I’m starting something new when it comes to my reviews. Since I am not fond of straightforward reviews that provide the same information that you could find elsewhere, I’m going to try to dig a little deeper and provide some more intimate details of the places I visit. I’m calling these posts “Snapshots“, and ultimately they will be a deeper look into the heart of a place I stay, eat at, or visit.
My stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman was everything that it was supposed to be, down to every last detail. The staff was friendly, and my ocean view room was impeccable. The hotel is nicknamed the “Sand Castle” for it’s neutral coloring and tower shaped roof.
At Bar Jack, on the magnificent 7 Mile Beach, I had the best Piña Colada in my life. I also had the Bar Jack sliders, and as a self-named connoisseur of finer burgers, I was impressed.
During Hurricane Joaquin, heaps of seaweed washed ashore on Seven Mile Beach. The staff kept apologizing and telling me that the beach was not normally in that shape. I believe them, but always had to giggle at how apologetic they were about it. You can’t fight Mother Nature.
There is a shoe rack along the path at the edge of the beach. The sand is powdery and warm. Lots of little crabs almost invisible when against the white sand scurry about. They seem to move based on vibrations from the ground, so if you’re really quiet and careful you can get close to them.
The grounds were of course, immaculate. The official tree of Grand Cayman is the Silver Thatch Palm, named for the silvery underside of it’s leaves. These trees became my favorites quickly and now serve as a fond reminder of my trip there.
George is one of the cats who is lucky enough to live at the Ritz-Carlton. He likes to stay in the pool area and at one point I even spotted him lounging in a chair. He’s very friendly and is not shy to ask for attention. I sat on the sidewalk and showed him a little love, he reminded me of my butterball cow-cat at home.
But perhaps the most breath-taking, and my personal favorite of all about staying here is being able to witness the sunset from my room, or from the beach in front of the hotel. Sunset over the teal waters was nothing sort of amazing.
And of course, who could forget a good sunrise too? The morning before I flew out I was treated to some pastel colors over the water as well.
What sorts of little details do you look out for in a place to stay? What do you like best? What turns you off completely?