Mind, Body and Soul: A Cayman Islands Luxury Getaway Itinerary, was developed with the assistance of a tourism student of the University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine campus, as part of the Endless Caribbean internship programme.
Your next trip to the Caribbean should be one that soothes your mind, body, and soul. We all need at least one luxurious getaway where we enjoy the finer things in life. Wellness is not just skin deep. It includes paying attention to your mental being and understanding your emotional senses. The Cayman Islands is a unique destination that makes relaxing a lot easier. This trip is for the traveller who wants to experience luxury and treat themselves from head to toe at the same time. There is no need to rush this holiday. Instead, you are welcome to take it easy and enjoy every minute of your Cayman Islands luxury getaway.
About the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory, that is part of the Cayman Ridge Mountain. The three islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman are points of the mountain that are above the sea. On Grand Cayman, the largest of the three islands is approximately 76 square miles, popular attractions are the National Museum of the Cayman Islands, Seven Mile Beach and the Turtle Centre. Cayman Brac, which is a 30-minute flight from Grand Cayman, is a natural gem with preserved forests, birdwatching habitats, limestone caves and stunning dive sites. Little Cayman, a remote yet serene, tiny island that is only ten miles long, has natural seascapes, peaceful lagoons, and the Bloody Bay Wall Marine diving treasure.
- Exploring the amenities at the Ritz-Carlton
- Playing golf at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club
- Getting pampered at the spa
- Soaking up Seven Mile Beach
Day 1: Arriving at the Ritz Carlton, Seven Mile Beach
Day 2: Rounds of golf at the 9-hole golf course
Day 3: Spend a day at the La Prairie Spa
Day 4: A Day at the beach and on the water
Day 5: Saying goodbye to the Cayman Islands
Guests flying to the Cayman Islands have several options such as commercial flights and charter and private jet operations. The main airport is the Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) on Grand Cayman. Connections to airports in Cayman Brac (CYB) and Little Cayman (LYB) are available on Cayman Airways.
Day 1: Arriving at the Ritz-Carlton, Seven Mile Beach
On arrival in Grand Cayman, you will be transported to the Ritz Carlton. The Ritz Carlton is a luxury resort in the Cayman Islands located on the gorgeous Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. It has been described as modern coastal elegance that evokes a unique British Caribbean style that is characteristic of the islands. Even though the Ritz Carlton is an international luxury resort, guests will feel the spirit of the Cayman Islands when they arrive. The accommodations are whimsical yet elegant and are complemented by a relaxing tropical landscape. Some of the highlights of the trip are the signature spa treatments which draw inspiration from the Caribbean Sea.
The recommended accommodation for this luxurious getaway is a one-bedroom Ocean Front Residential Suite. The suite overlooks the Caribbean Sea and Seven Mile Beach. This room is 1,200 square feet (112 square metres) and includes a king-sized bed; sofa bed; marble bathroom with an oversized bathtub and separate shower and a powder room; double vanities; a lighted makeup mirror; and air conditioning. Some of the extended features are in-suite laundry; a personal terrace with breakfast table and chairs; a luxurious chef’s kitchen and entertainment.
On check-in, you will the next couple hours enjoying the amenities in your room or exploring the resort. At 6:30 p.m., you will head to dinner at Taikun, an onsite restaurant. This is one of the best sushi restaurants in Grand Cayman and it has the largest sake selection. Guests will be treated to the highest grade of sushi that is made with authentic ingredients, presented with sophisticated style and the legendary Ritz-Carlton service. Reservations are recommended for dining.
Day Two: Teeing Up For a Few Rounds of Golf
When on vacation, ignore all rules about getting out of bed early. As a result, you will head to breakfast at 8:00 a.m. at Seven Restaurant. The restaurant, which is named after Seven Mile Beach is a perfect blend of Ritz Carlton elegance with a Caribbean flair. You will have a delicious breakfast on the terrace over the beach. The breakfast menu includes classics, island favourites, fruit, smoothies, cocktails, and hot beverages.
After breakfast, you will make your way to the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. The nine-hole golf course, which pairs challenging play with the beauty of resort, was designed by Greg Norman. After the first few rounds, you will have lunch at Andiamo, and enjoy its views of the resorts’ waterways. The restaurant offers classic Italian cuisine in the form of freshly made pasta, pizza, homemade desserts, and bruschetta. If possible, you will return to the golf course for a few more rounds before closing time. In the evening, you will have dinner at Andiamo or Blue by Eric Ripert, if open.
Day Three: Resetting at the Spa
Sleeping in late on a luxury vacation in the Cayman Islands is one of the best ways to reset. When you get up, you will have breakfast at Seven Restaurant. In addition to their traditional breakfast menu, there are also healthy options that include tofu, fruit, and granola. Then, you will head to the La Prairie Spa for a series of luxurious spa treatments. La Prairie caters to both men and woman and offer a menu that allows guests to experience true relaxation. Some of the most popular treatments are the caviar massage, the signature facial, and body treatments. Midway through the spa reset you will have lunch at Seven. Then, you will return to the spa for finishing touch services.
Day Four: Beach Days are the Best Days
After breakfast at Seven Restaurant, you will head to the beach for a day on the water. Resort guests can go snorkelling, kayaking, or take boat excursions on a catamaran. Sapphire Watersports operates catamaran tours to Stingray City and Starfish Point. However, you may prefer to just lie on a beach chair and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean. For lunch, you will head to Bar Jack, if it is open. Bar Jack serves casual meals and special treats from the Chef’s grill. One of the highlights of Bar Jack is watching the stunning Cayman Islands’ sunset. Reports say that this is the best location to watch sunsets on the island. For dinner, you can choose to dine at your preferred restaurant.
Day Five: Sad to Say Goodbye
It is always hard to say goodbye to a peaceful and calming space. Savour your last few hours of your Cayman Islands luxury getaway by laying in bed. After breakfast you will come back to your room and pack your bags to go. Although this may be a sad goodbye, there is no reason why you can’t make plans to return to the Cayman Islands.
Image Credit: The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism