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Wyndham Reef Resort
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in East End
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 June 2012

The Reef is a friendly and casual resort in a quiet, idyllic setting on the far East end of Grand Cayman.

It is about a 45 minute drive from the airport and tourist-centric West end of the island and I strongly recommend renting a car from Marshall's when you arrive at the airport. A one week rental at Marshall's cost us $124 total, in 2011. Being a British territory, the Caymans drive on the left side of the road and use frequent roundabouts. This is always fun, but can be a bit exciting for inattentive drivers.

Rooms are large and clean, with astounding beachfront views and spectacular sunrises every morning. The ability to walk-out of your room and snorkel the shallow reef is simply awesome.

Food at the Reef is adequate, not bad. Prices for food are generally too-high for what you get (a Cayman theme!) However, this shouldn't prevent you from staying at the Reef, the pros FAR outweigh the cons.

The RedSail Sports operation is based out of the adjacent Merritt's resort offered great SCUBA excursions to some of the very best diving in the world, all for reasonable prices. The RedSail staff was friendly and accommodating. If the weather and currents are cooperative, be sure to take the Babylon dive!

For the reviewers claiming there is no place to swim at the Reef, well, that's incorrect! There are two nice, clean pools for the timid, and a large, shallow (2' - 6') deep lagoon spanning the width of the resort. That lagoon offers warm, calm water, tons of fish, Spotted Eagle rays! tarpon, etc. It is a fascinating place to snorkel.

My wife and I are still seriously considering purchasing a timeshare and would love to go back soon!

Room Tip: They are ALL good rooms! A lover floor will let you walk-out onto the beach from your room. The &q...
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

My husband and I came here for Valentine's week and didn't want to stay at the crowded 7 mile beach. The food was exceptionally good here at the Reef as were the accommodations. You must rent a car (which we didn't do) as there is no place within walking distance. There's a small market and wine store across the street. The beach is filled with sharp rock and there is no place to swim. We tried walking down each way on the beach and still couldn't find a place to swim. How could you come to Grand Cayman and not swim???? We ended up in the silly pool our entire stay. I could have done that at home! I liked everything about the Reef except that. When we asked Kathy where we could swim, she went into this wild explanation about the topography.....etc. I wish I knew we needed a car or we wouldn't have stayed there. I won't be back only for that reason.

Room Tip: Around room 200 overlooks the pier out front and is far enough away from the pool
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Alice S
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Management response:Responded 26 June 2012

Thanks for taking the time to review your vacation here at theReef, and for allowing us an opportunity to discuss some of your points.

As we are based on the beautiful secluded East End of Grand Cayman if you want to spend your days exploring the island and visiting some of the many attractions we have here then a car would probably be your easiest method. We are able to rent basic economy vehicles here from the resort so you only need to rent a car for the days that you actually need it. In addition to this we have a daily bus service that leaves at 9am taking guests to the capital Georgetown and returning at 3pm. This costs CI$10 per person for the round trip.

Now regards swimming areas, the reef resort is proud to have the longest beach of any resort in Grand Cayman at over 1600ft long. We are based on a reef (hence the reef resort) and in the places where the reef comes closer to the shore it would not be the best places to enter. We are sorry you felt the advice given by one our staff members was unclear. There are two areas where theReef acquired permission to remove all rock & corals for easy entering into the water. Those locations are to the right of the dock and in front of the second pool area of the resort. Our watersport operator on the beach commonly refers to those areas for swimming & entry into the water, but for snorkeling all the other areas are recommended for the multitude of fish that can be seen in these areas. Please visit our website (www.thereef.com) and check out our 360 degree virtual tour of the beach, here you will see exactly what we have on offer. Our beach is cleaned every day by our maintenance team so any debris washed ashore is removed every morning. Thanks again for taking the time to review us and I hope we get an opportunity to show you a better side to our snorkeling in the future.

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Reviewed 22 June 2012

My husband and I stayed 7 nights. During the trip he needed to visit the emergency room via ambulance. As you could imagine I was terrified to be in a foreign country on an ambulance!! The resort sent a car with my family to follow us to the hospital. Management and the driver stayed with us for HOURS, until well after midnight!!! They also helped us navigate forms and insurance issues!!!!

