Non-divers also enjoy this resort for its laid-back atmosphere. Hammocks
sway just yards from the shore; chaise lounges line the freshwater pool
just steps from the bar. Rooms have air conditioning, balcony or patio,
color TV, ceiling fan, private beach. New oceanfront rooms feature wet-
bars, microwaves, and coffee-maker. Other facilities include a restaurant,
bar, gift shop, fitness center and hot tub. The resort is also home to the Na-
ture Spa, which offers a range of massages as well as a hair and beauty sa-
lon. Spa packages are available.
Little Cayman Diver II ,
800-458-BRAC, $$ (all-inclusive). Well, it's
not exactly a small inn, but this live-aboard operates much like one. Based
off Little Cayman, the boat accommodates 10 passengers in five cabins,
each with a private bath. PADI, NAUI, SSI, NASDS, and YMCA affiliated,
this operator has been in business for 10 years. It has video camera
Pirates Point Resort , Preston Bay,
345-948-1010, fax 345-948-1011,
$$. This 10-room resort is a favorite with divers and it's easy to see why.
Four dive instructors reveal the secrets of Bloody Bay Wall, from sheer
cliffs to delicate sponges and coral formations.
Non-divers find plenty of activity (or non-activity, if they so choose) at Pi-
rates Point as well. Owner Gladys Howard is the chairperson of Little
Cayman's National Trust committee and active in eco-tourism. The lobby
of Pirates Point is filled with nature guidebooks, and Gladys also has a na-
ture trail guide and fishing guide to take visitors out for a day or half-day of
fishing or birding.
The resort offers plenty of temptation to just laze away the day on the pow-
dery white beach as well. Guest cottages are simple and light, decorated in
Caribbean colors. Rooms include ceiling fans, tile floors, and private baths.
Drinking water is produced by the resort's own reverse-osmosis plant.
After a day in the sun, guests can relax in the island's most unusual bar,
which features artwork created by previous guests. (The grounds of Pi-
rates Point also feature guest-donated artwork, charmingly produced out
of everything from coconut shells to driftwood.)
But there's no doubt that dining ranks as one of the top attractions of Pi-
rates Point. Along with her expertise in natural history, Gladys Howard is
also a Cordon Bleu-trained chef. While guests may rough it during the day,
at night they enjoy gourmet meals as elegant as those found at any of the
Caribbean's finest resorts. Gladys boasts, “My kitchen never closes.”
An all-inclusive dive package is available, including a deluxe room with
private bath, three gourmet meals daily (with wine), open bar with unlim-
ited drinks, two boat dives daily, use of all dive equipment, airport trans-
fers, use of bicycles, and hammocks, lounges, and beach towels. For non-