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Title: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: soursticks on July 02, 2014, 11:51:16 AM
Going to Cayman Islands and have done a decent amount of research. Happy to share and get other input.

Another "Dan Dealer" has helped me with this info.

using Avios to go from Mia to GCM - only 4,500 Avios points each way.

Highlights to see on my list based on my research. Wil update after my trip, but woudl like to hear from others that have gone. There is a Chabad down there if needed.

1) Horseback riding with 'spirit of the west', - you ride along the beach and then go in the water on the horse

2) Jet Ski Stingray City Tours with fatfishadventures.com: Looks amazing and has great reviews. Jet ski 20 minutes to Stingray city and get in the water with stingrays, then jet ski back. Single or double jet skis available

Staying at Westin - SPG hotel, sounds pretty good, not too high end.

 
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: E R K on July 02, 2014, 03:38:08 PM
Thanks. Also going and staying at Westin GC. What are you doing for food? I know there are some stores there and you can bring in precooked food there. It hotel said they can't keep in their fridge or freezers and heat up for us. Said something about health dept. regulations.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: E R K on July 02, 2014, 03:41:28 PM
I have someone else's trip itinerary I'll share when I have a chance. They said stingray thing is excellent and underground submarine was awful.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: soursticks on July 03, 2014, 11:05:27 AM
I am only going for 2 nights, so food is up in the air. Vaccum packed deli?
Please post itenerary soon. I am going soon.
Planning on renting a car. Prices seem quite reasonable (but it sounds like there is a charge of about $20 for a drivers license/permit.
Supposedly a lot of the food in the grocery stores down there comes from the US.

Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: E R K on July 04, 2014, 06:56:12 PM
Here are additional things my friend did that you did not mention:
RUM POINT
STOP @ SEVEN FATHOMS RUM DISTILLERY TOUR
Go to QUEEN ELIZABETH II BOTANICAL GARDENS
Go to blow hole
Swimming with  dolphins
Snorkling @ kittiwake
Jetski/waverunner tour
Downtown Georgetown
   a. Duty free shops
   b. Margarittaville
 Cemetary beach
Cayman Kai - starfish
Scuba diving (eden rock & devils grotto)

Car rentals are cheap but they drive on the other side of the street.
My friend did t find much to do at night- one night they went to a fish feeding and another night to a beachside bar . But the sunset alone was worth the trip.

Enjoy your trip and please post your TR.



Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: soursticks on July 16, 2014, 11:37:23 PM
Went to Cayman Islands for a short two night trip. Tried to relax, enjoy but also pack in a fair amount of adventure too. I feel I was succeessful.

Using Avios I went from Mia to GCM - only 9,000 Avios (and about $80) points round trip.

 There is a Chabad down there if needed.

A lot of places are closed on Sunday.

1) Jet Ski Stingray City Tours with fatfishadventures.com: AMAZING. There were three other people on our jet ski "tour". Van picked us up at hotel. Jet ski 20 minutes to Starfish point get off the jet ski and hold starfish in shallow water. Then went another 20 min jet ski to Stingray city and get in the water with stingrays (EXTREMELY COOL), then jet ski 20 min to an area to snorkel, then 20 min jets ski to a cafe on the beach and some had lunch, we had drinks. Then 20 min back to launch site. We left at 1:00 and got back after 4:00. This was the highlight of the trip.  Went 53 mph on the jet jki.  Single or double jet skis available.


2) Horseback riding with 'spirit of the west', - you ride along the beach and then go in the water on the horse. It was nice but not unbelievable. Beautiful slow trot on th ebeack. It was very cool that I actually took the horse into the water about 100 yards or more to the point where the horse swam a little. It was very speciual and unique but after jet ski trip it could't live up to that level. Still I do recommend it.

Stayed at Westin - SPG hotel, pretty good, not too high end. Very nice people working there. Wifi was only so-so. Was very comfortable place to stay.

Rented car from Budget. Found them to be very nice and right across the road from the airport. You literally walk there with your luggage. 1 minute walk at most.

Kosher food is pretty avaialble, supermarket had what a typical supermarket in the US would have (I was surprised), but all food and drinks there are quite expensive. 

Night life there is pretty quiet. Overall great place to get away.

