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Aqua Bay Club
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

I have to be honest; I almost hate to write this, because I really don’t want to let the secret out about what a hidden treasure Aqua Bay Club truly is! We just returned from our 4th trip to Grand Cayman and, having stayed previously in the lower SMB area, we really loved the change to the quieter, more local West End. Deena the Aqua Bay Club’s general manager was a wonderful hostess, the location was perfect, and the place is gem of a facility. We stayed 6 days with another couple in unit 14, and it couldn’t have worked out better. We never tired of the view from the room. The large screened porch was the perfect spot for morning coffee (and more than a few happy hour beverages). The kitchen was well-equipped and it was great being able to keep essentials in for a quick snack. The filtered water dispenser and ice maker in the fridge were also quite handy. We’d read here about problems with noise but truthfully, had no problem with road noise or chickens/roosters or other guests around us while we were here. Aqua Bay includes free (and surprisingly fast) Wifi and we had no problem using it to keep tabs on the folks back home. Aqua Bay offers even a free cell phone loan, but Skype seemed to worked just fine so we didn’t bother. Even video chat worked well – which we used to promote some long distance envy as our family saw our view :) We rented a car for the week from Andy’s rentals at the airport (look for coupons on the web) and I definitely recommend one for running to the supermarket and touring the island. For dinners, we chose a taxi service and we were lucky enough to meet the lovely Deserene (“Lady D”) and her cab service on our first evening. Lady D was such a wonderful, welcome source of hospitality and humor all week long. We can’t recommend her highly enough. She was funny, punctual, friendly, a great source of island information and is cousins with everybody! We went out of our way to use her services all week and while I’ve never hugged a cab driver when leaving a vacation before, I did this time!
The fact that Aqua Bay has only 21 units meant plenty of room and space on the beach (there were many days were we had the entire beach or pool to ourselves). We saw lights on, so folks were there – but when we met a condo owner he told us the same thing, it always seems to be quiet – even when fuller with guests. The landscaping is perfectly maintained and the beach has plenty of both sunny and shady spots. Our favorite spot on the beach, under the large sea grape trees, still makes me sigh contentedly. There are two Weber gas grills for use, though we chose to eat out in the evenings. But with a supermarket just a short walk up the beach, and a daily fish market in downtown, it’s possible to dine in every night. Worth noting, ABC does not have an elevator, so bear that in mind if steps are a problem for you, consider a first floor walkout or second floor unit.
I’m a huge snorkeling fan and the reef at Aqua Bay did not disappoint (see pics). There were some surprisingly good fish in just the first 10 yards from shore just to the left of Aqua Bay which would be great for kids or those not comfortable swimming further out (I saw a small stingray, pufferfish, flounder, and plenty of other fish right there). For some nicer reef, swim toward the anchor buoys about 100/150 yards off Aqua Bays’ beach at about the 10-11 o’clock position. Also, just up the beach to the right, about 4 properties away, is the Cemetery Reef beach, one of Grand Cayman’s best off-beach snorkel sites. Here especially, make sure you swim out far enough. I saw some surprising comments here on TA about Cemetery Reef being “dead” (no pun intended). Nothing could be further from the truth, but you do need to head out far enough to see it. Stand on the beach, find the orange Kittywake buoy marker, and swim that direction about 150/200 yards. There’s some awesome sights there including stingrays, French and Queen Angelfish, great coral formations, even cuttlefish – first time I’ve ever seen them.
Some folks mentioned the ABC beach being a bit rocky or steep. There’s some truth to that, but don’t let it overly influence your decision. The swatch of rock and small coral pieces is only a few feet wide and we had no problem stepping over it, and there were plenty of easier-entry locations right at Aqua Bay and nearby. If you want an even more gradual slope head up or down the beach a little bit. Note too that the beach is crushed coral and soft, even at the waterline, which makes longer walks and jogging difficult as your feet tend to sink. Short walks are just fine.
For meals we really varied between nicer and casual. One of or favorite was the local heritage BBQ just up the street on Boggy Sound Road (only on Sunday afternoons). Wonderful local food and hospitality. We also went to Eduardos (great), Aqua (good), Calypso Grill (great), Cracked Conch's outdoor tiki bar (good), Coconut Joes (great fun). Chicken Chicken takeout was also delicious!
I just can’t say enough about how much we loved the place. I think our housekeeper summed it up beautifully when I saw her taking a break and staring at the beautiful water. She was born on “the brac” as she told me and grew up by the water. “Do you ever get tired of looking at it?” I asked. Her reply, without hesitation: “Nope, never.”

Room Tip: All rooms have amazing views. Since there's no elevator, consider a second floor room to be up a...
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 May 2012

We stayed at this property for our honeymoon. It was exactly what we wanted... quiet and very well-kept. Our condo was one on the bottom floor and it literally opened up to the beach. The staff at the property was very accomodating and even gave us a cell phone to use while in Grand Cayman.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

I am a very particular traveler, I like things nice! Well I certainly found it at the Aqua Bay Club. Our condo #7 was well appointed, comfortable and very clean. Nothing was run down or dated as you can find in other properties. The beach by this property was excellant, a few stones but nothing that would inhibit you from snorkeling right outside your door. If you want quiet, relaxation and convenience, this is the place to stay.
We plan on returning next year and will definately stay at Aqua Bay Club, no need to searce for anyplace else.

