The Best Places to Stay in the Cayman Islands
Your guide to the best places to stay in the Cayman Islands from budget to luxury resorts, hotels, private villas and beachfront condos.
Accommodation options in Cayman generally fall into three categories: Large resorts, condominiums and villas, and guest houses/boutique hotels. Major resorts along Seven Mile Beach include the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Resort, Westin Beach Resort, Kimpton Seafire, Sunshine Suites and Hampton by Hilton. The Wyndham Reef Resort and Morritt’s Tortuga are located at the Eastern end of Grand Cayman.
There are numerous condominium complexes where units can be rented along Seven Mile Beach as well as in the Eastern Districts. Condo complexes are usually set in well tended gardens with swimming pools and often tennis courts and gyms. Private villas can also be rented in various locations throughout the islands. There are a handful of intimate guest houses/bed and breakfasts and boutique style hotels for those who prefer a more personal touch.
Little Cayman and Cayman Brac also have some interesting options for accommodation. Camping is not an option unless it is at Easter time and then you will be competing with hundreds, if not thousands, of locals for space on the beach!
There are a couple of villa rental companies in Grand Cayman which have an impressive portfolio of houses, cottages, villas and apartments for rent in Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The unique thing about these properties is that almost all are on the beach whether it is Seven Mile Beach, North Side or East End. Plus they have places on the Sister Islands.
They also offer concierge-style services to help you plan your perfect vacation, and can advise on the best areas for couples or families with children.
Recommended Villa Rental Companies
For those looking for complete luxury, whether that entails privacy, exclusivity, pampering and luxurious surroundings, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman have a few very special properties that tick the 'Luxury' box.
Obvious places include the Ritz-Carlton and the Westin on Seven Mile Beach, but there is also the Caribbean Club which falls into the 'Boutique Luxurious' category, and Botanica which is a stunning collection of cottages, off the beach, but no less noteworthy.
Also worth a special mention is Le Soleil d'Or in Cayman Brac and the Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman.
Family Friendly Resorts
Grand Cayman's family-oriented hotels typically all boast sparkling swimming pools designed with safety in mind, and include a shallow areas for young swimmers. Many have a supervised kids' club, and two (the Ritz Carlton and the Kimpton Seafire) have a water-splash-park for children under the age of ten. Then of course there is also the beach, which is great for building sand castles, and all these resorts have watersports activities on offer. All the hotels also offer family-friendly dining options, with menus that cater to tricky eaters, and staff that are happy to accommodate your child's food preferences.
If you are a keen diver, and would like to stay in a dive resort in either Grand Cayman or Little Cayman then the options are very straightforward. There is Sunset House, in Grand Cayman, which is know as the hotel for divers by divers. In Little Cayman there is the Southern Cross Club which can be found on a stunning beach, and the dive boats go out morning and afternoon to some of the best and most stunning dive sites that the world has to offer. Known for its crystal clear waters, diverse marine life, and abundance of shipwrecks and coral reefs, the Cayman Islands is a very special place to dive. Dive companies and resorts cater to all levels of experience, from beginners to experienced divers.