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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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The Reef Resort, Grand Cayman adopts Dragons Save the Blue Iguanas

(Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – 2008) The Blue Iguana is an incredible, dragon-like creature endemic to Grand Cayman, and today, man and nature have diminished 90 percent of the Blue Iguana population. “The Reef Resort’s employees and management team are passionate about the environment where we live and prosper so it’s only fitting we assist the National Trust and National Art Gallery to raise funds and awareness for the Blue Iguana Recovery Program,” stated Tom McCallum, director at The Reef Resort Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. The Trust’s original captive breeding facility is located close to the resort in the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park (QE2) and now houses 100 hatchlings, 100 second-year juveniles, and about 40 adults at an annual cost of US$950.00 per Blue Iguana. This facility offers ticketed guided tours and total submersion in the life of these magnificent creatures.

The Reef Resort, located on the secluded East End of Grand Cayman, announced a new fundraising package entitled Adopt a Dragon to support the Blue Iguana Recovery Program. Each time the package is booked, the resort will donate US$25 and the family will receive a certificate of appreciation. Winter package rates (1.5.08 – 3.28.08) start as low as US $1990 for a family of four including taxes while summer (3.29.08 – 12.20.08) package rates start at U.S. $1650. This five-day package includes a car rental pick up at the airport, a Safari tour of the Botanic Park and the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, plus a self-guided tour around Grand Cayman discovering the Blue Dragon Trail – a quazi “where’s Waldo” type of adventure.. “Conservation on Grand Cayman is a way of life and it’s our hope that families and children who book this package will learn the importance of preservation and have fun while they do it,” added McCallum.

It’s a natural connection, with The Reef Resort being so close to our centre of operations,” states Blue Iguana Recovery Programme director, Fred Burton. “We’ve worked hard to make our Blue Iguana breading facility interesting and accessible to visitors, and it’s very exciting to see how growing public interest is starting to help pay for the conversation work that is so desperately needed for these magnificent creatures.”

Families who book Adopt a Dragon will be emailed a handy link that directs guests to The Reef’s website, www.thereef.com, with links to the programme’s newsletter, The Blue Iguana Tales, and other informative websites. Upon check in, families will receive a brochure on the plight of the Blue Iguana, plus a Blue Dragon island trail map. The Blue Dragon Trail is a self-guided tour, mapped by the National Trust and Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. Families will find this trail to be a wonderful opportunity to get creative and invent a fun car game to spot the fifteen
colorful Blue Iguana sculptures that traverse the island from the 7-mile beach to the shores of Rum Point, plus several other family-friendly parks. The highlight of the trip, however, will undoubtedly be visiting the captive breeding facility where guests can see Blue Iguanas of all ages, from hatchlings to over 5-foot-long adults that can weigh over 25 pounds, all within reach. A guide tells the story of each dragon, their history stage of life and what they are doing to fight extinction.

To extend this animal vacation adventure, families also can visit the Butterfly Farm, swim with the stingrays at Stingray City, visit the Cayman Island Turtle Farm, or snorkel, and feed the fish off the private dock at The Reef Resort, all of which can be coordinated through The Reef’s onsite concierge, concierge@thereef.com. For additional information on this package or other packages offered at The Reef Resort, visit online at www.thereef.com or call/email reservations at 888.232.0541 reservations@thereef.com.

To learn more about the plight of the Blue Iguana, visit www.iguanafoundation.org/index.php; www.blugiguana.ky www.caymanislands.ky/bluedragon/index.htm; or www.nationaltrust.org.ky/info/blueiguana-con.html

