Cotton Tree: Dinner in the heart of a Cayman oasis

Have you been to Cotton Tree on the coast in West Bay? Many haven’t, and after visiting it myself I can honestly say that they are missing one of the great treasures in Grand Cayman.

Cotton Tree is a private luxury resort that opened in April 2009. It is independently owned and operated by Heather Lockington, a Cayman Brac native who has travelled the world and stayed in some of the finest international hotels. She has brought her experience coupled with her cultural roots to this oasis of just four cottages surrounded by immaculately landscaped lush vegetation. Each cottage offers privacy, relaxation and quality furnishings with its own patio overlooking a garden.

The property also features a large swimming pool, hot tub, gazebo perfect for a massage in the fresh air and an outdoor shower. No detail has been overlooked, creating what a recent report on TripAdvisor called a “Caribbean gem”.

Despite the fact that Cotton Tree has been in existence for four years, it is one of those rare places that is better known by visitors than locals. Heather has therefore created a new dinner package to enable residents to enjoy a taste of Cotton Tree and see what they’ve been missing.

Your evening begins with a drive towards Pappagallo, only to turn in through iron gates on your left with the Cotton Tree symbol clearly displayed.

You park at the main house where the boutique gym is located, and check in with Heather or one of her professional staff. You will then be led to one of the four two-bedroom cottages – Almond, Seagrape, Cocoplum or Thatch – where you can leave your things and maybe change into a bathing suit to take advantage of the beautiful swimming pool for a while.

About an hour before dinner you return to your cottage and take a shower, or maybe luxuriate in a large corner jacuzzi tub big enough for two.

Once you are refreshed and dressed, you make your way to the dining table that can seat up to six people and enjoy a glass of welcome champagne. Your own private chef will then prepare and serve a sumptuous repast from one of four menus, all featuring exquisite Caribbean dishes; four courses in total.

Maybe you’ll start with the baked cheesy callaloo cannelloni, or the baked scotch bonnet shrimp dumpling. Or perhaps you like the idea of ripe plantain wraps?

Then there’s the soup or salad. It’ll be hard to choose between the roasted ginger and garlic pumpkin soup and the yardie-style conch pepper pot soup; and those are just two of eight possible choices throughout the four menus.

Entrees include herb butter seared wahoo, jerk marinated rack of lamb and Caribbean style vegetable rundown; and the desserts go from the cool tropical honey glaze and ginger scented fruit salad to the warm chocolate bread pudding. You’d better save room, as you won’t want to miss a spoonful of what the chef has in store.

Take your time and enjoy the evening in the cool air-conditioning, or if you prefer, you can dine in the beautiful outdoors, under the stars. Cotton Tree will set up a table in the garden in front of your cottage and create a magical evening surrounded by nature.

At the end of the evening you can take a taxi home, or why not spend the night in your cottage? Although a minimum two night stay is usually required for locals, this dinner package offers a special additional option of paying for one night only. What a perfect choice for a romantic evening or small group of friends.

There is something truly special about Cotton Tree. Maybe it’s the obvious work and love that has gone into the resort; or maybe it’s the sense of a Caribbean getaway just around the corner from where you live. Whatever it is that makes Cotton Tree so unique, you need to experience it for yourself.

Book a dinner package and discover this incredible boutique resort that is earning raves from visitors throughout the world.




Stephen Clarke