Great place to stay on Grand Cayman
Submitted: March 2, 2013
Stayed: February 2013
Just returned from a week at this wonderful condo. Being an avid VRBO renter, I have come to learn that these travel reviews really point out the rentals that shine above the rest. These reviews told me 2 things: this condo is something special and the owner really cares.
First, the condo is super nice. We got to go inside one of the neighboring units and it really emphasized the investments the owner made in converting a vacation rental into their prior home. Beautiful flooring, granite countertops, and nice furniture made us feel at home. The complex is small and intimate with only 12 units. We got to know all our neighbors and spent a lot of time relaxing with them around the beautiful pool in the afternoon. It felt like a neighborhood pool party!
Secondly, the owner cares. With every email or phone call, Andrew responded promptly. He went out of his way to answer all our questions upfront and you can tell that he aims to make everyone's experience enjoyable. I can honestly say that not all property owners operate this way and we sincerely appreciated it.
The last thing I would say is that if you love snorkeling, Grand Cayman is a great destination. Yes, everyone talks about diving, but the beautiful LIVING coral reefs make the snorkeling awesome too. We loved the fact that we could drive to a location, park, and swim out to a beautiful reef with tons of fish. We loved both the shallow reefs like Rum Point, Smith's Cove, and Barefoot Beach (Cemetery Reef was cloudy the week we were there) to the deep water reefs were magnificent coral mountains rose 30 - 50 ft from the ocean floor. The sea life was amazing! Eden Rock was the most spectacular but we also enjoyed Turtle Reef at the Macabuca and the reef in the backyard. It was the best snorkeling vacation we ever had - much better than Cozumel and other Caribbean islands we've visited. If you love snorkeling, you have to try Grand Cayman and stay at this condo.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Owner's Response: Cathy, it is such an honor to receive this review! We couldn't be more delighted to know you had such a great time. Yes, we really do care. We strive to provide more than a lovely place to stay; we try to provide a "guided tour" experience of the island, the adventures and the fantastic beaches. We send out several pages of emails with our recommendations for everything from dive and snorkel tours, restaurants, which beaches on which days and great places to pick up all the trinkets your family and friends will love when you return. But more importantly, we offer some "don't bother" recommendations to help guide you away from the overpriced, the unappreciative and the wastes of time that can consume so much of your vacations if you don't know better.
It was also so nice to have our upgrades and furnishings mentioned. Not everyone will have the opportunity to compare other possible units in Grand Cayman (more than pictures), but we can definitely say that not all rental units in Grand Cayman are the same. It is very difficult to have major renovations completed without being there to supervise the progress. Our unique situation of living here as our primary home for 5 years was the main reason why we wanted to so drastically upgrade our home. To us it was worth the expense (and frustrations) and we are glad that you appreciated it.
Staying in a vacation rental is so much more than a cruise ship peak at the island. You have time to get to know the personality of the destination. Going to one beach doesn't let you get to know what all the beaches are like. It may sound silly but each beach in Grand Cayman has its own personality that helps you see why Grand Cayman is not just a place to visit, but a place to fall in love with. A place you will want to return again and again! Since you are coming anyway, we want you to find it the way we did.
It was such a pleasure getting to know you and working with you on this that it now feels like we are friends! I hope to see an inquiry from you again in the future. We strive to have return guests and reward our return guests with booking benefits. Please let us know if we can help you plan a return trip to Grand Cayman sometime later in the year. I am sure you will find that there is more to traveling here than during the season. If you enjoy privacy, seclusion and tranquility, fall travel is a really special time of year!! Thank you so much and please let us welcome you back. Andrew
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