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Away.com announces best resorts and lodges

away-logo-199x80Away.com, a premiere travel site ranked 888 on the worldwide web, recently announced their 2009 picks for best resorts and lodges. The Reef Resort, won a coveted spot for one of the best all inclusive resorts.

Past guests will certainly agree that The Reef Resort offers one of the finest all inclusive packages in the marketplace, and The Reef’s all inclusive offering is a rarity in the Cayman Islands, as all inclusive packages are far and few between. If your idea of an all inclusive is top-end pours while dipping your toes in the ocean, opportunities for non-motorized sports programs – kayaking, snorkeling, and relaxing on one of the largest beaches on the island — forget about afternoon shaded beaches as the resort hugs the coastline providing plenty of rays until the sunsets. This is the place. Oh, and did we mention all of their suites are beachfront?

Visit Away.com online for more details as this site is a go-to for travel enthusiasts, vacation.away.com/plan-a-trip/best-resorts-and-lodges-sp.html.

Get Your Lance Armstrong on at the Reefathlon

DSC_0039Calling all Lance Armstrong wannabe’s to The Reef Resort, Grand Cayman for the first ever Reefathlon. Get geared-up for a 19-mile ride on the East End of the island, which is undiscovered and uncrowded, perfect for a hobbyist, a fierce competitor and/or a beginner seeking race experience. On the other hand, if you’re a cyclist looking to support the greater good, join us, as this race assists the Cayman Islands Cancer Society with a percentage of the proceeds being donated locally to help islanders fight and win.

Cyclists will race a 19-mile loop, of which 14-miles of the race are oceanfront and include a category three hill. Cyclists will enjoy jaw-dropping views of turquoise oceans, complete with breezes to keep you cool and challenged. There will also be many points-of-interest along the route, for a scenic and stimulating ride.

The Reef Resort, has successfully launched its non-motorized sports program and the Reefathlon is an extension of this program and a natural fit. Simplicity, adventure escapes, and green activities are the mantra of the resort and the Reefathlon supports this philosophy and allows guests to enjoy some of the best the island has to offer.

Visit www.thereef.com/reefathlon or call 888.714.2309 for travel details.

Calling all Fans of The Reef Resort in New York City and beyond!

Looking for Reef fans that live in New York? The Reef Resort will be participating in the Second Annual Summer Streets Festival on August 8, 15, and 22.

2nd annual Summer Streets Festival on August 8, 15, and 22

We will be chill’n with the hip folks at the New York Post in their “reading lounge” between Park and 51st and 52nd Street. Hey stop by and grab a read and don’t forget to subscribe to the New York Post to register and win a free, you heard me, free vacation for two complete with airfare fare from Cayman Airlines. The winners will experience a once in a life-time opportunity to visit the critically endangered Blue Iguana Program which is housed in the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park, and of course enjoy the wide open beaches, all beachfront suites and the laid back vibe that makes The Reef Resort, simply relaxing.

You’re invited to a Birthday Party – “so let’s get this party started”

Your invited to a birthday party, but there’s no need to shop for a birthday gift, just pack a suitcase as Cayman Airways, is in a gift giving mood as they are celebrating their 41st birthday. Direct flights from Miami and Tampa start at $89 while flights from New York start at $129, but travelers need to book early and can do so starting today through August 7 and fly until December 9, 2009. Wide-open white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, island parks: Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park; Black Pearl Skate Park; and more plus island farms: turtle and a butterfly farm, and did we mention wide-open, sunny beaches?

Grand Cayman, www.caymanislands.ky, is wonderful this time of the year, the island is calmer and the temperatures are a balmy 80º. Blowout the birthday candles and pack a suitcase, as traveling to the island couldn’t be easier and more budget friendly, and of course, check out The Reef’s seasonal fall and winter travel deals.

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Grand Cayman’s East End, an undiscovered adventure

reefcay-bchchairs3Summer is disappearing and the dream of a summer vacation adventure is about to dissapear as well, or is it. Today is the day to book a tropical vacation as many beach resorts are offering huge discounts. If you are looking for a quick escape look to book a destination that has direct flights or is a short flight away to maximize vacation time. One of the most popular and accessible Caribbean getaways on the East Coast is Grand Cayman Island, a unique island offering guests a cosmopolitan stay on 7-mile beach, or an undiscovered adventure on the East End.

