We haven't stayed at a Ritz-Carlton before (usually stay at Marriott resorts), so we can't compare this to others, but this was the best place we have ever stayed at!
Yes it was expensive, but the service and facilities were great. When we checked in, they already knew our names. I'm still trying to figure that out. After flying in to Grand Cayman, I don't remember telling anyone our names. I thought they might be far from full, given that we were there during the low season, but they appeared to be full. We were celebrating our anniversary, and they did many things to help make it special--they upgraded our rooms, gave us champagne (good champagne), flowers, special room decorations, and more champagne. I think I missed something, with all they did. The manager of Blue (purportedly the best restaurant on the island) called us to see if he could help with any reservations.
The water there was calm, clear, and clean! The sand on the beach was not hot, despite it being close to 90' the whole time we were there. The lounge chairs (no charge) they have there are very nice, with a hood or bonnet that helped keep me from burning. The beach attendants were very helpful in finding available chairs and in setting them up with towels. And, they checked back often to see if you needed anything. In walking up and down the beach, it seemed like the only really busy place was the Ritz.
We ate several times at the "7" restaurant there--mainly for breakfast and lunch. The service and food was very good. There is always a buffet for breakfast (CI$25=US$30), that has just about anything you would want. However, we opted for less expensive items from the menu. We also ate dinner at Edwardo's (only about 1 block from the hotel) and at Ragazzi's. Both of which were very good. There is also a small shopping center called "The Strand" within walking distance (about 2 blocks up the street towards George Town), that has a grocery store, and liquor and wine stores (the only wine store we found). There is no problem drinking the water on the island, like there are on many other islands in the Caribbean. Don't plan on doing much around the island on Sunday, as almost everything is closed--we did however, go on the Atlantis submarine on Sunday, which was very fun.
We originally planned to rent a car, but decided not to because we were very tired and didn't know how much we would do. And, we read that there were regular buses, that went down the main road--we didn't see one the whole time we were there. Despite the problem of driving on the right, I now wished we had rented a car. The taxi fees did add up. It was about US$18-20 each way to Georg Town.
We loved the ocean there, and despite reading about mosquitoes and gnats, we generally didn't see any. The water is warm and we also didn't see any jelly fish there. This island is different than most of the other Caribbean islands, in that there is quite a diversity of people (from Canada, England, Ireland, Jamaica, etc.), and their standard of living is obviously better than you generally find on other islands. We have been to many beach resorts, and this is our favorite--we didn't want to leave!
- 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