Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman can easily access the island's famous Seven-Mile Beach. // © 2015 The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Feature image (above): One of the top excursions on Grand Cayman is swimming with rays at Stingray City. // ©2015 Stingray City
By the time my body was immersed in the water, I was already sure that I wanted to get back on the boat. Though the stingrays surrounding me were more concerned with feeding on the squid in my guide’s palms, I still battled with a mounting fear. Swimming with stingrays was not what I imagined for a romantic weekend on the Cayman Islands but, like love itself, adventure can be so thrilling.
It was against a backdrop of crystal-clear blue water and surprisingly kind sea animals that a weekend of luxury and adventure on Grand Cayman began. An hour plane ride from Miami, the 76-square mile island enjoys warm, tropical weather year-round.
Whether celebrating a honeymoon or looking for a couple’s getaway, Grand Cayman offers a number of diverse excursions, including high-end shopping, rich cuisine from renowned chefs (such as French chef Eric Ripert), incredible beaches and scuba diving that attracts travelers from around the world.
What follows are a few highlights to consider when planning your client’s next romantic retreat.
A Day at Rum Point
Say goodbye to the crowds and opt for a more intimate beach experience at Rum Point. Located in a secluded part on the north side of the island, this getaway is ideal for couple’s seeking a day of beach relaxation and stunning sunset views.
Clients can travel to Rum Point by car or boat. A picturesque dock, hammocks and shallow, turquoise waters await. For couples looking for more than just a day to dig their toes in the sand, Red Sail Sports offers a number of water sports and a glass-bottom boat ride to Stingray Sandbar.
Finally, a trip to Rum Point would not be complete without a “mudslide” cocktail. Caymanians say that the famous cocktail was created here, so be sure not to miss it. Strike up a conversation with your neighbor, too. It’s the Cayman way.
A Taste of Caymanian Cuisine
There’s no shortage of places to eat on Grand Cayman. From fusion cuisine to roadside fish frys, a dinner date night will satisfy any palate. Seafood lovers, especially, are sure to be pleased with the island’s selections.
At the beachside restaurant Tukka, local grilled wahoo with blood orange ginger sauce highlights the flavor of fresh ingredients that can be found all over the island. Guests can also try a local favorite: lionfish tacos topped with chopped mango and cilantro.
For an evening with food as unforgettable as the views, head to a local haunt with a waterfront patio, Calypso Grill. The sound of lapping waves and the sight of fishing boats in the distance add ambiance, and entrees include everything from grilled ginger yellowfin tuna to the blackened catch of the day.
For a spin on comfort food with a Caribbean twist, head to Michael’s Genuine in Camana Bay. Here, food is locally sourced, along with the wine and beer menu. After your meal, take a stroll around Camana Bay to shop at a specialty boutique, catch a movie or climb the 75-foot Observation Tower, where a bird’s-eye view of the island awaits at the top.
For couples looking to break a little nighttime sweat on the dance floor, Cayman Cabana in George Town offers the sweet sounds of reggae and soca, as well as popular farm-to-table dinners on Thursday evenings.
Spa Treatments and Decadence
When it’s time to unwind, there’s nothing quite like a visit or stay at the The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Located in the capital city of George Town on Grand Cayman’s stunning Seven Mile Beach, the 144-acre property offers six restaurants, a Greg Norman-inspired golf course, private balconies in each guestroom and the not-to-be-missed Silver Rain spa.
Start the day with the extravagant Sunday brunch at the property’s Seven restaurant. The sumptuous smorgasbord brings locals and hotel visitors alike to partake in a plethora of sushi, prime cut meats, breakfast foods, desserts and unlimited Moet champagne.
After brunch, it’s time to unwind at Silver Rain. Enjoy a spa package such as the Maximum Indulgence, which includes a 90-minute La Prairie signature facial, a manicure and a pedicure. Clients may also opt for a couples’ massage in one of the resort’s private, beachfront cabanas. If the waves in the distance don’t put you into a blissful sleep, the massage certainly will.