Brac Reef Beach Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Brac Reef Beach Resort Cayman Brac
Can't Wait to go back
MY wife bought dive lessons from The Dive Shop in St. Louis for my Christmas present. They had a group dive scheduled for Cayman Brac and we decided to do our open water cert there. That was a great idea!! The resort is smaller than we were used to but clean and well kept. The food was excellent. They have a pastry chef that made some very good deserts. Reef Divers, the onsite dive operation made the difference.
They are definitely a first class service. They are very safety conscious and show great concern for the environment. We had Jason, Chris, and Robert on our boat and they were very professional. We got to see the Russian warship,Capt. Keith Tibbetts, the world famous Bloody Bay Wall and many other dive sites. We even did a night dive. We saw a hammerhead shark, eagle rays, turtles and many other species of fish too many to list here. I could go on and on but I won't.
Caribbean Paridise without the crowds
This was a vacation we were looking for. After doing much online searching we booked an all-inclusive week on Cayman Brac with the Brac Reef Resort. We enjoyed a wonderful week of diving, relaxing on the beach, snorkeling, eating, diving, eating and exploring an without commercialism. But this is not the location for everyone as the island is remote, there is little shopping and no fancy restaurants, and it is costly (a six-pack is $12 US at the local liquor store). However, if you enjoy an idylic undeveloped tropical island paradise, gourmet food in abundance, wonderful and very friendly native islanders, and easy diving with 100 ft visibility over pristine reefs....this may be your nirvanna. We had an all-inclusive package (highly recommended) which included three dives per day. Various combinations are available. The resort itself is great. Trudy and Al, the managers, do a great job of making your stay memorable. It is not fancy but well maintained, very clean, and totally relaxing. There is a freshwater pool, sauna, and a nice sand beach with plenty of palm trees and hammocks for laying around. They also have a wonderful pier and cabana reaching out into the lagoon and at night there is a spectacular show of fish and critters feeding in the water. The food was simply delicious. It was plentiful, varied, and you couldn't help but try a little of everything whether it was the main course, salads or desserts. There were always three choices of a main course and three desserts. At night the resort usually had some sort of entertainment at the bar, a movie, a karaoke, or function at the cabana on the water. But understand, you are making your own entertainment and simply socializing is part of this easygoing scene. Reef Divers is the resident dive shop and it is easy to see why they are rated so high. Once they have your gear you don't need to touch it again except to turn your air on. They even bring you your gear at the back of the boat to avoid missteps on a rocking boat. 32% Nitrox is also available for $100 for the entire week. We had Jason and Rob as our divemasters the whole week and they did a great job of finding sites, taking divers on tours to point out the highlights of the site, matching sites to diver experience and helping us appreciate the local diving. They were fun to dive with! Basically there is a weekly routine diving walls, wrecks, and varied reef locations around Cayman Brac. They also do a Little Cayman trip to Bloody Bay if conditions are acceptable.We loved everything about the place....the people, the pool, the beach, the food, the hospitality of the locals and the other guests. But best of all we loved the tropical paradise it is billed to be...without the commercialism.
Can't wait to go again
We stayed at the Brac Reef resort in December 2003. It was fanstastic.
First of all, anyplace that has an on site spa scores points from the get go. We had a 1st floor room so we had our own patio w/table & chairs and it faced the pool. The food was very good. The buffet was different daily with plenty of variety. The seafood lasagne was awesome. The staff at the resort and the dive shop were wonderful. I like that we are assigned to one boat for our whole stay. Mick, Mark, Craig and Robert were all great. They not only make sure we had a good time but also helped us to become better divers. They took the time to explain that the key to buoyancy control is the breathing, not the lead. By the time we left the Islands we had dropped 1/2 the weight off our belts! The only thing I can suggest is if you like to keep track of how much air you have left after your dive you check it as soon as you sit down at the back of the boat. By the time you get back to your seat you tank will have been changed. These guys are fast. It is the best diving I've done in over a decade. Brac Reef will spoil you.
We got married on the beach
My Wife and I spent one week there in Sept.2003 We were married there on the beach at sunset, barefooted, She had flowers in her hair. The owners of the resort drove us around the Island to get our plans set up. The resort is very clean. The food was Awesome (I gained afew pounds) We loved the dive shop/boats and crews. The reefs and walls, Well, I can.t think of anything other then they were breath taking. We saw our first sea horses and took afew pictures for our album At the end of the day, you could lay out in the swing chairs at the end on the pier, read a good book or just lay in each others arms and relax. Honey pack your bags we're going back to Cayman Brac. Mike & Melody Brady
The only thing better than the hospitality was the food!