Picture of view from our balcony at our room at the Westin below.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 17, 2014, 01:10:59 AM
Glad it all worked out, sounds like you had a great time!!
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: E R K on July 17, 2014, 01:26:44 AM
Thanks for your TR. Just a few Q's-
Did you need to rent a car? And how was driving opposite of USA?
How big was fridge in room? Are there microwaves?
I'll give you my TR in August.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: soursticks on July 17, 2014, 11:16:36 AM
Thanks for your TR. Just a few Q's-
Did you need to rent a car? And how was driving opposite of USA?
How big was fridge in room? Are there microwaves?
I'll give you my TR in August.

Car rental is not necessary, but helpful if you want o simply drive around an dsee the island. Most activities will pick you up. Cars are not that expensive, although they charge a $20 driver's license permit fee on top of rental. If you do get a car go with small car and ask about upgrading at rental counter for a few dollars more (in my opinion). Cost of trasportation to and from airport almost pays for car itself. Roads are a likely tricky, but you can't get too lost, island isn't that big and people are friendly. Very few traffic lights, a lot of roundabouts. I found it interesting to drive around, but not necessary.

Driving on the opposite side took a little getting used to, but it was not that difficult, just need to be more aware and cognizant of the oncoming traffic when turning.

Fridge was small/midsize fridge. Typical hotel fridge. Don't think there was any freezer in it. Ice machine in hallway. No microwave inmy room, don't know if any have.

If you stay at the Westin there is a free stand up paddle boating lesson each morning (Red Sail Sports), but you need to sign up for it. I didn't do it, but it seemed interesting.

Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: stbaum on July 29, 2014, 03:24:41 PM
but guys what about food? grocery has like Shoprite stuff??
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: E R K on July 29, 2014, 04:18:22 PM
I haven't gone yet but breakfast might be oatmeal, cereal, cheese and bread
Lunch might be sandwich of some sort- PBJ or deli.
Dinner will be meal mart meals.
Snacks - granola bars. fruit
I will take a hot plate and pot to heat up meal mart meals and maybe bring pasta.
I am bringing all this with me. I'm going 5 days 4 nights.
I will buy perishables there- fruit, veggies
I am not c"y but you can bring soy milk.
This is obviously not a trip about the food!
My hotel has a small fridge.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: soursticks on July 30, 2014, 12:58:25 PM
The supermarket's have the regular stuff you would find in a supermarket at higher cost. There is bread, pita, wraps, yogurt, granola bars, peanut butter, chips, etc. It appeared that 75% of th efood there cam efrom the US and the rest was from England, Europe south america or local.   You will not go hungry but it is not a trip centered around the food.

Be aware that i think alot of there bread or similar items might be shipped frozen and defrost on shleves.

I actually went to a cafe/bar - restaurant. They made the se ice cream daquiris or something like that. I asked them how they made it and they showed me the mix that they simply pour into the machine. I am not paskening but it was delicious. They had about 4-5 flavors and they were all certified kosher (don't remember if it was OU Star-K or Chof -k, but it was one of those three) on the container. He then pours it in the machine and adds your choice of alcohol/rum if you want.   

Westin also has coffee machine in the rooms with starbucks puches for coffee maker and OU creamer in little containers (that and a granola bar was breakfast). Westin also had fridge in room. We brought schnitzel and put it in wraps we bought there.

Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: E R K on August 19, 2014, 01:05:31 AM
My TR:
Transferred MR to JetBlue for direct flight JFK-GCM -21,800/pp
Stayed at Westin. Over heard other people at hotel who've been there many times say they have nicest beach- more so than Marriott or Ritz.
Day 1 - Sunday - rented car because it's so cheap. Took a little getting used to driving on the other side of street. Car rental not necessary because all activities pick you up at no add'l charge. Everything is closed on Saturday and Sundays.
Day 2 - many people go to Foster's for food but around the corner of the hotel is Cost You Less. Like a Costco type store but you don't need membership. You can buy food and snacks. We bought fruit, veggies not in large quantities and eggs. I brought w me everything else. That afternoon we did horseback riding in water w spirit of the west.
At night hotel shows family friendly movies by the pool/beach restaurant.
Day 3- cayman islands is 1 of about 12 places that offer bioluminescent tours. We did it with Sea Elements because you put on a wet suit (to protect against jellyfish) and can swim with the microorganism and they light up like fireflies. Only done certain days of the year at night. Extremely cool. Cayman Kayaks does it also but you sit in a kayak.
Day 4- hotel offers free paddle board lessons. You MUST sign up 7:30am day before. They only have 8 spots. Fun to do.
Afternoon we did Stingray City with FatFish Adventures. Our guide and 2 other jet skiers were pretty adventurous so we had to keep up. Loads of fun. We also went snorkeling.
Day 5- left.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: E R K on August 19, 2014, 01:09:53 AM
My view:
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 19, 2014, 10:48:20 AM
Afternoon we did Stingray City with FatFish Adventures. Our guide and 2 other jet skiers were pretty adventurous so we had to keep up. Loads of fun. We also went snorkeling.
That is amazing, was the highlight of my trip!
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on December 24, 2015, 04:15:31 PM
Thinking of hopping over to the Caymans for two days while I'm in Miami and staying at the Westin. We'd be taking my 4 month old daughter with us. Any activities there that we can do with her? I'm guessing the Stringray is out, right?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: sedge on December 25, 2015, 11:07:21 PM
Thinking of hopping over to the Caymans for two days while I'm in Miami and staying at the Westin. We'd be taking my 4 month old daughter with us. Any activities there that we can do with her? I'm guessing the Stringray is out, right?
Turtle farm.

