Monday, June 8, 2015

Grand Cayman with kids: Final Thoughts

Our vacation to Grand Cayman was just what we had hoped for: gorgeous beaches with powdery white sand, incredible clear, turquoise water, a chance to swim with stingrays, and trying out snorkeling for the first time. We also could not have been happier with our stay at the Marriott Beach Resort, perfectly located right on famed Seven Mile Beach. The resort itself is beautifully decorated in a contemporary Caribbean theme with plenty of lounge areas in the lobby, restaurants on site, and a gift shop in case there is a sudden need for a Grand Cayman t-shirt :) What we loved the most, though, were the staff members of the beach resort. One went out of his way to check ingredients on some muffins for Ava to see if they had any dairy-free varieties. When he found that she, unfortunately, would not be able to have one, he led us to the buffet and told her to fill her plate with as many fruit and berries as she could. That type of service just goes above and beyond what one expects! Another time Skylar accidentally left her wallet behind on a chair in the lobby. Before the evening was over housekeeping had returned it to us. The day we were leaving, we asked the doormen where a local carwash was so we could vacuum out our rental car as we had a good bit of beach sand in it. They insisted on actually vacuuming it out themselves! The staff was always professional and made sure we were all enjoying our time at the resort. Probably our best time with the staff was during one of our final nights when we enjoyed the beach bonfires and s'more making. The staff really seems to enjoy hanging out with the guests, telling funny stories, and making you feel like you are more than a guest at their property, more like old friends.

We enjoyed soaking up the sun and surf one last time on our last day here during the morning. In the afternoon, we explored some of the souvenir shops in Georgetown as the kids had some souvenir money they wanted to spend. The shopping area is easily walkable as it's a fairly compact with most of the shops carrying the same typical souvenir fare. The kids enjoyed it and were pleased with their purchases. We stayed up past bedtime our final night as well to enjoy one more s'mores night on the beach. With my final thoughts are some final photos of our last day there. Grand Cayman - we thank you for hosting us on your gorgeous island...we will be back!

resort view from chair

Beach b and a 2

Georgetown B and A

Georgetown

Resort sunset sailboat

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