The Reef Resort Weddings – Casual Celebrations by the Sea

(Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Island – April 2008) Destination wedding seekers desiring an intimate yet casual affair, a one-wedding-a-day guarantee, and the largest beachfront with 1,600 feet of pure heaven need look no further than The Reef Resort, Grand Cayman. This all-suite, beachfront property offers this and much more. Upon check-in, the bride and groom will receive a chilled bottle of champagne, a box Cuban-cigars, handmade gourmet chocolates and island bath treats. This casual celebration by the sea includes; a wedding arch of bamboo and conch shells lined with rose petals, a Caymanian marriage officer, beach ceremony and license, plus a sumptuous wedding cake, with Dom Perignon Champagne toast a professional wedding photographer a soloist, and a bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere. Caymanite precious gemstones (choice of blessing stones or pendants), and a morning-after breakfast in bed for two is also included. New this year is a private beach butler for the couple, waiting on the newlyweds as they dine by candlelight sea-side. The bride and groom will relish their spacious deluxe beachfront studio suite with patio or balcony, and truly enjoy the in-room Jacuzzi, priced at U.S. $4,995, Winter (1/5/08-3/28/08) Summer/Fall $4,500 (3/29/08 –12/20/08) including a five night stay. Additional wedding packages are available at www.thereef.com or contact the on-site concierge at concierge@thereef.com to accommodate special guest’s requests pre-arrival to ensure a truly magical and memorable wedding day.

Couples wanting to disengage from everyday life and reacquaint themselves with one another can do so easily at The Reef Resort as the quiet East End provides endless opportunities for hand-holding walks on smooth, white, sandy beaches and hours of daydreaming in a hammock under a coconut palm with a tasty Piña Colada in hand. Adventurous couples can scuba dive or snorkel – both of which the East End is known for and/or enjoy a couples massage in the brand new spa, Le Soleil Spa. Other island adventures include an awe-inspiring bio-luminescent or sunset kayaking tour, a Jolly Roger cocktail cruise, horseback riding, a bubble-sub tour, or couples may choose to just sit back, relax, and breathe in the cool island breezes from their private beachfront balcony or patio while engaging in a fun board game which are available at the front desk.

Expanded wedding options: island wedding specialists, photographers, and one-of-a-kind menu options in conjunction with the Reef’s on-site wedding coordinator; weddings@thereef.com. can be emailed for additional information, and to request rates, inquire about other wedding packages, resort amenities, and island entertainment call/email reservations at 888.232.0541 or reservations@thereef.com.

Meetings Made for Beach Lovers at The Reef Resort Grand Cayman

(Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Island –2008) According to the 2006 Maritz Travel Insight Survey, “31 percent of incentive travelers ranked beach, sun, and water locations as the most motivational”. The Reef Resort’s distinct East End location on Grand Cayman Island immerses meeting attendees in the Grand Cayman of old, as this location has a distinct unhurried vibe unlike the sprawling, tourism-developed 7-Mile Beach. “We provide a full-blown water destination as the resort boasts the largest beach (1,600 sq. ft.) on the island, and each guest will enjoy a beachfront suite,” stated Tom McCallum, Director of The Reef Resort. “Other distinguishing attributes are a private dock, an on-staff complimentary concierge service, a world-class, on-site scuba dive company, a beachfront casual restaurant and a formal dining experience, plus each guestroom offers a private balcony and/or patio with jaw- dropping 180 degree views of the color-changing waters of the Caribbean Ocean. This unique location inspired an exclusive resort guarantee – “only one meeting a day” to ensure the feeling of spaciousness, which parallels the same feeling as the resort and East End,” added McCallum. The new meeting space can host up to 90 attendees, is over 900 sq. ft., and is easily divided by two.

The goal of the resort is to be an intimate meeting destination and offer a Grade-A experience. To achieve these goals The Reef Resort has partnered with Bound for Success, an experiential training program designed to develop employees by taking them out of the traditional meeting room, and challenging them intellectually, emotionally, soulfully and physically while utilizing a series of psychologist-developed scenarios within a safe and controlled outdoor environment. The company provides a one-day master course specifically designed to assist participants who are faced with complex and challenging situations to develop self esteem and confidence while improving a variety of character traits such as goal setting, decision making and problem solving skills. The program starts at U.S. $450 per person per day and uses an attractive, tracking-mechanism referred to as the “bounder’s log,” which oversees the development of each participant during the course of a day and then collates these benchmarks into measurable results and ROI.

