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Morritts Tortuga Club and Resort
North Bethesda, Maryland
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40 reviews
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“Another Beautiful Vacation in the Cayman Islands”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

We spent the last two weeks of January in teh Cayman Islands. We have returned to this time-share resort seven times in the last ten years. We enjoy the beach and the general casual atmosphere of the island. Located on the east end of the island, Morritt's offers a relaxing view of the world.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

My friends and I just returned from our 7 day vacation at Morritts and the island. I have traveled to just about every carribean island there is and none compares to the hospitality and generousity of the caymanian people. Beginning at the National rental car business, thanks to Alicia who took us to restuarant to get something to eat after we secured our car and then led us to the Morritts which was 45 minute drive from the airport, while pointing out local resturants or us to try. The Morritts was very accommondating, clean and it provided just what we were looking for in a vacation home away from home. Our housekeeper Lydia was amazing! She kept the entire townhouse spotless in spite of 6 women. We walked out of our 2 bedroom townhouse straight into the ocean. It was the most beautiful and serene experience we've have ever had. We had the pleasure meeting a local fisherman named Capt Herman. He provides fishing expeditions for tourists at the Morritts. In addition, he also has a restuarant Capt Herman's fish fry. His restuarant features daily fresh fish which is open weekends only. We took a fishing excursion and Capt Herman caught 7 lobsters and red snapper. He offered to prepare them for us and we accepted. Mouth watering! Unforgettable! Whenever you visit the island be sure to put Capt Herman's East Side Fish Fry on your list of places to eat.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Waterloo, Canada
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We just got back home from spending a week at this resort. The beach is wonderfull and the snorkeling was incredible where ever we went. If your looking for a relaxing vacation away from the 24 party scene then this is the place for you. The down side is that it is a costly place to visit but we never found a bad place to eat. The biggest complaint is the lack of customer service. Most of the staff never smile and don't even acknowlege you when you say thankyou or even good morning. I had to call twice and wait 7 hours for someone to bring toilet paper to our room. The owners really need to look at staff and their behaviour. For this reason we will not revisit this resort or recommend it to friends.

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Leland, North Carolina
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Morritts Tortuga Club and Morritts Grand, both located at East End Of Grand Cayman are the Anchor and Attraction of that end of the Island. They are both "Officialally" Timeshares. There are a couple of GREAT Restaurants at Morritts that are certainly open to the public. Mimi's Dock Bar which is open for Lunch & Dinner and Drinks does a terrific job of serving Light and Casual meals in and obviously casual atmosphere at reasonable prices. David's Deep Blue Restaurant in the main Reception Building has been once again remodeled and is cozy, romantic and a quite attractive restaurant. The food in all honesty has been up and down over the last 12 years, however this past December and January my wife and I enjoyed several delicious meals there including a beautiful New Years Eve Buffet all at what we would call reasonable prices. There are not many very good restaurants at East End. Morritts can now be counted among them. Keep up the good work. P.S. Even at Dinner at David's Deep Blue they also have a wonderful "Lite" Menu for those who just want "a little less".....Give 'em a try

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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New Hampshire
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Just returned from a two-week vacation at the Morritt's Tortuga Club on the East End of Grand Cayman. This was not our first visit to the island, however our first visit being a cruise stop, this was the first time we have spent a significant amount of time there.

Air and Car Rental
Our flight from Portland, ME connecting in Philly was perfect. B.A. from McCurley's Car Rental met us at the airport and transported us to the Resort. If you ask in advance, she will work a grocery stop into the price of your car rental and you can shop on your way out to the Resort (about 40 minutes from the airport). The car was waiting for us at the Morritt's. I highly recommend this option as learning to drive on the left side of the road while navigating through the city of George Town could be confusing. At the end of your vacation, BA will pick you up and transport back to the airport. She is extremely efficient and organized.

East End vs. Seven Mile Beach.
For our personal taste, we adored the East End! Very low key and laid back. We spent our final night at Comfort Suites on Seven Mile Beach and we were extremely disappointed. So very glad we stayed on the East End.

