006
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10  Thank ajtux
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