Second Time at Babylon Reef
Review by Ben W.
This was our second stay at Babylon Reef. We thoroughly enjoyed the first trip 5 years ago, but this time was even better. The new owners completely renovated the home, enlarged the pool, new deck, etc. We could hardly recognize the inside! And the prior decor was fine as well!!!
Highly recommend Babylon Reef - best snorkeling on island - as well as Grand Cayman Villas and the guest services folks at Silver Thatch!
Hope the house is exactly like this next time!!!
Perfection. Will be back again!
Review by Kristi R
Our family of 4 stayed a week at Babylon Reef in July. We have rented many beach houses over the years, but this one stands out as our favorite!
House: Décor is beachy but not over the top - perfect beach house. Nearly every day of our stay I noticed a new detail in the décor that I hadn\'t seen before, and loved them all. The house is spacious & open, with plenty of room to spread out. The master bedroom is downstairs while the other bedrooms are upstairs, providing some separation. Both bathrooms have plenty of space as well, and the master shower is beautiful. (Tip: If you leave the bathroom door open, you can see out to the ocean while you shower.) All furniture inside and outside is very comfortable, and I especially loved sitting on the sun room couch each morning looking out at the water!
Kitchen: Spacious and had everything we needed, except kitchen towels. Great blender.
Pool: Gorgeous, and best of all, refreshing! Even with temps around 90 degrees F, the water was still cool.
Beach: Rocky, as are all beaches on the north side, but great snorkeling straight out from the house!
Other: Plenty of bath towels & beach towels. The foozball table, cornhole game, kayaks and pool floats are fun extras. Check-in/check-out process is simple. Joss was friendly & helpful when he met us at the house upon arrival. I was concerned at first when the thermostat couldn\'t be set below 76 (we are used to 70), but it turns out we were perfectly comfortable.
Activities: Chartered a half-day sail with Sail With Friends and it was the highlight of our trip. Wonderful crew and boat! Rum Point is always fun, and Starfish Point is a neat area, but check the cruise ship schedules before you go, as both get very crowded mid-day when cruise ships are in port.
Restaurants: Wreck Bar at Rum Point has great drinks & good lunch. We also enjoyed lunch at Mimi\'s at Morritt\'s resort (situated on a dock over the water). Dinners at Tukka and Over the Edge were excellent. Kaibo BBQ is fun.
Review by Dawn
The minute we stepped into Babylon Reef we knew our vacation was going to be stellar! The view is nothing short of a post card photo! In fact, the photos don’t do the actual view justice. The villa is so comfortable! All six of us piled up on the sofa and watched scary shark movies in the late evenings. The grounds are lush and beautiful. The sea grape trees on the lots next door hosts green parrots. The hammock.... well let’s just say there were lots of naps in that hammock! The most fabulous reef is just steps into the ocean. Even if you don’t snorkel you can see the reef while kayaking through the crystal clear water. We found all kinds of shells and coral on the shore line. We cooked the first four days and the kitchen had everything we needed. The house was spotless upon arrival and we always felt extremely safe. This villa and island is now our favorite vacation spot! We highly recommend Babylon Reef!
Home Away from Home
Review by Smallwood Family
Fourth time to Grand Cayman - first at Babylon Reef! Our family of 6 spent a week at Babylon Reef after an exhausting search for the perfect home! We found that home in Babylon Reef. The owners obviously take great care in their home as shown by the high quality and condition of the home - very clean and crisp, updated, large living area, large glassed in porch, huge pool and pool deck. pool toys, kayaks and games. Bedrooms are big enough, comfortable. Snorkeling is fantastic. Kayaked and swam daily. Favorite restaurants - Tukka, Taco Cantina, Lighthouse. Favorite activities - snorkeling, swimming, beach walks, Stingray Charter, crystal caves. Guarantee we will be back soon!
Amazing Views and Snorkeling
Review by Ron and Mary
Third trip to Grand Cayman north side. Babylon Reef is the spot! Perfect in every way. No hesitation in recommending this home!
