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Compass Point Dive Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in East End
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 18 August 2010

We visited Compass Point for the 1st time this past Spring Break and knew we wanted to return. Diving the East End of Grand Cayman is a joy in itself, but these people really make it special. The dive masters are knowledgeable and safety conscious, but are also adventurous enough to make each dive special. The crew takes exceptional care of both equipment and divers. Special thanks to Adam, Sam and Ben!
The accommodations are very comfortable and the decor is well done. The staff are helpful and eager to please. There isn't a restaurant on property, but we had some delicious meals at nearby eateries. Compass Point has a get together on Wednesdays with a buffet by the pool. We skipped this on our 1st visit. I'm glad we didn't make that mistake again. It is very casual and a great time. Jody prepared some local dishes that were fantastic! We are definitely coming back.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2010

We came here after a week on Little Cayman, as we wanted to dive the East End of Grand Cayman. The condos are clean and spacious (for two people) with a large balcony, and it's certainly close to the jetty (for Ocean Frontiers dive centre). The units also have everything you need for self-catering, except a kettle! there's a coffee machine, but you need filters for it. The shop/office sells some very limited basics (but not even milk), and just beware if you arrive on a Sunday as Grand Cayman has very limited shopping hours and you cannot buy any form of alcohol!! The units also have a/c - but it's not the most effecient at times. Rubbish is removed daily, but anything else is charged ion a sliding scale - but since the condos have a washing machine and drier, clean towels are essentially on demand (although you do need to buy soap powder).
There is a local take-away virtually opposite (great prawns in coconut batter!), but you really need to drive about 15-20mins to get to most restaurants. We'd certainly recommmend 'Over the Edge' - recommended to us by Compass Pioint and can certainly see why - great food and fantastic location over the water. If you can, try the local fish fries, too - not very slimming but certanly fresk and tasty!
There is a pool on site (used for dive courses) and some great loungers on the 'beach' (gravel rather than sand) - as well as BBQs if you want to use them. We also really liked the cats who seem to live next door but come and say 'hello' to the ground floor balconies!
The diving is also very good - Ocean Frontiers are efficient and helpful, although a 40 minute surface interval when diving on air, going to 25m+ (if you go with the dive guide) doesn't give you much bottom time on either dive. Not sure why they go so deep at times as there wasn't always a huge amount to see. The stingray trip is certainly worth it, too!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2010

The resort is located at the eastern district of Grand Cayman. Due to it's location, there is no fancy restaurants near by. However, the resort has one of most organized and friendliest dive operation I ever experienced.

The resort does not have any restaurant in house. There is a Vivian's kitchen that serves local Caymanian cuisines. There is a famous Light House restaurant about 10 min. drive. Best bet is to drive to the market and stock up your fridge so you can make your own breakfast and lunch before and between your AM and PM dives.

The staffs at the resort/ dive operation are great. They will bend over backward to make your stay as comfortable as possible. But, you will find out your self very quickly, that your room has all the amendities of home and the furnishings and items within are really made of quality goods. The kitchen has all the items to make any chief feeling at home. The bathrooms are clean and fresh. The beds are very comfortable. Every unit has washer and dryer included. It makes one feel that you are living at someone else's home. In reality, you are. Because the resort also offers fractional ownership for these "condos" thus you ARE staying in someone else's home.

Diving staffs are very knowledgable of the dive sites. They are all very professional and organized. They offer both guided and unguided diving, provided that you know what you are doing if you wish to be unguided. It is obsolutely important that one must practice good diving technique and stay off the corals and definitely no gloves.

