The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Review
Editor’s Review of The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
Ivy, wearing a straw hat and a brightly colored orange and blue plaid Caymanian skirt, passes out coconut as well as walnut honey cookies in the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman's lobby. At her wood-sided kiosk in the corner, resembling an island cottage, she pours welcome drinks of fruit punch. Along with adding a touch of local color, Ivy's glad to tell arriving guests about the property or answer questions about restaurants in town. Kids like the treats and the attention.
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, an AAA Five Diamond property, stretches across a main road, occupying 144-acres that reach from the ocean side to the North Sound on the inland side, called the "resort side." The ocean side fronts a wide stretch of famed Seven ... more Mile beach (actually the beach is about 6 miles long, but no matter). The white sand feels as soft as sugar.
World-class diving and snorkeling lure vacationers to the Cayman Islands. Many dive enthusiasts head to Little Cayman, 67 miles northeast of Grand Cayman, but Grand Cayman, the most developed of the three islands in the Cayman archipelago (the third is Cayman Brac) delivers some great dive and snorkeling sites.
When the Ritz opened in December, the $500 million property brought top-tier luxury and service to Grand Cayman along with prices to match. Among the 365-rooms are 24 one-, two- and three-bedroom residential suites, complete with full kitchens. These units, as well as a tower of privately owned properties not in the rental pool, face the ocean. Check-in for the residential suites is at a special desk on the ocean side.
For families, the key to enjoying the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman resort is to understand the resort's lay-out. More guest rooms are on the resort side, facing the golf course or pool, than on the ocean side. Ocean views are possible, but those rooms and suites go for a premium. An enclosed, air-conditioned tunnel connects the resort's two sides. The hotel brochure notes that from some rooms it's only a "five minute" walk to the beach. That's not long unless you're toting a cranky toddler and juggling a bag of beach toys, bottles and diapers. Families with young kids may prefer the oceanfront suites. For other families, the walk to the beach presents no problem.
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- Ambassadors of the Environment program
- Ritz-Carlton service and amenities
- Foodies will savor seafood dinners at Bleu
- Water Sports
- Children's Program
- DVD Player
- Family Room 5+
- Laundry Service
- Onsite Dining
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Along with individual rooms, the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman offers a variety of suites, including one- to three-bedroom residential suites that are owned but placed back in the rental pool. These units range from 1,200-square feet for a one-bedroom, 1800-square feet for a two-bedroom and 2,400-square feet for a three-bedroom. Each unit comes with a ... more washer and dryer, a full kitchen with black granite counters, a living area with a sleeper sofa, a separate large master bedroom big enough for a cot or a crib, plus, in the larger units, additional bedrooms and baths.
Families seeking more space than a standard room, but less than the 1200-square foot one-bedroom residential suite, should consider the Blue Tip suites. At 960-square feet, the unit has two balconies, a living area with a sleeper sofa (good for young kids) a large master bedroom and one-and-a-half baths.
Like most Ritz hotels, this one delivers a comfortable predictability in its decor. The rooms blend British colonial style with Caribbean colors and influences. Floral patterned drapes with flounces cover the windows. Some rooms feature yellow walls with turquoise bedding and side chairs while others present a mix of pinks and yellows. Forget about edgy design or monochromatic, sleek furnishings. Think "settled." That said, we're not complaining. How could we? The Italian linens, feather duvets and goose down or hypo-allergenic pillows make for really plush digs.
In addition, the rooms come with good-sized marble bathrooms with double vanities, and a separate shower and tub, handy for those young kids who haven't quite caught on to the joys of showering. The in-room refrigerator is stocked, there are fluffy bathrobes, free wireless and Internet access and a coffeemaker. less