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“Beautiful but Windy West Bay”
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
West Bay, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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Majones1
Michigan
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful but Windy West Bay”
Reviewed 21 May 2017 for a stay in March 2017

Pros: The condo itself is gorgeous! It is fresh, clean and bright. New furnishings and very comfortable. It had three different decks to enjoy the outdoors. We absolutely loved this condo and we have stayed in quite a few over the years. Lee was a gem to work with and so was her assistant George. All of our questions were answered. The condo sits right on the beach and is next to a nature preserve. Across the street is a delicious Italian Restaurant that we tried one night and the food was delicious!

Cons: The pool is unheated so for a March swim, it's quite chilly. The hot tub is also not heated. The ocean was pretty "choppy", chilly and hard on the feet, so it was less appealing to my kids than if we had stayed on/near 7 mile. The wind hits a higher MPH here on the NW end than on the southern end of the island. We didn't swim in the pool or the ocean at our complex which was disappointing. But on the bright side, this forced us to visit other local beaches which were beautiful!!!!

Overall, this condo is beautiful, the owner is gracious and the island gorgeous. I don't know that I would stay here again only because of the higher winds and unheated pool. Obviously, Lee can't control the wind, but I feel as if a potential "renter" should know before they book.

Date of stay: March 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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KatrinVTO
Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
“Beautiful condo, beautiful location!”
Reviewed 22 January 2017 for a stay in January 2017

I just returned from a week long stay at Starfish Villa. What an amazing place! The location is the best on the island! Starfish Villa is in Villas Papagallo, which is a relatively small low rise condo complex with a private pool and beach that feels like it is your own. We spent hours walking along the beach, enjoying the warm breeze coming off the ocean. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the views from the balcony breathtaking. The condo itself was impeccably clean and nicely decorated. The rooms are spacious and the beds very comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped, so cooking in was a pleasure. However, we did eat out a couple of nights and can highly recommend Ristorante Papagallo which is right across the street and Agua which is about 10 minutes away. Grand Cayman itself is lovely. The people are very helpful and everywhere we went we felt safe. I would recommend renting a car and driving around the island. There are many beautiful beaches and the snorkelling is awesome. There is no question we would go back!

Date of stay: January 2017
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Lianna V
Toronto, Canada
1 review
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“Wonderful, relaxing family vacation”
Reviewed 11 February 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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My husband and I stayed in this same villa for our honeymoon 7 years ago and this time we returned as a family of 4 with our 2 young kids. Though it was a very different vacation with a 2 and 4 year old this time, it was as close to perfect as you can get. The villa is wonderful for a family and you really feel at home there. Lee keeps the place immaculate and up to date so it's really like luxury living :) The kids even found some beach toys there which kept them happy all week.
Cayman is a very safe island with lots to do and see. We drove around the island and had lunch at Rum Point and the kids played on the beach. We visited 7 mile many times and they have a great playground for kids as well. We had lunch at Rackam's in George town a couple of times because the view is great and the kids loved feeding the tarpon. Macabuca also had a great BBQ on Monday night...you can't beat the view from that restaurant!
The best part about Villas Papagallos is that it's very quiet and private. Although it's a complex, it feels like your own. You can walk along the beach and not run into anyone which was so refreshing compared to the crowds at 7 mile. The pool, although a little cold, was also great for the kids...the temperature didn't stop them from spending hours swimming in there.
We definitely suggest renting a car so you can travel around the island, grocery shop, go to restaurants and visit other beaches.
Overall it was a wonderful vacation and we'd go back in a second. Lee is very helpful, provided lots of great suggestions of where to go, where to shop and where to eat. The whole rental experience couldn't have been better.
Thanks so much to Lee and we can't wait for our next family vacation!

Date of stay: January 2016
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Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
12 Feb 2016
Thanks Lianna! So glad to have you back as a repeat guest and wonderful to welcome your young family. Normally the pool is nice and warm, but I know you had a few days of unusually bad weather. Just means you need to come back for another visit to check it out.
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Reviewed 17 June 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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Date of stay: April 2015
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Liked best: The private beach.
Travelling group: Other
Your age range 25-34
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Reviewed 30 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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Date of stay: April 2015
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Liked best: Secluded location
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 May 2015
Thanks so much for the outstanding review Erin! It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and so rewarding when our guests expectations are met. Hope to have you back again soon.
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