When you walk along Seven Mile Beach, at some point, you’ll see what appears to be a giant, fairytale sandcastle rising from the land. Unmistakable turrets sit atop the impressive edifice, with dual towers that reach towards the beach at a gentle gradient, bookending a selection of coveted oceanview rooms and the large, crystal-clear swimming pool taking centre stage below.
This is The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a flagship Caribbean resort that redefines the word luxury. In fact, it is only one side of the multi-acre property that straddles the West Bay Road, with the beach, sea, and sunsets on one side, and the award-winning Greg Norman-designed golf course, canals, and boat docks on the other, along with professional-level tennis courts and the luxurious DeckHouses estates.
The Ritz-Carlton brand has a reputation of excellence worldwide, and this location is certainly no exception. Its many amenities, impeccable service, and first-class restaurants are just a few of the reasons visitors are drawn to vacation here and those seeking the extraordinary purchase residences in one of the oceanfront towers.
The resort’s ballroom is the largest in Grand Cayman and often hosts the island’s premier gala events, along with awards nights and private corporate parties.
The restaurants of The Ritz-Carlton cater to every taste. Seven on the beach side is a renowned steakhouse serving Niman Ranch All-Natural Beef, with floor-to-ceiling wine racks displaying just a sample of the restaurant’s 350-strong wine list. Enjoy breakfast on the verandah and daily happy hour at the bar in the evening, featuring bespoke bourbon cocktails and views of the sunset.
Taikun is on the land side, off Silver Palm Lounge, with a reputation for the finest grade sushi and sophisticated presentation. Sashimi, signature rolls, and premium sake from the island’s most extensive selection comprise a larger menu that promises everything from mouthwatering seafood to creative, delicious desserts.
Andiamo offers Italian dining in an al fresco setting on an outdoor covered deck. Diners can watch luxury vessels making their way to the open sea at a leisurely pace while indulging in classic dishes such as bruschetta, freshly-made pasta, and a scoop or three of heavenly gelato.
A visit to The Ritz-Carlton would not be complete without an evening spent at Blue by Eric Ripert, its signature restaurant. Owner and three Michelin-starred chef of Le Bernadin in New York, Ripert chose the luxury Cayman resort to be the home of Blue. Securing a reservation at Le Bernadin can be challenging, but fear not, Blue’s dining experience is comparable. With stellar service, exquisite dishes, and a wine list of which any top-rated international restaurant would be proud, Blue will not disappoint.
With all these choices, along with Bar Jack overlooking the beach, it should come as no surprise that The Ritz-Carlton hosts an an annual culinary festival – Cayman Cookout – which draws food lovers from all over the world, along with celebrity chefs. Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Emeril Lagasse and Andrew Zimmern are perennial guest stars. The late Anthony Bourdain was consistently present from the very first.
Cooking demonstrations, mixology presentations, and entertainment under the stars are just some of the offerings that bring fans of Cookout back year after year.
The Ritz-Carlton’s service, accommodations, amenities, and outlets are second-to-none. Also a prime location for weddings, either on the beach or Great Lawn, its event planners pride themselves on attention to detail. Guests can relax by the sea, hit the links, work out in the well-appointed gym, indulge in treatments at the Silver Rain Spa, shop in luxury outlets, and just be swept away by a stay at the magical and majestic sandcastle of the Cayman Islands.