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The Reef’s Super Staff

Stingray Awards

You know by now that vacationing at the Reef is a relaxing experience – but many hands make light work and we have many staff on hand to make your vacation at the Reef memorable.

 

This year five of our wonderful staff has been nominated for the Cayman Islands Tourism Association Stingray Tourism Awards. You may recognize some familiar names below:

 

Linda Locke – Nominated for Accommodation Employee of the Year

Jake Morgan – Nominated for Accommodation Manager of the Year

Nick Harlan – Nominated for Restaurant Employee of the Year

Brian Ebanks – Nominated for Rising Star Tourism Award

Lawrence Haughton – Nominated for Long Service to the Industry

 

The awards ceremony will be held at the Ritz-Carlton on Saturday November 28th and we wish all our nominees the very best of luck!!!

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.

Spooky goings on at theReef…

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.

Halloween is almost upon us and the Reef has some awesome activities ahead…

  • Kids Trip to the Haunted House in Prospect on Thursday 29th Oct
  • Family scary movie night on our 100ft outdoor screen on Friday 30th Oct
  • Creepy costume contest with prizes for young and old on Halloween (Saturday)
  • BBQ on the beach with the Terrifying Andrew Bacon
  • Scary Sunday Brunch with Mimosas

 

Halloween is not just for kids either! On Saturday 31st October The Rusty Pelican will be offering half price drinks – from Bloody Mary’s to the Devil’s potion and everything in between!!!

We have loads of scary activities to keep the whole family frighteningly entertained from apple bobbin to ghoulish games! Don’t miss it!!

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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?

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.

Cayman Airways – third checked bag free!

Another great excuse to visit us here at the Reef in Grand Cayman! Last week we brought you news of AA’s beach sale, this week we are bringing you news from our very own carrier -  Cayman Airways.

Cayman Airways has just announced that on selected flight to Grand Cayman, the third checked bag is free!

Great news for all those from Florida state as this offer applies to flights from Miami or Tampa to Grand Cayman.

With a third bag checked free you are limitless!! Pack your tennis racket and get out on the court, pack your snorkel gear and take to the reef or just bring a bikini for every day of the week!

Remember we have a wide range of activities on offer at the Reef ranging from snorkeling, kayaking, volleyball, basketball to simple relaxation on our 1600ft white sand beach! Idyllic! :)

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.

94 baby turtles hatch on the Reef beach

1st-turtleIn a rather untypical fashion the turtle nest on our beach errupted yesterday afternoon and ninety odd baby turtles made the dash to the ocean watched by….. nobody!

The Department of the Environment called yesterday morning to advise that a regular inspection of the nest had revealed some hatched babies deep in the sand and that they would usually emerge in the coolness of the evening and head to the ocean.

As this was happening six days ahead of schedule preparations were hurried to completion, lights were arranged to be off, guests were notified of best practice and members of staff were scheduled to stand guard during the night.

However around mid-afternoon three visiting children discovered hundreds of tiny fin tracks in the sand and one baby emerging from the nest. They majority of the turtles snuck past everyone, The Reef had produced their own brand of stealth turtles!

Our one straggler was kept safely until night and was sucessfully released by Lindsay and the kids of the resorts activity programme. This group was lucky enough at the same time to see another baby turtle emerge and make the short journey to the ocean. At least one of the turtles seemed to have a proper sense of timing….

The DOE came up today to excavate the site and discovered that there were 94 sucessfully hatched eggs in a relatively shallow nest (which would account for the early hatch). One baby was discovered still waiting to make the dig to the surface. Our head concierge Jake will oversee his release tonight, bringing to a close, for this year at least, our fabulous turtle adventure.

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.

theReef is taking PRIDE in Customer Service

theReef’s PRIDE team (led by Deputy GM Brian Ebanks) is featured in today’s Caymanian Compass, article here .

An extract :

“The Reef has embraced PRIDE and is making customer service a top priority in its growth and development.

The 162–room resort located on Grand Cayman’s East End is using the Department of Tourism’s PRIDE (which stands for Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence) customer service training programme, with over 75 per cent of the organization’s employees having undergone the training since the DoT introduced it over a year ago to raise customer service standards in the Cayman Islands tourism sector.

“We wanted the Reef to spearhead the movement to transform customer service in the Cayman Islands,” said The Reef’s Deputy Resort Manager Brian Ebanks.”

For more information on PRIDE, visit www.caymanislands.ky/pride

Help theReef design the first #reefathlon event via Twitter

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Ok, so perhaps I’m far too geeky, but I’m going to try to take our philosophy of running theReef based on customer feedback to a different level.

On Sep 27th (latest update… as CI Cycling are running an event on Sun 20th) we are going to run the first of our “Reefathlon” events, geared around getting both local and visiting cyclists to enjoy the experience of cycling whilst staying at theReef.

Where did this idea come from ? Well, this year the National Roads Authority in Cayman finished putting a lovely coat of SMOOTH blacktop down on the roads in our area (thank you!), so cyclists now have a fantastic 19 mile loop right in front of theReef !

With virtually no traffic, more than three quarters of the loop being coastal roads offering incredible scenery and cooling breezes, as well as two of the nearest things we have on our flat island to “hills”, this road is fast becoming a mecca for local cyclists.

