NEWS AND EVENTS
Sunshine Suites News- November 2013 edition
HDTV and Internet Upgrades!
We’re happy to announce that we have upgraded to the highest quality digital television. We now have 57 premium and HD channels as well as 6 digital music channels. These channels have four times the resolution of standard digital cable. We continue to have Free Wifi throughout the property and is upgraded to the fastest speed available with much improved reliability.
Sunshine Grill Changes- Gourmet Breakfast
For breakfast you have two options. A fabulous a la carte gourmet breakfast served from 7am-10:30am in the Sunshine Grill featuring our famous pancakes, egg dishes and healthy yogurt and house made granola options. In keeping with the Sunshine Grill tradition, our breakfast prices are the most reasonable on island. We have compared prices and as always our prices are better than every other hotel on island.
We still provide a complimentary “Grab-n-Go” Continental Breakfast available from 6:30-9:30AM and includes the following items:
Illy brand Coffee or a variety of hot teas
Assorted freshly baked pastries
hot & cold cereals
Oranges and Bananas
Yogurt of the day
During your stay you will not want to miss dining in our casual, award-winning restaurant, The Sunshine Grill, famous for fish tacos, legendary burgers and our signature Painkiller rum drink.
The Sunshine Grill is rated “THE MOST POPULAR” restaurant in Grand Cayman by Trip Advisor
(#1 out of 159 restaurants)
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re such a good hotel, why are your prices so low?
We are able to keep our prices low for several reasons: First, we are an independent hotel and unlike our competition, we do not pay 9 to 12% of our gross revenues to a chain-hotel company to use their name. Second, we don’t need to advertise so we have no fees for that. Also our average staff member has been with us for over five years, so we have little turnover. Our team is highly professional, very efficient, love their jobs, and rarely leave. Thus, we provide 5 star service at 3 star price.
Featured Department of the Month: Reservations and Front Desk
Did you know our front desk staff also work as our hotel concierge department? Each member is trained to give honest and unbiased advice on restaurants, tours, beaches, water sports and medical services. We do not accept any compensation from vendors we recommend so you can be assured of the best advice. Some vendors offer exclusive discounts for our guests, and the front desk staff can provide you with details.
The staff hails from around the world and many speak several languages. All in we have 11 nationalities represented. Katie Shiraishi is in charge. She’s from Australia and is our resident marathon runner. Keira MacGilchrist, from the UK, superbly co-ordinates our reservations and is easily contacted at our toll-free number 877-786-1110 .
Sadly we say goodbye to Justin. He has left us for the sunny beaches of Florida and wish him all the best in his new chapter in life.
Paco, our house cat, hopes you had a great Halloween. We know he did! He was spoiled with cat treats! He’s ready for MORE Holidays
Trip Advisor Excellence Award!
Great news! Our Sunshine Grill has earned a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor! We are delighted that they recognized the Sunshine Grill with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence.
“This prestigious award, which places you in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers” – TripAdvisor
Sunshine Suites Awards
Favorite Business Hotel- Destination Cayman January 2013
Travelocity Excellence Award- 2012
The Travelocity Excellence Award is an annual award recognizing the very best hotels, based on performance (determined by sales/bookings and customer experience). Only the top 550 hotels offered on Travelocity will receive a Travelocity Excellence Award, and we are offering you this award as a testament to your ongoing commitment to excellence.
Trip Advisor Excellence Award Sunshine Suites/Sunshine Grill- 2012
We’re pleased to provide our guests with a list of discounts from our preferred partners. We have been working with many of these companies for more than 7 years and can recommend them without a doubt.
Sunshine Suites Preferred Partner Discounts
Agua Restaurant – 10% off lunch and dinner. Fantastic restaurant of international cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood and Peruvian infused dishes.
Blackbeards Liquor Store – 10% off Wine & Spirits. Located a mere yards away from our resort, this store has all kinds of wine, beer and liquor to meet your needs!
Blue Water Beach Parasailing – 10% discount Grand Cayman’s #1 Parasailing Operator. Boat pick up provided along Seven Mile Beach
Budget Car Rental – 20% off rental rates. Our front desk team can make rental arrangements and this company provides complimentary pick-up from Sunshine Suites!
DaVinci Centre – 10% off all treatments: within 5 minutes walking distance this wellness and spa centre provides an expansive variety of treatments such as; massage therapy, facials, acupuncture/Chinese medicine, reflexology, chiropractic and physiotherapy.
