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
The property and service are second to none. First, when we arrived they had upgraded us to the North Tower Residence with a bigger room and partial ocean view. This made for an even better time being so close to the ocean! My husband, who has Celiac, fell ill on the trip and we were not sure if it was gluten contamination or a simple virus. The Ritz had been fabulous in their understanding and preparation of gluten free dining as it was but they took his illness very serious anyway. They checked in on him, the chef's would come speak to him and even a few days later various staff were asking him how he was feeling and commenting how great it was to see him feeling better. It is a very large property and the individualized attention is amazing. Every meal we had was wonderful (again, very Celiac friendly - better than most places in the US) and the service was excellent. We took 2 teenagers and they had a great time on the beautiful beaches, taking out the paddle boards and sailing. Much to my dismay the internet works a bit too good on the property as my teenagers could still get internet out in the ocean on the floaties the Ritz provides. My kids however were absolutely thrilled at that! Definitely pop down to the beach early to claim beach chairs if you want front row (you can have them tagged and then leave for 2 hours). Even when we did not make it down to the beach until later in the day we had no trouble getting 4 chairs in the 2nd or 3rd row. It is great for families or for couples so you cannot go wrong. Absolutely wonderful trip and will definitely be back again!
Kids were off at camp and with a free week my wife and I decided to finally visit Grand Cayman and see what the fuss was all about. Being our 8th or 9th island we have been to, I highly doubted it would rise to the top of our favorites list (St Lucia and Anguilla) but lo and behold it did just that. And the folks at the Ritz had a lot to do with it.
Been to a couple of Ritz properties in the past, so was expecting top notch service and experience (but with the usual more relaxed Caribbean vibe) and was not disappointed. Without exception the staff was wonderful, friendly and attentive. Did things move a bit slower than NY or Barcelona or any big city? Sure it did - but who cares! Sitting in the ocean for 3 extra minutes waiting for a drink is not a bad way to go.
Beach was perfect - usual rush to get best seating, but used to that, water was ice blue color, snorkel gear, paddle boards, and other water items in plenty of supply. Food was particularly good, and we eat a light lunch so splitting a meal gave extra funds for the cocktails.
Seven was good, but plenty of off campus options with a more local vibe and no dining option on the beach itself. Loved Cracked Conch and Veranda (for ocean side eating) and Agua. Rented a car for the day and ended up at Rum Bay and ate at Kaibo.
Decided to pony up and got a room on the ocean tower - well worth the upgrade as view was amazing and easy access to the beach. We got lucky and ended up on the top floor. Bed was great, room good sized - shower was a bit small and not greatest water pressure or show head options. No need for club access - spent 90% of our time at the beach. Didn't use the pool at all. Wife went to spa and was very impressed with her massage and experience.
So overall - great resort, great service, good food, great drinks, great ammenities.
The staff were more than accommodating. The splash pad, free meals, cribs, blankets, chickens, smoothies, pool, beach, iguanas, sno cones and sunscreen and diapers available at the pool, was great for our 1&2 year old.
We flew into Grand Cayman for a week's rest and relaxation.
Pros : We regularly stay at the Ritz, and this certainly lived up to our expectations. Excellent service, wonderful food all situated on 7 mile beach.
Cons : Nothing related to the Ritz
The island is small so we rented a car for a few days. Driving is very easy, visit Hell (if only for the name) and we had a wonderful lunch at Over the Edge. The town is a bit crowded with all the cruise ship passengers, but you can then retreat to your hotel!
Stayed here for 4 nights. Overall excellent stay. I enjoyed the room and the bed. Breakfast was excellent. Nice pool and awesome beach. In the Caribbean the service can be pretty rough but here it was great. Nice staff. I would go back.