Our family of seven divers just returned from our annual scuba vacation which this year was at the Brac Reef Resort on Cayman Brac We flew from Toronto to Grand Cayman and then on to Cayman Brac. For those interested there is a new flight from Chicago to G.C. with Cayman Air and they have just started additional prop. service to the Brac to shorten the transfer. We were met promptly and taken to the resort where we were greated with smiles and a supper following our late arrival. The entire staff were dedicated all week to do everything they could to make our trip enjoyable. Rooms were very clean and all set up with phones, cable T.V., full bathroom, coffee machine, air conditioned and ceiling fan options. The rooms are in a u shape around the pool and hot tub area and close to the restaurant/bar in the center. The atmosphere is very relaxed with ample places to soak up the sun or lie in the numerous hamocks hanging from both palm trees and under shaded structures. Although tennis courts, bicycles, scooters, foos-ball, and table tennis are available the main activities center of course around their diving center which is well equipt. Three dive boats leave every morning at 8:30 for a two tank dive and then again at 2:00 for an afternoon dive. The staff on board were both professional and extemely well informed about the marine life on each and every dive, locating sea horses, rays, turtles and coral formations etc to make each day a new experience. The visiblity was excellant although north east winds made some of the boat rides a bit choppy. We chose the meal package which at some destinations can be a curse but at the Brac the only curse is liable to be your inability to get back into your wetsuit!.
The meals were fantastic and deserts even better. Even with the abundance of food the staff still went out of their way to prepare some special meals for some in our group with dietary restrictions. The descriptions of services on the Brac website is very accurate. The only thing I could think of that was missing was some easy shore diving for my wife who found the boat a bit too choppy due to the N.E. winds.
Aside from that this is one of my top destinations and unless you are looking for heavy night life or shopping this is a great vacation spot.
Brac Reef Resort - Best Choice on the Brac
Bottom line first: We'll endorse Brac Reef Resort as your first choice for a full-service resort on the Brac. Their main competition, Divi Tiara, reportedly has suffered a period of corporate neglect and although it appeared to be under refurbishment in November 2003, it had few guests. We returned from our Thanksgiving 2003 week at Brac Reef very satisfied with the overall experience. The resort is fairly small, 40 rooms, and benefits from hands-on management backed by a responsive staff. The facilities are not new or fancy but are clean, comfortable and nicely maintained. Rooms are arranged in two connected 2-story buildings with all rooms facing the water, although ocean view from the rooms is restricted by the numerous palm trees growing on the well-kept white sand grounds. Rooms are air-conditioned, size is fairly generous and they have either a king bed or two doubles. All have phones & TV, and in-room coffee is provided. Refrigerators are available for an additional charge if you feel you need one. All ground-floor rooms have individual patio areas with tables but for some reason only half of the second-floor rooms were built with balconies.Grounds are quite expansive and dotted with sun shelters around which to socialize, plus hammocks & lounge chairs in which to relax. We found the lovely white sand beach great for lounging, but Cayman Brac's close-in and shallow reef structure means coral outcroppings make wading out to swim an activity requiring some finesse. The supplied kayaks are fun in the ocean but the fresh-water pool is probably a better choice for casual swimming. A nice Jacuzzi is adjacent to the pool for warm-ups.Meals at the resort's restaurant are served buffet style, which some people hate but I like. The daily variety was excellent and varied sufficiently throughout the week, and the quality was fine. My wife says the soups deserve special mention, and I also noticed she was a regular at the desserts. Brac Reef's restaurant is actually considered just about the premiere eating spot on the island. There are other places to eat but only a couple within walking or easy cycling distance, so we recommend a package deal which includes at least breakfast & dinner. Diving is very convenient, with Reef Divers operating right out of the resort's dock. They run three fast twin-diesel dive boats and most dive sites are only minutes away. Service and safety are combined in a routine under which you never need to touch your tank. Suit up, sit back at the dive platform and a crewmember brings your tank/BC to you. Upon return, the procedure is reversed. While this process slows the entry parade slightly, it means there are never divers staggering around and falling with tanks on. BC and regulators are left on the boat overnight and are rigged and ready the next morning. You can find details of Brac diving elsewhere so we'll just say it was excellent.Looking outside the resort, Cayman Brac is a pretty laid-back place. The resort has a supply of free bicycles which are perfect for cruising around at least the local segment of the island, and there are taxis, rental cars and scooters available for more extended travel. I recommend allotting one full day to rent a car, pack a picnic lunch and do a complete sightseeing tour of the island. A museum, small settlements, caves, various walks and great views are some of the highlights. Commercial island tours are also available.Nightlife? Probably you are thinking of another island. Karaoke night at the resort was popular with islanders from near and far joining us guests. The hotel bar was pretty quiet most evenings but there are a couple of small local bars (a taxi ride away) that do attract a somewhat more active clientele. Otherwise, bring a good book or just nuzzle with your partner.heck out Brac Reef's recently spiffed-up website
Relaxing vacation; easy breezy diving!
