Let me tell you, this is probably the best 5-star hotel I've ever stayed in. However, because of that, you are paying 5-star rates for everything here. But it's situated in probably the best location on Seven Mile Beach. When you check in, not only do they take your luggage up for you, but you have a personal assistant that takes you to your room and explains to you the layout and the different amenities.
The employees are all very courteous, probably on par with Disney World. And they are so international as well (probably of the 30 employees I met, they came from 20 countries). Anyway, I stayed in an ocean side suite that was extremely clean and very well maintained. Housekeeping comes 3 times a day that I know of, including folding down the bed covers, fresh ice, and restock towels. Service was top notch from the check in, to the bellhops, to housekeeping, to restaurants and etc.
I did not use a lot of the amenities (e.g. spa) at the hotel but the first day I was there, I tried to do a couple of excursions over at the watersports on the beach area. Unfortunately I was too late, but what I found out is that they will let you borrow snorkeling gear for free after 5 pm for the length of your stay. I took them up on their offer and they showed me where to go out, about 200 yards up north on the beach from the Ritz then swim out 150 yards. The reefs were not the most beautiful I've ever seen, but there were numerous colorful fish. On one of my early snorkeling trips back, I even had a grey, white-spotted stingray swim under me along the sand! And the beach is very clean; great for doing early morning or sunset walks.
I ate at 2 of the hotels restaurants: 7 and Periwinkle - both of which I have to say, the food was quite good. I had a lobster dish at 7 in which it was 3 large local lobster tails which were tougher than Maine lobsters but surprisingly good.
BTW, there's 2 sides of the hotel which is separated by a busy road called West Bay Road, resort side (inland) and ocean side. The check in is on resort side, but you can cross over to the ocean side on a bridge on the 3rd level. As you cross, there's an art gallery of local artists which is really neat and you can also buy, very original to do that.
Overall, a great great hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a luxury two-tower resort where 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 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