Sunshine Suites Resort
8 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We loved it, a great value
"We stayed here and enjoyed a wonderful vacation. The room was spacious with comfortable bedding. Walking distance to the beach and great dining too. It was good to have a fridge in the room as well. Don't wait book a trip today."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of December 2006
"We moved to the Sunshine Suites the last two days of our trip after a business event ended. The rooms were clean and no thrills. The staff was very attentive. The only drawback was the noisy. The wind whistled against our bedroom window almost the whole time. The hotel is conveniently located across the street from the beautiful seven mile beach so it's only a short walk. Beach towels and chairs are provided. We have to say the best part of our stay was the grill. It is nice not having to deal with transportation. The staff is friendly. The first night we only had drinks. My husband had their famous PainKiller. The second night we decided to eat there after the hamburgers were recommended and we had already had several nights of fancier meals. I have to say it was the best hamburger I had ever eaten.
I would recommend Sunshine Suites if you are looking for more reasonable lodging not requiring being ocean front."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of November 2006
One of my top 10 places in NA
"Stayed at Sunshine Suites on Grand Cayman Island Oct 18-25,2006 and completely enjoyed the facility, people and location just off 7 Mile beach. Snorkelling was the game and we went 3x daily to the reefs off Dive Tech near the Turtle Farm..Cemetery Beach, Smith Cove and along the waterfront downtown Georgetown. Dive Tech and Cemetery were the best for us.
Drove to East End and Rum Point and will definitely return to East End next trip to see the Tarpan off Reef Resort dock where they feed them daily. Only time we felt "taken" was the car rental from the A - - - man at the airport A - - - Co. who jacked the price after we drove away.First time ever we were treated so badly by any car rental co. Bugs were not bad at all, but take lots of sun lotions and USE THEM. I would highly recommend rash shirts and SPF protected clothing to protect from extreme sun...wife burned very badly with a shirt on while snorkeling. Aerosol Solarcaine was the only thing that helped with the pain and itch.
Take your check book to eat as they have learned how to charge for food or do as we did, go to the store and cook your own.
Swim with the Sting Ray on a tour...it is one of the best tours we have ever taken, only second to Flying up and around the top of Mt. McKinley in Alaska. When snorkelling, watch for sting ray, turtle, baracuda, nerf shark and tons of colored fish in the crystal clear waters around the island. We saw all of them almost every snorkel, especially away from the downtown area of Georgetown, and we swam a short way offshore to see the beautiful reefs and coral. Enjoy yourself on Grand Cayman and please "Look Right" when driving on the left side of the road.
contact us for more information at [email protected]
Had to ask the airport security fellow to say, "Have a good day, MON" as no one used the term while we were there.........lol"
- Travel date: Fri 27th of October 2006
Long Awaited - Not Disappointed
"We have been waiting two years to visit the Caymans (thanks to Ivan). Our stay at the Sunshine Suites proved it was a vacation worth waiting for. The hotel is extremely clean. The pool was cleaned every day. The atmosphere was friendly and laid back.
Mike at the Sunshine Grill was an excellent host. He always had great suggestions for things to do and see. The food at the grill was great too. We enjoyed the BBQ night (nice that they had a kids price on the all you can eat buffet). Always a nice presentation of your meal. The "Sliders" 3 mini cheeseburgers hit the spot with these Wisconsin Cheeseheads.
We appreciated the abundance of beach towels and the beach chairs we could take with us on our daily excursions. The grounds are well taken care of. The kitchen in our room was very handy . This is the way to travel with kids ( as they are always hungry). The grocery store is a 5 - 10 minute walk.
If you have questions Sandra is very quick to respond via e mails, giving great customer service before you even arrive. Overall it is a great location. We know we will go back to the Caymans and Sunshine Suites."
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of July 2006
Not bad, good value
"Took the family consisting of my wife and I and two teenage boys, to Grand Cayman the week of June 12th, 2006. The trip was in celebration of my oldest son's graduation from highschool so we also had one of his friends with us as well.
THE HOTEL was nice and clean and one could tell that it had completely been redone since the devestation of hurricane Ivan. Other than our bed being a little on the hard side, we have no complaints about the rooms at all. The staff was very friendly and helpful with providing choices for evening meals. The Sunshine Grill on property served wonderful fish tacos and fried jalepenos. Breakfast was great every morning, but got old after the third or fourth day (muffins, juice, bagels, toast, cereal, etc. etc.). Can not remember the lively bartender's name but he is a pleasure to be around at anytime during the day or night. Makes even a day of pouring down rain enjoyable.
