Ritz Carlton - Grand Cayman

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  1. bsdstone
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    Just returning from a 3 night stay at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman.

    I'll post a review when I'm not totally sleep deprived!
     
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    Wife and I escaped the cold winter of WI for 3 nights to Grand Cayman. We were originally slated to stay in Aruba at the Hyatt, but looking at the weather, we pulled a last minute audible and headed to Grand Cayman. We were able to book a room using Marriott Rewards points...I was shocked, and pleasantly surprised at the availability. There was actually resort view rooms available for more points, but I declined the "upgrade", knowing we wouldn't be in the room that often...and if you can't see the beach, IMHO, what's the point?

    We arrived at ~10pm on Friday night and entered the lobby to check in. First thing I noticed was that there was a VERY loud DJ playing dance music...so loud in fact, it was hard to hear and understand what the guy behind the front desk was saying. After check in, we were given a nice glass of tropical juice and escorted to our room. We were given room number 537 which is at the far west end of the hallway...just off the elevator and not a long walk, which made it nice. The view was of north side of the resort and just above one of the conference areas...not great, but what I expected.
    The room was standard RC, very clean, a little stodgy, but immaculately maintained. I was surprised that the TV was a tube TV, but it functioned fine and had a good selection of channels. The bed was EXTREMELY comfortable...a big plus in my book!

    For those that don't know, the resort is on both sides of the road. The majority of the beach side is residences and some beach view rooms. The majority of the hotel rooms (I believe) are on the lagoon side, as is the lobby, the spa and the gym. There is also quite a bit of ballroom/conference center area.

    For such a large hotel, the service is very friendly, but not terribly personal.
    We spent most of our days on the beach just relaxing and looking at this view.
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    One thing to note is the difference in the chairs...some have the tops to them, and others don't. When we went down to the beach at ~10a.m. on Saturday, every chair with a top was reserved...very irritating. They allow you to come down and reserve a chair for up to 2 hours...the beach guys (the set up your chairs with the nice cover and towels) said if you wanted a "good chair", you would need to be down by 7a.m....that's tough to live with at a luxury resort, IMHO. This is mostly due to the sheer size of the resort with the limited beach space. Walking up and down 7 mile beach, you quickly realize most hotels are much smaller and occupy a lot less beach space then the Ritz...it's amazing how many more chairs this has, then say the Westin. That being said, the beach space, IMHO is the best on 7 mile...the widest swath and nicest area.

    The food at the resort was outstanding. BarJack, the beach restaurant, had very fresh fish, and great service. We also ate at the Sushi restaurant and it was also very good. Had some of the best mojitos ever...too many really! :)
    One word of caution about the food is that all prices are in Cayman dollars...so basically you need to add 25% for USD, and it gets REALLY expensive...for example, my wife and I both had a salad with mahi mahi on it, two diet cokes...$70 USD! That includes 15% gratuity that was added to everything on the island. The aforementioned mojitos...two of them were a smooth $40.25!

    Wife had a massage at the spa, and really enjoyed it...it's visually stunning, and the work out area is in there as well...great equipment, and well maintained.

    All in all, we really enjoyed our stay, but if/when we return to Grand Cayman, we will most likely rent a condo, or stay at the Westin. While the hotel is beautiful, the size and expense doesn't really justify the luxury prices, IMHO.

    Sorry for the scatter brained review, I wanted to get something while my memories are still fresh...if you have any questions, ask away!
     
  3. Jslo
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    I was just in Cayman myself, agree with your post. I have been to Cayman before, and the RC beach/chair deal drives me nuts. It is SO crowded at the beach and in the water. This time I stayed at the Beachcomber which is maybe 2 or 3 down from the RC, opposit way from the Westin. It was amazing. 7 miles beach is hard to beat.
     
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    Thanks for the review. I've been wanting to go to the Caymans' this winter but the overall price level has me balking when I look at what I can get by comparison in Bali or Malaysia.
     
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    When exactly were you there? I coordinated a wedding on Seven Mile Beach on Friday, February 4th with the reception around North Sound Pool immediately following. The staff, food and property were premier in every way.
     
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    Indeed, assuming you are departing from Sweden, SE Asia is a much better trade for you. Coming from the east coast of the US, it's a bunch easier to visit the Caribbean versus SEA...but without the advantage of proximity, I wouldn't consider any Caribbean location.
     
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    Well said. Malaysia or Thailand are great deals and an easy flight from Scandanavia.
     

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