Please Google 7-mile beach as so many have written about this end of the island. This story takes you to the undiscovered East End, and a visit to The Reef Resort, a idyllic beachfront property located right smack on the beach. What makes the East End undiscovered? It’s far removed from the hustle and bustle of seven mile beach, the cruise ships don’t dock on this side of the island eliminating the swarms of day-tourists which equates to wide-open beaches, less crowded snorkeling, diving sites, restaurants and more. And, the East End has more of a local vibe, a visit to Vivine’s Kitchen, or the beaches at Rum Point, and resorts like The Reef, where locals gather at the bar to enjoy nightly entertainment, catch up on island life and sip a Caybrew, making the East End of the island very special place.

The Reef Resort understands its place and is offering a new summer adventure package, Simply Summer Adventure a five-night package bookable through December 18, blackout dates September 5-18, and is priced for two travelers in a studio suite. The package also offers a five-day snorkel rental, a five-day midsize car rental (insurance not included) a two-hour paddle board lesson, and a one-hour “power snorkeling” trip, and a Blue Iguana Tour at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park, (The Reef just adopted Tootsie, and yes, he is a Dustin Hoffman wannabe, he even has is own fan page on Facebook). Plus, the resort will donate $25 US for each package booked to help save these critically engendered species. Additional on-site activities include; bicycling, water polo, tennis, volleyball and more for a steal-of-a-deal of $290 a night including taxes. The Reef also offers adventure packages for families call 866 714-2309 or email reservations at reservations@thereef.com.

Forbes Traveler Picks the 10 Great Family Vacations for 2009

ftdc_header_logoForbes Traveler Picks the 10 Great Family Vacations for 2009 and The Reef Resort makes the grade. Visit to read the full article:www.forbestraveler.com/resorts-hotels/family-vacations-2009-story.html

Of course, the thousands of families who have traveled to the resort already know what Forbes Traveler has recently reported, that The Reef Resort is one of the best family getaways. The resort is family friendly for so many reasons: its far removed from the hustle and bustle of 7 mile beach, it offers the longest stretch (1,600 sq.-ft.) of beach on Grand Cayman island, and every guestroom is beachfront. Add-in dozens of daily activities for families such as noon fish-feedings from the resort’s private pier, a new non-motorized sports program the whole family can enjoy, two pools, and nightly entertainment. Oh, and did we mention how affordable this Caribbean escape is for families?

The Reef Resort is a property that understands what a great family vacation is and delivers plenty of extras, is a great value, and provides kid-friendly activities that will have your family buzzing for months about their 2009 vacation.

Check out all of The Reef’s summer package options at www.thereef.com

Mother Nature just announced 2009 Hurricane Season

cdaf275e-120e-4e97-b0a9-34f5c9d4ee38hmediumIt’s like clockwork, Mother Nature just announced the 2009 hurricane season, and Tropical Storm Andres was the first tropical storm of the season brushing across Mexico’s Pacific coast.

The Reef Resort in Grand Cayman is in the Hurricane Belt, but more often than not, this season offers one of the calmest, most tranquil times of the whole year. It’s truly an Indian summer escape as summer vacations are a distant memory, the beaches less crowded and a native vibe takes hold again. The weather patterns that occasionally spawn a storm in the Atlantic and Caribbean also bring weeks of light, balmy southeasterly breezes, and calm seas, which are excellent for kite surfing, diving and snorkeling. Power snorkeling anyone?

The Reef also understands that guests will want to have some type of guarantee when traveling this time of the year, and is happy to offer a “Simply No Worries” guarantee, * which protects travelers for any cancellations prior to a trip. Guests holding a confirmed reservation who are unable to travel to The Reef because of the closing of the Grand Cayman airport or the resort have the following options:

  1. A full refund
  2. Re-booking free of charge with a one-category room upgrade on the next visit taken anytime before the end of the following year. (Valid for the summer/fall season, based on availability, some restrictions apply.)

In the unlikely event that the island does experience inclement weather and guests who are on a rental reservation and are evacuated for safety reasons or would like to depart early due to a potential hurricane threat, will be offered the option of either:

  1. A refund for their complete stay, including nights already stayed at the resort
  2. A refund for the remaining nights that were cut short from their vacation, plus a certificate good for the original amount of nights of their stay up to five room nights in our summer/fall season through the end of the following year, based on availability, some restrictions apply.

