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Sprawling along a seven-mile stretch of ribboned white sand, this newly reborn resort debuts with a laid back attitude that captures the spirit and history of the Caribbean Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, on Seven Mile Beach, beckons for visitors to discover paradise in "barefoot luxury." The island offers an ideal playground for outdoor activities. From cruising to the bottom of the sea in a private submarine or exploring botanical gardens, to scuba diving the a world-renowned destination or just kicking back and sipping chilled beverages poolside, no desire is left un-met. At sunset, guests gather at the beach and gaze upon the horizon in hopes of catching a glimpse of the green flash - an atmospheric phenomenon that is believed by local Caymanians to signify the last cannon shot by Columbus when he fought to protect The Cayman Islands from the final pirate pillage. From the celebration of dazzling sunsets with family, to selfish indulgence in the mind-numbing spa, the resort inspires guests to leave their shoes at the door and soak up the mellow mentality of the Cayman Islands.
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Grand Cayman Island is sprinkled just south of Cuba on the fringe of the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea, where depths of over four miles deep have been recorded. Grand Cayman is located 85 miles southeast of its sister Islands, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, and is a brief hour-long plane ride from Miami. The island is delimited by vivid coral reefs that lie atop of dramatic walls and drop-offs close to shore, creating ideal conditions exploring each enchanting layer of the Caribbean Sea.
From the moment visitors step foot off the plane, they are greeted with the subtle sound of steel drums mixing with balmy off shore breezes. A short eight-minute ride to the resort uncovers panoramic views of sweeping white sand, wild banana orchids and towering silver thatch palm trees that outnumber street signs. Splashed in rich, sparkling hues from sunrise to sunset, Mother Nature's portrait is one of emerald and turquoise waters contrasting with stark white sand, forming the breathtaking ambiance surrounding the 307 room resort. The expansive brightly colored lobby gives way to a more intimate alcove, gently urging guests towards an open courtyard. The oasis is punctuated with series of ponds and fountains surrounded by a bountiful botanical garden rich with indigenous Cayman flora and fauna, iguanas, turtles and rare butterflies. The
lush courtyard provides a gateway to guide guests toward the sea or a peaceful sanctuary for enjoying a chilled cocktail.
Recently named "Grand Cayman's Leading Hotel" by World Travel. Just underwent $15 million in renovations including all guest rooms, restaurants, meeting space and spa. Most extensive spa menu and third largest meetings space on the island.
Bronzing Bell For those who like to lounge longer, the bronzing bell hangs by the pool and alerts tasteful tanners that it is time to flip. Sports Specialists This poolside office has onsite adventure planners to arrange outings ranging from kayaking to sunset cruising. Caribbean Coolers Pool concierges "spritz" sunbathing guests that are too tired to take a dip and provide sun worshippers chilled towels and fresh fruit, as well as smoothie samples throughout the day.
The freshly refurbished 307 rooms and suites at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort are among the most spacious on the island. Drenched in tropical hues of gold, tangerine and avocado and accented with rich dark woods, all rooms now offer high-speed wireless Internet, 310-thread count triple sheeting and marble bathrooms. Each room provides a private balcony for stunning views of the sea or the lush garden courtyard alive with indigenous plants and local wildlife. In-room amenities include a mini refrigerator, which can be prestocked from a menu and tailored to the guest's liking, bathrobe, personal safe, hair drier, iron and coffee maker.
Taste of Grand Cayman
Solana on Seven Mile Beach After a day of discovery, hungry travelers decompress at Solana on Seven Mile Beach, the Marriott's Four-Star oceanfront restaurant. Inspired by the art, culture, and cuisine of the Caribbean, Chef Ron Hargrave creates the finest dining experience in Grand Cayman. The menu features gourmet cuisine inspired by Caribbean flair. Solana delights the senses with smells of fresh orchids, sounds of the sea, tastes that inspire and sights of the most breathtaking sunsets on Grand Cayman. Red Parrot Throughout the day the casual setting of Red Parrot invites guests to experience a taste of the Caribbean. Visitors are greeted with a "hello!" from Ruby, the resident parrot, and a recommendation to try the famous conch chowder with plantain spoon. Guests are allowed to hit the snooze button several times and still enjoy an overflowing breakfast buffet that includes fresh tropical fruit, homemade breads and tempting made-to-order omelets. In the evening the restaurant transitions into a steak and seafood bistro alive with rich hearty flavor. Sol Bar
This easy-going lounge sits on the shores of the Caribbean Sea where visitors can enjoy a tropical cocktail and lunch without ever changing out of their swimwear. Here guests bask in the sights and sounds of island life while dining on Sol Bar's famous Beach BBQ with their toes in the sand. Balboa's Lounge Located in the center lobby of the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Balboa's Lounge is the heart of hotel's activity. Local artists, musicians and cigar rollers bring island culture right into the hotel for guest's enjoyment. The extensive Martini menu tempts thirsty palettes with more than 100 versions of the beverage; from the green flash martini to a creamy mudslide, there is a flavor for each hour of the day for a whole week. After experiencing the beverage menu, the delicious tapas bar, offered all day long, is an essential chaser.
