When an island can boast a Ritz-Carlton resort, it has officially made it in the tourism world. It immediately puts it on the radar for discerning travellers all over the globe.
However, experiencing the level of service and the luxury for which The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has become famous is not something purely reserved for visitors who fly in on their private jets. This summer, the Ritz-Carlton is offering local residents a brilliant staycation offer that will allow the rest of us to experience Seven Mile Beach the way visitors do.
The offer, valid through 11 November, includes an ocean front room and breakfast for two at 7 Restaurant for only $199, excluding the 10 per cent service fee and US$45 resort fee.
It is the perfect opportunity to lounge by the pool or relax on the beach. While there, pull up a chair to Bar Jack and grab a spot of lunch – the burgers there are absolutely excellent, as is pretty much everything else.
You can also pay a visit to 7 Prime Cuts & Sunsets in the evening to experience the finest steaks you are likely to find on island, with sides to die for. I can certainly recommend the mac and cheese, which comes drizzled with truffle oil. Trust me, this is not your mom’s mac and cheese – regardless of how good you remember hers being.
This is in a different league and rates as the most supreme comfort food out there. I know I’m carrying on a bit, but it really is that good. While you’re at it, try the rum cake, which is an exquisite interpretation of the Caribbean classic.
For those who crave a taste of seafood, Blue by Eric Ripert is Cayman’s only AAA five diamond rated restaurant, and serves up cuisine without equal, inspired by the chef behind the incomparable Le Bernardin.
Then there is Periwinkle, with its relaxed outdoor location making it perfectly suited to families or just those wanting to make the most of the warm summer nights.
The legendary Taikun also beckons anyone with a taste for sushi, offering selections ranging from the familiar to the truly exotic, and including unique touches like the freshly grated wasabi which lends an even greater sense of authenticity to a truly memorable experience.
However, as this is the summer season, the Ritz-Carlton will be doing some renovations to a couple of the restaurants, with Blue closed from 26 August to 4 December, and 7 Prime Cuts & Sunsets closed from 15 September to 4 November. However, for the period 7 Prime Cuts & Sunsets is under renovation patrons can visit Blue Grill, which will effectively play host to 7 Prime Cuts & Sunsets at Blue by Eric Ripert.
Although the array of dining at the Ritz-Carlton is beyond comparison, there are many other excellent attractions, like the opportunity to play a round of golf at the exclusive Greg Norman designed Blue Tip course, or tennis at The Courts by Nick Bollettieri. Of course a relaxing treatment at Silver Rain spa should also be high on the agenda for any Ritz staycation experience, while the relaxing element of the staycation can be even further enhanced by having the kids attend a programme at Ambassadors of the Environment by Jean-Michel Cousteau.
To book simply email Reservations Manager, Julio Diaz, at Julio.Diaz@ritzcarlton.com.