This sand snob found a fresh favorite in cayman island villa rental. Not being divers I wasn`t sure what my loved ones would do over a recent journey to Grand Cayman. Grand Cayman is flat, over developed, expensive (things are all imported), certainly not my cup of tea. Or so I figured.
Like a travel professional I often feel pressured to view and do as much as possible. Afterall, our greatest tool for planning exceptional escapes is our first hand experience. Sometimes I play so much i feel like I would like a trip from my vacation! On Grand Cayman I could like a guilt-free beach holiday. After 2-three days of going through the island, I needed pretty much seen all this so could enjoy the remainder of my time soaking the sun with the family.
We spent the first few nights at Coral Stone Club. A little, independently owned condominium complex on Seven Mile Beach (SMB) with 32 three bedroom, 3 bath units open to rent on a regular basis. Located in three, three-story buildings, each one of these 1800 sq . ft . units have the same layout and give views of the ocean. Some things for taking note because they units are typical individually owned you`ll obtain the dcor, bedding and kitchen amenities vary. Unlike a few of the larger condo complexes here, you may select and book a certain unit at Coral Stone Club. For families with small kids I would recommend choosing a ground floor unit. We found this incredibly helpful when our young son was getting a nap, I really could still sit on our terrace with a book, view the ocean and still be within earshot. For people seeking a quieter location, select a top floor unit that contain vaulted ceilings and unobstructed ocean views. This can be a true self-catering condo complex and the staff is virtually non-existent. Once we arrived on the Saturday among the housekeepers allow us to within the unit using the instructions to check-in in the desk on Monday. Furthermore, i didn`t find the staff at the front desk each of the insightful when I requested their personal recommendations on items to see & do. Bear in mind though that the majority of people staying here are either owners or vacationers that were coming for many years. Hanging out by the pool may be the move to make in the afternoon as being the owners come together like long-lost friends and welcome us new timers. These are the real wealth of information with insider advice on things to see and experience whilst in Grand Cayman. We stayed in unit # 5 which we found to be really cozy and well-appointed. You might tell the owners are here frequently since there was every kitchen utensil and gadget imaginable available. You will probably find it odd that we was so impressed with the but if you`re just like me an individual who frequently stays in cayman or private homes with extended family you`ll appreciate that. We also appreciated the screened in porch and spent considerable time here enjoying meals and playing video games. The food market is over the road within walking distance and you can you may want to bring the cart back to the system. The shop will send staff later within the day to recover the carts from the neighboring condo properties. The true highlight here I think will be the beach. Coral Stone Club enjoys a remarkably wide, clear part of beach with the ideal balance of natural tree shade and beach loungers. I might recommend a stay in Coral Stone Club inside a heartbeat for families looking for the best upscale-yet-down-home beachfront vacation. This would even be an incredible position for 2-3 couples to talk about a unit and revel in a soothing holiday. Rates start at $695 per night. Plan your visit during the summer time months and receive your 6th night free!
Our next stop was the Caribbean Club only a few doors down. If you`ve gone to Grand Cayman you might recall the Caribbean Club of old which was consisting of several cozy beach and garden cottages. After hurricane Ivan the brand new owners completely tore down and rebuilt three luxurious towers bringing a new amount of luxury to SMB. Having spent a couple of days at Coral Stone Club where I felt the accommodations were already quite nice, I have done not expect the opulence of Caribbean Club. Separated into three towers that happen to be in U shape facing the ocean, all units are huge at 2500 sq ft with three bedrooms and three baths and also richly appointed. Caribbean Club operates a lot more like a hotel because they actually do have full staff with daily maid service, concierge and room service available. Their on-site restaurant and bar Ristorante Luca serves up a delectable combination of Italian cuisine and fresh seafood and is an excellent spot to enjoy music inside the evenings. All of the units are individually owned and decorated and have a big verandah facing either the pool or ocean. Because of the layout of the property if you are in a pool view unit, be ready to be right along with other people. Not much privacy to be found here when all units basically face one another. The earth floor ocean front villa suites are particularly fantastic while you literally walk 4 steps off the verandah and get your toes from the sand. Our particular unit was very luxurious yet not as personalized or that child friendly (think glass tables and a lot of breakables). Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our remain at Caribbean Club and so i would recommend this property for all those 80dexapky with older children, young adults or several couples seeking luxury accommodations with a little bit more options in the form of dining and entertainment. Rates start at $650 per night in low season for a Tower ocean suite.
One more great option is the more moderate Lacovia complex in lower SMB. Nearer to George Town, this complex resembles even more of a condo building with ample parking, the garden pool in the heart of the complex and a variety of accommodations from 1-2 bedroom units with either garden, pool or ocean views. Each unit is individually owned and decorated with some units very moderate and updated and others`not a great deal. Each unit we saw was very clean, comfortable and included each of the amenities one would expect of any rental. What makes Lacovia this sort of appealing option I think is definitely the quiet atmosphere, fantastic beachfront location and value. One bedroom units start only $290 per night in low season which for this quality of accommodation in Grand Cayman is an excellent deal. Great option for couples, families or single travelers seeking a destination to escape everything.
Also worth mentioning may be the contact southbaybeachclub.com. Really the only five diamond resort on the island and your best option if you are looking for the full service resort. With consistent Ritz Carlton services and amenities this resort offers a full service spa (consistently ranked within the top 2 within the Caribbean) and some of the best restaurants in the island. Although you may don`t stop at the Ritz, make plans for lunch at 7 Prime Cuts & Sunset or BLUE by Eric Ripert which provides fine dining along with a romantic atmosphere. You should note that the principle hotel can be found across the street from the beach so if you book garden or resort view rooms, you`ll should walk on the beach by way of their air bridge. They are doing offer an oceanfront tower directly on the beach which can be a few things i would recommend when your budget allows. This is actually the smartest choice for honeymooners trying to find luxury. Rates start at $299 per night in low season with 5th night free. Oceanfront rooms start at $579 per night.