Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites Grand Cayman
SCUBA DIVERS PARADISE!!! ROMANTIC TOO!!!
Colbalt Coast is the most incredible place ever! I've been there 3 times and everytime I fall in love with it more and more. OF the many places I've traveled, this is the only place that I feel comfortable and relaxed the entire time. If you want to dive....you don't have to drive...the reef off the pier is wonderful. We saw shark, squid, crab, lobster, rays...ect. Rent a scooter and check out the wall. I think that my husband and I have pretty high standards (we are rarely completely satisfied)...and this place is a real DREAM!!! I would recommend it to ANYONE. It may be more expensive than some of the places BUT it's worth the extra money!!! The only problem is that I can't afford my Colbalt Coast addiction!
Would Stay Again
We stayed here for a dive vacation in March 2004. The room was clean and quiet and the food greatly exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend purchasing the breakfast meal package at a minimum. Getting to and from this place is like being in a labyrinth - I was in no mood for it in the AM. Purchasing the lunch and dinners outside of a package was fairly reasonable also (by Cayman standards). You'll definitely want a car for at least part of your stay, although Arie helped us to use the local bus transportation one day which was easy and economical for trips to town or 7MB. This place is great for divers but others might find it a bit too far out of the way. We had a bit of a mixup with Dora and our luggage when we left. She encouraged us to use our rental car for our transport back to the airport and that she would notify the tour company that we would not be riding back to airport on the shuttle, but that they would take our luggage. This message didn't get to the driver, and he ended up waiting (and waiting) for us. He was none too happy when we met him at the airport asking for our luggage. If you coordinate things with Dora, make sure you are very clear. Looking forward to our next trip!
Stand by your word
Since this was a business trip, we had rented a car from Avis at the airport, which I think is the best way to get around this island. We drove up to the resort, which is north of Seven Mile Beach. A remote little area, quite refreshing from the infamous seven miles of overated tourism. We were greeted by Arie, a very nice mild mannered, friendly Dutchman.
He had informed us that our room was a breakfast included pre-paid package, but also that we had been upgraded to a
Jr suite. Nice we thought, & so was the room - an Ikea furnished living room w/tv fridge, cupboards & sink, large
bathroom, equally large bedroom w/tons of pillows closet space, etc.; Comfortable & convenient.
Breakfast was from 7AM-9AM, good, not outstanding as some have reported. Everything seemed as though it was fried in oil, but we ate it & liked it, "so there." The french toast was the best thing on the menu.
Since we love to snorkel we toured the island quite a bit stopping at points of interest along the way, making our way to Rum Point. I think that it is impossible to truly enjoy snorkeling right of the pier at Cobalt Coast, the surf is much too harsh, & although very beautiful to look at, the water is
never calm...ever! The best snorkeling to be done right from the shore was Cemetery Beach. It's a marine park so you can snorkel for what seems like miles & the fish actually follow you where ever you go(the best time to avoid other snorkelers is between 8am & 10am,) the other place was at Eden Rock, but try to go on a day when their are no cruise ships in port, otherwise all you see in this usually stunning underwater world is legs & fins. Which brings me to the Stingray Sandbar boat trip, sometimes it is occupied w/5 or 6 boats at a time, some like our boat carrying only 6 passengers & unfortunately, some carrying as many as 30 to 40 or more, couldn't really tell there were so many people. The stingrays were so over fed that none were hungry on our trip. They also take you to the barrier reef which had good stuff to see. Did the boat trip, bought the video wouldn't do it again.
Finished up our Magazine shoot( that was the business) & had time for some fun in between...until checking out at Cobalt Coast, then things started to feel all too other worldly or should I say "3rd worldly." We were given the receipt & another bill for breakfast, (which Arie told us was already included when we checked in,) along with some other surcharges which we were expecting. However, we disputed the breakfast charge. The woman in the office told us that you cannot book a meal package from anyone else but them, & you also cannot do it through their website("You cannot book a package through their website either?"... hmm!), you can only do it by calling them directly, we booked through our Travel agent. Well, we said to her that "You cannot say one thing in the beginning & then totally contradict yourself in the end, 'stand by your word.' She took the breakfast charge off of the bill, with a very sarcastic "sorry that you feel this way," but then refused to give us a final itemized bill for our expenses. Even in a one donkey town in Morocco they give final receipts. I'll finish by saying that it was probably poor communication between the staff.
