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Wyndham Reef Resort 3.5

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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Pros

  • Every unit is an oceanfront suite with terrace or balcony
  • Property is right on 1600 feet of beach
  • One- and two-bedroom suites have full kitchens
  • Two restaurants, including a beach bar
  • Water sports provider offering snorkel gear, kayaks, and paddle boards
  • Spa offering facials, massages, and nail services
  • Large mirrored fitness center
  • Tennis courts
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Remote location
  • Dated decor in rooms

Bottom Line

Wyndham Reef Resort is a sprawling, upper-middle-range, 152-unit property located on Grand Cayman’s quiet East End. Every unit is an oceanfront suite and the balconies and porches offer gorgeous views of the beach. Extensive property features include a spa, fitness center, tennis courts, and water sports provider. Though the Reef is large and spread out, it does not have the feeling of a megaresort, like Morritt’s Tortuga Club & Resort next door. There is an optional all-inclusive option, but with only two restaurants on-site, some may find it limiting.

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Scene

Large and spread out, with a busy lobby and beach bar

This laid-back property provides direct beach access

Wyndham Reef Resort is a large, sprawling property. The buildings run in one long line and are not set up in a central manner. I did a lot of walking, especially since my room was in the last building on the property, opposite of the lobby and restaurants. The buildings could also be labeled better -- the small signs are not visible from a distance or the road.

The Reef became a Wyndham hotel and the lobby and common areas underwent significant renovations after our visit, such as a revamped front desk and fresh coat of blue paint, as well as a contemporary lounge area with a business center, coffee corner, and modern white seatign. While the Reef is a time-share property, I did not feel that this aspect was pushed as much as at Morritt’s Tortuga Club & Resort next door.

Although the resort is large, it has a calm and private atmosphere. The beachfront is spacious and relaxing, and lounge chairs are plentiful. The Dolphin Pool is nicely landscaped with an area for water volleyball as well as a hot tub. There is a popular beach bar located outside the lobby. Colorful and festive, the bar has plenty of seating and tables, as well as couches and loungers.

Travelers were mostly families, with a few couples and young singles mixed in.

Location

On the quiet East End, far from the airport

Map of Wyndham Reef Resort

The East End of Grand Cayman is quiet and tranquil. The resort is located on the one main road running through the East End, and next to Morritt's Tortuga Club & Resort. It is a 45-minute drive from the airport; a car is recommended for getting around the island. Although the driving is on the left side of the street, the quality of the roads are good and the island is small and easy to navigate.

Dining options are limited out here. The Reef has two eateries on-site, Tides Restaurant and The Beach Bar. There is also a Subway restaurant near the lobby. There is an Italian restaurant across the street and two restaurants at Morritt’s next door. Small local restaurants are a short drive away, and Rum Point, about a 25-minute drive, also has restaurants.

Across the street is a shopping center with a Foster’s Express grocery store, wine shop, and the Italian restaurant.

The East End is known for its excellent snorkeling and diving. The resort has an on-site water sports provider, White Sand Water Sports, and also coordinates diving trips and vacation packages with Red Sail Sports.

Rooms

All units are oceanfront suites, but the Caribbean decor is basic and a bit dated.

Room decor is basic and dated in the Studio Suite

The Reef Resort has 152 suites, each with a stunning oceanfront view from a porch or balcony. Many units are customizable and can be arranged as a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom suite. The larger suites also have two twin pull-out beds in the living room.

The decor in the rooms is dated. The comforter is colorful and Caribbean but gaudy and thin, and decorations and artwork are minimal. The rooms are spacious and simply decorated -- though style varies a bit between rooms, most have white tiles, white walls (with the occasional piece of generic Caribbean art), light wood furniture, and wicker accents. Not all of the TVs are flat-screen. The bathrooms are small with a bright blue vanity and tile finishings, and have basic toiletries and a hairdryer. Each room has a safe.

The one- and two-bedroom suites each have a fully equipped kitchen with a full-sized fridge, a stove, and microwave, as well as tableware and cooking tools. These suites also have a dining table with seating for six.

