As Cayman Airways fêtes its Golden Anniversary, we compiled a few glittering goodies that are certainly worthy of a celebration. Transform your kitchen into a swanky cocktail bar reminiscent of a five-star hotel (hello, Ritz-Carlton!) with a few key accessories like over-the-top Champagne buckets that will ensure your bottle of bubbly (or rosé Limoux, in this case) will stay cool once you pop off the cork, ceremonial style. Just as fashion cycles over the decades, so does stemware — particularly that of the Champagne variety. Of course, you can also honour an occasion with something other than bubbles, sporting a timeless accessory like a Cartier watch that will certainly turn eyes as you strut around the island.
The ultimate proof that fashion never fades, Cartier’s classic design from the 1980s takes on a modern twist with a double loop of golden links. Available at Boutique Cartier
Cayman in George Town.
With a bottle inspired by the Paris Opéra Garnier ballet dancers, Gérard Bertrand’s sparkling rosé (a.k.a. Crémant de Limoux), Ballerine, is a gorgeous alternative to standard Champagne that’s perfect for any summertime celebration. Available at Jacques Scott Wine & Spirits, multiple locations.
Instead of stashing away that celebratory bottle of bubbly in the fridge, put it on prime display in Baccarat’s crystal-covered Champagne bucket, which doubles as an elegant table centrepiece. Available at Kirk Freeport, multiple locations.
Polished brass accents add just the right amount of gold to a transparent tray making for a modernised Art Deco design that’s stylish enough for the bar yet practical enough for a bathroom vanity. Available at jonathanadler.com.
Switch out a basic decanter for a more eye-catching piece of barware like LALIQUE’s stunning cylindrical crystal design that’s sure to stand out on a bar cart.
Available at Kirk Freeport, multiple locations.
Toast with a set of stemware just as special as the big day itself with sequin-patterned Champagne saucers inspired by the very same embellishments gracing Vera Wang’s bridal gowns. Available at Kirk Freeport, multiple locations.
Ready for Rum
The founder of Tortuga Rum Company and a former Cayman Airways pilot, local entrepreneur Robert Hamaty has plenty of reasons to celebrate — and knows just the right ways to eat, drink and be merry, island-style.
Q: What does CAL’s 50th anniversary mean to you, as someone who has served as a pilot and watched the national carrier grow over the years?
A: I joined as a captain in 1978 when I was 32 years old and served as chief pilot for four years. At that time, the airline only had one aircraft, four captains, four co-pilots and 12 flight attendants. It was small and the employees were like family. I hope it’s still that way as they celebrate 50 years.
Q: Tortuga Rum Cakes stemmed from a recipe baked for special occasions. How did a family recipe grow into an international gift?
A: My wife, Carlene, and I formed Tortuga Rum Company in 1984 while we were both working with CAL. We used good, aged oak barrel rum, and our rum glaze is the best. As visitors to the Island say, “One bite and you are hooked.” The word spread internationally and then cruise ships and airport retailers started demanding the product. The cake has become the no. 1 gift item from the Cayman Islands and the family-owned and -operated Cayman company has since grown globally.
In honour of its 50th anniversary, Cayman Airways is celebrating all year long with monthly destination highlights and travel offers, including perks like 50% bonus miles for Sir Turtle Rewards members.
Author: Lane Nieset