*Bookings made not with the Reef directly may be non-refundable and the Reef may not be able to reverse payment.

Cayman Airlines Announces Buy One, Get One Deal

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Cayman Airlines just announced a buy-one, get-one deal. Book a round trip ticket on Cayman Airlines and your companion flies free. Of course there is a catch, must be booked by June 26, with travel through September 30, 2009. To check out your options, contact a travel professional, call 1-800-4CAYMAN (800-422-9626), or visit www.caymanairways.com today. This offer is a perfect pairing with The Reef’s Simply Summer Savings package or the over-the-top Chili Cook Off festival, both are great value vacations to begin with, but the Cayman Airlines deal makes it oh-so-sweet!

Power snorkeling – a new trend at The Reef Resort

Power snorkeling is all the rage at The Reef Resort. Adults and kids alike can’t get enough of this motorized snorkeling experience. “It fits with today’s tech savvy consumer”, states the folks from White Sands Sports, the onsite professional team that is providing the resort with its new non-motorized sports program. What makes this snorkel activity so popular is you still use traditional snorkel gear with a DVP (dive propulsion vehicle). Using the DVP allows snorkelers to propel through the water at a quicker pace seeing even more than one could on their own.

250px-nurse_sharkThe guys at White Sand make the experience simple and fun. Guests are taken to a secluded beach via bus about ¾ of a mile up the road. Everyone gets powered-up and then heads back down the coast stopping at the best snorkeling spots and fishing holes in the area. Remember, the East End is less disturbed so the clear turquoise waters and plentiful wildlife make it easy to spot nurse sharks, rays, turtles and other cool sea creatures. An hour later everyone is back at The Reef Resort, for a yummy Caribbean cocktail and an exhilarating exchange ensues about the many sea creatures spotted on the journey. The Power Snorkel excursions include transportation, all snorkel equipment, safety vest and a DPV unit. For a mere $40 it is a steal of a deal for this memorable experience.

Even the mama Loggerhead Turtle is on board with the non-motorized sports program as the resort’s new Ms. Green reports that The Reef does indeed have a turtle nest with hatchlings due in August.

No Jet Skies here! Yeah!

Book in advance as Power Snorkeling is hot and often sells out way in advance; conceirge@thereef.com.

Simply Summer Savings

image0032Seeking deep tan lines, large uncrowded beaches and a tranquil getaway this summer? Oh, and are you also looking to save big? The Reef, is launching a new sizzling hot summer savings vacation package entitled Simply Summer Savings. The resort’s ideology of ‘simple relaxation’ is easy to understand as they offer the largest stretch of beach, a great location on Grand Cayman (the undiscovered East End) and all of their suites are beachfront. Wait, there’s more good news! The new Simply Summer Savings, saves travelers 35% (suite rates start at $149 per night for a Beachfront Suite) when booked through June 30th for travel through December 20, 2009, visit www.thereef.com/reservations for additional details.

Of course, if you grow tried of lazy days by the beach or pool(s) the resort has a whole lot more to offer. Why not try the latest craze; on-site power snorkeling? A motorized snorkeling experience in the cerulean waters right off the resort’s coastline as the pristine ocean off the East End is brimming with flora and fauna. The on-site complimentary concierge, concierge@thereef.com, can arrange an off-site kayak experience in the mangroves, a trip to Stingray City, or the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park for an up-close and personal experience to visit the critically endangered Blue Iguanas which roam in the park’s natural habitat.

The resort also offers nightly entertainment with celebrated local musicians including the legendary Barefoot Man, www.barefootman.com, or enjoy a Caribbean cocktail at their oceanfront bar. Anyway you slice it The Reef Resort is simply relaxing!

“Simply No Worries” Guarantee

image0031Everyone is frazzled, way too much going on in today’s upside down world. Maybe we all need a break, or better yet, an escape.

Of course, the folks at The Reef Resort in Grand Cayman are now offering a “Simply No Worries” Guarantee. The Reef’s mantra, ‘Simple Relaxation’, is always on their mind and they’re now offering the simplest of cancellation policies. Guests can cancel their stay, for any reason, up to 48 hours before scheduled arrival, with the option of either re-booking without cost or paying only a one night penalty for a full cancellation. Visit The Reef Resort online at www.thereef.com/noworries.

Way cool, did they take a page from Hyundai’s playbook? Either way, gotta love’m for giving everyone a break! A toast to The Reef!

