The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is pleased to announce the reopening of the iconic resort today, on the date it celebrates its 16th anniversary of opening its doors in the Cayman Islands. The resort debuts beautifully reimagined interiors brought to life by Champalimaud Design, and alongside the legendary service of The Ritz-Carlton brand’s Ladies and Gentlemen, is set to deliver a memorable guest experience rooted in thoughtful design, local artwork, and expanded amenities.
“We are thrilled to once again welcome guest to The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, one of our most beloved resort properties in the Caribbean,” said Donna McNamara, Vice President and Global Brand Leader for The Ritz-Carlton. “The reimagined look and feel of the resort is an outstanding example of The Ritz-Carlton brand’s design ethos, which is to provide our guests with a refined and modern experience that is also reflective of what makes a destination unique.”
The resort features a refined new design inspired by the rich history and diverse cultural influences of the Cayman Islands. Blending modern coastal elegance with mid-century British Caribbean style, completely renovated spaces reflect an updated color palette featuring the deep blues of Cayman’s night sky, lively shades of green inspired by the islands’ botanical wonders, the whites and beiges of the island’s smooth sands, and the sparkling shades of turquoise found in the Caribbean Sea. Textured inlays and crisp borders accentuate the Neoclassical architecture, leading guests through their journey to new discoveries.
Enclosed behind majestic, ebonized wood arches is the lobby lounge, welcoming guests with a comfortable environment that invites connection. Similarly, the guest rooms and suites nod to the destination’s history with the rugged sophistication of British West Indian style while paying homage to the island’s colorful present and bright future with purposefully chosen artworks, fixtures and rich natural textures. The incorporation of indigenous and inspired materials further connects guests to the beauty of Cayman. Retaining its spirit, the resort’s iconic Silver Palm Lounge features completely new interiors and a custom-built hardwood cabinet, which will offer guests a collection of indulgent discoveries from rare rums to premium hand-rolled cigars of the Caribbean and sweet and delightful chocolates created from the region’s finest cacao.
In addition to the public spaces and guest accommodations, the resort’s meeting spaces which are known to host Grand Cayman’s grandest galas and corporate groups from around the globe were updated as well. These palatial spaces were reimagined in luminous neutrals from cream to Champagne with rich, warm accents on the soaring ceilings and rope detailing in the wall coverings. The pre-function area evokes a classic thatch pattern while the ballroom deconstructs those designs into a beautiful field of woven elements. Light fixtures transpose undersea life to the to the ceiling, with sculptural coral colonies of organic forms with each dome a unique shape, just like in nature.
An impressive collection of commissioned and collected local artwork fosters a deeper connection with the culture, history, and creativity of Cayman with the goal of creating an immersive experience for guests. Complementing the public art collection is The Gallery, the longstanding art exhibition space, which has represented the resort’s deep connection to its community and its stunning seascapes and heritage for many years through the work of talented artists. The Gallery will continue to highlight Grand Cayman’s vibrant visual arts culture, enhancing the guests’ journey as they transition from the Resort Tower to the Ocean Tower.
“December 15th marks the beginning of an exciting next chapter in the history of our resort. With guests at the center of all that we do, we are thrilled to introduce them to our newly reimagined resort,” said Marc Langevin, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. “Our forward-looking ownership group, Dart, invested heartily into our treasured property, the result of which will now be visible for guests to enjoy. Seeing the pause in travel as an opportunity, we are grateful that Dart took advantage of this time to expand the original renovation plan, manifesting a cohesive and modern property suited to the demands of today’s most sophisticated travelers. Working alongside the talented team from Champalimaud, we have together created a resort, which though virtually brand new, maintains the charm of the beloved original and we are excited to welcome our valued guests back to The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.”
An enclave of relaxation and effortless elegance, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is a Forbes Five-Star resort, which offers unparalleled service and thoughtful amenities. Much like the Cayman Islands itself, the resort’s new design blends worldly influence with the one-of-a kind character of Cayman, resulting in an elevated yet spirited tapestry. Wholly unique in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands is a respite of sophistication, comfort, quality, and luxury, created through the celebration of its diverse residents, stewardship of its natural beauty, and culture of mutual respect. A microcosm of what makes the island so special, the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman hail from a myriad of nations, while sharing a passion to create meaningful memories and exceptional experiences for guests.