The Hyatt Regency in Grand Cayman will no
longer operate and manage the Rum Point attraction on North Sound,
effective Nov. 1.
According to Rum
Point, Hyatt officials broke the news earlier this week to the 20
employees who work at the attraction, which includes the Wreck Bar
& Grill; a beach with lounge chairs and hammocks; and a water
sports facility offered by Red Sail Sports.
Rai Hill, a
bartender at Rum Point, said that Hyatt gave employees no reason
for its decision to cease operations. Hyatt could not be reached
The hotel firm had
run Rum Point since 1995. Following Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Rum
Point's dinner restaurant never reopened, although the owners
recently said that they hope to reopen it for the winter
The hurricane also
shut down the ferry service across North Sound that connected the
Hyatt with Rum Point via a canal at the back of the hotel. The
ferry service has not been resumed and the only access to Rum Point
since Ivan has been a 45-minute car trip from George
The Hyatt Regency
resort, in fact, has not reopened since Ivan, although a separate
facility called the Hyatt Regency Beach Suites on Seven Mile Beach
across from the main resort, did reopen following Ivan.
According to the
owners of Rum Point, they are in discussions with several parties
regarding leasing the property, which got its name from the barrels
of rum that once washed ashore after a shipwreck.
"might be closed for a month for renovations, but it will reopen,"
said co-owner Adrien Briggs.
contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].