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October 7, 2009
From journal Cayman Islands-Be Careful to Visit When Hurricanes do NOT!
February 25, 2008
From journal Morritt's
November 13, 2006
From journal Grand Cayman '06
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
January 23, 2006
From journal A Trip to Paradise
December 22, 2005
From journal Paradise has a Price!
Fort Worth, Texas
April 10, 2005
From journal Calm in Cayman
September 8, 2004
Each unit we viewed was decorated in a more contemporary island décor. The kitchen and bath had solid surface countertops, which should hold up much nicer than the laminate counters at the Tortuga. The units also boasted ceiling fans – and we are guessing that with a nice ocean breeze, you could get by without running the AC all the time. The one-bedroom units had an integrated shower and standard sized, jetted tub. The two-bedroom had an additional bathroom, and the master bath had a separate, extra large Jacuzzi tub. The two-bedroom also had an in-unit washer & dryer. The units were well appointed with upscale kitchen appliances, and stocked with quality dishes, cooking supplies and utensils. The quality you would expect in a Gold Crown.
From journal Uncrowded Cayman
The rooms are spread over a dozen 3-story buildings, about half of which are oceanfront with views. The remaining buildings are situated around two older/smaller swimming pools. We were a bit disappointed to be assigned a pool view room, especially after emailing the resort and calling their management company ahead of time to request an ocean view.
We traded for a one-bedroom unit, which was relatively small but had a full kitchen and was fully stocked with dishes, glasses, utensils and pots/pans. There is no dishwasher, but a dishpan and dish soap are provided. There was also a living room, a dining area, and a small TV (with plenty of US cable channels). The room décor in our unit must have been original (15 years old), but we were told the resort is updating the furnishing building by building – it’s not the Ritz, but it was good enough.
The resort charges for electricity based on how much you use (they say they meter each unit’s electricity consumption). At check out, our electricity surcharge was only $30 CI ($37.50 US) far below the average charges published so I feel there may be some truth in the metering. Typical charges for a 1BR: High = $84CI, Low = $40CI, Average = $53CI. And the government has imposed an $8 CI ($10 US) per night timeshare tax.
Be sure to meet with your Activities Coordinator for tips on onsite activities, off-site activities, sightseeing, local restaurants and drink coupons for that night’s welcome reception and discount coupons for just about everything else you will want to do across the island. The maid service was almost non-existent - each day someone came in to empty the trash and provide clean towels. There is no dishwasher in the unit so we always washed our own each day. Once or twice during the week, it seemed that our bathroom and kitchen may have been wiped down and the unit swept. Luckily, we did not experience any of the bug problems reported by others (ants, cockroaches).
The only other thing to comment on has to do with the high cost of food we encountered on the island. This coupled with a fixed currency exchange rate made some things quite expensive (mostly food & alcohol). The US dollar is worth only 80 cents Cayman (another way to put it is that it takes $1.25 US to equal $1 Cayman). You can find everything you want/need at the local grocery stores so you don’t have to bring an extra suitcase full of food if you don’t want to. We brought some things with us and pick up the rest of the supplies at the grocery store. All things considered, it was worth the premium to enjoy it all on our vacation on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
by Peter & Maggie
Providence, Rhode Island
September 7, 2004
From journal Pete's & Maggie's adventure in the Cayman Island for two weeks!!!!!!!!
July 13, 2004
Resort activities were listed on a schedule handed out upon check in. We attended the Mudslide Madness party and stopped by the Beach BBQ for the entertainment. We were very glad we did not sign up for the Beach BBQ dinner, however. The lines for the food were extremely long and it seemed very expensive for what was being served. There weren't even enough chairs for the people who paid all that money for dinner and some were actually standing to eat their food.
From journal A week at Morritt's Tortuga Club