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Great Fall Rates: The Reef Partners with Cayman Airlines

Are you a friend of The Reef Resort? If you said yes, this is the deal for you! If not, there’s no better time to become our friend. The Reef teamed-up with Cayman Airways to offer exceptional airfare options to anyone staying at the resort now through November 17. Check out these deals: fly from Miami to Grand Cayman for just $178 round trip, from Tampa to Grand Cayman for a mere $198 round trip, and from New York to Grand Cayman for as low as $238 round trip.

To sweeten the deal, take advantage of our Fall Sale. Beachfront Studios are available for $99 per night. Just remember, you must stay at The Reef to take advantage of these exclusive Cayman Airways fares.

To book airfares, log onto Cayman Airways or call 1-800-GCAYMAN (1-800-422-9626) and use the promo code REE10. Click here to learn more about The Reef or call 866.714.2309.

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The Reef Resort: Double Upgrade a Sweet Deal

Think dead of winter, gray skies, snow and slush everywhere, and scraping the proverbial windshield. Now think sunny skies, sitting beachside on one of the largest stretches of beach in Cayman Island with a cool lemonade in one hand and a book in another? Even better why not a tall refreshing gin and tonic, or go for the gusto and think top-shelf Caribbean cocktail that’s hand-blended and delivered to you before you even ask.

Ok, most people want to get the heck out of dodge in the middle of winter, and will opt for the hand-blended magically appearing cocktail, unless of course you despise, fruity drinks, and well that’s a whole other topic. The Reef Resort is offering a magical winter escape entitled Double Upgrade. What’s in it for you?
Book this package by October 15, and move from a beachfront Studio Suite (450 sq.-ft.) to a one bedroom beachfront Executive Suite (900 – sq-ft). Oh aren’t we cleaver with the name. Not! But hey the name is OK if you save, and you do, plus if you book early you save an additional 20% on top of the upgrade. Visit The Reef for price and package details.

Does that hand-blended cocktail have your name all over it? I’m one of those folks who don’t dig the fruity cocktails, but I can honestly say, The Reef’s mudslides are epic!

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New York Post features The Reef’s $99 deal

The New York Post, one of my all time favorite newspapers, has picked up on the Reef’s $99 deal.

September is a wonderful season on Grand Cayman. All of the summer travelers have long gone, while all of the Reef’s activities are in full swing, and the temperatures are a balmy 80° while water temperatures range from 78°F to 82°F in the fall and beyond. With so many direct flights from New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, and Houston and the Reef’s $99 rate, this might be the perfect time of year to come, see, and experience the magic of Grand Cayman!

A big thank-you to the New York Post!

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The Reef Resort is a sea-turtle hotspot this year

Exciting news at The Reef as seventy-five turtle hatchlings are making their way to the sea. The Reef has three more nests so they are expecting many more hatchlings over the next few days. What a great memory for the many guests and their families to share as they watch Mother Nature in action and the amazing journey these tiny little sea creatures make to get back home.

Many are familiar with the local Cayman Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman Island, a major tourist attraction in George Town, and the only one of it’s kind in the world. The farm offers great teaching opportunities for children, but for me, it doesn’t get any better than stepping outside of your guestroom to witness one of life’s great miracles!

I’m sure these tiny hatchlings will be the talk of the day, week and more! A big thank you to Katelios Group for providing us with this fabulous image as we wouldn’t want to disturb the newborns here at The Reef.

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Zombie Driftwood a B-movie produced on Cayman Island

It’s definitely a zombie thriller but would Michael Jackson have taken notice? Obviously, we’ll never have an answer to that question but the folks at the Cayman Island Film Commission are betting zombie movie enthusiasts will.

Zombie Driftwood, wrapped-up shooting this past summer at Driftwood Bar, on Grand Cayman Island. The bar’s owner Phil Eckstein wrote the screenplay while Scottish filmmaker Bob Carruthers, stumbled into this opportunity during a conversation with Eckstein while hanging out at Driftwood. Driftwood does have the best mudslides on the island!

The 75 minute-long film follows a small group of people fighting off piratical zombies who get to Cayman on a mystery cruise ship that shows up with no one on board – or at least, no one alive. The movie genre is typical for the movie class but if you love Zombie movies you may want to tune in as this one has a local aesthetic. All of the zombies were played by local Caymanian actors as opposed to flying in Hollywood types.