Pretty little resort, nice owners - but if you're not a diver, I don't recommend Cayman Brac for more than a few days unless you are okay with staying at the resort (there's no reason to leave actually, not much to do on rest of island but explore bat caves, Cayman Brac Museum, and hike the bluff). We were with a group of friends from our dive shop, divers, non-divers and kids too - for those of us diving, it was great as we were doing 3 boat dives a day. Brac Reef Beach Resort is really pretty; nice beach with coconut palms and thatched roof structures for shade with hammocks, ocean kayaks, gorgeous two-tier deck on a pier with swings, hammocks and lounge chairs - it is lit up at night and you can see all the tropical fish feeding, including large tarpon, baby sting rays and sometimes small sharks! It's fantastic after dinner entertainment, it's so cool there with the ocean breezes and star gazing is amazing from this pier. Food was all inclusive; very good - huge variety buffet, desserts were amazing too! Most of the staff are either American or Canadian, so many ex-patriates living the island life, most are in their 30's, single and all very nice and attractive.
There is an on-site spa - had one of the best massages and facials ever as the masseuse was Canadian and not a local. They also offer pedicures, manicures, etc. The spa products were top-notch; very luxurious and well worth the very comparable price to home - even cheaper actually. Nice pool, but very warm in August and too chlorinated as was the separate jacuzzi. Outside bar was nice, very friendly people, don't miss the Karoake night on Wednesdays; everyone comes from the island to either watch or participate - we talked about this night for the rest of the week. Drinks are a bit pricey and do tip the bartender directly after each drink as when you charge drinks to your room, the tips are pooled to the whole staff - don't like that system but that's how they operate. Gift shop in resort is great - owners are Floridian and Cayman so they have better stuff than you'll find anywhere else on the island. Affiliated dive shop is great - South African Dutch owners, ask for Chocolate, their chocolate labrador retriever - she chases down crabs on the dock, swims out rather far and then jumps up out of the water to catch the fast-moving crabs as they try to scurry away - wish we had filmed this and sent it in to one of those Funniest Home Videos television shows. Also, the dive staff - Chris, one of the divemasters was so good; helpful, informative and just really, really nice. Spend some time chatting with her, she's done a lot of traveling and really had some great insight. Great resort to relax - enjoy your surroundings, the warm ocean and if you haven't tried diving or are newly diving, this would be the perfect place.
Snorkeling was very good also, the snorkelers in our crowd saw as much as we did diving (turtles, stingrays, nurse sharks, baby moray eels, etc.). We'll probably go back in a few years, it's well worth a return visit!
Thank God for the Brac Reef Resort, April 2003
We started off at the Divi Tiarra on Cayman Brac. We were extremely unhappy with the resort. We were there only two hours before we started checking for return flights home. Their web page showed a nice beach bar, which was lost during the last hurricane a few years ago. The rooms were filled with bugs and dirty sheets and the beautiful beach shown on the website was unswimmable due to turtle grass and sea urchins. The pool was also unswimmable, it had not been cleaned in weeks based on the nasty scum line and the food was subpar. We thought we might be able to drink our way through the week but the bar only had 3 bottles of liqour:( A nice women at the airport recommended that we try the Brac Reef Resort before calling it quits. We took her advice and our vacation was saved. The rooms were nice and clean, the food was nice for a buffet, and the dive operation was first class all the way. We were told by some people at the Brac Reef that they gets divers like us everyweek. The only thing I will give the Divi is that they refunded us completely. If you go the Brac, stay at the Brac Reef Resort if you are looking for nice, clean accomodations and a top notch dive staff.
Loved the vacation
Brac Reef Resort on Cayman Brac was great. Cold ac, good pool. The dive shop and dive personel was great! The food was good and everyone was polite. We are defintely going there again in two years. Would highly recommend this place. The diving was fantastic.
Loved Brac Reef Beach Resort
The Brac Reef Beach Resort is the only place to stay when on the Brac.
The rooms were large and very clean and the staff was very prompt and courteous.
The food was absolutly wonderful. They have buffet style dining with plenty of choices to satisfy anyone's taste buds.
Now on to the diving, which in my opinion, was the best in the world.
The dive staff was unbelievable. There was nothing that they wouldn't do for you. When you arrive at the boat for your fist dive, they watch you set up your gear and note how you like it, then for the rest of the week when you arrive at the boat in the morning your gear is already set up, washed and ready for you to dive.
They were very knowledgable of the reefs you were diving and an expert Divemaster was in the water with you on every dive. They didn't however, blow bubbles down your neck and let you dive your own profile within safe limits.
All of the dive staff was very friendly, helpful and really quite a lot of fun, especially Sparky. She was so cute I followed her around more than the fish!
I suggest you ask for Craig as your Captain as he was the best of the bunch and quite frankly, made the whole trip wonderful for me.
The fish life and the health of the reef was fantastic. Every dive was a treasured moment and now treasured memories. I actually got to play with a dolphin named Spot. I also got to dive the sunken ship the Tibbits which was amazing and my first wreck dive.
I am planning another trip to the Brac this May and am looking forward to seeing and diving with the new friends I made at The Brac Reef Beach Resort.
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