Sunshine Suites Resort
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... camera which meant I saw new and interesting things. Alas.
That evening went to George Town for dinner at a seafood place called Rackam's. I had really wanted fish n' chips, and they were supposed to have good ones. And nice views of the waterfront. Both of which I got. Alex had shrimp n' chips, and Brian also had the fish n' chips.
... definition of 'secretive') and was hoping to wander through some offices and take photos? She might have been looking for shady dudes in trench coats and dark glasses offering up business cards for Joe's Bank ("we hide your money in a hole in our back yard- the taxman will never find it there"). Not sure what it says but most, if not all, of Canada's major banks were well represented on the island- given all of their unwarranted service fees, Joe's Bank might not be ...
... and content with a lovely first evening. Feeling excited for the week to come as Soraya evidently has a lot planned for us. Its really nice to see her excited to show me all of the places she's been and thinks I would like too!
Tuesday, 5th November
In the morning we set off for the Turtle farm, a small park on the island that has hundreds of turtles of all different sizes! I happen to LOVE turtles, so this was perfect for me! There were a ...
... washing it down with endless Champagne, the trouble is I may have slightly overcooked it a bit last night, my eyes have lost the ability to focus, so much so that I thought the toothpaste was my hair gel so my head now has a minty fresh feel. We are having brunch on the other side of the Island and are being joined by another couple Tracey & Ross who we met here a few years back. Brunch begins very civilised, lots of chat, great food and tonnes of champers, in the space of 3 hours ...
... blue fish and some others. I was traumatized because my underwater camera stopped working on the way to the reef and so I had to abandon trying to take underwater shots. As I was looking at the coral and fish, I couldn't help regretting that I wasn't able to take photos. Oh, well. I was, however, delighted with the snorkeling. Plus the water was so clear and beautiful. When we stood in the sand at Stingray City, the water ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sunshine Suites Resort Seven Mile Beach
Loved the Cayman Islands!!
Just returned last week from the Cayman Islands! Can you say "beautiful"? Stayed at the Sunshine Suites, very nice. They were running a 'special' so our rate was even cheaper when we checked in! :) They had an All U Can Eat BBQ on Thursday - it was awesome. Lori, the bartender, is the sweetest. Just a short walk across the street to the beach. The water was warm and beautiful. There were also shade trees close by for the kids. Beaches were NOT crowded at all, which I loved.
Rented a car from Andy's, $20 per day; carseat for $2 a day. Took a tour of the islands....Blow Holes, Rum Point, Turtle Farm - not hugely impressed w/ any of it, although the island itself is gorgeous. Food and gas is the most expensive items that I noticed. Ate at The Wharf, on the ocean, beautiful, but food was not worth price (child meals are large enough for an adult); ate at Eats, really enjoyed the food & reasonable prices. The souvenirs are about average. $18-25 US for a t-shirt. Most of the shops are the "duty free" which I didn't care for.
The people seemed really friendly. Would definitely recommend going, atleast once!
Will Visit Again
Returned from Cayman on August 26. We had a wonderful time. The hotel was very nice but from the website I thought the pool would have been larger. Rooms very clean. Did not mind walking across the street to the beach. But like one of the other reviewers said, the chairs were too heavy and just trying to sit in them was a slight problem. Hell is overrated and so are the blow holes. Turtle Farm was better than I thought. You just had to make the best of it. Our dinners were soooo wonderful!! We selected the Lighthouse, Liberty Restaurant, the Lobster Pot. Only bought a few souveniers, could not find any bargains. Got several rum cakes. Limited nightlife. Cayman is very laid back and no hassel from locals on the beach. Please rent a car and do your own driving. Sting Ray City was a blast. We will go again but not for a few years.
More than a great time!....
We haven't even been back 24 hours (in fact, this time yesterday I was sipping my last "Mudslide" at the Sunshine Grill before getting on the plane to come home :( We had an absolutely fantastic time! We stayed at Sunshine Suites Resort by Wyndham and were very impressed. Only about 4 years old, it was immaculate, great service, with a bar/grill on the grounds with awesome food and drinks. Very quiet...about a 5 minute drive to shop in Georgetown, 5 minutes from most restaurants. No, it is not right on the beach, but is a VERY short walk across the road and up the lane to the beach in front of the Westin. We always walked further up the beach by a few hundred yards and hung out there...right in front of the Governor's House...pristine beach area with shade trees if you prefer. Very uncrowded beach area...the way I love it! I've NEVER seen water so beautiful in my life!! Even my husband who does'nt care too much for salt water, was in it as much as me!....Eating: Definitely recommend for casual, louder dining...Rackam's Pub, and The Treehouse (both with seating overlooking the water...gorgeous sunsets!). For a quieter, romantic setting, the Reef Grill at the Royal Palms, and The Wharf...(our last dinner on the island, superb service and food). Prices, in US currency, range from appetizers starting at $7 to entrees starting at $18 up to $30 per plate. Pricey, but more than worth it. The Island had good shopping, higher prices, yes, therefore we didn't get too many souvenirs...just some t shirts and Tortuga Rum Cakes...delicious! We did find shopkeepers and waitservice to be a little snobbish...could have been the slower season during which we visited...everything a little lower key. We used Soto's Charters for our Stingray City excursion...it was a 3 hour 3 stop tour which featured snorkeling at each of the stops...with the coupon book, which you can find at the airport, or your hotel, we paid $19 US per person. The highlight of our trip by far. Drove around the island to Rum Point..overrated...too crowded and too much seaweed for good snorkeling...only stayed about an hour. ....overall, a wonderful trip that we WILL do again!
