I have to concur with what everyone else has to say about Pirates Point. We had no idea of what was in store when we went. To get in from the airport and go almost straight to dinner where we had roast lamb with a port wine reduction sauce along with potatoes, carrots, and asparagus was just overwhelming! We had no idea that Chef’s Dianne and Jeff would seek to constantly outdo each other as the week went on. The soups at lunch were just fantastic; a smoky tomato bisque, black bean, hot & sour that would put any Asian restaurant to the test and cream of brie!
Then there was BBQ night with some of the best ribs I’ve ever had covered with Jeff’s own sauce that he’s spent a year perfecting. Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes, the famous broccoli salad, chocolate chip cookies with pistachios, black forest ham & cheese quiche, blueberry & cream cheese coffee cake, lamb sliders with home-made mint mayo, Mahi and avocado salad, French toast with strawberry preserves and real whipped cream, grilled Wahoo with an Italian roulade, eggplant stuffed with a marinara-cheese-basil mixture, tiramisu, Eggs Florentine, shrimp & pesto pizza, pork tenderloin with a sun-dried apricot reduction sauce, and more and more and more…..
There are only ten rooms so the whole atmosphere is like a large family. As someone else mentioned you can make a lot of new friends and dive buddies over the course of a week. Many people who have met there come back the same week every year to dive with their new friends. The Wi-Fi doesn’t quite make it to the rooms, which is probably a good thing. The water is completely safe to drink and divers get as much alcohol as they want from the well-stocked bar. We had a room with A/C. The other option is a beach front room where you’re at the mercy of the trade winds. At this time of year it gets very hot if you’re out of the breeze. The A/C kept us plenty comfortable at night. We had one problem with our room in that the bathroom sink was nearly completely clogged. We let them know and by the time I got back from diving the next day it was draining freely.
Oh yeah, I was there to dive. My still pictures can’t do justice to Bloody Bay Wall. You either have to see it in person or have someone shoot a lot of video. You gotta love the Nassau grouper some of which are so tame they let Mike give them a hug and are constantly following you on dives to get some attention. They may also be looking to get a free Lion Fish meal. Hawksbill turtles galore along with some young green turtles and a couple of Loggerheads. Saw my first pipe fish ever! I like places where I can do three or more dives a day but with just two a day this is a nice, slow pace with plenty of time to relax. The dive operation is first class with a nice large boat and five instructor/dive masters that can do everything from drive the boat to wash dishes in the kitchen.
On my second day as soon as I jumped in the water I noticed the volume of bubbles emerging from my pressure gauge console had increased markedly from the day before and also noticed some pinprick air leaks from the hose outside the console assembly. Not wanting to risk a high pressure hose blowout at 100 feet I swam back to the boat, climbed up and within five minutes Mike and Martha had replaced the hose and used Martha’s personal hose mount to secure my computer to the replacement hose all while I’m still sitting on the bench in full gear. Back in the water, dive saved!
One more note on the food. On Friday night Gladys Howard holds a little party at her house on the edge of the property. On this occasion we had Lion Fish sushi along with several other kinds and Champagne. A couple of us watched Chef Jeff prepare it. Very interesting.
On the next to the last night I finally got sucked into the Mexican Domino games and ended up wishing I had started at the beginning of the week. It was a lot of fun and provided the perfect after-dinner activity to take you all the way to bed time. Gladys is very hard to beat though.
We had an early flight out on Saturday. Chef Dianne was making spinach quiche for everyone else in two big pies. For the three of us that had to leave early she made us personal quiches in baking dishes that would have been the equivalent of two slices each of the big pies. Also had link sausages and apple strudel. This kept us well satisfied until we reached Tampa late in the afternoon.
We usually like to avoid going to the same place two years in a row but we may have to make an exception with Pirates Point.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pirate's Point is an excellent choice for those who want to get away from the crowd and have a vacation truly focused on relaxation, some of the best diving in the world, fabulous food, and great comradery. We offer all-inclusive packages for divers and non-divers alike. We strive to provide our guests with a gracious and welcoming atmosphere where comfort, safety and leisure are our top priority. Pirates Point has a private, spacious dive boat and well trained dive staff. Beginners and experienced divers are welcome. Great snorkeling is found right in front of the resort. Guests also enjoy fishing, swimming, nature trail hikes, bicycle rides, picnics, iguana and bird watching. Pirates Point offers accommodations that are simple, tasteful and immaculate. Our features include: • 11 rooms in cottages • 4 of the 11 rooms are oceanfront with oceanside porches • 5 of the 11 rooms offer air conditioning and are set back from the oceanfront. One of the rooms is designated for singles only (no single supplement). • 1 large oceanfront room with air conditioning ideal for 3 people ($10/day usage fee on AC) • 1 large ocean view room with air conditioning suitable for 4 (parents with children only) ($10/day usage fee on AC) • Daily maid service is provided ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pirates Point Hotel Little Cayman
- Pirates Point Resort Little Cayman, Cayman Islands