I knew Grand Cayman would be a treat, but I had no idea how much I would fall in love with it. Perfect beach, perfect water temperature, perfect stay—that about sums up my mom’s and mine trip to the island. And of course, staying at one of the most beautiful properties helped.
We spent five nights at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. The resort is a Category 5 SPG hotel and requires 12,000 to 16,000 Starpoints per night. I redeemed just 48,000 Starpoints for five nights during off-peak dates in early February by taking advantage of the 5th Night Free promo.
The check-in went smoothly. It was my mom’s birthday trip, and I had sent a request for a welcome note and an upgrade in advance. A receptionist wished my mom a happy birthday upon check-in. The receptionist asked whether I preferred drink coupons or Starpoints for my welcome gift as an SPG Gold member, and I chose the points, but he gave us the coupons anyway. Our stay did not include breakfast, but he was kind enough to provide vouchers for two free breakfasts for us both at the on-site restaurant Ferdinand’s. We also got upgraded to a pool-view/ocean-view room on the second floor, but there was no welcome note in the room.
The resort has several dining options: Beach House, Beach Terrace, Ferdinand’s, Catboat Bar, Cayman Coffee Exchange, Tortuga Beach Grill and Bar, and The Pool Bar. We got to try the breakfast buffet at Ferdinand’s with our complimentary vouchers, but we did not go back afterward because meals are quite pricey. We checked out a couple of nearby restaurants the first two nights and then purchased snacks from Foster’s Food Fair, a local grocery store, to keep our budget on track. On one of the nights, the resort hosted a Super Bowl party right on the beach with the game projected onto a giant screen. We got some fish tacos with a side salad, fries and some drinks. The food was great, as was the atmosphere, but again—it wasn’t cheap.
Because I opted for the Make A Green Choice program, housekeeping didn’t come by that often. We still got our two daily water bottles delivered to the room and were given fresh towels every other day, but we didn’t want a perfectly cleaned room and sheets every day. Make A Green Choice is an easy way to earn either 500 Starpoints or $5 for every night you decline housekeeping (except the final day), and I was happy to collect the points.
And now, to my favorite part. The Westin Grand Cayman is located on Seven Mile Beach, which is one of the most gorgeous stretches of sand I’ve even seen. There are two pools, but who needs those when the ocean is right there? The beach includes lounge chairs and umbrellas, and the clean, turquoise, glistening water is where I spent most of my time. I recommend getting there early to reserve a lounge chair. If you like to sleep in, beachfront and poolside cabanas are available for rent. Red Sail Water Sports, a local tour company, is located right on property and offers trips to Stingray City, snorkeling tours, bioluminescent kayak rides and other water-based activities.
The Westin Grand Cayman has undergone remodeling recently, and the updates are apparent. Unfortunately, there’s a resort charge of $60 per night that includes a mini fridge, beach chairs and towels, in-room wireless internet, beach/pool activities and use of the steam room and sauna at the on-site Hibiscus Spa. Personally, I found the resort charge outrageously expensive, as we didn’t use most of the amenities, but I guess there’s not a lot I can do about it. I also wished the room had a microwave. Otherwise, I enjoyed my stay a lot and wouldn’t mind going back to Grand Cayman and its idyllic beaches.
Have you stayed at The Westin Grand Cayman? Would you recommend it to other travelers?
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