Formerly the Hyatt Regency, the rebranded and refurbished Grand Cayman Beach Suites Resort feels like a boutique hotel, with just 53 rooms. The hotel is a small and friendly alternative to the island’s big mass-market resorts, yet with full-service amenities including a dive center and Jack Nicklaus–designed 18-hole golf course. Guestrooms overlook Grand Cayman’s spectacular Seven Mile Beach, and the location is also optimal for shopping and sightseeing excursions on the 76-square-mile island.
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In the less-crowded middle of Seven Mile Beach, the resort sits across the street from a chic cafe, Lauren’s (720 Buckingham Sq., West Bay Road), and within a few blocks’ walking distance of the Galleria Plaza shopping mall. In West Bay, the Old Homestead Museum, aka “the Pink House,” offers a glimpse of Grand Cayman life before the arrival of tourists and cruise ships. History buffs also head for Pedro Castle, the restored stone residence of William Eden, a mariner, plantation owner, and early settler. Orchid fanatics head for the Queen Elizabeth Botanical Gardens (Frank Sound Road, East End, Grand Cayman) or look for wild specimens while hiking the Mastic Trail, a preserve of old-growth subtropical forest that survived 18th and 19th-century logging. A few blocks north of the resort, next to the public access to Seven Mile Beach, Calico Jack’s (West Beach Road) segues from alfresco jerk chicken joint into a DJ and house music party at night, with live performances on full moon evenings.
Need to Know
Rooms: 53 suites. From $272. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out noon. Dining options: Islandwide-popular Hemingway’s serves Caribbean cuisine in a freestanding beachfront restaurant. Britannia Grille emphasizes seafood on a colonial-style terrace overlooking the golf course. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a gym and a spa with plant-based aromatherapy, phytotherapy, fresh fruit treatments, and Parisian YonKa products. There are two small outdoor freshwater pools, one wheelchair accessible. Guests should take advantage of the full-service dive and water sports center.
Who’s it best for: Golfers and travelers who want to be on a beautiful beach while remaining within walking distance of restaurants and grocery stores. Our favorite rooms: All have private balconies with ocean view, minifridge, toaster, and microwave. Each of the four two-bedroom Ocean Front Suites has a 680-square-foot fully furnished terrace. Avoid rooms over the bar; the happy hour attracts boisterous locals. Local highlight: Ask the concierge to book a Mastic Trail nature hike with guide Geddes Hislop, who used to work for the Grand Cayman’s National Trust.