The film is a “guinea pig” for future productions made with the assistance of the Cayman Islands Film Commission. The commission was set-up in January of last year, with the goal to develop the film industry in Cayman, which will be managed by Lesley-Ann Thompson, head of marketing at the Cayman Islands Department of Commerce and Investment which runs the Film Commission.

The team behind the movie also created a local company and has been inviting people to invest in the project by buying 1 per cent of the company for a mere $5,000. All of those who invest will have an associate producer credit. Interesting! Come on now, its Grand Cayman the home of investment would you expect anything different? It just may be a worthwhile investment opportunity for those who have a couple of extra thousands lying around and have an interest in the film industry.

It might not have the dance moves that made Thriller one of the top-grossing videos of all times, but it will definitely have the moans and groans of a classic zombie thriller! Look for an October release just in time for Halloween, across the US and UK.

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You sunk my battleship!

The Ministry and Department of Tourism in partnership with the Cayman Islands Tourism Association will witness the sinking of the USS Kittiwake, a battleship, that will soon reside on the north end of the infamous Seven Mile Beach, on Grand Cayman Island. The event will take place sometime after the Hurricane Season which ends on November 1st 2010. We will keep you posted!

With all of the above partnerships involved, make no mistake that this is part of a tourism effort to attract divers and snorkelers to the Island, as these wrecks make for unique and interesting dive sites. What is most interesting to me, is someone on the island is thinking “eco-friendly”. The sinking of U.S.S. Kittiwake is part of the artificial reef movement in the Caribbean, as it will join MV Captain Keith Tibbetts, a Russian Frigate sunk off the coast of Cayman Brac in 1996. Artificial reefs have been found very beneficial in promoting and restoring marine life.

Reports put this ship at 20 feet below the surface so even snorkelers can enjoy this new attraction. Just being on island and visiting the Reef and chatting-it-up with the resort’s watersports team, I discovered that you can take “power snorkeling” devices underwater for as long as you can hold your breath and power through the water. It would be amazing to see the U.S.S. Kittiwake via power snorkeling.

Of course, Grand Cayman, renowned for world class diving, will add this exclusive attraction to an array of impressive dive sites already found on the island. Did you know the East End of the island is pristine and reports state that new dive sites are being discovered monthly?

Fall is right around the corner, and rates to Grand Cayman are never better than in September or October. This could be your chance to get acquainted with the U.S.S. Kittiwake or the plethora of other dive sites that are yearning to be discovered.

Enjoy and let us know what you discover!

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WestJet adds flights to Grand Cayman

logo_dotComWestjet Airlines, a Toronto based low-fare airline announced their 2010-2011 new routes and Grand Cayman has been added to the line-up. Travelers from Toronto will now be able to escape the cold and enjoy a tropical vacation in one of the worlds best Caribbean escapes, Grand Cayman.

Starting November 4, WestJet will fly three times a week to Grand Cayman. Flights will depart at 9:40 a.m./1:45 p.m and return at 2:35 p.m/6:30 p.m. and vacationers have a choice of leaving on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday with introductory fares starting as low as $189.

The Reef Resort, is a the ideal choice for Toronto travelers looking for an all beachfront escape. The resort boasts the largest beachfront on the island, 1,600 feet, and has a cool beachfront bar; the Rusty Pelican serving up Caribbean-concocted island beverages. The resort also offers a wide-variety of water sports; new to the activity list is power snorkeling, add-in kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding wind surfing, sea hammocks and more, plus it’s East End location is a true Caribbean escape idyllic and authentic, untarnished from tourism development.

Even BudgetTravel.com is talking about our incredible deal!

budget travel coverWe think the $99/night deal on our beautiful beachfront studios is unbelievable, and apparently so does everyone else. Featured on BudgetTravel.com as one of their “Real Deals,” these one-bedroom hideaways are proven perfect for couples or singles looking to relax at The Reef, enjoy the amazing amenities it has to offer and the authentic dining found on Grand Cayman’s East End.

Are you a single diver that hasn’t checked out the East End reefs yet? Or maybe you’re a young couple that wants to discover all the relaxation and culinary delights Grand Cayman has to offer. Either way, this deal is for you! If you’re new to the island and only require one room, why wouldn’t you book a beachfront studio at such an incredible low price? BudgetTravel.com says you should and so do we! Take our advice and grab hold of this “Real Deal”!

