Best Family Resorts, Hotels & Villas in Grand Cayman
By Hannah Barnard on 14th August, 2020
If you’re thinking about a family vacation to the Caribbean, Grand Cayman should be at the top of your list. There is so much to see and do in the Cayman Islands, kids will be entertained from dawn to dusk. Finding the perfect family-friendly resort that caters for all your needs and has all the right amenities can be a difficult task. To help with the planning here is a list of the best family resorts, hotels and villas in Grand Cayman.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
First class service, stunning surroundings, amazing facilities and a top spot on Seven Mile Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman really has it all. It’s an award-winning property that epitomises luxury and elegance while offering all of the comforts and amenities you need on a family vacation.
The resort features some of the greatest amenities and services on-island, including the acclaimed fine dining restaurant, Blue by Eric Ripert (a Michelin-starred chef of Le Bernardin fame), a world-class spa, and a nine-hole golf course that has a Greg Norman Signature design.
The Ritz-Carlton has a myriad of family-friendly activities and experiences to try, including eco-adventures with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment – suitable from 4 years old and up. The program features a range of activities centered around the natural surroundings of the island. Children and adults alike will enjoy activities such as mangrove kayaking, underwater photography, and cooking classes, all in Grand Cayman’s living classroom. Also on offer are a selection of tennis programs for children and adults, with access to clay and hard courts and the only Pickle Ball courts on the island. Gamers will be in their element at the Wave Game Room, with a choice of video games to play, along with air hockey and table tennis.
The Ritz-Carlton is also home to the island’s only children’s water park – Starfish Cay. Featuring zero-entry splash pools, colorful slides and interactive water nozzles, it’s the perfect place to cool off.
When it comes to dining, you’re in for a real treat with six award-winning restaurants to experience. All of the restaurants feature kids’ menus for children aged between 6-12 years old and kids under the age of 5 enjoy complimentary meals.
To book visit: ritzcarlton.com
Grand Cayman Villas & Condos
There is no shortage of amazing accommodation on Grand Cayman, from oceanfront cosy hideaways to expansive luxury villas or lavish beachside condos. Leading the way, with a stunning selection of 75 villas and 200 condos spread across the island, is Grand Cayman Villas & Condos, one of Cayman’s top vacation rental specialists.
Perfect for a family vacation, many of the villas offer private beachfront, al fresco dining areas, oceanfront pools, spacious family rooms, and dreamy bedrooms with ocean views.
What sets Grand Cayman Villas & Condos apart from other vacation rental companies is their on-island hospitality company, Silver Thatch Guest Services. Guests have exclusive use of the private fitness centre and business facilities based at their Welcome Centre, and are provided with complimentary snorkel gear to use during their stay.
Villa guests can rely on a dedicated hospitality team for local recommendations, help with reservations or in-villa experiences, such as private chefs, a calming massage or spa treatment. The team can also organise excursions through their sister watersports company that offers affordable private charters, dive trips and kayak and paddleboard rentals. Their 32-foot World Cat boasts luxury features, including two forward-facing chaise lounges, a private restroom with hot shower, a large dive ladder and stern platform, and a flip-down LCD TV.
To book visit: grandcaymanvillas.net
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
Noted as one of the best new hotels in the world, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is Grand Cayman’s first boutique resort, offering a holistic approach to rest and relaxation. With over 25 room categories to choose from, there is accommodation to suit families of all sizes. From oceanfront bungalows with private plunge pools to family suites with bunk beds and separate bathrooms in one-bedroom suites – you’re guaranteed a comfortable stay.
Family fun is in abundance at the Kimpton Seafire, with a kids’ popcorn check-in station at arrival, a breakfast chocolate milk station and a special social hour every evening complete with snacks, juices and children’s entertainment. What’s more, the resort’s on-site kids club Camp Seafire offers half-day and full-day camps for 3.5 – 12-year-olds with creative new themes and activities every day. You can even drop the kids off for hourly sessions – perfect for a little bit of me-time at the spa.
For smaller children or families who would like childcare in their rooms, Camp Seafire offers a nanny service. Their onsite, fully qualified team is available throughout the day into the evening.
Not only is the Kimpton Seafire family-friendly, but it is pet-friendly too! All furry, feathery or scaly friends are welcome — no matter their size, weight, or breed, all at no extra charge. Making your pet’s stay extra comfortable, plush pet beds, food, water bowls and mats are available.
The resort has three restaurants on-site, as well as the only Chef’s Counter experience – Coccoloba (Mexican immediately on the beach), AVE (Mediterranean), Avecita (Spanish style tapas), as well as a casual coffee shop and pool bar. All offer kids menus, with kids under 5 dining for free at each restaurant. The Kimpton Seafire also hosts speciality ‘Foodie Nights’ such as Island Fest (Caribbean night under the stars at their Beach Deck with live music and fire entertainment), Taco y Tequila (featuring live music and speciality food at a promotional price) and Pintxos + Paella (Spanish inspired all you can eat with live music, porons and sangria).
To book visit: seafireresortandspa.com
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
Beautifully situated on prime oceanfront, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa offers all you need for a spectacular family vacation.
Spend your days playing on one of the most expansive portions of Seven Mile Beach, or float in the sparkling waters of the largest freshwater swimming pool in Grand Cayman. Exhilarating and family-friendly watersports are just steps from rooms and suites. Enjoy a complimentary Stand-Up Paddle Board Clinic, or hop on board a banana boat, wave runner, or kayak. One must-do activity is the resorts’ sunset cruise – a wonderfully relaxing way to spend the evening.
There’s fun at every turn with The Westin’s daily activity schedule, including beach games, sandcastle building competitions, art time, family trivia, ping pong tournaments, and kids cookie decorating class – all of which are included in the resort fee. Don’t miss their family movie night on Seven Mile Beach, with popcorn and a family movie played on a gigantic outdoor screen every Sunday. For adults, relax your mind with complimentary beach yoga sessions every morning from 8 am, work out in their 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, or treat yourself to a pampering visit at their full-service Hibiscus spa. Fancy a day of island-exploring? The resort’s central location means many family-friendly attractions are just a short walk, drive, or bus journey away.
If you’re traveling to the Cayman Islands during a holiday season such as the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa won’t fail to pull out all the stops. With all-day activity programs for children, themed menus, and excellent entertainment, you’ll leave with many treasured memories.
Their on-site restaurants are great for the whole family, with Ferdinand’s offering half portions on every dish on the main menu for children, along with a dedicated kids menu. The Tortuga Beach Grill and Bar also has kids menu available on request.
To book visit: marriott.com
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