Fantastic Stay and Lasting Memories
Review by Wilsons
We enjoyed our stay on Grand Cayman at Babylon Reef. This home is beautiful, crisp, clean and well maintained. Nice kitchen fully equipped. Large living area. Bedrooms were nice and beds comfortable. The pool deck is wonderful and large. Plenty of shade on the sides. Amazing view. The snorkeling and kayaking are the best we have ever encountered. We highly recommend for groups up to 6 guests. We are already planning a return stay at Babylon Reef 5 STAR!
Review by The Toddfather
5 Star all the way around...home, location and overall experience. Our first time to Cayman and we definitely nailed the accommodations. The home is in great condition and would accommodate 6 well. There were two of us, and we only went upstairs once to look around. Easy to book. Only needed text communication with the property manager to ask a couple questions. Dive shop = Ocean Frontiers. Dining = Tukka, Lighthouse, Kaibo Upstairs. Grocery and Liquor = down the road to the east across from Morritt\'s. Excursions = Stingray Sandbar at 6AM. Otherwise, just chill. Let\'s keep this place a secret though. If anyone asks where you stayed in Cayman, the correct response is \"we stayed at the Marriott on Seven Mile Beach and it was great!\". Thanks to the owners and GCVC for a great experience.
Review by Shauna
Babylon Reef was a quiet destination to relax. The house was the perfect size for our family of five. We enjoyed relaxing by the pool and the many activities that were available at the house, including games, foosball, bags, and kayaks. The house is in the quieter part of the island, but an easy drive to seven mile beach if you want more options. We enjoyed several restaurants on the north and east side, as well as a Stingray City tour with Redsail Tours. The house was clean and well stocked. We did not have to contact the property manager during our stay. Would definitely stay again. Thanks for sharing your home!
A piece of paradise!
Review by Christina
Our family recently stayed at this property for a week over Winter Break. The home was very impressive. The expansive windows allow you to fully take advantage of it\'s perfect location, and views. There were a couple minor issues (blown light bulbs, swarms of bugs in the yard), but overall the property manager, Ola, was attentive in caring for our concerns. The home is beautifully decorated and was very clean. We really enjoyed the kayaks and stand up paddle board. The pool was lovely, but a little cool for our liking, as it was not heated. If you stay in this home, you must rent a vehicle. The restaurants we went to nearby were generally fair. We frequented Tukka and The Lighthouse. Our meals at Rum Point Club, and the Ristorante Papagallo (7 Mile Beach), were much more impressive in meal quality. We took a SUP tour of Starfish Point with Sweet Spot, which I would highly recommend. Additionally, we visited the Turtle Farm, which was a lot of fun. If you want to actually swim with the turtles, head to the farm in the morning, as we arrived too late in the day to have this opportunity. Our family would certainly return to the Cayman Islands. The booking process was simple and the communication was great in preparation for our trip. We would highly recommend renting from this company!
OMG, what a great vacation home!
Review by Ken
We really enjoyed our stay at Babylon Reef house (even though I had to leave early) and Ola was fabulous attending to us. First the house. This home is ideal for a family of 4-5 people or 2 couples (though 3 could work). The house was very clean, and a great layout. The kitchen is great, with all the pots/pans and utensils needed. If stop at the grocery story on your way (Hurleys!) be sure to buy small bottles of condiments and oils, and maybe bring a few of your favorite spices. The bedrooms and bathrooms were all very clean and the beds were very comfortable. The best part of the home is the pool, deck and inside patio area, just open the doors, link the Bose speaker to your favorite music and sit back and relax! Everyday we put the pool to good use, BBQ'd a couple of times, and even enjoyed the hammock. The beach area was pretty full of seaweed (which is commented on in other reviews) but at low tide we still enjoyed walks along the shore and found many beautiful shells. During our trip is was too windy to use the kayaks or snorkel, but the home guest book does have comments about how great the snorkeling was. As for the island, what a cool place. we drove over to the west side and experienced "city life" but the east side, even rum point, is very low key and awesome! Also, we saw many beach side homes, and what we really loved about this place was that is was very quiet. we rarely heard cars on the road, nor planes or boats, and the lots on both sides are vacant, so plenty of room between homes, if you want peace and quiet this place is it!
