The Cayman Islands are well-known for their top league scuba and snorkeling, as well as a financial hub. They also offers spectacular beaches, and its flat topography makes it perfect for those of us who like walking, running, and biking, but abhor steep hills. It also has one of the Caribbean’s largest resort hotel suites, spanning 8,000 square feet.
1. Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
The Telegraph writes, “Located near the northern edge of Grand Cayman’s famed Seven Mile Beach, which faces west for breathtaking, technicolor sunsets. Kimpton Seafire is a destination resort so beautifully conceived, it’s hard to muster the motivation to leave. The design is contemporary and playful, grounded in natural materials, including weathered wood and polished coral stone, punched up with an unabashed palette of bright colors in unexpected places.”
Ranked #1 by U.S. News, it adds, “Sitting pretty on Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa earns high praise from past guests for its luxurious accommodations and attentive staff – recent lodgers said everyone treated them like royalty. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, Frette linens, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Past visitors were also impressed with the pool and beach areas – in fact, some reviewers who weren’t even guests at this Kimpton suggested renting a pool cabana for the day to enjoy the services and relaxing atmosphere. The resort’s secluded stretch of sand on the largest of the Cayman Islands also received praise from travelers, who appreciated access to the resort’s water sports equipment, including kayaks, paddleboards, floating rafts, and more.”
Located on the top floor, the 4,220-sq.ft. Presidential Suite features a wrap around balcony with 360° views, outdoor kitchen for private dining and entertainment, master bedroom with one King and additional bedroom with two Queen beds, plus kitchenette.
Beach House Oceanfront
The 2,600-sq.ft. Beach House Oceanfront units feature two bedrooms, one King and one with two Queen beds. There’s a large living room, kitchenette, and dining room seating six, and your own private pool.
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2. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Rated 5-stars by Forbes Travel Guide, its inspectors report, “The stunning island scenery informs the hotel’s fresh new look that marries modern coastal chic with midcentury British Caribbean style — The Ritz-Carlton debuted a renovation from Champalimaud Design in December 2021. You’ll see it everywhere, from the deep-sea blue that washes over the guest room hallways to the palm-inspired touches that adorn the lobby lounge bar, some of the art, and the accommodations. Add two outdoor pools and an oceanfront soaking tub, the Greg Norman-designed Ritz-Carlton golf course, the custom Nick Bollettieri tennis program, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment activities, and signature restaurant Blue by Eric Ripert — stop by the resort at the beginning of each year to see the Five-Star chef host a culinary clique that includes Emeril Lagasse, José Andrés, and many top chefs during the Cayman Cookout — and you have a resort with one well-rounded luxury lineup.”
The Telegraph adds, “Positioned at the center of Seven Mile Beach, which faces west over the Caribbean Sea offering breathtaking sunsets. The Ritz-Carlton’s two towers are positioned on both sides of West Bay Road, with a sky bridge connecting them. The island’s finest restaurants and bars are a short drive away, and further flung attractions like Rum Point and the island’s North Side can be arranged by the concierge. The hotel is located about five miles from the airport, or a 15-minute drive.”
Grand Cayman Penthouse
The Grand Cayman Penthouse features 8,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor living space on the resort’s top floor. It can be combined with adjoining luxury bedrooms to create nearly 20,000-sq.ft. of total space. You’ll find sweeping views of Seven Mile Beach with lots of space, from an expansive terrace with dining table, lounge, fire pit and even private outdoor shower.
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3. The Westin Grand Cayman
The Telegraph says, “The Westin – found on one of the widest stretches of Seven Mile Beach – is perfectly positioned to while away the day by the pool or explore the rest of Grand Cayman. The restaurants and bars of West Bay and George Town are a short drive away, and the North Sound Golf Club is located across the street.”
U.S. News adds, “Boasting enviable beach access and vistas from its Seven Mile Beach perch, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa earns high marks from recent visitors – and not just because of its location. For some travelers, the award-winning (albeit pricey) dishes at the Beach House restaurant made their stays memorable. For others, the spacious guest rooms, furnished with Westin Heavenly Beds, minifridges, and flat-screen TVs, were key ingredients for a pleasant stay.”
The 1,500-sq.ft. Presidential Suite features two bedrooms and a supersized private terrace with sunbeams and fire pit overlooking the beach.
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4. Caribbean Club
The Telegraph writes, “A boutique hotel-condo on Seven Mile Beach that makes Grand Cayman feel like your home away from home. Caribbean Club has an oceanfront swimming pool and small gym, and its Italian restaurant Luca is one of the island’s most popular.”
U.S. News says, “Offering 37 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and villas overlooking Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach, the Caribbean Club is ideal for vacationers looking for more space than a typical resort can provide. Along with the extra square footage, suites and villas come equipped with kitchens, washers and dryers, living rooms, and furnished balconies. Aside from the well-appointed accommodations, the hotel’s oceanfront pool and beach cabanas (free for guests) also impressed past lodgers. If you’re not in the mood to make meals in your own kitchen, head to traveler-approved Luca, the hotel’s Italian eatery.”
The 2,700-sq.ft. Beachfront Villas feature three bedrooms, wrap around balconies and ocean view from each bedroom. The ground floor units also have the extra perk of being walk-outs directly on to soft sand of Seven Mile Beach.
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5. Le Soleil d’Or, Cayman Brac
The Telegraph says, “Le Soleil d’Or is both a boutique hotel and a collection of private cottages set on a 20-acre organic farm near the Caribbean Sea on the remote island of Cayman Brac. The property boasts a farm-to-table restaurant, beach club, and spa.”
Conde Nast Traveler writes, “Started by a Manhattan businesswoman along a five-mile stretch of both beach and limestone bluff, this breezy, unbuttoned boutique resort has a cozy island vibe. Bougainvillea climb over whitewashed walls and Spanish tiles; terra cotta pots turn a deeper shade of earth with the intense sun. The property added rooms in a Farm Lodge to its roster of beach cottages, studios, and a three-bedroom house in 2016; guests can choose to stay seaside, or on the limestone bluff itself.”
Star Apple sleeps three adults or two adults and two children with a King bed and comfortable pull out sofa. A spacious ground floor master suite with gardens outside is complemented by a generous seating area and expansive bathroom.
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