Grand Cayman is the ultimate island paradise in the Caribbean. With its’ incredible beaches world-class restaurants and luxurious resorts, Grand Cayman really is the jewel in the Caribbean crown.

Seven Mile Beach has recently been named as one of the Ultimate Beaches in the region by Caribbean Travel & Life and voted one of the best beaches in the world by MSN.  There are many luxury beach resorts, hotels, villas and all inclusive resorts in Grand Cayman.

In this article, I’m highlighting our favourite Resorts in Grand Cayman, all located on Seven Mile Beach, from where you can admire the incredible turquoise ocean views from plush accommodations and where the soft golden sands are literally on your doorstep.  You can choose from elegant beachside resorts or all inclusive resorts in Grand Cayman.


Best Resorts in Grand Cayman

1.The Caribbean Club

2.The Kimpton Seafire

3.The Ritz Carlton


1. The Caribbean Club

The Caribbean Club is my personal favourite resort of all the resorts in the Cayman Islands.  This splendid boutique property offers discerning visitors an intimate atmosphere with all the comforts of a luxurious home away from home, built right there on Seven Mile Beach, where you can literally fall asleep listening to the waves lapping the shore.

The location of The Caribbean Club is idyllic, a short drive from the popular restaurants and bars of West Bay and George town and also the outdoor chic shopping centre at Camana Bay.

Grand Cayman Resorts

Beautiful Suites

The opulent two and three bedroom suites and villas at The Caribbean Club offer you a private paradise with full kitchens, balconies and Jacuzzis.

Each unit is appointed with luxurious finishes such as limestone, marble and mahogany with large airy living spaces.  Granite worktops grace the gourmet kitchens which boast double ovens, stove tops, ice-makers and espresso machines. Master baths have whirlpool tubs with separate showers, with wrap-around balconies offer panoramic views of the breath-taking turquoise Caribbean Sea.

Caribbean Cbub

Cabanas & Watersports

You can spend relaxing days in your own private cabana on the beach and cooling off in the oceanfront swimming pool with its’ luxurious waterfall.  Or pursue exhilarating Watersports such as Parasailing, Paddle Boarding and much more.

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Onsite Dining

The wonderful onsite restaurant LUCA has fabulous views of the infinity pool to Seven Mile Beach and the Caribbean Sea beyond.  Sunday Brunch Buffet at LUCA is a must with an array of speciality dishes and classic brunch choices, using the finest in-season ingredients available.

LUCA also boasts an award-winning wine list making for idyllic pairing with whatever you choose to eat.  Whether you choose to eat outside on the beautifully lit patio or inside in the classy chic dining room, you are guaranteed a memorable culinary experience.  LUCA offers pool, beach and room service for all guests staying at The Caribbean Club.

If you prefer to stay even closer to home, we can arrange for a private chef to cook for you within your villa.


Fitness & Service

The resort has a Fitness centre equipped with weights and cardio equipment, located on the 8th floor of the tower building with breath taking views of the North Sound.   Your concierge can also arrange for a relaxing in-room massage for you.

Service at The Caribbean club is impeccable, always personalised and professional yet relaxing and unobtrusive.  You will enjoy authentic Caribbean hospitality in an intimate luxurious setting.

Housekeeping and turn-down services are included daily.  Laundry service is also available, and the housekeeping department can arrange to send out dry-cleaning if you so wish.  We can even arrange to have your gourmet kitchen prestocked with groceries and provisions for you prior to arrival.

If you stay once at The Caribbean Club, you’ll be sure to want to return, it really is one of the finest resorts in the Cayman Islands.


Luxury Villas in Grand Cayman

2. Kimpton Seafire Resort Spa and Resort

Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman resorts

We’re often asked “Are there any all-inclusive resorts in Grand Cayman”?  There are indeed.  We highly recommend Kimpton Seafire Spa and Resort.

This state-of-the-art, trendy property on Seven Mile Beach brings sea and sand into view the moment you arrive.  Since the Kimpton is somewhat separated from the rest of the Seven Mile Beach resort strip, its’ stretch of beach feels much quieter and more secluded and private than some of the other resorts.

The design of the property both inside and out is very much open-air, with water views at every turn.

Winding plush gardens lead to hidden sanctuaries, social gathering places, pristine pools and of course the mesmerising Caribbean ocean.  You will experience glorious sunsets that set the ocean alight, hence the name Seafire.  As you enter this idyllic property, you are greeted with a lobby which boasts cobalt hues and glossy surfaces, giving way to a relaxing library with seagrass adorned walls which are lined with Caribbean memorabilia.


Opulent Accommodation

All suites at the resort feature ocean views through floor to ceiling windows and each suite has a private balcony with contemporary lounge-like seating.

