Often when people think of Caribbean vacations, they envision long, relaxed days bathing in the warm sun and salt water, a book in one hand and a tropical drink in the other. And while soaking up the sun’s rejuvenating rays on a white-sandy beach is certainly a much-beloved pastime on Grand Cayman Island, it’s hardly the only one. The resort is unique in offering an unparalleled portfolio of pleasant diversions, from the highbrow to the high-octane. When you stay at The Residences Seven Mile Beach you will have access to all of these activities and more.

Countless Ways to Enjoy

If golf is your sport of choice, challenge your game on a sea-encircled 9-hole course. Tennis enthusiasts will take to The Courts—a top-seeded facility by Nick Bollettieri. If you are looking to relax and unwind, get a refreshing massage at La Prairie Spa. Indulge in sensuous fare at the resort’s signature restaurant—created by one of the world’s top French chefs—is enough to make the most seasoned gastronome blush. Even our youngest guests are not forgotten. The resort has a unique program of eco-adventures especially for kids that teaches as well as thrills.

Golf by The Ritz-Carlton

Golf at The Ritz-CarltonThose who have played golf all over the world can now add another stunning course to their international portfolio—the 9-hole course available only to guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and The Residences.

Designed by the legendary Great White himself, this par-36, 3,516-yard course both dazzles and delights, its considerable challenges boosted by the Island’s steady trade winds and a meandering natural saltwater lagoon that comes into play on 8 of the 9 holes. Tough to the end, the final par-three will test your mettle with a water-encircled island green, while gorgeous views of the North Sound will reward you for a round well played.

Taylor Made rental clubs are available for men, women, and children in the full-service golf shop, along with customized instruction and a caddy concierge program.

Also available for golfers looking to perfect their swing is The Bunker indoor golf centre, which features the island’s first track-man golf simulator. Use the same technology as the pros to practice your game and get real-time stats and feedback on how to improve.

Tennis by Nick Bollettieri

Grand Cayman Tennis CourtsComplementing the superb physical facilities is the Island’s only dedicated tennis apparel and equipment shop, plus a separate practice backboard area. Come out and play a few rounds or take advantage of the Center’s many services, from game matching to instruction by Bollettieri-trained pros. There are also tennis camps for kids and unique Cardio Tennis fitness classes for adults.

Spa by La Prairie

Spa at The Ritz-CarltonRelax, revive and rejuvenate with a restorative experience that reinvigorates what a spa should be. la prairie spa. With its shimmering walls of water and cool silver palette, la prairie spa is a refreshing oasis that offers a tranquil respite from the Caribbean sun.

Step over the dramatic up-lit stone bridge into a world of pure indulgence where you will be treated to therapies based on the pioneering research of the Swiss-based Laboratories la prairie, a world leader in skin care. Many feature la prairie’s exclusive Cellular Complex which activates the skin’s metabolism and prevents the signs of aging. Combined with tropical extracts and essences indigenous to the Caribbean, hydrotherapies at la prairie spa turn back the hands of time like none other. From stress-melting massages to facials to signature full-body treatments like Diamond Perfection, a visit to the 20,000-square foot la prairie spa is the ultimate escape and a perfect complement to your vacation.

Beach and Pool

The Resort is located directly on the majestic white sands of Grand Cayman’s fabled Seven Mile Beach. Stake your claim to a comfy oceanfront beach chair (with sunshade) or opt for a luxurious private cabana and bask in the beauty and serenity of the breathtaking beachfront setting, while you’re indulged by the Resort’s unparalleled personal service. Two swimming pools, the signature oceanfront pool overlooking Seven Mile Beach, and the North Sound pool, offer refreshing oases for sunning and swimming and just plain relaxing.

Watersports

Grand Cayman has long been considered one of the top snorkeling and sailing destinations in the Caribbean, and the Resort offers a comprehensive array of water sports adventures on site and nearby. Snorkeling lessons are available to acquaint “newbies” with the basics of this safe and exciting way to explore the undersea world. Kayaks are also available, along with water trikes and rafts and water hammocks. Or try your hand at sailing a 13′ Hobie Wave right off the beach. And, of course, sailing and fishing charters can always be arranged.

Sapphire Watersports

Sapphire Watersports offers its guests every opportunity to enjoy the Caribbean Sea. Charter a sleek 27 foot Boston Whaler or watch the sun slip below the horizon from the deck of a majestic power catamaran. Sit back, relax and enjoy the wind as your soundtrack and the waves as your view as your captain takes you on an exploration of the waters off North Sound.

Eco Adventures by Jean-Michel Cousteau

Budding naturalists—and their families—will never forget all that they see, do and learn in the Resort’s amazing Ambassadors of the Environment program created by Jean-Michel Cousteau, life-long eco-warrior and founder of the Ocean Futures Society.

Based in Heritage House, a sustainable Caymanian-style cottage built with recycled materials, run by solar power and surrounded by teaching gardens, Jean-Michel’s Ambassadors of the Environment introduces guests to the natural wonders and cultural traditions of the Cayman Islands. Offerings are divided by age groups and run the gamut from gentle fun for wee ones aged 4 to 7 to more exciting experiences for kids 8 to 18. There are even some adult adventures on the roster.

Lest you think this is just another kids’ diversion, rest assured this is serious learning, disguised as serious fun. Counselors have college degrees in ecology, marine sciences or related fields, and programs range from creating solar prints and baking cookies in a solar oven to kayak adventures amidst mangrove-lined waterways. And, of course, this being the Caymans, there are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with the Island’s fabled sea turtles, blue iguanas, and stingrays. 25 exciting three-hour programs are offered each week.

Dining by Eric Ripert

Imagine transferring the best of the best of Manhattan’s world-famous restaurant scene to the beautiful Cayman Islands, seasoning it with a dash of Caribbean flavor and styling it with Island flair. That’s the essence of Blue, the award-winning restaurant created by renowned restaurateur Eric Ripert that’s almost as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.

With a menu that revolves around the fresh-caught bounty of the Caribbean sea, Blue takes gastronomy to ethereal new levels with almost impossibly creative riffs on fresh fish and seafood cookery. Enjoy a carefully orchestrated symphony of flavors—and a rave-worthy dining experience—when you opt for one of five tasting menus, including the signature Blue by Eric Ripert menu or the Eric Ripert Classics menu featuring the fabled tuna foie gras. A wine cellar with more than 800 selections—one of the best in the Caribbean—rounds out the restaurant’s opulent offerings.

Awards:

  • AAA Five Diamond Award – 2008-Present
  • Wine Spectator – Best of Award of Excellence – 2008-Present

 

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