It’s time to re-think Grand Cayman

Summer Here and it’s time to re-think Grand Cayman – think East End

kbrderinmotionjpedBooking a trip to Grand Cayman for a family vacation?  Pass on the hustle and bustle of 7-mile beach and head over to the undiscovered East End and vacation with the locals.

The Reef Resort, www.thereef.com, is strategically located on the undiscovered East End of the island. It’s close to Vivine’s Kitchen, a locals favorite, and Rum Point Beach, a family favorite. They offer the largest single stretch of beach on the island, (1,600 ft.), everyone’s favorite.

Just launched in time for summer is the resort’s non-motorized water sports program with crazy cheap rentals at just $20 per person per day. Try kayaking, kite surfing, paddle boarding and power snorkeling. Jamie and Cathy Myles were the first to experience power snorkeling (motorized snorkeling) and they loved it, “it was a blast” adds the Myles. “Power snorkeling” has become the hottest activity at the resort, so much so that the motorized sports crew can’t keep up with all of the requests. To book in advance, contact the on-site concierge at concierge@thereef.com.

The Reef  also just announced a new summer soft adventure vacation package the whole family will enjoy; the new Junior Adventure Package. This five-night package starts at $2,075 (no resort or services fees), and can accommodate a family of four.  Package value adds; snorkeling, mid-size care rental, ½ day paddle boat with canopy, one-hour glass bottom two-person kayak rental x 2, behind the scenes tour at the Blue Iguana sanctuary and a $25 donation to the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme made on the families behalf.  Visit the Blue Iguana website to learn more about the perils of the Blue Iguana: www.blueiguana.ky

A little too relaxed for you? No worries! An off-site trip to the renowned Stingray City, or a snorkel or dive adventure with the resort’s on-site professional dive partners, Ocean Frontiers, will liven-up the day. On-site activities are also plentiful (www.thereef.com/en/thingsToDo/activitySchedule.html). Sign up for stargazing, water aerobics, and yoga, or just get lazy with a read in the shade of a Palapa.  Evenings at the resort are also happening as nightly entertainment, restaurant specials and daily happy hour are also on tap.

Quite simply: The Reef Resort Has it All!

Women jump-start the travel economy

image001-1It takes a village, well in this case, a few million women and their girlfriends to jump-start the travel economy. It seems the folks at Fine Living Network, Gutsy Women Travel and The Women’s Travel Club can all agree on one thing, women are traveling and they are traveling smart, read more here; http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20090217/ap_tr_ge/travel_trend_economy.

The Reef Resort, Grand Cayman has always been gal-pal friendly; remember last year’s Cheatin’ Husbands package complete with a trip to hell? This year, the resort wanted to focus on escaping from today’s gloom and doom so they created an Escape from the Everyday – Gal Pal Adventure, read on for more details. Are you and your gal pals seeking a fun new adventure? An escape from the everyday? The folks at The Reef Resort designed a new package to inspire you to take a risk, try something new and of course, relax a bit. Four nights (4) in a beachfront 2-bedroom suite, jeep rental, snorkel gear and snorkel map, paddle board lesson, Stingray City trip with snorkel stop, one-hour windsurf/paddleboard/kayak session per person per day, unlimited bicycle use, 50 minute massage, a manicure and pedicure at the new Le Soleil Spa, and chilled glass of champagne upon arrival. Package is priced at $700 per person, and is available from April 19 – December 20, 2009.

A Profusion of Weird and Interesting travel stats have been released from TripAdvisor

A Profusion of Weird and Interesting travel stats have been released from TripAdvisor

tripadvisorlogoTripAdvisor announced its airline and airports survey of more than 1,500 U.S. respondents. Fifty-one percent of travelers plan to fly between one to four times in the next 12 months, and 45 percent will fly five times or more in the coming year.

Checked bags are the most annoying airline fee, according to 54 percent of U.S. respondents. Sixty percent of travelers said they factor checked fees into their overall airline ticket price. However, 36 percent have been surprised by the cost of checked baggage fees upon arrival at the airport. Nineteen percent said they always carry-on a bag to avoid additional fees, while 39 percent often do.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said they have tried to swap their airline seat for a better one after boarding a flight. Thirty-one percent of travelers get frustrated when another in-flight passenger asks them to switch seats with their travel companion. Eighty-five percent have been asked to switch seats in the past.