Have you voted for your favorite Caribbean Resort yet?

Caribbean Travel & Life is celebrating it’s 25 anniversary and is seeking votes from Caribbean enthusiasts from around the globe to weigh-in and cast their vote on their favorite places, to stay, play, eat, visit, adventure and more.

We, at The Reef Resort are asking all of our new and repeat guests alike to cast a vote for The Reef Resort. We know from our TripAdvisor posts that The Reef is a Cayman Island favorite and we hope your votes will show the world what we already know; The Reef Resort is truly a fun, low-key escape on the isolated East End of the island, offering affordable rates, a ton of family-friendly activities, great food some of the best island entertainment and more.

Thanks for the votes!

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Loggerhead turtle was spotted at The Reef Resort

A loggerhead turtle has nested on the beach in front of Castaways. The eggs are due to hatch on or around the 14th August and will contain anywhere from 70-150 eggs.

The resort’s onsite team is constructing a bamboo fence around the nest to protect it, and as the eggs near their hatching time the bamboo fence will be removed on the ocean side to allow the little turtles access to the ocean and their “big adventures”. Those that survive to maturity could live to be over 100 years old.

The Reef wants to thank their guests in advance for begin vigilant and helping the resort follow all of the protocols to ensure these little turtles have every opportunity to grow and mature. National Geographic for Kids has an excellent video on turtle hatching.

This is an exciting time at The Reef Resort, and for guests yearning to participate in other “natural” adventures check out The Reef’s latest package “Simply Adventure Packages” for both teens and juniors alike.

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Sex in the City 2 how about Boys, Beaches and Beers

Move over Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte as The Reef Resort is hosting a brand new Boys, Beaches and Beers package for endless summer fun. Forget the mojitos as this guys getaway is an action-packed, testosterone-filled mancation choc’full of adventures. Muck it up in a Jeep, kite surf in the clear blue waters and unwind after power snorkeling or kayaking with a cool Caybrew (the local lager) and a Cuban cigar. The Reef Resort, is located on the undiscovered East End of Grand Cayman, offering guests the longest strip of beach on the island (1,600 ft.), and all beachfront guestsuites.

The Guy Getaway package is an annual package based on quad occuapnacy and includes:
• 5 nights in a beachfront two-bedroom condo
• Jeep rental for entire stay
• Case of Caybrew lager in room upon arrival
• Premium Cuban cigars – one per guest
• 2 hour Kite surfing lesson with The Kitehouse Cayman
• Bioluminescent kayak tour for all four with The Kitehouse Cayman
• Power snorkeling with Whitesand Water Sports
• Summer 2010 (April 10th – December 20th) $US $899 per person based on quad occupancy.

Additional activities such as deep sea fishing, golf and/or scuba diving can be added to the package, additional pricing will apply. To learn more visit The Reef Resort or book online or call The Reef at toll free 1-888-232-0541.
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USA Today Travel Tips Features Snorkeling in Grand Caymn

Snorkeling off the coast at The Reef
A recent feature posted on USA Today Travel Tips by demand|Media reported the many fabulous opportunities for travelers who love to snorkel. The article highlights the visibility aspects of snorkeling in Grand Cayman from 80 feet and even up to an astonishing 200 feet. Some of the sea life one might see; sea turtles, nurse sharks, octopi, noisy parrot fish, colorful sergeant majors, moray eels, spiny sea urchins, tarpons and other species all inhabit the local waters. Sponges, sea fans, and corals such as red reef fingers and brain corals encrust the reefs, underwater rocks and wrecks off the island.

Now did you know that The Reef Resort offers a modern twist to snorkeling? They do, and it’s called Power Snorkeling. Power snorkeling is simply a handheld device which uses electric powered dive propulsion vehicles (DPV’s) to propel guests effortlessly through the water exploring the magnificent undersea world in a new way.

Check out The Reef’s Power Snorkeling Safari Package just in time for summer fun:
• One hour guided snorkeling excursions (with a DPV pac)
• Trip to a secluded beach about ¾ of a mile away from The Reef
• Guided back down the coast stopping at the top snorkeling and fish holes in the area
• A glass of chilled fruit punch or chilled rum await guests
The rental cost for a DPV is CI$32.00 (US$40) per person and includes transportation, all snorkeling equipment, and a safety vest.

