This sand snob found a brand new favorite in cayman condos seven mile beach. Not being divers I wasn`t sure what our family would do on a recent escape to Grand Cayman. Grand Cayman is flat, over developed, expensive (things are imported), certainly not my cup of tea. Or so I was thinking.
Like a travel professional I often feel pressured to see and do whenever possible. Afterall, our greatest tool for planning exceptional escapes is our personally experience. Sometimes I play a whole lot that we think that I needed a trip from my vacation! On Grand Cayman I could enjoy a guilt-free beach holiday. After 2-72 hours 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 small, independently owned condominium complex on Seven Mile Beach (SMB) with 32 three bedroom, 3 bath units offered to rent every day. Situated in three, three-story buildings, every one of these 1800 square foot units have the identical layout and provide views in the ocean. A few things to consider note as these units are individually owned you`ll obtain the dcor, bedding and kitchen amenities vary. Unlike some of the larger condo complexes here, you can select and book a certain unit at Coral Stone Club. For families with small kids I recommend selecting a ground floor unit. We found this incredibly helpful when our young son was taking a nap, I was able to still sit on our terrace by using a book, start to see the ocean and still be within earshot. For all those searching for a quieter location, pick a top floor unit which may have vaulted ceilings and unobstructed ocean views. It is a true self-catering condo complex and the staff is virtually non-existent. If we arrived on a Saturday one of many housekeepers we will inside the unit with the instructions to examine-in at the desk on Monday. Also i didn`t find the staff at the front end desk all the insightful once i asked for their personal advice on points to see & do. Bear in mind though that the majority of people staying listed here are either owners or vacationers that have been coming for a long time. Hanging out by the pool is definitely the action to take inside the afternoon as being the owners come together like long-lost friends and welcome us new timers. They are the real lot of information with insider tips about things to see and experience while in Grand Cayman. We stayed in unit # 5 which we found to be really cozy and well-appointed. You could potentially tell the owners are here frequently because there was every kitchen utensil and gadget imaginable available. You might find it odd which i was impressed with that but when you`re just like me a person who frequently stays in cayman or private homes with extended family you`ll appreciate that. We appreciated the screened in porch and spent time and effort here enjoying meals and playing video games. The grocery store is across the road within walking distance and you will you can bring the cart returning to the unit. Their grocer will be sending staff later inside the day to accumulate the carts from the neighboring condo properties. The true highlight here I feel is the beach. Coral Stone Club enjoys a remarkably wide, clear section of beach with the perfect balance of natural tree shade and beach loungers. I would recommend a stay at Coral Stone Club in a heartbeat for families looking for the best upscale-yet-down-home beachfront vacation. This could additionally be a fantastic location for 2-3 couples to share a unit and enjoy a soothing holiday. Rates start at $695 per night. Plan your visit during the summer months and receive your 6th night free!
Our next stop was the Caribbean Club just a couple of doors down. If you`ve been to Grand Cayman you may recall the Caribbean Club of old which was made up of several cozy beach and garden cottages. After hurricane Ivan the newest owners completely tore down and rebuilt three luxurious towers bringing a new degree of luxury to SMB. Having spent a few days at Coral Stone Club where I felt the accommodations were already quite nice, I did so 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 square feet with three bedrooms and three baths and very richly appointed. Caribbean Club operates more like a hotel for the reason that 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 mixture of Italian cuisine and fresh seafood and is a great location to enjoy music from the evenings. Each one of the units are individually owned and decorated and have a sizable verandah facing either the pool or ocean. As a result of layout from the property in case you are in a pool view unit, be ready to be right on the top of other people. Very little privacy to be found here when all units basically face the other. The earth floor ocean front villa suites are particularly fantastic as you literally walk 4 steps off the verandah and have your toes inside the sand. Our particular unit was very luxurious however, not as personalized or that child friendly (think glass tables and a lot of breakables). Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Caribbean Club and I would recommend this property for people 80dexapky with teenagers, teenagers or several couples trying to find luxury accommodations with a bit more options in the form of dining and entertainment. Rates start at $650 per night in low season for the Tower ocean suite.
Another excellent choice is the more moderate Lacovia complex in lower SMB. Nearer to George Town, this complex resembles much more of a flat building with ample parking, the garden pool in the heart of the complex and an array 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 so much. Each unit we saw was very clean, comfortable and included all the amenities one would expect of a rental. What makes Lacovia this sort of appealing option I believe is the quiet atmosphere, fantastic beachfront location and price. One bedroom units start at just $290 per night in low season which with this quality of accommodation in Grand Cayman is a superb deal. Great selection for couples, families or single travelers trying to find a destination to escape all of it.
Also worth mentioning is the contact southbaybeachclub.com. The only real five diamond resort in the island and the best choice if you are looking for any full service resort. With consistent Ritz Carlton services and amenities this resort delivers a full service spa (consistently ranked within the top 2 inside the Caribbean) and several of the best restaurants on the island. Even though you don`t stop at the Ritz, make plans for lunch at 7 Prime Cuts & Sunset or BLUE by Eric Ripert that provides fine dining plus a romantic atmosphere. It is important to keep in mind that the main hotel is located down the street through the beach if you book garden or resort view rooms, you`ll should walk for the beach by using their air bridge. They generally do provide an oceanfront tower on the beach which can be what I would recommend should your budget allows. This is the best choice for honeymooners seeking luxury. Rates start at $299 per night in low season with 5th night free. Oceanfront rooms start at $579 per night.