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Island Gem

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
5 guests
7 nights minimum
Looking for a condo that is convenient to everything, but away from the7 Mile Beach 'scene'? Our condo is private and secluded, yet close to all the necessary amenities. Within 20 minutes from the airport (direct flights from New York, Toronto, Chicago, Miami), 5-10 minutes to Seven Mile Beach, and a few minutes to the closest dive shop, the condo is in convenient, yet private location. This is a place where R&R is the number one priority. You can be as active, or inactive as you want. If you want to be part of the tourist scene of jet skiers, para-sailing, bars, cruise ship scene etc., Seven Mile Beach is just minutes away. If you want to sit on the beach with a good book, listen to the waves, watch the birds, dig your toes in the sand, count the shades of blue (so far, the list is at ...Looking for a condo that is convenient to everything, but away from the7 Mile Beach 'scene'? Our condo is private and secluded, yet close to all the necessary amenities. Within 20 minutes from the airport (direct flights from New York, Toronto, Chicago, Miami), 5-10 minutes to Seven Mile Beach, and a few minutes to the closest dive shop, the condo is in convenient, yet private location. This is a place where R&R is the number one priority. You can be as active, or inactive as you want. If you want to be part of the tourist scene of jet skiers, para-sailing, bars, cruise ship scene etc., Seven Mile Beach is just minutes away. If you want to sit on the beach with a good book, listen to the waves, watch the birds, dig your toes in the sand, count the shades of blue (so far, the list is at 80), and give yourself some space to re-charge, your chaise awaits you. If you are a gourmand, or just like to have a great meal, the best and most interesting restaurants are within minutes of our condo. Our guests regularly tell us that it is the best vacation that they have had, and consequently, we have many repeat visitors. We take great pride in providing a very high standard of comfort, hospitality and an environment that is more than the average rental property. The décor, furnishings, appliances etc. are continually updated in an upbeat, island style. For those who like to cook, the kitchen is well-equipped with everything you could need, for those who prefer dining out, there is one of the best restaurants across the street, and another five minutes away. There is also take-out food and a grocery store nearby. The unit has been set up with focus on comfort, efficiency and a great vacation experience. The unit is exceptionally light, clean, large, spacious, and uncluttered. Our guests repeatedly tell us that the unit is everything if not more than they expected and and how much they appreciate the welcoming ambiance and upbeat beach decor in white with splashes of tropical color. The unit is equipped with WIFI, cable TV, central air-conditioning,blow-dryers, games, and puzzles. There is a king size bed in the master and twins in the second bedroom (can be made into a king) and most people comment on how comfortable the beds are. There are four balconies with views off the unit and comfortable Muskoka chairs off the living room. The sunken living room has extra high ceiling which makes the unit feel larger and spacious. The unit is larger than many of the two bedrooms in the complex and the combination of good design and good furnishings make for a very comfortable living experience and consequently more enjoyable vacation. Our condo also has amazing views, is excellently equipped, regularly updated and is one of the best units in the complex. This unit has been approved by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, complies with all government regulations and is part of the Condos at Pappagallo Beach rental license. This means that you will receive a pre-vacation information package, be properly received by an appointed on island representative who will 'meet and greet' you and make sure you are comfortable with the apartment, and you will have a back-up support system if needed. In short, there are no 'surprises'. You have the peace of mind of knowing you have an invaluable organized support system before your trip and emergency back-up during your stay. Many of our guests tell us that the effort that goes into making their stay as informative and safe as possible is an added bonus that means a huge difference to their overall vacation experience. The attention to detail and extra TLC are some of the reasons many of them come back again. Having owned Starfish Villa for more than thirty years, we have enjoyed sharing our knowledge and experience with our guests in the hope that they leave with wonderful memories of their own. We spend a lot of time and energy to make this property a 'special place' and so far we are continually told that we surpass expectations. If you would like to know more about this condo, please feel free to contact us. Advantages of Starfish Villa 1. Superior ocean view from living room, and master bedroom 2. Prime location in Pappagallo complex 3. Newly renovated second floor bathrooms and bedrooms 4. Well-appointed…washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, sat tv, vcr, central air, colorful tropical furnishings 5. Approved by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and complies with government rental regulations 6. Great restaurants close by. 7. strong support system More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
2 Full baths
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About the Owner
lee m
Languages spoken:English
Listed Since:November 2012
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Reviewed January 9, 2019

