The Cayman Islands was once referred to as “the islands that time forgot” and while that moniker no longer reflects modern-day Grand Cayman, it still largely applies to Little Cayman.
This month and next month, rooms at Paradise Villas in Little Cayman are available at significantly reduced rates for those who are looking for a getaway in a place where time is measured more by hours of daylight than a clock.
Situated on the ocean’s edge a short distance from Little Cayman’s tiny airport, Paradise Villas comprises 12 private cottages and the island’s only a-la-carte restaurant, The Hungry Iguana, which is just steps away. Also close by are grocery and liquor stores.
Paradise Villas, which was purchased by Dart in 2016, recently completed a rebranding and re-freshening process that breathed new life into the cottages with bright, fresh décor and new furnishings. To celebrate, the resort will stay open most of this summer with special rates for July and August to encourage Grand Cayman residents who have never visited the Sister Islands to make the trip with their families and friends.
For those looking for the extraordinary peace and quiet that Little Cayman can offer, the summer months are an ideal time to visit as the island is even quieter than normal, akin to stepping back in time. Spending the day on a lounge chair or in a hammock looking at unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea is a sure way to unwind from Grand Cayman’s busy pace of life.
Those looking for a little adventure can rent a scooter from Scootin’ Scooters and take an island tour, visiting the picturesque Point of Sand for a snorkel and a picnic, or take to the sandy roads by pedal power on one of the resort’s free cruiser bikes.
Little Cayman also offers some of the finest scuba diving in the Caribbean. The famous Bloody Bay Wall starts in as little as 12 feet of water so advanced divers and beginners alike can enjoy the view.
The cottages at Paradise Villas are perfect for families as well, with full-service kitchenettes in each cottage as well as free Wi-Fi, communal BBQs and a swimming pool, all within a few steps of each other on the beautifully landscaped grounds. Those who don’t want the hassle of cooking can stroll over to The Hungry Iguana, which serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as breakfast on weekends.
Little Cayman is accessible by Cayman Airways Express — the airline’s Twin Otter service. The 12-square-mile island has only a sand-sealed airstrip, sharing its “terminal” building with the fire department and a few other vehicles.
A special daily rate of US$149 is available on selected dates in July, and drops to just $99 per night for the month of August until the resort closes on the 25th. To view availability or book online visit