Divers Down – 10% discount. Complimentary transportation to and from the hotel, this friendly and professional company has great excursions available to some of the best dive sites on the island.
Dolphin Cove – 20% off all Dolphin Swims. Have the experience of a lifetime swimming, hugging and interacting these great ocean mammals in Cayman’s only natural dolphin lagoon. You receive Stingray City or Turtle Farm for free with purchase of any dolphin program.
Kirk Market – Offering a wide range of fresh produce, meat, and seafood, along with a full service Gourmet Deli and Bakery. Orders of CI$50.00 or more are delivered free of charge. Orders less than CI$50.00 will incur a CI$10.00 delivery charge.
North Sound Golf Club - Offering exclusive guest discounted rates of US$130 for 18 holes and US$80 for 9 holes. Cart is included.
Shipwreck Snuba – 10% off with Sea Trek Cayman. Snuba gives you the thrill of swimming deeper than you could snorkeling, without the burden of scuba gear or the need for a certification.
Stingray City – Captain Dexter’s Fantasea Tours or Captain Marvin’s are excellent choices for a wonderful day trip to the Stingray Sandbar.
WHAT’S NEW AT SUNSHINE SUITES
Our upgrade to an impressive new high speed broad band wireless internet service and high quality HD television reception is almost complete. Both services will be the best available in the Cayman Islands. We believe this will make our guests even happier and will make Sunshine Suites an even better experience and value.
Sunshine Grill continues to be the island’s favorite restaurant TripAdvisor’s #1 rated restaurant for 4 straight years.
Money To Play
One of our most attractive offers ever! Book this special and we return 25% of your room rate to you in the form of island credits. These can be used for food and beverage at the Sunshine Grill, car rental, a swim with the dolphins, Atlantis Submarine trip, and more. Please use promotional code: ISLA
Rates start at US$140 per night plus tax.
Travel is from now to December 19th 2013
Only In Cayman- Summer Splash
Travel Window- June 1st to September 1st 2013
Booking Window- Now to July 31st 2013
Promotion- 25% off our website rates
Minimum stay- 3 nights
Added value- Stay 5 nights and receive a US$50 food and beverage credit for the Sunshine Grill
• One Bedroom Suite- US$185.00 US$138.75 per night plus tax
• Deluxe Suite- US$176.00 US$132.00 per night plus tax
• Studio Suite- US$158.00 US$118.50 per night plus tax
September & October Madness
Travel Window- September 1st to October 31st 2013
Booking Window- Now to June 1st 2013
Promotion- 35% off our website rates
Minimum stay- 1 night
• One Bedroom Suite- US$185.00 US$120.25 per night plus tax
• Deluxe Suite- US$176.00 US$114.40 per night plus tax
• Studio Suite- US$158.00 US$102.70 per night plus tax
Sunshine Suites named the “Stylish Steal” for the Cayman Islands by See the article
“The Caymans are practically synonymous with two wealthy pursuits: deep-sea diving and offshore banking. Dive 365, an initiative launched by the islands’ Tourism Association, inspired by the notion that the Cayman’s should provide a unique diving experience for each day of the year, is making at least one of those more accessible to regular folks. One of the most noteworthy dive projects is the decommissioned U.S. naval ship Kittiwake, a 251-foot submarine rescue vessel that now sits in 62 feet of water off Seven Mile Beach. Because the top is only about eight feet below the surface, the vessel is also accessible to snorkelers.
Stylish Steal: Affordable hotels on Grand Cayman are rare, but one good pick is 130-room Sunshine Suites, just a stone’s throw from the Ritz-Carlton; each room has a fully equipped kitchen (sunshinesuites.com from $158).” Read more:
Be sure to check out Trip Advisor and tell other travelers about your experience with us! Sunshine Suites Resort is still rated #3 on Seven Mile Beach next to two FIVE star properties! The Sunshine Grill is still #1 on Trip Advisor for the last 4 years running!
We’re looking forward to some new additions to our team. Katie will be joining us from Canada/Australia and Isabel will relocate from Germany. Renoir has returned to the front desk after being away for one year, and we’re glad he’s back! We say goodbye to Lotoya who will be moving away to Europe to pursue her marketing degree.
Howie – a very happy ending
Recently featured on the Cayman Islands Humane Society facebook page Howie has become a legend at Sunshine Suites and has garnered a lot of fame from our hotel guests.