We have stayed at Starfish Villa (Villas Pappagallo) numerous times since 1988. What we found was like having our own private paradise. Located at the northwest end of Grand Cayman, and bordered by a National Park, The beach is well-maintained, very private and peaceful with...More

Date of stay: December 2018
1  Thank tchopkins
Reviewed January 8, 2019

We were very happy with our two-week stay at Island Gem! What a perfect location to spend the holidays. The condo was well appointed with all the comforts of home. We were happy to have conveniences such as a dishwasher and laundry in the unit...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank AliJoy99
leemacneil, VR Owner at Island Gem, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2019

Hi Alison, Thanks so much for the outstanding review! So glad you had a Cayman Christmas and were happy with the accommodation. It means so much to me that you noticed the extra touches. I hope you will come back and stay with us again.

Reviewed December 19, 2018

Rating 9/10 What a wonderful week! If I could say what I already miss the most, it would be waking up to what must be the most spectacular view in the complex. We did some touring around the island, and I am not sure there...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank MarilynFToronto
leemacneil, VR Owner at Island Gem, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2018

Thank you for the amazing review Marilyn! So glad you had a wonderful vacation, and appreciate the comments and suggestions. It means a lot to us that our guests feel welcome, comfortable and at home. We are grateful to be able to enjoy Cayman and...More

Reviewed May 21, 2017

Pros: The condo itself is gorgeous! It is fresh, clean and bright. New furnishings and very comfortable. It had three different decks to enjoy the outdoors. We absolutely loved this condo and we have stayed in quite a few over the years. Lee was a...More

Date of stay: March 2017
Thank Majones1
Reviewed January 22, 2017

I just returned from a week long stay at Starfish Villa. What an amazing place! The location is the best on the island! Starfish Villa is in Villas Papagallo, which is a relatively small low rise condo complex with a private pool and beach that...More

Date of stay: January 2017
Thank KatrinVTO
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Reviewed February 11, 2016

My husband and I stayed in this same villa for our honeymoon 7 years ago and this time we returned as a family of 4 with our 2 young kids. Though it was a very different vacation with a 2 and 4 year old this...More

Date of stay: January 2016
1  Thank Lianna V
starfishvilla, VR Owner at Island Gem, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2016

Thanks Lianna! So glad to have you back as a repeat guest and wonderful to welcome your young family. Normally the pool is nice and warm, but I know you had a few days of unusually bad weather. Just means you need to come back...More

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Reviewed June 17, 2015

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Date of stay: April 2015
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Reviewed April 30, 2015

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Date of stay: April 2015
starfishvilla, VR Owner at Island Gem, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2015

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Just returned from 9 night stay at Starfish Villa. This location was absolutely perfect for our holiday escape. Mostly stuck close to condo and beach but ventured for a few day trips and outings. It was only a short drive to groceries, shopping, SMB and...More

Date of stay: December 2013
Thank maggirl80
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

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Date of stay: December 2012
Management response:Responded August 5, 2013

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
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Enjoy walking, snorkeling, or relaxing in a chaise on Pappagallo Beach, the last unspoiled, and undeveloped beach on Grand Cayman. We are the only condo development on this gorgeous 2 mile stretch of pristine white beach against a multitude of turquoise variations. Adjacent to the National Park, Pappagallo Beach is abundant with marine and wildlife…a snorkeler’s and naturalist’s dream come true! Hiking trails, bird watching, kite sailing, and picnic activities are all available in the park. For those who like to fish, there are plenty of meals waiting to be caught right off the beach, and great bone fishing nearby.
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