Best Family Resorts, Hotels & Villas in Grand Cayman
By Hannah Barnard on 27th February, 2024
If you’re thinking about a family vacation to the Caribbean, Grand Cayman should be at the top of your list. There is so much to see and do in the Cayman Islands, kids will be entertained from dawn to dusk. Finding the perfect family-friendly resort that caters for all your needs and has all the right amenities can be a difficult task. To help with the planning here is a list of the best family resorts, hotels and villas in Grand Cayman.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
First class service, stunning surroundings, amazing facilities and a top spot on Seven Mile Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman really has it all. It’s an award-winning property that epitomises luxury and elegance while offering all of the comforts and amenities you need on a family vacation.
The resort features some of the greatest amenities and services on-island, including the acclaimed fine dining restaurant, Blue by Eric Ripert (a Michelin-starred chef of Le Bernardin fame), a world-class spa, and a nine-hole golf course that has a Greg Norman Signature design.
The Ritz-Carlton has a myriad of family-friendly activities and experiences to try, including eco-adventures with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment – suitable from 4 years old and up. The program features a range of activities centered around the natural surroundings of the island. Children and adults alike will enjoy activities such as mangrove kayaking, underwater photography, and cooking classes, all in Grand Cayman’s living classroom. Also on offer are a selection of tennis programs for children and adults, with access to clay and hard courts and the only Pickle Ball courts on the island. Gamers will be in their element at the Wave Game Room, with a choice of video games to play, along with air hockey and table tennis.
The Ritz-Carlton is also home to the island’s only children’s water park – Starfish Cay. Featuring zero-entry splash pools, colorful slides and interactive water nozzles, it’s the perfect place to cool off.
When it comes to dining, you’re in for a real treat with six award-winning restaurants to experience. All of the restaurants feature kids’ menus for children aged between 6-12 years old and kids under the age of 5 enjoy complimentary meals.
To book visit: ritzcarlton.com
Grand Cayman Villas & Condos
There is no shortage of amazing accommodation on Grand Cayman, from oceanfront cosy hideaways to expansive luxury villas or lavish beachside condos. Leading the way, with a stunning selection of 75 villas and 200 condos spread across the island, is Grand Cayman Villas & Condos, one of Cayman’s top vacation rental specialists.
Perfect for a family vacation, many of the villas offer private beachfront, al fresco dining areas, oceanfront pools, spacious family rooms, and dreamy bedrooms with ocean views.
What sets Grand Cayman Villas & Condos apart from other vacation rental companies is their on-island hospitality company, Silver Thatch Guest Services. Guests have exclusive use of the private fitness centre and business facilities based at their Welcome Centre, and are provided with complimentary snorkel gear to use during their stay.
Villa guests can rely on a dedicated hospitality team for local recommendations, help with reservations or in-villa experiences, such as private chefs, a calming massage or spa treatment. The team can also organise excursions through their sister watersports company that offers affordable private charters, dive trips and kayak and paddleboard rentals. Their 32-foot World Cat boasts luxury features, including two forward-facing chaise lounges, a private restroom with hot shower, a large dive ladder and stern platform, and a flip-down LCD TV.
To book visit: grandcaymanvillas.net
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
Noted as one of the best new hotels in the world, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is Grand Cayman’s first boutique resort, offering a holistic approach to rest and relaxation. With over 25 room categories to choose from, there is accommodation to suit families of all sizes. From oceanfront bungalows with private plunge pools to family suites with bunk beds and separate bathrooms in one-bedroom suites – you’re guaranteed a comfortable stay.
Family fun is in abundance at the Kimpton Seafire, with a kids’ popcorn check-in station at arrival, a breakfast chocolate milk station and a special social hour every evening complete with snacks, juices and children’s entertainment. What’s more, the resort’s on-site kids club Camp Seafire offers half-day and full-day camps for 3.5 – 12-year-olds with creative new themes and activities every day. You can even drop the kids off for hourly sessions – perfect for a little bit of me-time at the spa.
For smaller children or families who would like childcare in their rooms, Camp Seafire offers a nanny service. Their onsite, fully qualified team is available throughout the day into the evening.
Not only is the Kimpton Seafire family-friendly, but it is pet-friendly too! All furry, feathery or scaly friends are welcome — no matter their size, weight, or breed, all at no extra charge. Making your pet’s stay extra comfortable, plush pet beds, food, water bowls and mats are available.
The resort has three restaurants on-site, as well as the only Chef’s Counter experience – Coccoloba (Mexican immediately on the beach), AVE (Mediterranean), Avecita (Spanish style tapas), as well as a casual coffee shop and pool bar. All offer kids menus, with kids under 5 dining for free at each restaurant. The Kimpton Seafire also hosts speciality ‘Foodie Nights’ such as Island Fest (Caribbean night under the stars at their Beach Deck with live music and fire entertainment), Taco y Tequila (featuring live music and speciality food at a promotional price) and Pintxos + Paella (Spanish inspired all you can eat with live music, porons and sangria).
To book visit: seafireresortandspa.com
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
Beautifully situated on prime oceanfront, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa offers all you need for a spectacular family vacation.
Spend your days playing on one of the most expansive portions of Seven Mile Beach, or float in the sparkling waters of the largest freshwater swimming pool in Grand Cayman. Exhilarating and family-friendly watersports are just steps from rooms and suites. Enjoy a complimentary Stand-Up Paddle Board Clinic, or hop on board a banana boat, wave runner, or kayak. One must-do activity is the resorts’ sunset cruise – a wonderfully relaxing way to spend the evening.
There’s fun at every turn with The Westin’s daily activity schedule, including beach games, sandcastle building competitions, art time, family trivia, ping pong tournaments, and kids cookie decorating class – all of which are included in the resort fee. Don’t miss their family movie night on Seven Mile Beach, with popcorn and a family movie played on a gigantic outdoor screen every Sunday. For adults, relax your mind with complimentary beach yoga sessions every morning from 8 am, work out in their 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, or treat yourself to a pampering visit at their full-service Hibiscus spa. Fancy a day of island-exploring? The resort’s central location means many family-friendly attractions are just a short walk, drive, or bus journey away.
If you’re traveling to the Cayman Islands during a holiday season such as the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa won’t fail to pull out all the stops. With all-day activity programs for children, themed menus, and excellent entertainment, you’ll leave with many treasured memories.
Their on-site restaurants are great for the whole family, with Ferdinand’s offering half portions on every dish on the main menu for children, along with a dedicated kids menu. The Tortuga Beach Grill and Bar also has kids menu available on request.
To book visit: marriott.com
The Hampton by Hilton Grand
Located in one of the best spots in Grand Cayman in terms of amenities and accessibility, The Hampton by Hilton Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach is a brilliant choice for visitors looking for an affordable vacation just steps away from Seven Mile Beach. The wonderful Camana Bay, complete with shops,
dining, entertainment and activities, is just a short walk away, making this location particularly popular.
The Hampton by Hilton’s Guest Concierge Team can arrange snorkeling and boat excursions to Stingray City, while a shuttle to nearby beaches, parks, bars and clubs is available to guests. Their tropical garden pool featuring Ms. Piper’s Cottage is the perfect location in which to sip on a cocktail, lay back on a sun lounger or dip your toes into the lovely pool. It’s a great venue in which to get away from it all and is an excellent family-friendly spot. Choose from individual rooms and studios, one or two-bedroom suites or their King Executive suite. Added amenities include a free hot breakfast, a fitness centre and pet-friendly rooms.
Enjoy daily complimentary Breakfast. Get comfortable in the spacious Studios and Suites.
Stay connected with free Wi-Fi. Treat yourself at the Retail Nook. Host a special occasion dinner, a creative happy hour or a private gathering, every event is an opportunity for a one-of-a-kind experience.
