News from the Cayman Islands

United Kingdom 1 November 2019
November/December Events
An exciting range of themed events and festivals take place in the Cayman Islands during 2019 to celebrate the culinary, cultural, historical and sports achievements of this unique Caribbean country.  There’s something for everyone and visitors will receive a warm Cayman welcome!
  1. Pirates Week - First Week November 2019
The Cayman Islands celebrates its pirate legends and cultural heritage like no other Caribbean country with a whole week of celebrations, colourful spectacles and pageantry.   Events are spread across all three islands of Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman and Little Cayman.  Special events include mock pirate invasions, parades, firework displays, steel pan music, street dances, cardboard boat regattas and an underwater treasure hunt for divers.  The perfect event for Pirate aficionados, as well as visitors wanting to join in the carnival atmosphere.
  1. Cayman Islands Marathon – 8 December 2019
Marathon runners wanting a new challenge with a spectacular backdrop of the Cayman Islands can take part in the annual Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is due to take place on Sunday 8 December. Celebrating its 17th year, the event consists of a full marathon, half marathon, 4-person relay and a Kids Fun Run.  Being a looped course, walkers are welcome to walk the half marathon with the route being open for six hours.
  1. Refurbishments and New Hotel Updates
An exciting range of refurbishments have taken place to enhance the facilities of a range of hotels and suites in the Cayman Islands and plans have also been announced to open new luxury and boutique hotels in the next few years.
Grand Cayman’s five-star Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach & Spa has celebrated the completion of a two-phase, US $50 million renovation.

The Cayman Islands Beach Suites
Overlooking the famed Seven Mile Beach has recently undergone a phase of refurbishment, with a second phase due to be completed in May 2019, adding additional rooms.   52 beach view suites have been created in a barefoot luxury style that celebrates the history of the hotel architecture and Caribbean design influence. The hotel is home to restaurants and bars authentic to the region including an all-day restaurant, beach bar, and cocktail menu that rivals anywhere in the world.

The NCB Group and Hilton Announce New Luxury Wellness & Business Boutique Hotel
 Hilton has announced its partnership with NCB Group for the signing of a new Curio Collection by Hilton property in the Cayman Islands. Scheduled to open in 2021, the new-build 80-room, 90-key hotel will usher in a new era of upscale accommodations with a focus on sustainability and wellness, incorporating renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies throughout the property.
Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism commented: “It’s important for the destination to welcome accommodations that will provide exceptional experiences such as those offered by the Curio Collection by Hilton. Having a one-of-a-kind boutique property with wellness-focused offerings in our capital aligns with key segments of our visitor demographic and the strategic vision for tourism in the Cayman Islands. The property will be a welcome addition to room inventory and will further enhance our diverse product offerings and accommodations sector.”
St James’ Point, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Grand Cayman
Scheduled to open in 2021, St James’ Point Mandarin Oriental Hotel will feature 100 hotel rooms and 89 of the most select residences on the island. The Hotel will be situated on 67 acres at St. James Point, Beach Bay, Bodden Town on the on the southern shore of the island.
The property will benefit from an elevated position overlooking its own secluded white-sand beach and offers guests and residents a truly private luxury retreat.

Grand Hyatt Crand Cayman Hotel & Residences
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced a partnership with Pageant Beach Hotels Ltd for the 351-room Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman Hotel & Residences located on Pageant Beach in George Town.  The 10 story, 351-room project being led by Howard Hospitality Group, is slated to include cafes, restaurants, multiple swimming pools, spa and fitness centres, and 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space.
Due to be completed in late 2020, the hotel will mark the return of the Hyatt brand to Grand Cayman.
  • Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman Hotel and Residences
Announced in February 2018, the Grand Hyatt – a five-star brand—will be located at Pageant Beach in George Town, Grand Cayman.  The 10 story, 351-room project being led by Howard Hospitality Group, is slated to include cafes, restaurants, multiple swimming pools, spa and fitness centres, and 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space.
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