Review by george
the place more the exceeded my expectations. It was perfection the villa the view the ambiance, it was a living postcard I can't wait to go back again next year. The island and the people there are the nicest and cleanest in the Caribbean thank God it still owned by the British the influence is evident.
Review by Wendy
My family and I absolutely loved everything about the villa. It was pristine lovely location the people were great grand cayman as always still one of the safest and cleanest places to visit in the Caribbean. I would recommend this to everyone who wants to get away and catch some sun if your looking for parties and and bar hopping then find something closer to seven mile beach. Thanks to silver thatch for running Sicily a great property
Keep It Secret!
Review by Brett
Babylon Reef is one of those homes you don\'t want to write a review of because you don't want anyone to know about it! It was everything we hoped it would be - quiet, no neighbors, beautiful pool, great snorkeling right out front, kayaks on the premises, a well appointed house - what more can I say. Will definitely return unless too many others find out about this gem and I can't get a booking!
Babylon Reef was Fabulous!
Review by Royce
We stayed labor day weekend at the Babylon Reef home, which far exceeded our expectations. The home was in great condition, recently updated (kitchen, bathrooms, floors, etc), was perfectly clean, and had all accommodating towels and toiletries. The pool and views were amazing. The pool had very nice teak furniture and a teak deck, which was all north facing making for nice sun/shade mix throughout the day. The snorkeling off the rocky beach was good and enjoyable, but it was a little more challenging to walk on the beach and shallow water since it was so rocky. Not a negative, just not as much sandy beach as expected. This time of year some local restaurants in the east end and Rum Point area were closed, but we enjoyed the eagle ray bar, tukka, over the edge, and Kurt's korner. We dove with ocean frontiers in east end and they were fun, fairly priced, and went to great sites.
A special place
Review by J&A
Babylon Reef is a special place. The house is modern, comfortable, clean, spacious, very well equipped and maintained, along with great snorkeling nearby offshore. The beach beyond the white fence down a few steps is mostly rocky, but there is a nice stretch of sand along the entire width of the property providing plenty of space if you want to spend time close to the water. If you want to go in the water, you will need foot protection as the rocks are pretty rough for the first 10-15 feet out. We were drawn to this house by the good snorkeling and privacy. The large coral head straight out from the house offers really good shallow water snorkeling--coral and fish. You may find others snorkeling nearby as this house is a landmark on snorkeling sites as where you should enter the water for great snorkeling. As for privacy, the back area with the pool and beach inside the fence is quite private, but not as private as it may appear. That area cannot be seen from the beach as it is elevated above the beach. To the right are just heavily wooded vacant lots. However, the neighbor on the left side allows the public to use a path to the beach from the road--this path is just beyond the fence and has a full view of the Babylon property. One day we found a truck parked at the end of the path in clear view of the pool area with two fishermen in the front of the villa on the beach. This was a bit of a surprise! Overall, we loved the Babylon Reef house and highly recommend it. We will be back. Ola, thanks for renting your beautiful house to us.
Thank you for your 5 star review. Glad you had a nice stay.
Babylon reef has an empty lot on both sides. No homes.
All beaches on Grand Cayman are public up to the high water mark - same on Bermuda, BVI, Turks and any other British Territory. In reality the only people you will see on the beach are other local renters. That will happen on any beach on the island.
If you look at the pictures of Babylon Reef, you will notice nice privacy landscaping and fence, so even if there are people walking the beach, there is privacy at Babylon Reef. Of the 75 homes we manage, I can only think of two with an equal amount of privacy - and they are both 7 bedroom homes on cliffs where there is no beach for others to walk.
Perfect Peaceful Island Paradise
Review by SO
Everything was perfect for our family of 4! Kids are 10&12 and we had plenty of room for our 9 day stay. The house is lovely with beautiful with a beach decor and nice furniture. The kitchen is well stocked for cooking and had everything we needed to cook in several meals. It is a very peaceful & quite location. Thank you for the kayaks, as we enjoyed kayaking in the calm waters. The snorkeling right off the beach was great & we saw a young stingray, cuttlefish, long spiny sea urchins & more. At night we played games, watched movies on Apple TV & Netflix. The foosball table was also lots of fun. If we make it back to Grand Cayman this would be our first choice. Thank you for providing such a wonderful vacation home!
