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Turtle Nest Inn
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Reviewed 18 May 2006

My wife and I stayed at the Turtle Nest Inn for seven nights in May, 2006. The inn is not for individuals looking for a Seven Mile Beach (SMB) experience. However, if you are looking for a small, friendly, and altogether wonderful inn that offers an opportunity to explore the island away from the tourist hangouts, look no further. The owners, Marleine and Alain, are transplanted Canadians who truly appreciate the small touches that raises the experience of staying at the inn from quite nice to excellent. As noted by other reviewers, the Thursday night dinner is one of the highlights of the stay. The east end of the island has substantially fewer restaurants than the SMB area and most require a car to reach, but there is not much traffic and the driving quite easy. Both The Lighthouse and Portofino restaurants are excellent. For a truly unique experience try Roland’s Garden. Another alternative is a jerk chicken dinner from one of the local stands accompanied by a good bottle of wine (available at the inn). If you are a nature lover, do not miss the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park - close to the inn and one of the most enjoyable and probably the most interesting place on the island. Having read the other reviews, we had high expectations for the inn. They were far surpassed in every category.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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3  Thank forever-lost
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Reviewed 10 May 2006

The Turtle Nest Inn is in the quaint little seaside village of Bodden Town - far from the madding crowd of Georgetown and the increasingly crazy traffic conditions of the heavily built up Seven Mile Beach area. Not long after it opened in early 1999 we spent two nights of our honeymoon there and had the pleasure of returning there for 2 nights in late April 2006. Both were fabulous experiences because of the sheer quality and ambience of this small suite hotel. From the moment one walks in the front door to check in to the sad moment one has to check out, it is as close as one can get on this earth to spending time in Heaven! A beautiful ocean breeze blows through the hallway and a superb view of outside pool, beach and ocean greets the visitor along with friendly greetings from owners, small staff and Lucky, the tailwagging dog! The suites are beautifully appointed with tropical colors and pastel shades - but above all they are immaculately clean. In fact, a fellow guest from Texas - who has traveled all over the world - told us that it is the cleanest hotel accomodation he has ever experienced, and we would readily agree! Their attention to detail is second to none. Although it is a somewhat rocky beach and some of the surrounding homes are sadly still struggling back to normalcy after Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 the folks we met along the beach were friendly, welcoming and laid back, with none of the aggressive and hustling behaviour one encounters on many other islands in the Caribbean. Anyone wanting a quiet getaway will do well to check out the Turtle Nest Inn. Grand Cayman is a wonderful vacation spot - with tremendous variety of beaches, restaurants and acommodations to offer, including the recently opened Ritz Carlton on Seven Mile Beach - but the Turtle Nest Inn is perfect for those folks looking for a unique vacation experience.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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3  Thank Blairmont
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Reviewed 2 May 2006

We have just returned having spent 10 days at the Turtle Nest Inn in Grand Cayman. (April 12-22, 2006). Marleine and Alain run a beautiful inn, with clean bright, spacious rooms. We spent the first three days in a partial oceanview side room, two days at Sea Spray Cottage and the final 5 days in an oceanfront room which turned out to be ideal. When we first arrived at the inn we thought we may have chosen a place that was too far from Georgetown or Seven Mile Beach but after seeing the cruise crowds and the traffic along 7 mile we realized our location was the best. We signed on for the Thursday evening Caribbean meal which turned out to be excellent and gives you a chance to taste portions of the local favorites as well as to meet other guests of the inn.We wished that there had been a few more casual restaurants in Bodden Town for breakfasts, etc but having a rental car (which is a must) made it easy to venture out to other places. The beach is clean and the snorkelling is pretty good in front of the Inn. We found our favorite spot on the island at Rum Point. I feel it is one of the most beautiful beaches I have seen, so staying at the Turtle Nest made it central to Rum Point and Georgetown as well as the East of the Island. We experienced a resort dive at Oceanic Frontiers, which turned out to be the highlight of our vacation as we were a little apprehensive but at the same time have always wanted to experience diving. They operate out of The Reef resort on the East End.. The Reef also offers a dinner show with The Barefoot Man which we signed up for and which turned out to be a good evening. Our favorite place for appies and a beer was Hammerheads in Georgetown. Our visit to Stingray City we did from Rum Point with operators Jimmy Ebanks and Warren who take you out in a small group of about 25 which is small compared with some of the boats out there but ideal as there is no crowding. Our best meal was at the Lighthouse. Restaurants on the Island are expensive though Pub meals are more reasonable.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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6  Thank walkerlad
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Reviewed 1 May 2006

We return often to the TNI. The apartments have all the conveniences of home plus someone who cleans after you during the week!... better than at home! The staff is warm and friendly. I feel totally welcome and at home when I am there and look forward to going back again soon.

Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed 6 February 2006

The TNI was my most peaceful and relaxing vacation yet. My husband and I visited the inn for 7 days during the last week in January. As all other reviews state, it is fabulous!

Our apartment was nicely appointed with all the conveniences of home. I could seriously have lived there for a month and not had to purchase anything for the kitchen. The resident cat, Vitamine, was a treat. She will sit on your lap while you lay in the sun. She is used to all the visitors and loves it attention!

I visited the Ritz Carlton spa for a day and it was divine! Very expensive, but so worth it. A true spa experience.

Nearby restaurants include The Lighthouse at Breakers - 5 Stars; Portofino - 3 Stars; The Brassierie - 5 Stars; Papagallo - 4 1/2 Stars. However, the terrace dinner provided by the owners of the inn was the absolute best. I wish I had some of the jumbo coconut shrimp now!

We loved the Caymans and we extremely enjoyed the Turtle Nest Inn. I would not stay anywhere else on the island.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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19  Thank kittybart
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