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South Bay Beach Club
Certificate of Excellence
Crownsville, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Wow, What a Beautiful Place!!!”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We stayed in #33, a 5th floor, 3 bedroom 2 bath condo from 4/19 to 4/26/14. The unit appears to be brand new, even though it is probably, at least, a few years old. The views from the Seven Mile Beachfront balcony are spectacular and the location can't be beat! The South Bay Beach Club is quiet and has plenty of beach chairs, umbrellas and room so that you don't have to fight for space! The pool is very nice as well. The Marriott next door has a lot of action going on, and is a nice place to visit for drinks and meals as well as access to water sports--wave runners, parasailing , banana boat riding, etc. The water in front of South Bay is crystal clear when calm and has some nice snorkeling as well. The housekeeping services are very good especially if you take time to get to know the workers as they are very nice people. A great place to stay and we will try and make it back in the next year or so!! Wonderful place!!

Room Tip: I'm sure all the rooms here are great, they all have balconies on Seven Mile Beach!!!!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Carthage, New York
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Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

The condos at South Bay beach Club were awesome. We stayed in a 2 bedroom which was on the 1st floor and had a double sliding glass door that opened right up to the beach! An amazing view! A very nice pool located Oceanside as well. Cleaning staff (Adora) was very friendly and came every day but Sunday to clean and leave fresh towels. This is a perfect location on Seven Mile Beach, close to The Marriot. Snorkeling is great, I saw a small sting ray the 1st day. The staff works hard to maintain the beach every day. There is plenty of chairs and umbrellas for shade.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Chicago, IL
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We just returned from an unbelievable week at South Bay Beach Club. We stayed there with my husband, 12 year old son, my in laws and my mother. We stayed in Unit #20 which is on the third floor with an unbelievable view of the beach/ocean. This unit was wonderful as it was a three bedroom with a media room (sleeper sofa) and four full bathrooms. The kitchen was stocked with everything you could possibly want and more. Gorgeous decorations with a great outdoor screened patio. We spent all of our free time on the HUGE balcony enjoying the sounds of the ocean as you are literally right on the beach.

I saw many comments that they will grocery shop for you prior to your arrival. I never received anything about it and when I asked Faithia about it upon our checkin didn't get the sense that this was something the front desk had any interest in doing. Housekeeping did not keep a consistent cleaning schedule as it would vary from day to day and they really don't do much. We swept floors, made our beds, took out trash, etc. We also did not have sheets for the pull out sleeper sofa and by the time we realized this on Saturday night the office was closed and closed on Sunday as well so we had to wait until Monday for sheets.

The beach in front of the units was perfect and clean it/rake it every morning. They had numerous chairs and tables and they were empty almost every day. Never a fight for a chair/table. The Comfort Inn and Marriott were right next door and the people staying there often tried to crowd into our chairs. I saw several instances were security approached them and made them leave. (They were able to tell they weren't staying at SBBC due to the color of the towels).

We had a driver (Raymond) who was wonderful as walking to anything was not very convenient. No grocery store within walking distance. He was able to take us to dinner and the grocery store and made life much easier. He was also very helpful in suggesting boat trips, etc.

All in all it was a wonderful trip and we are already looking to return.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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wisconsin
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We stayed in villa 8 with 2 adults and 2 younger kids.

pros:
1. first floor is great with kids because you can easily get in and out of your room from the beach and pool. The view might be slightly better higher, but the convenience WAY outweighs that.
2. The beach and water are beautiful. Turquoise waters, a man-made reef with good snorkeling, no rough surf.
3. Nice small pool. Very warm. Kids loved it.
4. Rooms are well-appointed and modern, nice furnishings. The other places we looked at all looked like your grandmas house in Florida, with floral polyester comforters, etc.
5. Maggie up front was very helpful.
6. The sand is very soft with few rocks. There are some rocks in the water, so you have to look where you are walking a little.
7. Having the Marriott next door is convenient as they have restaurants and sports rentals.
8. Never had to fight for chairs like at the neighboring properties.

cons:
1. The room was not very clean when we got there.
2. Hard to know when housekeeping was coming each day.
3. It is on a busy road--if you are walking it is difficult to cross the street.
4. Faithia, another front desk staff, was kind of rude and didn't seem to want to help. Maybe she was having a bad week.
5. No restaurants, coffee shops, etc on the property.
6. Not much within a convenient walk. 20 minutes or so on a busy road to an outdoor shopping mall.