To book visit: www.thehampton.com
Le Soleil d’Or
Le Soleil d’Or on Cayman Brac stretches over 20 acres of elevated botanical gardens and, with the ocean below, this is a special spot that offers peace and tranquillity to everyone who visits. Its very own farm is at the heart and soul of this very special boutique hotel. Stay at the Coast House, a secluded villa steps
from the ironshore, where the sandy beach serves as its front porch. Amenities include its own pool, endless ocean views and a gourmet kitchen.
Nestled at the centre of Le Soleil d’Or’s meandering grounds is the Manor House, with four ensuite guest rooms designed for privacy while sharing a great room, gourmet kitchen and pool. Individual rooms all have appealing names and generous accommodation. Star Apple has a spacious ground floor master suite with gardens outside and a generous seating area. Cherry Lime’s wraparound terrace is a retreat unto itself. June Plum welcomes the Caribbean sun with its south facing terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea, while Pink Guava is another charming room whose windows showcase the spectrum of the flowering Bluff face, Cayman Brac’s flaming sunset and the Caribbean Sea.
The Beach Club, a two-mile drive from the main Le Soleil d’Or grounds, feels like its own private island. The Beach Club studio is all about celebrating Cayman Brac’s sun, sand and sea. Enjoy farm tours, a fitness centre, basketball court and tennis court usage, while their dining room takes inspiration from what is grown or gathered nearby; their garden inspired menu nurtures with simply prepared selections.
To book visit: www.lesoleildo.com
Southern Cross Club
For a fantastic accommodation experience like no other in the Cayman Islands, stay at the Southern Cross Club on Little Cayman. Here, enjoy privacy and peace staying in one of 14 colourful bungalows located on the gorgeous beachfront. Be spoilt with incredible service, outstanding cuisine, and exciting amenities and activities, all set against the idyllic backdrop of this secluded unspoiled island. Little Cayman is just 10 square miles and is a truly special place, untouched by much development and rich in biodiversity.
It’s the perfect spot from which to dive some of Cayman’s most iconic dive spots, such as the incredibly exciting Bloody Bay Marine Park, which many believe to be the best diving in the entire Caribbean. Achieve dive training certification with their in-house team, try fly-fishing on Tarpon Lake, bone-fishing and deep-sea fishing with their in-house guides. Kayak or paddle board to uninhabited Owen Island, just offshore.
All bungalows have private baths, outside decks, air conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities and many bungalows include outdoor showers too. There’s a restaurant serving international fusion and Caribbean favourites, while Loggerhead Bar is the place to go for light fare and custom cocktails. Also enjoy the complimentary use of kayaks, paddleboards, snorkelling gear, beach-cruiser bicycles, as well as a 10ft-deep freshwater pool and hot tub. If you simply want to chill, lounge in hammocks under shady palms scattered across the property.
For those looking to get to know this lovely island a bit more, visit the Little Cayman Museum, Little Cayman National Trust Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre, Booby Pond Nature Reserve. Take a guided tour of the marine research and education centre, CCMI, or why not enjoy a sunset cruise with SCC staff.
To book visit: www.southerncrossclub.com
Conceived, built and owned by Caymanian Lynn M. Bodden, The Cottages is a small boutique bed and breakfast consisting of 10 studio cottages overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea at East End on Grand Cayman. Each uniquely named and decorated cottage features kitchenettes allowing for convenience of self-catering and relaxation on guests’ own schedule, luxurious bathroom and amenities in a fresh clean, crisp and modern island style layout.
Guests can expect breakfast daily and other Caymanian amenities during their stay. The Cottages are
configured with either two queen sized beds or one king size bed, sleeping up to four per room plus an optional family style adjoining suite. At the centre of the resort is an infinity edge pool with a large expansive pool deck to enjoy the tropical weather and environment.
To book visit: www.thecottages.com
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