Inside, chic décor abounds with calming neutral colour schemes where bursts of tropical colours surround you, along with luxurious linens and extravagant en suite bathrooms.

Rooms are stocked with luxurious amenities including multiple charging ports, minibars, eco-friendly toiletries and thoughtful extras such as umbrellas, yoga mats and beach bags.

For the discerning guest who prefers more privacy, the resort offers free-standing beachfront Beach Bungalows with oceanfront, water or resort garden views.

Each bungalow is just a few steps from the sand, surrounded by tropical swimming pools and gardens.

Your bungalow experience includes delivery of daily breakfast, liming hour with sips & bites and an in-room crafted nightcap.  Or, you can opt for the exclusive experience to also include in-room Vinyl Me Please Music, art events & fitness classes.

Guests may gather in the library each morning for complimentary tea and coffee, while each evening, staff members host free wine tastings.


Splendid Restaurants

The resort has two restaurants, namely “Ave”and “Coccoloba”.  It also offers a third dining experience “Avecita”, which is open seasonally within “Ave”, the main restaurant.  “Ave” (the Spanish word for bird) is a beautiful, light and airy space that overlooks Seven Mile Beach, serving breakfast and dinner, with both indoor and outdoor seating.

Breakfast features both buffet and a la carte options, while in the evening, the a la carte dinner menu highlights local fresh ingredients with Mediterranean preparations.

“Avecita” offers a wonderfully unique culinary experience.  Located within “Ave”, “Avecita” offers just one seating per night with 10 seats available at the chef’s counter.  Here, guests can watch as chefs prepare a delectable five-course tasting menu.

An additional 30 seats are available at communal style tables, where guests can order off the a la carte tapas menu.  The menus at “Avecita” change frequently, and the dining experience is only available seasonally. When it is open, an evening at “Avecita” is one of the island’s most yearned for reservations, so advanced planning is essential.

Avecita Restaurant at Kimpton

“Coccoloba” is the resorts’ casual beachfront restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, and featuring a Caribbean-come-Mexican inspired menu of tacos and fresh seafood. It’s a popular spot for fresher than fresh ceviche and sunset margaritas attracting locals and visitors with its chic and refined atmosphere.

Additionally, the resort has a coffee shop called “The Pantry” serving excellent java, ready-made sandwiches, pastries, and snacks.


Seafire Spa & Fitness

The Seafire Spa is located on the hotel’s lower level, giving it a feel of an underground escape, with dark, soothing interiors and impeccable style.

Contemporary decor is highlighted by native foliage, water features and gorgeous mosaic tile exhibits (the Turkish Hamman is stunning).  Aquatic touches are everywhere, featuring a grand soaking tub complete with streaming natural light and botanical adornments.

The spa features a varied spa menu, with offerings ranging from massage therapy, body treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures and steam. The spa also has a full-service salon for hair, nail, and waxing treatments.

The Kimpton’s fitness center is located in a bright airy room that faces the beach (although most ocean views are obscured by surrounding foliage). The gym is quite small, but it features modern Cybex cardio and strength-training equipment, and free weights.  Daily fitness classes such as beach yoga are always available.

Are there any all-inclusive resorts in Grand Cayman?  The answer is a definite yes and The Kimpton Seafire is beyond a shadow of a doubt, our favourite.


3. Ritz Carlton

Of all the resorts in Grand Cayman, the experiences offered at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman are designed to engage and inspire guests.

Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman

Think romantic strolls along the soft coral sand of Seven Mile Beach, indulgent body scrubs using diamond powder, seven-course delectable menus showcasing local seafood, watching movies under the stars and glimpses of underwater life from a glass-bottom boat.

You can take a guided kayak tour through a lush mangrove or snorkel among nocturnal sea creatures, enjoy pampered amenities of a luxurious outdoor cabana and feel the soft white sand beneath your feet on Seven Mile Beach.

A stay at the Ritz Carlton is an unforgettable experience and you’ll remember the quirky little touches long after you have returned home.


Guest Rooms & Suites

Each guest room and suite at this lavish resort is beautifully appointed, all featuring a private balcony with a choice of ocean, resort or garden views.

Luxurious amenities such as feather duvets and goose down or non-allergenic pillows are the norm throughout, as are spacious marble bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs.

Your room has a fully stocked refreshment bar with refrigerator, 24 hour in-room dining and housekeeping twice daily.

Residential suites are designed for discerning guests who value the spacious and elegant accommodations of a private vacation home along with the services of a luxury hotel.  Each residential suite comes with a professionally equipped full kitchen, a spacious balcony and en suite bathrooms.  Butler service is available, together with pre-arrival grocery shopping.


Opulent Dining & Perfect Pina Coladas

Guests are spoiled for dining choices at The Ritz Carlton.  The onsite restaurants embrace the Caribbean, each in its’ own individual way.

