Those with even the shortest stays on Grand Cayman can still take advantage of the many luxurious and exciting offerings on Island. Enjoy stunning views of the North Sound, swim with stingrays on a private charter, treat yourself to duty-free shopping, get pampered with a beauty treatment and enjoy world-class fine dining. Let’s get started.
Rise & Shine
Famous for their breakfast, Cimboco is a local favourite. To fuel yourself for the day, try a Caribbean delicacy such as ackee and saltfish or stick with traditional bacon and eggs. Cimboco’s bright and cosy atmosphere is welcoming, and the food is delicious. It’s the best way to start the day.
Stingrays & Snorkels
After breakfast meet Aqua Watersports, offering luxury powerboat charters on a stunning Axopar T-Top — the only one operating in Grand Cayman. Enjoy five-star service with snacks and beverages. Those who like to be more hands-on can choose a Jet Ski safari tour. In one morning you can snorkel/dive, visit Stingray City and Starfish Point, then round out the trip with a stop at an oceanfront restaurant. Owner Paul Slijper states, “We offer a four-hour/four-stop itinerary that no one else is offering on Cayman.” Aqua Watersports prides itself on offering luxury and completely customisable experiences. Booking must be done in advance.
Snack & Recover
Head to Icoa for lunch; this boutique café has a diverse menu, handcrafted cocktails and an in-house pastry chef. The variety of the menu caters to everyone, and the art-lined walls and cheerful décor recharge even the most tired visitors.
Spend the afternoon surrounded by luxury goods. If inspired to own a boat after your fun on the water, head to Harbour House Marina. They have the largest chandlery in the Western Caribbean at 8,000 square feet. If you are looking for something a little smaller, head to Kirk Freeport. Home to luxury goods, Kirk Freeport is the place to go for watches, leather goods, jewellery and scents. It’s widely known that the best gifts come in the smallest boxes, and Kirk Freeport has many!
Primp & Preen
Once you are shopped out, head to Glamorous Hair Studio, located in the posh Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, to cut, colour or condition your hair. An appointment at Glamorous Hair Studio is a full-body experience as their wash bay chairs massage you, and the hotel décor makes you instantly feel like a VIP. Appointments are easy to book online.
Eat & Drink
End the day with dinner at Calypso Grill. This oceanfront restaurant has an outdoor patio with sweeping views of the North Sound. Guests will have a hard time deciding between the fresh-off-the-dock fish, rack of lamb, fillet and other tantalising options. Make sure to save room for dessert, because no visit to Calypso Grill is complete without Sticky Toffee Pudding.
If the boat rides and blowouts didn’t leave you feeling pampered, the Sticky Toffee Pudding will — allowing you to end the day on a sweet note.
Author: Stacie Sybersma