Grand Cayman Beach Suites [CLOSED]
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.
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.
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.