Grand Cayman Beach Suites
What We Love
- The romantic Hemingway’s restaurant is one of the best on the island, with a balmy terrace overlooking the sea
- The suites’ vast living rooms (a one-bedroom suite clocks in at 710 square feet) with a small but well-equipped kitchen
- The exemplary, know-your-name service from the smiling and well-informed staff
What To Know
- A 10 percent hotel service charge per night and a $30 per room, per night resort fee will be collected at Jetsetter checkout
- If you want to travel around the island, you'll need a rental car; luckily, it’s a very safe and easy place to navigate
- This is a very family-friendly hotel — if you aren’t keen on children splashing around in the pool, it may not be for you
- The restaurant is expensive, so not somewhere you’d eat every night; however, the room service menu is large and far more wallet-friendly
- WiFi is included in the resort fee
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Grand Cayman Beach Suites are more pleasant than chic, but none the worse for it. A former Hyatt, the property has rooms that retain a chain feel — generic abstract art, primary colored sofas, blue carpets and pastel walls — but the whole operation is spotlessly clean and comfortable. The pool area is more stylish, with navy cushioned loungers around two tiled pools and a hot tub fringed with palm trees. The restaurant, with its airy, high-ceilinged interiors and mahogany furniture, has a vintage charm.
Bed and Bath
The bathrooms don’t scrimp on space, although they too could be a little higher in design. One-bedroom suites can accommodate up to two adults and two children (or four adults, for traveling friends), while the 1,100-square-foot two-bedrooms can hold up to six. Bathrooms have double sinks, separate soaking tubs and overhead showers with excellent water pressure. The bedrooms are comparatively small but come outfitted with flat-screen TVs and French or full balconies overlooking the pool and ocean. Be warned, though: Some rooms overlook the main road, which isn’t a huge problem, but light sleepers might want earplugs if they fancy a lie-in in the morning.
Breakfast at Hemingway’s is a standout, and the kitchen is open until a cushy 10:30 a.m. for a breakfast of juices, strong coffee and a menu running the gamut from American favorites (waffles, pancakes, french toast) to fresh fruit and giant freshly made omelets. There’s also a swim-up bar that serves cocktails, soft drinks and snacks until 5 p.m.: sandwiches, burgers, conch fritters (the island’s specialty) and chicken wings (most things come in child portions, too). There’s a daily free rooftop yoga session, and the more adventurous can book a dive with the Red Sail office on the beachfront. Many guests seem not to move from their plush loungers on the white sand beach, though; there’s waiter service and plenty of shade, including tents for families. There’s also a terrace bar, small spa and 24-hour gym, plus a regular shuttle bus to the nearby golf course.
In the Area
Seven Mile Beach is the tourist hub of Grand Cayman — helpfully situated just 15 minutes from the airport. This means that pretty much all of the island’s major amenities are nearby: gas stations, fast food outlets, supermarkets and a huge concentration of restaurants. Just opposite the Suites is Deckers (so-called because it features a full-size London bus), and a five-minute walk away is Texan barbecue joint Lone Star Bar & Grill, which does great ribs and burgers and has live music on most nights. Camana Bay, the newest shopping center on the island, has several bars and restaurants, a large bookshop and a movie theater, and is a 10-minute drive away.