My fiance and I had originally booked to stay at the Marriott Beach Resort but decided to change our booking due to the poor comments and reviews on this website prior to our departure.
Our upgrade to the Ritz-Carlton did cost us an extra £3,000GBP but I have to say it was worth every penny. The hotel itself is absolutely gorgeous. We have been lucky enough to stay in 5-star properties all over the world but this has to be in our top 5 favourites.
Staff at the hotel are so friendly and cannot do enough for you. The rooms are very clean with all the luxuries you expect from a 5-star resort and even include complimentary Bvlgari toiletries.
The pools are lovely. The main pool is beachfront and there is a quiet pool at the other side of the resort near the hotel's lagoon. Even when the hotel is at its busiest the pools never seemed busy and you can always find a quiet spot to relax in.
Every morning pool/beach attendants would come round and offer a complimentary frozen cappuccino, followed later in the day by complimentary frozen daquiris and fresh fruit. You really feel truly pampered and the service is very personal to say how large the hotel is.
The beach and sea in front of the Ritz I would say, is probably the best section of Seven Mile Beach. The sand is soft and white (though not the talculm powder soft you find in the Maldives!) and the ocean clear, calm aquamarine. The beach is a lot wider and cleaner here than other parts. Complimentary airbeds are available to float on the calm waters of the ocean or in the pool.
Georgetown is 3 miles from the hotel. We did walk there and back a couple of times. A taxi from the hotel to Georgetown cost $12 cayman dollars ($15US). We found the walk back a nice stroll and there are numerous small shopping precincts along the way for you to browse in.
If you have a tight budget however this wouldn't be the hotel or island for you to stay at. It is a pretty expensive place to stay. A buffet breakfast at the hotel for 2 cost $70US. There are however various bars and restaurants across the road from the hotel extending all the way down to Georgetown which are a little cheaper than the hotel.
I'd recommend hiring a car for a couple of days to see the rest of the island. Rum Point is well worth a look, as is Boatswains Turtle Farm, Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Gardens and you also have to go to Hell! Just to say you've been! We walked down to Andy's Rent-a-Car and hired a brand new Suzuki Grand Vitari for 2 days for $154US plus $26US insurance. A lot cheaper than the Avis, Hertz companies elsewhere on the island.
All in all this was one of the best holidays we have had. The island is so clean and safe and I would definitely recommend it. I could go on and on about it. It was truly fabulous!
- Also Known As:
- Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Hotel Seven Mile Beach
- Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Hotel
- Grand Cayman Ritz Carlton
- Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman
- Ritz Seven Mile Beach
- Ritz-Carlton Seven Mile Beach
- Seven Mile Beach Ritz-Carlton
- Seven Mile Beach Ritz
- Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Cayman Islands
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Caribbean resort located on exclusive Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is a short 70-minute flight from Miami. The resort will include 365 guestrooms and 69 of our Residences at The Ritz-Carlton. The resort will also include golf, tennis, La Prairie Spa and seven restaurants. ... more less
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