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Pirates Point Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Little Cayman
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 May 2014

I always check the best and the worst reviews before choosing a resort or vacation spot. You can look up the worst one about Pirates Point Resort, but that person could not possibly ever have gone there!
This was our first time there and we felt like part of the family the first day. The staff always had time to answer questions and solve any problems, no matter how small (no big ones ever came up). Our room was bright and airy and had a wonderful tropical decor without being gaudy.
We can understand some "hard core" divers grumbling about "only two dives a day," but an hour and a half to two hours under water was just right for us. They don't cut dives short, but ask you to come up with 500 psi in your tank, a standard with most dive operations. And we all went diving on the same Bloody Bay wall.
We saved the best part for last! They had two chefs (not cooks, CHEFS!) and all of our meals were gourmet. you may have croissants, banana crapes or quiche for breakfast, full lunches, and possibly a stuffed pork tenderloin or or wonderful fish for dinner. They even have guests coming in from other resorts for dinner. You have to try that if you decide to stay someplace else. They were nice enough to give serve us a full lunch two hours early because of our flight time.
Ok, every review should have a "but" in it, even if you have to pick something minor. So... the bar-lounge area was a bit kitschy, but you would have to see it for yourself to understand.
Bottom line, don't go there if you want to dive your brains out and come home more worn out than when you left, but do go if you want to be pampered, spoiled and totally relaxed after a week or so on Bloody Bay Wall.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

There are so many reviews that reflect our experience at Pirate's Point that I'm not going to reinvent the wheel... It is a laid back dive resort with serious diving staff. While my husband and I don't dive, our teens do. After our return from T&C last year, our son announced that he wanted more wall diving, so I went on line and found Pirate's Point. Our daughter got her certification while we were there (Bob was a great instructor), and we went out on the boat nearly every day to snorkel. The crew was incredible - I definitely knew that our kids were in great hands! The accommodations are simple, but that really didn't matter. If you want a Ritz Carlton, look elsewhere. If you want to dive (or snorkel), have great food and relax (bring a lot of books to sit by the pool in the afternoon), then this may be your place! The food was terrific (the only issue was that our son is a basic meat and potatoes kid, so a couple of the meals were challenging, while not insurmountable). I was a little worried , based upon previous reviews, that there would be an older crowd, but that was not the case - there were several families with teens and young adults, and our kids were very comfortable. New Year's Eve and Friday night sushi at Gladys's lovely home were very special. Mexican Train Dominoes after dinner is not to be missed, but be aware of the sign hanging above the table: "My barn, my rules". It's true. While we have done a lot of traveling with the kids over the years, they have never asked to return anywhere.... until now. So we will be back in December, like so many others. It's a very special place!

Room Tip: We had air conditioned rooms, but it's probably not necessary during the winter months.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

We just returned from a week of diving in Little Cayman, staying at Pirate's Point Resort. We were there about the same time last year. It is a place that definitely makes you want to return again, year after year. In fact while we were there, other people had been there 20 times, 17 times, 6 times, 4 times, etc. Obviously a place with a loyal following. And many guests came from far away--Alaska, Oregon, Las Vegas, Montana. Some spent two weeks there.

The diving is easy, with 2 dives a day and no limit to bottom time. The Yellow Rose dive boat is well set up for divers with a giant stride entry and large ladder to return to the boat. Safety is a concern with every precaution taken for safe diving. A depth limit is enforced due to Cayman diving rules. Nitrox is available on demand. You can dive with a dive guide or do your own thing. You just have to let the boat staff know if you chose not to dive with a guide.

One of the best thing about Pirate's Point is the incredible quality of the meals. All meals are served buffet style with a wonderful choice of excellent dishes--from fish to pork to lamb to beef to chicken. Particularly outstanding are the salads and vegetables. It's hard to imagine that all the varied ingredients are available on such a small island. I managed to gain 4 pounds in a week because everything was too good to pass up!

The rooms are comfortable and well appointed. They offer either beach front rooms cooled by fans or ocean breezes or air conditioned rooms a bit back from the beach. Either way, there are plenty of lounges and hammocks around the property for sun or shade. There is also a lovely pool just off the beach with lounges to relax in. Good fat-tire bikes are free for a ride around the island if you need extra exercise.

