GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The reservations lines open July 1,
and things are falling into place on Seven Mile Beach at the site
of the $400 million Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, which plans to open
The site stretches 144 acres from sea to sea, from five acres on
Seven Mile Beach across to the North Sound, and encompasses 365
hotel rooms and suites as well as 69 private condominiums that
comprise the Residences.
Scattered about the property are a nine-hole golf course, tennis
and fitness centers, Olympic-size swimming pools, five restaurants,
the Ritz Kids children's activities center, a luxury spa, bars and
lounges, a shopping arcade and the island's largest ballroom.
Rack rates will start at $650 per room, per night, double, in a
waterway room in high season.
Although the opening is seven months away, important names
already are in place, including Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of
New York's Le Bernardin restaurant; renowned tennis coach Nick
Bollettieri; Swiss-based La Prairie spa and skincare company; and
golf course designer Greg Norman.
Ripert and his consulting company will oversee a fine dining
restaurant and a more casual, alfresco, lagoonside grill restaurant
that will carry Ripert's name.
Jean Cohen, the hotel's vice president and general manager, said
that the chef and his team are involved in the restaurants from the
The resort's tennis center will feature four clay courts
illumiinated for night play and the first grass courts in the
The 20,000-square-foot La Prairie Spa will feature 17 treatment
rooms and a range of spa services. The facility marks the firm's
first Caribbean venture.
Adjoining the spa facility will be a fitness center and
With ownership of one of the 69 Residences at Ritz-Carlton --
the price tags range up to $25 million each -- comes privilege or,
in this case, Endless Service.
This includes the use of a Mercedes-Benz or other high-end
vehicle when the owner is on island; use of a crewed powerboat for
fishing excursions and sunset cruises; a Dial-a-Chef program for
in-house, gourmet meals; and the same perks as hotels guests.
If owners choose to rent their units, the residences will be
placed in the property's rental pool when the owner is off
Packages will be announced shortly. For information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com.
To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].