Howie in the cage at the Humane Society, then in all his beauty on the golf course. He is also listed on the home page of our website: www.sunshinesuites.com as “Howie’s News”. So now he thinks he’s a celeb. He spends every day in the office Mr Wray, our General Manager, and has been in lots of meetings in our Board Room. He is so very special to us (and we think we are to him too). Be sure to stop by the office and see Howie on your next visit to Sunshine Suites.
Cayman Airways flying to Cayman again from Dallas!!
We are happy to announce that Cayman Airways will be flying nonstop to and from Dallas, Texas year round beginning 10th of April 2013! They will operate 2 times per week on Wednesday and Saturday. New flight times mean easier connections to and from US West Coast!
The flight numbers and times are below.
• KX320 Departing Grand Cayman at 08:30am arriving in Dallas Fort Worth 12:30pm
• KX321 Departing Dallas Fort Worth at 1:50pm arriving in Grand Cayman 5:50pm
Keep in mind Cayman Airways is the ONLY airline that allows 2 FREE 55LB checked bags AND complimentary Rum Punch!
See you soon!
Voted one of the World’s Friendliest Countries by Forbes
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home,” author James Michener once noted about visiting foreign lands. Expats, then, must certainly learn to embrace it all. Luckily, that embrace is heartily returned to those living abroad in the Cayman Islands, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Those are the three nations where it’s easiest to befriend locals, learn the local language, integrate into the community and fit into the new culture, according to the results of HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey, which was released earlier this month.
1. Cayman Islands
“There’s no income or payroll tax, summer all-year-round, hardly any crime, and no pollution,” notes happy Scottish expat Steve McIntosh. “Grand Cayman has all the amenities of a city with the close-knit community of a town. That’s why most people who come here for a short assignment end up staying long term.”
The Cayman Islands scored well in all those categories, putting it first on our list of the Friendliest Countries. Seventy-five percent of expat respondents living there reported that they were integrating well in the local community; in Australia it was 72% and in the U.K. 73%.
“What’s not to love?” says Glaswegian Steve McIntosh about the Cayman Islands, where he settled and founded a staffing firm for financial and IT professionals, CML Offshore Recruitment, in 2004. “There’s no income or payroll tax, summer all-year-round, hardly any crime, and no pollution. Grand Cayman has all the amenities of a city with the close-knit community of a town. That’s why most people who come here for a short assignment end up staying long-term.”
McIntosh, who met his wife, April, shortly after she relocated to Grand Cayman from Minnesota in 2011, added, “The vibrant social scene attracts young professionals; the safety, schools and short commutes appeal to families. There are not many places in the world with such broad appeal.”
HSBC surveyed 5,339 expatriates in nearly 100 countries between May and July 2012. Respondents rated their host countries on a slew of factors related to economics, raising children and overall experience.
To determine which were the friendliest, Forbes isolated the results in four categories: ability to befriend locals, success in learning the local language, capacity for integrating themselves into the community, and ease in which they fit into the new culture. All play into the ability of expats to create a new support structure.
Preferred Partner Discounts
There are many reasons to stay at Sunshine Suites. Our team offers five star service, full kitchens in all our suites, FREE wireless internet and breakfast, dive lockers, rinse tanks, beach towels, beach chairs, laundry facilities, a library, business center and the #1 restaurant on the island!
Just when you thought you couldn’t get anything more, we came up with our Preferred Partners list! We have partnered up with the biggest and best companies on the island and they have agreed to give YOU discounts ranging from 10% to 40% just for being our guest!
For more information please stop by the front desk, email email@example.com or call us toll free at 877-786-1110. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Grocery Delivery Service
Sunshine Suites Resort has arranged a full-service concierge service with Kirk Supermarket & Pharmacy for all our hotel guests. Your grocery and pharmaceutical needs can be filled and delivered right to your hotel door. It enables you to save time and energy and relax while on your trip.
Kirk Supermarket & Pharmacy offers a wide range of fresh produce, fresh meat and seafood, full service Gourmet Deli and Bakery as well as frozen and grocery products. Call at 345-949-7022 Ext 225 or email your grocery list to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deliveries are made between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. Orders of CI$50.00 or more are delivered free of charge. Orders less than CI$50.00 will incur a CI$15.00 delivery charge. For more information, please visit our website at www.kirksupermarket.ky to explore our offerings.
Sunshine Suites News- September 2012 edition
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