La Mer Spa
Guests delight in a luxurious, personalized spa experience tailored to any desire. La Mer Spa greets guests with a serene water wall, warm lighting, sounds of mood music floating on the air and gentle aromas of rosemary, cypress, lavender and thyme. The intimate quarters include a couple's room with Jacuzzi and both wet and dry individual treatment rooms, as well as a quaint cabana for a decedent outdoor massage. Guests indulge with a variety of treatments; from facials, body wraps and beauty treatments to massages, manicures, pedicures and full hair salon. The La Mer Spa Director and staff are expertly trained to pamper visitors with products by YonKa. Through the face, body and sun skincare collections YonKa gives skin the most precious gift that plants can provide -- enlivening essential oils charged with energy from the sun's rays. All products and therapies are hand crafted, plant-derived, holistically formulated, scientifically proven and customized for all skin types. YonKa successfully integrates the complex science of four botanical therapies - aromatherapy, phototherapy, marine-therapy and fruit-acid therapy - into a complete line of therapeutic, nurturing and healing products to custom fit each guest. Each ingredient has a specific role to nourish the skin: the fruit acids moisturize and enhance the complexion, the vitamins combat free radicals, and the plan oils soften. These luxurious products are must-haves to stars like Eva Longoria and Hillary Swank.
Meeting spaces are surrounded with views of the sea subtly (or not so subtly) urging the business minded to kick their shoes off under the conference table. The newly redesigned meeting rooms have been expanded to 4,300 sq ft. and are now accented in brilliant bursts of color to help guests stay awake even during the most sullen seminars. Accommodating up to 550 people, the Orchid Ballroom, with three breakout rooms, is ideal for activities ranging from executive team building to social gatherings. The large, open pre-function space that surrounds the ballroom is bordered by balconies and encircled by breathtaking vistas on all sides. The resort offers comprehensive meeting facilities complemented by expert catering and audiovisual resources, as well as on-site meeting assistants.
Activities - Aqua Adventurers
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Scuba diving in reefs Snorkeling in boat wrecks Reef runner touring in private speedboats Ferry rides to Rum Point Exploring with individual Submarine Boat Rides Kayaking and canoeing Seaside swimming in a freshwater pool Embarking on individual wave runner tours Swimming with stingrays
Activities - Landblubbers
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Indulging in spa services at La Mer Visiting botanical gardens Horseback riding along shores or on trails Exploring in pirate caves Relaxing on Botswain's Beach Visiting the Cayman Turtle Farm Sightseeing at Historic Pedro St. James Castle Witnessing butterfly paradise in man-made habitat Meandering through Bodden Town Historic Village Steel drumming lessons Duty-free shopping in Georgetown Championship golfing in SafeHaven
The Cayman Islands are recognized as the "birthplace" of Scuba Diving. From novice to elite, the number and diversity of the dive sites accommodate any adventure. Stingray City has been called "the world's best 12 foot dive" and offers Cayman's most unique marine experience for both divers and snorkelers. Each day up to 100 large southern stingrays congregate in two specific areas of warm, clear, shallow water in the North Sound. Although Stingray City is one of the most famous dive sites in the world, it is not an over-hyped tourist trap. The North Wall drops deep into the abyss of the Caribbean with huge towers of coral punctuating the cliff-like boarders. Being less dived than the west, the North Wall is home to many large pelagics such as sharks, and schools of eagle rays. One particularly impressive resident of this area is a great hammerhead, measured at more than 15 ft. in length.
Guests taking a drier path, rove around the extensive shopping stops on Seven Mile Beach like the quaint Capital, Georgetown. Grand Cayman is a duty-free destination, providing a manifold of opportunities to save on such items as watches, china, crystal, perfumes and fine jewelry. Ladies find the extensive collection of David Yurman, Stephen Lagos and John Hardy jewelry engaging while dads drool over Rolex and Breitling watches.
Providing a great game for golfers of all levels, The Links at Safehaven is Cayman's only 18-hole
championship course with five driving distance options. The Britannia is the only Jack Nicklaus-designed course in the Caribbean. The Britannia is comprised of two courses with a unique18 hole executive with par 3's and 4's. Sunrise Family Golf Centre is Grand Cayman's newest golf course. Sunrise is a 9-hole par 3 course, located 15 minutes from George Town.
Travel By Air
Many major American carriers have direct daily or weekly flights to the Grand Cayman airport, including American Airlines, Continental, Delta, and US Airways. Cayman Airways also connects the Grand Cayman airport with cities in the southern US several times per week. From Europe, British Airways is the easiest way to reach Grand Cayman airport. To Grand Cayman: From Miami - one hour From Atlanta - 2 hrs 45 min From Houston - 2 hrs 20 min From New York City - 6 hrs From Chicago - 4 hrs 55 min
Average daily temperatures: Dec. - Feb. 78 F March - May 80 F June - Aug. 84 F Sept. - Nov. 82 F
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