Cocktail hour brings everyone out for fabulous nibbles and a free, open help-yourself bar for those on a dive package. Guests (no more than 20 since there are only 10 rooms) congregate in the bar/club house at 6:30 for drinks and conversation. We've met so many interesting and entertaining people during a our two visits there. Dinner is served at 7:30 and it was always wonderful. There are two chefs--Diane for breakfast and lunch and Anthony for dinner. It seems like they always outdid themselves. In fact, there is a great cookbook of many of their great recipes.

One of the very best things is the outstanding staff. Although small in number, they all do an incredible job of helping wherever it is needed. The boat staff helps in the kitchen, the boutique, filling tanks, etc. They love what they are doing and it shows. I can't recommend Pirate's Point highly enough. At a time when the Caribbean is over run with cruise ships letting off hundreds of passengers on small islands, Little Cayman has no cruise ships and no plans for them in the future. Life is like it was many years ago in the islands. Just think of the Buffet songs--then here is your spot.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We enjoyed our stay here in 2013 so much that we traveled to Pirates Point Resort again this year -- and we spent the week congratulating ourselves on our good judgment. PPR is a mature operation run by a small crew of folks that have been there for many years. It has a firm idea of what it wants to be, and it continues to deliver magnificently.

The diving is what draws most people to Little Cayman. The PPR scuba operation is run by dive instructors (not just dive masters) and focuses on providing two fairly lengthy, high-quality, guided dives a day. The relatively genteel dive schedule also allows guests time to linger a bit over breakfast, and to experience everything else Little Cayman has to offer. If this is the way you like to dive, you won't find a better scuba experience anywhere. On the other hand, if you like to do your own thing on a more demanding schedule, you'll probably be a better fit elsewhere.

The food draws a lot of people to PPR in particular, and with good reason. Just about every night we were there, the resort hosted people from other resorts who were drawn to the innovative and delicious fare at PPR. You will not be disappointed.

This is a very relaxing and fun place to visit.

Room Tip: The non-air-conditioned oceanfront room was terrific and was fine, temperature wise, for us in late...
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Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

We just returned from a fantastic week at Pirates Point! We were greeted at the airport by Martha who drove us back to the resort for cold drinks and an orientation in the bar while our bags were delivered to our room. We stayed in #5, one of the oceanfront units. I highly recommend this room if it's available (everyone else there loved their room too!). I just really enjoyed the sea breezes and sound of the waves all night. In fact, other than the occasional Cayman Express plane, I didn't hear a single unnatural sound all week at the resort which was just what I needed.

The grounds are gorgeous and there are plenty of quiet places to relax, hammocks, lounge chairs, etc. We spent every afternoon relaxing on the beach, watching the waves crash on the reef and studying the behavior of the hermit crabs which are hilarious. Did you know they can climb trees? We didn't either!

I also want to give a big shout out to Anthony & Dianne! Thank you for all of the awesome meals! We're vegetarians and the first night's meal was steak for the main course (there were plenty of sides and salad), and I let Anthony know I was skipping the main because we're veg. From there on out, there was a something special for us at every meal, from veggie quesadillas to stuffed cabbage to curry chickpeas. THANK YOU! As vegetarian travelers, it can be hard to find great food, but not here. Some highlights from the week include mango pancakes (amazing), a heath bar creation at lunch one day, all of the desserts in general and the wonderful sides, salads & homemade salad dressings. Dianne's hot pepper jelly is a must try too.

