Sometimes you want to go on an adventure, backpacking up mountains or touring across Europe. Other times you don't. Instead, all you want is to go somewhere pretty where the hardest logistical question is, "How much unlimited food can I eat without feeling too sick to enjoy this gorgeous view of the ocean?" For times when you're in that second mood, here's a list of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Cayman Islands.
Cobalt Coast Resort Grand Cayman
For awhile, Cobalt Coast was calling itself Grand Cayman's only all-inclusive resort, and it certainly seems to be the one hotel that actually runs all-inclusive as a default, with three hot meals and five drinks daily, as well as options to turn your visit into a "dive package" with unlimited shore diving. Even non-divers get a free snorkel tour when they book at least four nights. The dining and bar options aren't as numerous as other resorts, but the staff takes advantage of the relatively remote location to take good care of a more intimate number of guests. While diving is the focus here, instead of luxury amenities, the all-inclusive options are very generous, especially considering that most of Grand Cayman's hotels offer "inclusive packages," but nothing quite like this. In a place as expensive as the Caymans, that can make a huge difference. The place is also incredibly accommodating to novice divers.
Cayman Brac Beach Resort
Like Cobalt Coast—or perhaps even more than Cobalt Coast—Cayman Brac focuses on diving, including a "Valet Diving" service that handles your diving gear for you so that you can focus on the diving experience. A couple of restaurants service the resort, and amenities include a spa, fitness center, and activities like barbecue nights and movie nights. Recent renovations have added a gorgeous outdoor pool/hot tub/bar area. Inclusive packages seem to focus on meals over drinks.
Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman
Wyndham Reef Resort isn't, by default, an "all-inclusive" resort, but after recognizing demand for it, they added two tiers of all-inclusive service. It's a little limited compared to some other places, but given that this offering isn't as prevalent in the Caymans as, say, the Dominican Republic, it's worth looking into. All of the resort's suites and studios are beachfront, which is great, but there's not a laundry list in the way of traditional amenities. If you're looking for a relatively secluded, low-key getaway amidst beautiful scenery, it's perfect.
Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort
The Westin Grand is located near both the golf course and the city of George Town—and, of course, right on the gorgeous Seven Mile Beach. The outdoor pool has a swim-up bar, there are four restaurants to choose from, and if you have kids, the resort offers some extra amenities this year, including free meals for kids under 12 and a $25 daily resort credit to help keep them entertained.The staff is consistently singled out for praise. Peoples' complaints seem to center around crowding and extra costs. Like Wyndham, this is more of a resort with an all-inclusive option than an all-inclusive resort by nature.
Marriott Beach Resort Grand Cayman
Marriott Beach is another hotel that offers packages, but actual "all-inclusive" packages don't seem to be available at the moment. Still, there's a full-service spa, a pool, a couple of restaurants, and a pair of bars. From the colors to the furniture, everything about the rooms is both soft and spacious, and the views of Seven Mile Beach are beautiful. There's also plenty to do on the water, including sailing, jet-skiing, snorkeling, water-skiing, and more. They even offer snorkeling just off the resort beach for families and children.