Grand Cayman: Top Attractions
|Seven-Mile Beach, Grand Cayman (courtesy, Cayman Islands Tourism)|
Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa
The Westin Casuarina, which sits right on the sands of Seven-Mile Beach, pays close attention to details that indulge the vacationer. Such details include sumptuous Heavenly beds adorned with rich linens and french doors that swing open to patios and rich views of the sea. The giant pool with a swim-up bar and the vast tropical deck never feel crowded, and land and watersports activities abound.
The Reef Grill at Royal Palms
While a waterfall of calypso and soca sounds trickle down through your senses and the stars come out to dance in the night sky, savor libations from the Reef Grill's extensive wine and cocktail list. But just when you think it can't get any better, dinner arrives and then you're really sent swooning. Enjoy delicacies like tuna sashimi that melts in your mouth, or the unimaginably fresh catch-of-the-day.
The Reef Grill at Royal Palms: +345.945.6358, www.reefgrill.com
Hemingway's consistently lands atop travel and food magazines lists of "top restaurants in the Caribbean" and is a must for anyone seeking gastronomic bliss. The chef takes sophisticated Caribbean cuisine and infuses it with international flavors, resulting in dishes experienced nowhere else on earth. Request a beach-view table, order a bottle of white, and settle in. Final tip: Call ahead as reservations are essential.
Hemingway's: +345.949.1234, www.hyatt.com
Red Sail Sports
No trip to Grand Cayman is complete without a watersports adventure, and Red Sail Sports is the outfit to provide that everlasting experience. Catering to visitors' aquatic needs since 1987, Red Sail Sports offers sunset sails aboard a catamaran, kayak tours of quiet coves, or underwater snorkeling explorations. Its professional and enthusiastic guides can tailor any trip to your desires.
Red Sail Sports: 877.733.7245 (U.S.), +345.945.5965 (Grand Cayman), www.redsailcayman.com
The sheer variety of diving on Grand Cayman draws divers from all over the world, and many of them come straight to Bob Soto's Reef Divers. An institution on Grand Cayman since it opened in 1957, the dive shop offers the best in PADI/NAUI certification and its experienced guides have amassed extensive area knowledge and impeccable safety records. The shop also offers bonuses like Nitrox and underwater camera rentals.
Bob Soto's Reef Divers: 800.262.7686 (U.S.), 345.949.2022 (Grand Cayman), www.bobsotosreefdivers.com
Britannia Golf Club
This Jack Nicklaus designed golf course at the Hyatt Regency offers three courses in one. Golfers can stick to the 9-hole championship course, play 18 holes on the par-57 "executive course," or tee up and play back-to-back nines for 18 championship holes. Regardless of how you chose to play it, this seaside course offers plenty of challenges.
Perhaps one of the most exciting and memorable activities you will remember from the Caymans is swimming with stingrays. Several tour operators make boat trips out to Stingray City in the North Sound, where flocks of Southern stingrays swirl amongst swimmers and snorkelers. After years of being hand-fed, the gentle stingrays get amazingly close, allowing you to pet their velvety underbellies and tickle them between the eyes.
Additional Info: www.caymanislands.ky
Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman
Perched on a magnificent stretch of Seven-Mile Beach, the hotel's exquisite, lush landscape makes guests feel like they're in a tropical wonderland. It's filled with five restaurants, pools with swanky swim-up bars, and modern, spacious rooms that cater to everyone from vacationing families to honeymooning couples. The hotel is undergoing renovations that will continue until February 2006; but know the Hyatt is getting better all the time.
Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
Guess can enjoy the luxury of Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman beginning Fall 2005. The resort spans 144 acres and offers 365 plush rooms featuring modern indulgences like feather duvets, limestone bathrooms, and wireless internet access. Activity-buffs will salivate at this resort. Golfers will enjoy the Greg Norman-designed golf course, while others can perfect their forehands at the Nick Bollettieri-designed tennis center. While parents are working out their backswings, kids can participate in the Ambassadors of the Sea children's program.
La Prairie Spa at Ritz-Carlton
Giving a whole new definition to the word "pamper," the Ritz-Carlton's La Prairie Spa (Fall 2005 opening) is the only full-service spa on Grand Cayman. Known worldwide for its uniquely age-defying treatments like cellular facials, La Prairie brings its reputation to new levels of massage, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, and a variety of treatments for mind, body and spirit.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication