It makes sense that many billionaires reside in the Cayman Islands, where life is seemingly carefree and the backdrop looks as though it”s been Photoshopped. It also makes sense that many families flock to the area in search of a relaxing beach vacation. If you”re considering a trip to the Caymans, let this list of resorts — based on editors” picks and family reviews — be your guide.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
The Caribbean Club
The Caribbean Club is a luxurious property in Grand Cayman, situated right on the azure-blue sea. The hotel offers 37 suites and villas, each with one to three bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers and balconies or patios. The hotel features an oceanfront pool, cabanas on the beach and an onsite restaurant, plus free parking and Wi-Fi. What"s not to love?
Christopher Columbus Condominiums
Don"t expect to find a glitzy experience at the Christopher Columbus Condominiums. Instead, the resort encourages families to unplug -- and that"s the real charm. Guests enjoy an oceanfront location, complete with thatched-roof gazebos and hammocks, as well as two swimming pools (one just for kids) and lighted tennis courts. It"s easy to leave the resort and explore local attractions, such as the Cayman Turtle Farm and Stingray City, and when it"s time to return to the hotel, you"ll sleep peacefully in a two- or three-bedroom suite. Many rooms offer balconies and oceanfront views, while all provide full kitchens and free Wi-Fi.
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman delivers an over-the-top luxurious experience in the Cayman Islands. Kids enjoy the resort"s water park, Starfish Cay, along with two swimming pools. This property also features Jean-Michel Cousteau"s Ambassadors of the Environment, the chain"s eco-adventure program. Other perks include five restaurants (and the option to order room service), a basketball court, golf course and spa. Of course, the luxury continues into the guestrooms, where families are treated to private balconies, refreshment bars and mini-fridges.
Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
The newly revamped Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort is a viable hotel option for your next family vacation, considering it offers an oceanfront location, oceanfront pool and oceanfront accommodations. Many guestrooms and suites also feature balconies, and mini-fridges and coffeemakers are available. There are four onsite restaurants -- also newly renovated -- along with a complimentary kids" club and full-service spa.
Grand Cayman Beach Suites
Grand Cayman Beach Suites was formerly the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman, and all of the luxury remains. Guests stay in deluxe suites, which include sofa beds, balconies and kitchenettes; some suites provide two bedrooms for added space. The hotel offers two restaurants, live entertainment and swimming pools. Guests are expected to pay a resort fee, but it covers Wi-Fi, bottled water, fresh fruit in the lobby and more.
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
On Seven Mile Beach, The Westin provides family-friendly luxury, with a swimming pool surrounded by a lovely courtyard and water sports, such as kayaking, parasailing and wake boarding. It also provides five restaurants and the Westin Kids Club for children between ages 4 and 12; half- and full-day sessions are available and include arts and crafts, games, and access to Wii and Just Dance -- perfect for teens. Accommodations feature balconies or patios, and connecting rooms are available for families traveling with grandparents (who might want to head straight for the spa).
The Grandview Condos Cayman Islands
If you"re looking for all the comforts of home in the Caribbean, you might want to consider a stay at The Grandview Condos. Accommodations provide full kitchens and Wi-Fi, plus access to a swimming pool and concierge service. Activities, including water sports, as well as restaurants, grocery stores and shops are also within close proximity of the property.
Sunshine Suites Resort
Sunshine Suites Resort provides budget-friendly accommodations near Seven Mile Beach. Plus, families have the opportunity to save even more with full kitchens in their suites. Other money savers include complimentary breakfast, free beach chairs, free Wi-Fi and discounts at Hertz. There"s a pool and restaurant right onsite, but the hotel"s central location puts it close to other restaurants, as well as attractions and shops.
Wyndham Reef Resort
The Wyndham Reef Resort is the only resort in the Cayman Islands that offers all-inclusive rates. The resort offers two all-in-one packages, with meals and gratuities included. All guests enjoy water sports, such as snorkeling and kayaking, along with access to several pools. Families stay in beachfront suites, some of which sleep up to six guests and provide full kitchens.
Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach
It"s a short stroll to Seven Mile Beach from the Comfort Suites, which offers newly updated guestrooms, a dive shop and program, and introductory scuba lessons (in the pool and free of charge). Guests also enjoy complimentary breakfast, complimentary beach chairs, an onsite restaurant, swimming pool and discounts at nearby Dolphin Discovery. A laundry facility adds to the appeal for families.
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