Meeting planners yearning for a once-in-a-lifetime experience can visit the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park to view the critically endangered Blue Iguana up close and personal. Locally known as the “Blue Dragon”, these iguanas are native to, and found only on Grand Cayman Island at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park, and it is estimated that approximately only 20 of these magnificent creatures exist in the wild. Visitors to the botanical park will be treated to a unique opportunity, upon which they will see hatchings and up-to-5-foot-long adults. “To witness these creatures in their natural habitat is emotionally grounding and brings conservation to the forefront,” stated Fred Burton, the Blue Iguana Recovery Program Director.

Beyond exceptional eco-adventure opportunities, The Reef Resort also offers a full service food and beverage team eager to please their guests, preparing delicious Caribbean-style cuisine and continuously working with planners to provide a gastronomic delight at every meal. Additionally, the dedicated sales team and on-site event coordinators will cater to the needs of meeting planners to ensure a memorable and results-oriented event as the resort prides itself on its Nordstrom’s approach to customer service.

Grand Cayman Island and The Reef Resort presents meeting planners with a variety of eco-adventures options from bio- luminescent or mangrove kayak tours, snorkeling opportunities, and a plethora of island excursions visit www.caymanislands.ky. Spa goers will also delight as the resort has recently opened a brand new spa Le Soleil Spa, and a new suite of guestrooms has now opened
as well.

Meeting package prices start at U.S. $150 per night per person plus a 10% island tax. To build a remarkable meeting experience or send a meeting request, email corporate@thereef.com, visit online at www.thereef.com or call 001.345.947.0100. To learn more about Bound for Success, please visit www.boundforsuccess.ky or email Cathy Williams, the Cayman Island Coordinator at cathy@alfresco.ky.

The Reef Resort, Grand Cayman is now “Simply All Inclusive™”

Grand Cayman, 2008 – The Reef Resort, located on the secluded East End of Grand Cayman, has always offered “Simple Relaxation ™” and convenient ways to make a vacation easy to manage. “This summer The Reef Resort is making history by being the first beachfront resort in a generation to offer guests a premium all inclusive family-friendly option,” stated Tom McCallum, Director at The Reef Resort. “This offer is also being put into place to evolve the resort’s philosophy of a no-hassle, simply relaxing, no-strings- attached vacation experience. Additionally, this new, all inclusive offer makes it convenient and easy for families to budget and plan.”

The Simply All Inclusive™ package rate start at U.S. $429 for a Beachfront Studio, per night, double occupancy, to include all taxes and services charges. Unlimited drinks (including top shelf premium cocktails) in the resort’s bars – Hideaway Beach Bar & Grill and restaurants- Castaways, three meals daily (guests can choose anything from the a la carte menu), snorkel equipment, tennis, gym, and bicycle rentals are all included, as well as a complimentary on-site “discover scuba diving” lesson. Guests staying seven or more nights can also add a catamaran excursion to the renowned Stingray City or a relaxed Sunset Sail.

While there are many exciting off-site excursions, tours, and activities available, many guests choose to stay on property to simply relax. 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, exploring, shell
collecting, sandcastle building, and endless beach adventures are all at a guest’s fingertips. For those who relish captivating sunsets and evening nightlife, the resort offers a variety of entertainment, including Cayman Island music legend Barefoot Man (www.barefoot.com).

Guests will also continue to enjoy simple and convenient ways to make vacation planning a snap with the resort’s on-site complimentary concierge who can arrange adventures pre-arrival and, of course, on-site. Hurricanes are never an issue at The Reef Resort as their guarantee gives guests an option to cancel with a full refund before they even leave the house. In addition, The East End is the best kept secret among snorkel and dive enthusiasts, being the most pristine and un-crowded area on the island, which allows water adventurists an up close and personal encounter with the reef and all of its inhabitants. New this summer a Yoga/Spinning Studio — gym and intimate spa will open presenting guests with more opportunities to stay in shape.