Morritt's Tortuga Club
Note: Currently construction underway to the right of the Lobby/Reception Building. Looks like another solid year of construction (at least) in my estimation. We received an announcement last February and they were just beginning to construct the exterior concrete walls during our stay.

The Morritt's has two resorts, the Tortuga Club and the Morritt's Grand. The Tortuga Club is the older of the two resorts and based on an RCI scale...I would rate a Silver Crown. Its approximately 25 years old...showing a bit of wear and tear...but maintained well. The Grand has two new buildings and would rate these Gold Crown. The facilities at both resorts are available to everyone. Our room was a 1BR at the Tortuga Club overlooking the Park Pool. Our room was located on the third floor (no elevators....wish I hadn't maxed the weight in our suitcases! Phew! Had to really sweet talk my hubby after that!!) and we had a view of the ocean in the distance. There are two buildings in the Tortuga Club with ocean views. Most have pool views. The unit was nicely laid out with a large living room with sleep sofa and dining for 4. Small full kitchen with apartment size oven, microwave and full fridge. Bath with tub/shower and bedroom with queen size bed and safe in the closet. Please note.....$10 per day timeshare tax plus an electric bill is added to your stay. We ran the A/C at night only and our electric bill for 2 weeks was $164. The resort has 3 pools, the Park Pool (quiet - no music or activities), the Premier Pool (Afternoon music and activities plus swim up bar and hot tub) and the Grand Infinity Pool (Music and swim up bar plus two hot tubs). The Resort provides a laundry on site and fresh beach towels can be picked up each day on the end of the laundry facility. Several theme nights were offered. Monday night welcome Caribbean BBQ ($14.95 Cayman with $3 Beer/Wine/Rum Punch) The dancing and entertainment was great fun. Also offered a pasta buffet which we did not attend. The restaurant (David's Deep Blue) is available breakfast/lunch/dinner, but having the kitchen in the room, we chose to fend for ourselves for the most part. The resort has a dock bar which is very relaxing in the afternoon. Schools of Tarpon and Parrot Fish swim under the pier and are fun to feed. (Also saw two sharks here on our last morning....glad I saw them the last day and not the first!) Tortuga Divers is located on the premises and offers daily scuba and snorkel trips, wind surfing, jet skis etc. The beach is beautiful but a bit rocky on entry. Water shoes/sandals are highly recommended

Food
I knew in advance that food was expensive on the island....I just wasn't quite prepared for exactly how expensive. We shopped at the Foster's Express across the street from the Resort. We should have used this only for emergencies in my opinion. We were disappointed with the selection and high prices. Everything is closed on Sunday in Grand Cayman...so we waited until Monday morning and made a trip to Savannah and shopped at the Foster's there. Huge selection and better prices. What I learned....next trip I'll pack half as many clothes and use one suitcase to bring dry foods (coffee, cooking spices, cereal, tuna in foil packets, rice etc) Someone even mentioned to me that they froze meets in a styro cooler, wrapped it in duct tape and checked that as luggage. Short flight and it wasn't thawed upon arrival. Not sure I'd go that far...but next time I'll plan a bit better. Also...when they say you can buy alcohol at your last airport connection...I'd recommend that as well. Hubby is a bit of a beer snob and it cost $17.50 US for a six-pack of beer. My wine (cheap here in the states at $14 large bottle) was $30 on the Island.

Activities.
Driving on the left was not difficult to adjust to....take it slow and have everyone in the back seat yell "stay left" at every intersection and you've got it made! (I travel with crazy people!)

We took several trips to Rum Point and loved the beach there. We signed up for a tour to Stingray City through Red Sail Sports at Rum Point....they did an excellent job! Swim with the Stingrays and snorkel over Coral Gardens. Was able to hold a stingray (eeekk!) and saw several eels (moray and spotted) at the Coral Gardens.

Hubby tool the Resort Dive course through Tortuga Divers at the Resort. Morning class and pool lesson and then an escorted dive to 25' inside the reef in the afternoon. Once this course is completed, you can sign up to go on any of their other dives at 40' or less and they'll also take you outside the reef. Hubby is hooked and looking to become a certified diver. I'm not much into scuba, but they allowed me to accompany my husband on the boat and snorkel while he was diving at no charge.

