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Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman 
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West Bay Road
Seven Mile Beach , Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands
Tel: 345 943 9000
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Concierge.com's insider take:

It's impossible to miss this 365-room luxury resort on Seven Mile Beach with a seven-story tower on the sea side and a lower, larger block of bedrooms and restaurants inland on West Bay Road, bridged by a walk-through art gallery. The best views and most convenient beach access are from the ocean-side rooms, which comprise about half of the hotel inventory. All rooms are decorated in subdued pastel-color schemes and have private balconies, large marble-lined bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs, and Wi-Fi access. A free-form swimming pool, the second-largest on the island, segues into a broad band of Seven Mile Beach where guests can lounge in canopied beach chairs, cabanas, or daybeds, check out complimentary sea kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkel gear, or rent a Hobie Cat sailboat. The concierge can easily book a sailing or diving excursion for you, but there are enough activities on campus that there's really no need to leave the property: two pools and a hopping beach bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center, Silver Rain spa, a nine-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman, and a tennis complex conceived by Nick Bollettieri. Among the several resort restaurants, the sushi purveyor Taikun and Blue by Eric Ripert are the best. The centerpiece of the children's program is Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment, an eco-adventure initiative with activities such as snorkeling Cayman's shipwrecks, kayaking a mangrove forest, stargazing, and underwater photography.—Christopher Cox

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
This U-shaped resort faces Seven Mile Beach, "hands-down the Caribbean's best swimming beach." "Bright and airy rooms are classic Ritz-Carlton style," with teal, coral, and gold hues. Silver Rain Spa, "one of the best ever," supplies Swiss-derived hydrotherapies. Sushi at Taikun is "incredibly fresh, and the wasabi is shaved tableside." "It's luxurious with excellent service yet is kid-friendly. That's a hard combo to find."

(365 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 94.1
  • Activities: 91.9
  • Design: 92.9
  • Food: 93.3
  • Location: 96.0
  • Rooms: 96.9
  • Service: 93.3

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

Amenities: Beach, Golf, Pool, Spa, Water sports

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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
This super-sized resort, with facades that duplicate the color of Caymanian sands, commandeers the island's narrowest east–west point, with the hotel towers fronting North Sound. The 365 rooms and 11 suites favor a classic Caribbean design, with soft yellow walls, botanical prints, and chaise longues. Three night-lit clay tennis courts glow like fireflies, and a grass court and a nine-hole golf course should be in full swing by early summer. Book a caviar facial at the resort's La Prairie Spa, and top it off with a scoop of Iranian osëtra caviar at the excellent restaurant Blue by Eric Ripert—2006 Hot List

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