Otago Daily Times: A Grand Getaway

20 November 2018

By Patti Nickell
For Otago Daily Times

Grand Cayman provides a hassle-free tropical getaway, writes Patti Nickell.

I knew I was going to like Deserene Miller, also known as Miss D or Lady D – when she picked me up at the Owen Roberts International Airport in George Town.

A tiny bundle of energy with an ever-present fedora perched jauntily on her head, Miss D had been assigned as my driver/guide for the four days I was on the island. After about 15 minutes, her job description had expanded to driver/guide/friend.

Over our four days together we did a lot of laughing and some serious sightseeing, taking in attractions from the Cayman Turtle Centre to the Blue Iguana Habitat; from Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park to the National Museum.

I had been to Grand Cayman once before, but only as an afternoon port-of-call on a cruise ship. For my shore excursion, I had opted for a trip to Stingray City, where – donning fins and snorkel gear – I frolicked among large southern stingrays inhabiting a shallow sandbar. If I was willing to get close enough, I was told, I could leave with a stingray kiss imprinted on my palm or cheek.

While it was quite an experience, it didn’t leave me with much knowledge of Grand Cayman aside from the canoodling Chordate cuties.

If you go
Where to Stay:
The Westin Grand Cayman. Located on Seven Mile Beach, this resort has it all: spacious guest rooms and suites with private balconies; lush landscaping with a free-form pool and two hot tubs; dining options ranging from the Beach House and Tortuga Grill to Ferdinand’s fine dining; the lobby Catboat Bar, and the Hibiscus Spa with its wide menu of treatments. westingrandcayman.com

Where to Shop: If you’re looking for something a bit different from the usual cruise ship emporiums near the harbour, check out the trendy shops of Camana Bay. In addition, this waterfront village offers a dozen restaurants and bars; Farmers’ and Artisans’ Markets; dancing fountains, gardens and sculptures, and a year-round schedule of festivals and events. camanabay.com FYI: visitcaymanislands.com

For more: https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/travel/grand-getaway