We'll be there 1/21 to 1/26
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on December 26, 2015, 06:13:33 PM
Turtle farm.

We'll be there 1/21 to 1/26
Called one of the stingray city companies and they said there is no age restriction. They said I can bring my daughter and then wife and I switch off staying on the boat with my daughter and swimming with the stingrays. Think I'm going to do that. Any reason not to?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on December 26, 2015, 11:51:34 PM
Called one of the stingray city companies and they said there is no age restriction. They said I can bring my daughter and then wife and I switch off staying on the boat with my daughter and swimming with the stingrays. Think I'm going to do that. Any reason not to?
you'll be totally fine with her, turtle farm is also a great idea + its next door to a one of those dolphin places where you pay to swim with them
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on December 27, 2015, 12:10:40 AM
you'll be totally fine with her, turtle farm is also a great idea + its next door to a one of those dolphin places where you pay to swim with them
Great. Thanks for confirming because I was a little concerned with taking her out on a boat. Already swam with dolphins 2 yrs ago in Cancun. Was fun, but don't think it's something that I'd do again.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: itsallgood on January 07, 2016, 12:07:18 AM
Anyone hear anything or stayed at the MAriott or any hotel other than the westin?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on January 07, 2016, 02:25:04 PM
Just got back from Stingray City. We went with Captain Marvin's. They're located right across the street from the Westin. I highly recommend them. Staff was super friendly and they were half the price compared to any place the hotel concierge suggested (and most places that I found online). We did the two stop tour (Stingray City and snorkeling) and it was $40 per person.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on January 07, 2016, 04:48:03 PM
Any interest in me writing up a TR? Happy to but feel like barely anyone on this forum goes to the Caymans...
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 07, 2016, 04:58:37 PM
Any interest in me writing up a TR? Happy to but feel like barely anyone on this forum goes to the Caymans...

Please do! I actually have lots of interest
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on January 07, 2016, 05:06:05 PM
Please do! I actually have lots of interest
Ok I'll work on it. Put it in this thread or create a new one? This will be my first TR so wondering which method people prefer. Also, how do I embed pictures in if I'm not doing it on tapatalk?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 07, 2016, 05:06:47 PM
Ok I'll work on it. Put it in this thread or create a new one? This will be my first TR so wondering which method people prefer. Also, how do I embed pictures in if I'm not doing it on tapatalk?

open a new thread here

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?board=25.0
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 07, 2016, 10:58:12 PM
TR please!
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on January 07, 2016, 11:05:40 PM
TR please!
open a new thread here

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?board=25.0

Started typing it up. Won't be that long because the whole trip was two days. Hope to have it up sometime next week.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: sedge on January 07, 2016, 11:46:42 PM
Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on January 11, 2016, 03:59:32 PM
TR is up!

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=59860.0
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: BPGC on January 13, 2016, 11:10:07 AM
The Westin in Grand Cayman now stocks Meal Mart Pre-made Kosher Meals, you must contact the concierge to arrange beforehand.

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman offers premium Glatt Kosher meals from A Kosher Caterer in Miami, they will deliver to other hotels as well.