Snorkel season on Grand Cayman Island all year round! So pack your bags, and forget about packing your snorkel gear as we’ll have it ready when you arrive?

The Lowell Sun discovers the East End of Grand Cayman

The Lowell Sun, a Massachusetts based daily newspaper, features The Reef Resort in an article entitled, The Far Side. The writer focused on what we at The Reef Resort have known for years, The East End of Grand Cayman is like visiting Grand Cayman before the tourism boom of the 1960′s, remote, relaxed, and authentic. A place where delicious, down-home Caymanian fare can be enjoyed. Of course these attributes are what attract visitors to this plush side of the island. What keeps them coming back, well that’s a story for another day.

Enjoy the read!

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Expedia releases the 2010 Insider’s Select Winners & The Reef Makes the Grade!

Expedia just released its 2010 Insiders’ Select and The Reef Resort makes the grade with a 4.6 overall satisfaction rating out of five. First, we want to thank all of our guests who voted for The Reef, and of course, hats off to the staff, which work hard everyday to make the guest experience the very best it can be.

The property itself also offers an exceptional vacation option as it’s East End location provides guests a tranquil escape, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the typical tourist scene, plus their 1,600 ft. beach offers snorkeling opportunities right off the beach. A guest favorite, power snorkeling, a motorized snorkeling experience.

This summer the resort is offering a variety of exceptional summer packages, and they’re offering the lowest rates – guaranteed. Also, guests don’t need to worry if they’ll have a room with a view as every guestrooms provide fabulous ocean views.

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The Reef Resort offers a Cheat’en Husbands getaway

Is your husband or boyfriend a cheat? Do you feel like your partner belongs in the same rehab as Tiger Woods or were you blind-sided like Ms. Bullock? Dry your tears, round-up your girlfriends, and hop the next plane to Grand Cayman, as The Reef Resort, is offering an Cheat’en Husbands respite package. Enjoy a complimentary Men Are Pigs’cocktail upon check-in and relish the opportunity to send the ex a postcard from the village of Hell, Grand Cayman. Other package amenities include an island shopping discount and a manicure and pedicure. Another fun way to feel better is a T-shirt painting therapy workshop. Create a personalized t-shirt. Here are a few possible phrases to use: “men are scum,” “cheat’en is for losers,” just let your imagination soar, laugh, and have fun while enjoying the secluded, spacious beaches, coconut palms and the lapping of the waves. Cheatn’en Husband/Boyfriend package prices start at $445 per person for a party of four during the summer season and $595 per person during the winter season. Included is a four-night stay in a two-bedroom beachfront suite, a jeep rental and all the aforementioned goodies. When making a reservation, make sure to refer to the “Cheat’en Husband/Boyfriend Getaway” to gain all of the benefits.

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Planning your summer vacation?

Winter is taking a backseat to spring, and summer is right around the corner, which means moms are starting to gather ideas for summer vacations. How about a volunteerism vacation? It’s such a great way to give back, it’s culturally enhancing, and (don’t tell your children!) oftentimes its also very educational.

The Reef Resort, a popular family destination, has developed a wonderful volunteerism package. Families will have an opportunity to help the critically endangered Blue Iguanas, known by locals as “Blue Dragons.” These magical creatures need help to survive, as only 20 are left in the wild. The Reef is happily involved with the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, so much so that they have adopted a “blue dragon” named Tootsie. As the name implies, he is quite a character. Read more here and become a Facebook fan to post your experiences with Tootsie when visiting him on your next Grand Cayman vacation.

