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Pirates Point Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Little Cayman
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 24 February 2011

This was our 7th trip to Pirates Point. Each time we were treated like family. The diving and food are outstanding. The staff has remained stable over the years with few changes. The resort has an intimate atmosphere with only 10 rooms. Even at full capacity, it is never crowded. The divemasters are experienced and knowledgeable. Once they see that you know what you are doing, they let you dive at your own pace and do your own thing. They will talk to you if you do something they don't like, but they do it professionally and privately. They have the most professional and personable staff I have ever seen. These are genuinely nice people who would be welcome in my home. They certainly make me feel welcome in theirs!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mahomet, IL
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Reviewed 12 February 2011

We don't usually stay in one place when on vacation. It's always see as much as we can. But by the second day we were wishing we could stay an additional week. Everyone was topnotch from the diving staff to the food staff. They all act like and work together like a big family. They've got fantastic people and it shows.

We both would like to thank Gay for all her help in getting our diving skills up to par. She really did a great job in assisting us in gaining confidence in our diving skills. We usually only dive once a year or year and a half so we felt a bit rusty but thanks to Gay we will be diving more often. Of course nothing will compare to Bloody Bay Wall! We saw everything from turtles to rays, eels, and even Caribbean reef sharks not to mention a hammerhaed shark.

Also thanks to Jeff and Dianne for the wonderful food. Every single meal was excellent. And a great variety of food! It was some of the best food we've had while on vacation. We especially enjoyed sushi night at Gladys' home. Can't beat great sushi, great champagne, and great company.

Also did some tarpon fishing with Mike who is a fantastic guide not to mention divemaster. Yes they all do everything. There is nothing like catching 8-10 lb tarpon on light fishing gear.

We had a beach front bungalow. While it is true there are no glass windows, just screens and shutters, we never felt a lack of privacy. And nothing beats being lulled to sleep by the surf every night.

We don't really understand a few of the reviews as everyone was friendly and eager to help. They even let me raid the kitchen after tarpon fishing, since we were gone during the regular breakfast sitting.

I now understand why they have so many repeat customers. We will be back!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 8 February 2011

We've been to Pirates Point on Little Cayman at least 4 times. We always feel we get a good value for our money. It's quiet, relaxing, great diving, great food and great people. I recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet place to stay and dive. We'll go again.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Miami Beach, Fl
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Reviewed 4 February 2011

For eleven years I have been living in hotels overseas for work so when I choose a holiday I take care to find a great place. Pirates Point is just that. I was with a group of old dive buddies at Pirates Point for a spectacular ten days.

The owner of Pirates Point, Gladys, is a world-class chef who trained with Julia Child, James Beard and others around the world. Gladys prepares the best food I have had in any hotel - not easy to do in a small island in the Caribbean. It starts with breakfast (different every day!) perhaps blueberry scones, banana crepes, omelettes, frittatas, gourmet breakfast meat and breads (nothing made from a mix), and always the freshest fruit and cereals (although why would anyone want cereal when there is so much else?).

The amazing food continues on through lunch - always hearty and fresh (one day Gladys prepared the best lunch I have ever had) - on to dinner with fresh tuna steaks, beef filet, Wahoo, roast beef, homemade breads, beautifully prepared vegetables and deserts worthy of a Guide Michelin*** restaurant. People from other resorts regularly come to Pirates Point for dinner.

The best is after dinner when Gladys pulls out her customized Pirates Point Mexican Train dominos and sits down with her guests to really have fun! It is not to be missed. Listening to Gladys tell stories of her adventures in diving, cooking, travelling and setting up her marvelous resort, meeting and getting to know other guests, everyone was laughing the whole time. Perfect way to end the day.

The rooms are in cottages sprinkled in the sand around the main lodge area under swaying palms and tall sea grape trees (with hammocks). The rooms have the amenities one needs, and all have A/C except the four rooms right on the sea (my favorites) because of the constant breeze.

Most guests at Pirates Point are divers and for good reason: The diving is excellent. The coral is healthy, lots of heads sprouting from the sand, walls with tunnels and overhangs, schools of fish and clear water. I have dived most everywhere in the Caribbean and I found the reefs in Little Cayman among the best. Happily, the instructors on the island regularly round up the invasive lionfish (which you might enjoy as a sushi appetizer one evening) so the reefs here are filled with lots of fish.

The divemaster/instructors on the boat are true professionals. They are helpful, interesting and make the dives fun. They do not race all over the reef banging on their tanks when something interesting shows up. Rather they point out interesting fish/invertebrates, etc. to those who are interested. No short, 40 minute, racing around the reef diving here. The diving is easy, relaxing, beautiful and at one's own pace. The boat is perfectly designed to hold one's gear separately, entries and exits are easy from the low platform and there is a camera table and a head. A great set up all around made better by the staff.

Getting to Little Cayman is easy on a comfortable small plane from Grand Cayman with schedules that coincide with flights from the states. All flights were on time.