The Reef Resort was recently recognized as one of the 25 resorts throughout the Caribbean with guest rooms “Right Smack on the Beach,” published by Caribbean Travel & Life magazine. Read all about it at www.caribbeantravelmag.com. To learn more, visit The Reef Resort online at www.thereef.com or call toll-free (888) 232.0541.

A Unique, “No Problem” Caribbean Hurricane Vacation Guarantee

Guests can breathe a sigh of relief when booking at The Reef Resort, Grand Cayman, Cayman Island

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – August 22, 2007 – The Reef Resort announced today an upgrade to their already impressive and industry leading “No Problem” Hurricane Guarantee. As of today, should a hurricane threat result in guests having to curtail their vacation, they will be immediately refunded for any days missed, plus The Reef will provide a complimentary five-night room voucher.

This new upgrade is in addition to The Reef’s original hurricane policy that allows travelers to cancel a reservation up to 48 hours of their planned arrival on the island. The policy and the cancellation payments are simple – rebook without penalty or only pay a fee for one night’s stay – a rare offer as traditionally, hurricane policies do not go into effect until after the guest has arrived. The newly updated hurricane guarantee and cancellation policy is in effect from June 1 – November 30, 2007.

“We understand that guests want to book a vacation at The Reef and know they can plan ahead and look forward to experiencing a relaxing and tranquil escape from their hectic lives. To reduce hurricane season booking anxiety we offer a proactive and guest-centric hurricane policy that is hassle free and void of steep penalties,” stated Tom McCallum, Director of The Reef Resort.”

The Reef Resort is an intimate resort, boasting the largest beachfront; 1,600 feet of white sandy beaches, on the quiet East End of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Additionally, every guest suite provides beachfront views with balcony overlooks. Rates* start at $205 for a studio suite, $235 for a deluxe studio suite, $270 for a one-bedroom suite and $360 for a two-bedroom suite; rates vary and do not include a 10% government tax. For additional information on water sports, vacation packages and The Reef’s Best Beach Rate guarantee, visit www.thereef.com rated the number one resort in the Caribbean, and 14th worldwide among 70,000 hotels and resorts in the recently released Expedia® Insiders’ Select™.

Move over Scuba Enthusiasts, Snorkelers Have Arrived at The Reef Resort

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 1, 2007 – Grand Cayman has been attracting scuba dive enthusiasts for years and is known as a hot spot for seeing tropical fish and sea animals. But did you know that The Reef Resort also happens to have snorkeling sites that are just as exhilarating? The Reef Resort also happens to have a white, sandy, 1,600-square-feet beach perfect for snorkeling, not to mention its secluded East End location known around the world as an undisturbed marine wonderland. Snorkelers will relish in the wide variety of undersea delights as they swim beside untouched reefs teeming with tropical fish. Be prepared to swim with Parrotfish, Angelfish, Trumpetfish, Sea Cucumber, and Sea Fans in the crystal-clear blue waters with zero water currents. That’s why The Reef Resort is offering a five- night Reef Snorkel Adventure package built for two, which provides daily breakfast, snorkel gear, a special trip to the nationally renowned Stingray City and a beachfront suite in a deluxe studio with an in- room Jacuzzi and a patio/balcony, priced at U.S. $1,300 per couple (also includes breakfast gratuity and room taxes). The package is valid through December 20, 2007, excluding the Thanksgiving holiday season. Visit online for reservations and additional details, www.thereef.com.

“This is a great package for both experienced and novice skin divers and our East End location offers some of the best snorkeling directly off our beachfront,” stated Tom McCallum, director at The Reef Resort. “Guests should also be aware of our complimentary concierge service where they can request an itinerary based on their likes and dislikes, and we can map out an entire trip as soon as the package is booked, providing them with a variety of snorkeling options upon check-in.”