When asked about their seating preference, 53 percent of travelers prefer the aisle, while 42 percent would rather have a window seat. Forty percent of travelers said when selecting their seat, they request the emergency exit row.

Sixty-five percent of travelers are aware that flying first or business class allows them to avoid most airline fees. Sixty percent have tasted the high life and flown first class, 43 percent have bumped up to business class and 22 percent have upgraded to a premium seat outside first or business class. When it comes to paying for higher class seats, 63 percent said they received a free upgrade from the airline. The favorite thing about flying in a premium class is the bigger seat, according to 64 percent of travelers.

Only six percent of travelers said they purchase food on a flight. Fifty percent said they typically satisfy their hunger at the airport, and 37 percent bring food from home.

When asked what factors they would not be willing to endure for a significantly cheaper flight, 75 percent of U.S. respondents pooh-poohed the idea of coin-operated restrooms on planes.

Travelers have experienced some unfortunate behavior from their seatmates on flights, below are the lowlights:

  • 44% have experienced loud snoring
  • 25% have experienced obvious intoxication
  • 19% have experienced excessive flatulence
  • 11% have experienced couples that cannot keep their hands off one another
  • 9% have experienced vomiting

Travelers are willing to splurge for a more expensive flight for the following top three factors: Convenient departure/arrival times (69 percent), non-stop flights (67 percent), and good experiences with the airline in the past (44 percent.)

“It’s apparent that travelers are frustrated about checked bag charges and are looking for more clarity when it comes to domestic airline fees,” said Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor. “By using TripAdvisor’s new flight search and fees estimator, travelers get the whole picture on the cost of a flight and can take advantage of some excellent flight deals to stretch their vacation dollars farther.”

The Cayman Islands make the grade!

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The Glamorista’s at LA’s Style Unveiled ranks the perfect 10 honeymoon spots worldwide

The Cayman Islands make the grade!

The folks at The Reef Resort, Grand Cayman didn’t need an e-magazine to tell them their island is one of the most perfect honeymoon spots in the world, but they relish the recognition and accolade. Here is a blurb from the article, “The Cayman Islands are voted on of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. Made up of three islands, Grand, Little and Cayman Brac in the western Caribbean they have quickly become known as the three pieces of paradise.” Click to read more: http://lastyleunveiled.com/thelounge/2009/3/18/perfect-10-honeymoon-spots.html

Not only is the island a honeymoon paradise it is a popular destination wedding paradise as well. As many airlines cutback their services to the Caribbean, Grand Cayman has seen an increase, this is a testament to its popularity. Today airlines in the northeast and a few mid west hubs offer direct flights to Grand Cayman: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Miami, Tampa, Washington D.C. and more. In fact, over 12,000 seats are available each week to the island making it affordable and easy for family and friends to book.

perfect10_04A tip to brides. Did you know Grand Cayman offers some of the world’s best vendors due to the island’s financial prowess? The financial community that has been a mainstay of the island for decades attracting some of the world’s best photographers, caters, florists and more. Brides who are lucky enough to book a wedding (as the resort offers a one wedding a day guarantee) will work with on site wedding coordinator; Linda Locke who has a very fat Rolodex with her favorite vendors, all of which are happy to assist in every aspect of your special wedding day.

As the economy slogs along the folks at The Reef Resort, understands that a destination wedding
needs to be magical, yet affordable, and to that end the resort is offering a variety of all inclusive wedding package for 2009. The packages vary in price points and amenities; Barefoot, Blissfully Cayman and Caymanite Paradise, but each offer a totally romantic, intimate and off-the-beaten path wedding on the largest beach on the island (1,600 sq.-ft.), all beachfront suites with oceanfront views. Forgot to mention their new food and beverage manager who has a deep knowledge of the industry and used to own his own place on the island. The new bartenders are entertaining, cocktail devotees and make one heck of a drink!

Visit the resorts wedding site; www.thereef.com/en/weddings/index.html to review the resort’s wedding testimonials and see why the accolades from LA Style Unveiled were no surprise, as couple after couple comment on what a magical place the island is and what a great place The Reef Resort is to host a destination wedding.

