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Caribbean Club 5.0

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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Pros

  • Spacious, luxurious units with full kitchens and one to three bedrooms
  • Every unit has a balcony with a gorgeous ocean view
  • Gorgeous beach with fine sand and calm turquoise water
  • Chic rectangular infinity pool overlooking the sea
  • Pool and beach are quiet and not crowded, with plenty of lounge chairs
  • One of the best restaurants on the island, Luca
  • Units have marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and rainfall showers
  • Washer and dryer in every unit
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • No spa on-site

Bottom Line

The Caribbean Club is a luxury boutique hotel located on Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach. The 37 spacious suites and villas are individually owned and exquisitely decorated, and all have full kitchens, balconies with ocean views, and marble bathrooms with separate whirlpool tubs and rainfall showers. The Club has one of the nicest stretches of beach along the Seven Mile coast with white sand, turquoise water, and calm waves. The beach and pool areas are not crowded, allowing for a quiet and serene tropical getaway. The restaurant here is one of the best on the island, but note that there is no spa.

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Scene

More like a private residence than a resort

The Caribbean Club, one of the most luxurious (and expensive) resorts in Grand Cayman, exudes luxury and elegance. Since the units are spacious, fully equipped, and have balconies with gorgeous views, many guests choose to enjoy the privacy of their villas at the end of the day. Guests mostly keep to themselves and the Club has more of a feel of a private home rather than a large resort.

The lobby is dark and not particularly impressive, although it has a large central fish tank with plenty of sea creatures to amuse passersby. Luca, The Caribbean Club’s on-site restaurant and bar, is housed in the back of the lobby and is as elegant and sleek as the hotel. One of the top-rated restaurants on the island, Luca sees plenty of customers both staying at the hotel and staying elsewhere. Luca has a large indoor section as well as an elegant outdoor area, with tables that face the pool and beach. There have been some guest complaints about noise from the restaurant at night.

The Club has a large infinity pool that overlooks the ocean as well as a beautiful stretch of beach. Both areas are quiet and serene, and absolutely gorgeous.

The Club is often compared to the Ritz-Carlton, which is a two minute drive up the road. The Ritz-Carlton’s beach is crowded and has a frenzied atmosphere; guests have labeled it a “zoo” or “Grand Central Station.” The vibe at The Caribbean Club is different –- the beach and pool are not crowded and have a relaxed, private ambiance. The Club is the opposite of a large chain; it’s like you are staying in your opulent, amenity-rich second (dream) home.

Location

On the best section Seven Mile Beach, close to everything

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The Caribbean Club is located on Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach, on one of the nicest stretches of coast the island has to offer. The street and surrounding neighborhood are busy and touristy, and have plenty of amenities within walking distance. The Club is across the street from The Strand, a large shopping center with a grocery store. It is also close to Camana Bay, a huge shopping district with restaurants, cafes, and a cinema. The Club is a 10-minute drive from the airport.

Rooms

Caribbean perfection; the spacious suites and villas are sophisticated homes, with balconies and kitchens

The Caribbean Club is made up of suites and villas housed in three separate areas: Beachfront Villas, Pool View Villas, and Tower Suites. With 2,700 square feet of living space in each of the villas, there is not a bad room in the house.

As is common with condos and villas in the area, each unit is individually owned and decorated, and there are similarities in the layout. The decor ranges from modern to classic, but is always upscale and appealing. The living room and kitchen in my unit was tastefully decorated with neutral, beachy furnishings, including a black glass table with seating for six, a large sectional sofa, and contemporary tables, lamps, and art. The huge open kitchen had granite countertops, a full-size refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher, and came fully equipped with plates, cups, utensils, pots and pans, and cooking and baking tools.

One of the best features of the units are the porches and balconies that face the ocean. My unit (a Beachfront Villa) had a massive wrap-around balcony, accessible from multiple doors in the common areas and two bedrooms, that faced both the ocean and pool. The balcony was lined with lounge chairs and tables. It offered incredible views of the property as well as the beach.