We stopped at several beaches while riding around the Island...Barefoot Beach, Library Beach, Cemetery Beach to name a few.

We made reservations through Jim, our resort host, at the Lighthouse Restaurant. Had hoped to have dinner right on the dock over the water, but winds were extremely brisk and we dined inside. Excellent dinner but pricey. We did not eat at Tukka (Australian restaurant near the resort) but we heard it was excellent. Also "Over the Edge" on the way to Rum Point is good also.

Overall a very relaxing vacation and we look forward to going back again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Readington, New Jersey
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Used an RCI exchange for a family trip with our two grown children. We liked being on the East End and using it as a launch point for exploring and excursions. From reading other reviews we knew there is no elevator in the timeshare units, and that they face the attractive pools rather than the ocean. We were only steps from the beach, which is wide and soft with plenty of beach chairs and grass huts for shade. The staff was warm and helpful, especially Carol, who answered a lot of questions for us about the area, restaurants, and attractions. Having daily housekeeping service is a nice treat in a timeshare. There is a new building going up and we were glad not to be in a unit on that side of the property, though once that's done it will be nice.

My husband and son went snorkelling a lot right from the beach and said it was as good as the snorkelling we did out by Stingray City (but do go see the rays!). The water was nice, though I am used to soft sand bottoms in the ocean for swimming. Drinks and restaurants are expensive anywhere in Grand Cayman - the resort prices were about average. We didn't eat there but the drinks were fine. (The mudslides at Kaibo are a notch above.)

Morrits is next to The Reef, so we walked over to hear The Barefoot Man one evening. That was fun, we just couldn't figure out why they didn't have him playing outside by the bar instead of inside. There are also a couple of shops in walking distance, including a small grocery store and liquor store. Mostly we picked up stuff for easy breakfasts and a couple of light lunches, plus some rum and the local beer. (The rum is excellent, the beer is ok but not noteworthy.)

If there was something I wish they'd change it would be to add free WiFi. It is available for a daily charge. I don't agree with being addicted to it, but looking things up online is such a helpful tool when making plans while you're away I just don't think it should be charged for. We asked around a lot and did fine without it. However, while paying for electric on vacation is unheard of around here, that doesn't really bother me. It's a small island and you don't want it full of power plants to feed our insatiable appetite for air conditioning - there is always a wind blowing there, so open the windows and sliders, and don't keep the a c on freezing when you're not even there. If charging for utilities helps people conserve I am ok with that.

the turtle farm is worth your time, and the submarine trip was amazing. Stop by the blowholes on your way from the airport to the East End. Nearby restaurants we would go back to are Tukka, Italian Kitchen, Over the Edge, and Vivine's. If you go to town eat at Ragazzi and the Sunshine Grill. There are a lot of appealing places we didn't have chance to try - guess we'll have to go back!

Room Tip: Unless the stairs are a problem for you, go for a third floor room. If you can get one near the Reef...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Just got back from our "exchange" trip through RCI - would NEVER go back to Morritt's Grand Resort -- no shampoo, conditioner, lotion or salt & pepper in room, fold-out couch basically had no mattress, so person who slept on it -- had to sleep with a metal bar across back. Resort CHARGES for electricity -- so we basically had NO AC in 80+ degree temps, except at night we did cave in and turn it on for sleeping. No WI-FI offered for free - NOT EVEN IN THE BUSINESS CENTER!! Unbelieveable!! First resort we've EVER been at that charged for electricity and internet. Prices on pool drinks were outrageous - and "happy hour" drink prices were only on ONE kind of beer (kbew) and house wine! Don't stay here unless you like being out in the middle of no where -- and this side of the island is EXTREMELY WINDY!! Hard to do anything at the beach or pool with the wind - they didn't even want to rent out the sailboat cause it was too windy. Also - ONE of the TWO treadmills was broken...Will NEVER go back to Morritt's.

Room Tip: A good choice would be....another resort on the West or South side of island.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Morritts Tortuga Club and Resort
Address: 2289 Queens Highway, East End KY1-1800, Grand Cayman
Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > East End
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in East End
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Morritts Tortuga Club and Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 169
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