We are just home today from our weeks stay at The Reef Resort. My husband, and I brought our 14 year old daughter and her friend and I have to say, we are sad to have left.
Our family has been to Grand Cayman 8 times, always staying at resorts on the 7 mile beach area (Marriott mainly). This time, we decided to shake it up and travel out to the East End. The island is 22 miles long and it is quite a journey out to this resort but I hope to give you plenty of reason to go.
Concierge- Roche (pronounced Rocky and she's a girl), Kathy, & Dana are superb. They are there from 8-5 to help with trips, restaurants, or just giving you island tips and recommendations. Kathy does an excellent island orientation Sunday mornings and we learned a lot of great things that we had never heard about. Check in was pretty smooth, we arrived at noon and check in is at 4. We opted for the all-inclusive plan which was WELL worth it when you see the prices in the Caymans. Plus it was easy for our girls to eat and drink where ever and whenever they wanted.
Room- We stayed in 107A&B which meant we had a one bedroom suite/dining room/full kitchen/bathroom/living room w/2 murphy beds (A) and a connecting deluxe studio (B) Kitchenette/king bed/jacuzzi/bath/shower. We decided to give the girls the bigger room because the king bed is in the back and we wanted the beachfront view. (Should have switched this because we were right in front of the pools and they little kids woke up early every day and made a bit of noise and we did not have privacy nor could we really open up our curtains until later in the mornings). The girls were hidden back in their dark, cozy quiet room and would have slept till noon each day if we let them.
Food- We really loved it. Being all-inclusive we were able to try lots of things. B'fast was B'fast, black bean soup was great if you asked for onion & vinegar, girls loved chicken fingers & pizza, spring rolls great, grilled fish every day, ribeyes AMAZING... Great selection of drinks at the bar- Colin, Nick & Tony were always fun and chatty.
White Sands- You MUST do the sunrise Stingray city tour. You have to be in the lobby at 6:15am but it was totally worth it! Each trip is limited to 10 people, we had only 9. Captain Chris took us out and we WERE THE ONLY BOAT at stingray city. 9 people and about 75 rays. (You must kiss a ray for 7 years good luck by the way). Chris has great stories and is in no rush to leave. Price for adults was about $55 US. He also took us to a snorkel area nearby that was beautiful. Again, we were the only ones there. This area is near a 5,000 foot drop off for divers and close to a 25,000 foot drop off as well. It was breathtaking.
Snorkeling- Great to do off the resort. If you start at Morritt's dock (HUGE TARPIN) and drift down to the Reef dock (Many species) you will not be disappointed. The girls also loved to look for sea glass along the shore every day.
BAREFOOT MAN- Super fun night at the REEF. He is like a Jimmy Buffet type with some funny songs.
Local Restaurants- You Must try Tukka. Nadine will come pick you up and drop you off for free. Food is amazing. I had the lion fish tacos, my husband loved the fish and chips.
The Italian Kitchen is across the street from the hotel, it is adequate. They do make a nice expresso martini though. :)
Rum Point- if you are on East end, you may as well go there but there is not much to do. The water is calm and there are a couple restaurants but the beach area is small and kinda boring.
We went in to Georgetown one day (takes about 45-1 hour)- hit the Turtle Farm, Hell & CIMBOCO (The BEST restaurant in the world in our opinion). Fun day but do it all at once because it is too far to go back.
The hotel will arrange a taxi to bring you to the hotel (expect to pay $100 for 4 to get there). Our driver, Norma, offered us a great deal. $250 for the week to come and get us and take us where ever and when ever we wanted. She was totally legit. She took us into Georgetown, Turtle Farm, Hell, Shopping, Rum Point, & back to the airport. She is a little cranky sometimes and can be a little late (30 min one day) but she did as she said and we made it to the airport in plenty of time.
I hope this helps you choose to stay at The Reef- we heard Wyndam is investing in this property and that they are getting new mattresses and a makeover of the beach bar & lobby area... we will be back soon.
- 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
- Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - East End