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Get Zen Again in the Cayman Islands

Health, wellness and physical fitness are key priorities for today’s traveller and the Cayman Islands is the destination for recharging mind, body and soul. While crystal clear waters and swaying palm trees soothe the soul, wellness services, soft adventure activities and luxurious spas provide ways for your clients to escape the everyday grind, reconnect with life’s simple pleasures and feel refreshed.

For the fitness buff, Grand Cayman’s picturesque Seven Mile Beach is the ideal backdrop for yoga on the beach, offered by numerous hotels. The island also boasts a number of personal trainers, health clubs and Crossfit facilities. And for those who love to run, hotels like the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa feature a “running concierge” who can provide trails, routes and music-loaded iPods to help keep them moving. The more serious fitness enthusiast will enjoy the Cayman Islands Triathlon, Cayman Islands Marathon and Flowers Sea Swim - all premier sporting events that attract both local and international competitors alike.

Watersports are ideal ways to stay active and Cayman’s crystal clear sea beckons. Stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and aqua trikes are just a few of the activities available to the active-minded visitor. For something completely unique and awe inspiring, the Bio-Bay Tour from Cayman Kayaks takes guests out during the darkest nights of the month to view bioluminescence, the light created by plants and creatures. This spectacular display of colour provides a rare and moving experience with nature.

If a little pampering is on the agenda, Cayman’s spas offer relaxation and indulgence at their finest. From water-inspired therapies and seaside massages to decadent facial and body treatments, each spa offers truly unique offerings that could only be realized in an island setting. Lavish therapies, opulent settings and unparalleled service await.

On Cayman Brac, recreational activities include hiking the famous Bluff, deep-sea fishing, diving and bird watching. On tranquil Little Cayman, ‘back to basics’ activities include the Booby Pond Nature Reserve and the Salt Rock Nature Trail, which provide a chance to discover numerous plant and animal species, many of which are native to Cayman. One of the world’s premier dive sites, Bloody Bay Wall, features a dramatic 1,829 m (6,000 ft.) underwater drop-off giving divers a view of deep-water corals and the opportunity to swim amidst bonefish, turtles, sharks and rays. And a visit to Little Cayman would not be complete without seeing Owen Island. This secluded and deserted island off Little Cayman, easily accessible by kayak, boat or even a swim, is the ideal spot for a picnic, snorkelling or just catching some sun. For clients that need to recharge, the Cayman Islands is the place to get Zen again.

Both Air Canada and Westjet offer non-stop scheduled service year-round from Toronto to Grand Cayman. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, visit www.visitcaymanislands.ca

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