Room Tip: First floor is great for families.
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NYC, NY
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

There are many positives about staying at South Bay Beach Club - first of all it is located directly on a spectacular beach - and the first floor condos go directly onto the beach. 7 mile beach is likely the best beach we have ever stayed on - and great for families because the water is very calm - also great snorkeling right off of the beach.
The staff is very helpful - ahead of our arrival they had arranged Golf, groceries, dinner reservations and helped us with Scuba.
The condo is very well appointed - best stocked kitchen we have ever stayed in. Really nice appliances etc. Also very spacious and comfortable. The screened in porch is really nice.
The problem for us was that we could not REST - for various reasons - and since getting REST is so important to us on vacation, we are not sure we would return.

First of all -- the beautiful condos are right next to a Comfort Suites and the Marriott (huge). As a result it was VERY crowded on the beach -- In principal, South Bay has its own private beach area - but in practice the Comfort Suites (which has a MINUSCULE beach of its own and WAY too few chairs for all of its guests) - as you might imagine - the Comfort Suites folks invaded the South Bay space - The folks at the Comfort Suites were also a different kind of crowd - which we also did not appreciate.

Secondly -- the housekeeping time etc was extremely erratic -- this drove us crazy since we had to make sure we were up in the morning (in case they came) and then my husband could not take a nap in the afternoon until they were done. This was very frustrating -- this could be solved by either giving a time estimate (especially since the time the house keeping came varied from 10 am to nearly 5 pm!) or at least have an option to have a do not disturb on the door.

Lastly, next door to us for most of the week was a very large group - 5 adults and two kids staying in a condo for 1-4 persons - and on top of that they had guests from the island. Granted they can rent to whomever they like but boy if they do they should consider how LOUD it would get to have 7 people staying in such a small place - actually - we were not able to sit on the porch at all because of the noise.

So, the bottom line is that if QUIET and REST is important to you - there may be better options.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Coralville
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Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

My family (husband, wife, son 13, daughter 12) just spent a week in Unit 33 and we loved every minute of it. The unit was well furnished with tasteful style. The roof terrace has an unimaginable panoramic view of the crystal clear Caribbean. It was great for taking in the morning and watching all the activity below. After dining out, we would play cards and enjoy the perfect temperatures and soft breeze.
The larger units on the upper levels have their master suites facing the ocean, so we could listen to the gentle waves 24/7. The kids were able to spread out with their own rooms and were able to stay occupied between the pool, the snorkeling, the hammocks, the coral beaches to the south, and the sandy beaches to the north.... This location is on the north fringe of where the coral turns to all sand. There are a few sharp spots, but they're easy to see. There is also a man made mini-reef in front of the property where you can see lots of creatures. Compared to many of the neighboring properties, there was generous space on the beach and a good number of chairs relative to people.
The location was walkable to the downtown as well as Camana Bay. We took the bus a couple times when we were tired. We went without a car except for one day when we nabbed a small car for touring... There's a rental agency less than a block away.
We felt completely secure letting the kids just do their own thing around the beach club.
Maggie and Faithia in the office are very helpful and made us feel at home.
Ina, our house keeper, was a hoot.
We loved it and would recommend it!

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

Stayed in unit 3 - super modern and nice, full amenities. Right on beach where we could walk from unit's balcony down steps to sand in 10 seconds. View is amazing. Beach is private with amazing white sand. Very few guests there so always good loungers available. The snorkeling right off the beach is amazing and the Marriot next door has lots of activities. They are more crowded there but far enough away. Daily housekeeping service. Phone for local calls, large flat panel TVs with High Def. Walking distance to all good SMB restaurants. Maggie and Faithia were great - booked tours for us, had groceries delivered before our arrival. About as perfect as it gets. Brandon.

Room Tip: Villas 1-8 are ground floor and you can walk from balcony to beach.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: South Bay Beach Club
Address: 193 Piper Way, West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach KY1-1205, Grand Cayman
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Region: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > Seven Mile Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Seven Mile Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newest luxury property on the world famous Seven Mile Beach, located next to Marriott Resort Grand Cayman. Two, three and four bedroom villas all oceanfront. Heated swimming pool, 2 beachfront hammocks shaded by 4 swaying coconut palms, 2 Weber gas grills and fitness room. A snorkeler's paradise with colorful tropical fish just feet from our shoreline and fantastic snorkeling areas just beyond our beach. Relax on our private beach, lounge chairs and umbrellas available to our guests. An amazing vacation awaits you at South Bay Beach Club in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. ... more   less 
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South Bay Beach Club Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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