The bedrooms are stylish and each are decorated differently. The master bedroom of my villa had refined tropical style. Black wood furniture and tropical print fabric on the chairs and pillows contrasted with the white modern sheets and neutral walls and floor. There were enough pillows on the bed for thirteen people. The room also had a seating area with two chairs and a small table, a flat-screen TV, and a walk-in closet with slippers and a robe. As expected, the bed was extremely comfortable and I could hear the sound of the waves as I fell asleep.

The bathroom off the master bedroom was large, with marble counters, double sinks and a separate toilet area. The bathroom had a whirlpool tub and separate shower with a rainfall showerhead.

The other rooms in the suite, comprising one queen bed and two twin beds (the two twin beds can be put together upon request) were decorated just as thoughtfully -- one had similar decor to the master, and one had a more understated beach style with a cream and blue color palette. Each had its own bathroom.

Each unit comes with a washer/dryer as well as a laptop safe. Housekeeping comes twice a day and keeps the units immaculate. All units are three-bedroom, three-bathroom condos, although the Club offers one- and two-bedroom options in the Tower Suites. The higher floors in the Tower Suites offer incredible views of the resort, including the pool and beach to the west and the North Sound to the east.

Features

One of the best-rated restaurants on the island -- but no spa

The Caribbean Club has all of the expected amenities of an upscale boutique hotel, with the exception of a spa.

Luca, the Club’s on-site restaurant located in the back of the lobby, is one of the best-rated restaurants on the island. Specializing in Italian cuisine and seafood, the restaurant has an extensive wine list and wine fridge. The restaurant’s decor is sleek and contemporary, and there is a large and well-stocked bar to the right when you enter. Diners can sit outside by the pool in a lovely shaded area strung up with lights. Customers rave about Luca's Sunday brunch in particular.

The Club has a free business center with two computers and a printer. There is also a large meeting room with a huge dark wood table and seating for 18 people, a refreshment area (catering can be provided by Luca restaurant), a large TV, and white notepad. The lights and settings are controlled by an iPad on the wall. There is also a small, private room off of the meeting space that has a couch, chair, and TV.

The Caribbean Club has a large and modern fitness center located on the 8th floor of the Tower building. The fitness center is equipped with numerous cardio machines, including stationary bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, and stair climbers, as well as strength machines, free weights, and balance balls. The fitness center is clean and spacious, and has great views of the island and the North Sound.

The beach area is spacious and tranquil. The Club is located on one of the best stretches of the Seven Mile Beach. The sand is white and clean, the water is clear and turquoise blue, and the waves are calm. The resort provides plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas. The beach also has cabanas that are available for free, although these may be already taken if guests arrive later in the day. Snorkeling can be done directly off the shore.

The Club has a large rectangular infinity pool that overlooks the beach. The pool area is beautifully landscaped and has palm trees dotting the perimeter that provide plenty of shade. Lounge chairs, umbrellas, and two small cabanas surround the pool.

There is free parking in an underground garage with card access. Elevators located in the garage take guests directly to their floor.

Services

Staff are available if you need them, but take a hands-off approach

Unlike some luxury properties, the staff takes a more hands-off approach here. The staff are welcoming and actively work to assist guests with their various needs. However, they give guests their privacy and don't hover. If you are expecting to be fed bonbons by the pool while someone puts cool cucumbers over your eyes, this may not be the resort for you.

Weddings

Offering space for intimate occasions or grand celebrations

The Caribbean Club hosts weddings and works with numerous planning companies on the island to help craft each event. The ceremony takes place on the beach while the cocktail hour and reception are held at Luca, one of the top-rated restaurants on the island. The Club can help arrange many of the logistics, including airport transfers, marriage officers, flowers, decor, the wedding cake, and entertainment.

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Address

871 West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach KY1-1200, Caribbean

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