The Grand Caymanian Resort
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I had tons of fun today at our first cruise stop, the Cayman Islands. We took a tour which consisted of visiting a turtle farm and snorkeling with sea turtles, and swimming with stingrays. The turtle farm was where they bred tons of sea turtles. They had this huge [man made] lake-type thing that they put the baby turtles in to help them get used to swimming before they were put in the ocean. To swim with the stingrays we took ...
... on the island with new houses and apartments going up in many areas.
Driving is easy and everyone is laid back - we have had to adjust our Christchurch-driving to island style where you slow down to let cars come in from side roads or even on a main road coming to a complete stop for people wanting to cross the road. When you're not in a hurry it is a far more relaxing way to drive!
We enjoyed ...
... out we got our things together and headed down to level 3 where got off the ship and into a tender boat.
It took a little while for the boat to fill up as it also had a top deck, however this made it easy for a lot of people to get to shore since the boat ride took about 15 minutes.
On this day we finally saw some sun, but it was miserable hot out.
... and steak. As the Sommelier went thorugh the wines he has us taste the foods that paired well, and those that did not pair so well. The wines were really quite good, and I could drink any of them, any time, any place. J After the wine and food class we decided it was time for lunch and headed to the buffet. I had a Reuben sandwich—again, quite tasty—and headed upstairs for the Fish & Chips station to get some fresh fries and I got ...
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- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews The Grand Caymanian Resort
We had a great time, Loved StingRay City
We think the resort is great, especially, Fayonna, Priscilla and Trisha at the front desk and Loyce in the gift shop.They were always friendly and very helpful whenevere we were in need of help.We enjoyed wonderful food at Calypso grill, the deserts were to die for, Crows nest was excellent and the Champions II are not to be missed, the highlight for me was the Stingray city from our water sports shop right on the property. We were first out to the sand bar and we didn't have to deal with all the cruise ship passengers and the price was right. Living in Bermuda we were used to the high cost of living. The shuttle bus was great as we went one day to the Hyatt to take the ferry to Rum Point for the day and that was wonderful. the ferry is great, we also rented a car and drove all over your fair Island, lots to see, lots of building going on. we will be back
We spent two weeks at this resort in November 03. The resort is nice, clean and out of the way of the busy tourist areas. The staff are friendly and the rooms are fine. You do need a car to stay here unless you are not going to leave the resort. The onsite restaurant was nice and served a good variety of food. The only fault with the resort is the lack of a beach although the pool is nice enough. The diving shop on site is excellent. The staff were extremelly friendly and helpful and made our holiday. They went out of their way to vary the dives we did and take us to different sites everyday. The dive boats only take a maximum of 10 people and therefore you receive personal attention. The resort is also only 10 minutes from several very nice restaurants and the supermarket. I would happily stay here again if visiting Grand Cayman.
It's a true vacation resort
It was truely a great vacation spot especially the Grand Caymanian Resort . Its location is ideal off the busy West Bay Road far from the hustle and bustle. The front desk staff have to be commended especially FAyonia, Priscilla and Trish as they together with Loyce at the gift shop gave us more assistance and tips for the island more than the concierge. There was surprisingly so much to do in the Cayman Islands. The renting of a car is a must. Also dont forget the Off insect repellant there is a mosquito problem. Generally it was a great vaction well restful, I would recommend it too many .
Nice but too far for enjoyment
Nice rooms but too far. Beautifully decorated rooms. We asked to be moved from a golf course view to at least look at the water, they couldn't do it. Very windy on this side of the island. Nothing to do at the hotel. One restaurant, nice pool, cant swim there. A long winding drive to get here from anywhere. Too much of a hassel to enjoy. We moved to the beach after our third night of 7.Then we didn't have to drive everywhere! So glad we did, then we felt like we were on vacation!
Best Trip Ever!
Having read some of the other not-so-complimentary reviews on this site prior to our trip, we were a little apprehensive about this resort - Now, having spent the most marvelous 5 days there, I can tell you that these other reviewers either have no clue at all, or they just don't know how to enjoy a vacation - it is what you make it. I suppose you could sit around and whine because there is no "beach" at the resort, but you knew that going in, and the resort is not yet complete. The lack of "beach" doesn't take away anything unless you're too lazy to really enjoy yourself. The resort is on the North Sound (and that's not a secret, people!), which is every bit as beautiful as the rest of the coast around the island - (actually, there are only a few "beaches" on Grand Cayman) - Your scuba or snorkel charter leaves right from the dock, and you're the first one's at Stingray City in the morning - before the hundreds of tourists from Seven Mile Beach and the cruise ships get there - giving you a more personal and exciting experience.
Besides, the beach is very nearby (walkable, if you don't mind a long walk, but easily reachable by scooter, free shuttle or car). The privacy afforded by the location is great - The crowds are on Seven Mile Beach. At the Caymanian, you are among the few who enjoy personal attention, and all that the island has to offer. This resort was fabulous - the staff are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met, and will bend over backwards to be certain you enjoy yourself.
