Your phone helps you manage your life, but sometimes it can start to feel like it’s driving you batty, from calendar alerts for your meetings and demanding texts from your kids, to Facebook notifications and phone calls from your boss.
That’s the perfect time for a digital detox, and Cayman’s natural Islands are the perfect place to get away from it all.
“The stillness of the Island sets the mood for peace and quiet,” explains Kathy Beaty of Carib Sands Management Ltd., which manages Carib Sands Beach Resort and Brac Caribbean Beach Village in Cayman Brac. “The last plane lands just after dark and then the only sound you hear is West Indies whistling ducks flying back to their nests, heron, frogs and an occasional cricket.”
The resorts are designed with maximum relaxation in mind, taking advantage of the naturally serene ambience. Guests spend their days lounging by the pool, beachcombing or diving into nature — literally — with scuba or snorkelling gear. Walks on the beach after sunset are a particular pleasure, Beaty says: “During the night time, [you can] walk out on the beach and stare at the night sky and see the Milky Way like never before.”
For finding your ultimate zen, Beaty suggests the resort’s second-floor dock hammocks, which offer a perfect, breezy naptime spot. The spa also offers relaxing massages on the dock, releasing the tension in your muscles whilst “listening to the waves on the reef entering the crystal-clear lagoon.”
For the adventurous, there’s also caving, rappelling and rock climbing nearby. But Beaty emphasises that the vibe here is decidedly chill.
“Take the time to just breathe in the pure air and feel the warmth of the sun rays on your skin.”
“Most people come here to either completely relax and turn off, or they come to scuba dive or rock climb or hike,” says Rebecca Banks of Cayman Brac condominiums Kings Point and Cayman Breakers. “It’s very much nature related.”
Don’t be fooled; the Brac is anything but boring. Scuba divers make pilgrimages to its shores for diving — Banks says it’s “the shore diving capital of the Caribbean” — to explore the 130 dive sites circling its sandy beaches.
And then, of course, there’s the famous Bluff, rising 150 feet tall and offering opportunities for cave exploring and even rock climbing. Its majestic appeal doesn’t wane, even for locals. “You just wouldn’t believe the views,” Banks says. “Even if you’re not rock climbing, just go to look at the views. It’s amazing.”
Of course, there are a couple of things you’ll have to live without on the Brac. Not that you’ll miss them.
“We’re completely away from any of the shops or businesses or airport,” Banks says of Kings Point’s idyllic location at the eastern end of Cayman Brac, settled between the Bluff to the north and the sea to the south. “There’s no noise except the ocean and the birds. At night, there’s no light pollution, so you see thousands of stars.”
Visit the Sister Islands
Weekend escapes to Cayman Brac are quick and convenient with Cayman Airways and Cayman Airways Express, which offer up to 10 flights a day between Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands.
Author: Ciara Ebanks