For our visitors, my master plan (beginning to sound like Dr. Evil !.. but my intentions are good ) is to make theReef THE place to take a Caribbean vacation for cyclists. After all, golfers take their clubs on family vacation, divers their gear.. why not cyclists their bike ?

Anyway, back to Twitter. The first step down this road is our first race, a 19 mile Time Trial on the morning of Sunday September 27th.

Core concept is to set an entry fee that includes an overnight stay at theReef with a beach BBQ / pasta party the night before, then the race, then everyone can socialise afterwards again with some cool drinks at the beach bar.

Already working on some sweet giveaway goodies, plus there WILL be prizes on offers to challenge both visiting and local cyclists to take on our reigning Cayman time trial champion, Jerome Ameline, otherwise know at “TGV”.

So…planning in high gear now, website for the race “soon come”, but help with the planning by following me on Twitter @TomCayman, the hashtag is #Reefathlon

Tweet me !

Wha ya sayin pt 2 (Mid year edition)

Hello all those out there in Reef land. It has been a busy last couple of months here at the reef with new and exciting developments happening all the time. The island as a whole has also had allot of changes and news to report. As always i like to keep it fun when reporting the events, some are funny some are informative and some are just plain……

Pirates who?

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A lot of fuss has been made in the last week over the proposed changing of names from Pirates week. At time of this blog, the new name has not been announced but rest assured there are some sad pirates out there on the sea.

Gimistory 2009

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I was lucky enough to attend this years Gimistory event at Pedro’s Castle in Savannah. As i sat down on my seat i thought to myself just how exciting of a backdrop it was to have the storytellers standing on the upper floor of the historical building while reciting different stories both local and international. The mid show break with Fried fish and dumplings wasn’t so bad either. The local storyteller’s were extremely impressive and some even came in old-time outfits to add even more authenticity to their stories. My suggestion would be if you have the chance to visit Cayman next April, take a visit out to one of the many venues that hold gimistory during Cayfest and enjoy a nice cultural experience.

Pelicans Bistro

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Frequent visitors to the reef are sure to be in for a pleasant surprise the next time you check in. The old dive shop has now been converted into our brand spanking new restaurant “Pelicans Bistro”. Open for breakfast and dinner this new dining spot gives you all the great taste of Pelicans Reef and The Rusty Pelican right indoors.

 

Cayman Chili Cookoff

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The Reef Resort played host to the Chili Cookoff  last weekend. Local residents as well as Reef guests mingled in the hot caribbean sun while enjoying Caybrew and Hot dogs all day long. There was a children’s section with bouncingcastles and face-painting. On the other side of the Rusty pelican Beach bar  we had the music stage and beer stands. Local music fans were spoiled rotten all day with bands like ‘Gone Country”, The Barefoot man” and “Hi-Tide” performing. The chili cooking began at 1pm and wrapped up at 6 when ”Electratech” were announced as the events winners for best chili.  Even though the chili was the main cause for the event, the combinationof warm weather, barbeque and a cold beverage seemed to be exactly what made the event so much for fun for the attendees.

Everyone that i talked to during the day said they had a great time and many people chose to simply spend the night here at the reef after a long day in the sun. Those who stayed the entire day were in for a treat as the closing fireworks at 9pm were amazing.

You can look forward to the event again next year being even bigger and better.

Staycations at theReef

Many thanks to my friend and respected journalist, Alan Markoff, for his article in The Observer on Sunday of Jul 5th on his staycation at theReef.

Two things of note on this. First, Alan would definitely tell it like it is (ie if he had a problem, he would put it in the article!), and second, he paid full rate.. didn’t ask for a freebie, didn’t tell me he was writing an article.

Given that high level of journalistic integrity and ethics, makes the fact that his article was a glowing commendation all the more sweet ! :)

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.

Loggerhead turtle nests on The Reef beach

Our nest!

Our nest!

Great excitement amongst staff and guests at The Reef today! Keen eyed staff members noticed the tell-tale signs earlier this week and the Department of Environment have just confirmed that we have a loggerhead turtle nest on our beach.

The mama turtle will have hatched many years ago on this same stretch of white sand and has returned and nested right in front of the hotel.

We are terribly proud of our nest and are constructing a bamboo fence around it to keep it safe.

In 55 days time, on or around th 5th of August, staff and guests will dim all the lights, ensure that each tiny turtle makes its way safely to the water and then celebrate the fact that, safely launched into the big wide world, they will one day travel back to us.

Ms Green and goings on at The Reef

The Reef now has its very own eco-consultant. Ms Green is co-ordinating exciting, environmentally friendly projects and is working hard to ensure that the resort suceeds in its quest to be an ecologically responsible host.

First things first! We have begun composting our kitchen and grounds refuse on site, thus dramatically reducing our garbage output and creating our own wonderful fertilizer.

Last night we played host to Bradley Johnson of the DOE who came to talk to East End divemasters about the lion fish invasion and train them in capturing techniques. http://www.gov.ky/portal/page?_pageid=1142,4332603&_dad=portal&_schema=portal

Watch this space for updates and news! If you have any comments or ideas please contact Ms Green at msgreen@caymaniac.ky.

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!

Fabulous wedding photos from theReef

Another great wedding at theReef… phew, wedding season this May has been very busy.

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These and more great photos on Courtney Platt’s blog

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!