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Cayman Blog from The Reef Resort in Grand Cayman

Monthly Archives: December 2005


This excerpt was sent to us by a Friend of The Reef. It’s good fun. To get the full effect, this should be read aloud. You will understand what ‘tenjewberrymuds’ means by the end of the conversation. (And by the way, the Caymanian accent is much easier to understand!) The following is a telephone exchange [...]

Giant Iguanas Spotted in East End!

Alright so this guy is looking a bit bloated after his Christmas dinner… But Giant Iguanas of another kind have been discovered all over Grand Cayman, that culture vultures and nature lovers alike, can appreciate. The National Trust, National Gallery, and Department of Tourism have organised an extraordinary outdoor art event – never before seen [...]

Fish Feeding on the Dock

Feeding the fish is a fun, new activity here at The Reef. This project was started by John Peart (one of the gardeners), Michel (one of our F & B servers), and John Eden (one of our concierges). It usually draws quite a crowd!! The photos do not give the proper visual, but the fish [...]

Castro’s Christmas Speech

As I look back over these past 12 months, actually, it feels more like a year, I know that it has been about as full a time as I can remember. The year started off looking like it was going to be an Annus Horribilis, to quote the Queen, and I don’t mean Elton John. [...]

Vacation Chill Pills!!

Everyone is in the Christmas Spirit!! Here is Annette, who works at the Front Desk, displaying her “Chill Pills”!! These were a great hit with the guests (and the staff as well). The bowl was full, and was emptied within an hour or so!!! Most of you know these “Chill Pills” as Christmas Coloured M [...]

Keith is currently out of the office…..

What a drag, having to slip on a pair of shorts, pick up your laptop and walk straight out of your Ocean Front Condo, across the beach and onto the dock to catch up on the latest slew of emails. Reef guest Keith Orchard wasn’t complaining yesterday morning when he was spotted doing just this [...]

Enjoy the Scenery!

Driving along Breakers around 6pm has been an even more enjoyable ride in the past few weeks. For once the roads are nice and smooth, but also you can see some of the most beautiful sunsets. Have you thought about hiring a car to explore the island yourself? If you would like some assistance with [...]

Cayman Gets a Smooth Ride

The Government Minister of Works has declared a ‘pothole blitz’ on Grand Cayman.National Roads Authority crews are working to patch all the potholes they can before Christmas. The crews are also clearing bushes from the sides of the roads. A noticeable improvement for guests of The Reef (and their bottoms) can be experienced on the [...]

Christmas Recipe

In preparation for Christmas gorging, here is a recipe for the healthy, refreshing and nutricious Sorrel Drink that is popular in the Caribbean at this time of year. Sorrel is said to contain large amounts of vitamins, antioxidants and can help in weight loss (which is unusual for Holiday food!) Sorrel is native to Jamaica [...]

Out Of Space

Peter Ponzo, one of our dedicated owners, did some research on the web before coming back to The Reef tomorrow to enjoy his Holidays with us. Have a look at these great satellite pictures of Grand Cayman and The Reef. Thank you Peter, it is nice to know that our owners and guests remember The [...]

Christmas Postcard from Paradise

This water-colour painting by Leona Baker, Activities Director at The Reef, is now available as a free electronic postcard on our website. It’s simple, click here and fill in the details. It only takes a minute of your time but can warm someone’s entire day! TIP: If you don’t have time to buy, write and [...]

Little Reefians

Kids have a great time at The Reef Resort – pure, clean fun that is healthy too (UV protection required!) Here are some great shots sent in by the Hagstroms. Gunner enjoying himself on our dock and below, writing a message home (photo taken from their third floor suite). And if this festive cuteness doesn’t [...]

Smoke-free followers

Word is that Grand Cayman’s Westin Casuarina Resort is turning smoke-free in February 2006. Yet again we have a case of The Reef being the Pied Piper and other resorts being the rats – in a metaphorical sense of course An article in the Caymanian Compass on this ‘new’ development quotes our Director Tom McCallum [...]

Cuban Refugees Discovered at The Reef

Yesterday posed an emotional and challenging time for many of the staff and guests at The Reef Resort. As the sun rose yesterday morning, people could see from our beach that a boat carrying 12 men was marooned on the reef that protects the resort. Urgent help was summoned, especially as two men had fallen [...]

Grocery Store and so much more!!

We are all excited here at The Reef, as the hopes and dreams of having a supermarket out on this end again is fast becoming a reality. The Morrits plans on having the structure completed within the next 3 months, but we are all hoping that Fosters Food Fair will at least come out sooner. [...]

It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere

Happy Hour at the (yes hurricane proof!) Beach Bar is ever popular. (Every day 5 ’til 7pm) Linda Locke (pictured here receiving star staff member award from Castro’s Hideaway Manager Phil Maguire) is your Friday Happy Hour Hostess/Photographer – not only does she make a mean mudslide, she takes a mean mugshot too. Our photo [...]

It’s not bragging if it’s true, is it?

You can’t see it, but we’re blushing. A very kind Reef Guest has written a glowing review of their stay during Thanksgiving (on the ‘tripadvisor’ website). There’s an old Arabian proverb that says, ‘Insults should be written in sand and praises carved in stone’. The Reef has 1600 feet of sand and well… less stone [...]

A Spongeface Encounter

Jeff and Lisa emailed me from their site ‘Life on Conch Pointe’, a blog they created during their time living in Grand Cayman. It turns out that in April 2004, Jeff and Lisa encountered the real SpongeBob (Ref. yesterday’s blog post – see below) for themselves on their ‘East End Adventure’. Follow this link to [...]

Spongebob JazzHands

Cayman’s own Jazz Festival starts this evening. Despite this being only the second year of the event, international ticket sales for this year’s jazz fest are said to be already double those of last year. The opening night event is a small, intimate concert at the Westin, with more on Friday night at various locations [...]