THE FOOD/RESTAURANTS were pleasant but expensive. On average we spent roughly $150-$200US on each evening meal for the five of us. However, we were never disappointed with the food or service. If you are from Texas, it is a requirement that you visit Lone Star Bar & Grill. The food and atmosphere are great. The Lobster Pot was enjoyable and had a great view of the port area. Food was great. Club Mediteranian(?) served us great Itialian food one night. Senor Frogs was fun but the food is average. Also went to Pizza Hut one night for a break from the expensive. Allthough the food on the island was not a total disappointment, we all concluded that the majority of the resturants along West Bay Road basically served "bar food" (burgers, fries, etc.). Other than the bar food restaruants, the only other options are high-end restaurants and fast food. Once place you should try and go to (close to the airport) is MacDonalds (notice the mis-spelling). They have GREAT fried chicken and it's obviously a hit with the locals.
THE BEACH is great. Water was clear, sand was pink/white and soft. Weather was upper 80's with pleasant breezes. Great snorkeling wherever you go. My ONLY disappointment was that the waves were not meant for body surfing or boogie boarding. Every once in a while a wave would come in but not consistently. Again, that's my only disappointment. Other than that, the beaches on Grand Cayman are great (and we've done Hawaii, Mexico the BVI's and French West Indies). Oh, the walk from the hotel is not bad. On one occasion we took the beach chairs on loan from the hotel along with towels, turned right out of the hotel driveway and went about a mile to a spot on the beach that had a fun bar/restaurant.
TURTLE FARM/HELL is there for something to do if you run out of things to do, have kids and are tired of the beach. We actually enjoyed the turtle farm and found it interesting. Hell is a quick "stop and take a picture" place but it's close to the turtle farm so you may as well stop by. There is an Italian restaurant on that end of the island (Pappagallos?) that received nice reviews in the local publications. So you may want to combine the turtle farm trip with an evening meal. We did not go to the restaurant but several locals commented on it.
RUM POINT is fun and you need to go spend the day there; snorkeling, water sports, eating/drinking, etc. It's about an hour drive from the hotel but worth it. The quesadias are great.
SWIMMING WITH THE STINGRAYS is a MUST. This is probably one of the top 5 things I have done in my life (age 44) and will hopefully remember it forever. Be sure and take a catamaran instead of the bigger tour boats. Kids had a blast. Don't miss it - enough said.
BOOZE - buy it before you come (like at the MIami airport duty free). A $10 bottle will cost you $20US on the island. Also, be prepared to spend $20 on a case of beer on the island. If you buy it there, the prices are close to the same no matter where you go and there is a liquor store within walking distance of the hotel.
DOWNTOWN - went there one day, but only stayed a few hours. It's basically a tourist trap for the cruise people (much like other ports in Mexico). My wife and I looked at a couple of loose diamonds to purchase. Found one that we THOUGHT was a good deal. Before we made the purchase, I quickly called back to Dallas and asked a couple of local jewelers for quotes on the same class of diamond and was told the price was basically HALF in Dallas as what we were being quoted in Grand Cayman so beware.
In general we had a great time and we are all glad we went. However, for the money, there are better islands to go to."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of June 2006
bright and cheerful value for money
"stayed for one week from 21st April. The rooms are pretty comfortable with limited kitchen facilities if you've a mind to cook but the fridge is very useful. The pool isn't the biggest but adequate and you are only 200m from the beach.
The Sunshine Grill was friendly with very good, if limited menu. Specials most nights with steak and lobster tail on Saturday, recommended.
There is a lot of traffic on West Bay Road, at all times of the day but is fairly slow moviong and shouldn't be a problem to cross. Once you do cross there is access to the beach between the Westin resort hotel and the Governor's mansion. It doesn't look promising but the view breaks out across the beach and sea. Good for a walk early morning or at sunset.
The site next to the suites is being developed. There is an extension to a bypass being built towards the rear and the next door site will be built on. This isn't unusual on Grand Cayman as they continue to rebuild following Hurricane Ivan on 2004. There is building work going on qalmost everywhere. However, I did not find the site next door other than a minor distraction."
- Travel date: Fri 28th of April 2006
"We were expecting more, I guess. The rooms were adequate and the maid service was great. The staff was friendly and the grounds well kept. There was a never ending procession of huge gravel trucks going in and out next door that was annoying. The worst part (for us anyway) were the loud kids. The place was swarming with children of all ages, many were in groups of 20 or so. They totally took over the pool area (even of an evening) so we never did get to swim in the pool. Most were running up and down the walkways constantly screaming and probably having the time of their lives. Our lives, unfortunately, were disrupted because of it. We had something more "peaceful" and "adult" in mind. The walk across the busy street to the beach was harrowing at best. The traffic is something no one ever mentioned to us! It was backed up for a mile every day that we were there! Next time, I think we'll get something actually "ON the beach.""
- Travel date: Fri 21st of April 2006
"Could not have been happier! This place is affordable and great! It is across from the beach, and the people realy know how to treat guests. Great little bar with good food. Without a doubt this could be the best deal on the island. The suites were clean and fresh.. full kitchens so we were able to cook when we wanted. Stores are closeby. I will stay there again!"
- Travel date: Wed 8th of March 2006