I’ve previously rounded up the top things I think you should do in the Cayman Islands, but I thought I should also share a few of my favourite places to eat on the Islands and also where we stayed.
Where to Stay:
The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa – on famous Seven Mile Beach. A hotel that is much larger than the typical hotel that Ben and I would choose to stay in, but we very quickly found ourselves feeling truly at home. The service is impeccable and because all the communal areas are on one level, we saw the same staff every day in each part of the hotel. For its hundreds of rooms, the hotel never feels as though its full of people and we always had a space on a lounger right in front of the sea.
Have breakfast in the Ave Restaurant before heading down to relax on the beach and order lunch from Cocoloba to your lounger. Try the Tropical salad which is superbly fresh and tastes delicious before washing it down with a rum punch or a mango smoothie. In the evening, squeeze in a spa treatment before dinner or if the massage has relaxed you so much you can’t bear to leave your room, simply order from the extensive room service list and eat in!
Southern Cross Club – The most photographed beach in The Cayman Islands, this hotel is a slice of heaven on Little Cayman and a far cry from bustling Grand Cayman. The different coloured cottages stand out against the beautiful white beach and all face the gorgeous turquoise water that the Caribbean is so well known for. Sun loungers and hammocks are strategically dotted around the resort, encouraging you to simply sit, relax and take in the incredible surroundings. As the sea is protected from swimming due to the turtle grass that grows encouraging the aquatic life to flourish, the infinity pool instead offers a welcome retreat from the heat of the day.
All meals are served from the one little restaurant in the resort, but the chef is always on hand to help with dietary requirements and the food is incredible – the pancakes are the best pancakes I’ve ever had in my life. Banana and chocolate pieces of heaven! Just ask and if there are enough takers, Southern Cross Club will put on a sunset cruise complete with a full bar and canapés. We saw the most gorgeous sunset and even witnessed the Green Flash on our little cruise. End the day with a candle lit buffet dinner on the beach or from the view point above the main hub.
Where to eat:
Luca – Arguably the most famous Brunch on the island. Bottomless prosecco and mimosas teamed with literally every kind of food you can think of. From Sushi to Roast Beef, Chocolate Fondue to Profiteroles, Luca serves up a feast of anything your heart could desire. You’re greeted by one of the exceptionally handsome waiters who take you to your table of which every single seat in the restaurant is taken. Immediately a glass of water and a glass of prosecco or a mimosa are placed in front of you and you’re given complete free reign of the buffet. We managed six plates each, before admitting defeat but every single thing we ate was exceptional. It’s not often you can say that a place caters to both quality and quantity, but Luca’s truly does it all!
Wreck Bar, Rum Point – Head East on the island and up to reach the remote Wreck Bat at Rum Point. An institution on the island. Years ago, sailors with ship’s full of rum barrels would head right past this point on the island, unaware that a shallow reef hid under the water past the shoreline. When the ships wrecked onto the reef, the barrels would wash up and before long, the name ‘Rum Point’ stuck. I highly recommend the Jerk Chicken and the Jerk Pork Sandwich. We didn’t get to try the famous Mudslide Cocktail, but I have heard it’s incredible and well worth an evening trip back for.
Grand Old House – Formerly a Plantation house established in 1908, it’s since been a school, hairdressing salon and now is a beautiful water front restaurant serving some of the most incredible food on the island. This is a place where you’re bound to bump into a local who’ll happily tell you stories of the island. It’s such a beautiful restaurant with colonial style indoor dining during the day and into evening or romantic dinners right on the waters edge in evening. Either way, you’ll want to dress up a little for this one! The food is visibly beautiful and tastes even better. A real treat for the senses.
Jessie’s Juice Bar – Situated in Camana Bay, this healthy café is a trendsetter on the island. Serving up fresh smoothies and juices alongside delicious sandwiches and salads, you can sit outside under the beautiful awnings to eat your lunch. Don’t forget to go back and get cakes for pudding with a cup of Kombucha (fermented tea) it’s packed with health benefits and although cake isn’t strictly great for you, the health benefits of the Kombucha surely balance it out no?
West Indies Wine Company – After a healthy lunch at Jessie’s Juice Bar, you’ll have definitely earned yourself a glass of wine from this place. Also located in Camana Bay, you can grab a card, top it up at the till and help yourself to glass after glass of delicious wine. The beauty being that you can try a different glass each time before potentially deciding on a bottle to either take home or enjoy sitting outside in the beautiful European style seating area overlooking the courtyard.
Ristorante Pappagallo – This restaurant is not just a pretty face, although it is incredibly beautiful. The evening we went, it was lit up by the fullest silver moon, the fountain outside trickling delicately so that you almost float in through the doors on it’s melody. We were seated by the waters edge listening to the evening chorus of wildlife as we tucked in to course after course of delicious food. The Foie Gras was exceptionally rich – unbelievably some of the best I’ve ever had, while the Pumpkin and Amaretto Ravioli was so delicate on the palette and beautifully cooked.
Agua – An extremely busy little hub of a restaurant tucked away in a little square of shops that you probably wouldn’t stop at if you didn’t know it was there. A true hidden gem. The food, a complete mesh of flavours and inspiration, all coming together in delicious dishes served by some of the loveliest people. If that’s not enough, they have one of the most extensive wine lists I’ve seen and a cute little garden terrace to enjoy a glass on. We delved into a sharing feast of cold cut meats, burrata and the most delicious meaty mains.
Lobster Pot – Big call here, but possibly one of my favourite restaurants in the world…! Lobster Pot is literally right at the side of the road which would normally put me off from eating there, but whilst you enter roadside, the entire restaurant looks out onto the ocean on the other side, so that you barely even hear the traffic. The food is exquisite and the best we had on the island. Whenever we are somewhere, we always make a point to sample the local cuisine, so while we were on Grand Cayman we thought we ought to try Turtle. Ben had this for starter and although the sauce was lovely and the meat cooked perfectly, turtle is really just tougher chicken and not worth the moral battle with your mind to try it. My main was the catch of the day, while Ben had steak and we ate under candle light overlooking the beautiful lit up water below. Another highlight of the meal at Lobster Pot was the feeding of the Tarpon’s which was a complete surprise to us and we delighted in the huge fish leaping out of the water to catch off cuts of crab and shrimp while we ate out meal.
There were so many places on the island that we didn’t get to eat at, but everywhere we did go, I would highly recommend! Have you been to The Cayman Islands and eaten at any of the restaurants I mentioned?