When it comes to the good life, Grand Cayman has much to offer. The postcard-perfect environs are just the beginning. Stunning sunsets, crystal clear waters, powdery beaches, and lush tropical greenery combine to provide an exquisite and exotic backdrop for enjoying toes-in-the-sand luxury living.
Known as a world-class offshore financial center and prime tourist destination, this well-heeled island enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean. Along with its favorable tax-free environment, Cayman boasts a cosmopolitan atmosphere with top-rated hotels, restaurants, and shopping experiences.
Best in the House reflects the quality and sophistication of the island and is dedicated to the finer things in life. From food and wine to luxury autos and yachts to pampering resorts and high-end living, our showcase caters to everything from the simple pleasures in life to extravagant indulgences.
Touted for its high-end properties and first-class visitor accommodations, options abound when it comes to comfort, convenience, and style of living in Cayman. From the well-appointed Residences at the Ritz-Carlton to the serene seaside estates in the gated community of Vista del Mar to the amazing amenities of the intimate beachfront villas of Casa Luna, Cayman is an ideal locale for a vacation home or primary residence – and even a second or third home.
In the last several years, more luxury properties have come on stream, with additional distinguished developments under construction or in the planning stages. The trendsetting design of Opus I and Opus II by the team at Davenport Development Ltd. features striking ultra-modern homes perched by the seaside in a quiet residential neighborhood on Old Prospect Road. Crystal Cove is another Davenport innovation, a high-end development featuring six modern canal-front homes set on the beautiful shores of the North Sound.
And one of the most prestigious addresses on island – Seven Mile Beach – will soon be home to one of the most prestigious waterfront condominiums, The WaterColours. This nine-storey masterpiece is truly unlike any other condominium development on the island – setting unrivaled standards for today’s contemporary sand-and-sea lifestyle.
The development offers unparalleled beachfront living with all the amenities that would be associated with a glamorous five-star resort, including valet parking, concierge services, beachfront infinity pool, and outdoor conservatory that comes complete with a chef’s kitchen.
Experienced real estate professionals and high-end interior design houses on-island can assist in finding and beautifying the ultimate home of your dreams.
Long recognized as a world-class financial center, the Cayman Islands continues to set the standard as a top choice in the global financial landscape.
Its status as a leading provider of sophisticated offshore financial services is firmly grounded, with well-developed sectors that include banking, captive insurance and reinsurance, company registration, hedge funds, investment funds and companies, vessel and aircraft registry, trusts, and securities.
This array of financial services is supported by excellent infrastructure, including secure digital communications and easy airlift from the U.S. and Europe, with a high-level talent pool of professionals to deliver expert services to international clients.
The island’s wide-reaching financial domain includes major presence of the world’s largest banks, sophisticated global law firms, the Top Four accounting firms, and dozens of small practitioners that service the industry. It is among the world’s leading offshore hedge fund jurisdictions, and is a global leader in ship registration, remaining the flag of choice for super yachts.
The Cayman Islands Aircraft Registry is another important asset to the financial services industry, working in close partnership with a specialized group of legal and financial firms, and government authorities.
Cayman’s favorable international reputation goes a long way in attracting investors and major players in the industry – and what makes the island the jurisdiction of choice for wealth management and offshore financial services on a global scale.
Dining out is one of the great pleasures in life, and Grand Cayman is fortunate to have a vibrant and varied restaurant scene.
The island is known for its world-class cuisine, serving up a delightful variety of international flavors. Add to that such major culinary events as the Cayman Cookout that attracts top chefs from around the world and the popular Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival, and it’s easy to see why the Cayman Islands is known as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.”
Spanning from Caribbean fusion and zesty Italian to enticing European and pan-Asian explorations, the island is fortunate to have an array of first-class dining establishments, with plenty of options for stylish dining by the seaside.
At the Marriott’s Solana, for example, the sea is just steps away. This elegant alfresco beachfront restaurant serves island-inspired gourmet cuisine – along with spectacular sunsets.
Beach House, an AAA Four-Diamond award recipient, at the Westin features a refined, intimate dining room with three walls of windows as well as an inviting patio, with each space boasting panoramic views of Seven Mile Beach.
Cayman is also home to several long-standing restaurants that have become island institutions for superior waterfront dining – The Wharf, Ristorante Pappagallo, The Lighthouse, Casanova by the Sea and Grand Old House among them.
Camana Bay is becoming an ever-expanding dining destination serving up diverse culinary options spanning from casual cafes and coffee houses to upscale dining, all within easy walking distance.
At the Ritz-Carlton, Blue by Eric Ripert of New York’s top-ranking Le Bernardin is arguably the island’s premier dining spot – the only restaurant in the Caribbean with a AAA Five Diamond Award. Guests can also enjoy traditional afternoon tea in the Silver Palm Lounge, the finest grade sushi at Taikun, and an extravagant Sunday champagne brunch and ultimate steak experience at Seven.
Those seeking a five-star culinary experience in the comfort of their own environs can also book world-class chefs that provide personalized catering to private villas, condos and homes.
Retail therapy is readily available in Grand Cayman with George Town and Camana Bay two top destinations.
Downtown George Town offers an array of shopping experiences spanning from luxury goods and custom jewelry to local crafts and souvenirs.
Pedestrian-friendly Camana Bay is home to a superior mix of retail shops that include everything from designer apparel, beachwear, cosmetics and sunglasses to home décor, cookware, books and fine jewelry. Caribbean Plaza on West Bay Road is a newcomer to the island’s sophisticated shopping scene, featuring chic boutiques, lounges, salons and restaurants.
Cayman is known for its fine selection of duty-free luxury products such as watches, leather goods, crystal, china, diamonds and perfume. Kirk Freeport, Island Companies, Balaclava, Diamonds International and Magnum Jewelers are leading purveyors of duty-free goods offering an inspiring range of fashionable jewelry, exquisite timepieces, and fine retail goods.
These upscale retailers feature a treasure trove of the world’s best brands: Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Hearts on Fire, Bulgari, John Hardy, Piaget, David Yurman, Mikimoto, Tag Heuer and Audemars Piguet among them.
Health, beauty and lifestyle improvement constitute a booming industry, with a growing number of wellness centers and clinics offering specialized medical care, holistic treatments and cosmetic procedures to enhance well-being.
Cayman is home to several luxurious retreats such as the Hibiscus Spa at the Westin resort on Seven Mile Beach and the indulgent Silver Rain at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. The Da Vinci Centre is a premium wellness and alternative therapy centre, offering state-of-the-art facilities and treatments in private, luxurious surroundings.
Residents and visitors can indulge in a range of lavish and specialized services spanning from soul-soothing massages to holistic healing therapies to rejuvenating skin and anti-aging treatments. Grand Cayman remains a prime wellness destination as it affords a sanctuary of privacy and tranquility.
With an impressive array of prestigious products and premium services available on island, discerning visitors and residents can peruse the pages of Best in the House, and Grand Cayman Magazine, to enhance their life and style – and embrace the rewards of better living.