Read below for package details on The Reef’s new volunteerism opportunity:
The Reef Launches a Cayman Island Submersion Experience
Travelers looking to submerge themselves and experience an authentic Cayman vacation can do so with the Reef’s new Cayman Island Submersion Experience vacation package. Guests will have an opportunity to visit some of the island’s most historic sites both on land and under the sea with excursions to Pedro St. James, Mission House and Wreck of the Ten Sails. Lovers of animals will relish a snorkel trip complete with a fish recognition card and a behind-the-scenes tour to see the critically endangered Blue Iguana in its natural habitat at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. A special volunteer morning is also on the menu, allowing guests to get involved in the local community through different weekly activities such as beach clean-ups and the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme (clean-ups, building cages, feeding etc.) The Cayman Island Submersion Experience includes:
5 nights stay in a beachfront Studio Suite for two
5 day car rental
Guided ocean tour to the Wreck of the Ten Sails with White Sands Watersports
Behind the scenes Blue Iguana tour at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park with Blue Iguana Trail island map
Guided tour of East End/Bodden Town/Savannah including Pedro St James, Mission House and East End attractions
Volunteer morning – get involved in the local community participating in The Reef’s weekly ‘volunteerism’ morning
Daily snorkel rental with fish recognition card
Dinner for two with the Barefoot Man
The Reef will donate $25 to the Cayman National Trust for every package booked
Rates: winter 2010 — US $1,995/summer 2010 – $1,695 for two including taxes (Sunday/Monday arrivals only)

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52 Perfect Days Touts The Reef’s Valentine’s Day Package

The Reef Resort has been working the editorial circuit with posts on Examiner.com and 52 Perfect Days both tout The Reef for their wonderfully romantic Valentine’s Day travel package.

The Reef Resort is offering a new Simply Romance at The Reef – Valentine’s. Guest’s will enjoy the following and please visit the resorts reservation page for availability, rates and more.
5 nights in a Beachfront Deluxe Studio Suite
Champagne and Strawberries in room upon arrival
Private 3 course candlelit dinner for two on the beach with bottle of wine
Sunset Kayak Reef tour for two (or alternative couples watersports activity when available)
Couples Massage at Le Soleil Spa

The Reef wishes everyone a Happy and Lovely Valentine’s Day!

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Chicanes, Hairpins and Straights – Oh My! A new kart track is opening in Grand Cayman

A brand new, – think Formula One, professional karting facility, Cayman Karting, is getting ready to open in Grand Cayman right outside of central George Town. Top of the line carts imported from Europe, and 1000 feet of asphalt track featuring exciting, chicanes, hairpins and straights will offer novices and enthusiasts alike a ride of a lifetime. Family, friends and fans will be able to catch all of the action from a second floor viewing deck complete with a snack bar and expansive views. For grand opening news, circuit news or to sign-up and be one of the first to race visit Cayman Karting Ltd.The park is an exciting new tourist attraction, and locals will also relish an afternoon at the track.

After a challenging day at the track come back to the The Reef resort, relax at The Rusty Pelican, and enjoy a cold one!

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New York Times pick-up Summer in January

Happy New Year! The Reef ends 2009 with a fabulous news article in the Mac-daddy of em’all the New York Times which featured the Summer in January sale. Hey, if a writer from the New York Times, who get’s thousands of story ideas a weeks sees the value in this package we think you will too. The Summer in January sale guarantees a $230 nightly rate in a beachfront suite. The savings are at least 20% so why not stay an extra day and enjoy all the East End has to offer; think power-snorkeling, kayaking, beach volleyball and more. Check out the New York Times article and visit The Reef’s package page for other exciting offers www.thereef.com
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Bicycle Diaries

image003Bicycle Diaries is the musings of a cyclist, and a famed cyclist at that, David Byrne of the Talking Heads. The book is an off-beat, interesting read of an urban bicyclist who for more than 30 years rode a fold-up bike while at home and on tour. Byrne reflects on each destination from Istanbul to Buenos Aires and of course, American cities. He considers American cities car friendly not biking or walking friendly and for the most part he’s right.

Maybe we can get Byrne to visit The Reef Resort and participate in the Reefathlon, a bike friendly event that will take place this November 22. The first event was a smashing success and the second event has already attracted Peter Stetina, an up and coming cyclist with his eye on the Tour de France. Ok Byrne, you may want to come and share cycling stories with Stetina or bring a few books for a beachside book signing, as the resort is 100% beachfront.

For those interested in Byrne’s book, review it on Amazon.com and for those interested in the Reefathlon read more here; www.thereef.com/reefathlon.

Makes me want to get my bike out and go for a ride!

Simple “a new buzzword” for 2010

usat_logo2A new survey released today is touting “simple” as the new buzzword for 2010. The survey, reported by Bruce Horovitz, USA Today, also goes on to state that cheap prices will become a thing of the past while fewer parts, additive or ingredients will be the future.

