My family (3 children) traveled to the Ritz Carlton over Thanksgiving from November 23 to 30, 2013. We had adjoining ocean front rooms, which were spacious, had balconies, huge bathrooms, and gorgeous views. My parents also stayed on a separate floor in the same building.
The hotel is a bit unusual because there really are two separate parts to it. There are basically two hotels connected by an indoor bridge that runs over a main road. What I didn't love about the hotel is that I felt like I was walking back and forth indoors all day long. When I went to the spa, I had to take a 7 minute walk. When I went to dinner, I had to take a 7 minute walk. Not a huge deal, but I like a more spacious area where you can walk outside and enjoy the nice weather rather than having to walk through a fancy hotel in a wet bathing suit.
The beach and water were gorgeous for our first 4 days. But then it rained for 2 days straight (not the hotel's fault obviously) but there was not much to do on the rainy days. My kids were so bored. They happened to have just opened the "lizard lounge" b/c of the Thanksgiving holiday and this lounge was billed as having games and X-box etc... All it was was a conference room where they put in 2 ping pong tables (but only rackets for one table), a pop a shot game, foosball and 2 xbox consoles. On the rainy days, there wasn't enough for the kids to do.
We rented a beach cabana every day. It was nice to have the covered area and we had waiter service there. It was pretty expensive though. I think $400 per day. And the sad part about it was that it was set so far back from the beach that there were 3 rows of lounge chairs between the cabana and the beach. So if you sat in the expensive cabana, you had absolutely no view of the water. Kind of silly. Also, the first day it started to rain, I thought "well, I'm glad we have the cabana so our stuff won't get all wet." I was wrong. The covering to the cabana was not waterproof so all of our ipods and kindles and clothes, etc... were getting all wet! I had to scoop everything up and run into the hotel. It was pouring so it wasn't a big deal b/c we had to go inside for the rest of the day, but it seemed like a strange design for days where there might be a 5 minute rain. All your things would be wet despite the covering.
There were 2 pools but we only went to the one by the ocean. One day it was shut b/c a baby pooped in the pool. Other than that, my kids enjoyed the pool and loved the ocean. We rented kayaks, and paddle boards etc... and they enjoyed that.
The concierge set up some trips to swim with the Dolphins and to go to Stingray City. Both of those days were highlights for us. The other days we stayed at the hotel, my kids were bored and hot by 2:00 and wanted to go back up to the room to read or watch TV, which we let them do.
The spa was AMAZING. I had an expensive, but really pampering massage. It was worth the $200. The waiting area is gorgeous. There is also a hot tub, sauna and steam shower you can use even if you are not getting any services. Really gorgeous spa. One of the best I've seen at a hotel.
The restaurants were also really superb. Blue (Eric Ripert's restaurant) was pricey but fabulous. We also enjoyed the sushi and the steak at Seven. Seven was gorgeous and the employees there were incredible, especially Cielo (gotta' give her a shout out!) If you get bored with the food there or want to pay a little less, there are great places all over the island. Eats Cafe (a 3 minute walk) was great for breakfast.
I was really looking forward to tennis but I had no one to play in clinics with and I missed cardio tennis because of the rain. I took a lesson one day but you need to take a golf cart over there and waited 20 minutes for someone to take me. Luckily I still arrived on time. Courts were clay and instruction was decent.
If I go back to Grand Cayman, I would definitely stay at the Ritz again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a luxury two-tower resort on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Here, sparkling blue waters blend seamlessly with the sand and sky to create your perfect Caribbean oasis. Located on an archipelago of three picturesque islands, our Cayman Islands resort hotel offers a breathtaking location unlike anywhere else on earth. From the white sands of Seven Mile Beach to world-renowned restaurants including Blue, by renowned seafood chef Eric Ripert, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman luxury resort offers guests an unforgettable escape from the everyday. With a resort side including resort and garden view rooms and an ocean side for ocean view rooms the property runs from sound to sea. Residential towers are located on the ocean side. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Hotel Seven Mile Beach
- Grand Cayman Ritz Carlton
- Ritz Seven Mile Beach
- Seven Mile Beach Ritz-Carlton
- The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Cayman Islands