Our trip started out wonderfully with a limo to pick us up at the airport. Arie had said he arranged transportation for us thru Majestic Tours, but we expected a mini bus. The limo was a mistake but the driver took us to the resort and all was well. Until it was time to leave and Dora stated we did not have a transportation package with Majestic Tours and we would have to pay for a cab to the airport. We had no choice so we took the cab and paid. The room was spartan, but clean, in the european way but we were expecting that as we had used other european style restorts in the carribean before. The food was very good, but expensive, but that is what you expect in Grand Caymen. I can forgive alot of things when I travel, but not following thru on a promise is not one of them. For a few dollars more than the taxi, we could have had a rental car during our stay.
Paradise at Cobalt Coast
Cobalt Coast was a dream come true. Arie, the host, was fantastic and went the extra mile on everything to make our stay one of the most enjoyable I have ever experienced! The staff at Divetech was also ready to meet and exceed every expectation.My fiance and I opted for the all-inclusive full meal plan and unlimited diving package. We definitely made a wise choice. The food was really delicious at Duppy's and the wait staff was extremely accomodating.We felt like absolute royalty and we didn't have to deal with tons of tourists. At times it even felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. There was never a problem getting chairs and there was plenty of space.We hope to make many more trips back to Cobalt Coast- a home away from home where paradise is not just a term of art.
Best Dive Vacation Ever!
My wife and I just returned from an 8 day/7 night dive vacation at Cobalt Coast, on the NW corner of Grand Cayman. We opted for the mostly-all-inclusive plan which included all meals, seven days of two-tank morning dives, and unlimited shore diving in short, everything but alcohol. The trip wasn't cheap, but we got plenty of value for our money. Actually, it was the best dive vacation we could have imagined. The onsite dive company, Divetech (...) concentrates on the world-class wall diving of the North Wall, and they were terrific. Groups ranged from 8-12 divers and it was never more than a thirty minute trip from harbor to dive site (Although they have a dock, they take you from the resort to the marina by van to save boat travel time). The dives were great; my wife saw four hammerheads in seven days! The North Wall is spectacular, with the 60' reef plunging almost straight down to depths of one to two thousand feet. Spotted eagle rays were common, as was the number and variety of reef fish. We saw plenty of sea turtles, green morays, tarpon and barracuda. The operator honored requests, once even unmooring the boat after he discovered we'd dived the site earlier in the week. We also took advantage of the unlimited shore diving, taking an afternoon or night dive every day of the week. We did the obligatory Stingray City dive (Divetech plans their arrival to miss the traffic - we were the only divers in the water.) Other than that, we either dove off the Cobalt Coast dock or got a ride from one of the friendly Divetech staff to their other shop at Turtle Reef (right next door to the Turtle Farm). The Turtle Reef site was the more interesting of the two and didn't require a surface swim. If you're lazy, though, you can rent underwater scooters at Cobalt Coast. They even offer a 1.2 mile guided scooter dive from the Cobalt Coast site to Turtle Reef. The resort itself (...) was everything it was billed to be; there's a reason Rodale's rated it the number one dive resort in the Caribbean last year. It only has 18 rooms, and the amazing owner, Arie, gives you the personalized touch throughout your stay. We stayed in a spacious ocean-front suite with kitchenette and the most comfortable bed I've slept in away from my own house. I've never been taken care of like I was at Cobalt Coast. If there was even the slightest problem, like me not being able to send an email home the evening we arrived, Arie handled it personally. "Here, use my phone to let your family know you're safe, then we'll figure out how to get you online." From tips on things to do to directions through the maze-like West Bay to making us a flaming desert at our table when he learned it was our anniversary, Arie was the best. And the food? We were initially nervous about purchasing the meal plan - what if it wasn't very good? Not to worry. Arie's German chef, Peter, made every single meal first class. How can you gain five pounds in a week while diving three times a day? Eat at Cobalt Coast. Once we discovered the food was so terrific, we abandoned our pre-trip plans of dining in Georgetown a couple of nights and ate at the resort exclusively. If you're looking for night life or if you don't dive, Cobalt Coast might not be your first choice. It's in a secluded spot with no sand beach (though it has a pool), but if you love peace and quiet and beautiful, romantic views of the Caribbean sunsets, and if everyone in your party dives, you can't go wrong. We did take the bus into town for a few hours of shopping one afternoon, and only rented a car for our last no-diving-on-flight-day day. The rental car was inexpensive ($35 + $7.50 for a temporary license), but be warned they drive on the left side. In short, it was an outstanding experience. The only drawback is that my wife and I are nervous about our next anniversary diving trip being a letdown.
Great Scuba Vacation for our Anniversary
We had a truly extraordinary stay at the Cobalt Coast Resort. The rooms were clean, spacious and comfortable, and satisfied all of our expectations.
We opted for the meal plan, and were very happy with the food. We had lobster, pork tenderloin stuffed with crab meat, and a variety of fresh sea food.
Arie, the owner, gives personal attention to every guest and every detail. You can always see the difference when the owner helps serve breakfast and answers personally to all of his guests. Arie truly enhanced our experience.
The Scuba Diving with Divetech, which is located on the resort, was beyond description. Divetech runs a first class operation, just like the Cobalt Coast.
My wife and I cannot wait to return, and when we do, we will definitely stay with Arie at the Cobalt Coast Resort and dive with Divetech.
I almost don't know where to begin. We felt like we spent the week with family - only better! My husband and I really wanted to dive but we weren't sure where we could go because we would have to bring our one year old daughter. Cobalt Coast allowed us to bring not only her, but also our babysitter (both at no charge). So we spent the mornings on one of Divetech's boats (both very professional), and the afternoons touring around. We ate most, but not all, of our meals at Cobalt Coast - you HAVE to have the french toast for breakfast. There is no shortage of excellent places to eat in George Town - which is a short - albeit confusing - drive from Cobalt Coast. I've travelled all over the world and I would say its one of my favorite vacation memories (awesome wall diving and we met some great friends). If you want to know about the diving (amazing) feel free to email me. Cobalt Coast was AWESOME (and I didn't even tell you yet that they had a crib in our room when we arrived, as well as milk for the baby, a bottle warmer, a high chair and a microwave!) I'd need more space to tell you about the staff and just how nice the place is, so if you're really interested, please feel free to email me with questions.
Great Solo Dive Vacation Destination
Cobalt Coast is a wonderful, relaxing place to vaction. I went for 2 weeks in July 2002, and had a great time soaking up sun and swimming every day right there off the beach and pier. With Divetech diving operating a branch from the hotel, I had an excellent chance to try all kinds of diving. They have Nitrox, rebreather, and Freediving (diving without tanks)---also regular scuba and snorkeling.
The owner and manager of Cobalt Coast, Arie, is the most gracious person I've ever met. He is accomodating to everyone. On Friday there was a great live band with prime rib and Maine lobster for dinner.
Cobalt coast is a really nice place to go on vacation, even alone. You will never be board with so many water activities and nice people to meet, and it's the kind
of oasis where someone travelling alone does not feel like a fish out of water.
Host with the Most
My husband and I stayed at Cobalt Coast Resort and Suites from June 23-30, and the dive vacation was one of the most relaxing weeks we have had in the past two years. Arie who is the owner of Cobalt Coast is an owner who is dedicated to making sure that his guests will want to return again. The smallish resort has ambience, is very clean and spacious, and accommodating to both divers and non-divers. Since my husband is on a restricted food diet, Arie even had non-alcoholic beer and soy milk alternative available for him. Those extra conveniences really make a difference to us. The breakfasts and dinners were good at Guppies their on-site restaurant, and resonably priced for being on Grand Cayman. Dive Tech is the company that has a dive shop at both Cobalt and beside the Turtle Farm. We dived both locations. Also, we were provided with transportation to our boat when we went for our two-tank dives in the morning. Lockers are provided for you at Coablt and very handy for storing your gear. As my husband and I walked out to the end of the Cobalt Coast Resort pier on the last evening of our vacation, we said we would return again to Cobalt Coast, the resort whose owner is the "host with the most." We are still planning to visit again this year.
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