Adventure, Escape, Wanderlust


48 Hours in Grand Cayman
October 1, 2008, 4:21 pm
Filed under: Adventure | Tags: , , ,
by Erina Pindar, Linden Travel Bureau
 
I’ve never seen water so breathtakingly blue.   

It was the kind of turquoise blue that gradually phased into deep cerulean, perfectly matching the smooth blue drapes of the sky behind it.  The waves sparkled and shimmered underneath the sun in perfect rhythm with the warm Caribbean breeze.   I couldn’t think of a more perfect welcome to the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and the legendary Seven Mile Beach

Rm. 533, Ritz-Carlton Ocean View

Rm. 533, Ocean View, And that was just the view from the terrace!

 A knock on the door brought a representative from In-Room Dining, who promptly presented a welcome note from the hotel’s General Manager and a wonderful spread of chocolate truffles and cheese plate.  Welcome to the Seven Mile Beach, indeed!  The hotel staff are fondly referred to as the Ladies and Gentlemen of the Ritz-Carlton.

The Ritz-Carlton’s legendary service extends all the way to the white sandy beach.  Robert, the beach attendant (or, in the tradition of the Ritz-Carlton, the Gentleman of the beach) greeted me every day with a smile and a beach lounge set up with my preferences in mind.  Like clockwork, seconds after I settled into my chair a server would come to take my drink order.    

The days spent on the beach were memorable, relaxing, and sun-drenched.  Everyday offered the same luxuries; swimming in the warm water, napping on the beach lounge,  and consuming fresh fruits and drinking wonderfully refreshing cocktails.   Monotony has never been so appealing, or beautiful. 

Seven Mile Beach

I spent Friday dinner sitting at the bar in the Silver Palm Lounge, feasting on the freshest tuna sashimi I’ve ever tasted and enjoying light conversation with Christian, the wonderful bartender at the Silver Palm Lounge.   The Silver Palm restaurant is the hottest place to be on Fridays when the DJ starts spinning at 11.30PM on his Serato.  Visitors and locals alike enjoyed the dance floor as well as the delicious cocktails.

One of the shining stars of the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is the Silver Rain Spa by La Prairie.  I opted for an aromatherapy massage after a long day at the beach and was pleasantly surprised by the design of the spa.  Silver Rain is modern, clean, and inspired by water – in all shapes and form.  After spending some time in the wet area, I was whisked into the Silver Haven Lounge to relax and meet with my massage therapist, Rebecca.   Or, as she will forever be known (at least in my book),  the Amazing Rebecca. 

I’ve had many massages before, but all paled in comparison to the almost intuitive massage she gave me.  Rebecca knew exactly what to do and when to do it, I left the treatment room slightly dazed, light-headed, and so incredibly relaxed.  Hands down, the best massage I’ve ever received.

The rest of my stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman was blissfully wonderful.  Housekeeping was lovely and helpful, In-Room Dining delivered my order efficiently, and I loved the Bvlgari toiletries.  The property itself was an equivalent of a small city, with all that is available to the guests of the Ritz-Carlton: the spa with generous La Prairie products, the jewelry shopping at Tiffany & Co., and the best seafood restaurant on the island at Blue by Eric Ripert.   Oh, and the beach is not too shabby, either.

As I departed, I took one last picture of my weekend.  It captured my time perfectly; a beautiful island and turquoise water.

 

 For more information on the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman or the Seven Mile Beach, please contact your Linden Travel consultant or email us at request@lindentravel.com.

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