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There’s Always Something New In The Cayman Islands

More accommodations, events & attractions for discerning travellers

It’s a Caribbean destination that has no difficulty distinguishing itself from others.

The Cayman Islands is a British territory with a cosmopolitan vibe and North American-level infrastructure. It boasts the highest standard of living in the Caribbean and ranks close to Canada in average income.

It’s a sun destination without big all-inclusive resorts. Instead, there are luxury properties large and small, rental condos that are commissionable to agents and mid-range places ideal for family travellers.

It’s a place with a population of less than 60,000 that is home to over 200 restaurants – offering everything from celebrity-chef tasting menus in ultra-modern décor to fried conch from a beachside fish stand.

And it’s a place of welcome, distinguished by a positive approach to life that locals call Caymankind, and visitors experience as a feeling of joy.

“We believe we’re the world’s friendliest country,” says Raymond Mathias, Business Development Manager, Canada, for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.

“We encourage people to tour as opposed to staying on the resort. We invite guests to walk on one of the world’s great beaches, without being approached by vendors. Summed up, we offer a high-quality, worry-free experience with a very high level of customer service.”

Those qualities continue to brings guests back and attract first-timers, so there’s always something new in the Cayman Islands to cater to that growth. Let’s take a look at the exciting developments for this winter and beyond.

Accommodations: New & Improved

Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa

Here Comes Kimpton: Grand Cayman is bringing a new level of excellence with the arrival of the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa, just in time for the winter season. The design-driven, 266-room resort marks the 1st entry of the luxury Kimpton brand in the Caribbean. Now open, Seafire features 6 on-property restaurants and bars, 2 pools, a full-service spa/fitness facility featuring a Hammam and garden soaking pool, oceanfront kids’ facility, meeting/wedding facilities and more. Accommodations include 3-private beach bungalows with sweeping ocean views and a penthouse Presidential Suite. Beach bungalows house six separate suites, many with kitchens, making them ideal for multi-gen families travelling together.

Renovation At The Ritz: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman recently renovated all 365 rooms and numerous public spaces plus added a new kids waterpark called Starfish Cay.

Getting More Grand: The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort recently unveiled its “beach house experience,” including refreshed rooms and public spaces with a relaxed vibe. Programming includes unique wellness activities and amenities.

Westin Wow: The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is currently undergoing dramatic renovations to be completed in 2017 including upgrades to all 344 rooms and suites, refreshed public spaces and much more.

Cayman Brac News: The dive-focused Cayman Brac Beach Resort added a new bar and lagoon-style oceanfront swimming pool and Le Soleil D’or, a boutique all-suite and villa hotel, offers a unique farm-to-table wellness experience.

Coming Soon: The Cayman Islands has additional developments on the horizon including the 2017 opening of the Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman (formerly the Treasure Island Resort). The 287-room ‘casual luxe’ design will feature an open-air lobby, swim-up bar, signature restaurants, designated kid zones and more.

As well, a $360 million development branded St. James Point has broken ground and will feature a resort hotel and an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course.

Savouring Cayman Time: New Attractions & Things To Do

Cayman Crystal Caves

Cayman Crystal Caves: This new attraction just opened with additional caves opening in 2017. Your clients can view amazing stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures formed by water drops over time. Guided tours of the caves and surrounding tropical forest area are available.

Segway Tours: One of the newest activities on Seven Mile Beach is the Segway tour. A 90-minute tour takes riders around the island both on pavement and sand. Starting from downtown, the tour features stops at Camana Bay's Town Centre and around the popular Seven Mile Beach area where beach time and refreshments are available. There is also a sunset tour on Seven Mile Beach.

Dark Night Events: On each new moon throughout the year, the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort hosts “Dark Night” events which feature smoking sage, healing stones, stargazing, light fare and atmospheric beats by a live DJ.

Ritz-Carlton Cooking Classes: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is now offering culinary classes to inspire chefs to hone their skills. The resort’s chic new Culinary Studio covers a wide range of subjects including traditional Caribbean fare, desserts, baking and ice cream making.

International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Exhibit: Now showing at the Cayman Islands National Museum is an exhibit that reflects the growth of the scuba diving industry over the past 15 years. Visitors can experience some of the most treasured scuba diving artifacts in the world.

Photo credit: David and Melissa Wolfe

Cayman Cookout 2017: This annual celebration of cuisine continues in 2017 hosted by Michelin-starred Eric Ripert. Joining him for the 4-day epicurean weekend will be Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés, Masterchef’s Christina Tosi and many more chefs. Highlights include beach BBQs, wine tastings, chocolate demonstrations, fresh food demonstrations on Seven Mile Beach, dinners around the island and much more.

That’s just one of the annual food and drink celebrations in the Cayman Islands. Your foodie clients will also love Cayman Restaurant Month and Cayman Cocktail Week.

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