Hyatt Regency adds beachfront suites to Grand Cayman site

Travel Weekly editorial coordinator Barbara J. Mays paid a visit to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman and found it very grand, indeed. Her report follows:

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman -- Wow, what a great room!

That was my immediate reaction when the bellman showed me into a one-bedroom beachfront suite in the new suites complex at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman.

Greeting me were lime green walls adorned with seascapes and artwork; a royal blue couch with coordinated throw pillows bearing gold tassels and the Hyatt insignia; a large handblown glass bowl on the dining table, and a wall of sliding glass doors.

The enclosed walkway connects the beachfront suites to the main hotel across the road at the Hyatt Regency in Grand Cayman. The terrace had a round white table with four cushioned chairs and a view of the interconnected pool area. I was at home here.

The mood was set at check-in in the main lobby, where arriving guests are offered a beverage. From a comfy arm chair, I sipped champagne.

Hyatt's 53 beachfront units are on Seven Mile Beach, a 10- minute walk from the main hotel through an elevated covered walkway spanning the main road.

Doug Sears, general manager, said the response to the suites has been positive, particularly from repeat guests.

"We were not getting beaten by the resorts on the beach here, but we knew we needed a facility right on the beach," Sears said.

The suites are designed to function as a separate hotel within the property's grounds.

The facility consists of nine two-bedroom units and 44 one-bedroom suites, and it has its own concierge service, a landscaped three-tiered pool complex with waterfalls, hot tubs and a shallow children's pool.

Each suite has a separate living room with a dining area, a granite wet bar, a microwave and a refrigerator.

Opening this winter is a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar called Bamboo, tucked among art galleries, shops and boutiques in an arcade under and around the lower level of the suites building.

While other Hyatt Regency properties offer a Regency Club floor or floors, this Hyatt has a 44-room Regency Club building.

The Club guest rooms were recently refurbished with new carpets, bedspreads and other soft goods.

In an effort to make vacation life manageable for the hectic lives of business travelers, Hyatt offers a Wall Street Suite package.

The courtyard of the Regency Club, is often used as the setting for weddings.

This property also has a Camp Hyatt, whose year-round program for children ages 3 to 12 handles as many as 100 young guests during busy holiday periods.

Other facilities include the Britannia Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and 70 Britannia Villas, 60 of which are in the Hyatt Regency's rental pool.

Agents can book the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman by calling (800) 55-HYATT.

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