The Reef Resort was rated the number one resort in the Caribbean, and 14th worldwide among 70,000 hotels and resorts from the recently released Expedia® Insiders’ Select™, a list of the top 200 hotels/resorts worldwide. To see what all the talk is about, learn more about the snorkel adventure or other resort packages, call 888.232.0541 or email reservations at reservations@thereef.com.

Meetings Made for Beach Lovers at The Reef Resort Grand Cayman

(Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Island –2/07) According to the 2006 Maritz Travel Insight Survey, “31 percent of incentive travelers ranked beach, sun, and water locations as the most motivational”. The Reef Resort’s distinct East End location on Grand Cayman Island immerses meeting attendees in the Grand Cayman of old, as this location has a distinct unhurried vibe unlike the sprawling, tourism-developed 7-Mile Beach. “We provide a full-blown water destination as the resort boasts the largest beach (1,600 sq. ft.) on the island, and each guest will enjoy a beachfront suite,” stated Tom McCallum, Director of The Reef Resort. “Other distinguishing attributes are a private dock, an on-staff complimentary concierge service, a world-class, on-site scuba dive company, a beachfront casual restaurant and formal dining experience, plus each guestroom offers a private balcony and/or patio with jaw- dropping 180 degree views of the color-changing waters of the Caribbean Ocean. This unique location inspired an exclusive resort guarantee – “only one meeting a day” to ensure the feeling of spaciousness, which parallels the same feeling as the resort and East End,” added McCallum. The new meeting space can host up to 90 attendees, is over 900 sq. ft., and can easily be divided in two.

The goal of the resort is to be an intimate meeting destination and offer a Grade-A experience. To achieve these goals The Reef Resort has partnered with Bound for Success, an experiential training program designed to develop employees by taking them out of the traditional meeting room, and challenging them intellectually, emotionally, soulfully and physically while utilizing a series of psychologist-developed scenarios within a safe and controlled outdoor environment. The company provides a one-day master course specifically designed to assist participants who are faced with complex and challenging situations to develop self esteem and confidence while improving a variety of character traits such as goal setting, decision making and problem solving skills. The program starts at U.S. $450 per person per day and uses an attractive, tracking-mechanism referred to as the “bounder’s log,” which oversees the development of each participant during the course of a day and then collates these benchmarks into measurable results and ROI.

Meeting planners yearning for a once-in-a-lifetime experience can visit the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park to view the critically endangered Blue Iguana up close and personal. Locally known as the “Blue Dragon”, these iguanas are native to, and found only on Grand Cayman Island at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park, and it is estimated that approximately only 20 of these magnificent creatures exist in the wild. Visitors to the botanical park will be treated to a unique opportunity, upon which they will see hatchings and up-to-5-foot-long adults. “To witness these creatures in their natural habitat is emotionally grounding and brings conservation to the forefront,” stated Fred Burton, the Blue Iguana Recovery Program Director.

Beyond exceptional eco-adventure opportunities, The Reef Resort also offers a full service food and beverage team eager to please their guests, preparing delicious Caribbean-style cuisine and continuously working with planners to provide a gastronomic delight at every meal. Additionally, the dedicated sales team and on-site event coordinators will cater to the needs of meeting planners to ensure a memorable and results-oriented event as the resort prides itself on its Nordstrom’s approach to customer service.

Grand Cayman Island and The Reef Resort presents meeting planners with a variety of eco-adventures options from bio- luminescent or mangrove kayak tours, snorkeling opportunities, and a plethora of island excursions. Visit www.caymanislands.ky Meeting package prices start at U.S. $150 per night per person plus a 10% island tax. To build a remarkable meeting experience or send a meeting request, email corporate@thereef.com, visit online at www.thereef.com or call 001.345.947.0100. To learn more about Bound for Success, please visit www.boundforsuccess.ky or email Cathy Williams, the Cayman Island Coordinator at cathy@alfresco.ky.