This was the perfect week: staring the day with a plentiful, fresh gourmet breakfast ....exploring stunning underwater landscapes with the superb divemasters....lounging away the afternoon in a hammock or by the pool....biking around the island....taking a nature trip..... visiting the Little Cayman National Trust to learn about and see the wildlife (a must do).....enjoying the best dinner on the island (in the Caribbean!).....laughing while playing games with Gladys.....and ending the day by sinking into a comfortable bed with the sea breeze flowing through the room. I can't imagine staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Alto, New Mexico
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Reviewed 1 February 2011

This is our second trip to Pirates Point, and it certainly won't be our last. We posted a review May 2010 under Artesia Diver, and had more of the same big fun this time. Just got back (1/29/2011). This is not the Ritz Carlton, nor is it an Aggressor five-dive-a-day operation, but it really suits our style of vacation and provided really nice diving and dining opportunities. We have been diving the Caribbean since 1987 and Pirate's Point is very comparable to other Caribbean resorts specializing in dive vacations, only with a more personalized touch. One of the reasons why we first decided to go to Pirates Point in addition to diving was because of their reputation for gourmet dining, and good reviews of the resort. Our expectations were exceeded. We had been to Little Cayman before and wanted to dive the Bloody Bay Wall again. We were able to dive the north sites on the wall and Jackson Byte area almost every day of our week. On a day when we dove the south side, which doesn't have the sheer wall, we had a 6 foot hammerhead shark come right into our dive group for a little added excitement! The resort itself is small, with only 10 rooms. They are very nice island type bungalows with king-sized beds, and 5 are oceanview rooms. We didn't have A/C this time as it was cooler, but really enjoyed the ocean breezes instead. They do an excellent job of keeping the rooms nice, fresh, and clean. They provide big beach towels and terry bathrobes, a nice amenity. The club house has WI-FI and a computer that guests can use to keep in touch, not sure why anyone would want to do that on vacation but it is available at no charge. The resort is not bargain basement prices, but we feel it is a very good value based on our experiences there - we definitely didn't want a "cattle boat dive" type operation, and we are not "Rambo" divers, but do dive every day, pretty much every dive offered. The owner Gladys Howard was there in the middle of things, and she is a real gem! We had such a good time visiting with her, playing dominos after dinner each night, and hearing about her experiences. January is "Culinary Month" and so she conducted a complimentary cooking class one evening at her residence, teaching us to make spring rolls. Gladys has extensive experience in gourmet cooking, and the resort employs two gourmet chefs, providing three meals a day, such things as eggs benedict for breakfast, quiche or jerk chicken for lunch, and wonderful gourmet dishes for dinner, culminating with champagne and sushi cocktail hour and Ahi tuna for dinner on Friday night. The two times we have visited Pirates Point, we have thoroughly enjoyed the other guests, most of whom are repeat customers. It is an atmosphere that promotes friendliness among the guests, with everyone diving together on the boat and then sharing meals and good times. The staff is excellent, with long-time dive masters and boat captains who really know the dive sites and are very helpful getting the divers ready and into the water. There is no pressure to cut short your dive either, just come back with 500 PSI, your computer in non deco status, and hopefully with your dive buddy. All in all, another laid back, successful and terrific dive vacation. We will return!!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 6 January 2011

If you like a cozy lobby and bar, great food served family style, instant friends and a knowledgable staff then Pirates Point resort is for you. I've been going there for 10 years and the food has never been better. The divemasters are the best when it comes to helping you get geared up and showing you the sights. Most of the staff have been there for as long as I've been going. It may not be the Ritz, but it's worth every penny.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 12 December 2010

3 lights in our room, one broken plug, one broken switch. Dinner was salt. Breakfast waffle was golden brown outside, raw batter inside - what happens when you put pancake mix in a waffle iron. Boat captain quit . Gladys presides at meals talking about herself - loudly.
Pond with fish had crack and very low water, upsetting and cruel. There's more but I get angry when I remember. Way overpriced ! Extra charge for air conditioning.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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piratept, Manager at Pirates Point Resort, responded to this review, 16 December 2010
Clearly this guest had a disappointing experience with us. We are sorry that our resort was not what they had in mind. As several other reviews note, we are a “special” kind of experience and not necessarily for everyone. We do try very hard to address guest’s issues and requests if we are made aware of them. We would have been happy to add more light to their room or repair any broken items had we known about them. Similarly if they had a problem with meals we would have preferred to know about it at the time when we could have tried to remedy the situation.

The fish pond did indeed have a crack in it and we were probably in the process of draining the pond in order to repair the crack. The fish that live in the pond have been part of the Pirates Point Resort family for a number of years and are in good health and well cared for. We should have put up a sign to indicate the reason for the low water and we certainly will, should that situation arise again.

As to one of our “captain’s quitting” we are a bit puzzled. If this guest was here in early January perhaps they are referring to a captain who we employ on a temporary permit Oct-Jan to help out during our busy holiday time. Pirates Point employs 3 full time USCG or RYA licensed boat captains, one has worked here 4 years, one 11years, and the third 23 years. The only thing we can gather, is this refers to the temporary captain who would have left when the permit expired in January.

We have 6 air-conditioned rooms on the property. 2 are considerably larger than the other rooms and there is a $10 per day surcharge on those rooms. We try to explain that to guests prior to their arrival so they can choose one of the 4 regular A/C rooms, which do not have a surcharge for A/C, if they wish.

Gladys Howard, the owner of Pirates Point, is celebrating her 25th year in business this year. Roughly 80% of our business is repeat guests many of whom come expressly because of Gladys. Yes she does preside at dinner, and as one of our guests you will get a chance to sit at her table at some point in your stay. Many people find it interesting and enjoyable to actually sit with the owner and learn how she found and built the resort; or what life was like on Little Cayman before there was power, or more than 3 flights in a week; or when there were 12 residents; or what it took for a single, middle aged woman with a vision and an enormous amount of drive and courage to find and create her dream.

Pirates Point is the manifestation of Gladys Howard’s vision, we try to be a dive resort with great diving and great food. We are sorry that littlesquaw42 had a different experience. As we said at the top, Pirates Point Resort is not for everyone, but if you read several reviews we believe you will be able to see what we have to offer and whether it is a good match for you.
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Property: Pirates Point Resort
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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 11
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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 
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