by Traci L. Suppa
The best vacation properties make you feel like a pampered V.I.P., and at the end of our stay at the Caribbean Club in Grand Cayman, we felt spoiled. Returning to normal life was a drag.
The resort’s allure begins with its location on world-famous Seven Mile Beach. But what truly sets it apart from other Grand Cayman resorts is its intimate atmosphere, with 37 independently owned units that combine the conveniences of home — fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers and free Wi-Fi — with many hotel amenities, including daily housekeeping, turndown service, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and onsite restaurant.
The beyond-spacious, three- and four-bedroom units are professionally decorated with glamour and sophistication in mind. The attention to detail includes top brands — Kohler faucets, Wusthof knives and Liz Claiborne bedroom furniture. Though our room was delightfully deluxe, I was only able to relax because my youngest, 6 years old at the time of our visit, knew how to behave among finer things. I wouldn’t have been entirely comfortable here when she was a more destructive 2-year-old.
Our Editor Loves
- Spacious, beautifully decorated villas
- Direct access to Seven Mile Beach
- Close to attractions and airport
Rooms & Rates
The units are categorized as Pavilion Villas (side wings) or Tower Villas (main wing). All units are accessible via stairs or elevator. Most villas sleep six people and offer the same format: one master bedroom with a king bed, a second bedroom with a queen bed, and a third bedroom with two twin beds. There are two four-bedroom units that sleep eight guests and have two master bedrooms with a king bed in each.
All villas are enhanced by high-end extra touches like 330-count bed linens, plush robes, slippers and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, as well as private balconies or patios from which to take in partial or full ocean views. Tip: Book the Beachfront Villas for the best views.
Cribs and rollaway beds are available; cribs are $25 per night, and rollaway beds are $15.
All units also consist of front-loading washers and dryers, a great room with a kitchen overlooking a large dining room and a lovely seating area. The fully equipped kitchen is a treat to use, and includes granite countertops, a double oven and stove top, a refrigerator with an icemaker, a microwave, dishwasher, trash compactor, and countertop appliances, including a coffeemaker and espresso machine; complimentary espresso packets are provided. You'll find full sets of dishes, glassware, pots, pans, cutlery and cooking utensils, as well.
Special services, available for an additional charge, include a personal chef or catering. Turndown service with chocolates is a welcome treat!
The main living area and all three bedrooms have 32- or 42-inch flat-screen televisions. Cable service comes from Miami, and includes the Disney Channel, Tooncast, and PBS. A selection of DVDs is also available to borrow from the front desk.
The only thing the units lack are enough convenient outlets. We'd love to see more outlets by the bedsides or tables.
Our family had an absolute amazing time at the Caribbean Club. The 3 bedroom suite was so spacious, the service was impeccable and the hotel amenities were second to none. Our kids loved going from the pool to the calm waters of Seven Mile Beach. I highly recommend for families, especially multi-generational. Perhaps the best part was watching the stunning sunsets from our balcony each night as we dined on the large patio table. For those looking to enjoy a few homemade meals, the room’s kitchen is top-notch and there’s a wonderful grocery store just a short walk away. Or the hotel staff will gladly take your order and stock your fridge before check in.
From an island perspective, there’s so much to do beyond the beach. From Stingray City to the Turtle Centre to Camana Bay - we had so many options. We also enjoyed doing nothing at all. This trip will be remembered forever. It was flawless. We can’t wait to go back.
I just stayed at this property for about a week and it was amazing. We were celebrating several birthdays, anniversaries, etc. I could not be more pleased with my stay. We were in a 3 bedroom / 3 bathroom suite (#603). The space is amazingly large. We had 3 different families in their own room and it was more than enough space. Having the full kitchen and washer and dryer were an absolute plus. THis is super great for families and having the washer and dryer also helps to pack light and avoid the hassle of checking luggage!
Here are the things that i LOVED:
1) prior to our trip, they put me in touch with Luca Restaurant who aided me in planning a dinner on the beach for my family. They were SO INCREDIBLY HELPFUL. the food at Luca was amazing and so was the service. Everyone loved the dinner and it was sincerely top notch. The ease in planning this vs. The Kimpton Seafire was amazing. In fact I decided NOT to stay at the Kimpton Seafire because of their lack of customer service and i couldn't have been happier with the switch to The Caribbean Club.
2) They picked up groceries for us and had them ready in the room prior to our arrival. I LOVED this. It was so helpful to us.