Review by SM
My husband and I spent our honeymoon here. Babylon Reef became home in a short period of time. We enjoyed the local restaurants, pool, kayaking, and the beach. Although we traveled to 7 Mile Beach often for the activities, we would recommend this house to anyone looking to get away.
Congrats!!!! Please come back soon!
Review by DLO
Beautiful home and sitting here on the North Side! We love the pool, ocean view, and access the plenty of the beach spots out on this side! We saw lots of beautiful birds and visited Stingray City and snorkeled out to the reef. Very relaxing house to spend our vacation with our close friends.
Hurricane Irma Sent Us to Grand Cayman
Review by AD
We travel annually to St. Martin's, but due to Hurricane Irma, we chose the Caymans instead. It was our 30th anniversary trip and we have stayed in MANY, many villas and Babylon Reef ranks #1!!! Unmatched location and views, everything immaculate and in working condition which is very rare! Our favorite restaurant: Tukka. The owners of this villa are truly blessed. Thank you for opening your home to us.
Home Away From Home
Review by ES
We love your home! A great home away from home. Its high 80's here and low 40's back at home. This is truly amazing. The caves were really interesting and we loved Stingray City and Starfish Bay. Snorkling was even better and we saw a turtle. Thank you for letting us stay with you.
Very Helpful Manager!
Review by TW
We had a wonderful week at Babylon Reef- lots of snorkeling and hanging by the pool. Loved eating at the Kaibo Yacht Club upstairs and the coffee shop downstairs. The house was really well equipped and Ola was very helpful. Also, we took the ferry from Kaibo to 7 Mile Beach - much nicer than driving.
Awesome Get-Away Retreat
Review by Eric
If you are looking to peace and quiet this is the place. Beautiful view, wonderful pool, amenities and yet close to many fun bars and great restaurants. Only minor issue was hot water was at times hard to get in showers however, the out door shower had plenty. My wife and I would love to return to this home.
Thank you for your kind words. The hot water issue has been resolved. Please come back soon! -Scott
Review by Beth
We have stayed at Babylon Reef twice before and were so excited the new owners decided to rent their home!
The renovations were spectacular, transforming the home from a nice casual rental to a stunningly beautiful home. Feels larger too. The kitchen, living areas, porch, bedrooms, bathrooms were all redone. The new pool deck and enlarged pool were fantastic as well.
The snorkeling off the beach was our reason for returning. Now the home itself is another reason to return.
Great area restaurants too, Tukka, Lighthouse, Bombay Chopsticks!
We will be back!!!
Review by Ann and Jim
We stayed at Babylon Reef for 5 nights in September. Two couples that travel together every fall to get away from reality!
We were so happy we chose Babylon Reef! The home was nicer than the pictures - which rarely happens. The home is well appointed and the kitchen stocked with everything you need to cook-in. We also dined out at a few local spots - Tukka was our favorite!
The beach was nice and clean and the swimming and snorkeling were fantastic. We did spend a good amount of time at Rum Point with their barefoot beaches, fun drinks and lunches (recommend!).
Highlights were the snorkeling and the Silver Thatch charter to the stingray city sandbar. Captain George was the best!!! You should take a trip to the sandbar and we recommend George - he was stellar!!!
We are already planning next September and hope to return to Babylon Reef!
Review by Tana
This house was in an ideal location. You could reach Rum Point, Kaibo or the East End in a matter of minutes. It was a 40-45 minute trip to Georgetown or Seven Mile Beach, but totally manageable when we wanted to venture out to visit the touristy spots. We found ourselves not wanting to venture far because the house was CLEAN, had a pool, hammock, and outdoor shower not to mention a well-stocked kitchen. The house was spacious with plenty of seating to stretch out. Nights were quiet with comfortable bedding and temperatures. On the rainy evenings, we used our Netflix account on the AppleTV. We even had a cornhole competition & championship throughout our stay. Ola was very responsive & answered all questions in a timely manner. We've traveled quite a bit, renting homes over the last 8 years and I don't write reviews often, but this is one home which I will definitely re-book upon a return trip to the island. It was truly easy to enjoy being a family. You can't go wrong with Babylon Reef!