Well this is no surprise for the folks at The Reef Resort, for the past three years, have been touting ‘simply’ as their mantra as the resort’s guests have repeatedly expressed their idea of a perfect vacation “simple relaxation”. That’s exactly what the management team and staff have been dishing-up to all guests, and it appears to be working just fine.

The resort not only offers-up a bevy of special package; Simply All Inclusive, Junior Simple Adventure package need we go on. The resort takes “simplicity” seriously and is dedicated to making the vacation experience as simple as possible from booking, hurricane guarantees, cancellation policies and more.

Where the Wild Thing Adventures Are

wherethewildthingsare_200909091524Can’t wait to see this movie and watching the trailer makes me we want to go now (wherethewildthingsare.warnerbros.com)! It’s about life as a kid…oh, those were the days.

The folks at The Reef Resort want you to bring a “wild thing adventure” to your life this fall with their Junior Simply Adventure package – An adventure the whole family (families of four) will love. The package is now on sale at just $1,795 a savings of $280 and is available until 12.20.09. The Junior Adventure Package includes:

  • 5 nights stay in a Beachfront One Bedroom Suite
  • 5 day snorkel rental for the whole family
  • 5 day midsize car rental (insurance not included)
  • ½ day peddle boat with canopy rental onsite with Whitesand Water Sports
  • 1 hour glass bottomed two person kayak rental x 2 onsite with Whitesand Water Sports
  • Behind the scenes ‘Blue Iguana Tour’ at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
  • Donation to the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme
  • On site kids activities
  • All taxes

Did you know The Reef Resort, has sponsored its own “wild thing”, Tootsie, the endangered Blue Iguana. So, just by booking this package the resort will give back to the island’s Blue Iguana Recovery Programme to help keep this species alive for generations to come. Visit Tootsie’s facebook page, become a fan and have a wonderful “wild thing adventure.” Bring along your video camera as you may just have the makings for the sequel to Where the Wild Things Are.

Top Pro to claim the $1000 Reefathlon prize!

peterWe are excited to announce that Peter Stetina has confirmed his entry to the November 22nd Reefathlon event, where he will be gunning for the $1000 prize for breaking the open course record.

Cayman cyclists are reminded that not only are we offering $1000 for breaking the open course record, but if the Cayman course record falls, the local record holder will also receive a special prize. Always seeking to motivate the top local cyclists, and by popular demand, the prize for breaking the local course record will be a) a one night VIP stay at The Reef, along with b) US$250 cash.

Peter will be staying at The Reef for the weekend on his own “beach bike break” and will take part in a relaxed and social group ride around the course at 3pm on Saturday November 21st, all Reefathlon guests and friends of cycling are invited to join in!

Check out www.reefathlon.com for event details, as well as Peter’s bio!

Simply Spook’in a new Halloween Event at The Reef

image003Forget knocking on doors and begging for candy. Pack your bags for a Caribbean-styled Spook’in Halloween at The Reef Resort. The Reef Resort, located on the undiscovered East End of Grand Cayman is the perfect place for a Simply Spook’in Halloween. A new vacation package at The Reef is literally sending its guests to Hell (a small village on the island) and back, while also offering a trip to a Haunted House, a Friday night scary movie and a very cool marine life bioluminsecent kayak tour. Wrap up your Simply Spook’in weekend with a draculiscious Bloody Mary Brunch. Visit thereef.com for rates and packages. Happy Halloween!

A Couples Retreat a Movie or Reality

couplesretreat-ps-2Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Faveau and the rest of the cast maybe onto something in Couples Retreat. Yes, it’s about a group of friends/couples who escape to an island, one couple for some much needed therapy and the others as a support system. The idea of the movie is sound, as travel is about escapism, reconnecting and frivolity. Where the movie goes astray is the “mandatory” classes as I am not sure of any resort that forces guests to participate in classes or any special events for that matter.

What I do like about what I’ve seen from viewing the trailers are the opportunities for each couple to experience activities that deviate from their normal routines. It’s fun to do something that you’ve never done, it stretches the soul and interjects creativity and of course, it’s always great buzz for cocktail parties or water cooler exchanges.

Couples go ahead and retreat, come as one or bring some couple friends, enjoy, relax, laugh and go ahead, do something out of the norm. Power snorkeling anybody?