Cayman Ranked #1 Dive Destination by Orbitz

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Check out the Orbitz Blog for some great information about Caribbean dive destinations, as well as details on why The Reef a great place for divers to stay:

http://blog.orbitz.com/

Simple relaxation is the philosophy at The Reef Resort

Simple relaxation is the philosophy at The Reef Resort, Grand Cayman. The staff at The Reef strives to provide travelers an atmosphere to re-engage as they view travel as a freedom; a freedom to escape the everyday, to detach from modern technology and refuel their sense of wonder. The resort’s tranquil location on the East End of the Island is highly desirable for travelers who yearn for simplicity, and to recommit to what is real. Snorkel from their coastline, indulge in their casual comfort and reap the benefits of their spacious beachfront (1,600 sq.-ft.). Meet their new relaxation guru Jake Wheeler at www.simplerelaxation.com, develop your version of relaxation and come back as Jake is just beginning his journey.

Story Ideas: Packages are available from April 18 – December 20, 2009

New Shoes, Travel & Transformation – Five night package total $750 per person based on quad occupancy Are you searching for a new beginning — a new career, relationship, relocation, improved health or fulfillment of a dormant dream? The Reef Resort announces a new program entitled New Shoes – Travel & Transformation in partnership with Lifestyles guru Donna Mitchell, (www.caymanactive.com/health/generalhealth/262-lifestyles-with- donna) an on island yoga professional who is introducing a unique experiences ideally suited to meet today’s malaise. New Shoes includes a pair of new shoes (flip-flops as most folks at The Reef don’t wear shoes), fins and snorkel rental for the entire stay, a manicure, pedicure, and facial at Le Soleil spa, 2 yoga classes, a champagne cocktail hour and a two- hour seminar with Donna, a private tiki beachside dinner for four. If you’re a journalist who writes on yoga, lifestyle, relaxation topics and more please contact Zapala, as Donna consistently updates her events at the Resort.

Adventure Package for Junior $2075 for a family of four — Teens Simply Adventure Package is also available Families looking to re-engage can do so quite easily as The Reef Resort has designed a package for families with children under 12 looking to enjoy the unique aspects the island offers while participating as a family. This five night stay includes: a five-day snorkel rental for the entire family, a midsize car rental, ½ day paddle boat with canopy, 1 hour glass bottom two person kayak rental x 2, a behind the scenes tour of the Blue Iguana Programme plus a $25 donation to the Programme made in the families name, and onsite children’s activities rates: $2075 (All taxes are included and the Reef Resort does not impose resort or service fees).

Escape from the Everyday – Gal Pal Adventure $700 per person taxes based on quad occupancy
Are you and your gal pals seeking a fun new adventure? An escape from the everyday? The folks at The Reef Resort designed a new package to inspire you to take a risk, try something new and of course relax a bit. Four nights in a beachfront 2-bedroom suite, jeep rental, snorkel gear and snorkel map, paddleboard lesson, Stingray City trip with snorkel stop, one-hour windsurf/paddleboard/kayak session per person per day, unlimited bicycle use, 50 minute massage, a manicure and pedicure at the new Le Soleil Spa, and chilled glass of champagne upon arrival.

The Reef Resort launches non-motorized sports – Rentals start at $20 per person — lessons recommended
In keeping with all things simple and easy The Reef Resort is introducing a variety of new non-motorized sporting activities for families, teens, tweens, GenX, Y, and boomers. The idea behind this concept is to get travelers moving in a fun, green-friendly, and interactive way, think; paddle boarding, kite surfing, kayaking, of course onsite lessons are offered for beginners, plus power snorkeling (motorized –battery – power snorkeling) is also now available.

The Simply All Inclusive™ package – Packages start at $490 per night for two, including taxes and gratuities fifth night free when booking five or more nights
This package was created for budget minded families who appreciate a great value and premium amenities. The Simply All Inclusive™ package includes all taxes and services charges, unlimited drinks (including top shelf premium cocktails) in the resort’s bar The Rusty Pelican and Pelican’s Reef restaurant, three meals daily (guests can choose anything from the a la carte menu), snorkel equipment, tennis, gym, and bicycle rentals as well as a complimentary on-site “discover scuba diving” lesson. Guests staying seven or more nights can also add a complimentary catamaran excursion to the renowned Stingray City or a relaxed Sunset Sail. Three swimming pools, water aerobics (a great exercise for children and adults of all ages), a daily noon fish feeding from the resort’s dock, children’s activities, water volleyball, shell collecting, sandcastle building, and endless beach adventures are all at a guest’s fingertips. For those who relish captivating sunsets and evening activities, the resort offers a variety of entertainment, including the legendary Barefoot Man (www.barefoot.com). Stay in shape at the new Simply Fit gym or rejuvenate in the new boutique spa LeSoleil Spa.

