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“Perfect holiday in paradise (and vegan friendly)”
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Paradise Villas
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Little Cayman
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 April 2012

We recently spent 5 nights on Little Cayman at Paradise Villas and loved it.

The island is very quiet with beautiful, deserted beaches. Don't expect nightlife or shopping, but if you are into diving, snorkeling, relaxing and exploring beaches, this is paradise! It's easy to get around the island by bike, scooter or hire car. We mostly biked (Paradise Villas has lots of bikes available) and hired a scooter for 1 day to get to the more remote Point of Sands beach.

This is a small place with a small population, so everything is very safe. We never locked our villa or possessions, and leaving stuff on the beach whilst swimming is completely safe.

Whilst there are a lot of beautiful sandy beaches for sunning and walking, access to the water is often rocky and made difficult for swimming by sea grass. However, the little beach next to Paradise Villas provides good access for swimming. Point of Sands at the Eastern end of the island is amazing, and provides great swimming and snorkeling. Again, it's very quiet - we only shared it with a few other people in the morning, and had it all by ourselves in the afternoon. Jackson Point is also good for snorkeling (we were up close & personal with a large stingray and a nurse shark!) and it has a pretty beach - it's easy to reach by bike from Paradise Villas.

Food is expensive (as we expected), given that everything is imported. The local grocery store is only 5 mins walk from Paradise Villas and is well stocked, even for a vegan (they have several types of soya milk!). We had breakfast and lunch on the gorgeous porch of our villa (with beach and sea view), and dinner at the Hungry Iguana in the 'resort' . I was a little worried about their vegan options, but needn't have been - they were very accommodating and we found a good vegan choice every night.

McCoy's is a great bar for a pre-dinner sunset drink. Maxine, who runs the bar, is a great source of local knowledge and great fun to talk to; and it's a great place to meet the locals. We have also been told that their BBQ's on Saturdays are very good.

Paradise Villas are well located, right next to the airport and Blossom Village, which has the grocery store, liquor store, car/scooter hire etc - the planes are more of a welcome entertainment and certainly no hassle. The villas are pretty and extremely clean. The kitchens are not designed for cooking elaborate meals, but certainly well enough equipped for making breakfast and simple food. The villas are right by the sea with a fantastic back porch with ocean view. The villa grounds also have lounge chairs and hammocks - perfect for relaxing and reading. And there are plenty of trees by the beach, so there is lots of shade for those who want it. There is a little pool, but we didn't use it due to having the sea right there.

Mark and Sabine, who run Paradise Villas, are very helpful and were very responsive to our needs. When booking, e.g., they always emailed back within a few hours, and even called us to confirm things. They booked all of our diving trips upfront, and were also very helpful and friendly whilst we were there.

All in all, we found Little Cayman to offer the perfect diving and beach holiday, and would certainly recommend staying at Paradise Villas whilst there!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

We have been coming to Paradise Villas for over 10 years and always look forward to the relaxing atmosphere of laid-back Little Cayman and the ever-accommodating Mark and Sabine at Paradise Villas. The villas have a bedroom area, a sitting area, kitchenette, and bathroom. The front porch is steps away from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, and the Hungry Iguana is on site for tasty meals. Diving on the incredible Bloody Bay and Jackson walls is arranged with Conch Club Divers, who pick us up at the Villas. What a fun, knowledgeable, and professional team they are! We cannot imagine a more perfect spot for a dive vacation than Paradise Villas.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Janet W
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

Perfect place to stay if you are interested in everything that a very small Caribbean island has to offer (lovely deserted beaches, snorkelling/scuba diving, fantastic climate, crystal clear water)! The villas are functionally furnished, and exceptionally clean, in sum ideal if you want somewhere nice to stay on Little Cayman, and do not want to pay too much. The staff was really kind and helpful. The next door restaurant, “The Hungry Iguana” had nice food, but as several other contributors have mentioned, the prices are somewhat on the high side. We stayed for a week and most of the time at the pool area and on our porch facing the sea. We rented a car for 24 hrs and drove to the beach at Sandy Point. This small excursion is a must; it is as close as you get to paradise (almost no people, soft sand and wonderful clear water. In short, Paradise Villas is a Caribbean gem!