The Studio Suites have small kitchenettes with mini-fridges, sinks, and microwaves. The kitchenettes have cups, plates, and utensils.

The rooms are undergoing ongoing renovations to bedding and furnishings. The rooms are similar to the un-renovated rooms at Morritt’s, and are slightly cheaper.

Features

Lots of features, but a charge for Wi-Fi

Guests can drink on the beach at The Beach Bar

The resort charges a fee for Wi-Fi. Guests can buy Wi-Fi access for 30 minutes, one day, one week, or two weeks. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby.

There are two restaurants on-site, as well as a Subway restaurant near the lobby. Tides Restaurant is the more upscale of the two, and the space underwent significant renovations after our visit, transforming into a modern space. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a variety of cuisines (American, seafood, Caribbean, and pastas). The restaurant has a spacious indoor dining room and bar with windows overlooking the beach, as well as lounge chairs and outdoor tables on an oceanfront deck.

The Beach Bar is the more casual of the two restaurants. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as drinks right on the beach, it is a popular hangout for guests. There are plenty of tables with umbrellas as well as seating around the bar.

White Sand Water Sports is the Reef’s on-site water sports provider, located outside the lobby on the beach. They offer a range of equipment (such as kayaks and paddle boards ) and excursions, including jet ski rental, snorkeling trips, and sting ray city tours. They do not offer diving trips. For guests interested in diving, the resort offers diving packages as well as diving vacations (room and diving excursions in one price) through Red Sail Sports, one of the top diving providers on the island.

The Reef has a large mirrored fitness center located on the bottom floor of the last building on the property, near the spa. There is a variety of cardio equipment including stationary bikes, treadmills, and ellipticals, as well as strength machines and free weights. There are also men’s and women’s changing rooms and bathrooms. Windows are small, so natural light in this space is a bit limited. There is a large tennis court on-site. The resort also offers a daily Sea and Sun Yoga Class for a fee.

There is a small business center with three computers and a printer that is free to use.

Le Soliel is the Reef’s on-site spa. Located in the last building on the property on the bottom floor, they offer facials, massages, nail services, and waxing/threading in a relaxing atmosphere.

Beach

Right on 1600 feet of beachfront

Clear and blue water at the East End beach

The beaches on the East End aren’t quite as nice as Seven Mile Beach, on the west side of the island. The water is clear and blue, but the shore is rocky and has coral and sea grass. On the day I visited, there had just been a storm and the staff told me that the beach was grassier than usual. The Reef has 1600 feet of beachfront and plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas. The beach is spacious and relaxing.

Pools

Two pools, one with a waterfall and both with hot tubs

Ocean views from the attractive Dolphin Pool

Wyndham Reef Resort has two pools. The ocean-view Dolphin Pool, located near the lobby, is relaxing and attractively landscaped, with plenty of palm trees, rocks, greenery, and a waterfall. The pool has two sections -- one with a volleyball net and waterfall, and one that is quieter -- as well as a connected heated whirlpool. The pool gets its name from its tall dolphin fountain.

The castaway pool, located in the middle of the property, is large and long, without the attractive landscaping of the Dolphin Pool. However, there are plenty of lounge chairs for sunbathing, and there's a hot tub here, too.

All-Inclusive

An all-inclusive option is offered, but dining options are limited.

The resort offers two all-inclusive options: a "value" option that includes meals and soft drinks from a limited menu, or a "deluxe" option that includes meals, alcohol, and snorkel gear. However, there are only two restaurants on-site (The Beach Bar and Tides Restaurant) so dining options may be too limited for some.

Weddings

Customizable wedding packages

The resort offers wedding packages as well as a la carte wedding services that can include a marriage license, wedding cake, photographer, flowers, and decor. Ceremonies can take place on the beach or on the resort’s oceanfront dock.

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Address

2221 Queens Highway, PO Box 30865, Colliers, East End KY1-1800, Caribbean

Also Known As

  • The Reef Resort

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