Decadent seafood at “Blue by Eric Lipert” is all locally sourced and of course, the name Eric Ripert is synonymous worldwide with culinary excellence.

The restaurant features distinctive six or seven course tasting menus, a-la carte dining, innovative craft cocktails and an impressive wine cellar, offering more than 700 fine wines from around the world.

“Seven” is an ocean-view restaurant serving breakfast and dinner.  Guests enjoy delicious breakfasts in a light filled dining room or on the terrace outside, overlooking Seven Mile Beach.  In the evening, the menu features premium cuts of meat, fresh seafood and bourbon cocktails.  Thursday nights are very popular Prime Rib nights and lazy sunny Sunday Champagne Brunches are extremely popular.

“Andiamo” is a waterfront dining area with a casual ambience offering classic Italian cuisine including homemade pasta, pizzas, grilled seafood and freshly made gelato served from a whimsical cart.  “Andiamo” is adjacent to the Ritz Carlton Golf Club and also the Harbour Club Theater where evening movies are shown under the stars.  Special menu selections change every month, featuring a different region in Italy.  Don’t miss out on the Parmesan Truffle French Fries.

“Taikun” serves up the finest grade of sushi with authentic ingredients, sophisticated presentation and legendary Ritz Carlton service.  One of the hallmarks of the “Taikun” experience is fresh wasabi grated tableside against sharkskin in the authentic Asian way, ensuring the delicate wasabi root touches only organic materials.

The beachside “Bar Jack” is known for its’ amazing Pina Coladas and favourites from the Chef’s grill – the perfect spot for sunset snacks.

Caribbean elegance abounds at “Silver Palm” lounge which features soaring arched windows and a view of waterways and fairways punctuated with lush tropical gardens.  Traditional English Afternoon Tea is served daily with live music on Saturdays.  Handcrafted, island-inspired cocktails and a large selection of wines and champagne are offered by the glass.


About Grand Cayman 

Grand Cayman is one of the nicest Caribbean Islands to visit. With daily flights from many European and U.S. cities you can reach the Cayman Islands before lunchtime in many cases! Grand Cayman is one of the 17 Caribbean destinations with direct flights from New York plus there are direct flights from Atlanta to this Caribbean Island also.

Along with its’ incredible beaches, restaurants and resorts, Grand Cayman has many exciting and unique activities and attractions to offer that are bound to be fun for everyone of all ages and interests. View a full list of things to do in Grand Cayman.

We have many suggestions for wonderful things to do in Grand Cayman especially diving in Grand Cayman.   Stingray City is among the island’s most popular attractions, where aquatic lovers can mingle with marine life by wading among friendly stingrays congregating near the sandy shore.  This once-in-a-lifetime Cayman experience invites adventurers to get up close to some of the most magnificent animals in the world.

Stingray City is a group of Sandbars located 25 miles of the shore of Grand Cayman.  During the tour, you can swim with, feed and take memorable photos with these beautiful friendly creatures.  Read about Emma’s most enjoyable experience swimming with stingrays at Stingray City on a recent trip to the island.

Emma swimming with Stingrays

We can arrange a deep sea fishing trip for you, or perhaps you’d prefer to go horseback riding on the beach, followed by a swim.

Sailing is one of the best ways to enjoy the tropical breeze and beautiful waters in the Cayman Islands.  There is also an array of Watersports available to you including jet ski rides & tours, paddle boarding, parasailing, snorkelling or diving.

For those who prefer to exercise on dry land, golfing and tennis are also available at the Ritz Carlton on Seven Mile Beach.

On a recent trip to Grand Cayman, Emma and I spent a lovely week viewing lots of Cayman Villas while driving around the island soaking up the relaxing atmosphere.


Restaurants – Michelin vs Fish Shack Dining

Grand Cayman is a foodie’s heaven.  With an almost endless list of excellent restaurants and dining experiences, the island caters for every budget and every diet.  From a roadside “Fish Fry” shack to Michelin restaurants and everything in between, you are truly spoiled for choice.

On our recent trip, Emma and I were very fortunate to experience many amazing  Grand Cayman restaurants on the island.


Conclusion

There is so much more that could be written about each of our our favourite resorts in Grand Cayman, but there’s only one way to discover these experiences yourself.  The Cayman Islands is also one of the best honeymoon destinations. With just a click of your mouse, our Villa Specialists at Exceptional Villas will be happy to assist you in finding your perfect resort in Grand Cayman Islands.

About Noreen Harrington

Noreen is Concierge Specialist at Exceptional Villas and brings a wealth of knowledge to the company. With over 20 years experience in the Travel Industry, Noreen has worked in Tourism Marketing and Hotel Management in Ireland, Great Britain and the USA.

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