THE WESTIN GRAND CAYMAN RESORT & SPA
Words by Sophia Muller
Setting foot into the Westin Grand Cayman, whether barefoot via the backdoor or weary through the front after a long-haul flight, is comparable to the feeling of dipping tired toes and sunburnt skin into the cool tropical waters of the Caribbean.
The interior of the lobby perfectly complements the glorious view of the outdoors, succeeding in capturing the unmistakable tropical essence of island life - without reducing it to a cliché. The lounge area leading to the outdoor pool is comfortable, cool and instills a sense of calm without sacrificing on style. The indoor bar drapes along the one side of the lounge area in a bold curve, a simple yet striking statement, reflective of both the ceiling and furniture designs observed in the lounge.
The outdoor area boasts two hot tubs, a poolside courtyard café and a convenient pool bar where guests can laze the days away in the water while sipping on cocktails and gazing out at the blue palette of prismatic waters. For those looking to revive body and soul, the hotel’s Hibiscus spa offers comprehensive pampering services.
· Fitness centre
· Kids' club
· Room service
· Steam room/hammam
Access for guests with disabilities
All public areas are wheelchair accessible while specially adapted wheelchair-friendly rooms are also available.
The hotel grounds and its spacious rooms offers explore-ability to roaming youths, while entertainment and care services are on offer through the ‘Westin Kids Club’.
The décor of the garden or ocean-facing bedrooms, most of which feature a patio or balcony, once again draws inspiration from the natural elements – carpets mimic blue-grey beach pebbles while in some rooms an ombre sofa in shades of blue accentuates and emphasizes where you find yourself. The touches of warm wood accent furniture i.e. the side tables, lampshades and chairs, add a welcoming touch to the cool interior.
Rates vary between $299* in low season to $399* in peak season. Breakfast is not included, though free Wi-Fi is.
*Rates as recorded on the date of publishing and are subject to change.
Food & Drink
The resort showcases six restaurants, a grab-and-go coffee shop and a pool bar. The restaurants all boast menus that draw their culinary influence from the Mediterranean, Asia and the Caribbean.
For a more laidback experience one comes to expect of an island holiday, pay a visit to Ferdinand’s, the resort’s casual oceanside restaurant, offering up an abundance of mouth-watering options including a buffet breakfast, an a la carte lunch or dinner options and a now (in)famous Sunday brunch. Sunset-seaside-sipping as you brace yourself for the elusive “green flash”, is an island institution and never grows old. So, grab yourself a frozen drink and a comfortable beach lounger and do as the locals do!
The Westin can be located near the end of the Seven Mile Beach stretch– it’s perfectly perched across from the North Sound Golf Club and conveniently close to the Camana Bay shopping center. The centre of George Town and the airport are a mere 15-20 minute drive by car away, while adventures to the farthest points of the island, i.e. Rum Point the Northside, Rum Point or deep West Bay, can be arranged with your concierge.
*For further details visit the Westin Grand Cayman website: www.westingrandcayman.com