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Please feel free to adapt these ideas to your editorial needs, or contact Zapala for more information about one of these angles, as they can be customized to fit your needs; i.e. different activities can be substituted, trips, etc..

Media Contact: Nina Zapala for additional press materials and photography at zapala@fzkllc.com, 407.629.0757 or mobile 407.304.6539

Mardi Gras on Grand Cayman

New Orleans isn’t the only city to celebrate Mardi Gras Day in February. Did you know that Grand Cayman hosts it’s own version of Mardi Gras entitled Kaibo Mardi Gras and it’s held on Ash Wednesday, or February 25, on Kaibo Beach.

This is the tenth anniversary of Kaibo so expect the unexpected as this is one of the largest events on the island, attracting more than 5,000 party-goers to Kaibo Beach. Bands, island cocktails and brews, great food, bond girls, prizes and giveaways are the call of the day, visit online for all the details http://www.kaibo.ky.

The Reef Resort is the closest resort to the festival so to celebrate the resort is offering a Kaibo Package which includes; a three day package including VIP tickets (value $100 per person, limited availability) for two people in a Studio suite for US $950 total or US $475 each, this package is only available by calling 866 714-2309.

The Travel Gods have come together to raise money for Brac Hurricane Relief Fun

A unique opportunity for travelers who can get away quick, want to save big, and participate in an authentic island fundraiser. The Rotary of Grand Cayman is hosting a free concert on Saturday January 31, at Camana Bay. The concert features the best bands on the island (all are playing for free) in hopes of raising funds for the Brac Hurricane Relief fund. The Reef Resort www.thereef.com is offering a ‘rockin reggae rate of 30% off, and Cayman Airways is extending its air sales from New York and Miami. It appears the Travel Gods have come together to offer this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Saturday, January 31st at Camana Bay — Free charity/Rotary concert (one hour from the resort) music is a mix of country, soca, reggae. All donations go to the Brac Hurricane Relief. Show starts at 6:00 p.m.

The Reef Resort; www.thereef.com is offering 30% off rates between Jan 28 – Feb 6, 2009. Beachfront Studios start at US $210 plus tax.

NEW YORK air sales- on Cayman Airways – starting at US$ 353 or CI$ 296

MIAMI air sales- on Cayman Airways – starting at US 283 or CI$ 238

Bands: Hi Tide, Bob Mosley and Gone Country, Suckerbox, Jr Douglas and Band, Sea n B, Barefoot Man, Andy Martin, The Brac Country Roosters ( all Bracer band) Jr Dilbert, Hinton Connolly, Percy Whorms, Suite Elite band.

All-Inclusive Vacations are a Huge Trend

All-inclusive vacations are one of the biggest travel trends for 2009, reports Peter Greenberg in his e-newsletter. Check out his round-up article as Greenberg shares a few great new deals he found in the last week. Plus, he points you to previous articles and video clips where Peter talks about all-inclusives, reported by Karen Elowitt for Peter Greenberg.com.

As much as we admire Mr. Greenberg, here at The Reef Resort, all-inclusive programs were launched last year, and The Reef is one of the few Cayman Island properties to offer top-tier all-inclusive packages. The great news is the resort is offering packages for families, divers, weddings and more. Visit online to review the variety of all-inclusive packages that are currently being offered: http://www.thereef.com/en/reservations/allInclusivePackages.html

The Best Job in the world — Really

I’m sure, you’ve all heard about The Best Job in the World – Island Caretaker on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, sponsored by the Queensland Department of Tourism. If not visit www.islandreefjob.com.

At The Reef Resort, we think The Reef’s Relaxation Guru – Jack Wheeler has the best job in the world — he is mastering the art of relaxation and is willing to share his knowledge with anyone who wants to chill! Check out Jack and all of his musings at www.simplerelaxation.com, and hey, if you don’t get the job on the Great Barrier Reef, come back and visit Jack, he’ll be able to share a few soothing relaxation techniques to get you pumped for that next exciting job interview!