Room Tip: We stayed in Villa no.11 which was nice (rather close to the small pool area)
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank GothenburgProfessor
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

We stayed for 11 nights in January with our 2 and 4 year old daughters. brought a bike trailer so that we could bike around with the kids while we weren't diving or swimming. bike trailer doubles as a double stroller and had not trouble gate checking this with the airlines. had a great vacation. Mark and Sabine were wonderfu. The island was very safe with no concerns ever during our stay. great diving and service from Conch Club Divers. even found a babysitter on island to watch the girls so both my husband and I could dive together a couple of times. very clean, great views, so relaxing. the kids cired when we had to leave and still talk aboiut the island nearly every day. want to get back again in the next year. if trying to feed a family on a budget helpful to know that you can pack most any food as long as it is in original packaging. the hot plate in the kitchen worked great for cooking most of our meals. convenience snack foods for the kids much more expensive on island.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Jessica L
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

This is to endorse all the superlatives in previous reviews of Paradise Villas’ (PV) location, staff, facilities, and dive operation. We are “repeaters” and will continue to be. Some hopefully useful information: 1. Do not buy beer, wine or liquor in the “shopping mall” store a one minute walk to the right of PV. Prices are quite high and while there are 20-25 brands of white wine, they are all chardonnay. Rather, take an easy, less than 15 minute bike ride down the road left out of PV and slightly around the point. On the left will be a house with a robin’s egg blue-green roof. About 20 yards past this on the right is a sign for Village Liquors. It is down the drive and has much more reasonable prices and a limited, but better selection of white wines in both .75 and 1.5 L bottles. 2. If you rent a car, make sure they top off the tank in front of you before you depart. “Full” on the gauge is relative. They will top off the tank when you return and you will pay for very expensive gas. There are two scooter rental options; from the car place or from a fellow with an enclosed trailer who delivers. We understand from others who have rented scooters that the latter is the preferred option. 3. Superb snorkeling at Sandy Point – long bike ride - 1.5 hours with head wind.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Marist12
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

Just back from Little Cayman and we loved the island and our time with Paradise Villas. Conch Club Divers picked us up each morning and delivered spectacular dives with knowledge and a sense of humor. Viewing the Milky Way each night was every bit as beautiful and rare a sight as seeing the underwater wildlife each morning. The Villas were comfortable and clean, the staff incredibly friendly and helpful, and friendly iguanas were an added bonus.Bicycles were available at the Villas' offices and motor scooters were easily obtained. The Hungry Iguana restaurant accommodated a variety of requests and flexibility, letting patrons order from the dinner or lunch menu at will. A calm, relaxed atmosphere and an excellent choice overall for a pleasant laid-back vacation.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank kamtravels
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

We returned yesterday from 6 glorious days on Little Cayman, made only better by the warm hospitality of Rebecca and the staff at Paradise Villas (and a few overly friendly iguanas). The diving was fabulous and arranged with Conch Club Divers through Paradise Villas. If you are look for relaxation and tranquility, this is the place for you. This is one of the only resorts on the island without all-inclusive and it's proximity to the market makes cooking your own meals a breeze. The nearby Hungry Iguana is an excellent alternative should you not want eat in.

The diving on Bloody Bay wall is fabulous. Highlights were Nancy's Cup of Tea and Mixing Bowl.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Paradise Villas

Address: Paradise Villas Lane, Little Cayman
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Region: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Little Cayman
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Little Cayman
Price Range: £113 - £169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Paradise Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our twelve oceanfront villas are located a mere 50 feet from the Sea. They each feature a large front and back porch, air conditioning, and a kitchenette equipped with a coffee maker, toaster, microwave oven, refrigerator/freezer, as well as necessary kitchen dishes and utensils. Our "Hungry Iguana" Restaurant & Bar serves lunch & dinner with daily specials and special requests! So if small, quiet & private appeals to you....contact us today! ... more   less 
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Paradise Villas Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

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