We stayed at the Sunshine Suites this July for 5 nights. We have a 10 year old son. The room was clean and large enough to be comfortable. We were on the third floor and they don't have an elevator so we got alot of walking in! The staff were all very nice. The pool area was okay too. There is no balcony or view from your room. There was some construction noise from the Ritz Carlton building next door. You walk across the street to the beach. The best part is that part of the beach is the BEST on the island. Sunshine Suites does offer free chairs and towels to take to the beach but we found them too heavy to carry so we would just "steal" a chair from a nearby ocean front condo and no one said anything to us. Sunshine Suites is close to the grocery store and some decent restuarants. The continental breakfast was okay each morning...nothing fancy. (cereal and bagels) If you don't mind walking and want to save money its worth it. It was our first time there and we loved Grand Cayman and will be returning. Cindy
Great value for your stay on the island..
the Sunshine suites are a great place to stay if you want to save some money and cook meals in your room. The resturants are very expensive and being a NYer, the meals aren't worth the prices your forking over.
The beach by the hotel was great, there's even a little bit of reef if you swim out far enough. However walking down to the beach was alittle hassel. When we arrived there, it didn't seem like the walk was going to be a problem, however you have to walk down the Westin hotel's smelly alley. So you were smelling foul garbage on your way to the beautiful 7 mile beach. They did provide beach chairs and towels, which were nice, but the chairs seemed alittle heavy when its 96 degrees outside. my advise is rent a car and drive alittle bit down past the governers house and the beach is very nice, with no smell. The rooms were very nice and clean, and the cleaning staff was on top of things.
However i felt that some people at the front desk area, weren't that friendly/helpful. One more comment about the island as a whole.... not alot of island music. I heard more country and old 80's then anything else...very dissapointing....
This hotel is an excellent value. We stayed in the smallest room and still had a queen size bed, microwave, two burner stove, and refrigirator along with all the other standard amenities. The staff was wonderful and very courteous. The rooms and grounds were spotless. The loaner beach chairs and beach towels came in very handy. There is a freshwater pool and open-air restaurant where a complementary continental buffet breakfast is served.The hotel is located behind a minimall and across the street from 7-Mile Beach. Its a very short walk to the sand. Right on the beach across the street is the Westin Hotel so you will be on the Westin beachfront. There is a designated public access path and don't worry about the Westin, all the beach is public and there are no hastles. This is one of the best streaches of 7MB. The Ritz Carlton is building a resort and condos just a few hundered yards south of the Westin.The minimall has a liquor store, a couple of restaurants, a water activities shop, and a car rental outlet. 1/2-mile south of the hotel are plenty of shops and restaurants and a big supermarket. Its a bit of a walk though. Do yourself a favor and rent a car. The smallest, cheapest, rental-car will get you out and about without problems. Just remember to drive on the left.The rooms at the Sunshine Suites run about 1/3 the cost of the rooms at the Westin. If you book on-line at the Wyndham website you can find rooms as low as 81USD. You just can't beat that.
Sunshine Suites was excellent value for the price. My wife and visited Grand Cayman on a cruise first and decided we wanted to go back. In Mar we celebrated our anniversary there. The Sunshine Suites room that we had was the perfect size for the two of us. We loved the mini kitchen and cooked ourselves a few nights when we couldn't bear to see the $80 dinner bills. The maid service was excellent, she washed our dishes and scrubbed the tub everyday. The only drawback I could see was the AC. It was blowing right on us sometimes, but after sitting on 7-mile beach, it felt perfect.The breakfast was light, the restaurant Legends has a great atmosphere and make sure you try the pizza and the conch fritters!!Overall, if you want a great value for your money, short walk to the beach, supermarkets and fabulous restaurants, then SS is for you.
Sunshine Suites is nearly new and in a wonderful location if you don't care to rent a car. The continental breakfast by the pool helped with the budget. Within walking distance is Foster's grocery store, a liquor store, and several restaurants. The hotel itself is beautifully landscaped. Walking across the busy street to the beach is not as ideal as being right on the beach but then the cost is much less. We'll probably stay here again.
The Sunshine Suites were a good value for the price. The rooms were nice and always clean! The breakfast buffet was very minimal. We enjoyed using the kitchette for meals. The grills were nice and we did use them, but could be replaced. Nice to be within walking distance of the grocery store. There was a young man that worked at the front desk and was rude and of NO help and of course, he was working most of the week we were there! It was nice to be within walking distance of 7-mile beach, but it felt like you were walking down an alley way (that you shouldn't be). But once you were at the beach, it was nice. Difficult to get across the street though. Everyone told us how EXPENSIVE the Caymans were. I'm glad that we used this property for our needs and would go back there again!
WE stayed at the Sun Shine Suites for the first time in Jan of 2003. We ended up having to switch our reservations at the last minute and the hotel staff was very helpfull and accomodating. When we arrived, the reception staff was very friendly, and courteous. They offered us great advice on where to eat and what to do. Terry was especially helpfull on giving us hints on the best places to go. The rooms were clean and cheerful. We loved having the kitchenette to fix ourselves lunch and snacks. The complimentary breakfast everymorning was set up poolside, and was great as well. The beach was right across the street, and I actually prefered being a little bit apart from all the crowds on the beach. The hotel provided beach chairs and sand toys for kids as well. All in all it was a very good expierence and would highly reccomend this hotel if you are trying to stay in Grand Cayman with out spending too much money.