Luxury Beyond Beaches: The Grand Cayman Resort Experience Unveiled
Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands, is a paradise for luxury travelers seeking exceptional accommodations and culinary delights. Here are a few of the island’s premier resorts.
The Grand Cayman Beach Resort & Spa recently completed phase one of an extensive renovation, elevating the sense of arrival with a brighter, more welcoming design. The new sweeping lobby showcases panoramic views of the azure Caribbean Sea.
Embrace the Senses
The Cayman Islands have long been a favorite Caribbean destination for vacationers looking to relax on beautiful beaches and enjoy the region’s excellent snorkeling and diving spots. However, with several notable new resorts, the island’s appeal is more enticing than ever.
Nestled along the pristine shores, the Grand Cayman resort beckons travelers with luxurious accommodations and breathtaking ocean views for an indulgent tropical escape.
For example, the reimagined lobby at Beach Resort is designed to elevate the sense of arrival for guests. Its soothing color palette, natural, linear sand-tone wood plank flooring, and organic columns evoke the beach, while planes of soft, undulating curves on the ceiling above direct attention to the hotel’s panoramic views of the azure Caribbean Sea.
Newly refurbished beachfront accommodations also add to the appeal. Its library bar, Mexican street food-inspired eatery Coccoloba, and its suites with private terraces will surely draw in travelers seeking a stylish yet refined Caribbean getaway.
Moreover, the property is introducing a more expansive health and wellness program and the e-spa, where guests can receive treatments from anywhere in the world. Likewise, a new partnership with a kite surfing expert has led to the launch of a healthy adventure experience that includes lessons and activities. Guests can also explore the nearby Barker’s National Park, a conservation facility for the island’s endemic blue iguanas.
Unwind in Style
With a wide variety of luxury hotels and villas, the Cayman Islands’ vacation offerings cater to all tastes. In the resort sector, new arrivals include the 100-room Mandarin Oriental Grand Cayman, featuring 89 residences on a 67-acre waterfront property in Bodden Town.
Grand Cayman is also adding more options for family travel with its new Starfish Cay water adventure park and Summer Camp. Meanwhile, an indoor golf simulator enhances the resort’s acclaimed, and online tee-time bookings are now available on the property website.
From the pristine white-sand beaches of Seven Mile Beach to the thriving Cayman Islands art scene, there is no shortage of opportunities to relax and unwind on this Caribbean island. But no other destination offers as much tranquility as the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in George Town, where a redesigned poolside bar serves refreshing Caribbean cocktails amid tropical foliage.
The hotel’s Library by the Sea cocktail lounge and Mexican street food-inspired Coccoloba restaurant round out an impressive collection of dining destinations. And in the central hub of George Town, Mrs. Piper’s Kitchen + Garden is a charming backyard eatery inspired by a fictitious bohemian traveler and filled with kitschy details like tropical patterned outdoor couches and fringed umbrellas.
For those with a palate that demands more than a beachside bar, there is Blue by Eric Ripert, where headlining talent from around the world gathers to present an expertly choreographed culinary journey of impeccable technique and daring flavor combinations. Other events include the awe-inspiring Cayman Cookout and Taming the Lionfish, which will surely deliver an utterly unforgettable dining experience.
Experience the Ultimate Culinary Journey
The Cayman Islands are a fantastic place for a culinary adventure. Whether you’re looking to expand your palate with innovative dishes from acclaimed chefs or sample local cuisine, there are plenty of options to please even the most demanding foodies.
During your stay, visit the newly redesigned Catboat lobby bar for refreshing Caribbean cocktails and a light menu of grab-and-go snacks. This season, the resort’s pool was also redesigned, offering guests a new way to lounge while taking in awe-inspiring views of Seven Mile Beach.
In addition, guests can look forward to the first-ever restaurant concept at this Grand Cayman hotel. YARA, meaning “the place” in the native Taino language, is set to feature and offer top-quality steaks and seafood. Similarly, the debut of Spread, a European-style charcuterie and wine bar, will showcase an expansive list of wines alongside cured meats, cheeses, and fresh baked goods.
Those planning to attend the 2023 edition of Cayman Cookout can enjoy a suite package at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, featuring exclusive cooking demonstrations, epicurean experiences, chef-personalized lunches, and more. The occasion is even more special with a full calendar of hosted events specifically for Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card Members from Chase.
Craft Memorable Holidays
The white sands of Seven Mile Beach put Grand Cayman on the map as a Caribbean beach destination, but there is much more to discover beyond this iconic shore. Travel + Leisure editors have praised the island’s budding art scene and culinary bona fides. New hotels and resorts have now opened to offer a more well-rounded Cayman Islands experience.
A stylish boutique property with a laid-back vibe, Palm Heights opened this fall and offers a refreshing boutique experience amid larger nearby resorts. With only 52 rooms and suites, guests can indulge in a personal retreat on the island’s southeastern coast while taking advantage of all the island offers.
On this unique private boat tour, travelers can explore Stingray City and Bioluminescence Bay while enjoying a drink. Bottled water, towels, and snorkeling equipment are included to make this an enjoyable excursion.
The renowned Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa has been refreshed with thoughtful suite renovations and a new lobby bar to provide a more welcoming experience to all travelers. The property’s reimagined culinary experiences will also elevate the guest experience.
Stay and dine at the property this winter to enjoy the resort’s festive events and the Cayman Cookout experience, including the opportunity to savor dishes from celebrity chefs.