Immaculate white sands, gloriously clear waters and the world’s finest diving – when it comes to Caribbean paradise it seems that nature gave the Cayman Islands the lion’s share. But these three Caribbean jewels offer far more than palm trees and beaches. Discover gourmet wonders in Grand Cayman’s glamorous dining scene, soak up the castaway tranquillity of Little Cayman’s diving delights or fall under the spell of the rugged beauty of Cayman Brac – with these islands, you don’t just get one paradise – you get three.
Kick-start your trip with style at the Ritz-Carlton on Grand Cayman. From the private terrace of your suite enjoy show-stopping views of the island’s iconic Seven Mile Beach – a white band of unspoilt ivory that curls for (almost) seven miles along Grand Cayman’s West Coast. Unwind with a caviar massage in their Silver Rain spa or take your first rejuvenating dip in the island’s sapphire waters before finishing with a sunset Pina Colada at the beachside Bar Jack.
After a restful sleep, we’ll take you to the skies in a private helicopter to get your first introduction of the island’s famous beaches, reefs and shipwrecks, clearly visible through the crystalline water, that make this one of the diving capitals of the world. Dive down the North Wall for a bedazzling world of underwater color with turtles, reef sharks and flying gurnards adding to the rainbow display. Next take a private yacht to Stingray City to get up-close-and-personal to these friendly giants or, if you prefer your adventures on land, head to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park where rare Blue Iguanas that stroll through its 65-acre floral wilderness.
A TASTE OF PARADISE
Once you’ve had your fill of natural wonders, turn your sights to the islands’ culinary ones at Grand Cayman’s chic restaurants. Enjoy gourmet glamour at Osetra Bay or savor seafood delicacies of conch sashimi or tuna foie gras at the Ritz-Carlton’s signature restaurant Blue by Eric Ripert. For the ultimate dining experience, we can whip you away by yacht to the golden sands of Starfish Point for a private dinner cooked by Eric himself, with a slivery sea and a star-studded sky as your backdrop.Read more
A LITTLE SLICE OF ISLAND BLISS
After the glitz of Grand Cayman, it’s time to slow things down a little. Hop into your 15 seat Twin Otter and take in postcard-perfect aerial views of the three islands before touching down on the coral sands of Little Cayman. The smallest of the Cayman Islands, there are more rare birds here than there are houses, people or cars and you can’t help but slip into its mellow Caribbean vibe.
Nothing says laidback luxury better than your own beachside pad and at the Southern Cross Club you can choose from a range of candy-colored bungalows, each complete with a private porch and outdoor shower so that you can wake up to soothing scenes of the South Hole Sound. Laze in sun-kissed solitude in your hammock, rum cocktail in hand, or take a kayak out to nearby Owen Island for a picnic on your own deserted sandy cove.
Should you feel adventure call, Little Cayman’s aquatic activities are world class. Get your fishing kicks tailing bonefish, permit and jacks through the flats or descend to the legendary drop-off at the Bloody Bay Marine Park to discover a vertical wall ablaze with coral formations in dizzying shades of platinum-yellow, brilliant red and deep emerald green – one of nature’s visual masterpieces.
From dazzling to dark and brooding, it’s back onto dry land to Cayman Brac for the next leg of your journey. Although just a short flight from either island, Cayman Brac feels a world away with soft sand replaced by rugged limestone and dramatic cliffs. Home of pirate Blackbeard himself, Brac is an explorer’s paradise pocketed with over 170 caves and a myriad of incredible flora and fauna. Hike the trails and scale the bluff for panoramic views of the island’s ragged beauty, keeping an eye out for fruit bats, brown booby and wild parrots as you go.
And there you have the perfect taster of the Cayman Islands. But be warned, once you’ve found paradise like this, it may be difficult to leave.