The diving was terrific. The boat is just down the road and it's a short van ride. You can leave all of your gear on the boat for the week which is very convenient, you just need to bring your wetsuit back for a rinse each day. The dive sites aren't far and the boat ride is beautiful. We often saw turtles on the surface and flying fish flying away from the wake. The dive sites were all tremendous. A few of our favorites were Dot's Hot Spot, Marilynn's Cut, Lea Lea's Lookout, Cumber's Caves and The Playground. The wall was just gorgeous and there wasn't much current last week which I love since I like to take my time and really study the micro life on the reef. The divers were split into groups, about 5 per dive master and were well divided by skill level & air consumption rates. The first part of the dive is guided and all of the dive masters were very helpful identifying animals and corals along the way. The second part of the dive is free time. They bring you back to the boat, make sure everyone knows where it is and you can stay down as long as you want. I enjoyed both parts equally. Some highlights from the week's diving include a huge female porcupine fish hanging out with a smaller male, a few sharks in the blue, the biggest green moray eel I've ever seen, pipe horses in the sand, turtles, lobsters, a few burrfish hiding out, and all the groupers and barracuda taking advantage of the cleaning stations. The groupers were just back from spawning, so they were in extra need of cleaning. When they weren't being cleaned, they were their friendly selves visiting with us and wanting to be pet. The swim throughs that lead to the main wall are breathtaking too, not to be missed. Twice we were greeted by a shark in the blue when reaching the wall, they are so majestic, I won't soon forget their cute faces!
Thank you Martha, Gay, Michelle, Bob & Mike. It was a pleasure diving with all of you!

The resort has bikes to use too. We enjoyed taking a left out of the resort and biking to the barge dock for sunset, a beautiful unobstructed view. On the way to the dock, check out the new iguana boardwalk dedicated to Gladys, it protects their nesting grounds. There are iguanas all around, so keep an eye out. To the right of the resort just past the airport is the booby pond. You can only see them through telescopes, but it's worth the time to study the trees on the far shore. I found a pair with babies perching in a nest, adorable.

Pirates point a small, intimate resort where you'll get to know the staff and all of the other guests. We made a lot of friends last week that we'll definitely be keeping in touch with. We were the only people their on our first visit and now I know why, we'll definitely be back!

If you like peace and quiet, excellent food, a beautiful view and great diving, check out Pirates Point!

Room Tip: I don't think you can go wrong with any of the rooms. We liked #5, it was off on its own and oce...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

We have been visiting Little Cayman and Pirates Point for over 15 years and just returned from our annual trek. Oh my, it never fails to be the highlight of our year. Love, love, love the resort. The staff is great. The food was amazing as usual. And the diving was perfect.

If you enjoy a get away with peace, quiet, beauty, fantastic food, unpretentious guests, top-notch dive masters, and a relaxing schedule, this is the place for you. The dives begin as guided tours but once the group returns to the area under the boat, you are welcome to continue your dive until your tank reaches 500 lbs, provided your computer remains happily above the NDL. That means your dives may easily reach 1 hour.

By the way, Pirates Point is our family's idea of heaven. But for those who are looking for a resort with TV in your room, exciting nightlife and tropical drinks being delivered poolside, you may want to look elsewhere as these are not what Pirates Point is about.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

I could have gone diving anywhere for my milestone birthday but I chose my favorite place, Pirate's Point. This was the third trip for my husband and I and we brought our best friends along this time too. This island and this resort particularly has the best package combination of great diving experience, staff that looks after us well, accomodations full of character and absolutely the best food one can hope for. We like the simplicity of this island and what it lacks - high rise development, nightlife, "excursions", cruisers. The only decisions are whether to lay in a hammock after diving or take a bike ride. This total experience will keep us coming back for years.

Room Tip: The oceanfront non-AC rooms with nighttime surf sounds are my favorite but I am very content in the...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: 328 Guy Banks Road, KY3-2501, Little Cayman
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Region: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Little Cayman
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Little Cayman
Price Range: £175 - £223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pirates Point Resort sits on 7 acres of secluded sandy beach in an unspoiled island. With a total of 11 rooms and 9 staff, Pirates Point is able to achieve the perfect balance between privacy and a family environment. Diving in the Bloody Bay Marine Park has never been so easy and comfortable. Our team of highly skilled dive guides will ensure you have a wonderful time and, if you so wish, become a more experienced diver. One of the unique aspects about diving with Pirates Point is that bottom times are not enforced. Meal times at Pirates Point are a highlight of the Little Cayman experience. Our gourmet chefs prepare each meal thoughtfully, impressing our guests with both traditional recipes and inspired creations. The success of Pirates Point can also be measured by both the high percentage of returning guests, and the long-term staff. Coupled with the blissful setting, this will no doubt make Pirates Point "Your island home away from home". ... more   less 
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