The exotic Cayman Islands, adrift in the Caribbean Sea, are a haven of sun and sand, with some of the best ocean-exploring in the region. Whether you’re looking for a dive-centric hotel, a luxurious beach resort, or a wellness retreat, the sunny shores of Seven Mile Beach have you covered. Rooms for all budgets and styles are available; these are the best.
On the white sands of Seven Mile Beach, the Kimpton Seafire is a design-first hotel – and arriving in the high-ceiling statement lobby, you can tell you’re in for a stylish stay. The grounds are filled with secret seating nooks and fire pits ideal for stargazing on a calm night. The lagoon pool flanked by cherry-red sun loungers invites you in for a dip. Rooms come with sea-facing private balconies and glorious rainfall showers.
Choosing between lounging by the huge pool or on cabana beds on Seven Mile Beach is not the only tough choice at this luxurious resort; it has six enticing bars and restaurants including Blue (a fine dining option by celebrity chef Eric Ripert) and Taikun where you’ll be served sea-fresh sushi. The crystal entrance to La Prairie Spa lets you know the massages and beauty treatments are always a lavish affair.
On the tiny, secluded island of Cayman Brac, Le Soleil D’Or is set in 20 acres (8ha) of organic farmland. A cluster of cottages surrounding a shimmering pool makes up the accommodation. The white sand of the beach is steps away, and free bikes allow you to explore every crevice of the island. Foodies will enjoy the farm-to-table restaurant where the ultra-local produce is whipped into seasonal menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner – and fruity sunset cocktails.
The aquamarine roof and balconies of the Westin Grand Cayman mirror the turquoise shallows of Seven Mile Beach perfectly. It’s hard to see where the large pool ends and the soft, white sand begins as the hotel cabana beds and loungers spill onto the seafront. Most rooms come with a sea view from private balconies. Two restaurants offer fresh seafood – choose from the casual Tortuga Beach Grill or gourmet Beach House. The other bars and restaurants of Seven Mile Beach are all within strolling distance.
Self-catering with five-star hotel trimmings is on offer at the Caribbean Club. Each one, two, and three-bedroom villa and suite has a kitchen with gourmet supplies and a lavish living room. If you don’t want to cook, the beachside Luca restaurant serves Italian-inspired lunches and dinners. Beachfront villas come with sea views over Seven Mile Beach, and the sand is just a few steps from your door.
Life is all about scuba diving and snorkelling at Sunset House Hotel. Its reef is teeming with life, and perfect for a casual snorkelling session. Join the PADI-certified instructors on the hotel boat and head to the best scuba spots the Cayman Islands have to offer. The hotel is a 15-minute walk to the shops, markets, and restaurants of capital George Town, but the shoreline setting is happily free of cruise ships.
This amenity-packed hotel on Seven Mile Beach is all about the three S’s of island life: sun, sea, and sand. A huge mural of stingrays in the cathedral-like lobby pays homage to the beachside location. Rooms are modern and most have private balconies overlooking the cyan sea below. The beachside seafood grill at Veranda offers fresh, local flavors at dinnertime, while cocktails on the terrace make the most of those romantic Cayman sunsets.
A sumptuous spa and dedicated wellness programmes make this Grand Cayman hotel a healthy retreat from everyday life. Yoga on the terrace at sunrise and personal trainers running beachside exercise classes are sure to keep you in shape. Or spend your days lounging under bright yellow parasols on Seven Mile Beach, ordering cocktails from the the club. Rooms are self-catered with a kitchen, or a luxurious hotel suite. Whatever you pick the decor will be sleek, white, and minimalist with pops of sunshine yellow.
Designed in Caribbean plantation house style externally, the inside of Locale is definitively modern, with a flashy black and red motif. This boutique hotel near Seven Mile Beach is easy on the wallet, but you’ll still have access to those sweeping shores and crystal shallows. A simple saltwater pool and grill-style restaurant provide everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Lavish condos of various sizes come with gourmet-stocked kitchens and private balconies overlooking the deep blue and white of Seven Mile Beach. Right in the heart of the hotel stretch, bars and restaurants are within easy walking distance. A huge swimming pool and hot tub back onto the beach where sun loungers are prepped to make the most of the rays. Enjoy the freedom of self-catering and convenience of on-site tours and activities such as snorkelling, diving, and swimming with the local stingrays.