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Has anyone else stayed at Fishbones Villa in Grand Cayman?

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Has anyone else stayed at Fishbones Villa in Grand Cayman?

Hi everyone! My husband and I are traveling to Grand Cayman in April next year. Funny story: we originally booked a villa that was sold (Moon Shadow) to new owners that wanted to move in, only to sign a contract for a different villa and then IT was sold (Babylon Reef) and those owners want to move in as well! We're hoping the third time's a charm with whatever we pick next.

Our top priorities are privacy/peace & quiet, a pool with a view, and snorkeling right near the house (and not having the owners want to move in before our vacation - ha). So I'm currently looking into Fishbones. I found this one detailed review from 2011, but I was wondering if anyone has stayed at the villa more recently? tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147365-i261-k4491…

I'd love to hear any new reviews! Mainly is it clean and are the cockroaches still there? (Deal-breaker - I know the Caribbean has bugs, but I've stayed in plenty of cockroach-free villas.)

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Has anyone else stayed at Fishbones Villa in Grand Cayman?

I posted in the original thread having stayed there a few years ago. It is a beautiful property The pool is one of the best. The downstairs is wonderful. We noticed no bugs. I think if you ask some pertinent questions from the rental agency it would definitely be a great place to stay. Security is really not an issue. There is a gate you can close over the driveway and the neighbors are pretty vigilant

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Awesome, thanks so much! I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed it because we really think we'd like that area. It looks like the view is pretty spectacular.

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3. Re: Has anyone else stayed at Fishbones Villa in Grand Cayman?

Yes the views are great. You are up high over the water so that is nice. The snorkeling is pretty good but it is a long way to the reef.

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4. Re: Has anyone else stayed at Fishbones Villa in Grand Cayman?

Wonderful! I'm a beginner snorkeler, so it sounds like I probably won't swim out to the reef from there. Is there anything to see closer to the house? (And I'm just happy to see any kind of fish, really.)

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5. Re: Has anyone else stayed at Fishbones Villa in Grand Cayman?

IIRC it is a mix of turtle grass beds and open sandy areas with a few small coral heads in between. You will see some smaller fish around those. We did some big sting rays in the sandy areas and a GIANT puffer hanging around the place where you get in the water.

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Update: We just returned from Fish Bones and had such an amazing time! The house was so wonderful. We loved the gorgeous view, the huge pool, and access to the water. My husband snorkeled behind the house several times and saw lots of parrot fish, angel fish, bar jacks, a sting ray and even an eagle ray. Fish Bones looks even better in person than it does in the photos online, and I didn't see one single bug in the house. I'm surprised there aren't any official reviews on VRBO or other sites - maybe they don't rent it that often? I'll write a full review soon, but in the meantime if anyone has questions about this villa please let me know and I'll be happy to help!

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I just came across this topic and I stayed at Fish Bones last year with my family of 3 and I agree this home is amazing. I can't imagine who would start the "bugs" issue but this is NOT that type of home. Spotless, warm and cozy with complete privacy.

Sesmarks, I befriended at very cute cat that I called "Stache" because of the bizarre mustache markings it wore and wondering if he was spotted...?

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gibbie, yes! I think I did see that sweet cat one morning - I wandered into the main room and saw him sitting at the door! He must have been looking for you. So glad to hear you enjoyed the home, too! We miss it already and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again sometime.

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Here is my review in case it helps anyone with this villa! I also put together a trip video that includes several scenes from the house: https://vimeo.com/93285145

My husband and I stayed at Fish Bones for a week in April this year, and this is probably our most favorite Caribbean villa so far! The view is incredible and I don't think you'll find a better pool/view combination on the island. As someone who is susceptible to bug bites and sunburn, I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciated the screened-in porch. I spent a lot of time reading and relaxing in the shade there, and mealtimes at the table were wonderfully bug-free.

We enjoyed walking down to the water via the stone steps, and my husband went snorkeling at the house several times. There are a few spiny sea urchins near the steps in the water, but I think you can avoid them if you're careful (he didn't have any problems). The water there is clear with a sandy bottom for several yards out, and then it's mostly turtle grass. You could swim out to the reef, but there was plenty of stuff to see right near the house along the rocks. He saw parrotfish, bar jacks, high hats, an angelfish, and we often saw stingrays glide by while we were sitting on the cliff's edge.

Fish Bones is in a fantastic location if you’re looking for peace and quiet, security, and a gorgeous view. The neighboring house isn’t too close, and the surrounding foliage makes it completely private. Fish Bones sits far enough back from the road that you don’t hear street noise. It’s wonderfully quiet. There are several restaurants and bars within a 5-10 minute drive and we enjoyed all of the ones we tried (Tukka was a favorite). This is also a great spot if you are into diving – there are two great dive shops just a few minutes down the road. We used Tortuga for a snorkeling trip to Sunset Reef.

It’s also worth noting that the house was so clean. We didn't see one bug anywhere inside. And we had everything we needed for comfort, convenience, and for meals. I see the photos have since been updated, but when we booked, the pictures hardly did the house justice. When we arrived, we were shocked at how beautiful the house and location were. The new photos represent the villa much better!

The only (and I mean ONLY) downside I can think of was the low water pressure in the master bath shower. I have long thick hair, so sometimes it was hard to rinse shampoo out, but I managed. That's it though - everything else about Fish Bones was so incredibly perfect that we didn't want to leave, and we dream about going back! I would stay here again in a heartbeat if we have the opportunity

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10. Re: Has anyone else stayed at Fishbones Villa in Grand Cayman?

Hey, thanks for the video, it was great