For more info on Kosher food and Yiddishkeit in Cayman Islands please visit www.jewish.ky

Best
Rabbi Berel Pewzner
Chabad Cayman
rabbi@jewishcayman.com
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: sedge on January 21, 2016, 01:12:10 AM
We are sitting in the Admirals Club in LAX about to embark on our 6 day trip. We have alot planned. I'll add to CS91's TR upon return.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on May 01, 2016, 02:10:16 PM
I noticed a drop in prices for all hotels in gc this summer, worth it to book cash imo. Is the holiday Inn near the chabad?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on May 01, 2016, 02:12:49 PM
I noticed a drop in prices for all hotels in gc this summer, worth it to book cash imo. Is the holiday Inn near the chabad?
Google Maps.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Holiday+Inn+Resort+Grand+Cayman,+West+Bay,+Cayman+Islands/Chabad+Cayman,+George+Town,+Cayman+Islands/@19.3275585,-81.3915555,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x8f258794942ba34f:0xb12d7f8ee76126e4!2m2!1d-81.36383!2d19.344921!1m5!1m1!1s0x8f2586561ac8ba91:0xca8f5bf2b0522bbf!2m2!1d-81.3833499!2d19.3104953!3e0
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: rebjoe on May 01, 2016, 03:15:16 PM
Does anyone have info on zika in grand Cayman ? It's not on the Cdc's list but want to know if that is enough of reason to confidently go there pregnant?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on May 01, 2016, 08:09:49 PM
Does anyone have info on zika in grand Cayman ? It's not on the Cdc's list but want to know if that is enough of reason to confidently go there pregnant?
It's one of the places in the caribbean without zika, imo it's safe to go. A pregnant woman should consult with her obgyn
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on May 01, 2016, 08:11:43 PM
Google Maps.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Holiday+Inn+Resort+Grand+Cayman,+West+Bay,+Cayman+Islands/Chabad+Cayman,+George+Town,+Cayman+Islands/@19.3275585,-81.3915555,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x8f258794942ba34f:0xb12d7f8ee76126e4!2m2!1d-81.36383!2d19.344921!1m5!1m1!1s0x8f2586561ac8ba91:0xca8f5bf2b0522bbf!2m2!1d-81.3833499!2d19.3104953!3e0
Thank you
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on May 25, 2016, 08:14:42 AM
Anybody ever go to GC during Hurricane season?
I've been to some of the other islands during hurricane season, and it really didn't effect my stay that much...
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 07, 2016, 08:36:17 AM
Recommendations for going with an infant to stingray city....
TIA
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on June 07, 2016, 10:01:27 AM
Recommendations for going with an infant to stingray city....
TIA
Are you asking whether or not you should go or which tour company you should go with?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 07, 2016, 10:42:38 AM
Are you asking whether or not you should go or which tour company you should go with?
Both.  Plus advice if we do decide to do that.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on June 07, 2016, 10:49:48 AM
Both.  Plus advice if we do decide to do that.
We went with an infant and were very happy with the company that we used. Details are in my TR: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=59860.0
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 07, 2016, 12:50:41 PM
We went with an infant and were very happy with the company that we used. Details are in my TR: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=59860.0
Thank you, I actually read the TR in the past, thanks for reminding me.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 07, 2016, 12:50:59 PM
Would you say it is worth renting a car there?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on June 07, 2016, 12:55:07 PM
Would you say it is worth renting a car there?
I don't think it's worth it. But then again, we were only there for 2 days and the only actual activity that we did off the hotel grounds was Stingray City.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 07, 2016, 01:23:15 PM
I don't think it's worth it. But then again, we were only there for 2 days and the only actual activity that we did off the hotel grounds was Stingray City.
And what was the taxi situation like there?  Was it expensive to get from the airport to the hotel?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: sedge on June 07, 2016, 10:37:32 PM
Would you say it is worth renting a car there?

And what was the taxi situation like there?  Was it expensive to get from the airport to the hotel?
If you want a ride from/to the airport and/or an awesome tour guide, I cannot recommend more than Shirley Roulstone of Cayman Routes Island Tours. Very sweet, personable and knowledgeable. Extemely accomodating. Our kids loved her. They cried when theysaid goodbye. Clean van. Reasonable rates. She knows the island well.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on June 07, 2016, 11:02:21 PM
And what was the taxi situation like there?  Was it expensive to get from the airport to the hotel?
Quote
It was a fixed fair from the airport to our hotel ($23.10 USD) and the taxi drivers only take cash (they accept US cash and had change).
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: E R K on June 07, 2016, 11:09:52 PM

