I don’t know how you and your family travel, but we go thru this “do we go back to the place we LOVE or try something new” issue every year. And year after year, we end up picking our favorite place, because, well, it’s our favorite place. We can’t imagine anything better, for many reasons, some of which you’ll see below…
Let me take you on a mini vacation to see what love to call “our second home”, The Ritz Carlton in Grand Cayman.
Daily snow cones.
Fruit infused waters at the pool.
Ice cold towelettes to refresh the guests from the heat.
My man Robert who is THE man poolside, beachside for the chairs…. and everything else.
Turndown service with chocolates galore.
Fresh bottled water daily and a Nespresso Machine with continuous refills of pods.
Rum punch upon arrival.
The art gallery bridge to take you from one building to the other, full of beautiful art created by local artists.
I can’t possibly take enough pictures to show you the true beauty of this place. And you can’t experience the taste of their fabulous foods from a blog post. And the biggest thing pictures don’t depict is not only the fun and the memories that my family and I have created that will last with us a lifetime, but there is something to be said about respect and service and manners and true old-fashioned courtesies that we receive when we come here. The motto of The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company is “We are Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen.” That gives me chills. Every single time we would come in contact with any staff, be it maintenance crew, to housekeeping, to the wonderful valet and bellmen, to our posse at the pool cabanas, they greeted us with smiles, many with our names, Mr. or Mrs., and wishing us a wonderful day, or great evening. Those simple courtesies that I try to instill upon my kids are in the entire culture of this fabulous resort.
It gives me goosebumps to know we go year after year and we pull up to the front and we’re greeted by Rayan or Ollie or Nigel and they see us and light up and remember us by name and notice how the children have grown. We head down to the pool and Robert sees the hubs and they’re like ole pals and we know we’re going to be taken care of. Service and kindness make that extra special touch all the better. Yes, the sand and ocean is by far one of the best I’ve experienced. But the service we get and the hospitality we feel from the ladies and gentlemen here is priceless.