P.S. Tom McCallum thinks he has the best job in the world. He is the GM at The Reef Resort, overseeing this ever expanding property that boasts the largest beaches on the island and he gets to hang out on the beach each day munching down a delicious bite to eat, sipping a Caybrew, (http://www.cib.ky/ourbrands.html) or getting a bit of work done under one of the Palapas…Ok Tom, we’ve got to hand it to you, you really do have the best job!

Bridal Wars

Note to brides book early to avoid the BridalWars at The Reef Resort


Courtesy of Alana and Dave
December Wedding 2007

BrideWars, a new movie release starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, is about two best friends having to share their wedding date. Of course, it turns ugly and according to the online site; www.bridewars.com an all out war ensues.

Note to brides — book early to avoid bridal wars. Just like the gal-pals in BrideWars, they must get married at the Plaza, and the Plaza, as scripted in the movie, has the same policy as The Reef Resort; only one wedding a day — guaranteed. Candice Bergen, the movie’s wedding coordinator is akin to Linda Locke, The Reef’s onsite wedding coordinator. Locke is extremely creative and goes the extra mile to ensure every guest is pampered. Her candid approach to what the resort offers; a casual atmosphere, the largest beaches on the island, private dock, attention to details and more, makes the resort a great consideration for brides seeking a relaxed, affordable affair on Grand Cayman Island. Don’t take my word for it, check out all of the guest comments here: http://www.thereef.com/en/weddings/testimonials.html.

Did you know that Grand Cayman offers some of the best wedding vendors in the world? Do you know why? The island is an international financial powerhouse amassing some of the best vendors in the world to ensure the perfect party, event and more…. The great news is many of these vendors are available for weddings and Locke has a Rolodex to impress. Reach Linda Locke at weddings@thereef.com or check out all things weddings here: http://www.thereef.com/en/weddings/weddingPackages.html.

New Names, Same Great Food

A new restaurant name, Pelican’s Reef, a new beach bar name, Rusty Pelican and a new Food & Beverage Director, Mike Flowers will bring about some new changes in The Reef’s menu offerings. Flowers is a well-known restauranteur, as he was the owner of Cayman’s own Lone Star Bar & Grill for over 25 years. His experience will bring an entire new flavor to both the Pelican’s Reef and Rusty Pelican. Locals needn’t worry as legendary entertainer Barefoot Man and Andrew Bacon are still on tap!

The Reef – Feels Like family

Many of our past guests vividly remember the warmth and unique humour of Phil Maguire, our Restaurant Manager from 2002 through 2006. Phil was recently visiting and came to our annual staff Christmas party. I thought I’d share his letter to our inimitable Resort Manager, Mr. Lawrence Haughton… the bold highlights are mine:

Mr. Lawrence,
I’d like to thank you very much for your kind invitation to the staff party last week. It was certainly most enjoyable. It was like stepping back in time. But having been away for the better part of a year gave me a somewhat clearer view of what has been achieved at the Reef.

Practically every management guru who has ever been published stresses the need for team-building. In itself it’s a worthy concept but too many leaders/managers pay mere lip-service to the idea. I’m firmly convinced that at the Reef you have left the notion of team-building far behind and instead have managed to create a Family.

I was observing how different people interacted at the party last week, both during the presentations and either side of them, and it struck me that the genuine warmth and regard that people from a variety of different backgrounds appeared to have for each other would not be matched or bettered in too many other establishments.

Seriously, I think you have achieved something pretty unique, and the end result is clearly greater than the sum of the individual parts.

Long may it continue!

One could say this is the “touchy feely” and intangible part of the business, but it is very, very real and vitally important to treat your staff like family, as they will then treat guests not just as VIPs, but as an extension of that family.

I’m sitting here typing this in a seminar at a conference on resort marketing, but haven’t heard anyone talk about “family” yet :)

New Runways opened at Dulles International and Chicago O’Hare Airports — Just in time for Holiday Travel

Karen Elowitt for PeterGreenberg.com reports “Chicago O’Hare airport, Washington Dulles and Seattle-Tacoma International airport all unveiled new runways Thursday which cost a combined $1.9 billion to build. Though the new runways may not dramatically alter congestion nationwide, they will almost certainly reduce flight delays at each individual airport.” This is great news for travelers seeking the surf, sand, and splendor of a Grand Cayman vacation at The Reef Resort as Washington Dulles and Chicago O’Hare airports are also offering direct flights to Grand Cayman via Grand Cayman Airways.