How to Relax in the Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | © IreneCorti / Getty Images
Photo of Donna Sozio
23 August 2018

With white sand beaches, genuine Caymankind friendliness, beach bars, and a myriad of spas and wellness activities, it’s easy to let go and relax in the Cayman Islands. These top ten ways to relax are sure to bring you the bliss you long for on a tropical vacation.

Rejuvenate with morning beach yoga

Start your day in paradise right with a morning beach yoga class. Many hotels like the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa host free classes for guests, or you can find a private class throughout the island. No yoga mat necessary – just grab a beach towel and let the instructor guide you through a gentle and relaxing class while you refresh with the gentle sounds of the ocean and a cool breeze.

Yoga on the beach | © UpperCut Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Take a sailing cruise

With the wind in your hair and a drink in your hand, let invigorating negative ions have their way with you as you sail over the Cayman Islands’ turquoise waters. For ultimate relaxation book a private charter or opt for a luxury sailing catamaran where a full staff takes care of your every need. Stay on board and work on your tan, or get wet and snorkel over an offshore reef.

Sailing on the Cayman Islands | © Erick Lucio / EyeEm / Getty Image

Indulge in a waterfront massage

Indulge in a beach massage | Courtesy of The Westin Grand Cayman /

Think cool ocean breezes and a magnificent view for your morning or evening waterfront massage at the Hibiscus Spa on Seven Mile Beach. Any leftover stress melts away as the massage therapist applies organic essential oils to relax your senses. The only decision to make is which style of massage you prefer: Swedish, Lomi-Lomi or Aromatherapy.

Explore Cayman Brac

A quick 30-minute hop to “The Brac” from Grand Cayman and you’ll feel its relaxed island local vibe. With a population of less than four thousand, Cayman Brac is the perfect place to relax, snorkel just offshore, and explore sleepy towns. Or book a hot stone massage at the Tropical Touch day spa at the Cayman Brac Beach Resort.

Cayman Brac | © Danita Delimont / Alamy Stock Photo

Visit Little Cayman

So remote even locals who live in Grand Cayman take an island hopper to Little Cayman to relax. Just ten miles long, you’ll feel like you have the island all to yourself. Relatively flat, it’s perfect to explore on bike. Lounge the day away on a gorgeous beach with pink-hued soft sand or zen out while gazing onto the turquoise horizon while fishing for bonefish.

Church on Little Cayman Island | © JaimePharr / Getty Images

Indulge in a Total Escape massage

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Rejuvenate at the La Praire Spa | Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman /

A 3.5-hour immersion into total bliss, the Total Escape Massage at La Prairie Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman includes a massage, facial, manicure, and pedicure. Get to the spa early and enjoy the whirlpool, steam room, and sauna. Or simply close your eyes and relax in its Silver Haven reflection room.

Relax in a Hammam

Seafire Spa, Cayman Islands | © Kimpton Seafire Resort /

This 8,500 square foot spa features a beautifully tiled Hammam for its signature treatment – the Purification Hammam Journey. Perfect for a detox, the journey begins with essential oils followed by a rigorous body exfoliation with volcanic ash. Then remineralize your body in thermal water and marine silt while enjoying a scalp massage.

Find balance with SUP yoga

Instead of yoga mats, you use a paddle board over the calm turquoise water in Grand Cayman. Perfect for beginner and advanced yogis, SUP yoga takes your practice to the next level with an outdoor studio and floating mat. Stretch, tone, and bliss-out in a tropical paradise. Opt for a full yoga session or a mix of paddling and yoga. VitaminSeaCayman offers all levels of classes including board rentals.

SUP Yoga | © Johner Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Explore the north side of Grand Cayman

Far from the cruise ships, this is the chill side of Grand Cayman. Filled with fruit and nut trees, hiking trails and empty beaches, this is where you can truly escape. Relax at Cayman Kai Beach or hike the Mastic Reserve where you’ll find an old growth dry forest with a wide variety of indigenous animals and tropical plants. Dine at Over the Edge restaurant on the beach serving up homemade local specialties.

Cayman Kai Beach | © Jaime Pharr / Alamy Stock Photo

Get spiritual and find inner bliss

Once a month at Anchor & Den, nestled inside Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, guests celebrate the celestial cycles of Mother Earth. Its signature Dark Night event features Light Workers who lead you in soulful activities and exercises including chakra coloring, beach stargazing, and aromatherapy.

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