The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
What We Love
- Oceanfront location on the white sands of Seven Mile Beach
- Treatments in the Silver Rain La Prairie spa
- Four restaurants on site—including Blue by Eric Ripert
- An oceanfront Jacuzzi and two pools plus an Aqua Lounge with floating loungers
What To Know
- $50 resort fee covers amenities including in-room WiFi and access to the spa’s sauna, steam room, and whirlpool
- The resort-side rooms are a several-minute walk from the beach, across West Bay Road
- Tennis and golf courts are on the inland side of the property
- You can rent a local cell phone for $35 a day
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Spread across 144 acres, this property has everything a guest could want in a hotel, from a tennis program designed by Nick Bollettieri to a golf course created by Greg Norman and a seven-mile white sand beach with water sports including snorkeling, kayaks, and sailing. Then there are the pools (and requisite swim-up bar), and five restaurants, including Blue by Eric Ripert, which serves locally caught seafood, and a lounge, BarJack, which prides itself on its piña colada. But the 365-room hotel refuses to be a McResort that could exist on any island. There’s a Heritage House focused on traditional Caymanian culture, and the Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment program of eco-adventures for adults and kids.
In the Area
The Cayman Islands archipelago is an underwater playground. Off property, visitors can sail, dive, or stand-up paddleboard through Red Sail Cayman. But dry land has just as many vibrant sights, from the 9,000 square foot National Gallery of the Cayman Islands showcasing local art, to Pedro St. James, a museum in the oldest building on the island, to the Cayman Islands National Museum. And those who are captivated by the art and culture of the islands can pick up a few pieces to bring back with them at the Cayman Craft Market.
How to Get There
Stayed for a week and can not say enough nice things about the hotel. We have been coming to Grand Cayman for 12+ years and this was our first stay at the Ritz Carlton. Many of the other hotels have a resort fee attached daily, the Ritz lives up to that fee. We played golf, tennis, shot some hoops, toured the beautiful spa and fitness center (did not have time to use-weather was too good) and lots of amenities available at the beach. We paid only for the golf and it was great!
The rooms are clean, housekeeping is great and they give you plenty of water. Never had a problem getting chairs at the beach or the pool, we also enjoyed BarJack , dining demonstrations and samples and local music. All the food we had here was of high quality.
We also found that there were plenty of restaurants that were easy walking distance for any meal. It’s central location on seven mile beach allowed us to walk the beach easily in both directions.
Fantastic resort and employees! We will return.
Grand Cayman is super expensive and it's hard not to feel ripped off getting charged Grand Cayman prices for the same Ritz Carlton service you'd get in the US.
I stayed at the Westin on the same trip and overall would recommend the Westin over the Ritz Carlton with the exception of the spa - stay at the Westin but make spa appointments at the Ritz Carlton.
Blue restaurant was just ok, nothing special there either.
An extraordinary hotel. Every member of the staff was excellent. Compliments to the GM, Marc Langevin who went out of his way to greet us every time we met him. Beautiful rooms, spotlessly clean. Nice restaurants. Andiamo, perfect. Great pizza and calamari. Excellent! Beach restaurant, very nice too. Funny, this was at Andiamo, we asked about cooking a burger rare, "Oh no, only well done". Next day at lunch at the pool restaurant, "any way you like..", came out perfect. Only compaint about the hotel, and the hotel cannot help this, kids, kids, screaming, crying kids everywhere, day and night, sometimes all night long. Both pools, every restaurant, kids, infants, small kids pushing the elevator buttons, big kids, lots of kids. Crying kids at Blue. We felt like we were at Disney. Great when I had kids, twenty years ago, but not anymore. If the Ritz has a kids free month, I will go back.
On a positive note, we found an adults only section on the far side of the beach. Only problem was it got eaten up by one of the tents of for the Cayman Cookout. Oh well. Also, I would prefer if the hotel had more of the traditional beach umbrellas for the beach chairs. The tiny canopies they provide don't give any real shade.
This property is great. Anything that you need they will get, they are friendly and willing to help. The rooms are super clean, the bed was a little soft for me but my husband loved it. Visit the cupboard for information of where to ear locally.
We visited in January and the weather was delightful. The resort was great and everyone was very helpful and welcoming. My only criticism is that for the money it did not seem to have the typical RITZ service. I am not sure if it was the time of year but they seemed to be not fully staffed. I would definitely visit again