GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman -- Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites,
located on the northwest shore of Boatswains Bay several miles
north of Seven Mile Beach here, decided shortly after it opened
three years ago to team up with Divetech, an onsite dive-center
This turned out to be a "wise business decision," according to
Arie Barendrecht, Cobalt Coast's general manager.
The effort increased bookings so much that expansion was
inevitable, which is how the former 18-room, beachfront property
now has grown to 24 units, including six new garden suites.
The suites, expected to be completed in time for the Christmas
season, feature a separate bedroom and living area similar in
layout and design to the setup of Cobalt Coast's beachfront units
but slightly lower in price.
"Dive clients like our lodging, food and service," Barendrecht
said. "The combination of Dive-tech with Cobalt Coast means that
owners live on site and are available to handle whatever guest
needs arise at any time."
Built in the style of a colonial Caribbean great house, Cobalt
Coast features one and two-bedroom suites and oceanview guest
rooms, Duppies' oceanfront restaurant and bar, a pool and a
The resort's 120-foot-long dock, located in front of the
Divetech center, enables guests to shore-dive from the pier.
Divetech promotes North Wall boat diving at two shore locations:
one at Cobalt Coast's 6,000-foot wall and the second at Turtle Reef
near the Cayman Turtle Farm.
Barendrecht said packages focus on diving, "but there is plenty
for the nondiver to do as well." Programs include:
• Bed & Breakfast offers a fifth night free through Dec. 20
as well as a free car rental when a one-bedroom, oceanfront suite
is booked. Rates range from $179 to $246 per room, double; from
$215 to $280 from Dec. 21 to April 15.
• A seven-night plan, including six two-tank boat dives, a shore
dive on day of arrival, gardenview accommodations with breakfasts,
transfers and tips is priced from $1,075 per diver or $668 for
nondivers through Dec. 20; from Dec. 21 to April 15, the rates are
$1,349 and $892, respectively.
• A four-night honeymoon plan covers oceanfront suite
accommodations, champagne on arrival, daily breakfast, a beach
picnic, a snorkel trip to Stingray City and a free car rental from
$1,295 per couple to Dec. 20; $1,325 from Dec. 21 through April
For more information, visit www.cobaltcoast.com and www.divetech.com. To
book, call (866) 622-9626.
To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].