I was there 2 years ago. I rented car because it was so cheap, like $9/day. They drive on the other side of the street. Most attractions pick you up from the hotel, but I'm glad I had the car even for just picking up groceries from the store.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 08, 2016, 11:21:20 AM
If you want a ride from/to the airport and/or an awesome tour guide, I cannot recommend more than Shirley Roulstone of Cayman Routes Island Tours. Very sweet, personable and knowledgeable. Extemely accomodating. Our kids loved her. They cried when theysaid goodbye. Clean van. Reasonable rates. She knows the island well.
Sounds like a nice advertisement  ;) jk, thanks for the advice
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 08, 2016, 11:21:32 AM

Thank you.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 08, 2016, 11:22:13 AM
I was there 2 years ago. I rented car because it was so cheap, like $9/day. They drive on the other side of the street. Most attractions pick you up from the hotel, but I'm glad I had the car even for just picking up groceries from the store.
I have driven on the wrong side in Provo, T&C, so that's no issue.  Which company has those rates?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: CS91 on June 08, 2016, 11:31:54 AM
I have driven on the wrong side in Provo, T&C, so that's no issue.  Which company has those rates?
Look on Expedia. I found some pretty cheap rates there but didn't end up booking because I was under 25 at the time and underage fees were crazy (and non-waivable).
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: E R K on June 08, 2016, 12:42:06 PM
I have driven on the wrong side in Provo, T&C, so that's no issue.  Which company has those rates?
I just checked Priceline and its $4 for compact.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 08, 2016, 02:31:59 PM
I just checked Priceline and its $4 for compact.
thank you
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: sedge on June 08, 2016, 04:18:41 PM
Sounds like a nice advertisement  ;) jk, thanks for the advice
She really made our trip special. I still used taxis for running to the market or an off-property restaurant. Taxis were cheap. There are also busses/vans that are even cheaper. They have a third-world feel to them though.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 16, 2016, 07:29:02 AM
Anybody ever use a photographer in GC for a family photo session?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on July 07, 2016, 08:45:52 PM
The Westin in Grand Cayman now stocks Meal Mart Pre-made Kosher Meals, you must contact the concierge to arrange beforehand.

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman offers premium Glatt Kosher meals from A Kosher Caterer in Miami, they will deliver to other hotels as well.

For more info on Kosher food and Yiddishkeit in Cayman Islands please visit www.jewish.ky

Best
Rabbi Berel Pewzner
Chabad Cayman
rabbi@jewishcayman.com
Has anyone had the meals the kosher meals from the Ritz?
This is the current menu
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on July 18, 2016, 03:04:57 PM
Has anyone had the meals the kosher meals from the Ritz?
This is the current menu

Someone recently wrote a TR and said the food is horrible there
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 26, 2016, 05:13:44 PM
Has anyone had the meals the kosher meals from the Ritz?
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=63914.msg1509083#msg1509083 seems this guy didnt like it. wish there were other opinions...
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on November 07, 2016, 01:19:37 PM
GRAND OPENING: Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa will open in Grand Cayman in 2016. Now accepting reservations for stays starting November 15, 2016.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on November 07, 2016, 01:19:49 PM
Just thought people may be interested
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: yitzyul on November 14, 2016, 11:53:42 AM
any ideas for which hotels? Westin is under construction...Ritz is $2100 a night and a Tier 5?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on November 14, 2016, 11:59:03 AM
any ideas for which hotels? Westin is under construction...Ritz is $2100 a night and a Tier 5?

Holiday Inn or Kimton
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: yitzyul on November 14, 2016, 12:07:19 PM
Holiday Inn or Kimton

Are they upscale?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on November 14, 2016, 12:38:02 PM
Are they upscale?

I stayed at the Holiday Inn while I was there.  The room was brand new in great condition.  It wasn't the most upscale place, but it wasn't a budget resort either-It was on the upscale side.
The kimpton is brand new, so I would not know.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: BPGC on November 15, 2016, 08:00:07 AM
any ideas for which hotels? Westin is under construction...Ritz is $2100 a night and a Tier 5?

Marriott, Comfort Suites are options as well.

There are dozens of Condominium complexes along Seven Mile Beach, they are very popular with repeat visitors to Cayman.

Condo's are for the most part cheaper then Hotels, come with Kitchens and have 2-3 bedrooms. You can find basic and luxury units.
Caydirect.com and VRBO.com are some good places to search for condo availability.

Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: jacobz on August 30, 2017, 07:00:51 PM
anyone knows whats the best way / cheapest flight I can get from New york to cayman island for 24th or 25th of december?
 I have AA points and Sapphire reserve.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 30, 2017, 08:05:19 PM
anyone knows whats the best way / cheapest flight I can get from New york to cayman island for 24th or 25th of december?
 I have AA points and Sapphire reserve.

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7986.0
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: shnoz on January 10, 2018, 10:36:25 AM
If you want a ride from/to the airport and/or an awesome tour guide, I cannot recommend more than Shirley Roulstone of Cayman Routes Island Tours. Very sweet, personable and knowledgeable. Extemely accomodating. Our kids loved her. They cried when theysaid goodbye. Clean van. Reasonable rates. She knows the island well.
Not looking for a tour guide, just need ride from the airport, should I bother with her or just take a cab
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on January 10, 2018, 08:21:52 PM
Not looking for a tour guide, just need ride from the airport, should I bother with her or just take a cab
I rented a car there, it was very cheap and I was able to drive around the island, go to the grocery...
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: shnoz on January 11, 2018, 02:26:48 PM
I rented a car there, it was very cheap and I was able to drive around the island, go to the grocery...
Not that cheap for next week, also really only need it for drive to & from the airport
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: BPGC on January 04, 2019, 08:31:02 AM
We have BH secured Group rates at the newly renovated Margaritaville Beach Resort January 17 Ė 28 2019.
Closest hotel to Chabad Cayman.

Under group code, you must enter GCHA

The cut off date for this will be January 13, 2019

Full payment will be required at the time of booking

Cancellation terms are noted

https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=74932&Chain=21090&template=RBE&shell=RBE&+adult=2&child=0&promo=GCHA

Year-round rates:
Enter group rate
"CHAB"

https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=74932&Chain=21090&template=RBE&shell=RBE&+adult=2&child=0&promo=CHAB

 
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: TheManInTheBlackHat on January 05, 2019, 08:06:07 PM
Anyone used Discount Excursions?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: davidmal on February 12, 2019, 12:16:54 AM
We have BH secured Group rates at the newly renovated Margaritaville Beach Resort January 17 Ė 28 2019.
Closest hotel to Chabad Cayman.

Under group code, you must enter GCHA

The cut off date for this will be January 13, 2019

Full payment will be required at the time of booking

Cancellation terms are noted

https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=74932&Chain=21090&template=RBE&shell=RBE&+adult=2&child=0&promo=GCHA

Year-round rates:
Enter group rate
"CHAB"

https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=74932&Chain=21090&template=RBE&shell=RBE&+adult=2&child=0&promo=CHAB

 
Maybe you can help out and post a wiki?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on February 12, 2019, 06:16:25 PM
Any thoughts on Ritz vs Westin?

Anyone stay at either of these properties recently?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Allune on February 12, 2019, 06:41:13 PM
Any thoughts on Ritz vs Westin?

Anyone stay at either of these properties recently?

Ritz is the way to go.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on February 12, 2019, 06:56:38 PM
Ritz is the way to go.

Have you stayed there recently? Any status recognition at the Ritz?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Allune on February 12, 2019, 10:32:29 PM
Have you stayed there recently? Any status recognition at the Ritz?

Yes was recently there.
Great resort, but with reward points you are in the resort tower. Which is a little walk to the beach.

Barely any status recognition. I went during a busy time.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on February 12, 2019, 10:45:58 PM
Yes was recently there.
Great resort, but with reward points you are in the resort tower. Which is a little walk to the beach.

Barely any status recognition. I went during a busy time.

So unless i can guarantee that I wont be in the resort tower, wouldnt it be better to go with Westin?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Allune on February 12, 2019, 11:28:38 PM
So unless i can guarantee that I wont be in the resort tower, wouldnt it be better to go with Westin?