They are still building, so a little intelligence and understanding is required when looking around - it's NOT a "dump" as Mr.
"I-don't-know-how-to-vacation" in May, 2003 described it, it's a construction site, and it's confined behind a fence to minimize the intrusion on visitors - Who cares where the sand came from!? Spend an hour relaxing in the hammock along the shore while the island breeze gently rocks you to peace - and enjoy the privacy that this place offers - free from the hustle and crowds of the other "more popular" spots on the island (which are readily accessible if that's your preference). We explored the island extensively while visiting, and it was always a welcome site to return to the atmosphere of the Caymanian.
Have a drink at Ray's and chill out - that's what you're there for! We have never enjoyed a trip more than we enjoyed this one - and we travel 4-5 times per year.
Grand Caymanian is Grand
Just got back from a week at the Grand Caymanian. We loved it. It was quiet, due to the fact that it was off the 7 mile beach area, but close enough to get there when we wanted. The unit had a full kitchen and were able to eat our meals in and cook to avoid the high cost of eating out. There was a dive shop on site that allowed us to take trip to swim with the Stingrays for a very reasonable price. The guides were extremely helpful and fun. We went with a smaller group, unlike the larger groups coming off the cruise boats. In the evenings we could sit on the balcony or go down to Ray's to enjoy live music. Although the oceanfront property is not the best for swimming (you can go to 7 mile beach for that), there was some reasonable snorkeling right off their own pier. In the water were some good starfish and even a barracuda hanging around in the shade of the pier. The staff were extremely good, maid service everyday, and our maid went out of her way to make sure we had all we needed. She even emptied our dishwasher on occasions when it was done on her watch. The hammocks and the pool were just what we needed for a very restful vacation. Would return in a heartbeat.
NOt so Grand Cayamian
Not much of a resort, poor beach, the water is murky and weedy, in marked contrast to the other side of the island.It was very empty when we were there in May, adding the isolated feeling. The resort is 2 miles away from the main area down a long empty road, taxis are prohibitivly expensive. The shuttle they run is not very convienient. So a rental car is almost mandatory. The rooms were nice and the staff friendly, but that didn't make up for the sense of dissapointment you get when you arrive and see the place.
GRAND CAYMANIAN LANDFILL
This imitation "5 star" resort is built on a landfill. The sand for their fake beach was trucked in. They claim the resort is oceanfront, but there's no beach access. The member services team called our room and invited us in to pick up our free gift. This turned into a 3 hour, high pressure timeshare pitch. I own my timeshare at 7 Mile Beach Resort. a real oceanfront resort. I paid $199.00 thru Interval International for a 1 week stay in a 2 bedroom lockout unit.......and that was too much ! There are other nicer oceanfront resorts on Grand Cayman Island. Stay away from this one.
Caymans are OKaymens!
The rooms at the resort were very nice. Although we did not have an ocean view room, it had everything to make our stay very comfortable. I was disappointed in the beach at the resort, because it was not condusive to swimming or even sun bathing. The pool area was nice but rather small. The resort sits back from the main road quite a distance. Once you get out to the main road, 7 mile beach is on the other side. I'm guessing this is about a two mile walk. We rented a car for the week but I am not sure I would do that again. You do not have to rent one at the airport because there are quite a few rental places on the strip that will deliver one right to your door the day you want one. The cost for the week was $340, and that was for a Suzuki something or other that was very plain Jane! Everyone said that Stingray City is a must. I have to agree that it was a highlight of the trip. I actually held one of the Stingray's. It was pretty neat.Lunch at the Lighthouse was very good. Also had a nice evening at Smuggler's Cove. The setting outside was beautiful at Sunset. If you are not into snorkeling or skuba diving, I hope you have other things in mind to keep you busy. The gals at the bar and restaurant at Grand Caymanian were very very nice. The internet connection was also appreciated because of the price of a call back to the states. Because there are other islands to visit at a more affordable price, I would probably not return to the Caymen Islands.
Nice trip long drive into town it get old fast
Hi i just recently returned from the grand caymanian and i had a great trip. The staff at the resort is very friendly and accomodating. The rooms are very nice and well maintained. Becarefulif your romm is on the golf course side we almost got hit by a few stray balls. The resort is on the north side on the sound across from the new ritz. the resort is under construction and is therefore not completely in working order. Ie the hot tubs are not yet heated. When we complained we were upgraded to a larger room. The jacuzzi's in the studios do not fill completely due to the fact that their hot water heaters are not large enough. Renting a car is a must. The activities are nice but for and older crowd my boyfriend and i are both 22. All in all its was very nice and the price was right we payed 720 for a week in a studio but got upgraded to a one bedroom. We boked with eleventh hour vacations. enjoy the resot is alsoa timeshae we listend to the sales pitch its not a great deal dont do it