Wake up early in the morning and go out to the dock and watch the sunrise. You will not be dissapointed.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

This was an outstanding property. I have nothing bad to say about our wonderful stay at Compass Point. The staff is extremely friendly and knowlegeable, and the dive sites that they took us to were fantastic. These people really know SCUBA. If you are here to dive, then this is the place to be. Don't let the location scare you away. Georgetown is not where you want to stay on Grand Cayman. You can get a rent-a-car for dollars a day. It's worth the drive to be on the East End side of the island. Special thanks to Britta, Brad, Maui, and any of the other wonderful staff members that we have failed to mention at the Compass Point/Ocean Frontiers. Also, their efforts as a "green" property are great as well. They make the extra effort to educate people on how wasteful the average accomodations can be.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2010

I was a bit leary about staying out on the East End, but now I won't dive or stay anywhere else on Grand Cayman. Compass Point and Ocean Frontiers has now set the bar for the greatest of dive vacations. The condo was immaculate, well appointed and oh so convenient to the private beach with cabana lounges, to the boats and to the pool. The crew was extraordinary...highly skilled, extremely personable,and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that you have the greatest and safest dive experience....they seemed to have a 6th sense about anticipating what you needed even before you thought it. The dive sites were incredible...a real benefit was that they literally were 5-10 minutes from the dock....I was in awe of the beauty of each dive site...of course next time, I'm going to order up some sunlight to create even prettier dive sites. It was an awesome week!!!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2010

From the moment we arrived ,we were greeted with open arms, a warm smile and a friendly greeting. We found our condo unit to be everything we hoped for and more....with a great view of the Caribbean. The kitchen was well equipped and we made a stop at a Foster's grocery store for all our supplies. We enjoyed the two TV's and WiFi in our room, which made keeping in touch with the family back home very easy. The unit even had a washer and dryer which came in handy. The whole place was so quite at night, no street noise, barking dogs, or other problems. The onsite dive shop, Ocean Frontiers spoiled us rotten with the valet diving.
This whole operation is first rate and staying there was a real pleasure! Great location, nice boats, a comfy room and a FANTASTIC staff !!!!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 May 2010

Others have said it and I will echo the same: if you're looking for loud, noisy, nightlife and traffic and people everywhere, the East End is NOT for you. Stick to Seven Mile and George Town. East End of Grand Cayman is very much like Cayman Brac. It's quaintly provincial and recalls a slower, bucolic way of life. Best of all, it's quiet and is really the best way to get to know Cayman. And the people of Compass Point excel in providing that experience in a way not easily matched by their East End competitors. We have stayed on Grand Cayman numerous times and Compass Point/Ocean Frontiers easily bests other operations.

Our suite was nicely appointed and very comfortable. And they're big and very smartly laid out. The construction is solid and operated with sustainability in mind. Rooms are well-sealed to prevent AC loss and humidity seepage. Even when we left the patio doors open to take in the fantastic and constant ocean breeze, the room still stayed comfortable. We very much appreciated being able to select the level of room service we desired. We are do-it-yourselfers but if you're looking for pampering on a daily basis, that is an available option as well.

The first sign that you're not at your usual dive operator is that after checking in, the staff brings each diver a large crate, left outside your front door. Drop your dive gear in and it's picked up and set-up for you on your boat the next day. You can walk to the boat literally with nothing- they even provide towels on board. Nitrox blends are checked right on-board, in front of you. This staff provides nothing short of world-class professionalism, knowledge, and expertise every moment you're with them. They are warm and personable and could charm a fish out of the water- especially Sam and Britta. I also want to recognize Lavavie, Sean, and Jason for the unparalleled service and friendship they show. From top to bottom, this organization sets the standard for customer service. The diver's night party on the pool deck is not to be missed, especially the video/photo presentation from dive photography legend Elly Wray.

This was a trip after which we realized we not only miss the fantastic diving but the people as well. You will not be disappointed at Compass Point/Ocean Frontiers.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 346 Austin Connoly Drive, East End KY1 1801, Grand Cayman
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Region: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > East End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in East End
Price Range: £145 - £229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Compass Point Dive Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LAID BACK LUXURY....Located on the untouched, pristine East End of the Island. Situated approximately 21 miles East from Grand Cayman's international airport and approximately 1 mile past the sleepy village of East End.Compass Point Dive Resort Compromises of 28 luxurious one, two and three bedroom oceanfront and poolside condominiums, each with their own private patio or balcony. Each condominium is beautifully appointed with stylish island decor and fully equipped with all of the comforts of home. New in 2013, Eagle Ray's Bar & Grill, dockside overlooking the Caribbean Sea. ... more   less 
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