The room, service and ambiance is better at ritz. And for small difference in cost
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on February 12, 2019, 11:30:23 PM
The room, service and ambiance is better at ritz. And for small difference in cost

Any idea how they treat platinums there?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Allune on February 12, 2019, 11:33:10 PM
Nope. Sorry.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: sag95 on February 13, 2019, 12:59:28 AM
Any idea how they treat platinums there?
Just stayed there as Plat (although for some reason at check in he saw me in his system as gold). I got upgraded to ocean tower. Was great, definitely better than the Westin which I stayed in too. Service is way better, room was way better ( although this one was a better upgrade than by the Westin). I would stay there even for the resort tower. The walk is a walkway above the street, itís nothing. If youíre going with kids, the kiddie park by the Ritz is great! Some ppl prefer the Westin for the beach but I didnít see that.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on February 13, 2019, 08:41:11 AM
Just stayed there as Plat (although for some reason at check in he saw me in his system as gold). I got upgraded to ocean tower. Was great, definitely better than the Westin which I stayed in too. Service is way better, room was way better ( although this one was a better upgrade than by the Westin). I would stay there even for the resort tower. The walk is a walkway above the street, itís nothing. If youíre going with kids, the kiddie park by the Ritz is great! Some ppl prefer the Westin for the beach but I didnít see that.

Pics? or TR? Would be great :)

Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Shua on February 13, 2019, 09:39:00 AM
Just stayed there as Plat (although for some reason at check in he saw me in his system as gold). I got upgraded to ocean tower. Was great, definitely better than the Westin which I stayed in too. Service is way better, room was way better ( although this one was a better upgrade than by the Westin). I would stay there even for the resort tower. The walk is a walkway above the street, itís nothing. If youíre going with kids, the kiddie park by the Ritz is great! Some ppl prefer the Westin for the beach but I didnít see that.

What did you do about food? Does the Ritz give you an extra fridge? What about a microwave? Going soon and will probably bring pomegranate meals but just want to see my best options.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on February 13, 2019, 10:14:35 AM
What did you do about food? Does the Ritz give you an extra fridge? What about a microwave? Going soon and will probably bring pomegranate meals but just want to see my best options.

There is a Chabad as well. I believe they offer Shaabat meals.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Allune on February 13, 2019, 10:39:58 AM
Depending on your level on kashrut, ritz is aware of kosher. The chef will open an brand new pan for you + new utensils for eggs in the morning .
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on February 13, 2019, 10:42:25 AM
Depending on your level on kashrut, ritz is aware of kosher. The chef will open an brand new pan for you + new utensils for eggs in the morning .

Did you order any of there frozen dinner meals?
Title: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: sag95 on February 13, 2019, 11:08:12 AM
Pics? or TR? Would be great :)
No pics sorry, and too lazy to write a TR. More than happy to answer any questions though.
What did you do about food? Does the Ritz give you an extra fridge? What about a microwave? Going soon and will probably bring pomegranate meals but just want to see my best options.
Brought all my own food. There was a mini fridge full with the mini bar (in the ritz, in the Westin was just an empty mini fridge), but I just emptied it and put everything back before I left (no sensors, there are some pros to old fashioned places). I brought a sandwich maker which also worked great to cook my eggs that I bought there. The groceries have everything youíll find in a local shop rite here (albeit a little more expensive). Officially one of the groceries has kosher cold cuts but I didnít see it.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on February 13, 2019, 11:09:18 AM
No pics sorry, and too lazy to write a TR. More than happy to answer any questions though.Brought all my own food. There was a mini fridge full with the mini bar, but I just emptied it and put everything back before I left (no sensors, there are some pros to old fashioned places). I brought a sandwich maker which also worked great to cook my eggs that I bought there. The groceries have everything youíll find in a local shop rite here (albeit a little more expensive). Officially one of the groceries has kosher cold cuts but I didnít see it.

Did you get free breakfast or lounge access?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: sag95 on February 13, 2019, 11:10:46 AM
Did you get free breakfast or lounge access?
They offered me free breakfast. I think I had some sort of lounge access, not totally sure to be honest.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on February 13, 2019, 11:11:33 AM
They offered me free breakfast. I think I had some sort of lounge access, not totally sure to be honest.


Interesting because officially platinums dont get that at RCs
Heated pools?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Allune on February 13, 2019, 11:13:08 AM
Did you order any of there frozen dinner meals?

