The Cayman Islands may be small, but they’ve long made a name for themselves as a cosmopolitan destination with a distinct natural beauty. The largest of the three islands, Grand Cayman, is known for its beaches, reefs, and shipwrecks which are found alongside top-tier restaurants, endless shopping, and of course, the world’s most luxurious hotels.
Among the list of resorts is a brand that always seems to catch the eye: The Ritz-Carlton. The iconic chain, which has long been considered a leading brand in luxury lodging, has its own piece of Grand Cayman with a stunning property along the island’s iconic Seven Mile Beach.
Rooms with private balconies — plus a Club Level and residential rooms
Every room at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has its own private balcony — most with ocean or garden views. Marble bathrooms with full bathtubs, contemporary decor, and 24-hour room service round out the property’s base offerings.
Those looking to elevate their experience can book a room on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level, where a dedicated concierge will take care of all the details while you enjoy an array of complimentary food — including breakfast, light snacks, hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and sweets — a DIY juice bar, and access to the Club Lounge.
Meanwhile, guests looking for the amenities of a private vacation home and the service of a hotel, can book a residential suite. Each one, two- and three-bedroom residence has a fully equipped kitchen, spacious balcony, and services like pre-arrival grocery shopping and access to a personal assistant.
Direct access to the white sands and clear waters of Seven Mile Beach
Location is everything, especially for a beach vacation. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman sits right on the iconic Seven Mile Beach, making it easy to enjoy your morning cup of coffee with your toes in the sand. Adjacent to the strip of impeccable white sand is a series of shaded lounge chairs and cabanas providing a breezy, all-day respite from the Caribbean sun.
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Those looking for adventure can book a complimentary one-on-one sailing lesson or grab one of the resort’s many water toys — you’ll find everything from kayaks and paddleboards to water hammocks and snorkels.
Six distinct restaurants and bars — including the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in the Caribbean
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is home to six restaurants and bars, including Blue by Eric Ripert, the Caribbean’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant. The seafood at Blue may be unparalleled (plus they have a wine list with more than 700 bottles from around the world), but don’t overlook the property’s more casual establishments. Andiamo has homemade gelato, Silver Palm is home to a collection of the finest rums, cigars, and chocolates from the Caribbean and serves up an afternoon tea, and the piña coladas at the beachside restaurant are out of this world.
Truly decadent spa treatments and a onsite golf course
There’s a little something for everyone at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. La Prairie, a Swiss spa, is renowned for providing spa treatments that take the typical spa experience up a notch (or two). At the calming oasis, you can book facials that pair the latest technology with nature’s most luxurious ingredients — including caviar and gold. Body therapies harness the healing power of marine plants, while the spa’s relaxation sanctuaries provide a wonderful dose of calm before and after your treatment.
Meanwhile, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, the grass looks a little greener and the balls seem to fly a little further. The nine-hole course was designed by Greg Norman and offers challenging play amongst the island’s lush, natural beauty. There’s also a chipping and putting green and a golf retail shop.
A waterpark and a Jean-Michel Cousteau eco-adventures program (plus, kids 5 and under eat free)
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman may have one of the best locations on the island, a luxurious spa, and a smattering of stand-out restaurants, but they also remain distinctly family-friendly, a trait that’s apparent with the Jean-Michel Cousteau-designed Ambassadors of the Environment, an eco-adventure program aimed at kids and families.
Kids who need to burn off some energy can head to Starfish Cay, the resort’s own water playground, or hop in one of the two outdoor pools or the oceanfront soaking tub. Down by the ocean there are enough water sports to keep even the most active kid entertained for weeks — including paddle boats, kayaks, and free snorkel gear and lessons
As an added perk, kids ages 5 and younger dine for free in four of the six restaurants.