Room Tip: Unit 7 was a ground floor condo which we enjoyed but any unit is convenient based on the size of thi...
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank martyfly
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

We recently stayed at Aqua Bay Club in unit 11. It exceeded our expectations! The snorkeling was the main reason we chose this location, and we were not let down. It was excellent. The Cemetery Reef is within walking distance down the beach.

We loved our condo. It was comfortable, supremely clean and just perfect for our family of four. My husband's cousin and his family also rented a condo in this complex, and they found it to be equally perfect for their family.

We will definitely come back here again. One of the best, most relaxing vacations of our life.

Room Tip: The West End of Grand Cayman is amazing. Staying here, you are really away from it all, but near the...
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Sarah Jane W
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

We rented a one bedroom unit for 6 nights earlier this month. (All units have 2 bedrooms and 2 baths but since there were only 2 of us we only used the rear bedroom and bath. The other bedroom was open so we used it to store our luggage.) The units are very spacious and ours was very nicely furnished. The kitchen was very well supplied. We ate most of our meals at the condo - all breakfasts, some lunches and all but 2 dinners. A Fosters supermarket is less a mile away but we also bought fresh fish at the outdoor fish market two doors south of Casanovas in Georgetown. One night we grilled chicken on one of the Weber grills on the beach. (Same Weber we have at home.) But we selected Aqua Bay because we love to snorkel and our favorite reef is cemetery which is only about 300 yards North of Aqua Bay. One day we swam to and from cemetery reef from right out in front but its a ways. Staff was helpful and friendly and the road noise was not a problem as some reviewers have said. We will be back next year and try to stay in the same unit.

Room Tip: Check the Aqua Bay web site for photos of all the units.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Bob G
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

We've stayed in Unit #3 at Aqua Bay Club for 5 years now and have loved each visit. The staff are very friendly, the units are well-stocked and the location is ideal. ABC is on the quiet, north end of the beach so there are never any crowds and you have lots of space to roam. There are only about 20 condos so there's always space at the pool and always chairs on the beach. We'll certainly be back again next Christmas.

Room Tip: Our family has stayed in #2, #3 and #4 for years. You can walk right out to the pool and the beach...
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank HBD
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

We rented #18 for 6 days (top floor) and had the best time. The condo was very well equipped, had everything we could think of that we might need for our vacation and then more. The view from the condo was wonderful, miles of blue ocean and white sandy beach. The position of the ABC is great too – well away from the busy end of Seven Mile Beach, no fighting for sunbeds or a patch of beach for us!! The downside is that you have to drive to restaurants so for us a hire car was essential. For information the one night we used a taxi down to Luca (great restaurant) it was $27 plus tip for the return trip.
Pros:
• Very well-equipped
• Stylish furniture
• Good snorkelling outside the condo and even better just up the beach at Cemetery beach (directly out about 150 yards from either the end of the cemetery)
• Spacious
• Deena and Renda in the office were very helpful and so keen to deal with anything we asked
Cons:
• Top floor was not easy to get the heavy bags to (no lift) so if that is going to be an issue might be better considering a lower floor (but would not have such a good view)
• The road noise and chickens people have mentioned (but we took ear plugs after reading the other reviews)
• The balcony area was screened with mosquito/bug netting which was great but there were no ‘lounging’ chairs out there for use, only dining chairs, so it was not easy to relax out there

Restaurants: as I said above Luca was great (we went for our 30th wedding anniversary meal, hence the taxi), we also very much enjoyed Pappagallo’s (see my review), The Wharf (for the food and the tarpon feeding, not as much for the rather odd service, alternating between being ignored and then being smothered with attention!!) and Ragazzi (the best value for money we had, really good food and not over the top on prices).
On the other side of the island - The Lighthouse at Breakers and On the Edge, on the road to Rum Point (amazing sitting on the deck with frigate birds soaring overhead).

Room Tip: Go for #18 you will not regret it
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Walk_the_walk
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Address: West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach KY1-1201, Grand Cayman
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Region: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > Seven Mile Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Seven Mile Beach
Price Range: £252 - £373 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aqua Bay Club 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aqua Bay Club - Grand Cayman, is one of the most desirable short term rental luxury condominiums along World Famous Seven Mile Beach. It provides a perfect vacation gateway and assures tranquility as well as unspoiled beauty of the land and ocean. All of our 21 apartments are privately owned and are kept in impeccable condition. Guests will enjoy freshwater pool, Jacuzzi and plenty of sun or the shade of the Aqua Bay's tropical palms and thatched huts located in the court yard and at the waters edge. Now offering FREE high speed internet access in every unit! ... more   less 
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