Comfortable rooms and fine cuisine make this hideaway nestled between sea grape and casuarina pines on a sweep of sand one of Little Cayman's best properties. There are 11 bungalow-style rooms, some air-conditioned, others swept by crosswinds through louvers. Walls duplicate the soft colors of a Caribbean dawn; floors and furnishings are immaculate. In true Caribbean getaway tradition, TV is banished to the main cottage (where Wi-Fi is available). You'll likely become fast friends with effervescent owner Gladys Howard, whose down-home welcome belies her upscale meals (ask to hear anecdotes of her studies with Julia Child, James Beard, and Jacques Pépin). She still watches the kitchen staff like a hawk while finding time to host weekly champagne parties on the veranda of her adjacent home and play dominoes after dinner. Somehow Gladys always wins, slamming tiles down with classic Caribbean vigor. Weekly stays (preferred) represent huge savings, especially the dive packages, which include an open bar; guests who are not on dive packages just get wine with dinner.
Oct 26, 2012
Dedicated readers of online and print scuba diving reports will not have to look too hard to find enthusiastic reviews of Pirate's Point. Once I learned that my scuba shop was putting together a trip to Cayman Brac, I just KNEW that somehow I had to match that week up with a week at Pirates Point on Little Cayman. If you are like many of Gladys Howard's guests one thing you will do before concluding your time at Pirates Point is make a reservation
for your next stay. Rooms are rather sparse and not all of them are air conditioned. None have phones or TV and that ain't a TV in the bar, it's a monitor for playing DVDs or for reviewing the digital underwater pictures you took that day. Appetizers appear on the bar each evening as you mix yourself up a drink. Precisely at dinner time Gladys appears at the doorway of the dining room and you are seated for a wonderful meal. The beach in front of Pirates Point is a beauty but is unfortunately often strewn with flotsam and jetsam that floats in. There is an annual art contest to see which guests can make the best sculpture from some of the litter. Winning entries are displayed in the bar. For me, this was the perfect combination of quiet solitude mixed with interesting guests and genuinely warm service. Divers looking to dive themselves silly will perhaps be disappointed to find that they do two dives in the morning but no diving in the afternoon.