Travel Weekly editorial coordinator Barbara J. Mays paid a visit to
the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman and found it very grand, indeed. Her
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 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
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
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
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
The courtyard of the Regency Club, is often used as the setting
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)