Aside fr this the resort itself is warm, friendly and SO relaxed!!! Not a tourist trap like 7 mile beacg

  • Stayed: June 2012
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1  Thank Mandyleeg
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

we had a great time there everything was great we will go back there again

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

Excellent location next to Tortuga Divers (Red Sail Sports) and away from all of the city hubub. The beach was pristine with perfect sand. The cluster of three swimming pools is really cute, and I loved the deep hot spa.

FOOD
We ate lunch on site a couple times and we had dinner across the street at Italian Kitchen a couple times, but we were quickly tearing through our dining budget. We did some grocery shopping at Fosters. We were glad to have the mini fridge, microwave, and coffee maker in our 1 room studio. Also the studio was furnished with plates, bowls, mugs, several different glasses, silverware, and a can opener.

VALUE
We found the resort through Orbitz and the reasonable room rate made it possible for us to visit Grand Cayman. What a wonderful experience! I feel that the resort sacrificed three comforts in the name of cost savings: toilet paper (not so great), towels (only two per day, but you can trade in towel cards for one towel at a time), and the pillow-top mattress was turned upside down. I'm going to rate poor sleep quality for that one.

WILDLIFE
The best wild life is under the water. Snorkeling off the resort's beach we saw (in addition to the myriad fish) barracuda, lobster, conch, and lots of hermit crabs in conch shells. But also, there were tons of land crabs scurrying around. A big crab would climb onto our first floor patio and scratch at the glass door every night. The creature was endearing, but a little noisy.

Room Tip: First floor rooms have patio walk out toward the pool.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank LvelyRita
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

We go to Grand Cayman several times a year. First time at the Reef Resort, and we were not disappointed. The beach is right out side every door. Stores are just across the road, and there are several places to eat right there. The only negative is the drive from the airport or from town, but the drive is well worth it.

Room Tip: First floor- you just walk out your sliding door and are on the beach
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank 123barbie456
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

The Reef is on the East side of the island, which is the less populated and very quiet side of the island. The Timeshare community uses a "Star" system to rate places, 5 Stars being the highest. I would give The Reef between a 3.5 to 4. It's a very nice, well kept place in a nice location. All of the units are beachfront, so everyone has a great view. The units are well kept and in good condition, as is the entire property. There are 3 pools, 1 large one that's set on one side of the property and 2 small ones that are close together on the other side of the property. The beach is not the best for swimming (too many rocks/weed). It's OK for snorkeling. The water is a bit murky,not like Seven Mile Beach, which is crystal clear. Here are some of the pluses & minuses:

Pros: quiet, well kept, great view, feels very safe, overall friendly staff (some were indifferent). grocery store opposite hotel (limited selection), wine/liquor store opposite hotel, bikes available (free), decent gym

Cons: the beach is so,so. The units could use some updating. Not too many restaurants in the area. No internet service in units and poor internet service in lobby. Not much to do (definitely a plus for some), so teenagers/young adults may find it boring

Recommendations: rent a car if you are staying on the East side, Stingray City is a must, buy fresh fruit & vegetables at roadside stand on the way to The Reef, do your grocery shopping at store by airport (can get the small stuff and cold items at the small grocery opposite The Reef), go to Rum Point, take a trip to Seven Mile Beach, eat at Kirk's (small local place) on the Eastside.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank brianb210
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Additional Information about Wyndham Reef Resort

Address: 2221 Queens Highway, PO Box 30865 | Colliers, East End KY1-1800, Grand Cayman (Formerly The Reef Resort, A Wyndham Affiliate)
Region: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > East End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in East End
Price Range: £140 - £491 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Wyndham Reef Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wyndham Reef Resort is the only ALL BEACHFRONT, ALL SUITE RESORT WITH AN ALL-INCLUSIVE PROGRAM ON GRAND CAYMAN. The white sands of Grand Cayman are your welcome mat and the crystal clear waters are your playground. Since all of our suites are right on the beach, you'll enjoy exploring, playing, snorkeling and diving, or soaking in the beauty just steps outside your door. This East End getaway, far from the crowds, provides a truly serene tropical escape. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Reef Hotel Grand Cayman
Reef Hotel Grand Cayman
Reef Resort Grand Cayman
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