With a few lost shakers of salt and those iconic cheeseburgers in paradise, there’s no mistaking the Jimmy Buffett vibe at Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman. A 15- minute drive from the Owen Roberts International Airport, the family-friendly resort on the western end of Grand Cayman (the largest of the three islands that make up the Cayman Islands), is a fan favorite with a big blue flip- flop at the entrance, fruity margaritas expertly shaken and stirred and a cock-a-doodle-do wake-up call courtesy of the roaming roosters.
Inspired by the lifestyle and lyrics of the beach-loving Buffett, there’s plenty of “changes in latitudes and changes in attitudes” to be had at the resort’s four pools and private cove that fronts the bathwater-warm Seven Mile Beach.
Keeping with that theme, Buffett tunes play throughout the resort and his signature Adirondack chairs sit on the balconies of all 285 rooms, which got a makeover last year.
And there are plenty of floats, cabanas and sun loungers poolside and on the beach for your outdoor lounging needs.
Active types who don’t want to spend their entire vacation wastin’ away can visit the Fins Up Fitness center to work off those margarita calories or take advantage of free access to bikes, kayaks and snorkeling gear. Red Sail Sports Desk can arrange boat dives, sunset sails and day trips to Stingray City, where the gentle underwater creatures frolic in the shallow sandbar. And if your adventures leave you feeling sore, you can book an in-room massage or visit the newly-opened spa.
Five eateries are there to help guests keep hunger at bay. Keys Café offers light bites and coffee. Frank & Lola’s Pizzeria offers a Caribbean-inspired jerk pie with barbecue sauce and pulled jerk chicken. If you figured there had to be a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” on the menu somewhere, you’ll find them at the 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar and Grill. For diners seeking a more elegant experience, you can find upscale Asian fare at Eating House 1503, Hawaiian Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s first Caribbean outpost.
When happy hour comes around, drop the little ones off at the Parakeets Kids’ Club –where half-day sessions are free – and head to the License to Chill Bar for cocktails and live entertainment.
You can choose how you pay but you can’t opt out of the resort fee
A new all-inclusive option is available with nightly rates starting at $456.25 for double occupancy, including daily taxes, for travel through December 19. Up to two children under five years old eat free; there’s also a daily $75 rate available for older kids between up to 17. Starting in January, all-inclusive guests will be issued high-tech, decorative wrist bracelets that double as room keys when held against the front door keypad.
Nightly, room-only, double occupancy rates start at $156.25 through Dec.20 with the all-inclusive option which includes three meals and unlimited beverages available for an extra $150.00, per person, per night.
And be aware: whether you opt to go all-inclusive or room-only, a daily, per-room, $50 resort fee is added to all stays. You can book at MargaritavilleResortGrandCayman.com.
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