by Amanda Norcross
Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman is the brand’s first foray in the Caribbean, as well as its international debut. How’s it going, you ask? We visited in July, 2017 and were blown away by its family-friendly offerings — something you might not expect at a resort (and resort brand) inspired and established by Jimmy Buffet.
Situated on world-famous Seven Mile Beach, this resort’s family offerings include swimming pools (one just for kids and another with a waterslide), a kids’ club, casual dining (including all-you-can-eat buffets), water sports via Red Sail Sports and a dedicated concierge to assist with your other vacation plans. We also love the resort’s tropical, open-lobby concept; the lobby is covered, but essentially located outside!
Of course, the perks for parents are aplenty. Park it on a seat at the swim-up bar — appropriately named 5’O Clock Somewhere Bar and Grill — and settle in for a relaxing vacation in paradise.
Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront location
- Wide array of kids' offerings
- Buffet dining options
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
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Guestrooms feature tasteful beach theming; expect hues of white and blue, with adorable details including bathroom sink handles shaped like fins and lamps that look like trees.
Generally, all rooms have the same configuration, with one king or two double beds. Each room has a Keurig coffeemaker, mini-fridge, 55-inch TV, safe and iron and ironing board. Bathrooms are equipped with walk-in showers; tubs are not available, unfortunately. Another downfall? The lack of outlets available.
Rooms are categorized by the following views: Standard (overlooks the parking lot); Garden; Pool; Partial Ocean View (minimal views of the ocean); and Ocean View.
Cribs and rollaway beds are available at no extra charge. While the hotel doesn't offer traditional connecting rooms, families can request to stay in adjacent rooms that share a private corridor.
I have been all over the world, and was excited to finally be going to Grand Cayman. It was not bad checking in and even though we had asked for a nice view we got a view. The room was far from great, the chair was hard to sit on and the old sofa well it was far from great. The wonderful large TV was so close as I had only the end of the bed to sit and watch it. Was never the same one day no water next day 2 bottles and the 3rd day 4 bottles. Never knew what you were going to get. The towels well they were not replaced and we had a dirty face cloth one from before left in the room and another face cloth on it.
BUT the real thing was that we added breakfast $25.00 US per day per person. only one place had a sit down breakfast. Was ok not worth the money but this island was over priced anyways. Then came Sunday we were flying home that day so we got everything ready and went off to breakfast but it was all locked up. We went to the front desk to ask and they told us that they are doing a brunch and they would not open until 11am. We were very upset there was no mention any where of this. I spoke to one of the managers and he told us that there had a private affair and that he would go up there and grab some eggs and rice for us WHAT food that had been displayed for god knows how long. They called a taxi for us to take us to a restaurant and they wanted $30.00 to cover the cost for this taxi.
I would not ever return to this property. There is so much more and no time to tell it all.
I am a travel agent and this will not be recommended by me EVER.
Stayed here with my boyfriend and it was a pleasant stay. The staff is very friendly. We had a minor hiccup when we first arrived but the hotel staff quickly took care of it and accommodated us for the mistake. The pool is nice and clean as well as the beach. The beach area has fish and is a good place to snorkel. We ate at the hotel and the food was good. Location is good we walked a lot and used the bikes supplied by the hotel.
We stayed at the hotel for 4 nights. For the 5 days we were only able to get a fresh beach towel on 1 of those days. We had to go early in the morning because by the afternoon they were always out of fresh towels. That set of beach towels we got, we had to reuse for the duration of our stay, drying them on the balcony every night. We tried switching them out and they didn’t have fresh ones. They told us come back at 3pm ( 2hrs later) still didn’t have any.
Fresh towels seemed to be a struggle for them. We came back to a clean room with no wash cloths. One day the housekeeper cleaned the room and she ran out of towels, she told us (around 4pm) she called down to have some brought upstairs for us. She let us know if they don’t come by 6pm to call down; we didn’t get towels until 9pm after we called. Another occasion we called down for towels and didn’t receive any causing my boyfriend to walk around for a housekeeper and get some from her.
The resort offers three pools: a shallow kids' pool, the pool at 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill (usually a hangout for adults) and a larger, lagoon-style pool with a waterslide. The pools are surrounded by inviting lounge chairs and colorful cabanas -- all available on a first-come, first-served basis!
The resort fronts Seven Mile Beach, with a jetty that curves out into the ocean. You shouldn't climb on the rocks, but they certainly make for amazing views and photo ops. Lounge chairs and towels are provided at the beach.
Red Sail Sports
Water sports rentals are available right at the resort, and run the gamut of options -- kayaking, paddleboarding, you name it.
Parakeets Kids Club
Available for kids age 5 to 11, the Parakeets Kids Club -- named for Jimmy Buffet's following of 'Parrot Heads' -- features arts and crafts, pool games and more.
5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill
Adults can swim right up and order a cold one at this appropriately named bar. But it's also completely kid-friendly, with casual options -- sandwiches, salads, pizzas and the like -- on the menu. On Sundays, it features a Beer & Burger brunch with select unlimited beer and burger toppings.
License to Chill Bar
Need a drink after that long flight? Waiting for your room to be ready? You have a "license to chill" at the bar by the same name, where ice-cold drinks and light bites are served daily.
Margaritaville Coffee Shop
Margaritaville Coffee Shop sells coffee drinks, smoothies, pastries, parfaits, sandwiches, salads and other grab-and-go options to enjoy in your room, by the pool or en route to your next destination!
Banana Wind CafÃƒÂ©
Banana Wind CafÃƒÂ© is the go-to dining option for families, with an extensive buffet offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Spread specializes in cocktails and tapas -- including delicious cheese plates. It's best for adults, though kids are always welcome.
Room service is available 24 hours a day.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The resort charges a daily fee of $35 -- reasonable in comparison to other island resorts. The fee covers parking, two in-room water bottles (stocked daily), Wi-Fi and kids' club access.
Want to visit Stingray City? Thinking about snorkeling, but don't know which site/company is best? Visit the onsite concierge for guidance from an island insider.
The resort has a small fitness center with cardio machines and strength training equipment. It's open 24 hours with key card access.
The Art of Smart Timing
Grand Cayman is busiest during the winter -- especially the winter holidays -- and hotel rates reflect the demand. June and July are an ideal time to visit, with fewer crowds and good beach weather.
The hotel is just 15 minutes from Owen Roberts International Airport. Plenty of free parking is available in a lot adjacent to the hotel.
Everything at the resort is easily accessible on foot. From the resort, it's a short drive or leisurely stroll to downtown George Town, where you'll find restaurants, shopping and attractions -- including Atlantis Submarines.
For Mom and Dad
Make a reservation at Yara, which specializes in steaks and seafood. It also has a fantastic crudo bar and cocktails. While Yara Restaurant can accommodate children, it's best reserved for a romantic date night.