We recently stayed at the Southern Cross Club during Thanksgiving week. It was our first time to visit Little Cayman having been to Grand Cayman several times, including our wedding.
Little Cayman is very quiet and tranquil and peaceful - just what we were looking for. There is not much to do other than scuba dive or fish or lie in a hammock and read a book. The island is only about 8 miles long by 1 mile wide, surrounded by pristine unpopulated beaches and clear turquoise waters. There is no need to rent a car on Little Cayman but one day we rented scooters from Scooten! Scooters! and rode the entire way around the island. On other days we borrowed bicycles from the Southern Cross Club for a short ride to the village or to the National Trust House where the Red-footed Booby Pond Preserve is located. We also saw more than a dozen large iguanas out in the open at the Little Cayman Museum.
At the Southern Cross Club we stayed in a deluxe bungalow that included a private outdoor shower that we used when we came back from a dive trip. Our room was tastefully furnished and very comfortable. It was just a short walk to the main building which includes the dining area where you eat all your meals, the main office, and the bar. Speaking of meals, this was one of the best things about Southern Cross Club. Your room rate includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is made to order while lunch is served buffet style, but different every day. The evening's 3-course dinner menu is posted at lunchtime and usually consists of two choices of an appetizer, entree and dessert that you choose in advance. Anu the chef is excellent and everything he prepared was beyond delicious. Besides Anu, everyone on the staff is super friendly and we left there feeling like family. I believe there was more staff than guests and we always felt taken care of. They contribute to the friendly casual atmosphere at the resort. We also had a chance to socialize with other guests as we got to know them on dive trips, mingling at the bar before dinner, or during dinner when the tables were set up family style on some nights. Fernando the bartender was friendly and very capable of making any drink you wanted, often singing while he mixes them.
During our 6-day stay we did three 2-tank dives and one single tank dusk dive. The dive masters – Mike, Henry, and Chris – were all great. They were entertaining, safety conscious, and knew the reefs like the back of their hand, always finding interesting things. On many of the dives we got a chance to swim with the friendly groupers that inhabit the reefs. We were even lucky enough to dive with Guy Harvey one day when he stayed at the Southern Cross to promote his new documentary about saving the Nassau Grouper.
It is hard to believe that Little Cayman has only had central electricity since the early 90’s. While the Southern Cross Club has been around for many years even before that, it is totally modern and upscale and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay and attribute that to owner Peter Hillenbrand’s hospitable nature and the staff’s commitment to making every guest’s stay enjoyable, especially manager Neil van Niekerk and general manager Jen Mills who patiently removed splinters from my fingers after I slipped and fell on a dock (not theirs!). Now that’s customer service ☺ All in all, our vacation to Little Cayman and our stay at the Southern Cross Club exceeded all our expectations!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only resort on Little Cayman built entirely ON a beautiful white sand beach. All oceanfront accommodations. Southern Cross Club celebrates 50 years of welcoming discerning world travelers looking for the best in hospitality, diving, dining, fishing, and world class relaxing! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Southern Cross Club Hotel Little Cayman
- Southern Cross Club Little Cayman, Cayman Islands