Nope. Sorry
Title: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: sag95 on February 13, 2019, 11:13:49 AM

Interesting because officially platinums dont get that at RCs
Heated pools?
Thinking about it now it could be Iím mixing it up, maybe they only offered me breakfast at the Westin, sorry. Didnít try the pool by the resort tower, the one by the ocean was cold but enjoyed it in the 85 degree weather.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: sag95 on February 13, 2019, 11:15:55 AM
Thinking about it now it could be Iím mixing it up, maybe they only offered me breakfast at the Westin, sorry. Didnít try the pool by the resort tower, the one by the ocean was cold but enjoyed it in the 85 degree weather.
I think it was the ritz tho,Iíll ask my DW if she remembers.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: youG on February 14, 2019, 09:58:28 AM
I am leaving the Ritz in an hour. Anyone here want a electric burner and 2 pans ? ( 1 never used)
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on March 24, 2019, 09:54:45 AM
best rental companies for convertibles?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on March 25, 2019, 11:11:12 AM
A bit ridiculous in my opinion but the Ritz charges $25 each for a fridge and microwave per day in addition to there already steep resort fees at $85 a night. They also charge around $36 plus service per person per meal to heat up food.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: yakrot on March 25, 2019, 11:17:14 AM
A bit ridiculous in my opinion but the Ritz charges $25 each for a fridge and microwave per day in addition to there already steep resort fees at $85 a night. They also charge around $36 plus service per person per meal to heat up food.
I have yet to pay for a fridge at any hotel Iíve ever stayed at. Microwave is a bit harder Iím assuming although Iíve never needed one
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Theg on March 25, 2019, 12:18:54 PM
A bit ridiculous in my opinion but the Ritz charges $25 each for a fridge and microwave per day in addition to there already steep resort fees at $85 a night. They also charge around $36 plus service per person per meal to heat up food.
Just say you need the fridge for medication and they will give it for free
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on March 25, 2019, 02:46:46 PM
Just say you need the fridge for medication and they will give it for free


You have tried it here?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on April 29, 2019, 03:20:22 PM
Anyone here recently go to the Caymans?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: knowitall on April 29, 2019, 11:32:08 PM
Anyone here recently go to the Caymans?
i went last summer and a friend went last month. whatsup?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on May 01, 2019, 06:45:08 PM
i went last summer and a friend went last month. whatsup?

Either of you stay at the Ritz?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Shua on May 12, 2019, 07:38:55 PM
Either of you stay at the Ritz?
Stayed at the Ritz end of Feb. They do charge you $25 for a fridge per day. Anything else you want to know?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: zagguru on May 12, 2019, 07:44:45 PM
Stayed at the Ritz end of Feb. They do charge you $25 for a fridge per day. Anything else you want to know?

What was ur status? You get upgraded? Would you go back?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 01, 2019, 12:39:40 AM
Have a trip planned for a couple of days. Outrageous resort fees plus $25 a day for microwave and fridge is crazy!
Any issue bringing in cooked vaccum packed meat? Won't have any labels..

Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: TheManInTheBlackHat on July 01, 2019, 12:09:07 PM
Meat shouldn't be a problem in normal quantities.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on July 02, 2019, 12:23:55 PM
Have a trip planned for a couple of days. Outrageous resort fees plus $25 a day for microwave and fridge is crazy!
Any issue bringing in cooked vaccum packed meat? Won't have any labels..

Did it, no issue
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 22, 2019, 07:43:01 PM
Did it, no issue
so your meat was cooked and had no usda labels? Did you declare it?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on July 25, 2019, 12:22:01 PM
so your meat was cooked and had no usda labels? Did you declare it?

Don't think I declared it
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 26, 2019, 12:54:10 AM
Don't see much info about car rentals. With free parking at hotels and the cheap rates, I would pay the same price for a few day rental as I'd pay for a two way taxi trip from the airport to the hotel.
I'm aware of the "international license fee" so if be paying like an extra $20
Are there any mandatory insurances or hidden fees that would be forced on me at the counter? Currently have a reservation at Alamo.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: TheManInTheBlackHat on August 27, 2019, 12:05:12 PM
Don't see much info about car rentals. With free parking at hotels and the cheap rates, I would pay the same price for a few day rental as I'd pay for a two way taxi trip from the airport to the hotel.
I'm aware of the "international license fee" so if be paying like an extra $20
Are there any mandatory insurances or hidden fees that would be forced on me at the counter? Currently have a reservation at Alamo.
I didn't rent a car, so not familiar. But keep in mind that they drive on the left side. Also, depending if you wanna do a lot of your own exploring or not, most jet ski, boat tours etc. Pick you up from hotel, and the buses on the main roads are like $2.
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: S123 on October 07, 2019, 07:09:39 PM
Whatís considered the better hotel here the ritz or Westin?
Title: Re: Cayman Islands Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on October 07, 2019, 07:45:54 PM
Ritz.
If you have igh points the kimpton is a nice option