3) They knew we were celebrating several things and brought us a cake to the room. It was so thoughtful and just such a great extra touch that i really appreciated.
4) THe rooms are impeccably clean. The maid service really is just top notch and they are so lovely.
5) Pino at Luca.... he is AMAZING! I love that Luca does the beach / pool service at the hotel. The drinks are GREAT, the food is great and everything is very reasonably priced for the quality you're getting.
6) This is a smaller boutique hotel which makes it more manageable. I love the fact that its a short walk from your room to the beach. The beach is never crowded and its like having your own beach. The water/beach is incredible at this location. And while the pool may not be huge, i love the fact that its an infinity pool that just looks over the ocean. its incredible.
7) Danielle the manager - She is nothing short of amazing. She even brought fresh Aloe up to the room because she saw that i was fried to a crisp.lol She makes sure everything is absolutely perfect and it really is. She does such an amazing job with everything. Her attention to detail is evident every minute you are there.
I'm sad to be home and i can't wait to get back there. My entire family loved the location.
Pools and Beach
While there are no organized children's programs at the Caribbean Club, most families will be quite content spending their time on the beach or in the pool. The waters of the Caribbean Sea are relatively calm around Grand Cayman because reefs encircle it, acting as wave breakers. We were able to walk out four or five feet before the sea floor dropped into deep water.
The pool features a striking infinity edge bordering the beach at the deep end, which is six feet. The shallow end is a little over 3.5 feet, with a stepped entrance. Surrounding the pool are cushioned lounge chairs, two gazebos and several umbrellas for shade. There are also several thatch-roofed cabanas on the beach with built-in shelves.
The pool is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Not only are beach towels provided at the front desk, but an array of complimentary beach toys and rafts are also available.
There are no lifeguards on duty at the pool or on the beach.
A few paddleboards are available for rent and can easily be charged to your room.
The Caribbean Club concierge service is happy to make arrangements for any local activities or attractions, particularly waterborne entertainment, like SCUBA diving, boat rides, kayak rentals, glass-bottom boat tours, submarine cruises or fishing excursions.
There is one air-conditioned onsite restaurant, LUCA, serving lunch and dinner. This restaurant is open to the public, too, and is well-known for its Italian cuisine, extensive wine list and upscale atmosphere. It's also known for its Sunday brunch, an especially popular tradition on Grand Cayman.
Make no mistake, though; LUCA is very family-friendly, with a kids' menu and highchairs. The restaurant also caters to those who are gluten-free. Both indoor and outdoor seating (overlooking the pool) are available.
Pool, Beach and Room Service
LUCA also provides food and drink service by the pool, at the beach or in your suite/villa. Options include burgers, sandwiches, salads, milkshakes and smoothies.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the property, including the beach.
Check-in time is 3 p.m., with check-out at 11 a.m.
Outside babysitting services can be arranged through the concierge. You can also utilize the concierge to make tour arrangements, find out where to rent bicycles or water sports equipment, or ask for dining recommendations.
There is underground parking, a welcome benefit that keeps your car cool.
There is a fitness center in the main tower, and personal training services can be arranged. The gym is open between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. The concierge can also help you locate and make reservations at local spas and yoga centers.
Grocery Delivery Service
You can request that your kitchen be stocked to your specifications when you arrive. You provide a supermarket list with specific brands and items, and the staff will shop for you. You will pay an additional 20 percent above the price of the groceries. You can also do your own shopping; Foster's Food Fair, an IGA franchise, is located across the street. Note: All island stores, including grocery stores, are closed on Sundays.
The Art of Smart Timing
High season in the Cayman Islands is December through March, and the rates reflect the demand for the ideal weather during that time of year. During the low season, from June to November, the prices are lower, and the crowds are lighter. On the other hand, it is both hurricane and rainy season in the Caribbean, which means a high likelihood of afternoon showers.
Regardless of the time of year, rates will include a 13 percent government tax and a 10 percent service charge.
The Caribbean Club is a 10- to 15-minute drive from Owen Roberts International Airport, which is served by major international and U.S. airlines. It is located on West Bay Road, which is the main thoroughfare, so it can be subject to traffic delays.
Airport transportation can be arranged via the Caribbean Club. The most convenient way to get around the island, though, is via a rental car. This maximizes your stay, allowing you to get off the property to go to the supermarket, restaurants and local attractions. Driving is on the left, but depending on the company, you may get an American car with the driving wheel on the left, too.
If you choose not to rent a car, the property will send someone to pick you up and retrieve your luggage.